Your Love, Our Calling

This is our life’s purpose.


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.


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.

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 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


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).

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 imaging residency at Kansas State University and becoming a board certified radiologist. He then entered academia and became a tenured associate professor during his eight years at The University of Georgia. While there, he served as Section Chief, Residency Coordinator, Course Coordinator, and Graduate Faculty. Dr. Jiménez left academia and is the owner of Online Veterinary Imaging Consultants, where he provides radiology, MR, and CT teleradiology services.

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.

Lindsey Kaplan


Growing up in Southern California, Lindsey spent her childhood riding horses and dirt bikes through the Santa Monica Mountains, raising and showing pygmy goats at the county fair, and rehabilitating native wildlife and marine mammals.

While earning her Master’s of Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Lindsey traveled through Chile analyzing salmon aquaculture for her Master’s thesis, South Africa studying Elephant herd migration and predator/prey dynamics, and Santa Barbara researching urban groundwater impacts on the local ecosystem. While she loved the research side of conservation, Lindsey soon realized that she wanted to have a more direct and immediate impact on her animal subjects. She traded the sandy beaches of Santa Barbara for the snowy mountains of Colorado where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University.

In her free time, Lindsey enjoys aerial acrobatics, cake decorating, interior design, wood working, hiking with friends and family, snuggling up with her two giant Maine Coons (Sterling and Fezzik), and making animal-butt themed greeting cards for her aptly named Etsy store, FantASStic Beasts!

Chad VanKoot