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Our Careteam

Your pet’s emotional and physical well-being is prioritized with every visit.
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Allyson

Allyson

Practice Manager


Allyson Naplin was born in New Jersey, but grew up in Colorado with her parents and sister. For as long as she can remember, animals were an integral part of her life. In her role as Practice Manager, Allyson loves being able to help owners with their pets and witnessing the special relationships that develop between pets and their owners!

Allyson has been with the Wadsworth Animal Hospital team since 2005. She particularly enjoys the variety of her day to day tasks, whether it’s working with patients, spending some quiet time doing paperwork, or taking care of the plants outside.

Outside the clinic, Allyson shares her home with her 2 Great Danes, Benny and Joon. At 195 pounds, Benny is truly a gentle giant, and Joon is a feisty, petite girl who’s always ready to play. Allyson’s hobbies include working in her yard, playing with her dogs, and more recently, working on her indoor hydroponic garden.


Jaqui

Jaqui

Certified Veterinary Technician


Jaquilyn Mackey grew up in a small oil field town called Rangely in the northwest corner of Colorado. She, along with most of her family, has since relocated to the Denver area. Several years ago, a car accident ended one career and brought about this one, which Jaqui believes was truly meant to be!

It was the unique medical skill set of the veterinary industry that truly drew her in, as well as the ability to provide care and compassion for the voiceless while nurturing the human-animal bond. To her, the most inspiring animal moments are those in which the animal is the rehabilitator and the human is the patient in need of care.

Medically speaking, Jaqui enjoys drawing blood and placing catheters. Surgery is the area that intrigues her the most and keeps her on her toes. Lastly, she is fascinated by the tiny world magnified that makes up lab work. Over the years, Jaqui has seen it all, including a doctor losing her drawers in the middle of surgery. Unable to do anything about it at the time, Jaqui was tasked with covering the windows until the procedure was complete. 

Jaqui has a cat named Nemo – a special needs, retired barn cat whose life now revolves around murder and food. She also has a blue tongued skink, a rehab from the Reptile Humane Society that has a love affair with snails!

Her household is a self-professed nerdy one, full of comic books, anime, video games, tabletop games, books, yarn, and plants. These interests have resulted in treasured family memories, great friendships, and entertainment that has been life changing. 


Brandy

Brandy

Veterinary Technician


Bio Coming Soon!


Brittney

Brittney

Veterinary Technician


Brittney Tafoya has always loved animals. In fact, it was the realization that she likes animals even more than she likes people that officially spurred her desire to enter the veterinary field!

In 2017, Brittney began her career as a receptionist at a clinic in Georgia before moving to Colorado. She joined the Wadsworth Animal Hospital team in February of 2021 as a Veterinary Assistant. Her favorite part of the job is seeing animals grow from sick to strong and healthy again.

In her free time, Brittney loves spending time with her dog Rus – short for Russet Potato. He’s quite the character and even likes to sit in chairs like a person! Brittney is currently working towards becoming a game writer/content creator.


Tiffany

Tiffany

Receptionist / Veterinary Technician


Growing up in San Diego, Tiffany spent countless hours sitting by the ocean, listening to the waves crash and taking long walks on the beach. While her love of the sea initially inspired her to pursue a degree in marine biology, hands-on experience working in the veterinary field resulted in a change of heart. As a member of our front desk team, Tiffany enjoys greeting our clients and welcoming their animal friends.

Tiffany’s journey into the veterinary field officially began at the beginning of the pandemic, when she was laid off from her retail job while living in Florida. She decided to take a leap of faith and began sending out her resume to vet clinics in her area. When Tiffany’s husband left the military, the two relocated to be closer to family. She joined the Wadsworth Animal Hospital team in October of 2021 and hasn’t looked back since!

Professionally, Tiffany’s favorite aspect of the job is playing with puppies and kittens. She also has a soft spot for bully breeds, particularly the 75-pounder she has at home. Outside of work, Tiffany has four fur kids of her own: one dog, one cat, and two rats. Her current hobby is training her husband to let her live her best life by allowing her to keep bringing home random pets.


Jennifer

Jennifer

Veterinary Technician


A Colorado native, Jennifer Neuber has always had an affinity for helping animals. She especially enjoys watching puppies grow up and playing a role in keeping them healthy!

Jennifer was with her previous employer for more than 20 years. There, she started out working in the kennel area and worked her way up to Veterinary Technician and Assistant. She joined the Wadsworth team in 2020 and hasn’t missed a beat!

Jennifer is the mother of 6 and has 2 dogs, 3 cats, and a variety of exotics. In her (rare) free time, she enjoys reading and cooking. 


TJ

TJ

Veterinary Technician


By the age of seven, while many kids his age were still way too young to even think about their future careers, TJ already knew he wanted to work with animals. He’d spend every spare moment watching Animal Planet and reading dog breed books over and over again. His family even referred to him as the animal whisperer. As a veterinary technician, TJ has been able to make his lifelong dream a reality!

When TJ was 16, his 4-month-old adopted kitten was diagnosed with kidney failure. During this time, TJ was responsible for administering his medication and worked hard to give him as long and happy a life as possible. It was through this personal experience that he discovered he liked the nursing side of veterinary medicine.

TJ attended the veterinary tech program Colorado Mountain College. After spending several years working in various clinics and doggie daycares, he officially became a part of the Wadsworth Animal Hospital family. Professionally, TJ has a special interest in diagnostics. Learning about blood work, cytology and radiology is something he has always found fascinating.

Outside of the clinic, TJ has a whippet mix named Chui, who has a big personality but can be very loving when he wants to be. He also recently adopted a kitten named Bagel, who he hopes will one day be his adventure buddy. 


Daniel

Daniel

Certified Veterinary Assistant


Daniel has always had a passion for medicine and helping others. While he initially set out to pursue a career as a nurse, he quickly came to the realization that human medicine wasn’t quite the right fit for him. Initially terrified of animals thanks to a childhood encounter with an aggressive dog, Daniel overcame his fear, transitioned to vet med and has never looked back. Even if it’s something as simple as administering a vaccine, impacting the lives of animals is something Daniel takes great pride in.

In his role as Certified Veterinary Assistant, Daniel wears many hats and helps his colleagues in a variety of ways. He particularly enjoys assisting with surgery, which he says keeps him on his toes. He also has a special interest in client education and helping pet owners develop a health care plan that best suits their pets’ needs.

At home, Daniel lives with his partner and their menagerie of pets: Axel, a rescue dog who was once abused but has since transformed into a happy, healthy and loyal companion; Chance, who was adopted as a puppy and loves to cuddle under the blankets; and a black cat named Pumpkin, who is full of spunk and sass. They also have two birds: a cockatiel named Crouton and a Green cheek conure named Penelope (a.k.a. Penny). Penny will spend all day on your shoulder making kissy noises as she presses her beak up against your cheek. Crouton prefers to be by himself most of the time, but tends to be more social when there’s music on.

In his spare time, Daniel enjoys playing video games and watching television with friends and family. He also likes to play basketball. Still, at the end of a long day, nothing brings him more peace and joy than spending quality time with his pets.


Jessalynn

Jessalynn

Receptionist


People have their own personal reasons for entering the veterinary world. When asked why she decided to pursue a career in the field, Jessalynn Olivas has a relatively simple explanation: “I wanted to be closer to animals again.” As a receptionist at Wadsworth Animal Hospital, Jessalynn is the first friendly face that patients see when they walk in with their animals!

Jessalynn hails from Arvada, CO, where she grew up in a family that always had at least one dog in the household. Initially, Jessalyn’s goal was to attend veterinary school. She was accepted into the Colorado State University veterinary program, but had a change of heart and decided to pursue a career in the beauty field instead. Eventually, the veterinary world came calling again, and this time she answered.

For as long as Jesslynn can remember, she’s enjoyed being around all types of animals. She grew up watching shows like ER Vets, Crocodile Hunter and Animal Cops, and they all helped her cultivate a greater appreciation and deeper interest into the world of animals.

While Jesslynn has an affinity for all animals, dogs in particular are her absolute favorite. In fact, she loved them so much that she worked at a dog daycare for over 5 years. Little puppies and cheerful older canines in particular have a special place in her heart.

In her free time, Jessalynn enjoys spending time with her fiancé and her lovable Cane Corso named Gypsy Rose. She is also still active in the beauty field, dabbling as an esthetician in her free time. So when she’s not helping new patients at the animal hospital, you can find her dabbling in skin care, makeup and cosmetics!


Chris

Chris

Receptionist


Chris Wham was born in the small river town of Chester, IL and grew up across the river in St. Charles, MO. The the oldest of 5 kids, Chris never really sought out the veterinary industry per se. After taking a father-son vacation to Colorado in 1999, he simply took the first job he could find. Now, more than two decades later, and he wouldn’t have it any other way!

Chris joined the Wadsworth Animal Hospital team in October 2020. In his role as rock star receptionist, he really enjoys meeting new people and their pets, and he treasures the many friendships he’s developed in his role over the years.

Chris currently resides in Denver with his wife of 18 years and their 3 cats: Ollie, Chimney, and Stinky. Ollie is the trouble maker, Chimney is the lover, and Stinky, though pretty to look at, doesn’t smell very pleasant. Chris’ hobbies include playing trumpet, working on vintage motorcycles and exploring Colorado on his 1979 Triumph Bonneville.


Kazzi

Kazzi

Veterinary Technician


Kazzi grew up surrounded by animals – from dogs and cats to birds, iguanas, ferrets and sugar gliders. With each relationship, her love and passion for animal care grew stronger and she knew in her heart that she wanted to do whatever she could to help preserve the relationship from human to furry companion. It came as no surprise, then, that working with animals would ultimately become her career.

Kazzi’s journey began as a kitten foster. The first litter she received was gravely ill, and while two of the three sadly didn’t make it, one did – thanks to Kazzi’s patience and determination. Several litters later, she was promoted to the title of Kitten Coordinator, where she enjoyed pairing kittens with their “furever” homes. From there, she moved on to a receptionist role and worked her way up from assistant to technician. She joined the Wadsworth family in May of 2022. 

On the job, Kazzi enjoys talking with clients and helping them understand the medical aspect of their pets’ health. There is always something new to learn in the veterinary field, and Kazzi loves being able to pass along that knowledge to other pet owners. Clinically, she has a special interest in veterinary dentistry and finds tremendous satisfaction in cleaning abscesses.

At home, Kazzi’s fur family consists of two sweet kitties: Ian and Lela. Ian was the lone survivor from her first fostered litter. Lela, another foster, got along so well with Ian that Kazzi decided she had to stay. Then there is Wigs – a tarantula who is sweet but still somewhat terrifying. 

In her spare time, Kazzi likes to focus on her other passion: art – whether it’s animating, painting, watercolor, sewing, sculpting, or sketching. She loved art so much that she made a promise when she was a kid that she was going to graduate with an art degree. True to her word, she’ll soon be graduating from RMCAD with a degree in 2D animation.


Marisa

Marisa

Veterinary Technician


Marisa has always had tremendous compassion for animals. When she landed her first job in the veterinary industry, she was under the impression that it would be all hugs and kisses from puppies and kittens. As her journey continued, however, she discovered something much deeper – that just like humans, animals have emotions and intimacy needs. Being able to help these incredible souls has become her life’s ambition. 

Marisa has slowly but surely worked her way up to her role of veterinary technician. Clinically, she enjoys the different variety of animals she gets to work with every day, and seeks to gain a deeper understanding of medication and therapy. She is continuously amazed and inspired by how capable animals are of forgiving humans, regardless of their history or past experiences. 

At home, Marissa is a pet mom to several of her own animal companions. Cucumber, an English bulldog, was bald, ill and aggressive when adopted, but through patience and plenty of TLC, has transformed into the queen bee of the home. Peaches is a Chihuahua who is kind, loving and red like a Cheeto. Monster, a senior pug, is wise and gray. Jane, also a pug, does nothing but eat and sleep. Salem, a French bulldog, is the newest addition and has boundless energy. Last, but not least, there is Roberto – an iguana who loves to sunbathe and will eat just about any vegetable in sight.


Jon

Jon

Veterinary Technician


When Jonathan was 12, his family dog had to be helped across the Rainbow Bridge. The practice they went to was amazing, explaining everything and giving the family as much time as they needed. This experience of compassion and care made a lasting impression on Jon, and what he didn’t realize then, would ultimately play a role in his future career journey.

When he graduated high school, Jon still wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to do with his life. He noticed his roommate was always raving about how much he loved his job here at Wadsworth Animal Hospital, so he inquired about possibly working here as well. As soon as he started, he instantly fell in love and knew immediately this was the right path for him. Professionally, Jon enjoys drawing blood and working alongside our doctors.

Outside of the clinic, Jon resides with his parents, two siblings, and a German shepherd named Henry. In his spare time, Jon enjoys gaming and playing sports – particularly baseball. One of his most memorable sports moments was winning the state tournament at the age of 12 by making the final out with a throw from centerfield to home plate.


Pet Visits

22,005

Pet Visits

Treats Given

19,115

Treats Given

Mouths Cleaned

19,166

Mouths Cleaned

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