Dr. Melissa Gisleson, DVM
Dr. Gisleson with her husband, Andy, and daughter, Emma have settled into life in the mountains and enjoy hiking adventures in the summers and snowshoeing and skiing in the winters. Their fur-babies include Hiccup, a mastiff mix, Luther, a boxer, and 2 cats, Ember and Midge.
Dr. Jennifer Davis, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Davis graduated from Colorado State University in 2009. After several years in private practice, she turned her attention toward shelter medicine and became the Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter’s Spay/Neuter Program Director, as well as the Aspen Animal Shelter’s staff veterinarian. She is a long-time local, having lived in Pitkin County for over 20 years, and is very passionate about providing quality, accessible care to pets and their families throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Her special interests lie in spay/neuter and diagnostic imaging, like x-rays, ultrasound, etc. We were thrilled to have her join our team here at Alpine in 2019. When she’s not providing care to our local pet population, she enjoys cooking, skiing, and spending time with her family and newly rescued mutt, Traynor.
Dr. Stephanie Crawford, DVM
Dr. Stephanie Crawford grew up in the Blue Ridge mountains of Roanoke, Virginia. She completed her undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech (go Hokies!). She then went on to complete a Master’s in Public Health and worked in epidemiology for three years before returning to veterinary school. She completed her veterinary degree at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and has been in small animal private practice since graduating. In addition to wellness and preventative care, Dr. Crawford’s special interests include diagnostic imaging (x-rays and ultrasound) and infectious diseases.
In her free time, Dr. Crawford enjoys biking (she biked across the country in 2014 with Bike the US for MS), hiking and camping with her husband Patrick. She is very excited to start developing relationships with her patients and clients and work with the awesome team here at Alpine Animal Hospital!
Amy, RVT, VTS Dentistry
Amy is originally from Sacramento, California. She attended UC Davis thinking she wanted to become a veterinarian but soon realized her true passion was in the nursing care of the animals. After completing the veterinary technician program at Consumnes River College, Amy became licensed in 1998. She has enjoyed a wide variety of avenues opened up by her career choice. Her strongest interests lie in dentistry and emergency medicine. She received her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Dentistry in 2017. In 2009, Amy moved to the wonderful Roaring Fork Valley and has been enjoying the beauty of Colorado ever since. She loves riding motorcycles and getting out with her mixed breed pup, Cooper.
Darren is a Colorado Native who grew up on a family ranch in Montrose and has always had a passion for working with animals. He participated in 4-H and FFA in his youth and was involved with caring for animals on the ranch. Darren found his passion for veterinary medicine in high school after getting a part-time job at a local small animal clinic. After receiving on-the-job training, he knew that he wanted to learn more and continue on this career path. Shortly after graduating high school, Darren went on to attend the Colorado Mountain College Veterinary Technology program and graduated in 2017.
He and his partner love living in the mountains and plan to have pets of their own in the future, hopefully a French Bulldog! In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and dabbling in the world of music and art!
Keanen is a long-term resident of the valley who has always loved working with and helping animals of all shapes and sizes. After graduating high school she went on to attend the Colorado Mountain College Veterinary Technology program and graduated in 2021.
She currently has two cats of her own (Love and Chevy) and enjoys spending time with her friends and family, hiking, sewing, and crocheting.
Michelle has been in Veterinary Medicine over 27 years; 17 years as a registered veterinary technician. Michelle has worked all over the front range of Colorado and at CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Anesthesia. Surgery and Anesthesia and pain management are her passions. When not working she loves military jets and traveling the world.
Danielle is a Colorado native. She spent five years in Scottsdale, Arizona, attending Scottsdale Community College and working in veterinary medicine. In 2001 Danielle knew it was time to bring her family back home to the mountains. After moving back to Colorado, she wanted to continue working in the veterinarian field and began working at Alpine Animal Hospital. Her love for helping animals and people has helped her find her passion for management for the hospital. The people that she works to inspire her to continue to flourish and learn every day. Her loves include her family; partner Mid, son John and their fur-babies, a lab mix named Sixx, and Chiweenie named Deuce. She enjoys traveling, riding horses, camping, hiking and being with her friends.
Evie is a Colorado native and longtime local of the Roaring Fork Valley. She grew up in Pitkin County with an inherent love for all animals. After high school she found herself working at Colorado Animal Rescue in Glenwood Springs and her passion for aiding animals grew exponentially from there. Later, for several years, she worked for a local pet food and supply shop, RJ Paddywacks. She excitedly joined us here at Alpine as a Client Service Representative and Veterinary Assistant in 2019 and has been an amazing addition to our team. Outside of the hospital, she loves spending time with her own pets, listening to music, and aquarium/fish keeping.
Gloria, who joined us here at Alpine as a Client Service Representative in 2020, is Evie’s younger sister (but maybe you already noticed that!). Gloria is a longtime local as well and loves working with animals. She takes great pride in trying to make a positive difference in pet’s and their family’s lives. When she’s not here providing excellent customer service to our community, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and Pitbull. Gloria also has special interests in aromatherapy, nutraceuticals, and crystals – before she joined our team, she worked for a local CBD/supplement store and even started her own LLC to promote and teach people about the beneficial uses of CBD, hemp, essential oils, etc.
Practice Manager, VT
She moved to the valley in May of 2008 after spending time in Northern Colorado, Oregon, and growing up in California. Cheryl has a BS in Wildlife Biology with a Minor in Zoology from Colorado State University. Cheryl began her career as a veterinary technician in California in 1994. Since then, she has worked with large and small animals as well as animal emergency clinics and with state and federal wildlife agencies. Cheryl has also spent years working with captive wildlife sanctuaries in Colorado. She spends her free time exploring, biking, hiking, snowboarding, and boating in the roaring fork river valley with her husband, son, and one cat, and three dogs.