David Specht, DVM
University of Florida: 1982 BS in Wildlife Ecology 1990 Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Dave is a Florida Gator through and through! After he graduated from the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990, he moved to Colorado with his wife and spent the next 5 years working in over 80 veterinary clinics in the Denver Metro area as a relief vet. He has worked primarily with small animal companion pets over the past 26 years and has a special interest in exotic animal medicine especially reptiles. In the past he has owned several pythons and boa constrictors, but his favorite reptiles were the menagerie of turtles he raised as a boy in Florida. Dr. Dave is an educator – he takes every opportunity to teach his clients about the care of their pets. He, along with his wife and 2 daughters, have raised 4 puppies for Canine Companions for Independence: three of these four puppies have graduated and are placed in wonderful homes. The fourth pup, Hendrix, was released back to the Spechts and is “livin’ the life” of camping, daily walks and sometimes he even gets to be “vet-clinic-dog” for the day!
Dean Klenz, DVM
Dr. Dean Klenz is a veterinarian at South Park Animal Clinic and has been practicing for 20 years. He graduated from the University of MN. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. Most of all, he wants to make sure pets have the best experience possible when going to the vet. Dr. Klenz enjoys visiting my daughter in Minnesota and helping my son work on his cars. He also likes to go hiking and camping when possible.
Michele Sharkey, DVM
Hannah B., Customer Service Representative
Hannah has been working at SouthPark Animal Clinic for 6 months as a receptionist. She prides herself in her customer service. Hannah is polite and genuine and keeps our clients happy and calm while their kiddos are taken care of. She loves being the first face they see and the last smile they see before they leave. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys taking photos of friends and family, crafting, hiking, and reading.
Jennifer, Customer Service Representative
Jennifer is part of our Reception Team; her ebullient personality will draw you in and beg you to return with photos and stories about your pet. She worked for over 5 years at Broadway Estates Veterinary Clinic and became part of our original team when we opened our doors in May 2011. Jen’s personal concern for your pet will comfort you even during the most difficult clinic appointment. She loves photography and, in fact, an adorable shot of her pug, Billie, hangs just outside of Exam Room 1. Jen is a strong advocate for animals and gets involved with community events – perhaps you’ll bump into her next year at the Furry Scurry.
Sara, Customer Service Representative
Sara joined our SouthPark “Reception” team in July 2018. Sara is a Colorado native who is surrounded by her loving family and friends and values being active in her community. She has had a variety of experiences, including running a farm for several years near Winter Park, Colorado, where she was in charge of all the farm animals. Sara is also an artist specializing in stained glass art. When Sara is working, you will be met with her beautiful smile when you walk in our doors!
Tristin, Certified Veterinary technician, Lead Technician
Tristin joined the SouthPark team in 2021. She attended school at Iowa State University and holds a bachelor’s in animal ecology, and biology, with associates in Forestry in addition to her Certified Veterinary Technician License. She has been working with animals since 2014 in various aspects of veterinary medicine. She has worked in wildlife, emergency medicine, and now in general practice. She is passionate about wildlife conservation and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, her favorite turtle is Raphael because of his spicy personality. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dogs, Gus and Layla.
Hannah G., Certified Veterinary Technician
Hi, I’m Hannah, and I have been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2018. I knew I wanted to be a vet tech from an early age. My love for animals comes from the fact that they selflessly love you no matter what. I currently have a Rottweiler named Sprocket. He came to me in my first job from an owner surrender due to his back issues. Sprocket reminds me everyday why I do what I do. I have also recently adopted two poodles. Lucky and Lady, that were owner surrenders. I cannot imagine not being able to help an animal, or their people, who have done so much for me.
Rachel, Certified Veterinary Technician
Rachel joined our team in 2021. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician with more than 10 years of experience. She has extensive experience with horses. She owns some horses of her own, including a miniature named Tina! Rachel is very personable and excellent at educating clients on how to best care for their pets. Rachel lives in Sedalia with her husband and beautiful daughter.
Peter, Veterinary Assistant
Peter is a native of Colorado and has worked in the animal boarding industry for the past 4 years. He is interested in the animal industry and joined our team in June 2020 and is eager to learn about animal healthcare.
Lori is one of our Professional Groomers. She received her training from Classy Pet Grooming School in Loveland, Colorado in 1999 and has been grooming in Colorado’s Greenwood Village/Centennial area for over 12 years. She spent 11 years at VCA Orchard and joined the SouthPark Animal Clinic family in February 2012. Each pet leaves her hands with style! She has a knack for finding just the right style to suit your pet’s personality…..and she loves to see that personality shine! When she’s not grooming pets, Lori enjoys time with her family – especially camping during our amazing Colorado summers. Lori’s family has 3 dogs which are kept in line by Elsie, her cat. Stop by to meet Lori; her genuine personality and engaging smile will encourage you to bring your pets in to meet her too!