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.

Our Doctors

Kimberly Vanderholm, D.V.M.

Kimberly Vanderholm, D.V.M.

Owner and Managing Partner

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.

Cindy Alsobrook, D.V.M.

Owner

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.

James Akers, D.V.M.

Owner

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.

Angela Hinton, D.V.M.

Angela Hinton, D.V.M.

Owner

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 since 2005! 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.

Angela 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 two pets – Zara the pitbull and Lela the Siamese mix.

Miguel Zarpate

Miguel Zarpate

Practice Manager

Miguel was born and raised in California, and then he moved to Colorado most recently. He received his Veterinary Practice Management Undergraduate Certificate from Penn Foster. He is in the final stages of receiving his Certified Veterinary Practice Management Certificate (CVPM). Active in the veterinarian community, Miguel joined the Veterinary Hospital Manager’s group to help the community with empowerment and emotional Intelligence.

Miguel is a busy father of three. He enjoys spending time with his family; his wife Cherise, and three beautiful children; daughter Celeste 10 years, son Ayden 7 years, and youngest son Jaxson, 4 years. They love to go camping and hiking with their beloved Labrador, Dakota.

Jennifer Menning, D.V.M.

Jennifer Menning, D.V.M.

Associate Veterinarian

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. 

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Our Team

Wendy T., C.V.T.

Wendy T., C.V.T.

Lead Technician

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, Bling, 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 W., C.V.T.

Technician

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!

Ryan T.

Ryan T.

Technician

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.

Shawn B., C.V.T.

Shawn B., C.V.T.

Technician

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.

Christine K., C.V.T.

Christine K., C.V.T.

Technician

Christine is new to Franktown Animal Clinic, starting in 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 M.

Sarah M.

Technician

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 equitape, essential oils, and reiki.

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!

Lesley B., C.V.T.

Lesley B., C.V.T.

Technician

Lesley joined the FAC team in 2019 and has been working in veterinary medicine since 2000. Her love for animals started when she was very little and would try to care for all of the stray animals that would show up at her house.

When she’s not working, she loves spending time with her furbabies and playing outdoors with them. She has also completed three Tough Mudder Challenges!

Heather-Jean B.

Heather-Jean B.

Technician

Heather-Jean joined Franktown Animal Clinic in 2021, and we’re so happy to have her here. She has a real passion for caring for animals and making them feel better. She is also a graduate of the Pima Medical Institute.

When she’s not at work, she loves to draw, read, and spend time with her two kids. She also has a passion for archery and is looking to spend more time with the hobby.

Fun fact – she owns sugar gliders and loves that they help with her son’s sensory issues.

Alexandra W.

Alexandra W.

Techniciah

Bio coming soon!

Jennifer M.

Jennifer M.

Client Services Supervisor

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.

Angel A.

Angel A.

Client Services

Angel started at FAC in 2019. She strives to make a difference in the lives of both people and animals.

When she’s not at work, she enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, exploring, reading, and hanging out with her cats.

Angel thinks the most interesting thing about her is the fact that she is the youngest of 10 children.

Diane C.

Diane C.

Client Services

Diane has been working in the veterinary world for over 11 years. She wanted to work in veterinary medicine because of her love of animals and working with different personalities.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her 7 grandkids, farming, camping, and gardening.

Diane has been married for 35 years and in addition to her 7 grandkids, also has pigs, goats, ponies, ducks, chickens, two boxers, and a Frenchie.

Abigail M.

Abigail M.

Client Services

Abigail joined Franktown Animal Clinic in 2020 and is the newest member of our Franktown family. She is a recent high school graduate who discovered the joy of working with animals when she began work at a doggy daycare. Abigail loves working with animals, and seeing them happy and healthy makes her feel the same.

In her downtime, Abigail enjoys spending time with her pets, reading, and fashion. She is an aspiring costume designer, business owner, and artist.

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!