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
Biography coming soon!
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.
Jessica Garduno, Veterinary Technician
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Jessica grew up in the East Mountain area. She has a passion for animals and the natural world. She has many years of experience in the veterinary field.
Jessica graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Biology from UNM in 2014.
In her free time she is a yoga instructor, Vice President of the Central NM Audubon Society, and the Education Coordinator for the Ciudad Soil and Water conservation District.
Jessica lives with her husband Eli, who is a member of the US Air Force, and their dog Corbin.