Our Team Members
Meet the Franktown Animal Clinic Team
It’s really no great secret: what makes Franktown Animal Clinic so special is our people. From our managers to our certified veterinary technicians to our experts in client services – we do whatever we can to provide you and your pets the best care possible.
Kimberly Vanderholm, D.V.M.
Dr. Vanderholm received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. She worked at Franktown Animal Clinic from 1997 to 2004, and then 2007 to the present (in between she practiced in South Florida). Dr. Vanderholm is married with one daughter and loves motorcycling, snow boarding and music.
Cindy Alsobrook, D.V.M.
Dr. Alsobrook received undergraduate degrees in Wyoming before obtaining her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University in 1986. She worked in practices in the Denver area before joining the Franktown Animal Clinic team in 1994. Dr. Alsobrook is married and has two sons. She enjoys cardio kick-boxing, skiing, reading and a bit of quilting (when she has the time).
James Akers, D.V.M.
Dr. James Akers is a native Coloradoan from West Denver. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1987. Since graduation, his career has taken him from mixed animal practice to emergency medicine, relief veterinary work and finally small animal medicine and surgery. Out of the office, Dr. Akers’ family consists of his fiancé Debbie, her sons Justin and Cody, and an array of animals including Emma the boxer mix, Delta the standard poodle, Hank and Annie the cats and Smokey the cockatiel. When not practicing he enjoys classic cars, bicycling, dancing, travel, and Colorado history.
David Swieckowski, D.V.M.
Dr. Swieckowski grew up in Colorado Springs, CO, earning both his bachelors and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Colorado State University. He served as a U.S. Army Veterinarian for seven years then was a veterinarian at the Utica, NY Zoo for a year-and-a-half. Dr. Swieckowski became the owner of Franktown Animal Clinic in 1990. He is married, has two sons and numerous pets, and enjoys skiing, music, and playing in the mountains.
Jennifer Menning, D.V.M.
Dr. Menning grew up in the Chicago area. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and then went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Missouri in 2012. She completed an internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and worked in the Denver area before joining Franktown Animal Clinic in September 2015. She enjoys reading, playing the piano, and going to concerts in her free time.
Angela Hinton, D.V.M.
Dr. Hinton started in veterinary medicine at 16 years old when she was a kennel assistant. She worked her way up to veterinary technician by age 21, and has been working as a veterinarian for 13 years now! Dr. Hinton is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She chose veterinary medicine because of her passion for caring for others and being an advocate for those that don’t have their own voice.
Angels was voted as the #1 veterinarian in San Diego in 2015 and earned #2 in 2016.An honor that is voted on by the general public annually through a readers poll conducted by The San Diego Union-Tribune, a county-wide newspaper.
Her favorite things are being outdoors in the sunshine, reading, and yoga! She lives with her husband JD, her twin daughters Kaitlyn and Catherine, and her three pets – Sadie the shepherd mix, Zara the pitbull, and Lela the Siamese mix.
Angela Sanders not only manages the operations of the clinic, she also manages our finances. Holding a degree in accounting from Colorado State University, Angela joined Franktown Animal Clinic in 2006. She lives in the Franktown area with her small pack of happy Aussies.
Wendy Thomas, C.V.T.
Wendy has been with Franktown Animal Clinic since 2004 and has worked in the veterinary industry for 14 years! She decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine because she “wanted to be part of something that helps animals in some way. Originally, I wanted to become a zoologist but started to respect the vet techs while watching Animal Planet.”
She loves spending time with her cat, Ambush, and all of her house sitting funny extended family members. She also likes reading, movies, computer games, and doing crafts. She also makes handmade gifts for the holidays.
Amy W., C.V.T.
Amy has been with Franktown Animal Clinic since 2011 and has worked in the veterinary industry for 11 years! She chose to work in veterinary medicine because her “kids were in school and I had always loved animals. It was a good challenge.” When she’s not helping animals, she enjoys traveling, exploring interesting things to do in Colorado, movies, and reading.
Fun fact – she once had a pet skunk!
A veterinary technician with more than 14 years of experience, Ryan holds a degree in Zoology from Southwestern Community College as well as his vet tech certificate from Bel-Rea. An outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing, Ryan also tends to a menagerie of cats, dogs, lizards, horses, a snake and other animals.
Chelsea is a Colorado native who’s been in the veterinary field for more than 16 years. Her four dogs, two cats, and two horses often wonder how she has enough time for her other hobbies: volunteering, backpacking, and photography.
Sarah graduated from Bel-Rea in 2000 and worked at the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado before joining the Franktown Animal team in 2008. Besides kickboxing and raising her 7 yr. old daughter, Sarah is plenty busy caring for her four dogs, six cats, three horses, a Guinea Pig and a turtle named “Betty.”
Shawn B., C.V.T.
Shawn has been with Franktown Animal Clinic since 2014 and has worked in the veterinary industry for 14 years! After starting her career as a graphic designer, she left to fulfill herself with something much more rewarding – veterinary medicine. She has an A.A. in applied science from Bel-Rea and a B.A. in advertising design!
When she’s not at Franktown, she enjoys tennis, movies, going out and having fun with friends, riding motorcycles and scooters, and her pets.
Amy F., C.V.T.
Amy has been with Franktown Animal Clinic since 2015 and has worked in the veterinary industry for 11 years. She chose to dedicate her life to the veterinary industry because she grew up around livestock, cats, dogs, and have always had a passion for taking care of them.
Amy loves to learn and educate herself in this industry. She is a C.V.T., R.V.T., and has an Associate’s degree in applied science from Colby Community College.
When she’s not at FAC, Amy loves making memories with her family and friends, gardening, baking, and collecting and restoring vintage items.
Fun fact: she spent part of my 2005 summer in Australia competing in track and field.
Sheridan B., C.V.T.
Sheridan has been with Franktown Animal Clinic with 2015 and has been in the veterinary world for two years! It was an excellent career choice because she’s always loved animals and she wanted to become an advocate for them. She has an Associate’s Degree in animal technology, and I’m a CVT.
Her favorite things are simple and perfect: her dog, two cats, and her family!
Mark is new to Franktown Animal Clinic and started this year (2017)! He has been in the veterinary world for nine years, and he absolutely loves working with animals. After starting as an assistant, he’s worked his way up and is now a technician! His love of animals isn’t the only career he’s pursuing. He also has a second career as an artist which takes up the majority of his free time.
Mark is a veteran, spending six years in the military – two years in military high school, two years Connecticut National Guard, and two years in the US Army.
Christine K., C.V.T.
Christine is new to Franktown Animal Clinic, starting this year (2017)! Christine has been working in the veterinary industry for the last three years, something she’s wanted to do since she was eight-years-old! “I love animals and have wanted to be a vet tech since I was 8 years old.” Her education: C.V.T. – graduated from Bel-Rea in 2014.
She loves swimming, hiking, going to the gym, and spending time with her 3 Chihuahuas. Fun fact: she speaks both Spanish and English and she’s interested in learning two more languages in the next few years.
Sarah has been with Franktown Animal Clinic since 2015 and has worked in the veterinary industry for 13.5 years! She chose veterinary medicine because she “likes to work with like-minded people who have a common goal. I learn something new every day and it’s never boring.”
Veterinary medicine has been her passion for a long time. “I grew up working in barns and did kennel care in high school. I have a four year BS degree in equine science and animal science. I’ve also worked in an equine rehabilitation barn as well.”
When she’s not at FAC, she focuses on another business. She owns her own equine massage business. She’s been certified for four years now, as well as
She also loves music and has a minor in music – she’s been playing the piano since 2nd grade! She also loves softball and played D2 fast pitch for UMC Golden Eagles!
Erin R., C.V.T.
Erin has worked in the veterinary world for 12 years and started at Franktown Animal Clinic in 2018. She has always had a passion to help animals, even taking in animals while traveling in Guatemala and Honduras helping to vaccinate and treat wounds. She came home wanting to learn more!
Some of Erin’s favorite things are playing with and teaching her two boys, hiking, camping, ATV-ing, playing guitar, and singing. Her favorite music genre is reggae! One of Erin’s favorite things to do is scuba dive, and she was an instructor when she lived in Honduras.
Erin has 2 dogs, Gypsy and Jade, 2 cats, Kingston and Mischu Ninja Kitty, and 2 turtles, Steve and Starlett.
Greg is the newest member of the Franktown Animal Clinic team, and new to the veterinary world. He spent 24 years as a Sherrif’s Deputy and 28 years training PSDs!
Greg joined us because he wanted to give back to the career he just retired from – training! He’s been training dogs for over 30 years and has 24 years of experience as a police dog handler.
Greg has attended courses dealing with K9 training, tactical K9 medical, and K9 combat medical treatment.
When he’s not at work, Greg loves to spend time with his family – his two children are both collegiate athletes. He also loves to work with dogs and compete in French Ring Sport.
Fun fact: Greg competed in the Police Dog World Championships in 1998 in Lubek, Germany. He was one of six on team USA!
If you’ve had us care for your pet in the past 24 years then you undoubtedly know Selena. Besides a career in veterinary clinics for almost 34 years, Selena raises and shows award-winning Australian Shepherds and is a breeder judge for the Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA). She’s a co-owner of several Aussies and a Papillon.
Sharon has worked at Franktown Animal Clinic since 2015 and has spent the last 15 years in the industry. Why veterinary medicine? “I find animals very empathic – that connection to humans is fantastic. I wanted to understand animals and provide care for them to continue that bond. I also love helping people to understand better and caring for their pets.”
In her spare time, she enjoys walking, hiking, horseback riding, gardening, travel, and playing with her dogs and cats. She is passionate about researching things concerning empathic people and how to work well with others.
Jennifer joined us at FAC this year (2017) and has worked in the veterinary industry for the last ten years. She chose veterinary medicine because she has always helped animals. She tried to pursue a different career, but she can’t see herself doing anything else. She just ended up going back to vet medicine.
When she’s not at work, she enjoys swimming and playing pool.
Jennifer is very social but loves living out in the country where she can just get away and spend time with friends and family.
Karen started with us at Franktown Animal Clinic in 2017 and has worked in the veterinary industry for 12 years! Why? It’s simple! She loves animals and the unconditional love they have for humans.
When she’s not taking care of animals, she loves the beach, her two golden retriever boys, and reading a good book.
Fun fact: she was born in Montreal, Canada!
Nichole has always loved working with animals, and after working in a quarantine at an aquarium fell in love with veterinary medicine. She joined Franktown Animal Clinic in 2018.
Some of Nichole’s favorite things are her dog Dexyl, laying in beams of sunlight, napping, and exploring the Colorado mountains with Dexyl.
With a background in marine science, Nichole knows tons of random facts about the ocean and its critters!
Meet our clinic cat, Jynx!
Hi, I’m Jynx! Now that you’ve met my people, let me tell you about the most important FAC team member: ME!
I was fortunate to become part of the Franktown Animal Clinic family on October 10, 2014. I was 4 months old, under 2 pounds, and so sick with ringworm and intestinal upset that the doctors didn’t think I would survive.
But my new family didn’t give up on me. They gave me everything I needed to beat my illness. Today, I weigh a healthy 10 pounds, and I run the clinic! I have to remind my staff about my hourly snack requirements, and they often discourage me from sneaking into exam rooms to meet new clients. But, I have them well-trained to maintain regular playtime and cuddle sessions with me!