Jeri Gardner, DVM

Dr. Jeri Gardner graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998.  Having practiced now for more than 20 years, she’s worked in small animal practice in Cincinnati, the West Denver area and most recently at Banfield the Pet Hospital in Arvada.

At West Denver Veterinary Hospital and Wellness, Dr. Gardner  is excited to offer full service veterinary services, acupuncture, daycare and boarding to her clients and their pets in a state of the art yet comfortable environment.

WDVHW is a family run practice.  Dr. Gardner is married to Jim, and they have two daughters: Averi, age 13, and Ryn, age 10.  Other family members include Hairy, a Weimaraner-Golden mix, Walle and Eve, their cats, and Mr. Brown, a Holland Lop rabbit.  She and her family live in Evergreen, CO.  In her free time, Jeri enjoys mountain biking, playing tennis and exploring the Colorado outdoors with her family.


Ali Ihlenfeld
Practice Manager

Ali graduated from Southern New Hampshire University, with a Bachelors degree in Communications, with a minor in Public Relations.  She has worked in the veterinary field for the last seven years.  Ali started part-time as a receptionist at a veterinary hospital and quickly learned that she had a passion for working with animals.  The human-animal bond is something that interests her beyond just being in a hospital.  Ali loves to educate owners and make sure all pets get the best care they deserve.  Ali advanced within the veterinary field working almost every position within a hospital, ultimately moving to the practice manager.  After running a successful hospital for many years, Ali transitioned to doing consulting work within the veterinary field for several practices over the last few years.  Ali has decided all the traveling is not for her and felt that it was best for herself to be back in a hospital setting, working with a team daily to focus on quality patient care and owner education. Ali has two Weimaraners Dottie and Bayliss, and a little mutt named Potlicker that she adopted from Belize.

In her free time, she loves spending time outdoors hiking with her dogs; she also volunteers with a Weimaraner rescue group. Besides animals, she loves attending workout classes at OrangeTheory, catching live music at Red Rocks, and spending time in her garden.


Armando Cruz

Armando has been working in the veterinary field for the last 4 years.  Armando’s favorite part of the veterinary field is caring for critical pets, nursing them back to health and seeing them as a completely different (HEALTHY) pet at their rechecks.  Armando is fluent in both English and Spanish.  He was born in Puerto Rico and lived there for 8 years before coming to Colorado.  Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his three dogs, one cat, and turtle. He finds himself spending time outside hiking and camping during warmer months.  He is an avid reader, and always has to find ways to make our team and clients laugh.



Maygen Richards

Maygen Richards is a biochemistry major at Metropolitan State University. She hopes to go into medical research after obtaining her masters. She has had a passion for animals from a very young age. Her love of animals started when her family began working with the Great Dane Society. Her family started rescuing and fostering special needs Great Danes when she was just eight years old. Since then Maygen has volunteered at and worked for the Denver Zoo and the Butterfly Pavillion, further expanding her experience with animals. As a lover of animals, Maygen spends her free time volunteering at animal shelters, or just hanging out with her pets. She has a dog named Roxy, a cat named Nibbles and a snake named Edgar. She also enjoys spending time with her fiancé, playing chess, drinking coffee, and on sunny days spending time hiking or in the garden.  She is also an avid music lover and enjoys live shows when possible.As a part of the West Denver Veterinary Hospital and Wellness team, Maygen is excited to work with pet parents to make sure the needs of each patient are met. Maygen strives to provide the highest quality care while educating pet owners and making sure pet parents understand the treatment of their pets care to give them the best quality of life.


Cynthia Gaona
Groomer / Receptionist

Cynthia Gaona went to Pima Medical in 2006 and graduated with a veterinary assistant degree.  She worked for the SPCA of Texas for 6 years.  While there she started grooming and realized quickly that her passion was helping pets feel better and live a healthier life, through grooming.  She loves to work with all breeds, but specifically enjoys working with senior pets, and anxious pets.  She believes in taking her time and providing humanity before vanity when it comes to grooming her clients.  She comes to us with 8 years experience, and we feel lucky to have her.  Outside of work she enjoys her time with her children and pets.