Our Staff

Dr. Norton and a vet technician carefully examine a big dog.

Jeffry S. Norton, DVM, Owner

Clear Creek Veterinary Clinic has been located at 1209 Miner Street in Idaho Springs, Colorado since 1995. Dr. Norton purchased the practice in 1984 and incorporated it in 1993.

Dr. Norton earned a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. From 1981 to 1984, he held Associate Veterinarian positions in Twin Falls, Idaho and then in Redding, California. He is a Colorado native and a long-time member of the Idaho Springs Elks Lodge and Lions Club. In the Lions Club, he has served in every elected office (Treasurer since 1996) and on the scholarship committee for over 25 years.

Linda Joy, Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Linda joined our practice in 2016. She performs technical functions to support the practice including radiology, laboratory surgical prep, monitoring anesthesia and filling prescriptions. She assists in the office too. Since 1995, she has worked as a CVT in Colorado Front Range small animal hospitals. She especially enjoys working with canine and feline patients and has two friendly, rescue cats of her own.

Ronnie Ratzloff, Associate Technician

Ronnie joined our staff in 2017. She has always had a passion for animals and is thrilled that she was able to turn this passion into a career. She was in the Douglas County 4-H program for 8-years where she showed pigs, sheep, steers and a heifer. She was also was in the 4-H dog program where she learned all the basics of dog training, and won State Fair Grand Champion in Showmanship and State Fair Reserve Grand Champion in Obedience. She became a 4-H dog leader for three years before moving to Idaho Springs in 2011. She continues to show and train in AKC, UKC and USDAA Dog Agility. She has an array of animals a Boxer, an Australian Shepherd, and a Mini Aussie. She also has a cat, two ferrets, a snake, a chameleon and a few fish.

Serenity Williams, Associate Technician

Serenity joined our staff in 2018. She grew up in Clear Creek County and is excited to be working here gaining hands on experience as she works towards her goal of becoming a certified veterinary technician. She has had a passion for helping animals her whole life and always knew this was the line of work meant for her. Outside of work she enjoys four-wheeling, fishing, spending time with friends and family, and of course, cuddling with her cat and two hound dogs.

Kerry Cass, Reception/Assistant

Kerry has been with us since 1997 and is our weekend receptionist. She originally cared for animals boarding here on the weekends, before we discontinued boarding services. She has worked as a school bus driver for seventeen years. She has a dog and a box turtle, but loves ALL animals!

Sobe, Australian Cattle Dog

Sobe’s name is short for “social butterfly.” She first came to the Clinic in 2011 when she needed a new home and help with an injured hip. We were honored to give her both. Since then, she has won us all over with her charm, social nature and sweet personality. She’s ridiculously smart and very quiet. She loves everybody…and the stem cell transplants that helped her hip so that she doesn’t need orthopedic surgery!

Nate, Box Turtle

Nate was found by a nice little boy who took him away from kids who were kicking him down the street. He’s been in our care and entertaining kids our sunny lobby for about fifteen years.

Mira, Siamese Cat

Mira (pronounced MEE-rah) found her home with us in the summer of 2018 after she was surrendered to a northern Colorado clinic. She had been attacked by a fox and was transferred to us with some brain and cranial nerve issues, unable to blink her left eye and running in circles to the left. She was a very docile kitten, but after a full recovery she is full of personality. She must have been born under a lucky star, so her name comes from the common name for Omicron Ceti, the most notable star in the constellation Cetus. Mira means “wonderful, astonishing” in Latin—which she is!