Dr. Yvonne Knapp - Dr. Rob Leenerts - Festival Animal Clinic Highlands Ranch, CO

Dr. Yvonne Knapp
Dr. Yvonne Knapp has been a lifelong lover of animals and grew up in Carson City, Nevada, where she continually surprised her family with a multitude of pets. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno where she got her bachelors of science degree in Animal Science and then went on to the Ohio State University where she received her DVM degree in 1989. She has worked at a variety of veterinary hospitals in Nevada and Colorado and was graciously offered the opportunity to purchase the Festival Animal Clinic from Dr. Kim Saltus in 2012 with Dr. Rob Leenerts, where she is fully enjoying the clients and staff of this long time Centennial veterinary practice for our beloved animal family members.

Dr. Knapp’s special areas of interest include: internal medicine, dentistry and feline medicine. Dr. Knapp feels very blessed to live in the beautiful state of Colorado and enjoys spending time with her husband and adult children. She enjoys outdoor activities including tennis, hiking and skiing. She has had many pets over the years but now has “Buckeye”, a very loving and devoted Pointer, named for her vet school alma mater.

Dr. Rob Leenerts
Dr. Rob Leenerts is a Colorado native and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 1986. Upon graduation, he practiced in Northern California for 10 years before returning to Colorado. He has worked at practices in Broomfield, Parker and Lone Tree before having the opportunity to partner with Dr. Knapp in the purchase of Festival Animal Clinic in July, 2012. In the spring of 2009, Dr. Leenerts completed training and certification in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture at the Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He currently provides medical acupuncture to dogs and cats at our facility and enjoys the interactions he has with the pets and their human companions.

Dr. Leenerts lives south of Parker with his wife, Kay. They have an adult daughter and son and share their home with a menagerie of pets including a Shih-tzu named Micah, a Dachshund/Chihuahua named Gabe and two cats, Mango and Delli. Dr. Leenerts enjoys hiking, camping, biking, playing tennis and participating in the world wide treasure hunting game of geocaching. He also is a sign language interpreter and provides this service weekly at the church he attends as well as for our hearing impaired clients.

KarenKaren is a native of Colorado where she graduated from High School. She has been in the veterinary field since 1992 when she started out working in the kennels at a local emergency clinic. She has been with Festival Animal Clinic since 1998 as both a receptionist and technician. She enjoys all aspects of her job and especially wants to make sure our clients and patients are happy and comfortable. Karen is married with two grown children and three grandsons. Outside of work she enjoys the outdoors, hiking with her dog, horseback riding, camping and traveling.

stephanieStephanie graduated from Bel Rae Institute where she received her degree as a certified technician in 1986. Steph enjoys interacting with our clients as well as administering treatments and nursing her patients. She is also very interested in dentistry and assisting with surgery. Steph has two grown children and 1 dog and 2 cats. Her hobbies include biking, hiking and reading.

janelleJanelle graduated from the Bel Rea Institute with an associate’s degree in applied sciences and then went on to become a certified veterinary technician. Janelle joined our team in September, 2007. Along the way she has worked at a large multi-doctor veterinary practice as well as a busy emergency practice. She found she loved the more personal aspects of working at a smaller practice where she can build relationships with clients and their pets and provide more personalized and exceptional care to patients. Janelle’s passion includes dentistry and client education. In her free time she can be found spoiling her lovely boys.

AshleyAshley is a graduate of the Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology and has been a veterinary technician since 2005. She has been with Festival Animal Clinic since 2014 and has enthralled us with her distraction technique (yodeling) with our patients as well as her knowledge of classic rock. She has great love and affection for all pets and enjoys their individual personalities. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and her budgie “Skybird” and watching football. Go Broncos!!


Yuko was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Cincinnati, OH with her husband in 1999.  She undertook the veterinary technology program at University of Cincinnati, earned an Associate of Applied Science degree and became a credentialed technician in 2005.  Upon graduation, her family moved to Colorado and she started work as a certified veterinary technician in the south Denver area. Yuko has two senior Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Toby and Emma plus an 18-year-old cat Yoda.  Yuko’s professional interests include senior care, dentistry, and cardiology.  In her free time, Yuko enjoys practicing yoga, going hiking and skiing along with her teenage son.