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.


Mac Chittenden – Lead Certified Veterinary Technician

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.


Danielle Gonzales – Certified Veterinary Technician

Danielle graduated from the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in September 2011 and gained her certification the following November. Her career started in an animal emergency hospital in Denver, CO and she eventually landed at North Powers Animal Hospital in 2017. She enjoys the team she works with and loves the fast paced environment of the practice. She puts her heart into everything she does and especially loves her pets at home; her heart still has an ache for her special dog, Cudi Scott, who she misses daily. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys hiking, off roading and fishing.


Chelsea Brown – Veterinary Technician

In 2010, Chelsea started her Veterinarian Technician career working for an animal hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her passion, drive, and willingness to learn new things has been the catalyst in shaping her ability to provide the utmost compassion to animals in her care. Chelsea joined the North Powers Animal Hospital team a year after moving to Colorado Springs in 2015. She really enjoys the continued knowledge and growth she obtains while working for Dr. Welfare. In her downtime, she enjoys hiking with her family, arts and crafts, playing with her daughter at the park, catching up with friends, and going on “Twinner” dates with her twin sister, Rachel.


Chayce Kunze – Veterinary Technician

Chayce is a graduate of Pima Medical Institutes Veterinary Technician program and joined North Powers Animal Hospital in the Spring of 2018. Because of her love for animals as a small child, Chayce knew early on that working and learning from animal care professionals was going to be her path in life. Her quiet, kind and inquisitive personality brings harmony to our team. Outside of work, she enjoys cuddling with her pets at home and spending time with family and friends.


Megan Burton – Veterinary Assistant

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.


Kae Brown – Veterinary Assistant

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.


Kenzie Ernst – Veterinary Assistant

Kenzie has worked for North Powers Animal Hospital since February, 2017. She is currently enrolled at Penn Foster Veterinary Technician School and will graduate summer of 2018. Kenzie will complete a total of two externships with North Powers Animal Hospital and is excited to continue her career with us as a veterinarian technician. Kenzie has several pets at home who enjoy running at dog parks and playing outside. In her free time, Kenzie visits her family and friends in Ft. Collins, CO. Her positive and happy out look on life ensures her to live life to the fullest and makes her a jubilant addition to our team.


Nikki Bridewell – Veterinary Assistant

Originally from Texas with an adventurous jaunt living in England, Nikki moved to Colorado with her husband in 2010. Graduating from PIMA, she became a North Powers Animal Hospital veterinary assistant after her internship in 2014. Temporarily working part time to raise her children, Nikki looks forward to the day she can return to us with a full time position. In addition to finding her at various dog parks with her dog and four children, Nikki enjoys hiking and being outdoors. When not with her family, her favorite activity is hanging out with good friends.


Elizabeth Doherty – Receptionist

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 attending 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.


Mary Fraser – Receptionist

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 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.


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