Our Team

Our staff of experienced and expert veterinarian doctors and skilled vet staff is ready when your pet needs us. Call or contact us today to learn more.

Hospital Manager

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Cathy Bandt

Hi - I'm Cathy and have been the Hospital Manager at East Springs since January of 2016. Previously I worked in healthcare management on the human side and early in my career was in education, teaching Business courses at the high school and college level. I love working at ESAH and feel very fortunate to work with such a wonderful staff and dedicated doctors. All are very devoted to giving our clients and patients the best care possible! In my spare time, I love reading, crafts, music, traveling, sports and spending time with my friends and family. I have three grown children, two sons and a daughter, in addition to two precious grandchildren, a boy and a girl, (and another grandbaby due in June 2018!) who are the light of my life!

Client Service Representatives

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Kathy Hirt

Kathy started working at ESAH one year after the Drs. Slikers' opened the hospital in 1988. She started part-time answering the phone over the lunch hour while the other two employees each took a lunch break. During the years that followed she raised two children to adulthood and enjoyed the companionship of several furry family members, both dog and cat. Today she and her husband are empty nesters, proud grandparents and still enjoy their furry family member, Colby Jack, a cat of many talents. When not working, Kathy enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with her kids and grandkids. Kathy especially enjoys working with the clients at ESAH and appreciates the human/animal bond that runs deep in all pet owners.

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Katie Luque

Hi, my name is Katie! I have worked at East Springs as a receptionist for a few months. I have been a CVA for a little over a year. I plan on eventually going back to school to become a DVM. I've always loved animals, so much, in fact, that I am a dedicated vegetarian. My dream is to one day open up my own rescue for all animals. I currently have a mutt named Koda, a chocolate point Siamese named Kinzey, a guinea pig named George and a Red Eared Slider turtle named Tily. In my spare time, I am photographer, mostly of nature. I love driving up to the mountains and go hiking with my dog to view this beautiful state that I was born and raised in.

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Trisha Stratton

I have been working here since 1998. I have 2 grown sons; I read and do some crafts on my time off. I have two dogs, Lilly and a Chihuahua mix, Oscar.

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Sara Swiatek

My name is Sara Swiatek. I was born in California but have lived in Colorado Springs for most of my life. I am a wife and a mother to an 11 year old girl and 7 year old boy. I started at East Springs Animal Hospital at the end of January and since then I have loved every minute of it! I love seeing all the different animals and working with people who have such a passion for the well being of our furry companions!

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Laura Vanskiver

Since a young age Laura has always had a passion for helping people and their pets. She grew up on a Quarter Horse farm in Ohio where she showed horses throughout 4-H and later with the Ohio Quarter Horse Association. Along with horses, Laura has a love for Australian Shepherds, and has a mini Aussie named Roper. Since moving to Colorado she enjoys hiking, volunteering at a non-profit animal rescue and reading.

Certified Veterinary Technicians

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Rachel McLane-Wills

Rachel McLane-Wills graduated from Bel Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology in 2009. She became a certified veterinary technician the same year. Rachel became the Lead Technician about 4 years ago. When not working Rachel enjoys spending time outside with her husband, 2 sons and 2 rescue dogs. As a job hazard they both came from the Humane Society while getting orthopedic work done at East Springs. Rachel enjoys helping all our patient and building great relationship with their owners.

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Staci Kislesky

Hi – my name is Staci Kislesky and I have been a CVT at East Springs for 18 years. I love my job because I feel like we really make a difference in our patient’s lives by providing high quality medicine, lots of client education, and great customer service. When I’m not at work, I enjoy camping and watching hockey with my family I have a Labradoodle name T.C. who is a professional tennis ball fetcher and a treat connoisseur.

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Chelsea Klimek

Hi – I’m Chelsea, a CVT. I’ve always wanted to be in the veterinary field since I could remember. I graduated vet tech school in 2012 at Pima Medical and have been working in vet clinics and hospitals since. I started here at East Springs in June 2017. I absolutely love it. I have one human kid named Jep, a cane corso (Mastiff) and a few rabbits. My hobbies include swimming, bowling, binge watching TV series, hiking, dog training and spending time with my fur and hairless family. I love animal behavior and training.

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Stacy Linton

One of the newest addition to ESAH, Stacy is an Air Force retiree. Originally from Frederick, Maryland, she left home at the age of 18 and has now made Colorado Springs her second home. After serving as a Space Systems Operator in the Air Force she decided to pursue her love and passion for animals. She attended Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology and recently graduated in June 2017. She has recently passed the national exam to become certified. Stacy enjoys spending quality time with her amazing and sweet 9 year-old daughter, River, her awesome friends and her fabulous furry babies: Spike, Angel and Maxinel. She enjoys many things but really loves zombie/sci-fi shows and movies. Her favorite part of working at ESAH is learning from all her patient and knowledgeable co-workers and giving love to everyone’s furry babies.

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Kristi Marchiani

I was born and raised in Canon City, Colorado. My maternal great-grandparents homesteaded a ranch 11 miles out of town in 1888. I am proud to say I’m a 3rd generation Coloradoan on both sides of my family. We lived about 6 miles outside of Canon City, so I was exposed to a variety of animals my entire childhood. I worked at a veterinary clinic right out of high school and considered becoming a certified veterinary technician at that time. Instead I got an A.A.S. degree in Electronics Technology and worked for many years in the Semiconductor industry. As that industry has shrunk, I needed to find another career. We finally got a school for veterinary technology in Colorado Springs so I decided to pursue my first love (so to speak) and went back to school. I worked as a Vet Tech Assistant the entire time I was attending college and when I finished school and passed my Certification test I started working here at East Springs Animal Hospital. I’ve been here almost 3 years now. I have a large tabby cat who bosses my husband around and rules my house. My favorite pastime outside of work is golf and reading.

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Linda Smith

Linda was born in Colorado and has lived in Arizona and New Mexico. It was in Arizona that she started in the Veterinary field working with a local clinic as a Future Farmers of America (FFA) student in high school. She moved back to Colorado in 1998 and continued to work in the field, deciding to earn her Veterinary Technician certification in 2013. In 2015 she graduated from the Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology, passing the VTNE the same year. She is happily married to Les and enjoys the company of him, her son, Martin, 4 cats, and several German Shepherds. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, and proudly breeding and showing West German German Shepherd dogs. Her favorite part of the job is the high quality of medicine practiced at the hospital.

Veterinary Technicians

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Ivana Bailey

Ivana Bailey was born and raised in Serbia where she graduated from The School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade. Colorado has been her home since 2011, when she started working for East Springs Animal Hospital. She enjoys Colorado outdoor spaces, hiking 14ers, and spending time with her family. She is the proud mom of two little girls and dog Berry. She loves the daily challenges her work brings and spending time with wonderful people and pets she meets at East Springs.

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Jim Chaffin

Jim grew up on a Tennessee walking horse/gaited mule farm in Woodville, Mississippi, a small town on the Mississippi/Louisiana border. While in high school he was active in many sports, as well as student government and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He attended Mississippi State University where he earned both his Bachelor’s of Animal Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After college, he moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he met Catherine. Jim and Catherine moved to Colorado Springs after Catherine graduated from Veterinary school in May 2016, were married in November 2016, and are expecting their first child this November. Outside of work, Jim can often be found on one of Colorado’s many hiking trails with his wife and their dogs. He also enjoys organized sports, camping, and playing with their many family pets (2 dogs, 2 cats and a snake). Jim loves veterinary medicine as a whole. His favorite parts of working in this field are surgery, emergency medicine, and developing lasting relationships with clients. He is excited to be here and looks forward to serving you the next time you come in.

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Debbie Girard

Debbie has been at East Springs Animal Hospital for almost 5 years. She enjoys horseback riding and relaxing with all her pets. She has worked with animals for 27 years. That is where her passion lies.

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Kerstin Nemitz

Hi – I began working here at East Springs Animal Hospital in April of 2017. Prior to this, for eight years I was a shepherdess and hay producer in La Veta, Colorado. I truly enjoy being part of a team that provides compassionate support and excellent medical care to our patients and clients.

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Elizabeth Delie

Elizabeth Delie is a born and raised Colorado native from Littleton. She was raised in a home full of dogs, rodents, and parrots. Directly out of high school, she enlisted in the US Army. It was in the Army that Elizabeth received her initial training as a veterinary technician. She was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, MO with the Engineer Military Working Dog unit and at Fort Carson, CO in the deployable veterinary unit. Elizabeth spent over eight years in the Army. During that time, she continued her education through San Juan College. After almost nine fulfilling years, Elizabeth and her husband have decided to settle down. With that chapter closed Elizabeth looks forward to staying in one place for well… a long long time.

Elizabeth is fur-mom to 3 dogs: Ellie, Leah, and Honor (a retired Military Working Dog) and 3 horses: Gunner, Nina, and Smoke. In her spare time she enjoys exploring new trails on horseback, camping, and spending time with friends and family.

Veterinary Assistants

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Michael Nagasawa

Mike is a Veterinary Assistant graduating from the Animal Behavior College in 2016. He is a military retiree having served for 28 years. He is married with four grown sons and one granddaughter. Mike resides in Colorado Springs. He enjoys camping, fishing, golf and target shooting.

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Kyrsten Varner

Hello – my name is Kyrsten. I grew up as an Army brat which landed me in Colorado 8 years ago. I am married to my high school sweetheart who is currently in the Air Force. We have no human children but several fur babies. Our fur babies include a dog, a bearded dragon, a hedgehog and 4 sugar Gliders. In my spare time I enjoy playing video games, watching movies, riding horses and spending time with family.

I started working at East Springs Animal Hospital in January 2018 as a Technician assistant. In addition to working, I am also going to school to become a Veterinary Technician. It has always been a dream of mine to work in Veterinary Medicine and I love taking care of your animals. I look forward to meeting you and your fur babies!

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