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Jamie T

Practice Manager

Jamie grew up in Guilderland with an appreciation for living things, going out of her way to show kindness to animals of all sizes. As she matured she realized she enjoyed working with people who shared this love of animals.

While looking for a profession where she could fulfill her calling, at age 21, a position opened up in customer service at a capital district veterinary office. This began a 12 year experience where she was able to learn about veterinary medicine and hone her great customer service skills. Jamie particularly enjoys interacting with clients and assisting them in receiving the best care possible for their beloved family members.

As a practice manager of 4 Paws, Jamie wears many hats including but not limited to being an integral part of the hiring process, training staff and providing opportunities for advancement and continuing education and ensuring our clients receive the best service while our patients receive optimum care. She also ensures that team members work together to project the values and goals of our mission statement.

Currently Jamie lives in Voorheesville with her husband Aaron and 4 children, and is a proud "Coast Guard Mom". To round out the family there furry members include 1 rescued mixed breed "Rosco" and 2 rescued cats. If this isn’t enough to keep Jamie busy and she has free time she enjoys visiting their camp on Lake Sacandaga, family time, antiquing (especially if that helps her decorate her renovated 1800s home), golfing, hiking and boating.

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Janelle B

Janelle was born with an infinite love for all animals and a need to rescue them. She was raised on a farm in the capital district, which allowed her to do what she loved by rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife.

She is now a mother of two children and married to a wonderful and understanding man that assists her in caring for her horses, chickens, cats, rats, and dogs. In Janelle’s spare time she likes to go to Cape Cod with her dogs and spends time with her fur and non-fur family camping, hiking, horseback riding and traveling.

Janelle can be found greeting clients at the front desk or in treatment assisting the Veterinarians. She has started in the Veterinarian Technician program. As the Team Leader of the Grooming and Boarding she goes out of her way to know each patient’s personality and to provide them with the best experience when are here; she genuinely loves each pet as her own, and they love her right back.

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Jen G

Jen grew up in Red Hook, NY and currently resides in Castleton, NY. She has always had a fascination with nature and the animals within it, and knew she wanted to make a difference in animals lives. Her first job was at a Veterinary Hospital, and then she went on to attend Suny Ulster and achieved an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology with High Honors, and receiving academic awards through out.

Being a Veterinary Technician is an important role in her everyday life. At 4 Paws she provides knowledge, compassion, hard work and dedication to the pets who visit. To Jen, being a Technician means being a "jack of all trades"; if you see it you do it no matter what the task. Jen is constantly continuing her education to learn something new daily, to keep up with the developing medicine. Her constant desire to keep learning has made her the perfect Surgical Technician for 4 Paws.

When not working and learning, Jen can be found spending time with her growing family which includes her significant other Joe, their 2 daughters, son, dog, cat and bunny. When she finds any free time she enjoys music, dancing and any outdoor activity.


Sierra R

Our dearest Sierra passed away suddenly in a car accident on Saturday 2/17/18. Sierra has always been a beautiful light at 4 Paws and had such a wonderful impact on everyone she met. Anyone that knew Sierra was changed for the better just by knowing her. She was loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure.. Our hearts are with her friends and family.

We also wanted the world to know that Sierra was an organ donor and her heart will live on through a three year old baby! Because of Sierra, this child’s heart valves were able to be replaced and will now beat the way it was intended to. She continues to amaze us. She would be so happy knowing that part of her helped save someone else. We find comfort in knowing this.


Sierra was raised in Sarasota, FL. and returned to her original home of Albany, NY. when she reached adulthood. Sierra started as a Kennel Assistant at a local Animal Hospital and found that she loved the veterinary field.

In 2013 Sierra joined the 4 Paws family as a veterinary assistant and the Laboratory Team Leader and immediately found that she enjoyed assisting the Doctors in their work of providing excellent care to patients, as well as working with the owners in tailoring patient care to the individual. She believed that clients and their beloved pets teach us valuable lessons, and that we all learn something new everyday.

Sierra enjoyed spending her free time hiking, fishing, hunting and camping. For relaxation she liked to sketch and paint.

Sierra will forever be apart of our 4 Paws Team <3

Tori J

Tori was raised in Valley Falls, NY, and pursued an Associates in Science at Hudson Valley Community College. She has found her home at 4 Paws Veterinary Care where she can enjoy working with animals, which have had a huge impact on her life since she was a child. Tori began her Veterinary Career in 2011 at a Holistic Veterinary Office. Her current role as a Veterinary Assistant keeps her very busy, and she can be found greeting clients and their furry family members, educating clients on the most current medical information, assisting the Veterinarians and Technicians during Office Visits, and procedures during the day. Her position is vital to keeping a day at 4 paws a smooth and efficient one, while providing the best care to our extended family. She is certified in Basic First Aid of the Search & Rescue Law Enforcement Canine, and is interested in furthering her education by pursuing a Veterinary Technician License, with a focus on Holistic Medicine.

In her free time, Tori enjoys being active with her husband Kenneth and Catahoula Leopard dog, Chief. They can be found camping, hiking, kayaking, hunting, fishing, and horseback riding during the warmer months, and ice skating & Snowmobiling during the Winter.

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Brittany H

Since as long as she can remember Brittany has known she wanted to work with animals. After 7 years of working in Daycare, Obedience, and Boarding, she joined the 4 Paws Family as a Daycare Assistant. Brittany's devotion to the pets who come spend time with us each day, her desire to send them home tired from a full day of play, and her drive to learn as much as she can and provide the best daycare experience possible, has made her the best candidate to oversee the daily operations of our "Playful Paws" Daycare. Her education includes being a Certified Pet Groomer, and she has also completed 1 year of schooling to be a Licensed Veterinary Technician.

Brittany shares her home with 4 rescued cats Gracie, Harley, Fat Amy (from the movie Pitch Perfect), Po, and a Golden Retriever named Ollie who is the love of her life (shhh... don't tell her boyfriend that).

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Levade W

Levade grew up in Brooklyn, NY and was always trying to rescue animals and nurse them back to health. Most times she was successful and was able to release them back into the wild. Helping those that could not help themselves stirred something within Levade that has stayed with her into adulthood fueling her need to work with animals.

After high school Levade attended Alfred State College for veterinary science and became the first member of her family to graduate from college. Later she made the transition to pet stylist by attending grooming school.

Levade attends Grooming expos twice a year to keep up with the latest trends and to master her creative techniques. She keeps the 4 Paws furry family looking their best! Levade’s family consists of her canine companion Taco, a feline Kitty, a turtle named Doug and 2 newly acquired bearded dragons Big Boy and Titan. When not surrounded by flying fur and shampoo Levade enjoys horseback riding. One day she would like to own a horse ranch.

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McKayla F

McKayla was born in Albany, NY and has now settled in the Averill Park Area. Just like her mom, she always had a love for animals. Whether they were there to stay or being fostered, pets always filled her home.

She worked in child care throughout her teens and into adulthood but always had a dream of working in the veterinarian field. McKayla joined the 4 Paws team in 2013 as a Client service coordinator. In 2016 she took a break to start a family. She now has a beautiful little boy Landon, who you are always likely to see working right beside mommy in her new position as 4 Paws Marketing Specialist.

McKayla enjoys raising not only her son Landon but her two black cats, Figaro and Drogo. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family. As well as going on outdoor adventures, riding the quad, and fitness.

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Lori W

Lori has been with the 4 Paws team since 2000 when she started working in the mornings prior to starting her day at her other job at RPI. She is the first person that the pets see every day and they all greet her with excitement. Lori has helped care and comfort the sick and spent much time coaxing them to eat when they didn't want to. Her love of animals and her special bond with each one is very rewarding for her. Animals are as at ease with her as she is with them, especially the nervous and anxious animals. She says that even a challenging pet needs love, and that being able to win them over is her greatest reward. Patience and perseverance and allowing the animal time to adjust is her formula. If asked who she loves the most, she says everyone she cares for.

Lori is patient, caring and spends a lot of time with each pet when they are here. If you listen closely you will often hear her say to each one “be good now and Lori will see you tomorrow and Lori loves you” as she does her last check on each one before she leaves for the day. She makes a point to know each pet’s likes and dislikes and leaves notes to inform the rest of the staff. Lori will not rest until each and every pet seems content and comfortable away from home.

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Angel D

Angel has lived all over the capital district, including her hometown Waterford, and has settled in Castleton. After 16 years of working in the restaurant business she decided to pursue her childhood dream of helping animals and came to 4 Paws in March 2014.

Angel loves every minute of her time at 4 Paws caring for the patients, providing playtime, walks, baths and extra love. She is a kind and patient person that takes her time getting to know each pet and creating an environment that is comfortable and comforting. She treats each pet she meets as she would her own beloved 5 year old dog “Rocky”, and her 2 cats “Taz” and “Bandit”.

In her spare time Angel enjoys spending time with her pets and family, or taking photographs of the nature around her. Here at 4 Paws she has a calming presence and is always wiling to lend a hand. The pet's seem to respond instantly to her gentle and compassionate nature.