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. Kevin Lisenbee
Dr. Kevin Lisenbee is originally from Oklahoma, where he grew up in the suburbs of Tulsa with his two sisters. In high school, Dr. Lisenbee received his Eagle Scout award, and is very proud of it to this day. He completed his bachelor’s degree and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University, graduating 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, clinical pathology, and dentistry.
“As a veterinarian, it is my distinct please to work with families to provide the vet care possible for not only 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 with his partner, Tanna. Though he would like to become more active, he still enjoys more leisurely activities such as pub trivia, following his favorite sports teams, watching Sci-fi movies and playing video games.
Dr. Wendy Elbert
Dr. Elbert is originally from Dallas, Texas, but has also lived in Alaska and Oklahoma, where she attended Oklahoma State University and obtained her BS in Animal Science and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. GO POKES!!
Dr. Elbert joined us from a mixed animal practice, treating bovine, equine, caprine, ovine, canine and feline species. Her interest and focus on small animal dentistry and surgery prompted her to seek a small animal practice, finding Northwest Animal Hospital a perfect fit!. Additionally, Dr. Elbert has special interest in ultrasonography, ophthalmology, and wound management.
Dr. Elbert loves Colorado and spends her time outside of work “Jeeping” in the mountains, exploring and having great adventures. She is an avid reader and enjoys watching sports, especially football. GO BRONCOS and COWBOYS!
“I strive to provide the best medicine to my patients including preventive medicine and client education! ” -Dr. Elbert
Dr. April Van Valin
Dr. Van Valin is no stranger to helping enrich the lives of pets and animals. Prior to joining Northwest Animal as an associate veterinarian, she spent 15 years of her life working with pets and animals. In fact, the first job she ever held was with Northwest Animal Hospital. She began her career with us as a kennel assistant, moving on to Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician. She worked part time with Northwest while attending college all through her undergraduate and graduate degrees.
After completing her undergraduate degree in Microbiology at Colorado State University, she received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She then went on to receive her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in Ames, Iowa. After taking some time off from work to welcome son Brendan to her family, she is excited to be able to come home to Northwest Animal Hospital and give back to this wonderful community!
As a general practitioner, Dr. Van Valin provides primary care for pets of all ages and her special interests include internal medicine, with an emphasis on endocrinology, feline medicine, and dentistry. Preventive care is also one of her areas of focus. In addition to her dedication in providing a superior quality of medicine and service to our patients and clients, Dr. Van Valin’s other favorite part of working for Northwest Animal Hospital is the relationships that are formed with clients and patients. “Building long-term relationships with our patients and their families, and becoming part of their extended family brings me great joy and satisfaction,” she said.
Outside of her work life, Dr. Van Valin enjoys singing in an A Capella barbershop show chorus, running, curling (where she holds the position of Skip on her curling team), reading, horseback riding and painting. She also loves spending time with her husband Brett, son Brendan their two dogs, Remington and Ronin, and her cat, Wilber. Some of the life goals she hopes to attain someday include running a half marathon, winning a national contest with her show chorus, and last but not least, star in a Broadway musical!
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