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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.