Meet our Doctors and Staff …

The Team

Group picture of most of our team as of September 2012.

 

Dr. Michael Casler

Dr. Casler, a graduate of Cornell University Veterinary College, joined Guilderland Animal Hospital in 1969. He is a member of numerous veterinary organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Society, American Animal Hospital Association, New York Veterinary Medical Society, Capital District Veterinary Medical Society, American Veterinary Dental Society, AAHA Council of 100, Veterinary Surgical Laser Society, and is on the Executive Board of the Cornell Veterinary College Alumni Association (President 2004-Present).

His professional interests include surgery, laser surgery, dentistry, and oncology. His hobbies include music (Mendelssohn Club of Albany), reading, gardening, and boating. He is an avid college sports fan. He is married with three children and owns a cat named “Archie”.

Dr. Melodee Kopa

Dr. Kopa joined the GAH family in 1988 after graduating from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She enjoys small animal medicine and ophthalmology. She is married and has two children. Her family also includes two diving Golden Retrievers and three active cats.

Dr. Rachael Ragozzino

Dr. Ragozzino has been with us since 2001 when she started as a kennel assistant. She completed her fourth year of vet school at North Carolina State University and graduated from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, when she joined us as a veterinarian. Her professional interests include surgery and oncology. She is an accomplished equestrian and has a dog named “Squishy” that she acquired in Grenada.

Dr. Cristy Towers

Dr. Cristy Towers is a graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and joined the Guilderland Animal Hospital team in 2007. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New York Veterinary Medical Society, and Capital District Veterinary Medical Society. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, geriatric veterinary medicine, and pain management. She is married to Jason Towers, has a son, Cooper, and a Golden Retriever, Camper. Her personal interests include boating and down-hill skiing.

Tonya Ramos

Tonya Ramos has been with us since 2011 when she joined GAH as our Practice Manager.  She came to us with numerous years experience in business, human resources and financial management.  She graduated from Mount Saint Mary with a degree in Computer Information Systems.  Tonya enjoys spending time with her husband, twin children and 3 dogs, Dexter, Kaydi and Jenny.

Dana Temp

Dana joined the GAH family in October 2006 where she now serves as our Technician Team Leader.  She graduated from SUNY Delhi in 2003 with her degree in Veterinary Science and from SUNY Cobleskill in 2005 with her Bachelors degree in Animal Science. Dana belongs to two dogs named “Pisces” and “Tyler”, three cats “Amy”, “Bugaboo” and “Andy” and a horse named “Shea”. In her spare time, Dana enjoys camping, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and baking.