Meet The Team

Our team is dedicated to your pet’s health.

The entire staff at Castle Pines Veterinary Hospital works tirelessly to provide the best care for your pet. Led by Dr. John Vickers, we strive to offer not only sound advice, but also optimal veterinary care.

Dr. John Vickers

Dr. John Vickers

Owner / DVM

Dr. John Vickers is a Colorado native and graduate of Colorado State University. Initially, he had a career as a middle school teacher in Fort Collins teaching German, French, Spanish, and English Literature.  A change of direction led to CSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon completing his professional degree, John and his family moved to Oregon where he worked as a mixed animal vet. He then returned to Colorado to become a small animal specialist in 2001.

His particular interests include internal medicine, surgery, dentistry, and ophthalmology. In August of 2007, he became the owner of Castle Pines Veterinary Hospital. When not busy at work, you can find him coaching baseball, riding his bike, running in the mountains, or arguing politics with anyone that will listen. He and his wife Diana make their home in Highlands Ranch with their three children Katie, Sarah, and Matt as well as their dog Gracie and cat Oliver.

Dr. Alicia Hanson

Dr. Alicia Hanson

DVM

Dr. Hanson grew up in northern Georgia. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Kennesaw State University in Georgia. After several years of veterinary assisting she went on to veterinary school at Mississippi State University where she received her D.V.M. Degree. She has been practicing veterinary medicine in Arizona prior to her move to Colorado. Dr. Hanson’s veterinary interests include preventative medicine, pain management, geriatric care, and internal medicine. Outside of work, she spends her time with her husband Ryan, their son Noah and two dogs Skye and Miles (not pictured).

Dr. Elizabeth Arthur

Dr. Elizabeth Arthur

DVM

Dr. Arthur is from Colorado and received her veterinary degree from CSU School of Veterinary Medicine in Fort Collins.  For the last 15 years, she was a co-owner of a mixed animal practice in Gunnison, CO.  She relocated back to the Front Range to be near family and access greater resources and education for her teen daughter.

She has particular interests in geriatrics; life-stage and life-style tailored veterinary care, surgery, and internal medicine.  She also participates in programs focusing on care provision for feral, stray, and shelter populations as well as companions of the homeless.

In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading and hanging with her dogs, Susie and Hammie, and her friends and family.

Audrey Hellner

Audrey Hellner

Office Manager / Receptionist

Audrey is a native of Colorado. She has over 15 years of management experience and loves connecting with people and their pets. She has three beautiful daughters, 2 in college and 1 in high school. They have two dogs, Berkley and Lucy and a cat named Otis. She also enjoys traveling, skiing/snowboarding, hiking, and camping. Live in the moment, life is good!

Lindsay Franks

Lindsay Franks

Lead Veterinary Technician

Lindsay has been a Veterinary Tech for the last 15 years. Her career started in Pennsylvania, then down to South Carolina and currently to Colorado. She has two daughters who love animals just as much as she does! That’s why her family not only consists of mom, dad, and kids but also an extensive fur baby collection. There are 3 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, a Lion head bunny and a bearded dragon. She loves the outdoors, camping and most of all, football! GO PACKERS!

Sonya Brown

Sonya Brown

Veterinary Technician

Sonya has been in the vet tech industry since 2003 and graduated from Bel-Rea in December 2005. She lives in Castle Pines with her son, Brennan, and husband, Kelly. They have a dog, Nikki, and cat, Naya. In her spare time, they like to go camping and 4-wheeling with the occasional road trip to California to see family.

Liz Vargas

Liz Vargas

Veterinary Technician

Liz worked in the Veterinary Medicine field for five years in New Jersey, before moving to Denver.  She has now been living in Colorado for three years and loves every minute of it.  She loves exercising and going for hikes.  Her dog Rudy is a seven-year-old lab mix, who loves going for hikes, swimming, and playing at the dog park.

Tanner Bishop

Tanner Bishop

Veterinary Technician

Tanner was born in Iowa, where he spent the majority of his life.  He played collegiate tennis in Minnesota before relocating to the Denver area in 2016.  His love and passion for animals make him a great fit for the Castle Pines Veterinary team.

He loves traveling and playing disc golf throughout Colorado, slow-pitch softball, as well as spending time with his dog, Herky, a one-year-old German Shepard/Akita mix.

Andrea Paz

Andrea Paz

Veterinary Technician

Andrea is originally from the Bay area and grew up there most of her life. Andrea has been in the veterinary field for about 11 years now and been a licensed technician for seven years. Andrea loves everything about the job; getting to know the clients, educating them, taking care and getting to know all the animals. Her husband of five years and Andrea enjoy traveling, the outdoors, BBQing, spending time with their dog Mickey, and just enjoy everything life has to offer.

Elizabeth Hardy

Elizabeth Hardy

Receptionist / Veterinary Assistant

Elizabeth, a southern California native who has called Colorado her home since 2007 received her bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Davis and her masters in biology at the University of Oklahoma. Elizabeth’s background is in animal behavior and biology research. Elizabeth has a calico, Lady Gidget Pawtunia Toesworth Froggleton. Elizabeth enjoys reading, being a foodie, watching TV, and pet sitting in her free time.

Kennedy Jansens

Kennedy Jansens

Receptionist / Veterinary Assistant

Kennedy is originally from Michigan and moved to Colorado five years ago.  Kennedy has always loved animals and grew up with cats, dogs, bunnies, goats, and horses. She has two dogs of my own named Mika and Modi.  She mostly enjoys being outdoors and likes to go hiking, hunting, and skiing.  Kennedy loves her job and likes to connect and talk to clients, meet everyone’s pets, and loves learning about the assisting side of the clinic.

Jennifer Dunbar

Jennifer Dunbar

Receptionist

Jennifer is originally from Oklahoma where she met and married her husband in 1991. She has lived in California, Japan, Maryland, and Kentucky before settling in Colorado in 2002.  She has two beautiful daughters who keep her very busy. She has two dogs, 3 cats, a tortoise and a horse. Jennifer has loved animals her entire life and as a little girl, she wanted to grow up and be a Veterinarian.  She has worked in the dental field for over 25 years and now enjoys every aspect of working in a veterinary clinic. She gets excited for every pet that comes through the door and loves getting to know our fabulous clients and their pets!

Joy Meredith

Joy Meredith

Receptionist

Joy is originally from California but has lived in Colorado for ten years. Joy holds a degree in Zoology from UC Davis and has worked everywhere from a pet store to a safari park to vet offices. Joy lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband and three children. Joy has two pugs, a cat, two guinea pigs, a parakeet, and some fish. There’s never a dull moment in their house! In the unlikely event that Joy has a free moment, she enjoys reading and writing fiction. Joy also sings with Skyline Chorus.

Photos courtesy of the Black Avenger.