Meet Our Team

We are pleased to introduce you to our Chili Animal Care Team!

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Meet the Chili Team

The Chili Animal Care team has built lasting relationships with our pet families for generations. We are a friendly and loyal family committed to providing high-quality care for the Rochester, NY pet community, and we truly love what we do. Get to know the Chili doctors and staff and bring your pet in for a visit soon – we can’t wait to meet them.

Our Veterinarians

Dr. Roger Kuntz

Dr. Kuntz's Bio

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Roger Kuntz has been a part of the Chili Animal Care team for 40 years. Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Dr. Kuntz enjoys working in a patient-centric practice like Chili and values the meaningful connections to clients that he has been able to foster at Chili Animal Care over the last four decades.

Dr. Kuntz has a passion for training the next generation of veterinary professionals and has been actively involved in mentoring pre-vet students for the last 20 years. Many of his mentees are now veterinarians.

Meet the rest of our amazing staff!

Kira Parks

Kira's Bio

Client Service Representative Supervisor

Kira Parks is a Client Services Representative who has been part of the Chili Animal Care team since July 2019. Kira is very passionate about animals and has been working in the animal care industry for many years. In addition to her passion for animals, Kira also enjoys art and spending time with her two cats, Shelly and Jay.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her pets and her family, including her great-niece and nephew.

Susan Driver

Susan's Bio

LVT Supervisor and Kennel Supervisor

Susan Driver is the LVT supervisor and kennel supervisor. She has been working at Chili for nearly 25 years.

Erica Sampson

Erica's Bio

Client Service Representative

Erica Sampson is a client service representative at Chili Animal Care. She was born and raised in the Rochester area, and has been working with animals since 2004. Erica loves making meaningful connections with clients and loves being able to see their beloved pets each day.

Erica has four cats and enjoys reading and gaming in her free time.

Kathryn L. Hargis

Kathryn's Bio

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Kathryn L Hargis is a licensed veterinary technician at Chili Animal Care. She was born in Chili and has lived in Rochester her whole life. Kathryn has been working with animals for 46 years. Kathryn enjoys working in the animal care industry because it allows her to learn new skills and utilize the many skills she has learned along the way while working with both patients and their owners.

Kathryn owns dogs, cats, and horses. In her free time, she enjoys camping as well as spending time with her husband, Paul, her children, and her grandchildren.

Veronica Guzman

Veronica's Bio

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Veronica is a licensed veterinary technician and has been working in the animal care industry since 2017. Veronica enjoys working with animals because they have been her passion from a very young age. She also enjoys seeing each patient’s unique characteristics and personality shine as she cares for them.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two cats, baking, and spending time outdoors.

Pamela D. Crane

Pam's Bio

Client Service Representative

Pam Crane has been a client service representative here at Chili Animal Care since 2018. Prior to her position at our practice, Pam has been putting her love of animals into action through breeding, whelping, and caring for Miniature Schnauzers for over ten years.

In her free time, Pam enjoys gardening, biking, birdwatching, and grooming Miniature Schnauzers. Pam also enjoys spending time with her family, including her four children.

Joy Gartland

Joy's Bio
Client Service Representative

Joy Gartland is an Administrative Client Service Representative at Chili Animal Care and has been with us for nearly five years. She has been passionate about animals from a young age and grew up with many pets, including dogs and birds. This passion for animals has remained strong, and she currently has three dogs, three birds (one African Grey and two Parakeets), and a rabbit!

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her pets and her family, including her great-niece and nephew.

Kaitlyn Yonder

Kaitlyn's Bio

Animal Care Assistant

Kaitlyn is one of our animal care assistants and has been part of the Chili Animal Care team for two years. Kaitlyn enjoys working alongside such a fun and helpful group of coworkers and says that she loves learning new things from them each day.

Kaitlyn is currently attending Genesee Community College in the veterinary technician program and will earn her license in the near future. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, and spending time with her pets.

Jessica Tillapaugh

Jessica's Bio

Animal Care Assistant

Jessica is one of our animal care assistants and has been part of our team for over two years. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree at SUNY Geneseo and hopes to go to veterinary school in the future.

Jessica enjoys working at Chili Animal Care because she is able to experience the meaningful, personal relationships the Chili Animal Care team has established with our clients. She also enjoys learning about veterinary medicine from Dr. Salama, Dr. Kuntz, and Dr. Gobeli, who are all very willing to teach as they go!

Jessica has four cats and one dog! While she’s not at work Jessica, enjoys spending time with her pets, kayaking, biking, and exploring nearby hiking trails with her dog, Goldie.

Laura Oechsle

Laura's Bio
ACA

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