Meet Our Staff

relaxing kitten

Rogue

Rogue

Rogue is supposed to be our greeter but he really could care less. More often than not you will find him sleeping in the basket that he has claimed on the front desk. He will jump down every now and then and “check out” a dog that is waiting in the lobby. As soon as he decides there is no threat, he is usually right back in “his” basket.

Dr. Missy Tasky

Missy Tasky

My mom says I have wanted to be a veterinarian since the 4th grade. I guess if mom says it, it is true. I grew up in Virginia (just outside of Washington D.C.), and l remember begging my local veterinarian to hire me when I was 13 or 14 years of age. I finally wore him down, and was thrilled to be hired as a kennel assistant at the age of 15. I obtained an Animal Science degree (even had to Iearn how to work with large animals) at Virginia Tech, and was fortunate to get accepted to Auburn University and graduate from vet school in 1991. I immediately came to Denver after graduation and worked at other area clinics for about 9 years prior to opening Gentle Touch in 2000.

l am very passionate about meeting the needs of all our clients and patients, and treat all patients as if they were my own. I am most proud of the programs l have developed to offer preventive care to all patients in a fear free environment. I think the human animal bond is extremely important, and strive to offer all I can to extend that bond to every client and pet for as long as possible.

When not at the hospital (yes that does happen on occasion), I love to travel and pursue my other passion of photography. I also enjoy many of the outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer, and try to get to a concert at Red Rocks at least once a year. I currently have one dog at home (Stella) who seems to be the unofficial mascot of Gentle Touch, and enjoy spending time with her and the rest of my family.

Dr. Amanda Fleischman

Dr. Amanda Fleischman

For as long as I can remember, I have had a love of animals. From rescuing wildlife to picking up the neighborhood stray, my parents always allowed me to follow my passion for helping them. When my kindergarten teacher told the class that we would be having pet day, I finally got a pet I could call my own - a rabbit named Tootsie Roll. As the years went on, Tootsie was joined by multiple rabbits, fish, a cat, dogs, an iguana, a hamster, and turtles. While growing up, my house was known as the Fleischman Farm.

I am originally from Miami, Florida. I completed my undergraduate studies at Tulane University and earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and certificate in shelter medicine from the University of Florida. Following graduation, I completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson.

I joined the Gentle Touch Team in 2016 after relocating to Denver to be closer to my family. I am passionate about forming relationships with my clients and their animals. Caring for an animal is a family affair and I am honored to be a part of this. I treat every patient of mine as if he or she was my own. My dad always told me "if you love what you do, you'll never go to work a day in your life." This is how I feel about veterinary medicine. I feel so lucky to be able to do what I do everyday.
 
My areas of interest include surgery, dermatology, and shelter medicine. My pet family (all rescues) includes three cats (Milo, Oliver, and Lily) and one dog (Zoey). In my free time, I enjoy working on my freshwater aquarium, dancing, spending time with my family, and exploring this great city.

Dr. Natalie Alberg

Dr. Natalie Alberg

I grew up in Chester, Virginia, a small town south of Richmond. My love of animals and desire to help others comes from my supportive family.  Our home was always bustling with affectionate cats and energetic dogs, for as long as I can remember. If ever there was an opportunity to help an animal (rescue, adoption, or fostering) my parents let me do my part.  

In 2009, I received my Bachelor Degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  I graduated magna cum laude and with distinction.  Following graduation, I worked for over a year at a local animal hospital as a veterinary assistant and volunteered at multiple animal rescues. In 2012, I completed my Masters in Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University.  I continued my education at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, Indiana.  While there I was involved in multiple academic and philanthropic organizations. I graduated from Purdue in 2016, earning my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. 
After graduating from Purdue, I moved back to Colorado with my boyfriend and goofball kitty, Milo. Milo has been a notoriously "difficult" cat at the vet, and his struggles have motivated me to work at a clinic that shares my values of low-stress feline handling.  I honestly can relate to all the cat owners that get just as stressed as their feline companions when thinking about going to the vet.  Gentle Touch Animal Hospital prides itself on being a low-stress clinic and I was immediately impressed by these standards in addition to their energy, compassion, and constant desire to provide top-notch medical care.   I joined the hospital in December 2016, and am beyond grateful to be part of this lovely group.

My special interests include: all things cat (low-stress feline medicine), dentistry, anesthesia/analgesia, and client education.  I think the backbone of a great veterinarian is quality client education.  I am constantly impressed by an owner's love and dedication to the well-being of his/her pet.  It is my goal to maintain and build upon those strong bonds by providing excellent medical care and individualized education.

Outside of veterinary medicine, I LOVE the outdoors.  I specifically enjoy backpacking, running, climbing, and crocheting.  I completed a 10-day backpack trip in Glacier National Park in June 2016 and my friends and family are already planning a 7-day summer raft trip on the Smith River in Montana!

Dr. Preston Stubbs

Preston Stubbs

I am a native of western New York and grew up in northern Virginia. I graduated in 1990 from the Virginia- Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and received my internship training at Cornell University. I completed a residency in small animal surgery at the University of Florida in 1994. I am board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. I have held positions in academic and large private referral practice settings. I started Mile High Veterinary Surgical Specialists, a mobile surgical service, in late 2012. I have published numerous articles in refereed journals and have authored several book chapters. I have also presented many scientific lectures and continuing education presentations both nationally and abroad. I was also featured in the Animal Planet network’s Emergency Vets and ER Vets: Interns television programs. My wife Laura and I have 5 children and enjoy life in Denver, Colorado. 

Dr. Carrie Ginieczki

Carrie Ginieczki

I received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University.  I then pursued a rotating small animal internship at Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  Following my internship, I completed a combined cardiology residency and Masters program at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University.  Immediately following my residency, I achieved board certification in the discipline of veterinary cardiology through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

 

During my time at Purdue, I was thoroughly trained in echocardiography, the clinical discipline of veterinary cardiology and catheter-based techniques that offer minimally invasive options at correcting congenital heart disease.  I also performed research and published articles related to many aspects of veterinary cardiology.  Topics I have covered include therapy for Atrial Fibrillation, anticoagulant therapy and pacemaker patients. This is my passion!

I am the the founder and sole owner of Colorado Veterinary Cardiology.  I have a passion for assisting clients in diagnosing and treating dogs and cats with heart disease.  I live in Evergreen, Colorado with my husband, son, cat and the many wild animals that visit our home daily.  I am an active mountain biker, rock climber, cross-country skier and yoga enthusiast.

Dr. Linda Konde

Linda Konde

I received my veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 1976. I interned in private practice for one year and then completed a 3 year residency in radiology at The Ohio State University. I am board certified in veterinary radiology and am a member of the American College of Veterinary Radiologists, with a special interest in ultrasound. I taught at Colorado State University as an assistant professor from 1980-1987.During that time, I was one of the pioneers in veterinary ultrasound; I published several articles, lectured at veterinary meetings, and authored several book chapters on veterinary ultrasound and radiology. I also taught at North Carolina State University for a couple years before establishing Diagnostic Imaging, PC in Aurora, Colorado in 1991. I live in Aurora, CO with my 2 children, Jayme and T.J., and 3 cats, Chrissie Mistletoes, Joey Noodles, and Willie B...(good or bad?). I enjoy reading, traveling, and creative projects.

Stephanie Adamson

Stephanie Adamson

I have been the Practice Manager at Gentle Touch Animal Hospital since June 2009. I was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia and graduated from Marymount University with a degree in Business Administration. It has always been my passion to make any business become a “well-oiled machine.”

Combining my passion for business with my compassion for animals was a no-brainer for me. I have always had a pet in my home and knew that they received unlimited love and care. I want to be a part of a practice that wants to make sure every pet that we come into contact with will have that same level of love and care! That we practice fear free medicine is an added bonus! When the opportunity for me to join the Gentle Touch family arose, I jumped at the chance. I feel that I can achieve my goal of every pet, every time, while making sure that our team and clients are happy and fulfilled.

At home, I enjoy the company of my husband, 2 daughters, 2 dogs and 1 cat. As a family, we enjoy traveling and visiting the great Rocky Mountains to ski, explore the many trails available to hike or just relax. When I have my own time I can often be found with my nose in a book dreaming of the day when I will be a published mystery writer myself! 

Chelsey Kline

Chelsey Kline

I have been with Gentle Touch Animal Hospital since April 2014 as a Certified Technician. I was born and raised in Wyoming and moved to Denver in 2009 to attend Bel-Rea lnstitute. I decided to stay here after graduating in 2011. I have worked in both specialty and general practices both of which have reinforced the habit of providing individualized quality care to every patient; every time.

Starting at a young age I had the privilege of owning everything from dogs to horses to reptiles and being able to connect with the different species solidified my love to care for each pet that comes into the hospital as if they were my own. I share my home with a Mastiff mix named Chewie who has one of the goofiest personalities I've seen and a Presa Canario named Rogue Legolas. With their endless amount of energy we enjoy being outdoors as much as possible. We  enjoy our weekend hikes, camping trips, playing in the streams and lakes we come across and our many visits to the dog park. When my furry tag-alongs are not with me I enjoy riding my motorcycle through the beautiful mountain roads, riding motorcross, playing volleyball and snowboarding. 

Breanna Wilske

Breanna Wilske

I have been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2013. I have always loved helping animals and educating the humans that belong to them! That is my favorite part of my job. I am passionate about the human animal bond and getting to know every client and patient.

In my free time I love being in the great Colorado outdoors with my 2 dogs, 1 cat and 2 goats. I can often be found hiking the many trails we have with my dogs. Thankfully, I leave my cat and goats at home!

Katy Vargas

Katy Vargas

I am from Texas and a recent graduate of Baylor University. I am thrilled to be a Veterinary Assistant at Gentle Touch. I chose the veterinary field because I love helping animals and, more importantly, I love helping the pet parent. Having a part in keeping the human animal bond strong and healthy makes my day. The puppy and kitten kisses are an added bonus!

I recently moved to Denver to reach my ultimate goal of attending CSU to become a veterinarian so that I can take my impact on pets and their owners to the next level.

When I am not at Gentle Touch Animal Hospital I am spending time with my crazy German Shepherd and a cat.

Nichole Skillman

Nichole Skillman

I am a Veterinary Assistant at Gentle Touch Animal Hospital and am a Colorado native. I spent 3 years at CSU with a concentration on nutrition. When I decided to leave CSU and pursue other options, animal care was the first to come to mind. Veterinary medicine has always been a passion for me. It’s more than taking care of the animals; it’s about being able to help the owners help their pets. As a pet parent myself, I feel that I know what it is like when you want to take the best care of your pet and you find a Veterinarian that feels the same way. That is why I always strive to make your pet as happy and comfortable as possible. Our fear free practice here does just that and I love it!

In my free time, I am the single mother of 2 beautiful boys; Liam and Aiden. I have a lively Pomeranian, Ada, and a horse, Ponyboy. Ponyboy has been in my life since I was 15! My family and I love to be outdoors and enjoy all that Colorado has to offer. If given a quiet moment to myself you can find me enjoying a book or the quiet serenity that Ponyboy provides.

Chelsea Turner

Chelsea Turner

I am a Veterinary Assistant at Gentle Touch Animal Hospital and have been working with animals since 2013. I was born and raised in beautiful Central Vermont and first started in the industry with a pet care company in Boston. While there I focused my work on sick and elderly pets who required special care and attention. Through my experience with such a diverse group I strengthened my passion for ensuring each patient receives the unique and personalized care that they deserve.

The animals I work with bring joy to my life that is unmatched by anything else. I’m thrilled to be helping to implement the fear-free practice at Gentle Touch!

Kasey Mog

Kasey Mog

When I joined Gentle Touch Animal Hospital as a Customer Service Rep, I was ultimately achieving a goal I’d had for years – to work with animals. About ten years ago I worked in a veterinary clinic, then life got in the way and I ended up in Corporate America for the last several years. I always knew that world wasn’t for me, as my heart truly lies with animals and the ability to work with them. My favorite book as a child (and still in my top three) was “All Creatures Great and Small” written by Dr. James Herriot, a British veterinarian. That book started my passion for the veterinary world, and now I am finally immersed in it and feel like I’ve caught up to where I’ve always wanted to be.

When I’m not working, I spend my time at home with my two kitties reading, coloring, and wondering what exactly cats are made of, as I wish I had that kind of agility! When I’m not at home I can be found out on my family property in Kiowa enjoying the clean air and hiking about. I am a native here in Colorado and can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Adam Buckmaster

Adam Buckmaster

~~I was originally born in London, England. There I received a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology. I worked at Woburn Safari Park for a number of years and bonded with the BIG cats! Eventually I wanted to spend more time with the domestic animals so I started managing a pet store until my move to the states in July of 2015. I had to wait a while to obtain my work visa, but joined the Gentle Touch team as a Veterinary Assistant as soon as I did. I am excited to be given the opportunity to continue my work in such a fulfilling field.  My ultimate goal is to obtain my citizenship.

I have enjoyed caring for a wide variety of my own animals over the years from my corn snake to my Labrador retrievers. They all kept me fit and on my toes. In my spare time I love to explore the great outdoors with my Cairn terrier as well as enjoy all of the activities that Denver offers.

Jennifer Nordin

I have been working as a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2013 and have lived in Colorado since 2001. I've been lucky enoughto work with everything from a big horn sheep to mice. My passion is behavior and reading our patient's body language and helping them to become more relaxed in the veterinary hospital environment. Once you learn to read a patient's behavior, you can make the right choices to make them happier and more comfortable in the clinic. That is why I love Gentle Touch Animal Hospital and the Fear-Free Program.

When I am not working I will be with my son enjoying his company. We love to see movies and just spend quality time together. We have two cats, Darcy and Sven, and two mice, Luna and Albus. And yes, the cats and the mice get along just fine! 

Victoria Gilley

Though I have been happy to call Colorado my home for almost three years, I am originally from Florida. In 2014, I received my Bachelor's degree in Biology from Florida State University, but have been working with animals in a variety of settings since 2011, and I absolutely love it! From a zoo, to a wildlife rehab facility, to an animal shelter, I am now ecstatic to finally have the opportunity to work with companion animals in a veterinary setting as both a customer service representative and a veterinary assistant. I am so fascinated by human/animal bonds, and feel honored to be part of helping to strengthen them. 

When I’m not serving my feline friends, Jax and Opie, or entertaining my canine companion, Rumba, you can probably find me watching my favorite sci-fi shows, learning a new recipe to cook, or singing along with some Broadway tunes.

Brenda Brooks

I absolutely love being a Customer Service Rep at Gentle Touch Animal Hospital. I grew up in Phoenix, but moved to Colorado 22 years ago, and never looked back. I have a degree in graphic design and worked for a printing company for many years, but it was always just a “job” and I was not passionate about it. What I am passionate about is animals and the wonderful effects that our pets have on our health and on our lives. The best part of working with the team at Gentle Touch is knowing that I get to contribute to pets and their humans living a long, healthy, happy life together!

When I’m not working, you can usually find me either exploring this beautiful city with my Mastiff mix, Bella (we especially like to play in the snow) or snuggled up with a good book and my cat, Cali. My furry girls are my world and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Emily Salinas

I am the Kennel Technician at Gentle Touch Animal Hospital and am so excited to start my career here. I am currently attending Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology and will soon be a Certified Veterinary Technician. I have always had a passion for animals and want to help them in any way that I can.

I am originally from Utah and hope to have the opportunity to travel and visit many places throughout my life. When I am not studying or working I enjoy being the proud parent of a yellow lab and a large, fluffy, orange cat who is most likely our clinic cat’s twin!

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