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 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 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 arguing politics with anyone that will listen. He and his wife Diana make their home in Highlands Ranch.
Dr. Alicia Hanson
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 practiced veterinary medicine in Arizona prior to her move to Colorado with her husband. Dr. Hanson’s veterinary interests include preventative medicine, pain management, geriatric care, and internal medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, gardening, crafting and being a mother to her two boys.
Dr. Mitchell Pudalov
Born in a rural town near Rockford, Illinois, Dr. Pudalov was exposed to veterinary medicine as his father had a general animal practice in Illinois. For medical reasons his Dad and family moved back to Long Island, NY where he had family nearby. He started a small animal practice which Dr. P worked in and eventually took over. Dr. P. got his BS in Microbiology at Colorado State University, his High School teaching certificate from University of Illinois, taught biology, and finally received his DVM at U of I.
Dr. Valerie Wilson
Dr. Wilson joined our team June of 2022. Dr. Wilson grew up in Southern Louisiana, and has always loved animals (especially cats and horses), learning foreign languages, reading books, sitting with nature, and dream about traveling to outer space. After receiving my Bachelor’s in Animal Science and a Minor in French at Louisiana Tech University, she spent a year teaching English in France before attending and graduating with her DVM from Louisiana State University in 2013. Her favorite part about vet school was learning ultrasound. After graduating, she practiced small animal medicine in New Orleans, spending 3 years in emergency medicine. As her family grew, she moved on to general practice for the past 6 years. Over the years, she has enjoyed further developing her skills in ultrasound, and has found she is particularly passionate about feline and senior medicine, emergency medical procedures, and chronic medical diseases.
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.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Hello, My name is Tanner Bishop. Born and raised in Iowa with a passion for animals and the outdoors. When I’m not working, I can usually be found at a disc golf course, slow-pitch softball fields, or hiking with my dogs. My oldest dog, Rudy, a sweet Pitbull who loves spending time with his dad and rolling in the most foul-smelling stuff he can find. The youngest is Dale, a Jack Russell Terrier, who only cares about his food and who might throw his ball next. Life is good!
Certified Veterinary Technician
Tara has been with us since 2018. First as a veterinary assistant while going to Bel Rea and has stayed with us now that she is an official Certified Veterinary Technician. She, her husband and rescue Ivy make their home in Castle Rock.
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.
Madison moved to Colorado from Western Kentucky after graduating from Murray State University in May 2021. She has been on our team since September 2021.
Kate is a Colorado Native with a lifelong love for all animals large and small. Kate managed Doggy Daycare and Boarding centers for 10 before joining us. She has 2 dogs and a cat of her own at home who keep her very busy. She has received a scholarship through Wellhaven to attend PennFoster, she plans to graduate soon to become a Veterinary Technician. When she is not at work she enjoys cooking, hikes with her dogs and being with family.
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.
Miranda is currently working on getting her bachelors in Biology, and is planning on going on to vet school. She adores her three ferrets, Zoe, Poppy, and Evie (Zoe and Poppy are pictured); along with her family’s two cats, and two dogs. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, working on her aquarium, and spending time with her family. She loves working with animals, and enjoys volunteering at an animal shelter, rescuing animals, and everything in between.
Daryse became a member of the practice in 2023. All though she is new to us, she is not new to veterinary. She is a native of Californian who worked for a vet for over 8 years before becoming the mother of 2 wonderful girls. A Pitbull lover, she has also owned many other breeds. In her spare time, Daryse loves to ride quads, go camping and loves crafting. Her current 4-legged fur baby is her deaf Pitbull she saved from the shelter named “Shotgun!”