Our Team 2018-12-20T19:20:47+00:00

Dr. Traci Schafer

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Practice Owner

Dr. Schafer became a general practice veterinarian after completing multifaceted internships for two years after gradation which included specialized training in surgery, emergency, and medicine. She has worked in the Arvada/Westminster area since 2000, and started Schafer Veterinary Clinic (SVC) in 2014.  The foundation of SVC is that “Our clients and our patients are the heart of our practice. We will, at all times, treat you and your pet with respect and compassion, as if you were members of our own family.”

Heather Knodel

Practice Manager

Heather has professionally worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years. Her experience includes veterinary assistant, leadership training, and office administration. Heather has also assisted veterinary practices in becoming accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association, as well as maintain their accreditation.

Carie Behunin

Certified Veterinary Technician

Carie is a Denver native that has always been passionate about animals. She graduated from the Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology with an Associate’s degree in Applied Sciences, and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2003. She thrives to make every interaction with clients and patients a top quality care experience. Her favorite aspect of the job is venipuncture. Carie has enjoyed working on a part time basis since 2006, and is very thankful to be able to spend most of her time being a full time wife and mother of two amazing kids.  Her family also includes their Belgian Malinois – Tech, a Pit-Bull Terrier – Eva, and their 3 cats – Twyla, Jack, and Halo….

Jasmine Holmes

Veterinary Assistant

Jasmine is worked in veterinary medicine since 2006. Currently, she is working part-time which enables her to balance her active life. She is compassionate about veterinary medicine, as well as photography. Jasmine and her husband have two young sons, and three giant-breed dogs named Jovey, Sheriff Chewy, and Smooch.

Mariah Schafer

Veterinary Assistant

Mariah has been working with Schafer Veterinary Clinic since we opened in early 2015.  She is currently working part time, and is pursuing becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician.  Mariah loves her Boxer named Duke.

Dr. Christina Copple

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

American College of Veterinary Radiologists

Dr. Copple is a board certified Veterinary Radiologist working for Diagnostic Imaging, a local mobile veterinary imaging group.  She has advanced training in the interpretation and acquisition of all modalities of of diagnostic imaging.  Dr. Copple frequently visits our practice to evaluate radiographs and ultrasound examinations, assisting us in detecting sites of injury and disease.

Dr. Geri Lake-Bakaar

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Specialty in Cardiology

Schafer Veterinary Clinic utilizes the expertise of Dr. Geri Lake-Bakaar who is a Veterinary Cardiologist. She graduated from Harvard University in 2003 and received her DVM degree from Cornell University in 2007. She completed her residency in cardiology at UC Davis in 2013 and moved to Colorado. Her professional interests include medical management of heart failure, diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias, clinical research and client education.

Dr. Don Kerrihard

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Kerrihard travels to various veterinary clinics to perform orthopedic and intricate soft tissue surgery. The surgeries include (but are not limited to): fracture repair, cruciate ligament stabilization, and arthroscopy. He has specialized training and performs multiple stifle surgeries including TPLO and TTA procedures. Dr. Kerrihard has performed over 6500 successful canine stifle surgeries, including bilateral TPLO’s on his own dog “Quinn”.

Kevin P. McAbee DVM, DACVS

Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. McAbee obtained his DVM from Colorado State University in 1999 and has been a passionate veterinarian ever since.  His never-ending thirst for knowledge and self-improvement lead him to complete a general internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital in 2000.  This year in L.A. solidified his desire to become a board certified veterinary surgeon.  He then went on to complete a one year surgical internship in Jacksonville FL at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists.  This intensive year launched him into one of the best and most rigorous small animal surgical residencies in the country at The Animal Medical Center in New York City.  He finished his residency at the AMC in 2004 and then stayed on staff for an additional year teaching other surgical residents and honing his skills.  Dr. McAbee became board certified in small animal surgery in 2006 and has been practicing this “art” of surgery along the Front Range of Colorado for most of his career.

After spending time as a small animal surgeon in three different specialty hospitals along the Front Range, Dr. McAbee decided to launch Spire Veterinary Surgery in the Spring of 2015.  Dr. McAbee’s vision for SVS was to be able to provide the highest quality specialty surgery to dogs and cats without those patients and owners having to leave the comfort and trust of their family veterinary practice.

Dr. McAbee considers himself extremely fortunate to be a veterinarian and treats each patient as if they were his own pet.  His experience has led him to understand that each animal is different in their own way and he strives to establish a connection with them, their owners, and their veterinarian to provide the best treatment possible.

Dr. McAbee has vast experience in all aspects of veterinary surgery including orthopedic, neurologic, and oncologic surgery.  He has advanced training in minimally invasive orthopedic surgery such as arthroscopy and has published and lectured nationally on this topic.  Dr. McAbee has been performing Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomies to treat canine cranial cruciate ligament deficiency since 2005 and has performed well over 1,000 of these procedures.  In addition to TPLO and other orthopedic procedures, Dr. McAbee enjoys the challenge of oncologic (cancer) surgery and has years of experience in this extremely difficult subset of veterinary surgery.

When not performing specialty surgery in local veterinary practices along the Front Range Dr. McAbee enjoys spending time with his family.  He and his wife have three wonderful children, a 15 year old cat Herbert, and a young Goldendoodle named Posey that keep them busy.

Holly Foster


Dr. Holly Foster currently practices small animal medicine specializing in alternative/complementary modalities. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 1983, and her acupuncture certification in 1992. She left general practice in 1995 to concentrate her practice on acupuncture, homotoxicology (a branch of homeopathy) and osteopthathy with cranio-sacral techniques. She enjoys living in the Colorado front range with her spouse and 2 dogs.


Clinic Kitty

“Mae” was born in May, 2015 and has lived with us ever since. She loves to “supervise”, as well as scamper around the clinic greeting everyone she meets.


Clinic Kitten

Meet “Howie”, Mae’s younger, bigger cousin.  He will be one year old May 2018 and is one big handful!

“Baby Howard”

“Big Howard”


Here’s Howie “trying” to fit on a warm computer.