Your Love, Our Calling

This is our life’s purpose.

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Renown. Compassionate. Driven. This is a special team. Filled with board-certified specialists, industry pioneers and innovators, and some of the most caring people you will ever meet… this is exactly the team you want caring for your pet. And we’ll love you like family.

Doctors

Missy Tasky

DVM/Owner

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.

Leslie Dunham

DVM

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 soft tissue surgery, feline medicine, pain control, feline behavior, dentistry, and Fear Free practice.

When I’m not working, I enjoy rock climbing, snowboarding, running, baking, traveling, and scrapbooking. I currently share my home with my two rescues: Penny, an adorable tuxedo cat who can sit and shake on command, and Kira, a sweet Boxer mix who loves coming to work with me every day.

Danielle Powers

DVM

Born and raised in south Louisiana (aka Cajun country), I grew up surrounded by family who had a huge love and respect for the great outdoors, nature, and all living things. The beauty and mystery of the world around us sparked my passion to help and heal all things great and small—a passion that led me to pursue the best career in the world; becoming a veterinarian!

After graduating from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor’s in Biology, I attended and received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University. At graduation, I was honored with the top senior student award in both Cardiology and Diagnostic Imaging—which are still my greatest strengths in practice today. After achieving my life-long goal, I decided to make a bold move and start my new dream career in Denver, CO! My goal in practice is to always carry that same bright-eyed, energetic, ever-learning passion that I’ve had since childhood to every single patient and pet parent that I have the privilege to help in practice every day.

I am loving Colorado and (after learning how to drive in the snow), I now enjoy skiing, hiking, camping, art exhibits, music concerts, and painting pet portraits! My partner and I have 4 cats and are hoping to bring a pup into our small family soon (if our cats allow it).

Chad VanKoot

DVM

Bio cominng soon!

David Jimenez

Board Certified Radiologist

Dr. Jiménez grew up in Miami, Florida. He completed a Bachelor of Science at Florida International University and then traveled to Indiana, to obtain his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After a diagnostic imaging internship in Denver, he worked for two years in small animal primary care. He then returned to Florida to complete an additional diagnostic imaging internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists. The next three years were spent completing a diagnostic imagi