Westside Animal Hospital
Westside Animal Hospital

Meet Our Staff

Veterinarians

Dr. Peter De Waal

Peter  De Waal

Dr. De Waal is a 1982 graduate of The Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He loves all sports and is currently riding his mountain and road bikes as well as playing tennis.

He has been married to Merrilee for over thirty years; she is a residential Real Estate Agent. Their son, Kyle, loves sports and entertainment, still plays hockey and works for a software company in San Francisco. Currently his animal family consists of 3 energetic dogs and two lazy cats.

Dr. De Waal's goal is to be devoted and passionate about his family, friends, work, spirituality, and life in general.

Dr. Roman Dye

Roman  Dye

Dr. Dye came to Westside Animal Hospital in the summer of 2006 from Oklahoma, where he earned degrees from The University of Oklahoma, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and Oklahoma State University for Veterinary Health Sciences.

Dr. Dye and his wife, Deanna, have two adorable sons, Dylan and Lennon, who keep them both busy at home. They are also proud parents of two dogs, Squiggie and Charlie, and two cats, Skippy and Marley.

Deanna regularly bakes wonderful goodies for the Westside staff, which everyone looks forward to. They enjoy spending their spare time with family and friends. 

Dr. Marlin Geist

Marlin  Geist

Dr. Geist moved to Colorado Springs in 2014 with his wife and 1-year old daughter with the intention of raising their daughter and retiring here.  He joined the Westside Animal Hospital family in September, 2014.  Dr. Geist was raised in the state of Washington, attended vet school at Washington State University, and graduated in 1996.  He worked for many years at practices in Washington and Oregon.  For the last 10 years Dr. Geist operated his own veterinary surgery business, also working in emergency medicine.

Dr. Geist brings with him many years of experience in some areas of complicated surgeries, as well as the prevention and long-term management associated with them.  These include TPLO (for cranial cruciate ligament injuries), fracture repair, corrective orthopedic surgery, minimally-invasive surgery (endoscopy, laparoscopy, arthroscopy, etc.), reconstructive surgery, and major abdominal surgeries.  He is currently in the process of getting certification for PennHIP screening (for early identification and intervention of canine hip dysplasia).

Dr. Geist’s other areas of practice interest include pain management, wound healing, and helping to build the human-animal bond.  Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hiking, climbing, biking, and fly-fishing. 

Dr. Kelly Hutchison

Dr. Kelly Hutchison

Dr. Kelly Hutchison is a 2011 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University, and a 2013 graduate of the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Wellington, Florida.  With a keen interest in canine rehabilitation, acupuncture, advanced pain management, and geriatric medicine, Dr. Hutchison is eager to develop collaborative relationships with clients and staff of Westside Animal Hospital.

Along with surgery, wellness, and general medicine, Dr. Hutchison performs acupuncture and rehabilitative medicine utilizing a number of modalities combining Western and Eastern practices individualized for each patient's condition and lifestyle.  We are confident Dr. Hutchison's engaging warmth and intuitive diagnostic skills will benefit our four-legged companions.

Staff

Leslie
Hospital Manager

Leslie

Leslie has been employed at Westside Animal Hospital since February 1997. She was in the communications field for nineteen years before leaving the "corporate world" to move on to a more rewarding career in pet health care.

They share a home with Ruby, a French bulldog rescue, and Zen, a red male Chow Chow. Ruby and Zen are their "children" and are shamelessly spoiled! While Chows Chows will always be part of their lives, they have discovered the many charms of the Frenchies as well!

Leslie and her husband, Ted, enjoy traveling, biking, hanging out downtown, and the music scene throught the city. Leslie is a committed runner who is also passionate about gardening and most anything to do with the natural world – and shoes! 

Karren
CVT/Lead Veterinary Technician

Karren

I moved to Colorado with my husband in the summer of 2000 and enjoy all the outdoor activities this state has to offer.

After several years as a Travel Agent and many more in customer service related jobs, I decided to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine.

I graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2005 and cannot imagine doing anything other than helping animals and their families.

Since moving to Colorado, my husband and I have taken full advantage of the outdoor life.   We enjoy hiking and backpacking the many trails available.  Recently we have taken up rock and ice climbing. On my lazy days I enjoy reading and even sewing.

Currently we are down to one four legged child. Her name is Señorita (Rita for short) and we adopted her from the Puerto Vallarta SPCA in May 2014. Rita looks like a black lab mix but DNA testing says she is Mastiff/Bassett hound mix. Either way she is a bundle of energy that fits into our active life. 

Sharon
Certified Veterinary Technician

Sharon

I'm a Colorado native and can't imagine living anywhere else.  I have especially fallen in love with Colorado Springs.

After many years working in accounting and customer service I decided to pursue my dream of a career working with animals.  I completed my studies and graduated from Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 1999.  I became a member of the Westside family in 2011 and love the people I work with and the very special clients who trust us with their four legged family members.

My husband Mike and I fulfilled our dreams of living in the mountains and enjoy spending time in the home we built and the challenges of mountain living.  We enjoy continuing to work on our home and trying to garden at high altitude.  We also enjoy camping and fishing.

In my spare time my passions include NASCAR racing and racing of all kinds, hiking, biking and stitching.  I also love music and my new challenge is learning to play the guitar.

My family consists of our 2 rescue dogs - Ellie Mae and Samantha.

Ruth
Certified Veterinary Technician

Ruth

I grew up in western New York and joined the Army right after high school. I was stationed in Germany, Colorado and Iraq. After the Army, I moved to Indiana where I worked on a horse-breeding farm for six years. I decided to move back to Colorado Springs to attend school at Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology, which I have graduated from and became a Certified Veterinary Technician.

Of all the places I have been Colorado Springs is one of my favorites, which is why I have decided to make this place my home. In my free time, I enjoy hiking in the mountains, gardening and horseback riding.

I have two “children,” Shrek who is a three-year-old English bulldog/beagle mix and is quite the character. He loves sleeping in, going for car rides and going on hikes with me. Ash is a one and a half year old mastiff mix who just recently joined my family. He loves to play with Shrek and is quite the couch potato.

I am proud to be a part of Westside Animal Hospital’s team and love my new career working with animals every day.

Nancy
Certified Veterinary Technician

Nancy

Originally hailing from Columbus, Ohio, I met my husband after moving to North Carolina.  After becoming a proud military spouse, we completed a three year tour in Germany, which was an amazing experience. 

In 2012, we were stationed in Colorado Springs; soon after, we welcomed a beautiful son into our family.  I graduated from Pima Medical Institute and became a Certified Veterinary Technician. After completing my internship at Westside, I became a full-fledged healthcare team member.

In addition to our delightful son, we have 2 children with paws; a 7 year old Golden Retriever, and a 3 year old Great Dane.

On my days off I enjoy all the wonderful activities Colorado has to offer.  I also enjoy traveling and quiet nights catching up on my shows. 

Courtney
Certified Veterinary Technician

Courtney

Originally from Arizona, Courtney moved with her family to Colorado 16 years ago. 

Courtney has been in the veterinary field since 2013 and a technician since 2015.  She began her veterinary career in Emergency medicine but loves the opportunity to build relationships with the animals and clients afforded in a general practice. 

Passionate about massage therapy, Courtney hopes to practice massage therapy in the near future.  When not working, Courtney enjoys hiking with her most handsome Standard Poodle, Kingston, snuggling with her senior cat, and Frisbee golfing with her partner, Nick.

Tara
Veterinary Technician

Tara

Tara was born and raised in Kentucky but being a proud military spouse she has lived all over the country.  This is Tara’s second time living in Colorado Springs – and back to working at Westside Animal Hospital. 

A lifelong passionate animal lover, Tara obtained her Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming.

Tara enjoys free time traveling and hiking with her husband and two kiddos.  They share their home with Hank, a “bug” – Beagle/Pug cross. Sadly, their family recently lost two feline members, Drew, 17 and Mo, 15. 

Kayla
Certified Veterinary Technician

Kayla

I'm originally from a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and have lived there my whole life. Wanting a fresh start, my boyfriend and I recently moved to Colorado Springs where we're able to pursue our passion for the outdoors. Since moving, we've absolutely fallen in love with the scenery and culture. 

I graduated from the Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh in 2013 and became a licensed veterinary technician shortly after that. I spent my first 4 years as a technician working at an emergency hospital in PA. I've known that I wanted to work with animals my entire life and couldn't imagine doing anything else. I'm very grateful for all the personal relationships I've built with clients and patients through this profession. 

Colorado suits my interests perfectly as I love to spend hours hiking through the mountains and exploring new trails. I also enjoy spending time with friends/family, traveling, camping, playing board games, catching up on my favorite shows, and experiencing new restaurants. 

On this journey, I brought along my two fur babies; Charlie is my 6 year old ferret that I've had since she was a couple months old and Marley is my 6 year old cat that I adopted through my tech school. They're the best of friends. I've also recently adopted a new dog named Parker who is about 2 years old. We were very lucky to come across him and he's fitting in great!

 

Ari
Certified Veterinary Technician Assistant

Ari

Ari moved from San Diego, CA to Colorado seeking better living for her family. In 2005, she graduated from Pima Medical Institute as a Veterinary Assistant.

Pursuing her passion for animals, Ari has worked for Canine Companions for Independence training service dogs. More recently, Ari was the Shelter Manager at Happy cats Haven where she placed over 700 cats and kittens to their forever homes.

Along with her two energetic sons, Ari shares a home with two cats – Sensi, a 14 year old brown tabby, and Lollipop, a black two year old rescue.

“I love working at Westside – the staff is amazing and I love working with the wonderful vets.”

Melanie
Certified Veterinary Technician Assistant

Melanie

Jasmine
Technician Assistant

Jasmine

Jasmine was born and raised in Astoria, Queens, New York City. She moved to Colorado Springs in 1983 and settled near her sister, Dr. De Waal's wife, Merrilee.

With her lifelong love of animals, Jasmine adopted a cat, Cindy and a dog, Nifty. They both lived good long lives and passed away when they were very old.

Jasmine's most recent addition is a cat named Skittles who came to her through adoption from the Humane Society. He has a very unique personality and provides Jasmine with many hours of companionship and enjoyment. Some of his playful antics include chasing his tail and playing with his toys.

Jessica
Head Receptionist

Jessica

Jessica was born and raised right here in Colorado. She left the state for a short time after high school, but returned in the summer of 2004 to be closer to family and friends and the beautiful mountains of home. She lives with her husband, Travis, and her house full of furry rescues.

Her hobbies include reading, motorcycling, scuba diving, and hanging out with her pets and family.

It has been her life's dream to work around and help care for animals and their people. She considers her position here at Westside Animal Hospital to be her dream job come true. 

Marissa
Receptionist

Marissa

Born and raised in Colorado, Marissa has moved around a lot, yet ultimately decided to settle down in her beautiful home state.

Marissa met her husband Erik in 2005 and married in 2010. They hope to start a family soon but until then are happy with their two "daughters" a Maine Coon, Zuzu and Tuxedo cat, Moxie.

Marissa has been in the customer service field for over 14 years and has a passion for helping people. Since joining the team at Westside, Marissa has found she has even more fun helping animals and their “parents”.

Along with painting and reading, Marissa loves everything vintage and watching classic movies. 

In the winter she is enrolling in school for Mortuary Science and hope to open her own business someday. Until then, Marissa is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful, dedicated loving family here at Westside Animal Hospital. 

Blanca
Receptionist

Blanca

Hey there, my name is Blanca! I am originally from Los Angeles, California, and moved to beautiful Colorado Springs as a child. Since then I have made many solid friendships, graduated from Doherty High School, and became an Esthetician.  I enjoy spending my time outdoors as much as possible. I worked at a laser skincare clinic for about two years, then I came across the opportunity to work at Westside Animal Hospital – it has been an amazing experience!

Ever since I was little I have been surrounded by critters and being able to help pets maintain and receive healthcare has been very rewarding. I am proud to be a part of an amazing team!

As of now, I have one fur baby, Hendrix, my silly cat who brightens my day – I sense a lot more in my future.

Megan
Receptionist

Megan

Megan moved to Colorado Springs from Los Angeles in the spring of 2007 to enjoy the beautiful mountains and be closer to family.

She holds a B.A. in Graphic Design yet her passion has always been to work with animals. Megan has been a Veterinary Technician as well as receptionist since 2002 and finds it very rewarding.

Together with her husband, Keith, they share a home with two rescued Greyhounds; Tess and Kingston; and the most recent addition, a rescue Sighthound Mix, Winnie, along with four rescued cats; Fitzgerald, Coda, Kinsey, and Finley.  They love spending time with their “spoiled” kids; hiking with the dogs, and exploring all that Colorado has to offer. 

Ashley
Receptionist

Ashley

Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Colorado Springs, where I met my wife, has been my home since 2011.  I have ten years customer service and truly enjoy working in the reception field. 

I believe I have a natural gift with animals and love working with them! My goal has always been to improve animals’ lives through care and support. 

Colorado has a lot to offer in entertainment, travel, and outdoor activities. With a passion for animals and family, I enjoy spending my free time with my “human” family, dogs, and pet sitting.

Deanna
Receptionist

Deanna

Marty
Receptionist


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