Dr. Gayle P. MacKenzie, BS, MS, DVM

Dr. Gayle P. MacKenzie

Dr. Gayle MacKenzie received her veterinary training at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, graduating in 1987. Her Master of Science was in physiology and her undergraduate work encompassed animal behavior and psychology. She was born in Albuquerque, NM and at a very young age knew she would become either a veterinarian or an Olympic ice skater. One of those goals was realized. After practicing in Broomfield, CO for 6 years as an associate veterinarian, Gayle purchased the West Jewell Veterinary Hospital in Lakewood, CO. In 2001 she founded her dream hospital, The Kipling Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Center. Gayle and her husband Bill, a fisheries biologist, live in the mountains of Morrison, CO. They enjoy their beautiful cats, horses, the fresh air, rollerblading, yoga, biking and much more. Her nickname is Dr. Cat (not to say she does not love dogs too, SHE DOES!)

Dr. Jill O’Connell, BS, DVM

Dr. Jill O’Connell

Dr. Jill O’Connell completed her undergraduate studies at Montana State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Fish and Wildlife Management in 1997. She attended Veterinary School at Iowa State University, graduating in 2001. Jill moved to Colorado and began her veterinary career working at Kipling Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Center and has been here ever since. She enjoys the mountains and mild climate, as well as spending time with her husband Jimmy, two sons, Michael & Sean and her terrier mix Baxter.

Tawna Bond, Office Manager

Tawna Bond

Tawna has a passion for all animals large and small. She was born in Colorado and lives right here in Lakewood with her husband Daven, daughter Megan and their horses, Golden Retrievers and kitties. She enjoys playing with and breeding her Goldens, riding horses, gardening, yoga and spending time with her family.

Rachel Ritchie, Veterinary Technician

Rachel Ritchie

Rachel has worked exclusively in veterinary medicine since 1980. She is a native of Colorado but lived in Dallas, TX from 1981-1997, where she worked for a one-doctor practice, assisting in surgery and dentals. Rachel has worked for the Kipling Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Center since 1998 as a Veterinary Technician with a vast amount of hands on experience and a great love for animals. She enjoys spending time with her husband Jamie, daughter Crystal, her dogs and a great cat named Grizz. The family likes short trips exploring Colorado, watching movies and relaxing in their hot tub.



Dylan Bessler, Certified Technician

DSC_0472Dylan Bessler

Dylan is a certified vet tech who graduated from Bel rea in 2015. He also has a bachelor’s in Communication from the University of Wyoming. Dylan has two dogs, Rufio and Kota. He enjoys teaching agility tricks to his dogs, and spending time in the mountains.

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