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.

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.


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, 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.


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, 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, 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, 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 


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 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 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 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 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.


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.


Matthew is from the suburbs of Oklahoma but has been in Colorado since 2014. He was brought here when stationed at the Air Force Academy as a Aerospace Medical Technician and enjoyed a total of 8 years in the Air Force before being honorably discharged in 2021. Because of his love for animals, Matthew came to North Powers Animal Hospital as soon as he was discharged in order to continue to use his medical background on what he loves most. Growing up, he was always around animals and would often take in strays found within his home town. Matthew has come to love educating everyone around him when it comes to medicine. He is a true teacher at heart and loves to share any and all of his knowledge. He is currently attending APEX college of Veterinary Technology in order to get certified as a veterinary technician. Some things Matthew likes to do in his spare time is to play video games, mow the lawn, fix up anything in the house and to spend time with his family.


Cheyene was born and raised in St. Augustine, Florida, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bellevue University in Omaha, NE. After graduating college in 2016, she enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Fort Carson, CO. Cheyene fell in love with the idea of becoming a veterinary technician while on deployment in Syria. There, she discovered a large population of stray dogs and cats and quickly learned she found comfort and purpose while taking care of them. Currently, Cheyene attends Apex College of Veterinary Technology where she will obtain her certificate as a Veterinary Technician. Her instructor told her about North Powers Animal Hospital and when she walked in to interview, she knew this is where she wanted to be and work. In Cheyene’s spare time she enjoys sitting on the couch doing absolutely nothing along with some cooking and baking with her husband.


Quinzy was born and raised in Colorado. She knew from a young age that her dream was to work with animals. Currently, she is working on getting her certification as a Veterinary Technician at Apex College of Veterinary Technology. She joined the staff of North Powers Animal Hospital in October of 2021 and enjoys spending time with our amazing clients and their pets. Her passion is art and she loves creating paintings of people’s pets. She actually draws something daily as a way to manage stress and keep her passion alive. She also loves listening to music, watching movies, and playing video games.


Danaka moved to Colorado Springs in February of 2021 from northern Arizona. She completed her Certified Veterinary Assistant program in 2022, and is continuing her education with Pima Medical Institute to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Danaka has owned horses, goats, ducks, chickens and rabbits in the past, but she now has dogs, cats, guinea pigs, birds, a chameleon and Brazilian Short tail opossum. No doubt she is an animal lover!! Her long term goal is to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and complete the DVM program at Colorado State University. Ultimately, she wants to work in wildlife preservation. For now, she’s able to work and grow in a field she is passionate in with a staff she loves.


Hailey loves adventure. During her high school years, she took a career test and was told she had what it takes to be a veterinary technician! She even had the opportunity to shadow veterinary technicians and doctors during that time. Originally from Arkansas, she moved to Colorado in 2014. She enjoyed being employed as a certified water rescue and raft guide in the summer, while managing a snow sport store in Vail in the winter! Eventually she decided to pursue the high school prediction and Hailey became employed at a veterinary hospital in Denver. She came to North Powers Animal Hospital in 2022 and has been an amazing addition to our team. In her spare time, Hailey explores Colorado in her self made conversion van/camper!


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.


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.


Constance and her husband moved to Colorado Springs from Houston Texas in October 2021. Because of her passion for animals, she started working for a canine boarding facility right after high school. Eventually, she realized she wanted to know more about veterinary medicine She has worked in this industry as a receptionist since 2011. She loves animals and currently owns dogs and cats. In her spare time, she, her husband and her dogs enjoy exploring different hiking trails in Colorado, along with finding the best places to eat in Colorado Springs. She feels honored and very appreciative to be a part of the North Powers Animal Hospital family and we enjoy having her! She has been a wonderful addition to our hospital.


Alexis moved to Colorado Springs from El Paso, Texas with her military husband. From the early age of five, Alexis knew she wanted to work with animals. She did a lot of other things between then and now and found her way to North Powers Animal Hospital in 2022. She has amazing organizational skills but loves doing hands-on work with the patients in the hospital. One day she hopes to enroll in a local veterinary technician program in order to continue with her passion for working with animals. Her joyful personality helps everyone here have a positive attitude! In her spare time, she loves the outdoors and exploring all of what Colorado has to offer along side her husband and dogs.