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Colorado Springs Veterinary Surgery and Rehab Center Colorado Springs Veterinary Surgery and Rehab Center

Call us today: (719) 424‑7252
1603 West Colorado Avenue, Suite B,
Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Meet Our Staff


Marlin Geist

Dr. Marlin Geist

Dr. Geist feels it is a great privilege to provide care for you and your pet, combining sincere compassion with the most up-to-date medicine and surgery. He grew up enjoying science, but also loved animals and set his sights on being a veterinarian at an early age. Dr. Geist is passionate about a profession in which he can provide support and education for people as well as affection and medical care for animals. He takes great pride in his client sensitivity, consultation, and communication skills, and is excited to offer a wide array of surgical services at Colorado Springs Veterinary Surgery and Rehab Center/Westside Animal Hospital.

Dr. Geist became a veterinarian in 1996 from Washington State University, where he was recognized with a surgical scholarship. After 2 years in a general practice, he began advanced training in orthopedic (bones, joints, etc.) and soft tissue surgery. Specifically, such training included complex fracture repair, master of osteotomy (correcting deformities, birth defects, and surgical complications), arthroscopy, and other surgical techniques. Dr. Geist has also pursued advanced training in soft tissue, abdominal, and emergency surgical techniques. In 2004 he moved to California to practice emergency medicine and founded his own business, providing surgical services to a large, underserved area between San Francisco and Los Angeles. This included general & orthopedic surgery as well as minimally invasive surgery (endoscopy).

Dr. Geist has special interest in TPLO and other methods of joint repairs, endoscopic surgeries (GI flexible endoscopy, laparoscopy and minimally invasive spay/neuter/gastropexy, etc.), as well as wound healing/plastic surgery. Medically, he enjoys prevention/management of painful conditions, treatment of cancers, preventive health, and regenerative medicine.

Kelly Hutchison

Dr. Kelly Hutchison

Dr. Kelly Hutchison received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University (2011), Certification in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (2013) and Certification in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture from Colorado State University (2017). She is passionate about her patients’ quality of life and has pursued many opportunities to learn about different modalities for decreasing pain and increasing comfort.

Dr. Hutchison believes that by combining traditional veterinary medicine with both new and ancient technologies she can help her patients achieve their highest quality of life. That belief is the impetus behind her transition from general practice to a focus on veterinary rehabilitation, acupuncture, and geriatric/hospice medicine in 2020. Dr. Hutchison is enthusiastic about the opportunity to work closely with clients, helping them understand the processes behind their pets' various conditions, and discovering that there is more than one way to address pain and quality of life.

Outside of the office, Dr. Hutchison’s passions are inspired and supported by her husband, veterinary pathologist, and mobile end-of-life care veterinarian Rob Hutchison, and her vibrant, spirited, animal-loving daughter Fiona. Her furry family of two dogs and two kitties provide comic relief and inspiration as well. On her days off she can be found hiking, running, doing yoga, cooking, and reading.

Our Staff

Courtney Rather

Courtney Rather

Courtney has been a Colorado resident since 2001 and has always had a special love for helping animals.  She attended PIMA Medical Institute, completing the Veterinary Assistant Certification in 2013, then went on to achieve an associate degree in Veterinary Technology, becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2016.  Over the years in practice and participation in many continuing education classes, Courtney found a new love for helping animals through touch.

In January 2019, she received her Canine Therapeutic Massage Therapist Certification after completing the 18-month course at Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage.  Courtney has helped many dogs become comfortable with other people's touch, separation anxiety issues, and help with day to day activities that put major stress on the body & muscles.

At Colorado Springs Veterinary Surgery and Rehab Center, Courtney is passionate about working together with Dr. Hutchison to return patients to optimum health and mobility.  She is tireless in her efforts to ensure the clients’ goals are met for their beloved companions.

Courtney plans on pursing certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse to expand her knowledge and ability to provide comprehensive rehabilitation assistance to her patients.

In her free time, Courtney enjoys crafting, hiking, and spending time with her husband and furry loved ones.