Meet the Veterinary Staff of Park County Animal Hospital
Jeremy Ickes, DVM | Veterinarian/Owner
Dr. Ickes graduated from the Virginia - Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Virginia Tech) in 2010 and purchased Park County Animal Hospital in 2012. His special interest and training in veterinary surgery, internal medicine, and emergency medicine have provided a high level of quality for the pets of South Park. Having always been fascinated by science and medicine and passionate about dogs, Dr. Ickes entered veterinary medicine so he could combine the two in order to provide the same level of care and attention for area pets that he would want for his own pets.
Dr. Ickes, his wife Kristen, and the rest of their family, 2 golden retrievers, Willin and Jackson; a chocolate Lab, Ellie; and two cats, Cheddar and Joey, all enjoy being part of the Fairplay community. In their spare time they enjoy skiing, hiking, camping, and many other activities that abound in the high country! Most importantly, he welcomes client suggestions and ideas for any new services or improvements on existing services. Please share your ideas!
Jamie Fiege, DVM, Veterinarian
Dr. Jamie grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but always had a love for Colorado. Growing up, she spent her summers in Durango, Colorado, at Echo Basin Dude Ranch. She moved to Colorado for college and graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2011. She completed an internship at Chino Valley Equine Hospital in Chino Hills, California, following school. She then accepted a position at Strasburg Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice in Strasburg, CO. She joined us here at PCAH in May 2014 as she wanted to move to the mountains to be close to family and friends, and of course to snowboard as much as possible! She chose PCAH as she wanted to practice high quality medicine with great people, and wanted to work in a practice where she could become close with her patients, clients, and the community. Dr. Jamie has a special interest in feline medicine and has one cat of her own named Tuna. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, surfing, listening to music, riding horses, shopping, and traveling.
Jen Swisher, CVT | Certified Veterinary Technician
Jen earned her veterinary technician degree through Vermont Technical College in 1999 and has been with Park County Animal Hospital since 2004. Originally from Maine, Jen moved to Colorado in 1999 for the Summit County skiing and relocated to Fairplay in 2004, where she lives with her husband, daughter, cat Dexter, who was rescued locally with the help of the Good Samaritan Fund, and cat Stella, who was rescued from Animal Rescue of the Rockies Cat Casita in Fairplay! She enjoys the variety of opportunities to learn new things while working in veterinary medicine and being able to help patients and their families in this great mountain community. When not working, she enjoys dirt biking, snowmobiling, rafting, camping, and the skiing that originally brought her to Colorado.
Kim Cory | Veterinary Assistant
Kim has been with Park County Veterinary Hospital since 2005 and previously worked for newspapers in the field of graphic design. She enjoys providing comfort to our patients and calming their fears. Her love of animals brought her to working in veterinary medicine and her commitment to making pets and their families feel as comfortable as possible in every situation makes her a highly valued member of our team.
Heather Halt, CVT | Veterinary Technician
Heather earned her associate’s degree from Bel-Rea Institute and has lived in Fairplay since 2004, having moved here from Las Vegas. Her love for animals and especially for dogs drew her into veterinary medicine, and she continues to enjoy the interaction with clients and patients as well as receiving dog kisses! Heather and her two children have a two-year-old beagle/boxer mix, Leah.
Jessica Slater | Veterinary Assistant
Jessica came to us from Oklahoma City, OK! She moved to the Denver area in 2012 with her high school sweetheart and now husband, Riley. They chose Colorado as they love winter sports and wanted a change of scenery without being too far from home. Slowly but surely, they moved West to the mountains seeking out the skiing and hiking they loved. In May of 2017, they landed in Park County.
Jessica has always worked in retail but her real passion is for animals. She started at PCAH in the summer of 2017 and is so happy to be part of our team and the Park County community. She calls this her dream job, which is evident by the smile you see on her face every day she is at work. Jessica and Riley have 2 Siberian Huskies, Zema and Zorro, and 1 cat, Snowball. When Jessica isn’t working, skiing, or hiking, she can be found loving on her dogs, taking vacations, checking out new local restaurants/bars, or shopping online.
Megan Watkins | Receptionist
Meg moved from Summit County to Park County in 2000 with her husband, Jim. They share a love of the outdoors, adventure, and travel. Meg initially pursued her love of animals as a volunteer for the Ark-Valley Humane Society. She started by walking dogs, but then became a member of the staff there, working to assist in the daily care of dogs and cats, as an adoption counselor, and as a front office receptionist. To this day, she is still an adoption ambassador and volunteer there.
We were lucky enough to have Meg start working at PCAH in late 2015. 2015 was a big year for Meg as that is also when Shilo, a special needs foster dog, officially became a member of her family!
When not at work, Meg and Jim love to hike, climb, bike, and telemark and cross country ski. And when time allows, they take vacations that allow them to trek, mountaineer, and scuba dive.