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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​​​​​​

Practice Manager

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.

Meagan Davis​​​​​​

Operations Manager
Meagan has been in the Veterinary Industry since 2001. Growing up on her family farm in SC, and her Aunt being a Veterinarian, Meagan quickly knew she would want to work with animals. in 2001 she started her career in the veterinary field at a GP. Meagan continued to grow, and expand her knowledge and eventually made the transition to work for an ER & Specialty Hospital. She has worked in many special areas but found a love for being an ICU nurse. She learned and experienced a lot, and got to work with some of the most critical cases. it was a wonderful part of her life. She loved being able to care for her ICU patients in a way that embodied a mother's love. While doing so, Meagan also found a love for training and being a mentor for others. She enjoys teaching others and helping them grow, and succeed. Meagan also loves being able to educate clients, and the community. The thing Meagan enjoys most about her job is making clients happy, educating them, teaching and guiding the staff, and seeing the patients get the best quality of care and medicine. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her fiance and their 4 dogs, family, and friends. She also loves taking her to Tinkerbell who is a therapy dog to nursing homes, children's hospitals, and other places. It brings her so much joy to see others smile, and experiencing Tinkerbells love!

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 dos 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 be.

Nicole Hall

Client Service Representative

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.

Michael Galtes

Client Service Representative

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.

Kelsey Loccisano

Client Service Representative & Veterinary Assistant

Kelsey Locciasano was born and raised in western Pennsylvania. She graduated from Westminster College with a BS in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies. She moved to the Charlotte area in 2015 and has been in the animal field since. She has a passion for wildlife and has rehabbed different species. She currently works part-time at the Carolina Raptor Center as a Raptor Tech. Her love for owls is only outdone by her love for her 2 Pekingese Bear and Panda. in her spare time, she likes to kickbox or attend concerts.

Amanda Mercer

License Veterinary Technician

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 does 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.

Kelly Van Riper

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Kelly Van Riper is from the local area. After graduating from Gaston College 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

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 Carolinas. 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.

Rebeca Roque

Veterinary Assistant & Social Media Coordinator

Rebecca was born and raised in Puerto Rico. At age 18 she moved to the US and has lived in a handful of places from NC to CA before deciding to settle down on the east coast with her husband, their two hairless cats, and two senior dogs. She has been in the Veterinary Medicine industry since 2018 and has worked in many aspects of it such as General Practice, Surgery, and Emergency. Her special interest is in supporting practice and her team through the smart use of technology and you'll more than likely find her behind the camera trying to share what the team sees and does daily. During her free time, you'll find her reading, writing, working on DIY projects, tending to her moody plants, and online gaming.

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