MEET THE TEAM

COMPASSIONATE CARE FROM QUALIFIED VETS

At Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic in Colorado Springs, we strive to ensure that every interaction you have with our team brings you and your pet comfort and relief. We understand that every moment with your pet is precious, so we want to do all we can to lengthen the time you have together. Our team is comprised of compassionate individuals who will treat your pet as their own while fostering excellent relationships with you as well. We want you to be comfortable during every step of the process here at Ponderosa, so get to know the caring individuals that may be treating your pet. 

MEET OUR VETERINARIANS

DR. RICK COUFAL, DVM - Founder and Lead Veterinarian at Ponderosa

A native of Colorado, Dr. Coufal grew up on a small family farm surrounded by animals big and small. His participation in 4H over many years ultimately led him to choose veterinary medicine as his profession. He went on to graduate from Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in May of 2000 and started working in the Black Forest community later that year.

He continues to find great satisfaction in the day to day challenges being a vet presents from the basics of preventative health to the more complicated surgical procedures where he excels. Aside from his affinity for animals, Dr. Coufal enjoys wildlife photography, camping, fly-fishing, and spending time with his wife and three children as well as a plethora of pets at home. 

KIM BASSETT, DVM

I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I graduated from Colorado State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science as well as my DVM. I have been married for 27 years and have three teen-aged children and have lived in Black Forest for over 17 years. I volunteer my time with 4H, high school music programs, and a local winterguard program.

KIRK CARROLL, DVM

Dr. Carroll is a 1989 graduate of Louisiana State University and joined Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic in June, 2017. After graduation, he practiced in Marianna, FL before moving to Charlotte, NC in 1994 where he stayed until coming to Colorado Springs to be closer to family. He works with cats and dogs exclusively and has an interest in dermatology and dentistry/oral surgery and attended several courses at the Animal Dental Training Center in Baltimore, MD.

Outside of practice, Dr. Carroll is an avid LSU football fan and enjoys Cajun cooking, grilling, writing, board-gaming, working in his aquaponics greenhouse, and spending time with his wife and 4 dogs and 4 cats. Being new to Colorado, he has begun hiking with his niece whose goal is to take him to the top of Pike’s Peak. He and his wife also enjoy shooting and go out to the range several times a month.

MEET OUR VETERINARY STAFF

Kandy Dunkley, Certified Veterinary Technician

Kandy Dunkley,
Certified Veterinary Technician

Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic Jean Forbes, Veterinary Technician

Jean Forbes,
Veterinary Technician

Kelly Love,

Kelly Love,
Veterinary Technician

Mary-Noble-Veterinary-Technician

Mary Noble,
Veterinary Technician

Dave Plack, Veterinary Technician At Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic

Dave Plack,
Veterinary Technician

Karen-Nelson-Veterinary-Technician

Karen Nelson,
Veterinary Technician

Jami-Lee-Veterinary-Technician

Jami Lee,
Veterinary Technician

Antonette Valdez, Office Manager

Antonette Valdez,
Office Manager

Jodi-Dabroski-Receptionist

Jodi Dabroski,
Receptionist

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Mandi Wielgorecki, Receptionist

Angel Reese, Veterinary Technician

Angel Reese,
Veterinary Technician

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Stacy Pineda,
Receptionist

sarah-joseph-certified-veterinary-technician

Sarah Joseph, Certified Veterinary Technician

PONDEROSA VET CLINIC

At Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic in Colorado Springs, we strive to be the best by hiring the best. We believe in continuing education so that our staff can always provide the best care available for your pet. Our entire team believes in compassionate care during every encounter.