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Dr. Allison Jenkins

If you talk to anyone who has known Dr. Jenkins since she was a little girl, they'll all tell you the same thing- "Allison always told me that she was going to be a vet, live in Colorado, and have a Husky dog."  And so she did...


Dr. Allison Jenkins graduated with Honors from Texas A & M University in 1999, then moved to Colorado to start fulfilling her dreams.  She lived and worked as a veterinary technician in Crested Butte, establishing her residency and solidifying her love of the mountains.   During veterinary school, Allison was chosen to participate in a wildlife research program in South Africa, under the direction of world-renowned wildlife vet, Dr. Cobus Raath.  Over a two-year period, she also conducted equine toxicology research on Easter Island.  Dr. Jenkins received her veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 2004.  She then spent the first two years as an equine vet in Oregon and Texas before finding her calling in small animal medicine.  "The bond between dogs, cats, and humans is profound and real.  No other being loves you quite like your pet- the one with whom you share your life and home."


Dr. Jenkins worked several years at Brykerwood Vet Clinic, voted "Best Vet in Austin."  Dr. Allison Jenkins, her Husky dog, Slater, and her horse, Casey, moved back to Colorado in 2010.  Allison married Ashton Jenkins in August 2012, 1 week after closing on the property which is now Highlands Animal Clinic.  Ashton and Allison spent their newlywed year restoring and constructing a clinic that their clients and patients can call home.


Dr. Allison's best friend of 12 and 1/2 years, Slater, passed away in December 2012, after accompanying her on all the journeys that led to where she is and who she is now.  The Jenkins' share their home and their hearts with Cash, an ageless Chocolate Lab with boundless energy and love and Greta, their newly adopted old lady Black Lab.  They keep their horse, Casey, in a beautiful pasture in Evergreen.


Dr. Allison Jenkins is a resident and cheerleader for the Highlands neighborhood.   She feels lucky to have found her place in this community and looks forward to serving you and your pets.

Veterinarian and Proud Owner

Colo. State University, DVM 

Certified Vet Acupuncturist

Wildlife Conservation Medicine, South Africa

Vet Relief Int'l., Easter Island

Texas A & M, B. S. Cum Laude


Dr. Erik Anderson

Erik was born and raised in Merrimack, New Hampshire and received his undergraduate degree from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown Pennsylvania.  Erik received his veterinary education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After graduation, he completed a rotating internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, and was featured on the Animal Planet TV series, E-vet Interns. You may still be able to catch him on a late night rerun!


Erik knew he wanted to be a vet from a very young age.  He began working with animals at the age of 12 while volunteering at the local Humane Society and later as a veterinary assistant at several small animal hospitals during high school and college.  He has lived in the Highlands neighborhood for the last seven years and is excited to bring his practice to his friends and neighbors in his own backyard.  His professional interests include oncology, dermatology, and internal medicine.


Outside of work, Erik enjoys camping, mountain biking, fly fishing, playing guitar and brewing beer. Erik and his wife Leigh stay busy chasing after their five year-old son Brady, one year-old daughter Abby, and blind pug Winston.


University of Tennessee, DVM

Dr. Jessica Hess

Ever since moving to Denver with her family in 2009, Dr. Jessica Hess has loved every minute of living at the foot of the Rocky Mountains while following her passion for taking care of animals.
Jessica grew up in a small town in northeast Missouri, part of a big family of animal lovers. In third grade, she set her sights on becoming a veterinarian. She spent several years during high school volunteering at a local veterinary clinic, learning everything she could before heading off to Columbia, Missouri in 2000 to earn degrees in Biology and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri.
Dr. Hess joined the Highlands Animal Clinic family in 2016. Her interests outside of veterinary medicine include hiking with her family, reading, spending time in the mountains, traveling, sampling beers at all the local breweries, and exploring new places.


University of Missouri, DVM

Dr. Page Mader

Connecticut is where I was born and raised, but I have lived all over the country before arriving in Colorado for a second and final time.


My path to veterinary medicine may have evolved from an unorthodox route, but I feel is more impassioned, compelling and earnest than most!  Disillusioned with corporate daily life, I embarked on my current journey.  While my previous career in online marketing was stimulating, it left a void of self purpose.  Soul searching beyond a traditional career track led me to embrace what has always provided immense satisfaction...a love of animals and concern for their wellfare.


I feel priviledged and honored to be a member of this wonderful profession.  General practice is my true passion; I love building relationships with clients and their four-legged family members.  Outside of the clinic you'll likely find me on a hiking trail, at a sporting event or dining at one of the many amazing local restaurants here in the Highlands.



Colorado State University, DVM

Dr. Stubbs

Dr. Preston Stubbs

Dr. W. Preston Stubbs is a native of western New York and grew up in northern Virginia.  He is a 1990 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and received his internship training at Cornell University.  He completed a residency in small animal surgery at the University of Florida in 1994.  Dr. Stubbs is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.  He has held positions in academic and large private referral practice settings. 


Dr. Stubbs started Mile High Veterinary Surgical Specialists, a mobile surgical service, in late 2012.  He has published numerous articles in refereed journals and has authored several book chapters.  Dr. Stubbs has presented many scientific lectures and continuing education presentations both nationally and abroad.  He was also featured in the Animal Planet network's Emergency Vets and ER Vets: Interns television programs. 


He and his wife Laura have 5 children and enjoy life in Denver, Colorado.

Mobile Specialist Surgeon

Board Certified Surgeon

Virginia- Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM

Cornell University, Internship

University of Florida, Residency


Debbie and pups


I have  worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years, including general practices in Denver and Wilmington, Delaware for 12 years.  Most recently, I served as the practice manager of a veterinary cardiology practice in Englewood for 9 ½ years before joining Dr. Jenkins at Highlands Animal clinic.  I have worked in almost every department, starting as a client service representative to cleaning kennels and patient care before moving into management.


Born and raised in Colorado, I  am an avid Denver sports fan and enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.


Most of my free time is spent with my wonderful daughter, Amanda, and my dog Mia and three cats, Nunya, Ninja, and Butters.



Practice Manager

Pictured with Mia and Chauncy


Hello family and friends of HILAC!  My name is Ashley Messing and I am the one of the veterinary technicians at the best animal clinic in town!


I am originally from Colorado Springs, I moved here in the summer of 2005. I have been a CVT for a few years now. I graduated from Bel-Rea in December 2007 and got hired at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in February 2008. May of that same year I was married to my love, Lou. I worked at WRAH just shy of 3 years. I had a son, Booth, in January of 2010. I was lucky that I was able to stay at home with him for about two and a half years. However, I did miss working. In the late summer of 2012, I was hired at Rising Sun Animal Care in Lowry and worked there for around 15 months. I longed to be able to work closer to home.


I found a posting for HILAC and that instant I sent a resume. When I lucked out and got an interview, I knew that HILAC was the place I needed to be! I got a phone call from Dr. Jenkins asking if I would like the position of CVT. I cried at my good fortune. When I started here, I felt as if I was welcomed into a new family. The kindness and caring they show to each other and to all of their clients is unlike I have ever seen.   I look forward to caring for you and your furry family members!

Technician Supervisor

Pictured with Lady


Hi I'm Stephine (Stephanie) born and raised in Denver.  I knew at a very young age I wanted to work with Animals.  As a little girl I always dreamt of one day becoming a Veterinarian.


For starts to my career, I attended (Denver campus) Pima medical Institute's Veterinary Assistant program back in 2013.  After graduation, I knew I wanted to keep excelling in what the field had to offer.  I jumped right in!  I quickly started at (Aurora campus) Pima's Veterinary Technician program.  Shortly after starting the program I became a mother, and also achieved my goal of finishing tech school.  I graduated Pima's vet tech program with my Associates Degree in Applied Science in May 2015.  The best way to desribe my life at this moment is the only thing better than being a technician, is being a mother.  I truly get the best of both worlds.  Being able to live my dream of taking care of my furry four legged patients during the day, then going home to take care of  my sweet baby girl Aryia in the evenings.  Does not get any better than that.


When I am not working at Highlands Animal Clinic, I am the crazy, die hard Denver Broncos fan!  I also enjoy cooking, I LOVE food! reading, oh you know, just the fun toddler books.  I enjoy watching Disney movies.  It's even better now that I get to share the experience with my daughter.  We also love to spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in the Winter!  Snow is our favorite, we love building snowmen!

Veterinary Technician

Pictured with her daughter Aryia


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Veterinary Technician

Cheryl's cat Pixie


I am originally from South Florida, but began my animal career in Baltimore, MD eighteen years ago.  I have worked in several animal care facilities including general practices, 24-hour emergency facilities, and zoos.  Along with domestic dogs and cats, I have also worked with a larger variety of exotic species including tigers, Komodo dragons, Queensland koalas, Aldabra tortoises, wallabies, parrots, birds of prey, bats, and American Alligators.


I have a master's degree in criminal justice from Florida International University and a master's degree in forensic science from the University of Florida.  I also have a degree in baking & pastry from Johnson & Wales University.  However, over the years, I kept coming back to animal care because of my love of all animals.  I am very passionate about wildlife conservation, and being from Florida, I have a special place in my heart for reptiles and amphibians.


When I am not working, I am usually at home caring for my own small zoo.  I have 4 cats and a variety of tortoises, snakes, lizards, and frogs.  I just moved to Colorado from Florida in December of 2017 and I absolutley love it here!  I have also been enjoying the outdoors since arriving and frequently go hiking.  I enjoy gardening as well and look forward to some cooler summers that will allow me to grow food for my reptiles.

Veterinary Technician

Pictured with Seminole the American Alligator 


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Technician Assistant

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My background with animals began when growing up on a 15-acre farm, which included a dozen Boxer show dogs, goats, sheep, and hundreds of chickens and waterfowl.  Until recently, I shared my life with Bella, a sweet Border Collie mix rescue who lived to the amazing age of 18.


In my spare time, I have volunteered for the Denver Dumb Friend's League since 2007 with their Behavior and Photography departments, and foster dogs for them when I can.  For over 25 years, I have also pet-sat for friends and neighbors, and am now offering this service for others in the northwest Denver area.


I have always had a strong interest in animal care, so after a long career in marketing and event management, I changed paths to explore the veterinary field and became a certified veterinary assistant.  I really enjoy working in the Highlands neighborhood and with the HILAC family!

Veterinary Assistant

Pictured with Bella


Though I am technically a Colorado native, I grew up in San Diego.  I moved back to Denver to attend Regis University, and graduated in May 2017 with degrees in Biology and Environmental Science.


I have always been an animal lover and have worked with them in nearly every capacity from training horses and teaching riding to researching monkey behavior in the wild.  My dream is to attend Veterinary school and work with wildlife one day  I will be applying to Veterinary school soon, but until then I get to work with the wonderful Highlands Animal Clinic family!


When I am not at work, you can usually fine me outdoors, climbing, running, or hiking.  I also run away to Costa Rica for a little bit each summer for primate research and a rural vet mission.  On the rare days I spend at home, I hang out with my 15 year old cat, Ginger, who is an avid cuddler and an expert diva!

Veterinary Assistant

Pictured with Ginger


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Veterinary Assistant

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clinic kitty

Jemmy, AKA Thumbs

Jemmy (pronounced Jimmy) is our adorable clinic kitty.  Her full name is Jempol, Indonesian for thumbs.  Jemmy is a polydactyl Balinese kitty, hence the name.  She is wonderfully kind and patient and we are so excited she has joined our family!

Clinic Kitty

Pictured with our clinic dog:)