our staff

Admin Team
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 Pailley​​​​​​​
Jennifer Coughlin​​​​​​​
HR & Marketing Director
Payroll, AAHA, and Safety Leader
Jennifer was born and raised in the captial region of NY. She currently just purchased her first home in Dalton with her husband, and their two children. She spends all of 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."
Valerie Reynolds​​​​​​​
Valeri Reynolds​​​​​​​
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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. Since then, Valeri and John have now been married for over 29 years with 3 daughters. In Valeri's free time she enjoys padding her kayak at their lake home, knitting, reading, singing, and anything hands on creative.

"I enjoy singing baritone in my barbershop quartet, Saffron."
Veterinary Technician's
Jennifer Noyes, CVT
Jennifer Noyes​​​​​​​, CVT

Lead Certified 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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Lead Surgical & Inventory Licensed Veterinary Technician
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
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."
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"
Lily Meisterling​​​​​​​
Lily Meisterling​​​​​​​

Veterinary Technician
Lily started working in the Resort at Pittsfield Vet back in 2017. She has been promoted to the hospital side of the building in 2019 and was trained to be a veterinary technician assistant. She has since then been promoted to veterinary technician. Lily has loved animals for as long as she can remember and being able to help them in any way is a dream come true. Lily lives in Lanesboro with her mother and father who are 100% deaf. She also has a Golden Retriever named Mako, an Aussie Shepherd min named Lyla, and her horse Aspen. When Lily has some free time she enjoys hanging out with friends and family and riding her horse.

"I've owned my horse since she was a year old. This year we have been together for 13 years."
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."

Eric Lee
Eric Lee
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Fear Free Certified
Veterinary Technician Assistant
Eric Lee Jr. started working in our pet resort in 2016. He has been recently promoted to the hospital and is finishing his training to become a vet tech assistant. 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.”
Helen Zeik
Joellyn Colangelo
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Veterinary Technician Assistant
Joellyn is originally from Morris Plains, New Jersey. She moved to East Chatham with her fiancé Paul back in January. 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.
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.”​​​​​​​
Michelle Deuel
Michelle Deuel
Resort Staff
Michelle grew up in Hoosick Falls, NY. She is the youngest of 9 kids in total. She has 5 older brothers and 3 older sisters. Both of her parents have passed away. In Michelle’s free time you can find her snuggled up with her dog JJ watching her favorite movies in the Harry Potter series. Or you can find her reading her favorite book, “My Sister’s Keeper” with her cat Maska. Michelle loves to write, draw cartoons, play video games, swim, read, and watch horror movies.
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.
Rachel Gillette
Rachel Gillette
Part Time Resort Staff
Rachel is from Pittsfield where she lives with her mom Denise, her dad Mim, her older brother Alex, and her younger sister Caroline. At home she also has a horse named Donner, a dog named Toby, 19 chickens, 6 rabbits and 3 ducks. Rachel has been enjoying horseback riding for the last 16 years of her life. She also enjoys spending time with her friends.
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."

William Looney
William Looney
Part Time Resort Staff
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Front Desk
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."

Trista Sabin
Trista Sabin

Client Care Coordinator
Trista just recently purchased her first home here in Pittsfield, which she shares with her pets. Spike, a senior Golden, and Bandit, a young Black Lab, she also currently has three male kitties. Trisa loves cooking, photography, and dance. She spends most of her free time cooking and dancing with her friends and family.

"I love yoga."
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 she lived with her parents, Deana and David, her three younger brothers, Michael, Steven and Anthony, and their dog Roxie, a 5 year old boxer. She graduated from Enfield High School and Asnuntuck Community College. Stephanie was a PetSmart bather for 3 years before she decided to move to Pittsfield in 2020. She currently lives with her boyfriend Tylor and their dog Paxton, a 7 month old boxer mix, and their 11 year old cat Bambino.
Stephanie Bourbeau
Joni Wells

Client Care Coordinator
Before coming to PVH, Joni worked as the manager at a doggie daycare in Williamstown and helped them open their new business. She also has many years of customer service and managerial experience from Benson’s Pet Center. Joni is from Petersburg, NY. She completed cosmetology at Mildred Elley in 2019. She currently lives with her dad, Robert; her step mother, Deniese; and her boyfriend, Matt. She also has a Golden named Dallas and two cats named Damien and Envy. Joni will always hold a special place in her heart for her mother Martha who passed away. In Joni’s free time she enjoys traveling, camping, jeeps, dogs, nature, crystals and gems, swimming, off roading, horror movies, makeup, and she’s a foodie. Tacos are her favorite. But don’t put any avocados on her Mexican food, because she hates them.
Tara Liljeholm
Tara Liljeholm

Client Care Coordinator
Tara used to live in the South Shore, Pembroke area of Massachusetts. She now lives with her husband Lance in New Lebanon, NY. Sadly, Tara and her husband have no pets at the moment. However they do have three adult sons named Ray, Christopher, and Jon. In Tara’s free time she enjoys scrapbooking, decluttering and selling it on Ebay, cooking, and working on perfecting her Kimbucha brewing process. Tara also loves riding in the car with the windows down, the sunroof open and the music playing loud.
Casey Bouchard
Casey Bouchard
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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.
Grooming
Laura Graham​​​​​​​
Nadja Ramos

Pet Groomer
Nadja was born and raised in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico where she attended Colegio Espíritu Santo for school. She became a certified pet stylist in Florida in 2013 before moving to the Berkshires. She chose grooming because she loves being around pets. "I enjoy what I do, it makes me happy and complete." At home, Nadja loves spending mommy time with her two toddlers. She also has an Australian Cattle dog (red heeler) named Monster. In Nadja’s free time she enjoys going on bike rides, walks, food and naps!

"I am fluent in Spanish but my kids are too lazy to speak it ."

Ashley Parks
Ashley Parks

Pet Groomer
Ashley lived in Reno, Nevada for the last five year but currently just moved back home to Pittsfield with her 2 dogs, Sage, a greyhound mix, and Gemini, a pit puppy. She also has two snakes and a turtle. Ashley loves the outdoors and all of the adventures it has to offer. She also enjoys painting with watercolors, drawing, and kinds or crafts and projects, as well as photography and Mother Nature. Ashley gets along with people that are honest, genuine, go above and beyond, and live life to the fullest. She also loves good food, music, and positive energy.
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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