our staff

Admin Team - Lead Team
Valerie Reynolds​​​​​​​
Valeri Reynolds​​​​​​​
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President of the Company & Bookkeeping
Valeri grew up in upstate NY, near Ithaca. She met Dr. John Reynolds in 1988 while working at the Veterinary School and going to Art School at Cornell University. Valeri and John were married for over 29 years with 3 daughters. In Valeri's free time she enjoys knitting, reading, singing, and anything hands on creative.

"I enjoy singing baritone in my barbershop quartet, Saffron."
Emily LeBeau
Emily LeBeau
Fear Free Certified
Operations Director

Emily lives in Savoy, where she has spent most of her life. She is married with one stepson and is owned by two French Bulldogs, Mike and Maggie. Emily enjoys hiking, old cemeteries, listening to the blues, playing cards and spending time with friends. Over 23 years ago, Emily started working at Pittsfield Vet as a kennel assistant, and now she is the Operations Director of the business.

"I am always searching for signs of a Sasquatch when I am in the woods."
Jennifer Coughlin
Jennifer Coughlin​​​​​​​
HR & Marketing Director
Payroll, AAHA, and Safety Leader
Jennifer was born and raised in the captial district of NY. She lives Dalton with her husband, and their two children. Jennifer enjoys spending her free time with her family and exploring all of the beauty the Berkshires has to offer. Before coming to Massachusetts, Jennifer was a professional photographer, digital artist, and in management and HR for many years. When she moved to the area in 2017, the job opening for HR and Marketing Director at Pittsfield Vet was a match made in heaven. Jennifer is also the official photographer and artist for Mike and Maggie.

"I was professionally trained to sing opera."
Veterinary Technician's
Jennifer Noyes, CVT
Jennifer Jones​​​​​​​, CVT

Certified Lead Veterinary Technician
Jen is originally from Williamstown where she grew up. She currently lives in Pittsfield with her boyfriend Keith and his 5 year old son Matthew. Together they have a American Bulldog Mix named Raclette adopted from SPCA Cincinnati, and a Torti cat named Mookie adopted from BHS. Jen went to school at Saint Michael’s College, UMASS Boston, and the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash. She spent 2 years as a CVT at another Animal Hospital before coming to PVH. However, before Jen's career took off in the animal world she was a teacher for English Language Services where she taught English as a second language for 2 years. For the last 25 years Jen has had a passion for horseback riding. She also enjoys hiking, downhill skiing, kayaking with her dog, and just being outside.


"I love potatoes in all forms."

Cindy Hanselman​​​​​​​
Cindy Hanselman, LVT
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Licensed Lead Surgicial Tech, Inventory Manager, and Technician Education Director
Cindy is originally from Hillsdale but now lives in Pittsfield. In her free time she enjoys hiking, skiing, kayaking, and spending time with her two dogs and one cat at home. Cindy decided that she wanted to pursue a veterinary technician degree while she was working at a veterinary hospital as a kennel assistant. She graduated from SUNY Delhi with an associates in applied science in the veterinary technology program in 1999. Cindy has been working as licensed veterinary technician since 2000. She also became a certified canine massage therapist in 2002 from Boulder College of Massage Therapy and became certified in laser therapy in 2014.

"I enjoy veterinary ophthalmology and physical therapy rehabilitation."
Taylor Cook​​​​​​​
Taylor Cook​​​​​​​, CVT
Certified Lead Dental
Veterinary Technician ​​​​​​​
Taylor is born and raised in Lenox. She enjoys spending time with her parents, brother and three dogs. In her free time you can find Taylor fishing or hiking in the Berkshires. Taylor graduated from Holyoke Community College with an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology. She also officially became a certified veterinary technician in early 2018.

"I rode horses competitively for years."
Helen Zeik
Helen Zeik , CVT​​
Certified Veterinary
Technician
Helen started at PVH as an intern while she finished school to become a veterinary technician. She is originally from Leominster, MA and moved to Great Barrington in 2009 with her family. Her husband, Todd and their two daughters, Abigail and Megan have a new German Shepherd puppy named Lupo. Previously, Helen was a professional photographer and studied Art at Montserrat College of Art and CCAD. Since then she has received her A.S. in Veterinary Technology at Northwestern Connecticut Community College in May of 2020. In Helen’s free time she enjoys hiking, reading, gardening, landscape and interior design, and of course photography.
Paul Towsky, LVT
Paul Towsky, LVT

Licensed Veterinary
Technician
Before coming to PVH Paul worked in emergency care for 6 years at a Veterinary Referral Hospital. Paul is originally from down state NY but now lives in Lanesborough with his beautiful wife Callie and their amazing newborn son Benjamin. Paul met his wife while he was on summer break while attending Suny Canton. At home they also have a Golden Lab named Jedha and 2 cats, Jellybean & Meatball. In Paul’s free time he enjoys woodworking, fishing, and camping. But his favorite thing to do is spend time with his family.

"I love seeing my son learn something new and watching his face light up with pure joy."
Brandy Kruszyna, CVT
Brandy Kruszyna, CVT
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Fear Free Certified
Certified Veterinary
Technician
Brandy is from Cheshire where she lives with her boyfriend David, her pointer mix named Griffin, her many chickens, and 6 tarantulas of various species. Brandy has worked in veterinary medicine for several years with experience in both general practice and emergency med. In Brandy's free time she enjoys camping, hiking, canoeing, riding her dirt bike, and baking.
Samantha Zeygerman
Samantha Zeygerman, CVT
Certified Veterinary
Technician
Samantha was born and raised in Pittsfield. She currently still lives in Pittsfield with her husband, Artem, their daughter, Siona, their 2 cats, Hera and Castiel, and their Australian Cattle Dog, Jax. Before coming to PVH, Samantha obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She also previously worked at another Veterinary Hospital for 8 years before she found her way to us. In Samantha's free time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, watching the birds on her bird feeders, and gardening. She also has a bit of a houseplant addiction. Samantha spends a good amount of time watering and taking care of her large addiction.

"I'm a leap year baby, so I've technically only had 8 birthdays."
Deb Remillard​​​​​​​
Deb Remillard​​​​​​​

Veterinary Technician

Deb lives in Pittsfield with her husband. Together they have three children, two granddaughters, four dogs, two cats, three rabbits, two guinea pigs, and Sparkle Jr. the carnival goldfish. She has almost completed studying Allied Health Science. Deb has been with Pittsfield Vet since the beginning. Actually, she was a package deal and came with the business when Dr. Reynolds purchased everything in 1996.


"Everyone thinks I have a great sense of humor... but they don't know I'm actually being serious."

Jennifer Handy​​​​​​​
Jennifer Handy​​​​​​​

Veterinary Technician
Jennifer was born and raised in South Troy, NY. She currently lives in Rensselaer, NY with her husband, their daughter, a dog, ferret, turtle, snake, and a few ducks. In Jennifer's free time she can be found tending to her garden or canning all of her tasty food. Jennifer studied Animal Science, Wild Life, and Forestry Conservation. She has always wanted to be able to take care of animals. Jennifer's favorite thing to do at Pittsfield Vet is assist and take x-rays. She finds the science within the animal’s body to be fascinating.

"I can play the guitar"
Haylee Shepard
Haylee Shepard

Veterinary Technician
Haylee is originally from Blandford, MA but currently resides in New Lebanon, NY with her mom Tracie and her younger brother Zackary. They have two cats, Odie and Jagger, two horses, Dallas and Dakota, and one dog, Bruin. Haylee graduated from UAlbany in 2017 in Honors History and English. The passion Haylee formed for working with animals began back in 2009 when she started working at various horse farms over the next nine years. Then in 2018, Haylee starting working at an animal hospital as a kennel assistant and vet tech assistant.


"I am fluent in Japanese, German and I'm learning Korean."

Crystal Montemoino
Crystal Montemoino
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Veterinary Technician
Crystal was born and raised in the Bronx’s but has spent the last decade in Stephentown, NY. She lives with her two cats, Stormy and Smokey; two cockatiels, Buddy and Baby; one rabbit, Kaytee; one duck, Quacky Anna; three geese, Ruby, Royal and Reign; and 26 chickens. Crystal went to school for a few different degrees as she was trying to figure out her path in life. She studied Animal Science, Animal Care, and even Animal Law. Crystal found her life’s passion with being a veterinary technician for the past few years. In Crystal’s free time she enjoys rock hounding (the art of mining for minerals, gems and fossils), exploring and hiking in the outdoors, gardening, and hanging out with her pets. She is also fond of watching TV and playing video games to help her unwind.

"I'm a huge Transformers fan."

Jenna Glaski
Jenna Glaski

Veterinary Technician
Jenna is the youngest of 5 kids. She has 3 brothers and a sister. Each of them all have their own family of fuzzy friends and now some human ones too. Jenna has a 6 year old Beagle mix named Cooper, an elderly tuxedo cat named Lilly, a 17 year old corn snake named Duke, and 3 guinea pigs named Gipetto, Pepino, and Alfred. In Jenna’s free time she enjoys birding, herping, camping, wildlife, and movies. She is also a big Harry Potter and Disney fan!
" I have a degree in wildlife biology and wildlife rehabilitation."
Helen Zeik
Joellyn Colangelo
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Veterinary Technician

Joellyn is originally from Morris Plains, New Jersey. She moved to East Chatham with her husband Paul back in January 2020. Together they have a mini Holland Lop eared Rabbit named Tilly and they are currently in the process of adopting a dog together. In Joellyn’s free time she likes to hike, run and bake. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Eric Lee
Eric Lee
Fear Free Certified
Veterinary Technician
Assistant
Eric Lee Jr. started working in our pet resort in 2016 and was promoted to the hospital side in 2019. Eric is from Old Chatham, NY. He has a total of five siblings, three sisters and two brothers. Eric likes to watch and play sports. He would like to become a State Trooper in the future.
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“I’ve been to Costa Rica.”
Ali Lewis
Ali Lewis
Veterinary Technician
Assistant
Ali has been in the animal care field for over 5 years. Before realizing her dream of becoming a veterinary technician assistant she once dreamed of becoming a professional pet food taster. Now Ali gets to help recommend great pet food rather than taste it. When Ali is not at PVH you can find her in dark mysterious places being a professional ghost hunter. From little ghosts to big scares she has handled them all. In Ali’s free time she enjoys crashing weddings and funerals because she loves to party and can still be a shoulder to cry on.​
Shaker Hill Pet Resort
Chelsea Garrison
Chelsea Garrison
Resort Leader
​​​​​​​in Training
Chelsea grew up in Williamstown, but currently resides in North Adams. She graduated from Mt. Greylock Regional High School in 2009. Before coming to Pittsfield Vet, Chelsea was a personal care attendant for over 5 years. She has 2 brother, 3 sisters, and over 12 nieces and nephews. In Chelsea’s free time you can find her hanging out with her black lab, Ellie and her barn cat, Fiona. She even has some cool fish. Being around animals is just one of the perks that Chelsea enjoys from working in the resort.


"I am known among my friends as a professional TV watcher and love comedy shows."

Dawn Leighfield​​​​​​​
Dawn Leighfield​​​​​​​
Fear Free Certified​​​​​​​
Resort Staff
Dawn was born in Pittsfield and grew up in Lanesboro. She enjoys spending time with her fur baby Chubs, her mom, and an older sister and brother. Dawn’s one of a kind dad passed away in 2009. In Dawn’s free time she loves going to the beach, watching horror movies, going to craft shows, and shopping. She graduated from Mildred Elley Business School with a degree in Administrative Assistant/ Office Technologies. Here at Pittsfield Vet, Dawn is a Certified Feline Petcare Technician at the Resort.

"I am ambidextrous, although I prefer to write with my right hand."
Abigail Harty
Abigail Harty
Resort Staff
Abby grew up in Canaan, New York. She has always had a passion for horses and phycology. Before coming to Pittsfield Vet Abby worked at a horse farm for over a year. She aspires to go back to school to become a therapist. At home Abby enjoys spending time with her cat, Owl and going to the barn to tend to her horse, Mateo. Abby also enjoys photography, drawing and spending time with her closest of friends.

“I started riding horses when I was seven years old.”​​​​​​​
Amanda Foster
Amanda Foster
Resort Staff
Amanda grew up in North Adams where she graduated from Drury High School. Before coming to PVH Amanda was a substitute at a daycare and an assistant teacher at a pre-school. In her free time she enjoys bird watching while she goes for a hike or swim, painting, scrap-booking, and embroidering. Amanda likes to spend most of her time outdoors. From finding new hiking spots to interacting with the wildlife around her. However, on Sunday’s she spends the day at her Grams with her family enjoying a good laugh together.
Mikyla Wilkins
Mikyla Wilkins
Resort Staff
Mikyla was born and raised in her hometown of Hinsdale. She currently still lives at home with her parents and younger brother, as well as their sphynx cat, Nero and their Rottweiler, Nyla. She also has 2 rabbits named Thor and Aspen, and 2 leopard geckos named Raina and Nymeria. Mikyla also has an older sister. Mikyla graduated from Wahconah Regional in 2020 and is currently attending Oregon State University as an eCampus student. Before coming to PVH, Miklya worked at a local summer camp at the horse barn. Mikyla’s recently taught herself to knit and crochet.

"I'm excited to start my own garden this summer."
Carol Kirsimagi
Carol Kirsimagi
Part Time Resort Staff
Carol is from Stephentown, NY. She was previously employed at a farm where she worked summers in a large scale vegetable garden. Carol has two older sisters and an older brother. She enjoys all sports, especially swimming as well as hiking and camping. At home she spends her spare time drawing, cooking and looking after her animals which include: her dogs Oliver and Apollo, three turkeys’ three chickens, a duck, one guinea pig, and multiple fish.


“I am happy-go-lucky girl who is always eager to tackle a new project."

Grace Kelley
Grace Kelley
Part Time Resort Staff
Grace is a Berkshire County local, she grew up in Lanesborough and went to school in Williamstown and Pittsfield. Grace has always had pets in her life, from kittens and cats to puppies and dogs, as well as a few ducks, chickens, even some gerbils and hermit crabs. Most notable, her black lab Charlie and her little black cat Farley. She still has her cat Farley where she lives locally with her partner. In Grace’s free time she likes to play table top roleplaying games and other board games with her friends and partner. She also enjoys do puzzles when they aren’t knocked off the table by the kitty, and reading when her kitty isn’t sitting on top of her books.


Carol Kirsimagi
Cheyanne Benoit
Part Time Resort Staff
Cheyanne grew up in Dalton and Pittsfield. She currently attends school at the Pittsfield High School where she is a high honors student. She lives with you sister, Savannah, her mom, Colleen and her boyfriend, Kevin. She has 2 dogs, 1 gecko, a fish, and a hamster. In Cheyanne’s free time she enjoys playing video games and hanging out with her friends.
Front Desk
Melissa Meyer
Missy Meyer
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Lead Client Care Coordinator
Missy was born in Pittsfield and raised in California until the age of twelve when she moved back to the Berkshires. For the last 11 years Missy has lived in New Lebanon, NY with her husband, two stepsons, and their three dogs Brodie, Charley and Jade. They also have 13 chickens and 1 unruly rooster. In Missy's free time she likes to graden, hike, snowshoe and spend time with her family.


"It's a good day to have a good day."
Michele Barnard​​​​​​​
Michele Barnard​​​​​​​

Client Care Coordinator
Michele was born and raised in Pittsfield and now lives in West Stockbridge with her husband Matt. Her son, Matthew has given her two beautiful granddaughters, Harper and Nora. Michele spent most of her life in the horse business. She was running different barns, as well as teaching and training in the discipline of dressage. Michele is a USDF Certified Instructor and a Mass. Licensed Riding Instructor. In her free time she enjoys training and competing her two dogs, Gabe and Lola, in Agility as well as nose work.

"I find humor in almost everything and I love to laugh."

Nikki Roberts​​​​​​​
Nikki Roberts​​​​​​​

Client Care Coordinator
Nikki lived in Oklahoma and then Kansas before settling down in Pittsfield. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their son watching TV and movies together. Nikki's passion for traveling and learning about different cultures led her to get her Bachelor’s in Anthropology at Arizona State. At Pittsfield Vet she loves meeting new people and getting to meet their pets is a great bonus. Nikki loves everyone that she works with.


"I hate cooking but I love to bake."

Jacqueline Surbaugh
Jacqueline Shaw
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Client Care Coordinator
Jacquie worked as a bank teller for 5 years before being approached for a position at Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital. She enjoyed working at PHV for 2 years helping animals and clients during life’s unpredictable situations. Jacquie moved to Florida in 2017 where she worked at a small veterinary hospital as the only receptionist for two years. In the summer of 2019 Jacquie moved back to the Berkshires where her passion for the job all started. She now lives in Pittsfield with her husband Ben and their two cats, Nylah and Laylah. Jacquie is very pleased to be back and see where her future takes her.


"I love to draw."

Stephanie Bourbeau
Stephanie Bourbeau​​​​​​​

Client Care Coordinator
Stephanie is originally from Enfield, Connecticut where her parents, three brothers, and family dog Roxie still reside. She was a groomer for three years before deciding to move to the Berkshires in 2020 to be with her boyfriend, Tylor. Together here they have two dogs, Paxten and Ralphie, and a cat named Bambino. In her free time she likes to visit her family and spend time with her pups. Stephanie can also be caught at a good rock show (especially Green Day) or traveling for a new tattoo.

"I currenlty have 25 tattoos and counting."
Alana Lopez
Alana Lopez​​​​​​​
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Client Care Coordinator
Alana lives in Stockbridge with her partner of 14 years. Regrettably at the moment they do not have any companion animals, however they would love to add a pup or two. Alana sent to SUNY Delhi to become a veterinary technician before she started working at her family injection molding business about 20 years ago. After the family business closed she worked a variety of professions, including a car detailer, a graphic sign design and installer, a miniature cupcake baker, and even a sales associate. In Alana's free time she enjoys art, horror movies, Halloween time, and music. She even still has all of her vinyl and equipment from when she was a club DJ.

"I never met a pasta I didn't like."
Casey
Casey Bouchard
Client Care Coordinator
Casey is from Pittsfield and lives with her family and her boyfriend, Kevin. She has three brothers, 5 nieces, and 1 nephew. Her family has two German Shepard Boxer mix’s, Buster and Sadie. However Casey has a soft spot in her heart for pitties and has a 4 year old Pitbull named Bentley. Before coming to PVH Casey had a few customer services positions, she even used to be a makeup artist for a haunted house. She loves doing makeup, especially for Halloween with some special effects. Casey also enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors (in the fall is the best!), drawing, skiing, crystal healing, binge watching Netflix, and did we mention Halloween? Casey doesn’t like to be grumpy, so put your smile on when you say hi to Casey and feel free to ask her about music, art, Disney, or even Halloween.

"Did I mention I love Halloween?"
Anna Allen
Anna Allen​​​​​​​
Client Care Coordinator

Our Mascots
Laura Graham​​​​​​​
Mike
Crew
Mike, aka "Captain Whiny Pants" was born in New York but now lives in Savoy with his mom, dad, and sister, Maggie. He also has one older stepbrother that does not live at home. Mike loves to sleep, snore, fart, eat biscuits, his mom, and he loves to whine. He is the official people greeter and head of security at Pittsfield Vet.

"I have been known to clean a room out with my powerful flatulence ability."

Laura Graham​​​​​​​
Maggie
Crew
Maggie, aka "Princess Nosey Britches" was born in the Midwest and spent her first year and a half living in Sheffield with a lovely elderly couple before finding her forever home. Maggie now lives in Savoy with her new mom, dad, and the most patient big brother. She also has an older stepbrother that does not live with them. In Maggie's free time she loves to follow and pester her older brother Mike. She loves biscuits, watermelon, toys, people, jumping, and her mom. At Pittsfield Vet, Maggie is the assistant people greeter and assistant to the head of security.

"I can stand and walk on my hind legs. I think that I would make an excellent ballerina or circus performer."

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