Carolyn, Office Manager
Carolyn loves all animals but has a special place in her heart for rescues.
Growing up in Massachusetts, Carolyn always knew she wanted a career working with animals. Carolyn moved to Colorado in 2004. In 2007, she earned her Veterinary Assistant Certification. After taking time off to care for her firstborn son, Carolyn was excited to join the team at Briargate Boulevard Animal Hospital in 2013.
Carolyn is the office manager, taking care of HR and administrative duties & She also assists with patient care alongside the technicians and doctors. You might see her all over the hospital! She enjoys meeting new patients as well as seeing familiar faces.
While Carolyn thoroughly enjoys caring for clients and their pets, her greatest achievement and greatest joy are being a mother. She and her husband have two sons. She also loves going to concerts (especially at Red Rocks!), reading, hiking and taking trips back east to be with family and to be near the ocean. Carolyn is also an enthusiastic hockey fan.
As an animal lover, Carolyn has a few at home. Samson, the sassiest and social of Carolyn’s cats greets every guest who visits their home. Affectionate Elliott has developed a great love for his laser pointer toy and loves to snuggle. Her family also has a Betta Fish, who was named affectionately by her eldest son. Her “soul pup” Finn crossed the rainbow bridge in October 2017. He is missed dearly.
Tabor, Client Care Specialist
Tabor is originally from Maine. She is a Navy “Brat” and has lived all over the east coast. She moved to Colorado when she was 7 years old. She graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2005. She worked as a technician until 2012. She then shifted gears and worked as a pharmacy technician for about 4 years before returning to veterinary medicine as a Client Care Specialist. She has been with Briargate Boulevard Animal Hospital for over a year now and feels that she works with the best team! She is honored to be here and hopes to be a team member for years to come.
Crystal, Client Care Specialist
Crystal was born and raised here in Colorado. Her passions are reading, writing, drawing and video games. Basically, if it’s nerdy you can count her in! She lives with her husband, Corey and their three doggos; Samwise, Shep and Luca. Prior to animal medicine, she was a zookeeper where she worked with the Great Apes. Working with animals is one of the greatest and most rewarding things in her life and she can’t imagine doing anything else!
Jessica, Certified Veterinary Technician/Lead Technician
Jessica was raised in Fountain, Colorado. After graduating High School she moved to Fort Collins. Jessica attended Front Range Community College and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2007. Over the years she has worked in small animal practice. She loves meeting and working with clients and their fur babies. Jessica is very happily married and she and her husband have two wonderful daughters. Her family also includes a pup named Dude, as well as a rescue cat named Chuck. Jessica has always had a passion for Veterinary Medicine and loves all animals. She feels she is truly working her dream job and she loves every minute of it.
Megan, Certified Veterinary Technician
Megan hails from the east coast-Maryland specifically. She and her family came to Colorado in 2008 and have loved every minute. She has her own menagerie at home… 6 cats, 4 dogs, 2 kids and the partridge in the pear tree (Kidding!)
She has a deep passion for animals and would take them all home if she could. When she is not enveloped with animals, Megan spends as much time with her kids as possible. Crafting and laughing, they belong to a group called 719 Rocks and nature centers all over town; taking pictures and unforgettable memories.
Christa, Certified Veterinary Technician
Christa is originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico. She has 2 dogs named Teagan and Kaelyn and 3 Leopard Geckos named Frank, Sophia and Calypso. She loves camping with her boyfriend, hiking and kayaking. She loves working with people to help take care of their animals. She has a very large family that she enjoys spending time with.
Missy, Veterinary Technician
Missy hails from the beautiful San Luis Valley of southern Colorado. Her passion for agriculture and animals lead her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Upon completion, she was offered a position as a Research Assistant on the CSU research farm back in the “valley.” Missy remained there for a few years breeding potatoes and collecting research on small grains and alfalfa. Due to her mother’s health, Missy relocated to a lower elevation to Colorado Springs. With the absence of agriculture, she transitioned into city life by attending PIMA Medical Institute for the Veterinary Technician program. With just over four years experience, she joined the team here at Briargate Blvd. Animal Hospital.
When not working, Missy enjoys time with her new husband and step-son and escapes to the San Luis Valley every chance given to her. Her favorite past times include fishing, hunting and being a groupie for her husband’s bands, Channel 27 and Determyned.
Katie, Veterinary Technician
Katie was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. Like any Colorado native she enjoys being outside hiking and camping with her husband. She also enjoys taking pictures, most of her dogs. In the winter Katie likes to scrapbook, rock climb and participates in hot yoga. Katie has wanted to work with animals since she was in 1st grade. She has always had a passion to help animals live long, happy lives.
Her first job was at a kennel when she was 16. Katie loved seeing all the different kinds of dogs. She has always had a dog growing up. Katie’s favorite quote is “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our life whole.” Katie graduated from PIMA Medical Institute in November of 2013. Since then she has worked in general practice as well as ER as a vet tech. Katie became “Fear Free” certified in January 2017. She is very happy to happy to be at Briargate Blvd Animal Hospital because the staff is very kind and caring towards your pets. They treat every client and patient like family.
Celeste, Kennel Attendant/Veterinary Assistant
Celeste was born in Ogden, Utah. She has lived all over the globe- including England, Germany and also stateside in Las Vegas, Nevada. She moved to Colorado Springs over a year ago. She has 3 children. They share their home with two dogs. She has always had a love for animals and caring for them has been a passion of hers. She enjoys spending time her kids (furry kids as too!) She loves being outdoors, reading, watching movies and spending time with friends and family. Celeste has completed a course at Animal Behavior College and looks forward to continuing her education to further herself into her veterinary career.
Ariana, Veterinary Assistant
My name is Ariana Angelina Garcia but I go by Ari. I was born and raised in sunny Southern California. I moved to Colorado Springs 5 years ago, it was here that I found my path in life but most importantly what I am most passionate about; helping and caring for animals and their people. I graduated from PIMA Medical Institute with my certification in veterinary assisting in 2014, since then I have worked for a corporate hospital, emergency hospital and now at Briargate Boulevard Animal Hospital. Along the way, I have learned a lot of what is required in this field and what I want in my career. I am proud and ecstatic to be working with the people here at Briargate Boulevard Animal Hospital, they have shown me love, support, and great passion for what they do. They inspire me each day to continue growing in my personal.
life as well my work life. We all look forward to each and every one of our clients and patients walking in the door to see us!
Heather, Kennel Attendant
Heather is originally from Oregon. She moved to Colorado with her husband who is from South Korea. He is in the military. They have two dogs, a Pitbull and a Shar Pei. They also share their home with 3 cats. Heather loves hiking and trying new things. She has a strong passion for animals and feels the drive to help them in any way she can. She is our newest team member and is excited to learn new things!