Jessica Woodward AAS, CVT
Jessica joined Aspenwing Hospital after two years as an urgent care veterinary technician here in Northern Colorado. She and her family moved to Colorado after living in Far West Texas, Arizona, and Montana. Jessica graduated Bel Rea institute of Veterinary Technology in March of 2014 and became a Certified Veterinary Technician that same year.
As a mother of 3 children and married for 14 years, Jessica has learned to love a good challenge. She and her family enjoy outdoor recreation, sports, rugby and travel. She brings her life experiences, her dedication to all families, and her love of animals to our clients … daily.
Cyndi Rideout BS, CVT
Manager, Lead Technician
Cyndi is a Certified Veterinary Technologist, Veterinary Technology Instructor, Certified Canine Medical Massage Therapist, and Cold Laser Therapist. She has been a CVT since 2001 after graduating from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. She enjoys working with all types of animals and integrating holistic and traditional medicine. Cyndi has studied animal acupressure, nutrition, cold laser therapy, and a variety of complementary modalities of veterinary medicine. Her passion is to provide the best care and well being for animals of all kinds by utilizing preventative medicine, traditional medicine, and education.
After teaching Veterinary Technology for Bel-Rea Institute for Animal Technology for 10 years, Cyndi has spent her time following her passion “treating animals outside of the drug box”. No species is left out either; she works with dogs, cats, horses, cattle, and even a goat or two. She believes that learning new things and working with a variety of animals and people is the best way to keep current in today’s ever-changing field of Veterinary medicine.
Continuing her education every chance she gets and keeping current on the newest types of therapies Cyndi never turns down an opportunity to see what’s out there. When she is not out “working” she enjoys spending time with her significant other, and their two dogs Blue and Chloe.
She is excited about enriching her knowledge of exotics and birds at Aspenwing and continuing to provide the best care for their patients and their wonderful owners!
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.
Michael – Veterinary Assistant
My love for animals has always been there. I was raised in a small suburb of Oklahoma City where my parents always had animals in the house. My first family pets were a cat named Boots and a Golden Retriever named Bo. I also had a terrarium with a couple of tree frogs that I took care of for years. I loved catching the little lizards that bathed in the sun of our driveway and admiring the neighborhood tortoise that frequently visited our backyard flowerbeds. Every summer, my family would travel to Estes Park where I was in awe of the wildlife and scenery of Rocky Mountain National Park. My love for the Rocky Mountains never left me, and after two years at the University of Oklahoma, I moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder.
At CU, I studied integrative physiology and planned on going into a career in human medicine. I not only enjoyed the science side of it, but I was passionate about helping the poor and disadvantaged get the health care they needed. I joined a group called Global Medical Brigades, where we traveled to Central America to set up clinics in impoverished areas that had no access at all to health care.
It was not until I began volunteering at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in my senior year at CU that I began to shift my interest to different kinds of disadvantaged creatures. I soon realized that caring for animals was what I enjoyed more than anything. I began to immerse myself in working with animals by getting a job at a doggy day care and continuing to volunteer at the Humane Society. After graduating from CU, I shifted my focus into acquiring more experience in the veterinary field in hopes of applying to veterinary school in the near future.
Aspenwing is my first job in the field of veterinary medicine. I feel extremely lucky to be working with Dr. Chappell and our wonderful and talented staff. I learn so much from our staff, patients, and clients every day. I am eager keep learning and growing in order to give your animal family members the best care possible. My job at Aspenwing has reassured me that helping animals is what I want to do for the rest of my life. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, cooking, listening to and playing bluegrass music, and spending time with my two animals; an Australian Cattle Dog mix named Charlie, and a cat named Ozzy.