Meet Our Team

Russell Welfare, DVM

Veterinarian, Owner

Dr. Welfare graduated from the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical School in 1995 and completed a surgical internship in 1996. He has practiced throughout the South, East and Central regions of the country, which has given him a unique perspective in caring for animals and their humans. He places a strong emphasis on education and prevention, and he believes that when animals come into the office they should be treated with respect and in a manner that decreases the stress they experience. In 2008 he came home to Colorado and started North Powers Animal Hospital. He loves what he does today as much as he did the first day he started practice. His spare time finds him spending quality time with his wife and children, preferably outside, even better if it is in the mountains.

Gwen Carlson, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Carlson graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She moved to Colorado to complete a Large Animal Internship at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Following her internship, Dr. Carlson settled in Colorado Springs. For seven years she enjoyed the variety of a mixed animal practice, but since 2006 she has devoted her career to the care of small animals. In 2014 Dr. Carlson made the excellent decision to join the team at North Powers Animal Hospital. Relationship with the pets and their people is very important to Dr. Carlson. She knows that every family she works with has their own unique needs and concerns. She provides patient centered care and loves tending to the needs of her patients through all stages of life. Outside of work Dr. Carlson and her husband have two amazing children and three super cute dogs. She enjoys reading, hiking, cheering for her kids, and travelling.

Michele Pyne, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Pyne grew up in Indiana and graduated from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. Upon graduation she headed to the Western Slope of Colorado where she practiced for a few years. She came to the Front Range 18 years ago, where she enjoys making deeper connections with clients and educating them on how to keep their furry friends healthier and happier. She enjoys the surgical side of veterinary practice, in addition to the very important aspect of dental care. She is very excited to be on the veterinarian team here at Powers Animal Hospital. In her time away from the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her dogs, her 2 horses, and 8 birds. When not caring for her furred and feathers friends and husband, she enjoys cross stitch, reading, wishing she was horseback riding, hiking and camping.

Kat Peters, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Peters graduated from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2021 and relocated to Colorado Springs from Indiana shortly after. She is looking forward to establishing herself as a veterinarian and working with her clients to provide the best care to her patients. She enjoys the surgical aspect of this profession along with educating clients in preventative medicine and how to best keep their furry family members healthy. When she is not working, she enjoys hiking with her dog, riding horses, reading books, and spending quality time with her family.

Nancy Milka

Practice Administrator

Nancy has worked in the pet care industry since 2000. In addition to owning a dog boarding facility, she has enjoyed working for veterinarian offices in Colorado as a veterinary assistant, receptionist and management. When she is able, her love for animals calls her to do canine foster care while promoting adoptions from various rescues. Nancy has a passion for traveling and in her spare time she will be seen walking various trails in the area with her two beloved dogs. 

Karen Fetters, CVT

Office Manager

Karen was a late comer to the vet field. She was a stay-home mom for two amazing, autistic boys for about 12 years while supporting her husband during his Army career. During this time she earned many accolades, to include the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2007. However, after her husband was diagnosed with MS while in Afghanistan, she was compelled to rejoin the workforce. The veterinary field was always Karen’s passion, so she received her Associates in Veterinary Technology at PIMA Medical Institute here in Colorado Springs. Dr. Welfare scooped Karen up while she was completing her externship with North Powers Animal Hospital and she has never looked back. As a certified veterinary technician as well as being the office manager, Karen brings a compassionate fervor to every aspect of North Powers Animal Hospital.

Amy Sword-Hewes

Assistant Office Manager

A Washington State native, Amy moved to Colorado in 2016. She misses the rain of the Pacific Northwest, but loves the people of Colorado! She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant through the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association and started working for North Powers Animal Hospital in 2018. Amy enjoys learning under the doctors and, in her free time, she likes to learn as much as she can about different topics in the veterinary industry. In addition, she enjoys time with her husband and daughter, eating chocolate, playing piano and adores all things Disney.

Mac Chittenden, CVT

Mac has been thriving at a rapid pace in the veterinary field. He joined North Powers Animal Hospital after graduating as a Certified Veterinary Technician from Pima Medial Institute in 2015. For 20 years, Mac has loved and owned over 15 family dogs. Regularly volunteering at local shelters and fostering different breeds of dogs, Mac has personally rehomed 30+ dogs. He enjoys learning on a daily basis, saving the lives of animals, and mentoring team members. Mac’s goals are to further his education specifically in anesthesiology in hopes of becoming a nationally recognized trainer in veterinarian anesthesia. On his time off, he enjoys sushi, hiking, his dogs and recharging at his family cabin in Florissant, CO.

Devlin Anderson, CVT

Devlin is a Colorado native and proud of it! She graduated as a Certified Veterinary Technician from Bel-Rea Animal Institute in Denver in 2017. She joined North Powers Animal Hospital in July of 2020. One day she hopes to specialize in pain management as she has always had an interest in ensuring animals are in as little pain as possible. She enjoys working with our doctors in surgery, mentoring other patient care staff members and learning new things on a regular basis. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with her dogs and family.

April Bryce, CVT

April came to North Powers Animal Hospital in Summer 2019. Originally from CA, she has been in CO since 2003. Besides having a menagerie of pets while growing up, her background with animals includes an education and career in pet grooming, which she did for 10 years. Her passion for animals ignited the desire to further her education and she became a Certified Veterinary Technician graduate of Pima Medical Institute in 2020. When April isn’t working or attending school, she enjoys hiking with her dog and son, reading and watching Netflix 

Miranda Dempewolf

Since childhood, Miranda has usually been found where the animals are – be that playing in the yard with the family dog or exploring the shores of south Florida in search of horseshoe crabs and anoles. From elementary through high school, she volunteered with different local animal shelters and participated in equestrian care and training. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mississippi State University in 2015 and is currently pursuing another degree that will bring her closer to her goal of CVT. In 2016 she moved to Colorado with her partner Aaron and ever-expanding family of critters. Miranda transitioned from social services to the veterinary field in 2018 and joined the esteemed North Powers Animal Hospital patient care team in 2020. In her personal time, she enjoys practicing foreign languages, yoga, and video games.

Courtney McIntosh

Courtney started working for North Powers Animal Hospital at the beginning of 2020. She was born in Mesa, AZ, but came to Colorado Springs at the early age of 4. She has always loved animals and loves caring for them. She has a menagerie of animals which include dogs, cats and a llama! When Courtney isn’t at work, she enjoys dancing, singing, and spending time outdoors with her husband, pets and family.

Kiara Olson

Kiara has been in Colorado Springs since 2002. Hoping to one day own a veterinary practice of her own, Kiara is currently a pre-veterinary student who joined the North Powers Animal Hospital team in May of 2020. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Biology at Colorado State University – Pueblo and is researching ectothermic immunology on the Mojave Desert Tortoises roaming the greenhouse on campus. In her free time she enjoys going to concerts, snowboarding, and meeting new people.

Elena Hayson

Elena is a Colorado native who has loved animals her entire life. As a very young girl she knew her heart belonged in the veterinary field. She overcame a number of obstacles at a young age to pursue her passion for this field and even considered a completely different career path in her teenage years. Ultimately her heart and passion led her to the program at PIMA medical institute to become a certified veterinary assistant in 2006. Elena has remained in the field since and has no regrets. Her love and passion continues to grow for clients, patients, co-workers, and providing quality medicine. Elena was blessed to join North Powers Animal Hospital in May of 2020 and shares the same vision and commitment to our clients and patients who enter our hospital. She is always happy to learn and grow both professionally as well as personally. In her free time she enjoys shopping, yard work, hiking and anything outdoors with her husband. She also enjoys family time with her 4 children, grandchildren, and four legged fur babies.

Brooklynn Icke

Brooklynn grew up in Colorado and has loved all kinds of animals since she was little. When she graduated high school, she decided to pursue an education in veterinary technology. She is currently enrolled at Apex College of Veterinary Technology to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Brooklynn has gained experience in the veterinary field through working in the specialty and emergency side of veterinary medicine and she is excited to bring what she has learned to North Powers Animal Hospital. Brooklynn tries to enjoy all the little things that life throws her way including sunsets, dogs, laughter, and even the good hair days. When she isn’t at work and the weather is warm, she can be found hiking, camping, or out painting the town with her friends.

Amerissa Theofilou

Originally from Boston, MA, Amerissa arrived in Colorado Springs in 2018. After a life time of loving all kinds of animals, she started working with small animals in 2016 and hasn’t turned back! In addition to joining the North Powers Animal Hospital team in 2020, she worked for a veterinary boarding facility and also specialized in canine obedience training. In her free time, Amerissa enjoys traveling and hiking with her dog.

Casey Risz

Casey was born and raised in Texas and moved to Colorado in 2019. She has always had a deep love and passion for helping animals and loves to foster pets in need. She came to North Powers Animal Hospital as an extern while completing her studies as a veterinarian assistant. Her determination to learn and excel at her skills landed her a job as soon as her externship was completed in 2021. When not working, Casey enjoys the sunshine, exploring and traveling with her children.

Ashley Velasquez

Ashley Velasquez came to North Powers Animal Hospital in 2019. She started off as a receptionist and worked into the patient care staff. She understands that exemplary customer service is an important core value here at North Powers Animal Service and makes it a priority to care for and help all our clients and patients with a smile on her face. She has always had a passion for animals, and loves working with all of them. She grew up showing horses in 4-H, but has always had many animals that she has loved and cared for. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, dancing, riding horses and anything outdoorsy. She is so happy to be a part of the NPAH team!

Mekenze Nichols

Mekenze is a Colorado Native, born and raised in Colorado Springs. She came to North Powers Animal Hospital just after graduating from Pima Medical Institute with a Veterinary Assistant certification in June 2021. In addition to completing her Certified Veterinary Technician certification, her career goals are to become a DVM! She enjoys traveling with her dog, playing with her other pets, hiking, painting, listening to music with friends, and being creative with fun makeup.

Cheryl Johnson

Originally from Wisconsin, Cheryl has been in Colorado since 1993. Her compassionate nature and love of animals has led her to work in veterinary hospitals in both Denver and Colorado Springs. Currently, she has a variety of pets, including hamsters, guinea pigs, a ferret and a dog. During her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends…and yes, her furry family as well.

Talia Bossingham

For her whole life Tali could be found wherever animals were, whether that was in stables, creek beds, or the backyard. After graduating with degrees in both biology and business from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, Tali decided it was time to leave the midwest. She packed up and moved to Colorado to continue pursuing her passion of working with animals. Tali came to North Powers Animal Hospital in 2021 and is a wonderful addition to our team. During her free time if she isn’t curled up reading with her cat, she is out riding her horse enjoying the beautiful Colorado mountains.