Our Staff

Our Staff

Amber Jaramillo

Head of Client Relations
Amber’s sparkling personality and down-to-earth leadership lend her the perfect balance between kindness and strength. She runs the front desk with exceptional efficiency.
Amber got her start with us in doggie daycare, but she has had long-time aspirations of becoming a veterinary technician. Working at Mountain Ridge she has realized 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 soon to add a baby girl to their beautiful family! 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 they reconnected two years after graduation. Hers is a real-life love story.

A Day in the Life:

You must be so excited for the baby girl. What do you think the most challenging part will be, compared to the boys?

To be honest, I can’t be 100% sure what I feel will be most challenging when she comes. I feel that just having three kiddos under the age of four will be a challenge in itself, 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 this 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 can hang out at the front desk with me. I get to work closely with animals and know them on a personal level. My job has inspired me in so many 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.

Lacey Quarles

Client Relations
A voyager and aspiring mermaid, Lacey brings whimsy and vivacity to our team every time she walks in the door.

With her sparkling smile and vibrant demeanor, Lacey elevates the Mountain Ridge family with joy. The light in her heart shines so brightly that sometimes the air around her seems to glitter, and she may as well ride a unicorn on a rainbow to work every day. (It would suit her better than the commute on 287.) Lacey’s life philosophy is that laughing and smiling will make her day, and hopefully someone else’s day, better. All Disney movies are Lacey’s favorite movies; an appropriate choice, considering that she is a real-life Disney princess. She lives in a cute little town (it’s a quiet village; every day like the one before), and she has two adorable dogs. Born in Arizona, Lacey grew up in Broomfield and loves exploring Colorado. The mountains truly call to her, and she especially enjoys spending time around the Grand Lake area in Rocky Mountain National Park in hopes of seeing a beautiful, majestic moose, which is her most favorite creature. Lacey spends a lot of time exploring and traveling with her husband and the rest of her family.

Tidbits and Trifles

Coffee hound: For Lacey, coffee = life; maybe that’s the secret to her vitality.
How far she’ll go: She wants to live on Moana’s native island of Motunui.
Ends of the earth: Lacey also thought she would live off the grid in Alaska, but she married a city boy instead! Plans change.
Adventure seeker: She is always ready to try something new, and most of the time she is glad she did.

A Day in the Life:

What is your idea of a perfect day hike?

A perfect hike would be early morning with both of my dogs on a cool day, friendly fellow hikers, and no bears! (Yikes!)

What do you enjoy most about coming to work?

I love the people I work with and I enjoy getting to know clients. Also, seeing puppies often is the best!

If you were given an all-expenses-paid trip, but you could only stay for three days, where would you go?

That’s easy! I would want to take a very special trip to the coast of South Africa to hopefully see a Great White Shark breach the water! It would be a once in a lifetime experience.

Do you think you’ll ever become a mermaid?

This is a life-long goal of mine. I think it can happen, but until it does, I am happy to visit the beach, swim in the ocean, and dream.

Angela Paugh

Client Relations and Internal Auditor
Ange’s boundless patience and superior problem-solving skills have earned her the rep of being our resident client communications guru.

A member of the Mountain Ridge family for over half a decade, Ange is our veteran receptionist. Dedicated to providing our clients with top quality service, her greatest strength is in recognizing people’s needs and finding resolutions. When she’s not here taking care of clients, Ange is busy taking care of her wonderful family. She and her husband, Rob, have four charming kiddos: Tre is 16 years old, Katie 14, Maddie 12, and DJ (aka Little Dude) rounds out the gang at three years old. Their home is also occupied by three dogs: Calypso the Akita, Daisy the Brussels Griffon, and Halas the Akita puppy. They live an active lifestyle, where they enjoy hiking, fishing, and camping when they’re not doing something related to football. Ange’s three oldest children are always participating in extracurricular activities, from church to cheerleading to playing football, and tackle football includes both of her daughters! Rob also coaches youth football, and Ange has been a team mom on multiple occasions for cheer and football. She is a staunch fan, on the field most weekends in the fall to support her family. When they’re not playing the game, the Paugh family can be found watching the pros.

Tidbits and Trifles

CVA: Ange graduated from PIMA Medical Center in 2011 with a Certification in Veterinary Assistance.
Jack of all Trades: She went to CCA right out of high school to study dog training and grooming, and she spent a stint on Long Island to continue her studies.
Rodeo gal: Ange participated in gymkhana and rodeo in high school. Her favorite events were barrel racing, pole bending, and keyhole.
Horse whisperer: She had a horse named Patches who was so convinced he was a dog that he walked right into her house one day!

A Day in the Life:

You are so busy; when you do find time for yourself, what are your favorite indulgences?

It’s hard to find time for myself; going to the gym at four a.m. most days is when I find that time. I also really love listening to live music, and dancing.

What is your mantra that gets you through the day?

There are 24 usable hours in every day. Train your mind to see the positive in every situation.

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

I love seeing all my wonderful co-workers; they are an extension of my family. I love the days when I make a difference. Even though we do the same tasks every day, each day is different.

Do you hope to get back into training and grooming at some point?

Not really. I enjoy doing those as more of a hobby these days. I love helping my friends and family with training. I do love the fact that I can take my dogs anywhere and I know they will behave!

Sarah Baca

Client Relations and Dog Trainer
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.

Holly Chrisman

CVT, Operations Director
With her can-do attitude and unceasing optimism, Holly is a driving force behind the success of Mountain Ridge. Her radiant smile and outstanding organizational skills make her an invaluable asset to the team.

Holly has been a CVT for the better part of a decade after graduating with her Veterinary Technician degree from Front Range Community College in Fort Collins. Before that, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Northern Colorado; she decided to make the career change from teaching to animals, and she couldn’t be happier. According to her, she has the best job in the world, and her enthusiasm shines through in her work every day. When she’s not happily working at Mountain Ridge, she’s happy at home with her husband, Biff, and their furry companions. They have two Dachshunds, Otis and Schroeder, a Goldendoodle named Otto, and Tom the orange tabby cat. Holly’s husband loves to cook, and she says they found an excellent match in each other because she’s a talented eater! Outside the kitchen, they love to travel and have been on some amazing adventures to Cuba, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Norway, and France over the past few years. When she isn’t out exploring the world, Holly loves to read.

Tidbits and Trifles

Bookworm: Holly looks forward to her Book of the Month Club delivery VERY much. She says she checks the tracking on the packages wayyyyy too much.
Hot dog!: Dachshunds are her spirit animal. She has the softest spot for them and would do anything for any weenie dog out there!
Coffee hound: Holly has a somewhat serious addiction to coffee and she is in love with her French press.
Regal: Her favorite color is royal blue.

A Day in the Life:

What inspired you to make the switch from history to animals?

I was working toward teaching history, but my passion for helping animals overpowered my desire to teach. I decided I would be better suited to helping four-legged children instead of two-legged ones!

You are well-traveled; tell us about a place that particularly captured your imagination.

I absolutely loved Switzerland. I have never ever seen a more beautiful landscape—the Swiss Alps are absolutely majestic, and the Swiss are so hospitable!

Do you have a personal philosophy for working with people and their pets?

I strive to make everyone who walks in the door feel welcome, and in turn make their pets our number one priority. I feel MRAH has the most genuinely kind staff of any clinic out there. We not only treat our patients and clients with the utmost respect, but every single person in our clinic truly loves and cares about each patient! It’s a remarkable feeling being a part of this team.

Where, do you hope, is your next travel destination?

We have a trip planned to Ireland and London this coming June!

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, and a fish, Sushi. Soon, she is hoping to add a Goldendoodle puppy to the mix. 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.

Madison Boucher

CVT
Maddie’s unique experience with a plethora of animals makes her our go-to gal for questions that lie off the beaten path. Gifted with patience and empathy, Maddie is a rare gem; at the heart of things, she’s our rock around here.

Putting her heart and soul into her work at Mountain Ridge makes Maddie an indispensable part of the family. She comes to work every day prepared to face any situation that might arise and with the intent to provide the best care possible to each patient she sees. She earned her AAS degree from Front Range Community College in 2015, and joined our team in May 2016 after passing her VTNE in March of the same year. Maddie’s love for all kinds of animals began when she was young; she grew up in Arvada with two miniature pigs, Petunia and Tucker, and her family eventually moved, partly due to an incident involving her pet goat following her to the bus stop. Maddie was 13 when her family relocated to Longmont, where she still lives with her fiancé and parents on a three-acre ranch. After years of collecting strays, they now care for over 160 animals, including fish, ducks, chickens, peacocks, miniature cows, alpacas, miniature pigs, goats, cats, dogs, horses, emus, Babydoll sheep, greater rheas, rabbits, quails, and two African Grey Parrots. Not wanting to stop with just caring for animals, they also provide a host home for developmentally disabled adults. Maddie has little free time outside of caring for pets and people, but when she does get a moment to herself, she enjoys paint-by-diamonds and watching ID channel; she is fascinated by forensics and psychology. Animals are Maddie’s whole world, and she loves nothing more than helping pets and their people feel happy, healthy, and whole.

Tidbits and Trifles

Bookworm: Maddie is a huge Stephen King fan; she’s read and owns almost every book he’s written.
Start Small/Dream Big: She started doing volunteer work in the veterinary field at eight years old, folding laundry in a clinic.
Memorable: Maddie has an eidetic memory; for example, she can listen to a song once and remember the entire thing!
Humble: She absolutely hates talking about herself, but we’ve gotten to know her, and she’s led a very interesting life, although you’ll have to take our word for it.

A Day in the Life:

Which animals do you feed first every day?

Ru, the munchkin sphinx, always gets fed first. Her mouth smacking in my face every morning ensures that!

If you could live your next life as an animal, which would you choose?

I would be an owl. Their sheer beauty is enough to make me say that, but they are also intelligent and very skilled at flying maneuvers.

What part of your daily routine at the hospital do you look forward to most?

Simply being at work is my favorite routine. That’s the only way I can answer this question.

If you could take an all-expenses paid vacation, where would you go?

I would go on the Emperor Penguins of Weddell Sea Tour hosted by Wildlife Worldwide. It’s an 11-day tour available November through March to see those magnificent creatures in their natural habitats.

Kelly Herbert

CVT
Compassionate and down to earth, Kelly joined our team with a ready laugh and strong work ethic. With her easy-going nature, she brings a constructive attitude to work every day.

Kelly has a long history of nearly two decades in the veterinary field, and her experience has proven beneficial to the team on many occasions. Outside of the hospital, Kelly and her family live a very active lifestyle. She is an obstacle course racer, a hobby new since 2017. This year, she ran two Spartan races; the Tough Mudder and the Rugged Maniac. She is also a scuba diver, and has dived the Pacific in Costa Rica, as well as the Caribbean in Cozumel. This is one of the only activities she has done without her three children in tow. They, along with her husband, join her in her enthusiasm for the outdoors; they enjoy hiking, surfing, body boarding, diving and snorkeling, horseback riding, camping, and mountain biking. She has yet to climb a 14-er, but that is among her plans for the summer. Colorado is definitely where they belong! Aside from taking advantage of everything that their Rocky Mountain home state has to offer, they also love to travel; Hawaii, Europe, and Central America are among their favorite destinations. On top of all that, Kelly also has a domestic side, making time to be a soccer mom.

Tidbits and Trifles

A Jeep thing – Everyone in Kelly’s household drives a Jeep.
Beach dreams – She would be happy living in a cardboard box on a Hawaiian beach if that was the only way she could achieve it!
Ten-pin ringer – Kelly is talented at bowling.
Puppy-palooza – She was one of four MRAH staff members to get a puppy for Christmas this year.

A Day in the Life:

We gather that you enjoy being active; do you ever slow down?

I don’t slow down much at all, but if I do, I’m usually baking desserts or cuddled up with my husband! I especially like to bake goodies and then give them away – just like my mom did and still does!!

What do you look forward to most in your daily routine at Mountain Ridge?

I love the team here, the staff is friendly, helpful, fun, funny and super enjoyable!

What makes you passionate about the veterinary field?

I really enjoy educating clients about how to care for their pets, and the “whys” behind how we practice medicine.

Describe your dream adventure-vacation.

I want to go to Bora Bora, stay in a tiki hut over crystal clear waters, and scuba dive everyday (amongst ALL available water sports!). I want to enjoy drinks on the beach, and warm, powdered sugar sand beneath my feet!

Shanley Casey

CVT
With her sweet disposition and bright attitude, Shanley’s easy-going nature adds to the genial culture of the Mountain Ridge team.

Born and raised in Colorado, Shanley moved with her family to Washington state for seven years. After enough rainy days, she decided to move back to the sunshine of the Front Range in 2013. A common theme to the veterinary field, Shanley’s love of animals inspired her career choice. She loves our Mountain Ridge patients, and when she’s not caring for them, she cares for her own pets. She has three cats, Queso, Tuna, and Kiwi, and one dog, Basil the big momma. (She admits that the names of her pets betray her food obsession.) Her affinity for living things includes plants, indoor and out. When she’s not at home tending to her plants and pets, she likes to spend her time outside hiking, camping, boating, and exploring national parks.

Tidbits and Trifles

Down to earth – Shanley is obsessed with plants. She has over 20 house plants and a full outdoor garden!
Royal roots – Her Native American heritage stems from a Cherokee tribe in Clinton, Missouri. Her grandfather, Fire Keeper, was a Cherokee chief, making her, Little Bird, a Cherokee princess.
This land is your land – It is a goal of Shanley’s to visit every national park in the U.S.
Cage-free – She loves to travel outdoors; being outside keeps her sane!

A Day in the Life:

What inspires you to come to work every day?

It’s always my goal to treat our patients like I treat my own pets. I want every pet and pet owner to feel safe with me and to know I only want the best for them.

Do you ever miss Washington? What was your favorite part about living there?

I do miss Washington occasionally. It’s a beautifully peaceful green forest that has so much outdoor space to explore. I do enjoy a rainy day (just not 9 months of it!).

If you could choose to be a certain type of flower or plant, what would you be?

I really do love sunflowers. They come back every year, they always grow so tall and bright. They are so simple yet so beautiful.

Where would you go if you were given a round-trip ticket but only for a three-day trip?

So many options and places! Zion National Park in Utah is amazing, I’ve been there once before but would enjoy another 3 days… or more!

Carissa Fink

Vet Tech Assistant
Driven by her passion for knowledge, Carissa is a big dreamer and a go-getter. With aspirations of adding the letters DVM to her title, she brings her bright attitude and helpful hands to work every day.

With her education and training in the medical field, Carissa was unafraid to jump into the fray and start learning as soon as she joined the Mountain Ridge family. A quick study and willing learner, she has proven herself a positive addition to the team. When she’s not assistant teching at Mountain Ridge, Carissa is taking care of her own pack. Queen of pet names for her pets, her furry household inventory includes one smart princess, aka Baby Belle the Goldendoodle, one southern peach, aka Addie the Coonhound, and one chubby Garfield, aka Kibs the orange domestic shorthair. Aside from her furbearing family, Carissa loves spending time with her little sisters and her boyfriend in her down time. A Colorado native, she describes herself as a mountain girl who loves to hike, as well as an island girl who loves to scuba dive.

Tidbits and Trifles

A pet name of her own – Carissa’s nickname is Snuffles.
Sweets for the sweet – She is highly addicted to sugar. HIGHLY.
High plains drifter – Carissa willingly lived in Kansas for 2 years (ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!)
And why not? – She enjoys making Pterodactyl noises.

A Day in the Life:

What motivated you to join the Mountain Ridge team?

As cliché as it sounds, it just felt right. I had switched from human medicine to animal medicine about five months prior and knew that animal medicine was where my heart and passion lay. I came in for an interview at MRAH and felt like a member of the team straight off.

What do you look forward to most in your daily work routine?

Knowing I can help provide comfort to an animal in need. Even if it is something as small as making them less nervous during an appointment.

What makes you passionate about the veterinary field?

I really enjoy educating clients about how to care for their pets, and the “whys” behind how we practice medicine.

We hear you’re a world traveler; where have you been that most captured you heart?

Such a tough question! I would have to say Peru. I lived there for about 4 months and definitely left a little piece of me there when I left.

Growing up in a landlocked state, how did you get into scuba diving?

My father. He has been scuba diver since the early 90’s. The second I hit age 12 I was anxious to become Junior Open Water Certified and join my Dad on his underwater adventures. We have been diving buddies ever since.

Alanna Tillinghast

Doggie Daycare Attendant
Jovial and kind, Alanna brings a positive and constructive outlook to the table. She helps keep the dogs in line and makes sure they are having fun when they come to play at Mountain Ridge.

During her time with us, Alanna has proven to be a hard worker and strong asset to the team. She’s always ready to help and brings a can-do attitude to work with her every day. Alanna has a fur-friendly home, which she shares with Panda and Emmy the toy poodles, Fluffy the guinea pig, and Juice the cat. A California native, Alanna was born and raised in Napa. When she’s not wrangling dogs at work or at home, she enjoys cooking and spending time outside with her step-daughter and fiancé. Their sweet family will be adding one more when she has her first baby this June! She may have to ease up on hiking and snowboarding for now, but she intends to keep up with yoga and playing the piano.

Tidbits and Trifles

Maestra: Alanna has had 12 years of piano lessons.
Acting out: She lived in Hollywood for a year after high school to attend a musical and dramatic academy.
Sporty Spice: Alanna played roller hockey and baseball growing up, and she was the only girl on the teams.
Cheery: She was also a cheerleader in high school, and she can still do a back handspring (when she’s not pregnant!)

A Day in the Life:

What is your favorite way to jumpstart your day?

Waking up to my kitty and doggie snuggles! Also watching a little bit of Animal Planet to get ready for work!

What made you leave sunny California for Colorado?

It’s complicated, but we can just say it was to see new things, broaden my horizons and meet new people. It was time for a new adventure, and the cost of living was a big draw!

What is your favorite part of your daily Doggie Daycare routine?

Just getting to love and play with all the doggies all day! And when I go up to reception to bring a pup down, I really enjoy seeing their wagging tails and happy faces when they see me!

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

I think I would be a Rhodesian Ridgeback hound. They’re majestic, smart, strong, and used to hunt down lions back in the day, so they’re pretty legit!

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

Doggie Daycare Attendant
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.

Patrick O’Brien

Doggie Daycare Attendant
Patrick’s enthusiastic attitude and capable penchant for dog wrangling provide a significant contribution to team morale and daily operations of the daycare. He shares the vision of making our hospital extraordinary.

The first thing to know about him is that Patrick LOVES dogs. His passion for working with canine companions has inspired his career goals for years. Before coming to Mountain Ridge, he lived and worked on a horse ranch for two years where he learned a lot about animals, large and small. He also worked at Petco for a year, during which he completed their dog trainer apprenticeship program. When he’s not devoting his time to caring for furry friends, Patrick enjoys camping and hiking; as he is a Colorado native, this comes as no surprise.

Tidbits and Trifles

Funny Face – Patrick collects joker cards.
Drama king – He sings and acts.
Hardwired – Patrick likes to build computers.
Fantastic – He plays Dungeons and Dragons.

A Day in the Life:

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

Poodle. They’re really smart.

We know you love dogs in general; what is your favorite canine attribute?

I love dogs with squished faces. And ugly dogs in general.

What do you look forward to most in your daily work routine?

Getting to know the dogs and their unique personalities.

Describe your dream camping trip.

Backpacking in the Grand Staircase National Monument.

Amanda Harris

Doggie Daycare Attendant
Vivacious and exuberant, Amanda brings joy to the Mountain Ridge family with her affable personality and her contagious smile.

Amanda looks forward to seeing her furry friends at work every day. She is excellent at her job on the daycare team, and she also makes sure to give Dr. Colby Jack Cheese some pets throughout the day. An outgoing and fun-loving person, her human work friends are always happy to see her as well! When she’s not lighting up a room at the animal hospital, she enjoys a variety of leisure activities including bingo, museums, and concerts. Amanda enjoys travelling whenever she gets the chance, but she also enjoys spending time camping in the great outdoors of her Colorado home state.

Tidbits and Trifles

Domestic Explorer – Amanda has never travelled outside the U.S., but she’s been to 25 states.
Quidditch Queen – She is obsessed with Harry Potter.
Long necks/short tails – Amanda’s top two favorite animals are the giraffe and the lynx.
Spooky – Halloween is her favorite holiday.

A Day in the Life:

What is your favorite part of your job at Mountain Ridge?

Playing and interacting with the pups, and getting to know their unique personalities.

You love both cats and dogs; if you could live life as one animal, what would you be?

Definitely a dog! Either a Leonberger or a Saint Bernard. They’re just so huge and playful!

What is one of your most memorable concert experiences?

This is a difficult one for me because I’ve seen so many bands perform. It’s a three-way tie between Simple Plan, Sum 41, and Shania Twain. Shania was my idol growing up. I used to make dances to her songs with my friends and memorized all of her albums. It was my first time seeing her perform and it brought back all of my childhood memories, so I ended up crying when she came out on stage. Simple Plan and Sum 41 because they were a big part of my preteen and teenage years. To finally see them perform after following them for so many years was overwhelming and amazing at the same time.

If you could visit any museum in the world, which would you choose?

The Mutter Museum of Medical Curiosities or the Ice Cream Museum.

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