Meet Our Staff

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Rogue
Operations Manager

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
DVM/Owner

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. Leslie Dunham
DVM

Dr. Leslie Dunham

I was born in Seoul, South Korea but was raised in Oregon.  I received my undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from Seattle University and received my doctorate of veterinary medicine from Oregon State University in 2013.  I had always dreamed of living in Colorado and finally made the move in 2015.  I love the diversity and excitement being a veterinarian brings to each day and have a special interest in feline medicine, feline behavior, soft tissue surgery, and pain control.  When I’m not working, I enjoy rock climbing, snowboarding, running, baking, traveling, scrapbooking and photography.  I currently share my home with Penny, a super sweet and cuddly cat who was abandoned in a parking lot.  We have discussed opening our home to more pets but she’s still warming up to the idea.

 

Dr. Preston Stubbs
Board Certified Surgeon

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
Board Certified Cardiologist

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, daughter, 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
Board Certified Radiologist

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
Hospital Administrator/Owner

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
Lead Certified Veterinary Technician

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. 

Cassie Shields
Certified Veterinary Technician

Cassie Shields

Hello! Growing up in rural Pennsylvania I was fortunate enough to develop a love for animals at a very young age. We always had a home full of pets. I have been a Certified Technician at Gentle Touch since 2018 and enjoy being a part of the excellent patient care that is provided.

Outside of work I take joy in hiking or biking the many parks that Colorado has to offer. I have two bunnies, a cat, a dog and a lizard that take up the rest of my free time but, I wouldn't have it any other way. I love helping animals and look forward to coming to work everyday!

Samantha Highley
Certified Veterinary Technician

Samantha Highley

I am so lucky to work with this amazing team at Gentle Touch Animal Hospital. I am a Colorado native and have loved animals my entire life. Growing up in Estes Park, I was always the go-to for our neighbors and friiends to pet sit for their fur babies while they were out of town. This tradition continues into my adult life for foster care as well.

I graduated from Bel-Rea in 2009 and have been working with animals in both the medical and boarding industry for over 10 years. I love being outdoors, hiking and camping especially, going to concerts and rock climbing. My favorite pastime, however, is spending time with my kitties, Schrodinger and Lillith Lilu, and my rescued dogs, Fate and Baby.

Katy Vargas
Lead Veterinary Assistant

Katy Vargas

I am from Texas and a 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 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 cat, read, hike, play quidditch, and, of course, spend time with my boyfriend (otherwise known as Ginger)

Justice Hendrix
Certified Veterinary Assistant

Justice  Hendrix

I was born and raised in Colorado, thus the rarity of being a native. I've had a passion for animals for as long as I can remember. I knew the best way that I could help them was by educating their pet parent to do what is best for them. That is why I decided to become a Certified Veterinary Asisstant. Shortly after graduating from PIMA Medical Institue I started working at Gentle Touch Animal Hospital. I truly love this organization and the high quality of care and attention that is given to every client and patient who passes through our doors.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my two fur babies, Alice and Peanut, as well as my family and friends.

Adam Buckmaster
Veterinary Assistant

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.

Nabria Washington
Certified Veterinary Assistant

Nabria Washington

I am a Denver native who graduated from PIMA Medical Institute in 2015 as a Certified Veterinary Assistant. I love animals and  the fact that I'll do whatever I can to help them feel better makes my passion even stronger. I am very happy to be a part of the Gentle Touch family.

In my free time I enjoy playing video games, taking my dog to parks to run free and baking cookies and cakes with my boyfriend.

Haley Orr
Veterinary Assistant

Haley Orr

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I have worked with animals since 2013 and helping them while educating their families will always be a passion of mine. I work hard to ensure that is reflected with every client and patient I come in to contact with. I enjoy assisting all of our awesome technicians and doctors here at Gentle Touch Animal Hospital, and I am glad that they share the same values that I do. I hope to start school soon to become a certified technician.

When I am not at work I love to play volleyball, snowboard and spend time with my boyfriend and our fur babies. They are my partners in crime; Maya, a German Shepherd and Dusty, a Pomeranian. I am a Colorado native and intend to stay in this beautiful state helping people's pets for a long time!

Nichole Skillman
Lead Customer Service Rep

Nichole Skillman

I am Lead Customer Service Rep 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 mother of 2 beautiful boys; Liam and Aiden. I have a lively Pomeranian, Ada, who you will often find under the front desk hereand 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.

Destiny Arriaga
Kennel Assistant

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I have been with Gentle Touch Animal Hospital since September 2017 as a Kennel Technician. I was raised in Texas, but I moved to Denver over the summer to attend Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. I gained animal experience by working at a dog and cat boarding facility in Arlington, Texas for a year and a half.

My strong love for animals truly started with my first dog, Ladie. She was a rambunctious black Labrador stray puppy that I instantly bonded with. She was my best friend, and she taught me true loyalty. I did everything I could to bring a smile to her face, and she always did the same for me. I strongly believe that animals make the world a better place. One day, I hope to not only care for dogs and cats, but exotic and wild animals as well.

I have five sweet guinea pigs: Margo, Sammy, Stevie, Bridget, and Carly. I love all five of my babies, and I spoil them daily with their favorite vegetables and endless love. When I am not at school or working, I am spending time with family and friends, cuddling my fur babies, and enjoying Colorado’s beautiful weather. I am beyond grateful to be a part of the Gentle Touch family, and I look forward to furthering my knowledge in animal care and medicine.

Your pets are family. Get them the care they deserve.

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