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                                                           James Ziegler, DVM

Dr. Ziegler comes to us after serving as a general practice veterinarian on the Front Range for eleven years. Practice before that included working at the Aspen and Carbondale Animal Hospitals for one year and a one-year rotating internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. While growing up in the mountains west of Denver, Dr. Ziegler always wanted to become a veterinarian. A long detour included becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician at Colorado Mountain College which brought him to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1986. While attending CMC, Dr. Z. worked at a local ranch and other businesses which built character and a strong work ethic.

With becoming a veterinarian still in mind, he commuted from this area to Mesa State College where he earned a bachelor’s degree. Finally, in 1995 Dr. Z. left the valley to attend veterinary college and graduated four years later from Colorado State University. Now he is excited about this new opportunity to return to this paradise and the wonderful people who live here. Dr. Ziegler is very grateful to Dr. Leake for the chance take the helm as the owner of Red Hill Animal Health Center. Dr. Z is also grateful for the competent and friendly staff who have made him feel at home.

Dr. Z. and his wife, Kelly, are ecstatic to make Carbondale their new home. Dr. Z has great love and respect for the outdoors and plans to spend his precious free time hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and tending his barbecue. Dr. Z. also shares his life with a German Shorthaired Pointer – Katie, Golden Retriever – Otis, Chihuahua – Chowie, and cat – Ranger.

Dr. Ziegler is a member of the CVMA, AVMA, and AAHA and has special interests in wound management, soft tissue surgery, and lamenesses. Dr. Z. encourages old friends and new to come by and say “hello” any time.

Natalia Taylor, DVM

Dr. Natalia Taylor was born and raised in Cali, Colombia and moved with her family to Miami when she was 15 years old. She attended The University of Florida to complete her bachelor's degree in Animal Science and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. After graduating veterinary school Dr. Taylor and her husband moved to Chicago, IL where she practiced general medicine for three years while achieving the most outstanding doctor award within her large practice. She then moved back to Miami for a year where she practiced as an overnight emergency veterinarian. Throughout her years in practice, Dr. Taylor has developed an interest in emergency medicine, internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and preventative medicine.

Natalia and her husband Drew decided to trade the ocean for the mountains and move to the roaring fork valley to pursue an active outdoor lifestyle, start a family and build community ties. Their furry family consists of 2 rescue dogs, Café and Capone, and their cat Pepina. Dr. Taylor loves spending time with her family and friends, cooking and eating delicious food, hiking, and reading. Dr. Taylor is fluent in English and Spanish. 

Sheri Johnson, DVM

Sheri Johnson received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1990.  She completed a Small Animal Medical and Surgical Internship at the Angell Memorial Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts in 1991.  While serving as an emergency doctor at the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado for five years, Dr. Johnson gained exceptional clinical experience. Working with specialists in nearly every field of veterinary medicine has helped her become a knowledgeable and well-rounded veterinarian.  Dr. Johnson obtained Humane Alliance training in spay and neuter surgeries which she utilized while helping the ASPCA tackle Los Angeles’ homeless animal crisis in the last few years. She also has a strong interest in veterinary dentistry, wanting to help our patients be comfortable and pain-free.  She provides kind, intelligent and personable attention to each patient she meets.

Sheri enjoys road and mountain bike cycling, camping by mountain lakes with Maya and visiting our national parks, especially RMNP and Yosemite.

Dr. Johnson and her chocolate lab Maya and orange cat Fin are grateful to have returned to her native Colorado.  For Dr. Johnson, “it is a joy and privilege to care for the beloved animals of my home state.