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.

Kelly Herbert

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 every day (amongst ALL available water sports!). I want to enjoy drinks on the beach, and warm, powdered sugar sand beneath my feet!

Shanley Casey

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!

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.

Ashley Mears

Vet Tech Assistant
Bubblier than a glass of champagne, Ashley brings her warm smile and positive attitude to work every day, ready to do her best.

Ashley’s backstory is as colorful as her personality. Originally an East-Coaster, she was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Her Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University is in Art History with a minor in Mass Communication. She tried shampooing hair in a salon, working as a kennel technician, and did a stint as a receptionist at an ER veterinary hospital before becoming a vet assistant. After that, she spent time working at an art gallery, a photo booth, and as a corporate concierge, and it was through this variety of experiences on Ashley’s resume that she really decided that her passion is for talking to the animals. In June, 2018, she was working as a Community Manager for a big office park when she decided that the fluorescent lights of her 9 to 5 were killing her, and she asked herself what she really wanted for her life. The answer was to live on a farm, so she quit her job and drove the 30 hours to Boulder, Colorado and moved into a barn closet to volunteer on a meat and dairy farm. This reintroduction to a life among animals rekindled her passion for the veterinary field, and her journey brought her to Mountain Ridge (much to our benefit!). Ashley has put down roots in Louisville with her cat, Blue.

Tidbits and Trifles

Snappy dresser: When she’s not wearing scrubs, Ashley loves expressing herself through fashion. All her clothes come from consignment or thrift stores!
Making it: She claims not to be too artistic, but very crafty; she loves flexing her creative muscle through arts and crafts.
Handywoman: Ashley can “Macguyver” anything; meaning she may not know how to fix something, but she can definitely make it work!
Lexical aspirations: She hopes to one day write a book.

A Day in the Life:

Working at an ER hospital must have been so different from your Mountain Ridge life. Can you tell us a little about it?

It was my first veterinary job. We saw exotics as well as small animals, so we saw snakes, birds, hamsters, lizards, rats, bunnies, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, ferrets, even pigs and chickens!

You seem adventurous; is Colorado the farthest you’ve lived from home?

Actually, during my senior year of college I spent an amazing study abroad on St. Thomas, USVI!

What is a life goal of yours?

I hope to one day live on a farm again and have a lot of land and a big, happy animal family.


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