Dr. Laurie Clauss, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Clauss has been a lover of cats since her early childhood. A graduate of Colorado State University's Veterinary School in 1994, she practiced in Seattle for a few years before moving back to our beautiful state. Fulfilling a lifelong dream, she opened CatTails Feline Health Center in 2003. She is currently working toward board certification in feline medicine and continues to advance her knowledge through continuing education focusing on cats. When not at the hospital, you may find her spending time with her own clowder of cats, or her wonderfully patient human family. She also enjoys vegetarian dining and running outside whenever possible. Dr. Clauss is extraordinarily gentle and thorough in diagnosing and managing her feline patients' care. She strives to treat your cat as she would her own and appreciates the bonds that develop between kitties and their people.
Dr. Melissa Guillory, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Originally from Louisiana, Dr. Guillory is a graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College. Her love of felines initiated her path in veterinary medicine, beginning with taming feral kittens as a toddler, and then volunteering at a local shelter in the cat ward during college while studying Dietetics. Dr. Guillory has lived in Canada, as well as practiced veterinary medicine in Alaska and Montana before realizing her true passion lies with feline medicine. Clinical interests include geriatrics, internal medicine, nutrition, and dentistry. She enjoys fostering the unique bond shared between humans and cats as well as providing the best care for your cherished companion. She feels privileged to be a team member at CatTails Feline Health Center. When not working, she enjoys running, reading, and spending creative time in the kitchen. She shares her life with her husband (also a veterinarian), their dog Harper, and cat Cecilia.
Guy Dufort, Practice Manager
Guy has been the Practice Manager for CatTails since 2005. Prior to this he was employed as the AV manager for the Marriott Luxury and Wyndham Grand Hotels. Throughout his entire adult life Guy has also been and continues to be a professional musician, performing with local and national acts as well as recording for original artists, radio and television ads. Guy resides in Colorado Springs with his wife, who is also a Veterinary Practice Manager, and their family of pampered felines. Guy enjoys skiing in Colorado, woodworking, gourmet cooking, musical composition and arranging. "I continue to feel honored and privileged to be a part of the finest cat hospital in the region."
Ali, Lead Certified Veterinary Technician
Ali graduated in 2006 from Bel-Rea with an Associates of Applied Science in Animal Technology. While getting her education, she volunteered with Animal Emergency Care Center, and worked for 2 years in small animal practice. She is originally from Florida, but moved to Colorado when she was 2. She has a 13 year old son named Alex, and has three cats Tinga, Molly and Sebastian, along with 2 turtles, Pudge and Smudge. In her free time, Ali enjoys reading, gardening, making cards and rock climbing. She is also studying to become a licensed pyrotechnician, and is apprenticing with her brother, JR. Ali is our lead Certified Veterinary Technician here at CatTails, and has worked here since 2008.
Kate, Client Service Representative
Kate has been with CatTails since 2005, and loves everything "kitty." She was born in England and came to the states with her parents when they immigrated. She enjoys traveling, and has many fun stories about her adventures! She also likes reading, gardening, long walks, foreign movies, and spending time at home with her own kitties and family.
Yashira, Veterinary Assistant
Yashira graduated from PIMA Medical Institute as a Veterinary Assistant. She loves animals of all kinds, and has several of her own, including 4 dogs, 2 cats, 3 parakeets, and a few Koi. She enjoys spending time with her 2 year old daughter, including doing crafts, hiking and dancing.