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Meet The Team

River's Edge Animal Hospital Team

Meet our caring and compassionate veterinary care team committed to providing exceptional veterinary care for you and your family.​​​​​​​

Addie Blair​​​​​​

Chief Hospital Administrator
​​​​​​​Veterinary Management Inc.

Addie has been in the Veterinary industry since 2004. While in high school, she did an apprenticeship at a veterinary practice in her hometown, Salisbury, North Carolina. She quickly found passion in this ever-growing field. She has worked in emergency, surgery, and general practice.

Prior to joining our team, Addie worked as a manager for a large veterinary hospital in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA for eight years and then spent a short time in Pensacola, FL managing a veterinary urgent care. The thing Addie most enjoys about her job is making our clients happy and seeing the staff learn and grow so that they can serve our community best. When she is not at work, she enjoys traveling, shopping, boating, and spending time with her family.

Nicole Hall

Client Service Representative Manager

Nicole is a native of Rock Hill and has been in the veterinary field since 2008. Before working in the veterinary field, she worked in human medicine. Nicole quickly found out her passion was with animals and everything came naturally. She enjoys building relationships with clients and their pets. Nicole has a special knack for small dogs. She lives with her husband, 4 dogs, and 1 cat. In her spare time, she loves exercising.

Michelle Afflito​​​​​​

Client Service Representative
Michelle is a New Jersey native but has called the Carolinas home for twenty years. While in NJ, she worked in special education and became proficient in sign language. However, after caring for a special chronically ill dog, she realized she wanted to work in a veterinary field, involved with not only helping the animals but also their humans. She enjoys volunteering with rescues and has a passion for fostering. She has four adopted fur kids, some of whom were fosters who stole her heart and never left. In her free time, Michelle loves to be outside. She enjoys running, cycling, swimming, competing in races/triathlons, camping, hiking, and kayaking (the dogs sometimes get to go too). Although still a novice, she also loves taking care of her garden. The mountains and the beach are some of her favorite places to visit.

Michael Galtes

Client Service Representative & Veterinary Assistant​​​​​​​

Michel has lived in Rock Hill for over 30 years. He has experience in multiple careers but found his passion in caring for and saving animals. He has been in the veterinary field for 3 years. He loves to help clients by educating them and giving them the best care for their pets. He lives with his wife Nina, son Mateo, 2 dogs Rudy & Reesi, and cat Muse. In his spare time, Michael enjoys outdoor activities, visiting breweries, video gaming, flying drones, watching sports, and hanging out with family and friends.

Amanda Mercer

Technician Manager

Amanda was born and raised in Charlotte NC. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Western Carolina University in 2016 and got her Associates' degree in Veterinary Technology from Gaston College in 2019. Amanda has been an RVT for 2 years. She is interested most in Dentistry and Anesthesia. Amanda have 5 cats named Stella, Toothless, Dooku, Jango, and Mumbo. In her free time, she loves to read, play video games, and hang out with friends.

Kellyn Van Riper

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Kellyn Van Riper is from the local area. After graduating from Gaston College and becoming an LVT she has been working in the animal industry for 12 years. Living on a small farm with 3 cattle dogs and chickens is a large part of her life, but spending time on the lake with friends and family is her happy place.

Keren Gonzalez

Veterinary Assistant & Social Media Coordinator

Keren has been in the veterinary industry since 2017. She pursued her passion for animals by volunteering at her local animal shelter where she fell in love with veterinary medicine. Her love for animal rescue has led her to adopt 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 2 mice, and foster many more animals of many different species. Keren is now in her last year of veterinary technology program at Gaston College. As a certified fear-free veterinary professional, her main focus is to make visiting the vet a happy and comfortable experience for both owners and pets. In her free time, Keren enjoys being outdoors and traveling, whenever she is not lounging around with her furry babies.

Brandee Leutzinger

Veterinary Assitant

Originally from Canton Missouri (right on the Mississippi), Brandee has been in the Veterinary field since 2008. She has worked in Washington, Nebraska, North, and South Carolina. Since moving to the Carolinas she has worked in pet sitting, daycare, boarding facilities as well as in animal medicine. In 2015, she rescued her little diva Kaya (choc lab/heeler mix) who keeps her in check. Brandee enjoys working in surgery and dentistry although she loves her day-to-day interaction cuddles with the fur babies. Her favorite aspect of her job is making life-long relationships with our clients and their pets. In her downtime, she loves cooking (especially GRILLING) and absolutely anything outside. She also enjoys skydiving and doing mud runs when possible.

Liz Jerreld

Veterinary Assistant

Liz has lived in the Carolinas most of her life. Liz has been working with animals since middle school and started with teaching horse lessons and volunteering at a local vets office. After working general practice for 6 years Liz advanced her knowledge and skills by working animal ER/ICU in a specialty hospital for 3 years. She is excited to bring her ER skills back with her to general practice. Liz and her husband spend free time hiking, camping, and paddle boarding. Liz has two rescue pitties Monza and Enzo and a horse named Stewie.

Ariana Ware

Veterinary Assistant

Ariana was born and raised in the Carolinas. She has always grown up with animals from horses to dogs. She has always had an interest in animal services and sought out classes even in highschool in vet assisting. Wanting to pursue a higher education, she graduated during COVID in 2020 with her associates in Applied Science with a focus of Veterinary Technology from Piedmont Technical College in Newberry SC. Her life goal is to eventually receive her bachelor's degree to then become a Licensed Veterinary Technologist.

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