Meet Our Veterinary Staff | Castle Rock Vets

Veterinary Staff

Veterinary care is a labor of love for our team.  Each member of the team at the Animal Care Centers is highly skilled and has the dedication and experience to provide the best care for you and your pet.  You will find caring people here whose pets are a part of their family and will treat your loved ones like their own.


Our team is made up of skilled and compassionate veterinarians, seasoned technicians and helpful customer service specialists.  We believe you can take care of clients best when you first take care of each other.  We love coming to work each day, because we like the people we work with and you will feel that when walk into our practice.  Our staff are among the top veterinary professionals in our state and provide the best in Veterinary Services available in Douglas County.  We hope you get to know them.  We are proud that we do.

Technicians and Assistants
Client Care Specialists

Shawn K. Wayment, DVM

Shawn K. WaymentDr. Shawn K. Wayment, one of the original founders of the Animal Care Centers, knew at the early age of seven that he was afflicted with an obsession for bird dogs and horses; he knew then, that he wanted to become a veterinarian. After graduating from high school in Preston, Idaho he went directly into the army as a medic/EMT for the 82nd Airborne Division. He was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and spent some time in the Sinai Desert in Egypt. Read More…

Brooke Y. James DVM

Brooke Y. James

Doctor Brooke Yules James was born and raised in central Massachusetts in a small town with dairy farms and horse stables. She loved playing with the animals as much as riding them or caring for them. (She refuses to answer any questions about the “Cow-tipping” incident at the Smith farm in 1988.) The neighbors all knew who to call when pet-sitting was needed, and thankfully a good family friend and veterinarian was around to mentor her budding animal interests. Read More…

Jonathan T. Quint, DVM

Jonathan T. QuintDr. Jonathan T. Quint grew up in the great state of Montana where his interests in veterinary medicine developed at an early age. During his elementary school years, the rescuing of baby birds from fallen nests every spring launched his desire to help any animal in need of assistance. He even went so far as to dive into a Montana river to save a drowning moose calf (in hindsight, not the most brilliant move as the mother moose was just upstream and the river was cold!). Everything worked out ok as he carried the baby to the edge of the woods where the mother could retrieve it. Read More…

Lindsay M. Crippen, DVM, MBA

Lindsay M. CrippenI am Lindsay M. Crippen, DVM, MBA at least that is my official title, but I prefer Lindsay. I am a native of Colorado, born and raised along the Front Range in beautiful Denver. In my high school years I was a concert pianist, a varsity volleyball, basketball, and soccer player. I worked in a veterinary clinic as a kennel “kid” to gain experience in the veterinary field. Read More…


Dale Rice, DVM

Dale RiceA love of horses, dogs, cats and just about all other creatures, combined with a desire to help people enjoy their animals led Dr. Dale Rice to become a veterinarian.

After raising his family and enjoying a long successful career in animal/food safety, quality and research, he was accepted into vet school as the oldest student in his class. The path to this lifelong goal was long, but in 2009 he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University.

Dr. Rice is now living his dream of caring for horses and smaller animals while helping people enjoy spending time with their animals. Read More…


Molly Miller, DVM

EmilyVeterinary Medicine is my first love and second career. After getting my undergraduate degree in microbiology from Miami University and several years in the pharmaceutical industry I decided to go back to school, graduating from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. Indianapolis was home for the next five years where I practiced general and emergency medicine until I heard the beckoning call of Colorado’s mountains and streams.

Colorado has been home for almost 12 years where I have continued practicing general medicine and enjoyed additional responsibilities as Medical Director. Read More…

Emily Edmonds, Head Veterinary Technician

Emily Edmonds

Hey! I’m Emily Edmonds. I moved to Colorado in 1996 after joining the Army right after high school. I was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs for the entire 4 year enlistment. I was honorably discharged in 1999 and moved to Castle Rock to pursue my childhood passion in the animal medical field in 2000. I graduated from Bel-Rea Animal Institute of Veterinary Technology in 2002 where I earned my AAS degree and became a Certified Veterinary Technician. I started my career with a mixed animal practice in Castle Rock where I initially worked with Dr. James and Dr. Wayment. With my continual passion in learning and my commitment as a CVT, after 3 years I decided to follow my zeal in surgery and anesthesia and gained a huge amount of knowledge and experience through a surgery referral practice for 4 ½ years.

I love the diversity of the Veterinary Technician field that I decided to come on board with the excellent staff at Animal Care Center of Castle Pines on January 2010. I am so excited to be a part of a team practicing high quality care for every animal that we encounter. I am looking forward to meeting you and every member of your family. I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two lovely daughters. Whenever I have some time for myself, I like to scrapbook, read and cook.

Amy Rathbun, Veterinary Technician

Amy RathbunMy name is Amy Rathbun. I was born outside of Chicago and moved here to Colorado when I was still very young. I have always had a passion for animals and knew from a very young age that working with them was the right career for me. I attended the Bel-Rea Institute where I completed my schooling in March 2007 with an Associates of Applied Science in Animal Technology and from there went on to get my state Certification in June of 2007. My true passion is large animal medicine, but I find small animal medicine equally rewarding and satisfying. In my spare time I love to be outdoors; hiking, horseback riding, white water rafting, camping, etc. I have one beautiful dog a Bichon named Ava, who is still a work in progress, but she does get to spend a few days here and there wandering around the clinic. I look forward to meeting you and your family of pets.

Heather Allman, Veterinary Technician

Heather AllmanHi! My name is Heather Allman and I joined the ACC team as a certified veterinary technician in December 2011. I have been a CVT since 2005. I have worked in research, small animal, and most recently at a non-profit animal hospital. I have lived in Colorado all my life and enjoy being outdoors enjoying all it has to offer. In my spare time you will find me mountain biking, cooking, reading a book or catching a flick.  I have a 6 year old son named Hunter and a 9 year old collie mix named Mokey.  I look forward to meeting you and your furry family here at Animal Care Centers.

Leslie Perry, Veterinary Assistant

Leslie PerryLesley is a Hawaii Native who moved to Colorado in 2007. She has been with the Animal Care Center family since May of 2010. She graduated with her B.A. degree in Zoology in 2004. For the past six years, Lesley has worked in various positions within the Veterinary field. Lesley is owned by her cocker spaniel Bosco.

Lisa Charles, Veterinary Assistant

Lisa CharlesAloha! My name is Lisa Charles. I have recently moved here from Hawaii. I am a proud Navy mom! I have been in the veterinary field for about 7 years. I have 2, 4-legged, furry children, a Jack Russell Terrier, Maluhia and a terrier mix, Geinki. I love spending time with my husband and 3 kids. My spare time consists of watching or coaching my children in sports.

I joined Animal Care Center in November of 2010. I really enjoy working here. The entire staff has made me feel welcome and part of the family.

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Linda Ringstad, Front Office Manager & Client Care Specialist

Linda RingstadHello, my name is Linda Ringtad and I have been here at the Animal Care Center since March 2008. I have been married “forever” and have 3 grown sons, Jacob, Seth, and Adam who are busy with school, work and building their futures. I met my husband, Kirk while at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa where I studied elementary education. We have moved several times; with moves from Iowa, to Colorado, to Texas, back to Colorado, to Indiana, and finally back to Colorado to stay. I taught preschool until my oldest was born here in Colorado and we homeschooled the boys during their elementary years, enjoying every minute. In 1997, I helped my husband start his business in stone restoration and concrete polishing, while volunteering in various roles at the boys’ schools, and working part time at the recreation center in the preschool program. Animals have always been a passion in my life and we currently have 2 dogs and a cat. I guess I am drawn to the creatures most vulnerable…animals and children who bring with them a purity of spirit that should be respected and protected. The veterinary field has been a terrific fit for me and I am thrilled to be working with such genuinely caring people and always look forward to getting to know our clients and their well cared for pets.

Tracy Gregory, Client Care Specialist

Tracy GregoryHi, I’m Tracy Gregory and I joined the Animal Care Center team as a Client Care Specialist in December of 2009. It’s wonderful being a part of such a caring group of people. I look forward to meeting you when you come into the Animal Care Center!

Amy Merz, Accounts Manager

Amy MerzMy name is Amy Merz. I have been a Client Care Manager at Animal Care Center since 2008. I am originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I worked at a local garden center for over 10 years. While working within the garden center business, I met and married my wonderful husband, Patrick.

Minnesota is also where we started our family of four-legged friends. First came “Rupert”, our frisky, Maine Coon cat, now 18 years old. He’s still as frisky as the first day we adopted him. Next came “Milo”, our 14-year-old Turkish Angora. The third addition, Bogart, came to the family as a gift from a friend. Bogart is our 7-year-old-stubborn-as-can-be-but-loveable Shih Tzu. And finally, our fourth family member came to us while I was working for a different vet hospital. Sam was brought in after being hit by a car with multiple bone breaks. It was love at first sight! He is a mixedbreed who is 7 years old. My husband and I love them all dearly.

I have very much enjoyed working for the Animal Care Centers. I work with a great staff and get to meet some wonderful clients and their pets. I look forward to meeting you and your four-legged family soon.

Rachel Millington, Administrative Assistant

Rachel and leeluMy name is Rachel Millington. I started working as a client care specialist in 2005 at another veterinary clinic.  In May of 2012, I was lucky enough to be brought on as a client care specialist at Animal Care Centers. I have been married to my best friend since 2007, and our “child” is our boxer named LeeLu. She has many health issues so I can sympathize with many of our patients and their owners. When I am not working I am with my family and always on a new adventure. I look forward to meeting you and your furry friends!!

Kristen Purcell

 My name is Kristen Purcell. Born and raised in New York, I moved to Colorado in 2001 to attend the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. I graduated in March 2003, and have been working as a CVT ever since. My experience includes everything from general practice, emergency medicine, and assisting boarded surgeons. After flirting with the idea for years, I finally decided to pursue physical rehabilitation. In July 2013, I attended the University of Tennessee Canine Physical Rehabilitation courses to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant. I joined the team at Animal Care Center and Animal Rehabilitation & Wellness Center in January 2013. It has been a wonderful experience thus far and I truly enjoy coming to work everyday. I married my amazing husband, Greg, in April 2010. Together we share five furry kids. Baron is our Golden Retriever in a black and tan costume, Bocce is our trouble maker puppy, and our cats are Belle, Rudy, and Eggplant. Greg and I love to travel, hike, ski, and do various other outdoor activities.

Brittany Baker

 Hi there! I am Brittany Baker, better known as “B-squared.” I graduated from Bel-Rea in March 2011. I have been a CVT at Animal Care Center since June 2012 and never been happier! I am Coloradan born and raised and never been skiing or snowboarding – that will be changing soon! I have a huge passion for all animals but specifically exotics. I have a 21 year old Corn Snake named Bob, and two cats that own me; Levi and Huey. Levi can sit and Huey rolls over on command. My hobbies are roller-skating, puzzles, being outdoors, and ZUMBA. I will be seeing you if you bring your pets to the Animal Care Center and the Rehabilitation and Wellness Center! I look forward to meeting you and your furry family.

Jen Steckline

Jen Steckline has been a certified technician since March of 2002. She had worked at a veterinary emergency and specialty hospital for the last 8 years. She started with Animal Care center of Castle Pines in September of 2012 and became the medical staff manager in 2014. Jen enjoys wine, cooking, hiking, camping, and snow shoeing. She also likes to spend time with her husband Derek, her son Blakely, and her dogs Malibu and Tank.

Heather Jelks

 Hi! My name is Heather and I have been a veterinary technician since 2005. I graduated from the Bel-Rea Institute and then I spent a portion of my career in emergency medicine and gained many critical care skills in that area. I now enjoy the variety that is offered at Animal Care center and the fantastic team with whom I get to work. In my free time I enjoy reading, playing violin, watching science fiction tv shows, spending time with my husband and our two pugs Darth Vader and Obi Wan Kenobi. I strive to improve my technical and nursing skills in this field and hope to pursue technician specialty one day.

Katie Dandurand

 I grew up in the sunny state of California as an outdoors girl, spending many days in mud puddles and climbing trees. I have my parents to thank for fostering my love of animals, teaching me that there is no greater gift to receive than the love of a pet – and we had many! Dogs, birds, and too many pocket pets to count, our family zoo was founded on love, and fostered with compassion. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, I spent many years working in the human resources field but ultimately my love of animals called me to pursue a second career in veterinary medicine. I graduated from Bel-Rea in 2009 with top honors, and am very proud to be a CVT! I have a passion for surgery and anesthesia, and love caring for your pets as if they were my own. I currently live in Parker with my husband Dale and our four legged children including our Samoyed Misha, and Choss, an Australian Shepherd. During my time off I enjoy the outdoors of Colorado snow skiing and running endurance races.

Brandy Golob

 Hi, my name is Brandy Golob. I moved to Colorado in 2000 with my mom from Montana. I have been a CVT for 7 years, graduating from Bel-Rea in 2007. I have 3 cats (Smokey, Missy, and Boo) and a dog named YJ (that is the love of my life.) In my free time I like to read, hike, and spend time with my family. I have worked for Animal Care Center since April 2012 and enjoy being part of the ACC family.

Taylor McEuen

 Hello all! My name is Taylor McEuen and I am a Certified Veterinary Technician. I moved to Colorado to attend the Bel-Rea Technical Institute and fell in love with the beautiful land of this state. I love the outdoors, and there’s no better place to enjoy the outdoors so thoroughly. I joined this field because I enjoy helping animals feel 100% again! I have 4 cats, 3 dogs, 3 bearded dragons, 1 frilled dragon, and 4 crested geckos (I know, sounds like a zoo right?) I love working at Animal Care Centers because everyone truly cares about the well being of the pets and it’s like working with a family of awesome, caring people here!

Lucy Egbert

 Hello! My name is Lucy. Originally from Oregon, I came to Colorado with a passion to help animals and to become a veterinary technician. While working on my degree from Bel-Rea Institute, I met my husband and fell in love with Colorado. In 2004, I graduated and began working where I discovered a passion for helping not only the animals but the people as well. When I’m not caring for animals and their owners, I enjoy spending time with my daughter, watching movies with my husband, and spending a quiet evening in with a good book. I have a Scottish terrier named MacDougle Laddyboy and a Ragdoll mix named Loki the Ninja Cat in Training. I look forward to meeting you and your pets!

Amanda Gomez

My name is Amanda Louise Gomez. I’m a 5th generation Colorado native, married, and have a wonderful step son. I have a passion for animals and as a child I grew up with almost a zoo! I’m a true lover of all animals, along with the aquatic animals, and reptiles. I have two daschunds, Fender and Gibson(both named after guitars), along with Siberian huskies and iguanas that are our family pets. I’m a very artistic person, loving to do hair and nails, which I feel is so calming and relaxing, along with doing any craft I can get my hands on. I have been in the veterinary field since 2008. As a veterinary assistant I love to help each and every animal that walks through the door. Learning in this field changes day by day and the future always hold many new experiences and I’m very excited to be here at Animal Care Centers!

Allison Mobley

 My name is Allie Mobley and animals have been my passion since before I could walk. From the age of three I would tell anyone who asked I wanted a career dedicated to helping animals. During my undergraduate at the University of Missouri, I had the opportunity to care for 5 species of Wolves, cattle, swine and domestic pets. After graduating with a Bachelors in Animal Science, emphasizing captive wildlife management I worked for several animal hospitals in Missouri and Oklahoma. Currently I am attempting to complete an Ultrasound Certification in Denver and further my education and experience in the animal health field. When I am not working or going to school, I enjoy spending my free time with my husband and our family. We love being outdoors: camping, hiking, running and fishing. I also enjoy cooking, baking and traveling. For now, our family consists of four-legged babies: Storm, a 6 year old Great Pyrenees, Lilly a 4 year old corgi and two cats under the age of 3.

Melanie Acker

Hi! My name is Melanie Acker. I moved to Colorado in 2008 from Texas in order to attend Colorado State University to further my dream of becoming a Veterinarian. I graduated from CSU in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Biomedical minor. I have worked in the Veterinary field since I was in high school, in various positions from volunteer to receptionist and now as your Veterinary Assistant, while continuing to apply to Veterinary school. In my spare time I am an avid reader of all types of books, listening to music, riding horses, volunteering, fostering animals, and when possible, traveling all over the world (the latest being Nicaragua).

Stevie Ventura

My name is Stevie Ventura. I started working as a Veterinary Assistant at a small animal practice in Southern California in 2007. I worked there for five years before Colorado became my home. I am currently attending Penn Foster Veterinary Technician program to become a certified veterinary technician. In my off time I try to be outside as much a possible. I enjoy hiking, camping, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and taking my dogs with me as much as possible.
I have three dogs, two Border Collies named Haylie and Kurt, and a Rough Collie named Harper. I also have 2 cats and 3 ferrets. It’s safe to say I operate a small zoo. I chose the veterinary field because I have a huge passion for animals. When I first started I had no idea just how rewarding helping animals was and that’s when I decided I was in love with this field and could not see myself doing anything else. Working for Animal Care Center, along with all of the Doctors and support staff, has been an amazing experience for me and has helped my love of my job grow even further. I have never worked with such an amazing group of people who I truly enjoy working with every day. I am one of the few in the world who is lucky enough to be able to say that I truly love my job.

Brenna Hiskett

I graduated with my B.S. in Animal Science, from Kansas State University, in 2010. After interning at an equine reproduction center, I decided I wanted to further pursue the veterinary field. I am currently in the process of becoming a certified technician. I have also recently decided that I would like to finish a couple prerequisits, and apply to Veterinary School within the next 1-2 years hopefully. Before coming here, I was working at a small animal and exotic veterinary clinic in Kansas. I have always been around animals. I grew up with dogs, cats and horses. That’s why I chose this field. I had always known I wanted to work with animals, but growing up my family taught me to treat animals as part of the family and not “just an animal”. I have one dog, Aurora, and one cat, Elsa, right now. Horses are probably my first love though. The Gentle Giants are by far my favorite, to work with and love on. When I’m not working, I can usually be found playing and hiking in the mountains with my dog and friends. I also highly enjoy trying new foods and breweries in the area!


My name is Amy Rathbun. I was born outside of Chicago and moved here to Colorado when I was still very young. I have always had a passion for animals and knew from a very young age that working with them was the right career for me. I attended the Bel-Rea Institute where I completed my schooling in March 2007 with an Associates of Applied Science in Animal Technology and from there went on to get my state Certification in June of 2007. My true passion is large animal medicine, but I find small animal medicine equally rewarding and satisfying. In my spare time I love to be outdoors; hiking, horseback riding, white water rafting, camping, etc. I have one beautiful dog a Bichon named Ava, who is still a work in progress, but she does get to spend a few days here and there wandering around the clinic. I look forward to meeting you and your family of pets.

Linda Ringstad

Hello, my name is Linda Ringstad and I have been with the Animal Care Centers since March of 2008. I am grateful for the relationships I have built here with the best pet owners in Colorado. I consider it a privilege to be your Client Services Manager. It is my goal every day to create an environment of compassion and friendship that will make your visit with us as pleasant as possible. We understand the animals are not the only ones a little “worried” when they come through our doors.
I am married to my college sweetheart, Kirk. We met while attending Iowa State University where my degree was elementary education. I taught preschool until my oldest was born here in Colorado and we homeschooled our three boys during their elementary years in Indiana. Moving back to Colorado I helped my husband start a business, which does decorative concrete and stone restoration. Now that our boys are grown, our home is filled with 4-legged kids(dogs and cat). We have also embarked into the world of grandparenthood. It is truly grand!
Animal Care Centers has been a perfect fit for me. It gives me the opportunity to work with and meet people who share my love and respect for animals while also growing in knowledge about best pet care. If I don’t know you already, I hope to soon.

Alicia Rickert

 I am a small town girl and an avid animal lover; I am the proud mom of a St. Bernard: Bear and Newfoundland: Arwyn. When I moved from Kansas to Colorado in July of 2013 I decided with the change of scenery I wanted to change from Human medical administration to Animal medical administration. I love my job here at the ACC, the people I work with, and can’t wait to meet you and your four legged family members.

Jen Blindert Bio

 My name is Jen Blindert and I have a blast caring for and playing with the variety of dogs that have participated in group play and recreational swimming at the Animal Recreation Center. I accredit my love for animals to my dad. My dad would take me to the San Diego Zoo to watch the giant tortoises eat their breakfast. Growing up in a military family we moved a LOT, but after my brother was born we settled down in Southeast Michigan. Thankfully, my parents let my brother and I have pets (and we took advantage with 3 golden retrievers, 3 cats, 4 turtles, a guinea pig, a rabbit, and a tank full of fish). I attended Hillsdale College in South central Michigan. At Hillsdale, I ran on the cross country and track teams while I studied to earn my B.S. in Biology. I also had the opportunity to travel to South Africa to collect data for my thesis project which focused on cheetah genetics (and the effects of breeding in captivity). I attended Colorado State University where I completed my Masters of. My thesis focused on receptor proteins (guanylyl cyclases) in the molting pathway of crustaceans. After graduating from CSU, I traveled to Texas for a summer internship raising whitetail deer fawns. When I returned to Colorado, I was offered the opportunity to work for the Division of Wildlife at the Foothills Wildlife Research Facility in Fort Collins. Although my main tasks were feeding and monitoring animals – elk, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, quail and bobcat – I also trained bighorn and domestic sheep lambs for a study involving the transfer of Pasturella between wild and domesticated animals. On New Year’s Day 2011, I married my amazing husband, Dustyn (whom I met at church). After months of begging him, we finally adopted a dog! Her name is Peaches and just like her owner, she LOVES the snow! Dogs are very special animals and deserve special care. As a dog owner and animal lover, I appreciate trustworthy, loyal care for my pets and I am honored to provide that service and feeling of relief for clients here at the Animal Recreation Center of Castle Pines.

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