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


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


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.


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!


Alyssa Stambaugh

Hello, my name is Alyssa, and I grew up in Southern California and have now lived here for the last 6 years due to the military. While younger I used to ride horses and did both barrel racing and jumping. I currently have two amazing and spoiled dogs, a Black and Tan coonhound named Cooper and a Siberian Husky named Balto. On my time off you can sometimes find us camping or on one of the many amazing hiking trails around the city!


Rachel Blocker

Hey Y’all. My name is Rachel and I was born and raised in Irvington, Alabama. I was a four sport athlete in high school and I always knew my life would Revolve around athletics. I received my Bachelors degree in Athletic Training- Sports Medicine from the University of West Florida, located in Pensacola, FL. I previously worked at The Andrews Institute of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine where I worked with the NFL Combine and Collegiate/Olympic athletes from all around the world. My husband, Brett, who has dedicated his life to the Army, received orders to be stationed here in beautiful Colorado, so we packed our things and moved here in 2017. We absolutely LOVE it here! On weekends you can find us on the trails in our Jeep or driving way too fast in the Challenger. We have a big fur-family, it consists of 3 dogs – Sadie, Charleigh, and Iris; 2 cats – Mufassa and Smokey; Hedgehog – Petunia. I love working here at ESAH because it gives me Plenty of animals to love on throughout the day!


Shelby Buck

I am originally from the Pacific North West. I have lived in Colorado Springs for almost 4 years now. I have four dogs and two cats. My entire life I have had a passion to care for and work with animals. Moving throughout the West Coast I have been blessed with the opportunity to care for many different breeds and species. I love to spend by free time dog training basic obedience as well as go hiking in the mountains with my pups.

Certified Veterinary Technicians


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Hannah Hill

Hey, my name is Hannah. I just moved here from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in June of 2019. I have wanted to work with animals as long as I can remember. As a kid I volunteered at a youth horse ranch and I began volunteering at an animal hospital when I was in high school. From there, I became a kennel manager and exotic animal caretaker at a pet store. I graduated with high honors from The Vet Tech Institute in 2017. I have enjoyed working in an exotic animal practice and in a 24-hour emergency hospital. I have also volunteered at Elephant Nature Park in Thailand working with abused and injured Asian elephants. I am engaged and my fiancé and I have a lot of fun with our soon-to-be 2 year old son, Jordan. He loves his pet rats, his doggies; Bronx the Pitbull and Mosby the Pointer and his best friend Rocky the cat. In my free time I enjoy singing, dancing, playing the drums and hiking with my family.

Veterinary Technicians


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.


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.


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.


Jenniey Weyl

Well Howdy, my name is Jenniey. I have spent most of my life traveling with my family from Germany to Colorado and pretty much everywhere in between. Growing up Military didn’t leave a lot of time to make friends, moving every 3 years and starting over. The one thing I always had in my life was animals. Whether it was Kitty picking us by walking into our apartment in Germany or Mary Ann, a Walmart puppy. Growing up with animals showed me that this was my future. Not to say I don’t have other loves. I like to say theatre is my lust. Acting has played a huge role in my life. The stage is where I belong most days. If I’m not out hiking with my 60 lb mutt of a pup Autumn, I’ll be at the gym or taking in a show. As a veterinary technician I thrive on the journey of learning more, accomplishing things and loving any animal as my own. I adore my job but one day I’ll be the person in the white coat helping your animals stay healthy. Until then, I’ll keep learning and soaking up all the knowledge I can. Hakuna Matata.


Sharon Frampton

Sharon was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Studies math and music at the University of Miami and Florida State University. Started working in vet Medicine after moving to San Antonio, Texas in 2007 at the local animal Shelter. She then attended the University of Texas at San Antonio to study Biology and Pre-Veterinary sciences. After getting married in 2016, Sharon and her husband Paul decided to move to the mountains in 2017 to settle down. Outside of work, they enjoy hiking or hanging at home with their dog Seminole.

Veterinary Assistants


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.