Tristin Michalowski

Tristin just started with us in November of 2022, but her career in Veterinary Medicine actually began back in 2015 at Schultzville Animal Hospital. Tristin entered this profession as a Veterinary Assistant, but her skills have grown considerably over these last few years working with different Veterinary Hospitals.  She has advanced into a well-trained Veterinary Technician.  She already has her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Misericordia University and is hoping to complete her Master’s Degree. Tristin also hopes to take her State Board Exam to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Tristin’s favorite parts of the job include Phlebotomy and Anesthesia, but caring for the Exotic patients is near and dear to her heart.  Tristin loves exotic pets and even raises tarantulas! When she’s not tending to her 4-legged patients at work, or caring for her 8-legged friends at home, Tristin enjoys painting and drawing. She comes by her love of all animals naturally, as she quite literally lives on a farm and has pets of all various species.

Nina Jones

Nina is the equivalent of everyone’s “favorite cousin” in our crazy little family. We don’t get to see her all the time, but when we do, we know it’s going to be a great day! Back in December of 2019, she joined the Back Mountain staff part-time, while still managing her full-time position as an ER Tech at Northeast Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital. Nina is the type of person who gives 1000% all the time, no matter what she is doing. She especially loves Phlebotomy!  She is happiest when she gets to hit tricky veins and can place difficulty IV catheters! Nina perfectly balances professionalism with camaraderie, which keeps the day running smoothly for both the clients and her coworkers. Nina has recently stepped away from the insanity of ER medicine to take on a full-time position with more normal hours and a lot less stress. That has given this wonder woman an chance to indulge in some cooking and spending time with friends. Nina regains her sanity and renews her soul by hanging out with her favorite fella, Connor, and the best Boston Terrier in the World, Praise!  

Ashli Quick

With the last name of Quick, you better believe Ashli has made great strides since starting her career in Veterinary Medicine here in December 2021.  She is certainly a quick learner and has proven herself to be very capable whether she’s managing an appointment as an Exam Room Tech, assisting in Surgery, or running bloodwork in the lab.  Don’t let her quiet demeanor fool you, Ashli also has a quick wit that often catches the staff off guard and really helps break up the stress of the day with a good laugh.  Ashli enjoys learning new things and taking on new challenges.  She hopes to go back to school to fulfill her dream of becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. When not hard at work here, she’s hard at work on her family farm. Ashli’s family life has instilled in her a strong love of giving back to the community, which she happily does by teaching agricultural skills to the local 4H Club. Ashli enjoys spending time with friends and family or chilling out with her dog, Mozzie.  She has been a great addition to Back Mountain Vet and we are happy to have her as part of our crazy family.

Tori Reno

Tori Reno started her veterinary career with Back Mountain Vet in October 2016 as a Veterinary Assistant. Through the years, Tori has advanced into the roles of Patient Care Coordinator, Exam Room Technician and finally, Surgery Technician.  She has taken on each new position with a determination to excel in the skill sets each position requires.  Tori left briefly at the end of 2021 to put her Technician skills to the ultimate test by working under the extreme pressure of Emergency Medicine.   Tori rose to the challenge and her time in ER medicine really allowed her to hone her skills and boost her self-confidence.  Now that she has returned to her roots, Tori thoroughly enjoys being able to help others follow in her footsteps and grow in their veterinary career. Having been exposed to so much stress during her Critical Care experience, Tori is passionate about helping clients avoid such issues with their own pets by providing excellent client education.  Although she loves all aspects of her job, Tori has a keen interest in Anesthesia and Surgery. She is currently enrolled in Certified Veterinary Technician classes to take her career to the next level. When not pursuing her passion, Tori relaxes with pottery and painting. If she is looking to burn off the stress of the job, she hikes, takes day trips, or dance/exercise classes. Tori balances the Western Medicine of her job with Eastern Medicine in her personal life. She is Reiki Certified and is studying the healing properties of crystals and herbs.  She loves and is loved by her cats, Winifred, Salem and Nya, as well as her toy poodle, Lola.

Karli Cimino

Karli began her career in veterinary medicine right here back in 2012. She came in with no experience, but through hardwork and diligence, she trained up from Patient Care Coordinator and Veterinary Assistant to Exam Room Tech and now, Surgery Tech.  Karli left us briefly to gain some valuable experience in Veterinary ER medicine and to have her 2 great kids.  Now that her son and daughter are in pre-school/kindergarten, she has returned to Back Mountain Vet to continue expanding her skills.  She returned to day practice instead of ER medicine because Karli enjoys seeing pet patients through all stages of their lives.  There is something truly fulfilling in caring for patients at their very first puppy/kitten vaccines,  keeping them active and healthy through adulthood and ensuring they get to keep enjoying their best lives well into their senior years.  A big part of making sure pets get the care they deserve is through client education. Karli is a big advocate for educating clients on dietary requirements, the importance of preventatives, pet insurance and routine wellness exams. Karli has a profound respect for on-the-job learning and is looking forward to learning more advanced techniques as a veterinary technician. She also hopes to be able to pass on the knowledge has has gained over these last 10 years to help the next generation of vet techs succeed.  When not working, Karli spends her time doing art projects with her kids, going on weekend get-aways, and decoratiing her home for the holidays and change of seasons.

Kelly Joy Hack

Kelly is a great Veterinary Exam Room Technician. She is well liked by both clients and coworkers because she is so dedicated to doing her job to the best of her ability each and every day.  Kelly has completed internships at both the Quakertown Veterinary Clinic and Thoreau Veterinary Hospital.  She has graduated from Northampton Community College in collaboration with Lehigh Carbon Community College’s Veterinary Technician Program. She is looking forward to passing her Boards to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. In the meantime, she’s putting the skills she has learned to good use. Kelly likes providing care to pets after surgery, administering fluid therapy, drawing blood and running the laboratory diagnostics.  She loves being part of all the various components of care and treatment to help pets heal after surgery or recover from illness.  She also has a keen interest in Sonography and Exotics. Kelly is a real go-getter and is always making sure the doctors and her coworkers have all the help they need. She has taken on learning the detailed maintenance of the lab machines and can be counted on to do the phone outreach to service departments if a machine fails to run as required.  Kelly is rarely found with idle hands, always ensuring even the smallest details of the job are accomplished before heading home. Once finally home from work, Kelly shakes off the daily stress of the veterinary field by endulging in her passion for crafting.  When she wants more physical activity, Kelly enjoys both bowling and rollerskating.   Afterwards, she gets to chill out with her cat, Bella, and her two rats, Pickles and Squirt.  

Micaela Herman

Micaela is a wonderful Exam Room Vet Tech.  Clients really appreciate her patience and willingness to go the extra mile when it comes to client education or explaining various components of Treatment Plans. Micaela really enjoys assisting in surgery, especially the more complex, non-routine surgeries and she is undergoing hands-on training to become a Surgery Tech.  She  is also currently taking classes to get her Veterinary Technician Certification through St. Petersburg College.  She is very much looking forward to graduating from Tech School and becoming a Licensed Technician. When Micaela is not hard at work or deep into her schooling, she has a broad range of interests and hobbies to keep her busy.  Her dog, Dixie, is her primary focus, but Micaela also enjoys writing, playing bagpipes, hiking, skiing, and baking. She loves spending time outdoors, especially when it’s the season for attending Renaissance Fairs.  If that’s not enough diverse interests for you, her membership in the Air Force Auxiliary has helped foster her love of travel (especially Europe, so far) and she was the Luzerne County Fair Queen in 2021. Faith and Family mean everything to Micaela. She is hoping the support of both will lead her to a very exciting career in Veterinary Medicine!

Kim Petros, LVT

Kim came onboard with us in July of 2009 as a Veterinary Technician, after getting her Associate Degree in Veterinary Science from Johnson College. Kim has grown into a great addition to our staff. She is personable and dependable, always willing to take on the extra responsibility of managing our overnight intensive care patients. Kim is a Licensed Veterinary Technician, getting her State Certification in August 2016. Her Certification has allowed her to become a mentor and trainer for the next generation of Johnson College students. Kim enjoys just about everything about the job, but has a special interest in veterinary dentistry and is gaining valuable skills in dental radiology. She also certified to provide Therapeutic Laser Treatments. She has a special love for working with puppies and kittens, educating owners to ensure that they get off to a good start.  She is taking on more leadership here in her role as Head Veterinary Technician and takes pride in being able to put her many advanced skills to good use in a hospital that values quality, comprehensive, state-of-the-art care for its patients. Kim manages the stress of the veterinary field with her love of reading and physical fitness.  She is a fanatic about Halloween and Christmas, playing only Christmas music in surgery from the very beginning of November. She treats her cat, Dinah, like a princess, even getting her portrait painted in regal attire. In her free time, Kim enjoys shopping and traveling and hopes to someday go on Safari in Africa.  For now she’ll just settle for visiting local breweries and wineries.

Mia Remplewicz

Mia became a valued member of the BMVH family on April 1st, 2019, which should have been our warning to just how big a practical joker she was going to be!  Like the time she covered brussels sprouts in white chocolate and sprinkles and told the staff they were cake pops! The staff’s reactions were pretty priceless!  Mia’s great sense of humor, even if its at her own expense, really helps all of us get through the stressful and sad times that are unfortunately unavoidable in veterinary medicine.  We don’t ever want to know what its like to be without her wit, her willingness to break into song, or her ability to quote from her favorite tv show, The Office. Equally important, Mia is an excellent technician, with a keen interest in anesthesia and surgery.  She especially enjoys scrubbing in to assist for difficult or complex surgeries.  Mia is excited by the constant advancements in Veterinary Medicine and loves the challenge of always learning something new. She is patient, detail-oriented and very caring, qualities which extend into her love of training new staff to ensure their success in Veterinary Medicine. Clients really appreciate the compassion and empathy she brings to the exam rooms, along with her willingness to answer questions and help educate clients so they can take to best possible care of their fur-babies. Speaking of fur-babies, Mia loves to spend time with her two dogs, Wyatt the Great Dane and Leroy the Silver Lab.  She and her fiance, Joey, love spending time outdoors. They are always up for an adventure, be it 4-wheeling in a mud bog, camping under the stars or simply taking care of their chickens and ducks, oh yeah, and can’t forget the hamster, Norman Bates! We told you she had a great sense of humor!