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Dr. Kim Chalfant

Dr. Chalfant grew up in southeastern New Mexico.  She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2006, after which she returned to NM to practice.  After 6 years of of commuting to Santa Fe, she decided to open La Cueva Animal Hospital closer to home.  

Dr. Chalfant enjoys the challenges of diagnosing and treating patients that cannot tell us what is wrong with them.  She is particularly interested in dentistry, soft tissue surgery, pain management, and anesthesia.

Her husband David works full time with the Air National Guard at Kirtland AFB and also helps with technical support at the clinic.  They have 3 fur-kids, a grouchy Italian Greyhound named Toby, a rambunctious Lab mix named Layla, and an exhuberant Great Dane named Indie that came in as a patient through Justice Great Dane Rescue, a local rescue we work with regularly.

When not working she enjoys traveling, scuba diving, gardening, hiking, and Crossfit.


Jennifer Hopkins, RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician)/Hospital Manager

Jennifer graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at CNM/TVI in 2006.

Jennifer has over a decade of experience in the veterinary field.  She spent the past 5 1/2 years working in shelter medicine and the 5 years before that in a busy private practice.  She also provides petsitting services locally.

Her husband, Lee, is a geologist and they have 2 small children, Dexter and Daisy.  They also have 2 dogs, Taz and Molly, and too many turtles to count!

When she is not taking care of pets in the hospital, she enjoys turtle and exotic rescue/fostering, hiking, and gardening.



Brian Sturgeon, Veterinary Technician


Brian grew up in the small mountain town of Pecos.  He attended the San Juan Veterinary Technician program.  

Brian has been working in the veterinary field for 17 years.  Much of that time has been in specialty practice working in oncology, internal medicine, emergency, and surgery.  He still has a strong interest in immune mediated diseases and oncology care.

When he is not working at the clinic, he can be found in the gym doing dancefit, powerlifting, and strength training. 

Brian lives with his husband, Sam, two Dachshunds named Beenie and Bubbah, and a pitbull named Karma. 

Dr. Sonja Sims

Dr. Sonja Sims is a third generation New Mexican who grew up in the Albuquerque area. Dr. Sims lives with her partner John, son Jackson, daughter Storrie, dog Fraidy Cat Sundance the Kid, two cats Mr. Shabatz and Chile, and a noisy and beloved Blue Fronted Amazon cleverly named Blue. Dr. Sims received her Bachelors of Science from the University of New Mexico in 2008 and went on to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2012. While at CSU, she was the Colorado State Veterinary Schools Holistic Club President for two years. In an attempt to balance her academic work load with a healthy work life balance she played multiple inter-mural sports including soccer and basketball, and developed a love of hot yoga. Dr. Sims has a special interest in animal nutrition and pain management and incorporates both Eastern and Western modalities in her practice. Dr. Sims is a certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist and currently treats dogs, cats, birds, and horses. In addition to acupuncture, Dr. Sims has studied herbs and nutrition for the past 10 years. In her spare time, she loves spending as much time as possible with her family. In addition she loves to cook and garden, hike, and watch movies.


Ana McElroy, Veterinary Assistant

Ana is a student at UNM.  She started here as a student in the mentorship program at La Cueva High School.  


Hannah Jones, Veterinary Assistant

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