Our Staff

Our Staff

Amber Jaramillo

Vet Tech Assistant
Amber’s sparkling personality is as sweet and strong as her favorite chai latte; well balanced between kindness and strength, she is perfectly suited to help animals and their people.

Dedicated and dependable, Amber puts her best foot forward from the minute she enters the hospital. She got her start with us in doggy daycare, but she has had long-time aspirations of becoming a veterinary technician. Working at Mountain Ridge has inspired in her the realization that animals are her passion, and she loves the idea of dedicating her life to their care. Her long-term goals include working in the equine field and at a large animal practice, and she hopes to have her own ranch one day with her future husband, Jordan. They are currently busy raising two handsome little boys and a sweet baby girl. Of course, their already bustling home wouldn’t be complete without fur babies, which include four cats and a German Shepherd Dog.

Tidbits and Trifles

Moana – Amber was born in Honolulu and spent part of her childhood there.
Singing – We also call her Moana because she has pipes that won’t quit.
Almost Famous – Speaking of singing, Amber was slated to try out for American Idol when she was 16, but chose other priorities over stardom.
Sweethearts – She knew her fiancé in high school, and after graduation they reconnected following two years of absence; hers is a real life love story.

A Day in the Life:

What is your favorite part about the adventure of motherhood?

Having 3 kiddos under the age of 4 is a challenge, but a fun one at that! I love being a mother, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. All the little things they do brighten my day, and make my world worth living in, from the smiles and running hugs I get the instant they see me after I get home from work, to my toddler randomly saying, “Mommy, I love you.” Boys are fun and energetic, and my boys are on the tougher side. I’m sure my little girl will be just as tough, if not tougher!

What is one of the things you love most about your job?

I love my job all around, and it’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly what I love the most. I get to bring my dog to work with me every day, where she is allowed to hang out at the front desk or cozy in a kennel near me. I get to work closely with animals and know them on a personal level. My job has inspired me in so many different ways, and has helped me grow as a person. I’ve had the opportunity to come out of my shell, and I love the people I work with; it’s like a home away from home for me.

Do you get to spend much time in Hawaii visiting your family? Would you ever move back?

I haven’t been back to Hawaii since my family moved here to Colorado. I’m unsure that I would ever move back now that I have my own family to look after, and Hawaii is a bit expensive. However, I would love to go back and visit one day.

Sarah Ludlam

Head of Client Relations
Kind, intelligent, and dedicated, Sarah lives with both feet on the ground while finding joy in her work on the daily.

A coffee-loving Colorado native, Sarah was originally a member of our doggie daycare staff. She worked her way up to the reception desk – literally! Our daycare is downstairs. Her pleasant and even-tempered disposition make her a perfect fit to work with animals. With her natural talent for canine communication, it was no surprise when she left us for a short period to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. When she’s not helping other people with their pets, Sarah enjoys going to dog parks with her own pup, Sawyer. She also shares her home with Rowdy the cat and her boyfriend, Brandon.

Tidbits and Trifles

Life-saver: Sarah completed an American Red Cross pet first aid course.
Birds of a feather: For a long time, she had a conure named Sebastian.
Seaworthy: Sarah’s favorite colors are blue and green.
Bragging rights: She won her fantasy football league this year.

A Day in the Life:

Tell us about an aspect of dog training that fascinates you.

Search and Rescue. I love watching dogs work and find it amazing how they can stay focused.

What part of your work week do you most enjoy?

Every Friday at lunch, I take Sawyer to the dog park and he gets to play with Amber’s dog, Cheyenne.

You love both dogs and cats; if you could live as one or the other, which would you choose?

Dog! I think I would have more adventures.

If you could only have one thing from Starbucks for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Can’t live without the Caramel Frappuccino.

Cassandra Nerby

Creative Director
Casey’s quirky personality and whimsical nature make her an appropriate candidate to handle the creative side of the hospital business.

Making it a goal to keep on the sunny side of life, Casey tries to inspire optimism and joy in the everyday routine of her coworkers. She believes that you’re never fully dressed without a smile. Originally from Wyoming, she describes herself as a cosmopolitan country gal; she is as much at home fly fishing or hunting elk in the Wind River Mountains as she is wandering the streets of Paris. She studied abroad in France while earning her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in French from the University of Wyoming. Life takes its turns and she found herself in Colorado, where she became a part of the Mountain Ridge family. Outside of work, she likes spending time hiking, camping, kayaking, or cross-country skiing. Addicted to fitness, she is somewhat of a gym rat, always intent on improving herself. She also enjoys reading and cooking and spending time at home with her future husband Ken and their cat, Pawdrey Hepburn.

Tidbits and Trifles

Sew-sew: Casey has a habit of quilting in her spare time.
Expect the unexpected: She is trained in the martial art of Krav Maga.
We need more teeth: Casey loves sharks and dinosaurs.
Tooting her own horn: A clarinetist for the better part of 18 years, she plays in the Longmont Concert Band.

A Day in the Life:

So, what’s the deal with all the French?

That’s a question I’m used to. I started studying French in junior high, and I had a natural aptitude for the language, so I kept studying it. By the time I went to college, I loved it more than any other subject, so I stuck with it. Language is just easy for me; French, Spanish, English – it just seems to be my thing.

This wasn’t your plan, but now that you’re here, what do you enjoy most about working in an animal hospital?

I started here because I’ve had dogs and cats all my life; I love animals. I love the idea that I can play some part in helping them to live long, healthy lives. I really enjoy that I get to let my creative side run wild at work. I also love to sing with Lacey and Amber when we’re at work together!

What was your favorite thing about your time in France?

It’s hard to pick. Paris is a beautiful city; I love the history, the museums, and of all the monuments I’ve seen, the Eiffel Tower is my favorite. Normandy, though, is really where I left a piece of my heart. Most of my studying and living was there, and every day from that time is a memory that I treasure.

If you could ask your cat three questions, what would you ask?

If she deigned to reply, I would ask her the following: 1. What is your name? She’s on the books as Pawdrey but we call her Kitten a lot, and I wonder if cats have their own cat names. 2. How much time do you really spend on the countertops while you have the place to yourself? I’ve found her little pawprints on the stainless stovetop. 3. What is your perception of what the world is? She is an indoor cat, so I wonder if her few trips outside and in the car give her any sense of how much world there is outside of her home.

Jessica Tumath

CVT, Head Technician
Jess puts her heart into her job every day. Her outstanding compassion for people and their companions shines through with each and every patient in her care.

Ever since childhood, Jess was determined to work with animals. Immediately after graduating high school, she went to college to study veterinary medicine. She graduated from Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology in March 2014 and joined the Mountain Ridge family that June. Her love of animals was born early; as an only child, she found furry siblings in her family pets. She now finds companionship in her own pets, including an orange tabby named Tuna, a Goldendoodle puppy named Cider and goldfish with various food names. Although she loves cats and dogs, her spirit animal is the sea turtle! Jess enjoys spending time with her human friends and family, and she lists camping, cooking, going to country concerts, dancing, and traveling among her favorite activities. She is a Colorado native.

Tidbits and Trifles

Deep blue sea – The ocean is her happy place; Jess says the sound of waves rolling onto the beach is the most relaxing sound on earth.
Green thumb – Jess enjoys taking care of indoor plants and an outdoor garden.
Blood and guts – Jess and her boyfriend Nathan are very similar until it comes to watching Grey’s Anatomy when she finds herself on her own.
Pet names – Her pets are named after food in the tradition of her family pets growing up; Snickers, Chili, and Cayenne.

A Day in the Life:

What jams get you pumped up for work?

Any song with a good beat gets me pumped up!

What is one of your favorite things in your vet tech routine?

My favorite thing is when a cat or dog comes in for an appointment and I can still remember them from when they first came in as kittens and pups!

We understand that you have a special affection for sea turtles. What do you love most about them? Have you had the chance to swim with one?

I did swim with the sea turtles in Cancun, Mexico; it was one of the top things on my bucket list!

I love what sea turtles symbolize. Here is “Advice From A Sea Turtle,” which I think can be applied to daily life: Swim with the current, Be a good navigator, Stay calm under pressure, Be Well Traveled, Be at ease in your own shell.

Brianna McEntee

Doggie Daycare Attendant
Bri’s naturally sweet and gentle demeanor combined with her love of dogs makes her a perfect fit for our daycare staff. Her enthusiasm is an uplifting part of everyday operations at Mountain Ridge.

Always attentive and conscientious, Bri’s love for our guests in doggie daycare is evident every time she comes to work. Dogs have been lifelong companions for her; growing up here in Colorado, her family’s dog was a Schnauzer named Pepper. Bri now has a dog of her own, Zeus, and two cats named Aphrodite and Persephone. In her spare time, when she’s not hanging out with her boyfriend and her furry family, she can often be found with the rest of her human friends and family. She enjoys reading, as well as testing new recipes in her kitchen.

Tidbits and Trifles

Wanderlust: Bri has never been out of the country, but she’d love to visit London.
Muggle-born: Speaking of merry old England, she’s a big Harry Potter fan.
Matter over mind: Bri was originally going to school to study psychology but decided recently to switch to animal medicine instead.
Unique ink: She currently has four tattoos—a bird, a fox, a quote, and a mandala.

A Day in the Life:

What song gets you ready to start the day?

Beautiful Trauma by P!ink.

What’s the story behind the Greek-inspired pet names?

We thought it would be funny to name my 10-pound Chihuahua Zeus, and when we got my cats, we just decided to continue the theme. We want our next dog to be a German Shepherd named Hades.

If you could be any breed of dog, what would you choose?

I have a soft spot for Huskies and Pits!

What do you look forward to most coming to work?

I love being able to play fetch with the dogs in the morning for a couple of hours! But my favorite part of the day is when the pups get sleepy around the end of the day and come up wanting cuddles.

Kitana Jaramillo

Receptionist and Vet Tech Assistant
Kiki’s tranquil nature provides balance to the wild world of dogs at play without suppressing her perpetual enthusiasm for taking care of our daycare guests.

With her personality that lights up a room, Kiki is a delightful addition to the Mountain Ridge family. And we mean that literally; as their surnames would suggest, Kiki and Amber are sisters! Unlike Amber, however, Kiki is a Colorado native, born and raised in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Kiki names family as the most important part of her life, and she loves the chance to work with hers almost every day. She shares her home with two fur babies, Kalani and Cali, with whom she enjoys spending time when she’s not playing with her dog friends at work. Kiki admits that she loves to sing, but that she’s shy about it, much to the disappointment of those of us who know she has a lovely voice! Her current life philosophy is to continually work toward a brighter future for herself.

Tidbits and Trifles

Equinox enthusiast – Spring and autumn are Kiki’s preferred seasons.
Landlocked state – She does not eat seafood. Full stop.
Violets are.. violet? – Kiki’s favorite color is purple.
Unforgettable – She loves elephants!

A Day in the Life:

If you knew no one was watching, what song would be your favorite to belt out?

I would sing the song Hallelujah; the sound is so pure and I love singing this song with my sister.

What do you look forward to most in your work week?

I look forward to seeing all my little fur friends. I genuinely enjoy being around the dogs.

If you could be any breed of dog, what would you choose?

I’d choose to be a pit bull. I think they’re absolutely beautiful. They are my favorite breed. I wish people would understand how loving and caring this breed is; they’re so misunderstood.

What’s your approach to wrangling a wide variety of dog temperaments?

Wrangling a variety of dog temperaments definitely takes patience. If you take time to get to know the dogs on a personal level, you understand their temperaments better.

Colin Abel

Doggie Daycare Attendant
Colin’s level-headedness and calm demeanor are well suited to captain the daycare team.

From Washington State, Colin spent his younger years in central Washington. His love of dogs is easy to see, and his affinity for animals had him caring for stray dogs and barn cats on the orchards where he grew up. He spent his adult life in Seattle, and he nearly went to professional wrestling school after completing his high school education. Fortunately for us, he landed in Colorado, and found a way to continue his passion for helping animals with us, watching over our daycare friends. In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games and board games, and hanging out with his dog Reeces.

Tidbits and Trifles

Artistic license: Colin has written and drawn comics that have been published.
A missing piece: He shared with us that he has no gallbladder.
Short on senses: Colin has very little sense of smell, which might help him out sometimes in doggy daycare!
Variety is the spice of life: The orchards he grew up on produced apples, cherries, pears, prunes, and peaches!

A Day in the Life:

From your wide variety of interests and talents, what made you choose animals?

I grew up catching stray barn kittens with no mothers, and taking care of stray dogs dropped off by people. I’ve always had a close relationship with animals.

Which dog breed do you think most closely matches your personality?

That’s hard to pick! American Bulldog, maybe?

What is your favorite part of your job?

Cuddling with the dogs during periods of low energy.

Kelsey Drenker

Kind and compassionate, Kelsey brings a warm glow to the medical team at Mountain Ridge.

From Los Altos in the Bay Area of California, Kelsey has been making a life in Colorado for almost five years. As those of us who live here know, it is impossible not to fall in love with the Rocky Mountains, which is why she stayed. Her love of caring for animals originated from the horseback riding she grew up with, and while she no longer has horses of her own, they still occupy a special place in her heart. She takes time to go camping in the summer and snowboarding in the winter when she’s not looking after our patients in the hospital. Her favorite activity is going on hikes with her dog, Bear.

Tidbits and Trifles

Globetrotter: Kelsey studied abroad in Amsterdam during college.
Rescuer: She adopted Bear from the Denver Dumb Friends League.
14er: Kelsey climbed Mt Bierstadt! Goal accomplished.
Start ‘em young: As a child, she found a stray that turned out to be their first family cat.

A Day in the Life:

What do you love most about working at Mountain Ridge?

The sense of community with our staff. I love feeling like I’m coming to work with my friends!

What are your goals for your career in veterinary medicine?

I’m a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse, and I want continue that line of education to achieve certification in canine massage therapy. Additionally, I want to become a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer. I love helping dogs live their best life!

Where is your favorite place to hike with Bear?

It’s hard to decide! I’d say one of our go-to hikes is Silver Dollar Lake, by Georgetown.


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