Dr. John H. Sudduth, D.V.M. Founding Veterinarian
Dr. Sudduth knew early in his life that he wanted to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. At age seven he was accumulating old college texts and his first patient was his beloved family pet, Skippy, a beagle, who in spite of his exams survived to a ripe old age!
He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Northern Colorado in 1973. Continuing to pursue Veterinary Medicine, he was accepted at Colorado State University and graduated in 1977. While attending CSU School of Veterinary Medicine, he was awarded a full-ride health professions scholarship through the military forces. Upon graduating Dr. Sudduth spent six years at Letterman Hospital in San Francisco and SHAPE in Mons Belgium. Returning to Colorado, he began practice on Garden of the Gods Road and later built the Northwest Plaza, where Northwest Animal Hospital is located. He continued his military career as an IMA, traveling to Walter Reed in Washington D.C. each year. Dr. Sudduth is also a retired LTC in the Army reserve. Today, having practiced veterinary medicine for over 30 years Dr. Sudduth brings a wealth of experience to the practice. He is a member of the Colorado Academy as a member/scholar a distinction for whom less than 1% of Colorado Veterinarians belong.
He has been happily married to his wife, Lori, for many years. They have a daughter Michelle, a son Aaron, a daughter-in-law Stacey, and two grandchildren, Julia and Jonathan. The family has had several pets over the years and currently shares their home with Quincy, a Sheltie.
Dr. Jessa Kocher
Dr. Jessa Kocher is a native of Illinois. After doing her undergraduate work in Animal Sciences and Pre-Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, she graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She spent a year at a progressive animal hospital near Charlotte, NC after graduation before joining the Northwest Animal Hospital team in the summer of 2012.
Dr. Kocher always loved animals and grew up with 4 cats. At a very young age she started volunteering for a local animal shelter and worked part time for a veterinary hospital during her high school years. With an avid interest in science, she went on to study Pre-Veterinary Medicine in preparation for Veterinary School. She has a special interest in the areas of internal medicine, animal behavior, oncology, ultrasonography, soft-tissue surgery, and dentistry.
Outside of her work life, Dr. Kocher loves spending time with her husband and son in beautiful Colorado. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping, reading, and running road races. She currently has two dogs – Savannah, an Australian Shepherd mix, and Lyra, a lethal-white deaf Australian Shepherd.
Dr. Renée R. Stone
Dr. Stone grew up with a menagerie of pets including snakes, lizards, turtles, fish, birds, guinea pigs, dogs, and cats. She always new she wanted to work with animals. At the age of 21, she finished an associates program at the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology and became a Certified Veterinary Technician. While working full-time in the veterinary medical field, she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and went on to obtain her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in May of 2015. Her special interests include soft-tissue surgery, ophthalmology, exotic medicine, and physical therapy.
In her free time, she enjoys camping, playing frisbee, snowboarding, and dancing. She lives with 2 sassy felines, Sansa and Onyx, a fish named Fin, and a bearded dragon named Juno McScruff.
Dr. Kevin Lisenbee
Dr. Kevin Lisenbee has joined us from another practice in town where he worked for 2.5 years. He is originally from Oklahoma, where he grew up in the suburbs of Tulsa with his two sisters. He loves enjoying the fresh mountain air and all that Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region have to offer and is excited to join Northwest Animal Hospital in its mission to provide the best care in Colorado Springs. In high school, Dr. Lisenbee received his Eagle Scout award, and is very proud of it to this day. After completing his bachelor’s degree in Physiology at Oklahoma State University, he went on to attend veterinary school at Oklahoma State University as well, graduating with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in May 2014. As a general practitioner, Dr. Lisenbee provides primary care for pets of all ages, and has a special interest in soft tissue surgery, client education, and preventive care.
“As a veterinarian, it is my distinct pleasure to work with families to provide the best care possible for not only their pets, but for their family as a whole,” he said. “I believe that client education is a crucial part to any hospital visit, as it provides pet owners with a better understanding of what exactly is going on with their pets, thus allowing them to be better stewards of their pet’s care.” When not at work, Dr. Lisenbee likes to take his cocker spaniel, Ruby, on walks and
hikes in the foothills. He enjoys hiking, camping, and backpacking in the summer and skiing in the winter. Year-long he loves going to new restaurants and breweries. Though he would like to become more active, he still enjoys more leisurely activities such as pub trivia, following college and pro football, following OKC Thunder basketball, watching Sci-fi movies, and playing the occasional video game. Some of his life goals are to write a novel and crest a fourteener.
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