Kelly Cuttitta, CVT, Practice Manager
Kelly has been working in the veterinary health field for over 25 years. Her love of animals started when she was a child on her family’s farm in rural Michigan working with her mother, who bred and showed Bouviers and Old English Sheepdogs. Along with LOTS of dogs and cats, they also had horses, cows, ducks, geese, chickens, goats, pigs and rabbits!
Prior to coming to join the staff at Red Hill, Kelly worked as the nursing staff supervisor and triage nurse at a specialty practice in Denver. She is married to Dr. James Ziegler and has a son, Cole, who is an avid skier and lacrosse player. Their favorite pastimes are camping, hiking, fishing and exploring the great outdoors.
Kaysie Tosch, CVT
Kaysie grew up in Wisconsin, but moved to Colorado in 2010 to work at a
dude ranch in Kremmling, CO. At the dude ranch, she met a team of
veterinarians that inspired her to attend veterinary technician school.
Later that year, she began attending the highly esteemed Vet Tech
program at Colorado Mountain College. She graduated in 2012, and has
been at Red Hill since April of 2013.
Kaysie enjoys riding horses, camping, hiking, and basically anything
that has to do with the outdoors. She and her husband Vicente live in
Redstone with their 2 dogs, Layla and Ruger, 2 mules, Sugar and Tommy,
and a horse named Tara. Animals have always been a big part of her life
and it is a privilege to be able to work with them!
Jeanie Hanas, Inventory Manager & Receptionist
Hello! My name is Jeanie Hanas, and I work as a front desk receptionist and inventory manager, among other things at Red Hill Animal Health Center. The first thing that struck me about this facility was the common thread that all the employees possess of truly caring for animals. The second thing was the cleanliness and “at home” feeling you get when you walk through the door. I thought, “I could be happy working here.”
I received my Associate’s degree in Horse Husbandry at the State University of New York at Morrisville and worked at a hunter/jumper stable in Geneseo, NY for a few years. After moving to Aspen, I worked for a time at the Aspen Animal Hospital. While working also in other areas, animals have always remained a passion of mine. My husband and I have raised two boys here in the Roaring Fork Valley. We presently own a horse and three cats, and horseback riding remains my favorite thing to do. It is also a great pleasure to spend my days with all the furry friends that walk through the door at Red Hill!
Sheryl Merkel, Customer Service Representative
Sheryl grew up in a small town in Southern Ohio. In 1974, she came to Colorado for vacation. During her visit, she realized that she is a "mountain girl" and needed to come back to live! In 1978, that realization became reality when she moved to Colorado and never looked back. Sheryl married her husband, Tony, in 1986. They enjoy the peace and views of living up in Missouri Heights. Tony & Sheryl have a horse, two Chihuahuas, and a kitty. Sheryl enjoys riding her horse, hanging out with her pets, hiking, and reading.
Sheryl spent twenty years working in at Aspen Animal Hospital as a customer service representative at their front desk. During those twenty years, she combined her love of animals and her amazing customer service skills helping to keep clients & their furry families happy! After a brief retirement, Sheryl joined the team at Red Hill Animal Health Center and continues to bring her enthusiasm and dedication to all the clients and pets that come in.
Katie Lowery, Customer Service Representative
Hi, My name is Katie! I was born and raised in Kansas and moved to
Colorado in 2003. I worked at the Historic Redstone Inn in Redstone,
Colorado for the past 15 years with the occasional side job here and
there throughout the valley. I have two teenage children, Brook-Lynn and
Sawyer who attend school online at home. I started working at Red Hill
in June of 2019 and absolutely love it! I have always loved animals and
really enjoy meeting all the furry ones that walk through the door. We
have three animals at home, two cats, Ginger and Socks, and Penny our
corgi mix. When I'm not working at Red Hill, I am very busy making cakes
and pastries through my home bakery business. I also enjoy crocheting
and making candles that I sell at local craft shows.
Andrea Bembenek, Marketing Director & Boarding Host
I was born in central Wisconsin but relocated with my family to Utah because of my parent’s love of the mountains and skiing, which of course they passed on to me! I grew up ski racing and raced through college. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Anthropology and German, I moved to Munich, Germany. In Germany, I taught English, participated in big mountain competitions and played soccer for an Irish football club.
After five years in Munich, I moved to Colorado to be closer to family, my three horses, and to go back to school. I graduated in the spring of 2014 from Colorado Mountain College with a Bachelor’s in business administration.
In my free time, I enjoy horseback riding, camping, hiking and spending time with family! I am really excited to be part of the Red Hill team because I really enjoy being around animals!
Randi Garcia, Boarding Host
Randi started at Red Hill as a dog walker back in 2008 and continues to work as an experienced boarding host in our kennel. She is very grateful to work with a team that feels more like a community & co-workers who look out for each other like family! Randi also loves being able to work with & care for animals every day!
Over the years, Randi has become interested in pet grooming. She has had the opportunity to work for and learn from several groomers in the area. Randi has a soft spot for senior pets and has learned special techniques to help groom pets who are no longer able to complete traditional grooming. In addition to grooming, Randi has also studied dog training with an emphasis on dog psychology. Her goal is to help provide people with a better understanding of their dogs so they can live in harmony with their furry family!
Randi grew up here in the Roaring Fork Valley and has loved living here for over 20 years. She has always been a great lover of animals! Randi has three dogs at home: Honey, who is over 15 years old and Randi’s pride and joy. Sugar is five years young & a ball of energy and Duke, her fiancé’s dog, a pretty big pup with lots of love to give. When she is not taking care of critters, Randi is dancing! She is studying classical ballet & modern dance.
Diana Morales, Groomer and Boarding Host
Diana Morales became part of Red Hill staff in 2008, beginning as a weekend dog-walker and then becoming a boarding host in the Little Tail kennel. We are now also proud to introduce her as our primary groomer at the Four Paw Spa. "I chose this job because I love the dogs and cats. If I feel tired, stressed, or sad, the animals bring me happiness. I enjoy every minute with them." You can see this reflected in the wagging tails and barks of recognition when she checks your pets into The Little Tail and Four Paw Spa, and the compassionate attention she gives them they are our guests.
Diana enjoys drawing, photography, Japanese comic books and Japanese animation, DC and Marvel comic books too, and "Batman is my FAVORITE." Also, she is a groomer volunteer for Lucky Day Animal Rescue.
Jed Frazee, Boarding Host
Jed first moved to the Roaring Fork Valley as a Colorado Rocky Mountain School student! After
finishing school, Jed continued his passion for life in the mountains with his four legged
counterparts between Montana, Washington, California, and Colorado.
He recently relocated with family to Carbondale after almost 8 years working in Gunnison as a
special education teacher. His wife, Kristen and their two children are excited to be back in the
area to start a new adventure. Jed has always thought of opening this own boarding facility and
is excited to join the Red Hill boarding staff to take a step towards that dream!
When Jed isn’t taking care of our beloved furry friends, he has an enormous passion for
preparing tasty meals, listening to music, hiking, camping, skiing, bicycling and spending time
with his family.
Julia Teatro, Kennel Manager
My name is Julia! I am new to the valley but I have been working seasonally in Summit County as a trail guide and draft horse driver for 5 years. I’m originally from Michigan and got my bachelor's degree in biology at Oakland University.
Now, I’m a vet tech student at CMC. When I’m not working or studying in usually outside hiking or horseback riding. I’m super excited to get to know all the animals that come through red hill!
Michael Healy, Client Service Representative
Michael grew up in Boston prior to moving to Los Angeles for college in 2012. He has had pets throughout his whole life and currently has one dog. He has always had a love and passion for working with animals, and really enjoys connecting with people. He made the decision to come out to Colorado in 2017. After spending his whole life in the city, he was ready for a change. Since moving out to Colorado, he has fallen in love with the mountains and the lifestyle in a small town. His favorite activities to do when not at work are skiing, mountain biking, and hiking.