Our Doctors


REED HANKS, DVM, OWNER
Dr. Reed Hanks was raised on a ranch in Deer Trail, CO. He graduated from Deer Trail High School and enrolled at Colorado State University. Dr. Hanks attained a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences in 1988 and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. Dr. Hanks joined the Strasburg Veterinary Clinic in 1992. After practicing on the corridor for 23 years, Dr. Hanks and his wife, Tonya, purchased the practice in July of 2015. Dr. Hanks manages the clinic and continues to practice full time. Reed has been around animals his entire life and enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. Dr. Hanks is very experienced with cattle, horses, dogs, and cats. He enjoys surgery and the diversity that comes with working in a rural setting. Reed and Tonya have two grown children, Roice and Kaitlyn. Both are college students and help out at the clinic and on the ranch when they are home. In his spare time, Reed enjoys spending time at his ranch, hanging out with his 2 dogs, and watching sports. He has always enjoyed woodworking, welding, and loves to build things.


JODIE VETTER, DVM
Dr. Jodie Vetter is a 2002 graduate of Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Jodie has worked as a veterinarian on the eastern I-70 corridor since 2004. She began working for Strasburg Veterinary Clinic in 2007. Dr. Vetter lives in Bennett with her husband Greg, son David and daughter Anna. She and her family spend much of their spare time devoted to the 4-H and livestock show lifestyle they love! They also enjoy spending quality time at home with their many animals including horses, dogs and cats.


LUISA TAYLOR, DVM
Dr. Luisa Taylor joined Strasburg Veterinary Clinic in July of 2014. Originally from the Chama Valley in northern New Mexico, she moved to Colorado in 2005 to earn her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences (2009) and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (2013), both from Colorado State University. After graduation, Dr. Luisa completed a one-year internship in Livestock Medicine and Surgery at CSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  Along with her interest in livestock health management, Luisa’s other professional interests include small animal emergency medicine and surgery. In her free time, Dr. Luisa enjoys any outdoor activity with her husband, two young children, and their dogs Dante and Tommy.


KALI FOX, DVM
Originally from Eastern Colorado, Dr. Kali Fox graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2016. Before veterinary school, Dr. Fox received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Colorado State University. Professionally, Dr. Fox enjoys exotic pet medicine as well as the variety of patients at Strasburg Veterinary Clinic. In her spare time, Fox enjoys Colorado Rockies Baseball games, volunteering at the Denver Zoo, and hiking with her dogs.


MELISSA WHITEHILL, DVM
Dr. Whitehill, a Colorado native, comes to us from Colorado Springs. She attended Colorado State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2014. Dr. Whitehill received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine in Arizona and was a member of the inaugural Class of 2018. Melissa completed a two-week externship at Strasburg Veterinary Clinic during her senior rotation and joined the practice in July of 2018. Melissa and her husband, Nick, enjoy their two rescue dogs and rescue cat. In her spare time, Dr. Whitehill enjoys hiking, kickboxing, and the Colorado Rockies.


Our Technicians


RENE KAGEN, CVT
Rene graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 1996 and has been with Strasburg Veterinary Clinic since 2003. Rene has a very special ability to care for neonatal patients and dog behavior. She loves her job with Strasburg Vet Clinic and feels fortunate to work with people that are more than just co-workers, they are her second family. Her many years of experience are invaluable. Rene is a mom and a grandma. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and her many animals.


LINDSEY ERKER, CVT
Lindsey attended Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology where she graduated with her Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology in 2004. She completed her internship and joined Strasburg Veterinary Clinic in 2004. Lindsey grew up in Kiowa, and still lives there today with her three wonderful children and her four- legged critters! When not working she enjoys spending time with her family doing outdoor activities and caring for her livestock and horses.


BETH WEISENSEE, CVT
Beth completed her Veterinary Technician training at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington in 2008 followed by an internship, then employment with Strasburg Veterinary Clinic in 2009. She is a Colorado native and grew up on a farm and ranch near Deer Trail. She loves working in this rural community and appreciates the variety that comes with working in a mixed animal practice. When not working, she enjoys nature photography. Beth likes to travel and go hiking as well as spend time with her family, especially her three nieces. She appreciates working with all species of animals, but livestock is her favorite! Beth enjoys her own small herd of cows as well as helping her family raise wheat, cattle, and sheep.


SYDNEY PISTRUI, CVT
Sydney has been with Strasburg Veterinary Clinic since May of 2015. She was born and raised in Maryland and moved to Colorado in 2011. She is a graduate of Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. Sydney enjoys riding horses and spending time with her 4-legged children (Spirit, Skye, Sage, Stretch and Squirt) and her husband Steve.


KENDRA CULLISON, CVT
Kendra is a Colorado Native born and raised on the Eastern plains. Kendra grew up on her grandparent’s farm in Weldona where she helped with planting crops and raising livestock. Kendra graduated with her Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2017 after completing her internship at Strasburg Veterinary Clinic. Kendra began working for the clinic immediately after graduation. Kendra raises pigs, chickens, and cattle along with her 4 goats, dogs, and cats. In addition to farming and ranching, Kendra enjoys fishing and playing sports in her spare time.


MEGAN YARMEAK
Megan was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado. Megan graduated from Community College of Denver in 2016 with her Veterinary Technician Certificate. She has always loved helping animals big and small. Megan enjoys being outdoors, watching sports and hanging out at home. She loves spending time with her two dogs and six cats.


TONYA MCCARVILLE
Tonya has been with Strasburg Veterinary Clinic since 2017. She is a Colorado Native. Tonya and her husband Dan have two grown children Ashlynn and Jake. In her spare time, she loves to care for her horses and dogs.


Our Office Staff


TRACY PEREZ
Tracy is a Colorado native. She joined Strasburg Veterinary Clinic in 2006. Tracy has a contagious smile and makes everyone feel comfortable when they arrive at our clinic. She enjoys spending time with her family & friends, caring for her animals, and collecting antiques.


MACKENZIE VIRDEN
Mackenzie joined Strasburg Veterinary Clinic as a receptionist in August of 2014. Born in Rota, Spain, Mackenzie moved to Bennett in 2000. She is a 2014 Bennett High School graduate and completed her Associates Degree through Morgan Community College in May of 2015. When not at work, Mackenzie loves to do anything that will get her outside-camping, riding horses, or riding four-wheelers. She also enjoys going to the movies with family and friends.


NICOLE AVERY
Niki has been with the Strasburg Veterinary Clinic since she began as a volunteer technician while in high school. A native of Byers, Niki grew up helping her grandparents and parents raise greyhounds at Brumage Kennels. After graduating from Byers High School, Niki took a brief leave of absence to earn her Associates of Applied Science and start a family. Niki returned to work at the clinic as a receptionist in September of 2014. A very busy mom of three, Niki also takes care of 4 dogs, a herd of goats, and a few cows.