Russell Welfare, DVM

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

Dr. Carlson graduated from the University Of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She moved to Colorado to complete an internship at Colorado State University and has been practicing veterinary medicine in Colorado Springs since 1999. In 2014, Dr. Carlson made the excellent choice to join the team at North Powers Animal Hospital. Her favorite part of her job is working with her patients and their people. Outside of work, she and her husband provide taxi service for their children and cater to the need of their four legged menagerie.

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 veterinarian technician, receptionist and administrator. Her love for animals calls her to do canine foster care while promoting adoptions from various rescues. Nancy has a passion for traveling and family. In her spare time she will be seen walking various trails in the area with her two beloved dogs, chaperoning high school youth events with her church and hosting gatherings with friends.

Karen Fetters – 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.


Kae Brown

Kae has loved animals of all kinds since she was a small child. Growing up near oceans, forests, deserts and mountains gave her many opportunities to work with and learn from both domestic pets and wildlife. As a teenager through young adulthood, she taught riding lessons and volunteered with a therapeutic riding facility in Calhan, CO. In addition to graduating from Pikes Peak Community College in Zookeeping Technology and Pima Medical Institute as a Veterinary Assistant, she was given the opportunity to work with a wide variety of animals at several zoos. She has worked with alligators, other large reptiles, black bears, coyotes, and birds of prey in both wild and captive settings. She has experience with managing freshwater and marine aquariums. She was even given the opportunity to camp alongside wolves to observe and socialize with them in order to gain a deeper understanding of their behavior. She is happy to have started her veterinary assistant work at North Powers Animal Hospital in 2015. In her time off work, she enjoys weekend road trips, hiking with her dog, goofing off with her kids, and working on art projects.

Megan Burton

At 9 years old, Megan was lucky enough to find her passion while she volunteered at an animal blood bank. She always knew she loved animals and decided to dedicate her time to studies and become a veterinary assistant in 2016. Ultimately, it is her dream to become a veterinarian. She loves a good adventure with her animals, hiking, target practice and not getting squirted with anal glands on her free time.

Mac Chittenden

Mac has been thriving at a rapid pace in the veterinary field. He joined North Powers Animal Hospital after graduating from Pima Medial Institute in 2015. His unprecedented skill level earned him the title of Lead Technician and Inventory Control Manager. 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.

Mary Fraser

Born in Patterson, NJ, Mary moved to Michigan as a young child and was raised on a horse farm in Jackson. She graduated from Siena Heights University, MI, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Management. While in college, she played on the varsity volleyball team and was the VP of the Sport Management Association and started the Dodging Cancer Annual Event which raised money for the American Cancer Society. She loves dogs and horses and when she moved to Colorado in 2016, she left her beloved horse with her mom. Mary started working for North Powers Animal Hospital in the summer of 2018. In her free time, Mary enjoys hanging out, hiking and using her volleyball skills to coach kids.

Amy Sword-Hewes

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 at North Powers Animal Hospital and, in her free time, she likes to learn as much as she can about different topics in the veterinary industry, including: anesthesia, surgical assisting, cleanliness, safety, animal behavior, laser therapy, and handling techniques. In addition, she enjoys time with her husband, eating chocolate, playing piano and adores all things Disney.


Elizabeth Doherty

Although she has always loved animals, Elizabeth found her passion for animals when she and her young daughter fostered and volunteered at Pikes Peak Humane Society. This led her to attend Penn Foster where she received her Veterinary Assistant Certificate. She worked and volunteered for several more shelters and rescues throughout the U.S. and considers fostering and re-homing over 200 cats/kittens her most rewarding experience. After moving about as an Army wife, Elizabeth arrived back in Colorado Springs and decided working in an animal hospital would be the best fit for her. She started reception work with North Powers Animal Hospital in 2017. On her time off work, she enjoys refinishing furniture and visiting her adult children and family in New England.

Jordan Gamble

Seeking a new adventure in 2018, Jordan moved to Colorado from her home in Missouri. Her passion for animals has been a lifelong journey. With the encouragement and support of her family, Jordan has loved, rescued and cared for many types of animals from dogs, to pocket pets and reptiles. She is now taking this passion and turning it into a career! She is very active in animal education and advocacy, especially for dogs. Her past volunteer work at rescues and animal organizations has strengthened her direction and mission in life, to make a difference to those animals in need. Jordan also uses her art and media education to be part of the animal advocacy mission. Outside of our office, she is the Business Giving Coordinator helping raise money for a local rescue. Jordan enjoys hiking, working out, learning new ways to be creative with art and spending time with her dogs, snake, and boyfriend.

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.

If you would like to speak to someone on our team, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (719) 282-1222.