Dr. Claire Lodahl
Dr. Claire Lodahl graduated in 1980 from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Her extensive experience in practice includes working in both small animal and mixed practices in Upstate New York, Idaho, Alaska , Colorado, and New Mexico. Some of her more unusual experiences included working on Iditarod sled dog teams in Alaska, consulting on alternative therapies for horses in Ireland, and speaking on her experience with alternative therapies at international conferences. She especially enjoys working with a wide variety of animals, and has experience which includes cats, dogs, and exotics, llamas and alpacas, small ruminants, horses, emus, buffalo and African lions and elephants. In the Durango area, she worked in both Cortez and Farmington in mixed practices before deciding to start her own practice here at Kindness Animal Hospital, which has been open since January1st, 2007. Starting as a mixed practice for all animals, the practice is now focused primarily on small animals.
Teresa Moffit


Teresa Moffit works for us as a Veterinary Assistant and Technician. In her words, ” With seven years of experience in the Veterinary world, I find it both a passion and a calling. Helping pets and their owners is a joy. When outside of the hospital I enjoy outdoor activities with my fur baby and my daughter.”

Eric Akin


Eric Akin works for us as a Veterinary Assistant and Tech. He started out in Vet Medicine at the La Plata County Humane Society in 2010, and has helped out with many aspects of shelter medicine, including spay and neuter clinics. He has a Boxer Mix puppy, a Bearded Collie, and 2 black cats at home.

Hallie Taylor


Hallie Taylor works for us as a Receptionist and Veterinary Assistant. She has practiced as a Canine Massage Therapist since 2015. She is a lifelong Durango resident and loves spending her free time outdoors with her family and two dogs.

Alyssa Wineholt


Alyssa Wineholt is our afternoon Receptionist. She has volunteered at local shelters and has a passion for animals. Outside of work, she enjoys weight lifting with her husband, and caring for her small children.

Grace Stroud


Grace Stroud works for us as a Receptionist and Veterinary Assistant. She attends Fort Lewis College, and has a deep compassion and love for all animals. She enjoys playing guitar and bass in her free time, and loves her dog “Bonnie,” a Lab/Aussie mix.