No other being loves you quite like your pet — the one with whom you share your life and home.”

—  Dr. Allison Jenkins

Are you looking for experienced veterinarians who genuinely care about and connect with your animal? Veterinarians who bring professional curiosity and unbridled enthusiasm to work every day?
You’ll find them here at Highlands Animal Clinic!

Where we're located

We’ve restored and renovated a vintage Victorian and Bungalow in Highlands Square and we’re building on our community’s rich history. Serving the pets of Highlands is our calling — and that includes inviting them to events such as Blessing of the Animals and “yappy hours” in our fenced yard.  Just look for the 2 large bone signs and you’ll find our main building and surgery/dental center.

SCHEDULE A VISIT

Meet the Team

We are a friendly, compassionate and community-based group of veterinarians and support staff who want to be there for the life of your pet. Dr. Allison Jenkins partners with like-minded professionals who go all out to diagnose, treat, and protect your pets — while effectively communicating with you, their pet parents. You are their voice and their advocates and we listen.

Dr. Allison Jenkins

Veterinarian and Proud Owner

Colo. State University, DVM

Certified Vet Acupuncturist

Wildlife Conservation Medicine, South Africa

Vet Relief Int’l., Easter Island

Texas A & M, B. S. Cum Laude

Dr. Allison Jenkins wasn’t born in Colorado, but she got here as fast as she could. She graduated with Honors from Texas A & M University in 1999, then immediately moved west to the mountains. Allison worked as a veterinary technician in Crested Butte before starting veterinary school at Colorado State University. During vet school, Allison was chosen to participate in a wildlife research program in South Africa, under the direction of world-renowned wildlife vet, Dr. Cobus Raath. Over a two-year period, she also conducted equine toxicology research on Easter Island. Dr. Jenkins received her veterinary degree from CSU in 2004. She then spent the first two years as an equine vet in Oregon and Texas before finding her true calling in small animal veterinary medicine.

Dr. Allison Jenkins moved back to Colorado in 2010, where and when she met her husband, Ashton. They spent their newlywed year restoring the 1890 Victorian at 3727 W. 32nd Ave. to create a space where pets could feel safe and cared for. In 2013, Highlands Animal Clinic was born. Dr. Allison and Ashton (and their 2 dogs, Cash and Greta) lived upstairs for 2 years after the clinic opened and loved becoming a part of the neighborhood.

Allison and Ashton are the grateful parents of two amazing human children, River and Beau. They are also the guardians of a rescue Pyrenees mix, Stevie; the clinic kitty, Jemmy; Allison’s horse, Casey and an English Lab, Jerry.

Dr. Allison Jenkins is a resident and cheerleader for the Highlands neighborhood. She feels lucky to have found her place in this community and looks forward to serving you and your pets.

Erik was born and raised in Merrimack, New Hampshire and received his undergraduate degree from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Erik received his veterinary education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After graduation, he completed a rotating internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, and was featured on the Animal Planet TV series, E-vet Interns. You may still be able to catch him on a late night rerun!

Erik knew he wanted to be a vet from a very young age. He began working with animals at the age of 12 while volunteering at the local Humane Society and later as a veterinary assistant at several small animal hospitals during high school and college. He has lived in the Highlands neighborhood for the last 12 years and is excited to bring his practice to his friends and neighbors in his own backyard. His professional interests include oncology, dentistry, and internal medicine.

Outside of work, Erik enjoys camping, mountain biking, fly fishing, playing guitar and brewing beer. Erik and his new bride Christine stay busy at home with their two children, Brady and Abby, a pair of mom and son Chihuahuas (don’t judge!) and a mischievous orange tabby cat.

Dr. Erik Anderson

Senior Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Erik Anderson

Veterinarian

Erik was born and raised in Merrimack, New Hampshire and received his undergraduate degree from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Erik received his veterinary education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After graduation, he completed a rotating internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, and was featured on the Animal Planet TV series, E-vet Interns. You may still be able to catch him on a late night rerun!

Erik knew he wanted to be a vet from a very young age. He began working with animals at the age of 12 while volunteering at the local Humane Society and later as a veterinary assistant at several small animal hospitals during high school and college. He has lived in the Highlands neighborhood for the last 12 years and is excited to bring his practice to his friends and neighbors in his own backyard. His professional interests include oncology, dentistry, and internal medicine.

Outside of work, Erik enjoys camping, mountain biking, fly fishing, playing guitar and brewing beer. Erik and his new bride Christine stay busy at home with their two children, Brady and Abby, a pair of mom and son Chihuahuas (don’t judge!) and a mischievous orange tabby cat.

Dr. Jessica Hess

Veterinarian

Ever since moving to Denver with her family in 2009, Dr. Jessica Hess has loved every minute of living at the foot of the Rocky Mountains while following her passion for taking care of animals.

Jessica grew up in a small town in northeast Missouri, part of a big family of animal lovers. In third grade, she set her sights on becoming a veterinarian. She spent several years during high school volunteering at a local veterinary clinic, learning everything she could before heading off to Columbia, Missouri in 2000 to earn degrees in Biology and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri.

Dr. Hess joined the Highlands Animal Clinic family in 2016. Her interests outside of veterinary medicine include hiking with her family, reading, spending time in the mountains, traveling, sampling beers at all the local breweries, and exploring new places.

Kate grew up in central Wisconsin riding horses and following around her father, a busy mixed animal veterinarian. Kate graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2011, followed by an equine medicine and surgery internship in south Florida, and eventually found her way to Colorado in 2013. In addition to her father, her brother is also a veterinarian, making family gathering conversations quite entertaining!

Kate joined the Highlands Animal Clinic team in summer of 2020. Kate especially enjoys surgery and wound management, and outside of work enjoys trail running, cycling, skiing, and fly fishing.

Dr. Kate LeVasseur

Veterinarian

Dr. Kate LeVasseur

Veterinarian

Kate grew up in central Wisconsin riding horses and following around her father, a busy mixed animal veterinarian. Kate graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2011, followed by an equine medicine and surgery internship in south Florida, and eventually found her way to Colorado in 2013. In addition to her father, her brother is also a veterinarian, making family gathering conversations quite entertaining!

Kate joined the Highlands Animal Clinic team in summer of 2020. Kate especially enjoys surgery and wound management, and outside of work enjoys trail running, cycling, skiing, and fly fishing.

Dr. Alex Goodman

Veterinarian

Dr. Alex Goodman was born and raised in Miami, Florida. A child of two human physicians, she became familiarized to the rewards and struggles of working in health care at any early age. In 2012, she received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology from Barnard College in New York City. While volunteering at Zoo Miami one summer, she realized the extent of her passion for animals, medicine, and the One Health initiative, and upon returning to Miami post-graduation, she worked as a veterinary assistant at a few small animal general practices. Thereafter, she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, as well as her Master of Public Health, from the University of Florida.

During that time, she was able to apply her budding skills to research performed through the CDC, as well as the Florida Department of Health. Before finding her way over to beautiful Colorado this 2021 summer, she spent a year practicing small animal general medicine at a hospital right outside of DC. Alex’s professional interests include internal medicine and dermatology, and outside of work, she shares a home with two silly kitties, Funky and Jasper, and her loving partner, Andy.

Dr. Andy Lostoski grew up in a small town in northeast Ohio. In 2017, he received his bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Bowling Green State University. While in undergrad he began volunteering with local large and companion animal veterinarians. This spurred his passion for animal health care and fostering a welcoming environment for all. In 2021, he received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University. After graduation he accepted a position as a companion animal veterinarian in Ohio that allowed him to foster and improve his new skills. Andy moved to Colorado in 2022 following his passion for outdoor activities. 
Upon moving to Colorado Andy joined the Highlands Animal Clinic team. His clinical interests include soft tissue surgery, dermatology and internal medicine. Outside of the clinic Andy enjoys hiking, rock climbing, traveling, exploring all of the breweries Denver has to offer, and spending time with his partner Krisha and cat Freya.

Dr. Andy Lostoski

Our Management

Lisa

Practice Manager

Lisa is from Denver. She is pictured here with Charly, who is 9 years old. She has another dog and cat at home, both over 15 years old. Lisa loves to hike and camp with her dogs, and skiing is her passion. She has been in the veterinary industry for over 20 years.

Courtney

Lead Technician

Courtney, CVT, has been a working in the veterinary field for 16 years. She has a passion for anesthesia and emergency medicine. She’s pictured here with our clinic cat, Jemmy.

Brittany

Lead Receptionist

Brittany is from Connecticut. Her and her pup, Kenya, can be found hiking, camping and kayaking in the mountains when not here at Highlands! She also has a cat named Zodiac, a bunny named P’Nut, and the sweetest rescue rat found on a snowy day in the Highlands named Theo. Caring for animals has been her passion since she was a little girl and she’s been in the veterinary industry for 8 years.

Shawna

Office Manager

Shawna was born and raised in Colorado Springs.  In 2013, after 10 years of being a-stay-at home mom, she decided to enter back into the work force, and has now been in the veterinary field for 9 years.  She enjoys lazy couch days and spending time with her kids and dogs, Willow (pictured here) and T-Bone.  She has a special place in her heart for bully breeds but don’t underestimate her love for all canines!

Technicians

Krystal

Veterinary Assistant

Krystal is a Colorado native. She enjoys working in general practice. She likes horror movies, true crime, cooking, and traveling in her free time.

Ashley

Veterinary Technician

Ashley grew up in Colorado Springs, and moved to Denver to pursue becoming a technician in 2005. She worked at two other clinics before being hired here at HAC shortly after the opening in 2013. She is married to Lou and they have one son, Booth. She is pictured with Hector her dog and Kevin her cat.

Lauren Kelly

Alyx

Veterinary Assistant

Alyx traveled around the world as a military brat prior to landing in the Mile High City in 2015. She joined our team shortly after graduating from PIMA’s VTA Program in 2018. She is compassionate for the general well being of animals and always strives to make sure our patients are receiving the best care. She leads a life of optimism within and outside of the clinic while spending time with her husband James, children Roman and River, 2 cats Nirvana and Maverick (Pictured Above) and tarantula named Spidacus!

Lexi Adkins

Bianca

Veterinary Technician

Bianca was born in Canada, but grew up in Virginia. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Marine Science, she moved to South Florida where she worked on the beach for a couple years. Bianca recently moved to Denver with her two cats, Colby and Renly! Bianca has been working with animals since she was 12 and has loved working in the veterinary field for the past two years!

Lauren

Lauren

Veterinary Technician

Bianca was born in Canada, but grew up in Virginia. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Marine Science, she moved to South Florida where she worked on the beach for a couple years. Bianca recently moved to Denver with her two cats, Colby and Renly! Bianca has been working with animals since she was 12 and has loved working in the veterinary field for the past two years!

Lauren Kelly

Grecia

Veterinary Technician

Grecia moved to Colorado in May of 2022, trading the Appalachian mountains for the Rockies. A Georgia girl, born and raised, Grecia bleeds red & black, and she is very proud to have attended The University of Georgia (go dawgs!) where she earned her B.S. in Fisheries & Wildlife Biology and began her journey in veterinary medicine. She is passionate about providing each pet with the care she would want for her own pets, and her interests include: anesthesia/surgery, behavior and critical care. Outside of work, Grecia can be found hiking, camping, practicing yoga or skiing. She is pictured with her best friend, Australian Shepherd, Jimi Thing. Not pictured, her two other best friends: black cat, Stevie & her partner, Cole.

Lexi Adkins

Lexi

Veterinary Technician

After graduating with a degree in Biology, Lexi moved from Missouri to Colorado and worked as a zookeeper for a few years before becoming at veterinary technician. Lexi is currently back in school for a Computer Science degree when she’s not working here at Highlands.
Lexi has 3 rescue dogs, 2 huskies and a chow/German shepherd mix. During the spring and summer Lexi enjoys taking her dogs to the mountains for long hiking trips.

Aryana

Ayana

Veterinary Technician

Ayana was born in Califorina and raised in the Arizona desert chasing lizards and catching snakes.  Ayana started working with animals at the age of 17. She started out as a Grooming assistant and worked her way up to a Groomer. Ayana enjoyed making pups and kitties look their best for years before she chose to further her career, and make her way to the world of medicine. Ayana has worked at high volume spay and neuter practices, general practices, ER, and specialty Internal Medicine. In her free time Ayana likes to go camping and hiking with her kitty Daxter, and reading while snuggled up with all three of her kittys Inky, Leo, and Daxter. She also enjoys cooking, baking, and spending quality time with her partner Ryan. Ayana is pictured with her hiking buddy, Daxter.

Aryana

Nayely

Certified Veterinary Technician

Nayely is a Colorado native who has been a CVT since 2015. She has a full house with 2 dogs, Roxi and Vanellope (pictured), 2 cats (Enrique and Camilo) a chinchilla (Mariah) and a toddler! On her free time she enjoys a good Netflix binge.

Aryana

Kara

Receptionist / Certified Veterinary Technician

Originally from Texas, I’ve had my eye set for Colorado for the past 10 years. I went to school for Marine Biology and Physical Therapy. I’ve been a CVT for 7 years now. I moved here with my beloved Koda-brindle pitbull mix and two cats Stormy and Chimichanga. I found my passion in helping animals and educating people. In my spare time you can catch me long boarding, hiking, playing soccer and exploring Colorado!

Aryana

Becca

Veterinary Technician

Born and raised in Chicagoland where they have been working with animals by volunteering at an animal shelter in 2011 then became a Vet Tech in 2013. Funny fact she’s allergic to dogs, but still loves them! She recently moved to Denver to pursue their passion, Meteorology and Environmental Science at MSU Denver. If Becca does have some spare time they enjoy playing video games (Specifically Final Fantasy 14 is their favorite) and relaxing with her partner and 3 cats; Sora, Z, and Raccoon.

Receptionists

Kyra

Receptionist

After moving to Colorado in 2020 from Birmingham, Alabama, Kyra began working with the Highlands Animal Clinic family! In her free time, you can find her hitting the skate park on her roller skates, hanging out with her friends, & getting lost in the mountains. Kyra’s two furry side kicks include her super mutt, Cowboy, and her Nebelung kitty, Dexter.

Eden

Receptionist

Hi! My name is Eden, and this is my handsome man Zeffur. I am a receptionist here at HAC. I come from New Mexico but have lived in Colorado for over 20 years. I met my husband and had both of my children, Lily and Deklin here. I have another dog named Furiosa and a cat named Mavis. I love to spend time with my kids, camp, garden, and DIY just about everything. Nice to meet you!

Annie

Receptionist

A mountain girl at heart, Annie fled from the concrete jungle of Houston, Texas to pursue a simple life amongst the outdoors. A natural born dog mother to two wild children,
Remus and Finn. Annie is one of our full-time receptionists here at the clinic. When not at Highlands, you can find her silversmithing in her home studio or out and about
free roaming the open roads of beautiful Colorado.

Specialists

Carrie Ginieczki, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Veterinary Cardiologist

Dr. Carrie Ginieczki received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. She then pursued a rotating small animal internship at Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Following her internship, Carrie completed a combined cardiology residency and masters program at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. Immediately following her residency, she achieved board certification in the discipline of veterinary cardiology through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

During her time at Purdue, Dr. Ginieczki was thoroughly trained in echocardiography, the clinical discipline of veterinary cardiology and catheter-based techniques that offer minimally invasive options for correcting congenital heart disease. She also performed research and published articles related to many aspects of veterinary cardiology. Topics she’s covered include therapy for atrial fibrillation, anticoagulant therapy and pacemaker patients.

Dr. Ginieczki is the founder and sole owner of Colorado Veterinary Cardiology, which operates out of Highlands Animal Clinic. She has a passion for assisting clients and their family veterinarians in diagnosing and treating dogs and cats with heart disease. She has a particular interest in treating subclinical heart disease (heart disease in patients without clinical signs), congestive heart failure and feline heart disease.

Dr. Ginieczki lives in Evergreen, Colorado with her husband, son, daughter, dog and the many wild animals that visit their home daily. She is an active mountain biker, rock climber, cross-country skier and yogi.

 

W. Preston Stubbs, DVM, DACVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Dr. Preston Stubbs is a native of western New York and grew up in northern Virginia. He graduated in 1990 from the Virginia- Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and received his internship training at Cornell University. He completed a residency in small animal surgery at the University of Florida in 1994. Dr. Stubbs is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and has held positions in academic and large private referral practice settings. He started Mile High Veterinary Surgical Specialists, a mobile surgical service, in late 2012. Dr. Stubbs has published numerous articles in refereed journals and has authored several book chapters. He has also presented many scientific lectures and continuing education presentations both nationally and abroad. Dr. Stubbs was featured in the Animal Planet network’s Emergency Vets and ER Vets: Interns television programs. Preston and his wife, Laura, have 5 children and enjoy life in Denver, Colorado.

Alex Valdés, DVM, DACVR

Select Veterinary Radiology

Dr. Alex Valdés is a class of 2000 veterinary graduate from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in México. Several years of general practice, both in private referral hospitals and academia preceded a 3 year specialty training in veterinary radiology at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2008. Subsequently, he became a member of the faculty at Colorado State University as an Assistant Professor in Diagnostic Imaging. After 5 years in academia, Alex joined the team at Select Veterinary Radiology where he became a partner in 2017. Besides veterinary medicine, Alex enjoys nature, many outdoor activities and photography.

Our Facilities

Why do our clients say coming in for veterinary services at Highlands Animal Hospital feels like visiting an old friend? Come see for yourself.

Drive right into our client parking in the back, then let your pet get acclimated on our front porch or in our fenced yard around our cozy Victorian, restored to feel as much like home as possible. We occupy adjacent buildings to serve your pets- our 2 story main clinic and the one story bungalow next door that serves as our surgery and dental center.

Feel free to stop by and say hi and grab a treat for your pet. We want you both to feel at home at our clinic.

Testimonials

What the PET PARENTS are saying

"Good clinic- they are always helpful. My dog actually likes going to the vet, and I am glad we are customers here. I recommend their services to anyone in the area. The very professional and informative staff are always willing to answer any questions you have. Also, it's a nice location in the middle of a quaint town across from a coffee shop. I know it's a good place because my dog entered alone (due to covid-19) and came out tail wagging and smiling!!”

- Janelle W.

"We love Highlands Animal Clinic. Dr. Anderson has taken incredible care of our dog Lucy for the past two years and his care has been the best. Lucy is our baby and means the world to us, and they are the only veterinary office we trust with her. Dr. Anderson is so gentle with Lucy, and really listens to my husband or myself when we have questions or concerns. I truly get the feeling that everyone cares so much for her when we are there. Thank you so much for the incredible care you provide our girl.”

- Samantha A.

"I absolutely LOVE everyone who works here. They have taken amazing care of both our huskies every time, always taking as much time as needed with their appointments (and it’s always affordable). Dr. Jenkins saved our little foster puppy’s life by diagnosing early stages of parvo while she was doing our dogs’ annual wellness exam - our foster pup didn’t even have an appointment, and we wouldn’t have known anything was wrong until it was too late if she hadn’t been so on top of it and cared so much. It’s a huge relief to have such an amazing veterinary team nearby."

- Maddie M

"This team of veterinarians is amazing. Our kitty was just diagnosed with diabetes, and they’ve been so helpful and patient in getting her back to health. Our doggo loves them, too! I think we’ve seen all the doctors and each one of them has gone above and beyond to provide us with information during COVID and answer any and all questions we may have.”

- Kate W.

"I have been going to Highlands Animal Clinic since they opened. I have to give my praises to Dr. Jenkins. When I first met her (Dr. Jenkins), I had an 8-year-old Bull-mastiff/Lab mix that had mobility issues. My dog could not get up on the couch or climb in bed and going for a walk was painful. Allison did 6 acupuncture treatments on my old dog. This old dog is now almost 16. She can still get on the couch and climb in bed. Nowadays we go in for routine laser therapy and I see a quality of life in my dog who has surpassed her years and is still thriving. I am not sure who is more determined - My 16-year-old big dog or the Veterinarian?! I think it is a team effort! I love it and appreciate the folks at Highlands Animal Clinic. As an owner of 4 senior pets - I highly recommend this clinic.”

- Kate W.

SCHEDULE A VISIT

Hours

Monday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Have Questions?

Submit the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.