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

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. 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.

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).
Linda Ringstad

Linda Ringstad

Practice Manager

Linda Ringstad became our Practice Manager here at Castle Pines Veterinary Hospital in June of 2019. She has been working in the veterinary industry since 2004.  Her love for animals and passion for their welfare goes way back. She also has a great love and appreciation for the pet parents that she has seen over the years who work tirelessly to do right by their animals. Linda is eager to support you in any way possible. 

Linda and her husband, Kirk, have three grown sons with families of their own including grandchildren she gets to spoil.  They have lived in Castle Rock since 1997 and couldn’t ask for a better place to live. She looks forward to meeting you.  

Please feel free to reach out to contact her directly at any time.

 

Liz Vargas

Liz Vargas

Lead 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.
Tara Battig

Tara Battig

Veterinary Assistant

Tara Battig is our veterinary assistant who is going to school at Bel Rea.
Sara Warren

Sara Warren

Sara Warren is a Colorado native. She has been in the veterinary field for over 6 years. She likes to volunteer her time with the local 4-H youth program. Sara is a goat project leader and superintendent for the goat project in Douglas County 4-H. In her spare time, she likes to go to a couple of local goat shows a year. She also likes to spend her time with her husband Greg outdoors, her favorite places to visit are Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. They have 2 dogs (Lily a Great Pyrenees/ Border collie mix and Diesel a Husky). Sara has been raising goats for over 20 years. She owns over 10 goats.

Sommer Nichols

Sommer Nichols

Receptionist

I’m originally from Northern California, but moved to Colorado shortly after my husband and I were married. In my spare time you can usually find me working on DIY projects or crafts. Im a big Disney fan and love anything Lucille Ball.
Sue Ranous

Sue Ranous

Sue is originally from New Jersey. She has lived in Colorado for almost 20 years now and absolutely loves it here. She started working with animals 20 years ago and quickly learned that this was her calling. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her Wheaten terriers Murphy and Piper. She loves being in the water and you can find her paddle boarding from May through October with both doggies on the board ! Sue is very excited to become a part of the team at Castle Pines Veterinary Hospital and is excited to see you what the future holds for her and this new position.
Terri Hanson

Terri Hanson

Terri is a fourth-generation Colorado native who has also spent time living in Indiana. Terri has three daughters, a son-in-law, and three grandchildren, and she loves to spend time with her family and friends. She loves to garden, be in the mountains, relax on the beach, and swim in the ocean, lakes, and rivers. Although she loves all dogs, she adores pugs and has had two herself.
Photos courtesy of the Black Avenger.