Dr. Denice Norton

Denice Norton, DVM, CHPV
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian

 

VETERINARIANS
Dr. Denice grew up in southern New Mexico but received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1999. She was caring for animals almost before she could walk.

After practicing general veterinary medicine for 15 years, she became aware of the need for a more personal, compassionate, gentle and peaceful way to help our pets in their end of life stages and begin offering in-home hospice and palliative care to include in-home euthanasia services to families in Western Colorado. She sends her warmest welcome inviting you to join the River Valley Gateway family as a supporter, client, or team member.

OUR STAFF

Debbie Fahrenholtz, CVT, CHPT

CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
CERTIFIED HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE TECHNICIAN

Even though her two legged kids are grown and moved on, Debbie’s home is very full with her husband, their four dogs and three cats. Debbie is a Certified Veterinary Technician and a graduate of Becker College, School of Animal Studies and Natural Sciences in Massachusetts. Through her work in Veterinary oncology and with special needs rescue animals, Debbie discovered her passion in caring for our senior companions. She is one of a hand full of CVTs also certified in the pet hospice and palliative care specialty. Debbie is available to sit down and visit with you to discuss the quality of life concerns you may have about your furry senior companion.

Jammie Seal

CARE COORDINATOR & VET ASSISTANT

Jammie has 2 two-legged children and is pet parent to her German Shepard, Olaf, plus many other pets on their Fruita farm. Jammie has been working in the animal husbandry field all of her life and has mastered her dreams of becoming a veterinary assistant. She would like to express her sincere caring for the furry friends that bless your life and she wishes to honor all those joy filled days with them by your side.

Sarah Ryken

CARE COORDINATOR & VET ASSISTANT

Sarah also has 2 two-legged children and is pet parent to, Ruger, her Australian Shepard, as well as many other pets on their Glade Park ranch. Sarah has education and training towards a degree in Animal Science and has experience working as a veterinary technician most of her adult life. She would like to take this time to welcome you to our pet loving family and offer her help with those pets that have graced your life.

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Josh Norton

GRIEF DIRECTOR

Josh has a passion for people. He functions best in his gift of service. If there is anything he can do for you, he will. Josh is currently working towards completing 150 hours of training for his “Death and Grief Studies Certificate” throughout the Center For Loss and Life Transitions in Fort Collins, Colorado under the direction of Dr. Wolfelt. Josh’s wishes are to be a companion for grieving pet parents before, during and after the loss of a family pet. He understands acute loss as well as anticipated loss but at the same time understands the hope of healing.

Tanner Griffin

CARE COORDINATOR

Tanner is a Colorado native and a proud parent to both his very active two-legged son and his fur baby, Patch, a red merle Miniature Australian Shepard. They all love the outdoors! Tanner has special training as an EMT and extrapolates his medical training to help pets in need. Tanner has never known life without a pet or 2 or 5 or 6 – all at one time. He has experience with a variety of species big and small and has a compassionate heart towards their well being.

Summer Bastro

CARE COORDINATOR
SOCIAL MEDIA

Summer brings sunshine to everyone’s life with her gorgeous smile and warm heart. Her very active two-legged toddler keeps her as busy as 3 moms. She has received training in the field of nursing from Colorado Mesa University and has made Grand Junction her home. She is intrigued with the human-animal bond and understands why pet parents can have such a strong bond with their four-legged companions. She talks fondly of and has warm memories of the cats she knew in her childhood. She welcomes you to our pet friendly family and encourages you to reach out to us with your concerns.

Josh Norton

GRIEF DIRECTOR

Josh has a passion for people. He functions best in his gift of service. If there is anything he can do for you, he will. Josh is currently working towards completing 150 hours of training for his “Death and Grief Studies Certificate” throughout the Center For Loss and Life Transitions in Fort Collins, Colorado under the direction of Dr. Wolfelt. Josh’s wishes are to be a companion for grieving pet parents before, during and after the loss of a family pet. He understands acute loss as well as anticipated loss but at the same time understands the hope of healing.

Tanner Griffin

CARE COORDINATOR

Tanner is a Colorado native and a proud parent to both his very active two-legged son and his fur baby, Patch, a red merle Miniature Australian Shepard. They all love the outdoors! Tanner has special training as an EMT and extrapolates his medical training to help pets in need. Tanner has never known life without a pet or 2 or 5 or 6 – all at one time. He has experience with a variety of species big and small and has a compassionate heart towards their well being.

Summer Bastro

CARE COORDINATOR
SOCIAL MEDIA

Summer brings sunshine to everyone’s life with her gorgeous smile and warm heart. Her very active two-legged toddler keeps her as busy as 3 moms. She has received training in the field of nursing from Colorado Mesa University and has made Grand Junction her home. She is intrigued with the human-animal bond and understands why pet parents can have such a strong bond with their four-legged companions. She talks fondly of and has warm memories of the cats she knew in her childhood. She welcomes you to our pet friendly family and encourages you to reach out to us with your concerns.

In-Home Visit Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Evening & Weekend Visits
by request

Mail

River Valley Gateway
P.O. Box 1422
Grand Junction, CO 81502

Call Us

(970) 250-8493

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