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! I have two precious roommates/best friends—my cats Sushi and Sully. I’m also hoping to bring a pup into my small family soon (if my cats decide to allow it).

Preston Stubbs

Board Certified Surgeon

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.

Carrie Ginieczki

Board Certified Cardiologist

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.

Leila Worth

Board Certified Radiologist

I spent my formative years in Europe and returned to the US for college at Williams where I majored in Math and Psychology. After getting a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara I taught at the Pennsylvania State University. Feeling less than fulfilled I left my first career to go to veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania. Following veterinary school I completed an internship in large animal ultrasound and cardiology at the New Bolton Center. A residency in radiology (also at Penn) was a natural next step. When done with my specialty education I moved to Colorado where I joined Diagnostic Imaging a group of boarded veterinary radiologists serving the Denver metro area. When not working I enjoy any form of biking or skiing, ice climbing, and running with my dogs Ditto and Hudson. Currently my family consists of two dogs.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

– Maya Angelou

Leadership

Stephanie Adamson

Hospital Administrator/Owner

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 major in Business Administration and minor in Marketing. 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!

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

-Anatole France

Care Team

Chelsey Kline

Lead Certified Veterinary Technician

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

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!

Chelsea Tincoff

Certified Veterinary Technician

Ever since I was 4 I have had a deep love for animals. Before that I wanted to be a Paleontologist; but that’s a long story. I grew up in Aurora, CO in a house that some people may call a zoo. We always had a wide variety of animals with 3 dogs, 3 cats, 3 ferrets, snakes, lizards, mice, hamsters and guinea pigs . I remember bringing home wounded animals and trying to nurse them back to health, with the best of my ability. This never wavered, I have been in this industry ever since.

I graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2012 and was certified shortly after. My passions are dentistry and striving to being at a fear free certified practice, like Gentle Touch. In my free time I enjoy hiking with my Shar Pei mix Kato and my Chihuahua Hermes, hanging out with my cat Naji, painting and reading.

Justice Hendrix

Certified Veterinary Assistant

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

Lead Veterinary Assistant

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 and Labrador as well as enjoy all of the activities that Denver offers.

Edina Duran

Veterinary Assistant

I was born and raised in El Paso, TX. Growing up, my love for animals grew as I had many rescue dogs and cats over the years. I have experience in grooming and also had a small dog walking/boarding business in Washington. I just moved from the Pacific Northwest, and will be settling down in Colorado once my husband is out of the military. I am currently a full time student working on a degree in Science. I plan to transfer to CSU for my bachelor’s and beyond. I hope to get accepted into CSU’s Veterinarian Medicine program.

At home I have two German Shepherds Gideon and Syrus, Mina the cat, Chicken the fish and my parent’s two Chihuahuas Thor and Loki. In my spare time I like to binge watch The Office or play video games on Xbox.

Nichole Skillman

Operational Supervisor

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.

Chrisi French

Veterinary Assistant

I began my veterinary journey just this past year, but the passion for helping animals has always been a strong driving force. As a child raised in the woods in New Hampshire, my mom tells me that I would return from a day of playing outside brandishing injured snakes, ‘pet’ mice, and just about anything breathing that would let me love it. I’ve always had at least one dog in my life, and I’ve been fortunate to also share my home with cats, bunnies, rodents, and reptiles over the years. These days, our dog Pepper is more than enough to fill our house with life, love, and just the right amount of chaos.

When I’m not at Gentle Touch, I spend my time photographing the lovely people of Denver, and relaxing with my boyfriend and the pup! I look forward to continuing my education in the veterinary field, and hope to be a technician in the near future.

Bringing pet owners peace of mind is something that I find so fulfilling, and I’m so happy to be a cog in the wheel of this incredible team.

Julian Soto

Technician Assistant

I was born in Brooklyn, NY, where I had the pleasure of working for a dog walking company as well as a doggy daycare, which eventually led to me starting my own dog walking company. During my time in NY, I cared for a wide variety of pets from dogs and cats to rabbits and turtles commonly doing walks, feedings, medications, clean ups, overnights and boarding. Caring for animals has always been a passion of mine and I find it to be quite rewarding getting to see their faces every day.

I moved to Denver, CO in April of 2019 and started with Gentle Touch Animal Hospital shortly after moving to this wonderful state! I then adopted my superhero rescue pup, Bobo. In my free time I enjoy taking in all the art and nature this amazing city has to offer and I’m excited to be in an environment where I can be around my best friends all day while providing them the care they need!

Lexandra Ditzler

Customer Service Representative

Hi! I’m a Colorado native and I’ve been working with animals for as long as I can remember. From rescuing strays, lost animals, animal sitting, working at an emergency vet clinic, and taking care of both my own pets and others growing up; a love for animals at a very young age was natural, and animals were naturally attracted to me. I’m very excited to be a part of the Gentle Touch team! Some of the experiences at this job both with clients and patients will be with me forever, as well as the knowledge I continue to gain here.

I currently have three fur babies and a banana ball python in my home: Mai, a monster Black Mouth Cur puppy, Rocky, a spunky chunky Silky Terrier, and Casper the lover Peek-A-Poo boy. The playful python’s name is Eggroll. The only other thing that consumes me in my free time are my love for Bob’s burgers and art, as I am an artist both as a hobby and for commissions. Art of all kinds of mediums- painting, pen and ink, epoxy, baking, cooking, etc. I’m always learning and obsessing over any type.

Anna Horvat

Veterinary Assistant

I’m originally from New York City but moved to Colorado a few years ago to attend Colorado State University. I graduated from CSU with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, and shortly thereafter moved to Denver to start working at Gentle Touch.

I’ve been working with animals for as long as I can remember. From working at other vet clinics, volunteering at the ASPCA, and taking care of both my own pets and the pets of others, I fostered a love for animals at a very young age. I’m very excited to be a part of the Gentle Touch team as it’s been my dream since I was young to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. The knowledge and experience I’ve already gained at this job have only solidified my desire to achieve my DVM even more, as I will be applying to veterinary school next fall.

I currently have two fur babies of my own: Kiwi, a rescue Tortoiseshell cat with a lot of sass, and Wrigley, an English Cream Golden Retriever with a lot of love to give. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, hiking, and skiing. Moving to Colorado has not only provided me with more opportunities to further my education in veterinary medicine but has also been a great place to explore the outdoors and take advantage of everything it has to offer.

Chloe Hill

Veterinary Assistant

 

I was born in Toronto, Canada and have also lived in Brisbane and Perth, Australia. My family moved to Colorado when I was in high school. I recently graduated from the University of California in San Diego with a Bachelor’s of Science degree specializing in Marine Biology.

Growing up in Australia, I loved seeing all of the different wildlife that would pass through my backyard and enjoyed shearing the house with a variety of different fuzzy critters. This enabled me to develop a love for animals and a desire to become a veterinarian. I am excited to be a part of the Gentle Touch team so that I can learn more about the industry while I apply to Veterinary schools.

In my free time I enjoy playing with my bonded pair of rabbits; Sushi and Pepper, walking my dogs; Poppy and Lani, baking and doing cross stitch and embroidery projects.

Maia Taylor

Customer Service Representative

Upon retiring from a 15-year long belly dancing career (yes, you read that correctly), based in my hometown of Salt Lake City, UT, I decided it was time for a career change. I opted to move to Colorado to find my new path.

For several years before my move, I had considered studying veterinary physical therapy, but continued to dance. Along with dance I spent several years volunteering with various animal shelters and rescues throughout Utah. Upon moving to Denver, I worked at a local dog daycare, which helped to rekindle my interest in the veterinary field. This led me to work at Gentle Touch; a team of which I am honored to be a part of.

In my free time, I love to work with my seizure response dog Bonnie (the training is never-ending), and we go on many, many walks. I love to read, garden, study bees, and do almost anything outdoors.

Emily

Vet Assistant

I’m originally from New York City but moved out here to Colorado a few years ago to attend Colorado State University. I graduated from CSU with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, and shortly thereafter moved to Denver to start working at Gentle Touch.

I’ve been working with animals for as long as I can remember. From working at other vet clinics, volunteering at the ASPCA, and taking care of both my own pets and the pets of others, I’ve fostered a love for animals at a very young age. I’m very excited to be a part of the Gentle Touch team as it’s been my dream since I was young to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. The knowledge and experience I’ve already gained at this job have only solidified my desire to achieve my DVM even more, as I will be applying to veterinary school next fall.

I currently have two fur babies of my own: Kiwi, a rescue Tortoiseshell cat with a lot of sass, and Wrigley, an English Cream Golden Retriever with a lot of love to give. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, hiking, and skiing. Moving to Colorado has not only provided me with more opportunities to further my education in veterinary medicine but has also been a great place to explore the outdoors and take advantage of everything it has to offer.