Beth Flax, DVM

Dr. Beth Flax is originally from Lincoln, Nebraska. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 2018 with a BS in Biomedical Science and from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine with her DVM in 2022. She is married to the "other" Dr. Shaylee Flax at Swartz Veterinary Hospital. They love to spend their free time outdoors with their two golden doodles, Sandy and Saige. Dr. Beth has a special passion for zoo and exotic animals and has completed multiple specialty exotic internships. 

Tammy Swartz, DVM

Dr Tammy Swartz is a native of northwest Kansas . She was born and raised on a small family farm near Russell Springs . She is a 1992 graduate of Tri-plains High School and a 1993 graduate of Colby Community College . Dr. Tammy Swartz graduated from Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. Dr. Swartz and her husband, Cory, have two bright and vivacious daughters, April and Brittany. Dr. Swartz is proud to once again be a part of the Colby Community. The community has greeted her with such open arms. She welcomes everyone to come in and meet her and her staff.

Shelby Palmgren, DVM


Gwen Burr, Office Assistant

Gwen is from Bird City, Kansas and moved to Colby in 2021 to be closer to her boyfriend Lucas and his son Alex. She started at Swartz Vet Hospital in November of 2021. They have a dog named Jaeger and a cat named Ivory. In her free time she loves to spend quality time with her family.

Lei Ann Barnett

Lei Ann is originally from Syracuse, Nebraska. She moved to Colby in 1981. Lei Ann started out as a Vet Assistant and eventually started grooming and boarding on her own. She has been in the pet care industry for 39 years! Lei Ann and her husband Tim have 3 grown children named Ross, Cassondra, and Trey. They are blessed with 4 grandkids! In her free time, Lei Ann prefers to be at home with all her animals and spending time with their grandkids and attending their events. 


Allie grew up in Paola, KS and moved to Brewster in 2019. She graduated from Colby Community College from the Veterinary Nursing program. She has 0 kids but plenty of pets. She owns a bearded dragon named Ruby, two cats named Dexter and Rigby, a beagle named Cash, and a border collie named Waylon. She has always loved all sorts of animals from a young age. Allie loves to spend time with her pets, family, and friends.

Shaylee Flax, DVM

Dr. Shaylee Flax is originally from WaKeeney, Kansas. She attended Fort Hays State University and graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2022. She is our large animal veterinarian and has a passion for cow/calf productions. During her time at KSU, Dr. Shaylee was one of five students in her class to be selected into the Veterinary Training Program of Rural Kansas (or "VTPRK"). This is a prestigious scholarship program that offers financial assistance for veterinarians who wish to serve underserved counties throughout the Sunflower State. 

Dr. Shelby Palmgren graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998.  She chose a career in veterinary medicine because of her love of animals.  She lives on a farm south of Levant with her  husband Travis, daughter Kelly,  sons Gus and Jake, dogs Jack and Casey and many other beautiful creatures.  

1775 W 4th St

Colby, KS 67701

(785) 460-1078



​Allie Hamm, RVT

Heather Befort, Vet Assistant

Heather is from Hays, Kansas and moved to Colby in July of 2022. She graduated form Fort Hays State University in May of 2022 with a BS in Animal Science. Heather plans to attend the veterinarian technician program at Colby Community College starting in January of 2023. She has a horse named Misty, a dog named Bucky and 3 cats named Simba, Penny and Nikita. In her free time, she loves to spend quality time with family, her boyfriend Tyler, and friends. She also has a passion for reading and art.

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Office Assistants

Leona Powell, Vet Assistant

Leona is from Yuma, Colorado and moved to Colby in August of 2021 to attend the Veterinary Nursing Program at Colby Community College. She is on track to graduate in May of 2024. Leona has two dogs named Bandit and Bailey. In her free time, she loves to go on walks with her dogs and also enjoys
4-wheeling and tractor pulling. 

Lindsey Willis, Office Assistant

Lindsey is from Benkelman, Nebraska and moved to Colby in November of 2021. Lindsey has 1 cat named "Gamora" who she rescued in September '21. In Lindsey's free time she loves to go camping, hiking and traveling. 

Tuesday 8am-7pm

Wednesday to Friday 8am-5pm

Saturday 8am-Noon

Closed Sunday & Monday

Teresa Atwood, Office Assistant

Teresa was born and raised in Sublette, KS then moved to Colby in 1995.  She has an Associates degree in Business.  Teresa married Chris Atwood in 1997. They have 2 dogs and 3 cats and reside in Goodland, KS. She started working at Swartz Veterinary Hospital in September of 2015.  Outside of her dedication to her job and love for animals, Teresa enjoys spending her free time with her husband and pets.  

Sophia Burton, Vet Assistant

Sophia is originally from Wyoming and moved to Colby in 2014. She graduated high school from Colby and started working at Swartz Veterinary Hospital in October of 2021. Before she started as a Vet Assistant, she used to help our wonderful groomer Lei Ann bathe and groom dogs! Sophia has two dogs of her own named Lucy and Zeus. In her free time, she likes to get her hands dirty in other ways by helping her boyfriend work on his race truck, spending time with her nieces and cuddling on the couch with her dogs. 
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