Steven E. Benscheidt, DVM
Steve was born and raised in La Junta, Colorado. He has had a strong interest in veterinary medicine since early childhood. He volunteered as a boy at the veterinary clinic in town. As a teen he was active in 4-H, raised Irish Setters and kept homing pigeons.
Steve went to CSU as an undergraduate where he studied pre-veterinary medicine. He graduated in 1980 with a DVM. He has been in practice ever since.
Dr. Benscheidt treats almost all species of animals. In addition to his scheduled appointments he does the emergency work for the clinic.
He enjoys helping others and volunteers with many different community organizations. He and his wife, Ena, share their home with family pets and farm animals. Their children are grown and they are blessed with grandchildren.
Melinda Wagner, DVM
Melinda is a 2nd generation Longmont native raised on a family dairy farm. Growing up she showed cattle, horses and a dachshund in 4-H. She graduated from Longmont High School and earned her DVM from Colorado State University in 1980.
Dr. Wagner is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association. In 2003 she became a CSU Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist.
With 3 grown children mostly “out of the nest,” she and her husband have a smaller household with Norman, the yellow lab, Delilah, the schnauzer and Montecore, the cat.
Melinda has been at Nelson Road since 1987 when she moved back to Longmont. She feels incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to interact with such caring people and to be a part of so many wonderful patients’ lives.
Tammy Wilson, DVM
Dr. Tammy Wilson was raised on a ranch in central Wyoming. Her relationship with animals began at a young age with a variety of household pets. Participation in 4-H included showing horses, sheep, swine and rabbits.
She attended undergraduate school at Casper College and the University of Wyoming earning bachelors degrees in Animal Science and Medical Technology/Pathology. She attended vet school at Colorado State University in Fort Collins before starting her first job at a mixed practice. Dr. Wilson has been with Nelson Road since early 2005. Her interests include nutrition, Internal medicine, arthritis management and preventative care.
In her spare time she enjoys hiking, riding horses, snowshoeing, yoga, cooking, travel and spending time with her husband and 7 year-old-son.
Merri, also a Colorado native, grew up on a dairy farm east of Longmont. She was involved in 4-H exhibiting beef cattle, learning how to cook and learning crochet. As a young girl she enjoyed accompanying her father to the sale barn and returning with orphan lambs which she raised on a bottle.
She graduated from Skyline High School and earned her degree from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. Merri has been with the clinic since 1989. Merri along with her son still live on the farm she was raised on. They live in the original farmhouse built in the late 1890s. They share their home with Aldo, the Chihuahua, and Hobo Tom, the cat.
In her spare time Merri enjoys working the farm, going to auctions, basketball and baseball games and supporting her great nephews and nieces in their extracurricular activities. Number 1 item on her bucket list? A Harley trike, canary yellow or candy apple red!
Jeanne was born in Maryland and spent her elementary school years there. It was during elementary school that she got her first dogs and began riding horses. After elementary school she moved with her family to Colorado. She graduated from Faith Baptist High School in Longmont and then attended college in Florida. After a couple of years in Florida Jeanne returned to Maryland to be near her extended family and that is where she got her start working in a vet clinic. She started as a kennel tech and worked her way up to vet assistant. Upon returning to Colorado she was hired at Nelson Road Vet Clinic and has now worked here since 2003. Jeanne enjoys living near the Colorado Rockies and spending time with her family and dogs and horses.
Colleen is a native of Colorado. She grew up west of Berthoud on the family farm. She joined
4-H at the age of 5 and continued until she was 18. While in 4-H she participated by showing cattle, sheep and her dog, Winchester. She also participated in shooting sports, excelling in archery.
She studied animal science at Northeastern Junior College for a year and then transferred to Front Range Community College where she received her Associate in Applied Science allowing her to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Shortly after graduating in 2008 she joined Nelson Road Veterinary Clinic. Most recently she has become a certified AI Technician and has started breeding her own cattle on the family farm in her free time. She also enjoys baking, spending time with her family and animals and just relaxing at home.
Ena was born in the west of Ireland and immigrated with her family to the United States . She became a naturalized citizen when she was a student. She loves living in America with opportunity everywhere. In Ireland her family still works a dairy farm in County Cork. She goes home as often as she can.
All of her life she has had a strong affection for dogs and has only recently fallen in love with cats. She loves springtime and new life, animal and plant. She is an avid gardener.
Ena enjoys walking, reading, gardening, taking pictures and most of all spending time with her family. She and Dr. Benscheidt share their home with farm and companion animals and some wild ones who fish the pond and alas, on occasion, rob the hen house.
Ena has been with Nelson Road Vet Clinic since 1992.