Our Veterinary Staff
Amanda Billinger, Practice Manager
Amanda got on board with us in November 2017. Originally from Alaska, she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from Southern Utah University, and has earned several awards and certifications in her field since then. She got started on her career path at a young age, due to her love of horses and going to horse camp, and volunteering at shelters. She has always been passionate about keeping pets healthy. Amanda has had many exciting experiences in the veterinary field, but one that stands out in her mind is when she got to meet and work with the great-great-great-great grandchild of the racehorse Secretariat, who famously won the Triple Crown in 1973. Her favorite part about working at CMAH is being a part of a growing hospital that always puts quality care first. Amanda has a special place in her heart for Husky puppies, but she’s happy to share her home with Onyx, a Shih Tzu/Yorkie mix.
April Bornhoeft, Head Veterinary Nurse
April, a team member at Coal Mine Animal Hospital since September 2007, earned her education from Metro University. She enjoys working with animals, helping seriously ill pets recover, and performing dental cleanings and dental X-rays. She lives with her husband Joe, their dogs Jebus and Katze, and their cats, Chester and Herrman. When she isn’t working, she enjoys hiking, camping, reading, climbing, and backpacking.
Melissa Casey, Veterinary Nurse
Melissa has been a part of our team since July 2011. She earned her associates degree in animal science from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. It was her love for animals that brought her to this career and she has no regrets! One of the cool experiences she has had on the job was taking X-rays on a sedated baby tiger. She loves every aspect of her current position at Coal Mine Animal Hospital. Melissa is married to the love of her life, Charlie, and they have two daughters, Kayla and Kaitlin. They also have an animal family, including Dutchess, a black Lab; Minnie, a hound mix; Friskie, a shorthair feline; Simon, an orange tabby; and Lily and Ginger, two Guinea pigs. Melissa’s hobbies include spending time with family, supporting her kiddos in their activities, and going to Zumba.
Sarah Roper, Veterinary Nurse
Sarah, who earned her veterinary assistant degree after attending Arapahoe Community College and Penn Foster, has been with Coal Mine Animal Hospital since July 2011. She loves the fast-paced job she has here, enjoys helping owners care for their animals, and loves having new experiences every day. She spends her life outside of work-family with her wonderful husband, Nick, and their pets Toaster, a miniature schnauzer, and Sherman, a Cockatiel. When she isn’t working, she working on their house, crafting, and planning for the future.
Kristine Baker, Veterinary Nurse
Kristine joined the Coal Mine Animal Hospital team in August 2017. She is currently enrolled with Penn Foster College and working towards her Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. She chose to enter the veterinary field because she loves helping animals, and enjoys getting to learn so many new things and working with exotic pets. One of her favorite experiences in the field includes getting to work with a baby bobcat. Kristine has a daughter, Skylar, and three pocket pets: a pair of guinea pigs named Daisy and Luna, and a dwarf hamster named Robo. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her daughter, reading, doing crafts and being outside in the sun.
Ashleigh Pritchard, Certified Veterinary Technician
Ashleigh always knew she wanted to work in the animal field. Growing up, she used to sneak animals in from outside to try to keep as a pet… which her mom was definitely not a fan of. Her family got their first dog when Ashleigh was in kindergarten, and one of her favorite things to do was to go to the veterinary appointments. She loved being able to learn and ask the doctor questions. In high school, she learned that she could go to school to become a veterinary technician, and she knew that was the perfect career for her! Ashleigh earned her Bachelor of Science in biology from Austin Peay State University and her Associate of Applied Science in veterinary technology from Chattanooga State Community College. The most rewarding part of her career is being able to help animals in need and bring comfort to their owners.
Ashleigh and her husband, Eric, have three pets of their own including Guinevere, a Golden Retriever mix, and two tortie cats, Ivy and Clover, who are sisters. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and going on walks.
Michelle Biles, Veterinary Receptionist
Michelle was born and raised in Colorado. She graduated from Bel-Rea in 2008 with an associate degree in animal technology. Michelle is currently enrolled at MSU Denver, where she is working towards a BS in biology and a minor in business management. Her professional interests include surgery (soft tissue and orthopedic), parasitology, and emergency and critical care.
Michelle lives with her husband and daughter, and together they have a Red Heeler named Cricket and a cat named Snoops. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball, reading, swimming, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Marissa Zollars, Veterinary Receptionist
Marissa chose the veterinary industry because she loves making connections with people and their pets. For her, helping pet owners understand how to keep their companions safe and make healthy choices for them is extremely rewarding. When she’s not working, Marissa enjoys hiking, nature photography, reading, and drawing. She loves being outdoors and going to bluegrass concerts with her amazing husband, Merrit, and watching classic Western movies from the 40s and 50s. Marissa and her husband have one four-legged family member, a German Shorthaired Pointer named Luger.
Lori Scott, Receptionist
Lori, who has been with the Coal Mine Animal Hospital team since MID- 2015, chose her career in the veterinary field because of a love for animals. She has enjoyed her experiences with the animals, especially being able to handle wildlife, seeing all the different breeds of dogs and cats, and of course interacting with them. Lori is married to her husband, Rick, and they have two sons, Michael and Stephen. They also have two dogs name Indiana and Doohan. When she isn’t working, Lori enjoys gardening, camping, and reading.
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