Meet Our Leadership Team
Bringing a diverse array of experiences, skills, & knowledge, the AERC Leadership Team is committed to fostering a healthy work environment for our staff, built on the foundation of mentoring, enrichment, and appreciation; empowering our staff to provide the highest level of customer service and patient care.
Gabrielle David, Technician/CEO, CVT
Gabrielle was born and raised in the garden state of New Jersey. She has always had a passion for animals and quickly became part of the veterinary community when she was 14 years old. Through continuing education courses and hands-on training, she acquired the skills and knowledge she has today. She has a passion for excellence in patient care and client service. Shortly after joining the practice she quickly realized she wanted to progress into ownership and was able to achieve that goal in October 2016.
Outside of work she most enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
MJ “Sutton” Spanton, MBA – CFO
Sutton is originally from Western Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska (both Lincoln & Omaha campuses) for her undergraduate degree. She has spent the majority of her career serving non-profit organizations and will continue to seek opportunities to serve our community. As the daughter of a third-generational Puebloan, she considers herself a “semi-native” to Colorado, making the long-desired move to Colorado Springs in 2005. In 2010 she completed her master’s in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha while providing accounting support to Animal Emergency Care Centers and raising two young boys.
Sutton’s passions are her family, faith, and helping others achieve their potential. She enjoys sports, especially Husker football & volleyball (Go Big RED!), visiting her family ranch in Nebraska, and traveling throughout the beautiful state of Colorado with her husband Steve. Blessed with several pets that live on in their hearts, they currently have one husky-mix named Kiba.
Kayla Autore, CVT – Practice Manager
Born and raised in New Jersey, I knew from a young age that Veterinary Medicine was going to be my career. In hopes of becoming a Veterinarian, I started a schooling adventure in the field. Once I became a CVT, I really enjoyed this role and it was a hard decision not to pursue my DVM. After being with Animal ER Care for over 6 years now, I have worked in every department as ICU tech, Overnight tech, and Front of House Supervisor-this is where I found my passion for Veterinary Management.
I married my husband right out of high school and began our journey together while he was in the Army. This is when we made the choice to come to Colorado. Now with a son, we enjoy exploring Colorado and the beautiful adventures it has to offer. Our four-legged kids, two Pugs, and an English Mastiff, there is never a dull moment at home!
Jennifer Thrall – Director, Administrative Services
Originally from California, Jennifer arrived with her husband of 30 years back in 1999. During his military career they were fortunate to be stationed in Colorado Springs multiple times and knew this would be home when they returned for good in 2015.
With degrees in HR and Business, she oversees the administrative departments for the practice. Although this is her first time in emergency veterinary medicine, she has found her passion for supporting the amazing team of doctors, technicians, and support staff living Animal ER Care’s core values.
Outside of work she enjoys traveling (37 countries down and so many more to discover), hiking, and exploring all of Colorado’s beauty with her husband, two daughters, and Aki her world-traveling pug.
Jazzy Sapp – Director, Operations
Jazzy is a Colorado native and attended the United States Air Force Academy, receiving her degree in business management. After serving in the Air Force she moved back to Colorado Springs and began a career in event management. While this is the first time in emergency veterinary medicine, Jazzy enjoys working with all of the amazing Animal ER Care staff and the extra benefit of helping to support the local community.
Jazzy enjoys spending time with her family, especially her pit bull Kuro, while not at work. She also enjoys cooking (eating too) and will never say no to a new adventure!
Cassi Adams, CVT – Overnight Supervisor
Cassi attended school in Kansas at Colby Community College from 2008-2010. After graduation she began her journey in the veterinary field by work at a couple general practices. The longest being in Topeka, where she worked at a general practice for 8 years before heading over to specialty practice. After working at AERC as an overnight technician for two years she accepted the overnight supervisor position. Since being in the role as overnight supervisor since mid-September she enjoys learning the ins and outs of management.
In love with spending time with her husband and 5-year-old daughter, Elena, she also has four fur puppies who are a joy as well. Her family often enjoys what Colorado has to offer since moving here by hiking and camping in the summers. They also dedicated to cheering on their favorite teams: KU, Chiefs and the Royals and cannot wait to return to the games in person!
Amanda Benitez – ICU Supervisor
Amanda is originally from California and moved here in 2016. She attended the University of California, Davis, and graduated in 2011 with a B.S in Animal Science with an emphasis on companion and captive animals. She has been working in the veterinary field since graduating and found her passion in inpatient care. It is the little things we are able to do in our intensive care unit that mean the most to her. Giving a sick pet extra cuddles, a rambunctious puppy a toy to play with or even setting up a movie for an anxious pet to watch so they do not feel alone.
Her passions outside of work include kickboxing and hiking with her two dogs, Onyx and Koda.
Megan Ogan – ICU supervisor
Megan was born and raised in southwest Montana where she found her passion for science and animal care at a young age. She started her pursuit of animal care, knowledge, and eventually leadership in 4-H.
Megan’s veterinary career began in Montana in 2007 as a kennel assistant and quickly evolved into a veterinary assistant. As her knowledge grew, so did her newfound love of veterinary medicine. After three years of working in a mixed animal practice, Megan moved to Colorado to further her education in veterinary medicine.
Megan graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2014 and was certified as a veterinary technician soon after. That same year, Megan found her niche in the veterinary world- Emergency and Critical Care and cannot imagine doing anything else.
Her passion for emergency and critical care is vast, yet she truly enjoys the stabilization and long-term care of critically ill patients with focuses in shock, sepsis, electrolyte disorders, and CPR. Megan joined Animal Emergency Care at the end of 2019 as an overnight intensive care certified veterinary technician and is now currently AERC’s Overnight ICU Supervisor.
When not at work or geeking out in a vet-med book, Megan can be found spending time with her husband, two dogs, and two cats. She enjoys black and white photography, nights in the yard around the fire pit, and a good game night- whether that is cards, a board game, or Nintendo (old and new!).