Your Pet Care Team
Dr. Wendy Elbert
Dr. Wendy is the owner of Animal Care Center. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Dr. Wendy has also lived in Alaska and Oklahoma, where she attended Oklahoma State University and obtained her BS in Animal Sciences and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Go POKES!!
Dr. Wendy began her veterinary career 25 years ago as a vet tech. Upon graduating Vet school, she took her first position in Canon City, Colorado in a mixed animal practice, but her passion and interests in small animal dentistry and surgery led her to a practice in Colorado Springs.
Dr. Wendy has a special interest in ultrasonography, soft tissue surgery, and wound management. Her favorite part of her job is making a connection with the owner and pet, becoming part of their circle!
“I want the best for each of our patients and believe it is imperative to provide excellent service and medical care, including preventative medicine and client education! Every pet and client’s needs are unique and it’s that philosophy that I use when approaching a patient’s medical plan. I want to be YOUR PET VET!”
Dr. Wendy loves the mountains of Colorado and spends her time outside of work “jeeping,” exploring, and having great adventures with her husband. She is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with her family, a daughter and three sons.
Mike is Dr. Wendy’s husband and co-owner of Animal Care Center. Mike is also the Practice Manager…so call him if you have any issues. Dr. Wendy said to put that in there 😉 Mike is originally from Illinois, but moved to Texas when he was in Elementary school. Mike has lived in Alaska and Oklahoma, but the call of the mountains and his love of Colorado is what brought him here. Mike has many passions, exploring the mountains in his jeep or KLR being at the top of the list. Mike also enjoys scuba diving, traveling, flying (has his pilot’s licence), and a good whiskey! Mike has a degree in Finance as well as a Masters degree. He has worked in managerial positions for over 25 years.
“I truly believe that nothing great in life is accomplished alone. When we choose to surround ourselves with wonderful people and a great team then everyone is better for it. In the short time my wife and I have spent with our team at Animal Care Center I have come to appreciate their passion for your pets and the love they have for all animals. Together I know that we will achieve the best medical care and build many great relationships along the way.”
KC McMorrow is a CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician) originally from Peoria, IL. The allure of the West eventually brought him to Colorado, most recently from Iowa, in 2018. He plays guitar and drums, and enjoys traditional archery during free times. KC’s passion lies with emergency and critical care where he has spent nearly the last 10 years. He also has special interest in diagnostic imaging such as xrays and ultrasound. KC has 3 cats: Lillith, William, and Steven.
Barb Margos was born in Prescott, Arizonia. She has lived in Chaffee County for 40 years and raised 3 children. She is married to Nick who is a Salida native. She came to ACC in August of 2016 after retiring from the dental field. Currently she has 2 dogs Mr. Ribs and Daisy, 2 cats Fat Cat and Miss Kitten, and 3 mules Sophie, Bandit, and Cricket. She enjoys trail riding, camping, and hiking. Her favorite part of being here is just being around all the animals and their owners.
Shawna Garcia joined ACC February 20th. Shawna is a veterinary technician, born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She obtained her Associates Degree in Occupational Studies in Veterinary Medicine in 2011 in Phoenix, AZ. Soon after, she accepted a position with an animal emergency facility as well as general practice for a couple of years. Shawna returned to beautiful Salida, Colorado in 2018, to be with her mom and grandparents. Shawna has two dogs, Yoda, a 3 year old Snorkie & Dahlila, a 16 year old lab mix. In her free time, Shawna likes to video chat with her 11-year old niece and 1-year old nephew. Shawna likes to hike but doesn’t as much since her best hiking partner, Dahlila is getting older and not quite as active.
“I’m thrilled to be apart of Animal Care Center Family and looking forward to meeting you and your pet!” – Shawna