In order to offer emergency services on a regular basis, we have a team of qualified veterinarians available; our veterinary technicians and other staff members are also here to assist our doctors in providing outstanding care for you and your pet. Whether you have a pet who is in shock or a pet with a fracture, our team of veterinary professionals provides prompt care. We handle over 10,000 emergency cases each year and are fully prepared to help your pets when needed. Some of the conditions that our emergency veterinarian treats include trauma, shock, seizures, bleeding, allergic reactions and fractures or dislocations. We also have the equipment and experience needed to treat fainting, eye injuries, snake bites, poison, hypothermia and respiratory distress.


Ashley Sides, DVM – Medical Director

Dr. Sides is originally from North Carolina and received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then moved to Gainesville, FL and graduated with honors from the University of Florida with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2002. An internship in small animal medicine in surgery at Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado brought her to Ft Collins in 2002 after graduation from vet school. She moved to Colorado Springs in 2003 and has been a part of the team at Animal Emergency Care Centers ever since. She is especially interested in soft tissue surgery and critical care medicine.

Outside of work, Dr. Sides enjoys traveling, camping, photography, hiking, painting, rock climbing and snowboarding. She has 3 dogs (Kobie, a lab, and Lance & Luke, Chihuahuas) and 4 cats (Moses, Sammi, Talus and Coolie).


Gabrielle David – Technician / CEO

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.


Heather Matz, DVM

After growing up in Washington state, Dr. Matz attended Georgia Tech for her undergraduate and received her degree in biology in 2007. She then graduated with honors from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her DVM degree in 2011. Following veterinary school, Dr. Matz moved to Colorado to explore the mountains. She has been practicing in Colorado Springs since graduation in both emergency and general medicine where she specialized in critical care and surgery. Outside of work she enjoys ironman triathlons, 14ers, skiing, and playing with her two dogs, Splash and Uli, and her cat Meowface.