Dr. Jolynn Chappell – Veterinarian, Practice Owner
Dr. Jolynn Chappell graduated from CSU in 1991 and after working at a small animal hospital for almost 2 years, opened Aspenwing Animal Hospital in 1994. She has a strong interest in avian and exotic companion animals and has a wonderful reputation for providing service to Wyoming, Nebraska, and Colorado for these unique pets.
Dr. Chappell is certified in Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians and has been a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians since 1989, is a member of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, Larimer County Veterinary Medical Association and American Medical Veterinary Association.
On a more personal note, I have often been asked why I went into veterinary medicine and why the exotic animal medicine and for as long as I can remember I have always had pets of all kinds from hamsters, gerbils, fish and turtles to dogs and cats. I was also known to bring home many injured and orphaned wildlife. My parents tolerated so much with all my critters and new found animals in need! I found an injured turtle at a park once with my grandmother and we brought it home and nursed it back to health. I fed the baby birds worms I would catch out in the yard and when I was to high school I worked in a pet store and instantly became the caregiver to the sick pets in the back room. That is also where I adopted a cat and purchased my first parrot, whom I still have.I had never owned or worked with pet birds before this and they fascinated me with all their colors and antics. I was hooked! Little did I know then that I would be working on them as a veterinarian. At the time I had no interest to go to another 7 years of school to become a veterinarian but I did have a strong interest in the medical field so I attended Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology. I worked in a veterinary hospital in Denver until I had my son. My husband was transferred to Ft Colllins shortly after that. I received my State Wildlife Rehabilitation License and took in many birds and rabbits. I also worked with the CSU raptor program and had appreciated the help of the students so much. I also had begun acquiring several different species of parrots and we set our garage up into an aviary where I successfully raised many dozen baby birds. When my son was 3 years old, I started my undergraduate program at CSU after which I was admitted into the Veterinary Medicine Program.
My hobbies now include riding my paint horse, taking my two yellow labs out for a run, gardening and photography. My husband and I enjoy traveling when we can grab the time!
It is always a joy working with such a variety of animals and I thoroughly enjoy meeting and getting to know all the wonderful clients that bring them in to me. I have a wonderful support team who are all so enthusiastic and so great to work with! Come in and let us all help you with all your needs for your companion animal friends!
Dr. Sarah Abernathey, DVM
Dr. Abernathey was born in Denver, but grew up in Denton, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. After practicing small animal and exotic medicine in San Antonio for 14 years, she moved back to Colorado with her husband, daughter, and their zoo.
Dr. Abernathey grew up in a household full of animals as a child, and she knew at a young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She currently has 3 dogs and 3 cats that run her household, and she has also had many other animal family members in her past, such as an iguana, rabbits, and fish. During Dr. Abernathey’s free moments, she plays as much tennis as possible in warmer months, skis in colder months, and travels with her family.