Our Team

Veterinarian & Practice Owner

Dr. G.K Munger
Veterinarian / Owner
Education: Colorado State University

Prior to founding Companion Animal Veterinary Hospital in 1984, Dr. Munger received both his Bachelor of Science in Zoology and his Veterinary Medical degree from Colorado State University. His primary interest is in surgery, both soft tissue and orthopedic. He is currently the chairman of the advisory board for the Veterinary Technician Program at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Dr Munger lives with his wife, Angie, and his school-age son, and they own two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Sophia Maria and Spartacus. Since retiring from ice hockey several years ago, he now enjoys running and golf as his hobbies. Dr. Munger thoroughly enjoys his career here at Companion Animal Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. K.J Benson
Veterinarian / Owner
Education: University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado State University

Dr. Benson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She attended veterinary school at Colorado State University and graduated with her DVM degree in 1998. Dr. Benson began at Companion Animal Veterinary Hospital as an associate veterinarian in August 2000, and she bought into the practice as a half owner in September of 2015. Her main veterinary interests are soft tissue surgery, pain management and greyhound medicine. She has owned two fabulous greyhounds and a beautiful black Labrador in the past. Other members of the family include her husband of over 20 years, Jim, and two great kids. Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys camping, skiing, stand up paddle boarding, and playing the French horn in the Highlands Ranch Concert Band.

Certified Veterinary Technician

Ashlee
CVT

Ashlee earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of Wyoming and her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology at Colorado Mountain College before joining the Companion team in July of 2014. In her spare time, Ashlee enjoys sewing, crafts, and caring for her adorable axolotl, Fozz, and her handsome kitty, Hermes.

Karen
CVT

Prior to discovering her calling helping animals, Karen was enrolled at the Art Institute of Colorado for Media Arts and Animation. However, this career choice was not for her and thus she eventually found herself enrolled at the Bel-Rea Institute. She graduated from Bel-Rea in the fall of 2006 with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology and quickly joined the Companion family a few months later. Karen is currently the proud mom of two cats. Art still plays an important role in Karen’s life and she spends most of her free time working in her sketch book, painting, or messing around with Photoshop. She also is an avid gamer, and loves listening to music and reading. She also finds that she spends quite a bit of time keeping her cats out of trouble!

Kate
CVT

Kate settled in Colorado in 2006 after a number of international relocations and joined the Companion Animal Hospital team in 2018. She has a background in language, literature, and education, but her lifelong love for animals and animal care prompted her to graduate from the Community College of Denver in 2020 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Kate loves fostering cats and dogs, and enjoys spending time with her two kids, cats, dogs and a hedgehog!

Vanessa
CVT

Vanessa earned her Associates degree in Veterinary Technology from the Community College of Denver in 2019 and joined the Companion Animal Hospital team shortly thereafter. During her free time she enjoys working her other job as a waitress, scrapbooking, and spending time with her husband and young son. She owns an elderly cat named Loki and a sweet mixed breed dog named Mary Jane.

Jackie
CVT

Bio coming soon!

Veterinary Assistants

Hannah
Veterinary Assistant

Hannah joined the CAVH team in 2017 with a passion for animals leading to a love for helping them. During her free time you can find her adventuring with her boyfriend in Colorado's great outdoors, hiking, bass fishing, playing disc golf, camping, and skiing. She is companioned by her three-legged Berger-Picard, Sassy, and Shiloh, a high energy Australian Shepherd!

Kaitlin
Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Ali
Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Receptionists

Dru Anne
Receptionist

Dru Anne started at Companion in January 2007. She is married and has three adult children, including identical twin daughters. She also has an adorable young grandson whom she adores! Dru Anne is involved with service dogs, and she has raised guide dog puppies for 24 years. She owns four dogs, including three mastiffs and one golden retriever, and two elderly cats. Dru Anne enjoys quilting, reading, and working with her dogs.

Katy
Office Manager

Katy joined the Companion team in 2012 after having earned a degree in Biology and Zoology from CSU, and has enjoyed working in the veterinary medicine field. She enjoys playing board games and spending time outdoors with her husband and young children, and owns a rescued retired racing greyhound named Dante who keeps her on her toes!

Marilyn
Receptionist

Marilyn is originally from northwest Indiana but moved to Colorado in 2014, and joined the Companion Animal Hospital team as a receptionist shortly after. She is married and has two grown children, a grand-dog, Opie, and a grand-cat, Pete whom she enjoys seeing. Marilyn enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, camping an exploring Colorado.

Brittany
Receptionist

Bio coming soon!

Melody
Substitute Receptionist

Melody has been with CAVH since December of 2011. She is married and has one son in college at CSU, and another son at Cherry Creek HS. She volunteers with Safe Harbor Lab Rescue, a wonderful organization that specializes in “re-homing labs with good people”. Her family has fostered over 30 dogs waiting for their forever home. Her chocolate Lab, Hope, is her faithful companion and keeps her in shape with her daily walks.

When not involved in the animal world, Melody owns and operates Centennial Travel- a travel agency specializing in family vacation planning. She enjoys traveling and playing tennis.