Hospital ManagerScott Duckett, CVT, AAS, BS
Office SupervisorMichelle Shaver
Michelle is a true people person. She joined the staff of VCA Alameda East in 2005 after working on multiple seasons of Animals Planet's Emergency Vets. She found that she loved the 'Family Spirit' of the hospital and left her studied field of video and audio engineering to engage in the social aspect of the hospitals client service staff. She has since moved up in rank with the knowledge she gained working up front to become the Financial Manager for the hospital. She absolutely loves the interaction with all of our clients from talking with regulars in the lobby to meeting our new clients in the hospital and over the phone. Michelle is also the liaison between VCA Alameda East and Helping Hands, a non-profit organization that helps financially with care for pets in need. The joy she get when she sees pets receive the high quality care they need and their owners relief knowing they are able to provide that for their pets is amazing.
Michelle's main interest is her family and friends. She is a wife and mother of two energetic little boys. She loves spending time with her family, from playing in the back yard or going to the mountains to watching movies or having indoor picnics, there is never a dull moment. She and her and her husband look forward to watching their children grow and find out what they are going to be interested in. The current interest for them is getting a dog! She has a cat named Luci but Luci doesn't seem nearly as excited about the thought of having a dog move in as her little boys are.
The friendships she has made over the years with her co-workers is also something she values very much. With the bond of working in such an amazing place, the close friends she has made will be valued forever. There have been friends who have moved on but the family bond created at VCA Alameda East has kept them in touch and will for years.
Michelle loves what she gets to do every day and looks forward to spending the rest of her career with the VCA family of hospitals. 'It's great that I really enjoy to coming to work every day!' she says. 'I'm so lucky to have found what I love doing and being able to couple that with working with a great staff and the wonderful pets that come in makes this hospital the amazing place that it is.'
Referral CoordinatorElise Contreras
Elise was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona where she earned her Associate’s degree in Business. She moved to Colorado in May of 2013 to pursue her Bachelor’s degree, and worked part-time as a technical advisor for Apple Inc. After her dog was temporarily paralyzed due to a neurological issue, her passion for animal care became her primary focus. As of August 2015, Elise shifted her degree path to the veterinary field and in October, accepted the position of Specialty Client Care Coordinator. In her free time she enjoys painting, dining, hiking, and exploring her new city. She only has one dog for now; a black Labrador named Bodie, but plans to adopt another dog in the near future.
Referral CoordinatorAngela Starkel
School: Wichita State University, Bachelor's of Exercise Science
Angela was born and raised in El Dorado, Kansas. She graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science in 2004 and moved to Colorado that summer. She worked as a personal trainer for a year and then moved into the veterinary field as a technician at a small clinic in downtown Denver. She stayed there for 8 and a half years before accepting the position of Specialty Client Care Coordinator at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in December of 2013.
Angela has two cats at home, Weber and Senorita Charlotte. She is pictured with her good pal, Oscar. In her free time, Angela enjoys snowboarding, hiking, triathlon, food and drink.
Administrative AssistantLyndsey Adkins
Lyndsey grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and attended Texas Tech University in West Texas where she earned a Bachelors degree in Advertising in 2012. She worked with a marketing company for a few years after college where she traveled all across the country. After some time doing that, she decided she wanted to pursue a career helping animals and accepted a position with a non-profit animal shelter as their Marketing Coordinator. Lyndsey also has experience working with the SPCA in Dallas as an Adoptions Counselor. When Lyndsey moved to Colorado in February 2015 she decided to continue working with animals and accepted a position at VCA Alameda East. Lyndsey says that she "enjoys helping all the pets that come in, as well as their owners. I have met so many wonderful people in my time here."
Lyndsey loves her pets that she adopted from the SPCA: Henry, a Shepherd/Husky mix and two cats Raider, a Maine Coone mix, and Zeus, a grey Tabby. In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time outside: running, hiking, or just walking Henry at local parks. She also enjoys drawing, painting, crafts, and going to concerts.