OUR TEAM

Our team of skilled professionals is dedicated to providing you and your pet with exceptional care. 

Dr. Benjamin Mackin, DVM
Owner/Veterinarian
Benjamin Mackin, DVM
Owner & Advisor 

Dr. Ben Mackin grew up in a small fishing village just south of Boston, Ma.

Dr. Ben Mackin graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University, The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2003. After working at various animal hospitals in San Diego, Boulder, and Denver, he moved to the Roaring Fork Valley to be near good friends and enjoy the mountain life in 2004. He was an associate Veterinarian at the Aspen Animal Hospital, Carbondale Animal Hospital, and Valley Emergency Pet Care for friend and mentor Scott Dolginow until December of 2006. In early 2007, Ben purchased Carbondale Animal Hospital and began living out his dream of building a small, mountain Veterinary practice that catered to the vision he faithfully follows: A truly compassionate, caring, and small-town practical vision of animal care that can accomplish all the medical and surgical capability necessary in an intimate, welcoming hospital.

In 2022, Ben took on a new role at CAH as owner and advisor while he takes time off to travel and spend time with his family. Dr Ben will currently not be seeing patients and is excited to put his energy and experience into supporting the growth of the practice he worked so hard to create. 

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Lindsey Brooks, DVM
Associate Veterinarian
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Bonnie Abercrombie, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Bonnie was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. From a very young age, she dreamed of a career spent helping animals.

 

Dr. Bonnie attended Michigan State University where she received a degree in chemistry. After spending a year traveling in Europe, she attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts.

 

Dr. Bonnie completed her clinical rotation at Colorado State University where she fell in love with the beauty of Colorado.

After completing a small animal internship at Animal Specialty Group in Los Angeles, Dr. Bonnie returned to Colorado and has practiced emergency medicine at Valley Emergency Pet Care. 

Dr. Bonnie joined Carbondale Animal Hospital in 2019 and has truly enjoyed caring for your pets. Her love of emergency medicine allows her to see urgent care cases during daytime hours as well as offering your pets routine wellness care.  

 

When not working, Bonnie enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling and spending time with her husband, children, four dogs, and countless chickens.

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Oneal Bogan, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Lindsey Brooks is from Colorado Springs and has loved animals since childhood. She completed her BA in exercise science with an emphasis on physical therapy at the University of Kansas and then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2006.

 

Dr. Lindsey completed an internship at CSU Veterinary School/Denver Dumb Friends League and then practiced at Mesa Veterinary Hospital in Golden, CO. Dr. Lindsey is a member of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Lindsey joined our team of veterinarians in 2022. Lindsey enjoys the challenge of a wide variety of cases that present daily to a veterinary practice and particularly enjoys surgery, internal medicine, pain management, acupuncture, and ongoing wellness pet care.

 

Dr. Lindsey moved to the Roaring Fork Valley with her family in 2012. Lindsey enjoys traveling, biking, hiking, and being outdoors with her dogs, Sugar and Terry.

Dr. Oneal Bogan has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley her entire life, other than when she attended veterinary school at Colorado State University. She graduated in 2013 with her doctorate of veterinary medicine and began practicing in Carbondale. She has worked as a mobile veterinarian on both large and small animals and has worked at small animal clinics as well.  

Dr. Oneal is certified in veterinary acupuncture as well as animal chiropractic care.  She completed her acupuncture training at CSU's One Health SIM course and her chiropractic education at Options for Animals.

 

Her interests lie in offering her patients a integrative approach to making sure they live their lives to their best ability. She enjoys geriatric care, dentistry and being part of an animal's life from puppy or kitten hood to their golden years.

If her free time, Dr. Oneal enjoys spending time with her family, reading and writing. She has an array of furry family members, including horses, dogs and chickens. 

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Melanie Arnold
Certified Veterinary Tech

Melanie has helped on and off at CAH for years, but joined our team on a more "serious" basis in 2022. Melanie attended school at Colorado Mountain College.

Melanie is from Michigan and moved to Colorado to attend vet tech school.

In her free time, Melanie likes to travel and spend time outdoors. 

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Zoë Schein
Veterinary Assistant 

Zoë joined the CAH team in 2022. You'll find her at the front desk or assisting Doctors, and Techs with anything needed.

Zoë was born in New Mexico where she learned to ski and at a very young age started Alpine Ski Racing. Zoë moved to Colorado to pursue her dreams where she attended the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy. She was there for several years before deciding to finish out her career on the Aspen ski team, which lead her to Carbondale.
After graduating high school and deciding to no longer ski race, and set out to discover what the world had to offer outside of the slopes. She attended Western Washington University for a year and has spent the past few traveling and working, before landing back landing back in Carbondale spring of 2021.

Zoë loves all animals but often takes the office cat, Pretzel, home for extended stays.
On her free time you can find her making art, tending to her many plants, and spending time outdoors. Zoë is also a self taught Silversmith and loves to make jewelry when she has the time.

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Ashlyn Smith
Veterinary Assistant 

Ashlyn is originally from Georgia but moved to Colorado to chase rivers and spend the majority of her time outdoors. She loves to go ski touring, hiking, and whitewater kayaking. When she is not outside, she loves helping animals in need.

 

She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Biology at Georgia Southern University where she realized her passion for animals. She began fostering senior pets and working in Veterinary Medicine. When she moved to Colorado, she honed her passion for animals and became a Veterinary Technician. She started working at Carbondale Animal Hospital in 2021 and has loved every moment since!

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Jasper 
Hospital Cat

Jasper joined the CAH team in 2021. Jasper was adopted from CARE when his owner could no longer care for him, and was immediately loved by the staff at CAH. Jasper has never met a stranger (animal or human) and is often found lingering in exam rooms, hoping to be part of the appointment. 

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Jessica Gerot
Certified Veterinary Tech
Lead Technician 

Jessi grew up in Iowa City, Iowa and attended the University of Iowa before joining the Army in 2009.
 

In 2013 her puppy, Veda fell deathly ill with pneumonia. After a trip to the emergency veterinary clinic near her home, she realized her calling as a veterinary technician.

 

She soon got a job at the clinic that saved Veda’s life and fell in love with working with animals. She moved to Colorado in 2018 and obtained her CVT from Colorado Mountain College.

 

Her love of animals and passion for their care has brought her to Carbondale Animal Hospital, where she continues to grow and improve
her technical abilities and patient care. Outside of the clinic, Jessi enjoys skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, camping and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

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Erikka Saueressig
Veterinary Assistant 

Erikka is from Silt, CO and is currently a student in the Veterinary Technology program at Colorado Mountain College. She plans to graduate at the end of the spring semester in 2023. 

 

After moving around the valley and working in the tourist industry for a few years, Erikka joined the CAH team in 2021 after being accepted into the Vet Tech program at CMC. This helped grow her passion for animals and become familiar with clinical work before starting classes. 

 

When she’s not working or studying, she is usually spending time with her family, spending time outside, or relaxing at home with her cats. 

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Macy Plano
Veterinary Assistant

Macy grew up outside of Silt and has spent most of her life in the valley. She is currently a second-year DVM student at Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. 

 

Mixed practice is her favorite veterinary niche because of the opportunities to help many different animal species.

 

Macy enjoys doing yoga, rafting, riding her horse, Cody, and spending time with her family and their pets.

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Pretzel
Hospital Cat

Pretzel was adopted by the CAH staff when they fell head over heels in love with her after her limb amputation due to a severe injury. Pretzel can be seen dashing around the hospital or sitting in her signature Pretzel style in the waiting room.