Meet Our Team


Susan Sikule, DVM, Owner

Dr. Sikule began Just Cats Veterinary Clinic in 1994, filling a niche in the community to care for feline patients in the capital district. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, after completing her undergraduate at the University of Rochester. She has specific interests in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and holistic medicine including acupuncture.

Send Dr. Sikule an email: Dr. Susan Sikule

Denise Petersen, DVM

Dr. Petersen received both her bachelor of Science degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University.  She owned and practiced feline and canine medicine in Saratoga Springs for several years.  She also became experienced with raising and treating alpacas on her farm.  Dr. Petersen is enjoying the advantages of an exclusive feline practice since joining Just Cats.

Send Dr. Petersen an email: Dr. Denise Petersen

Theresa Tommell, DVM

Dr. Tommell has been affiliated with Just Cats since 2002. She began her work at Just Cats as an LVT. She received her Bachelors in Biology from Siena College and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine with clinical study at Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine @Virginia Tech. She returns to us from serving as the Director of Shelter Veterinary Services at the Animal Protective Foundation in Scotia (October 2015 - March 2016). Dr. Tommell's professional interests include dental surgery, soft tissue surgery, ultrasound, rescue, and shelter medicine. She lives in the nearby hill towns with her husband and two children.

Send Dr. Tommell an email: Dr. Theresa Tommell

Robyn Kurzel, DVM

Dr. Kurzel recently joined Just Cats upon her return to upstate New York after living in Florida. Originally from Buffalo, she received an undergraduate degree in Animal Science and a DVM from Cornell University. Dr. Kurzel has worked with cats both in Florida at the Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Center at Cooper City and across the pond; she became a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in London, UK. Dr. Kurzel has performed research and veterinary care for small animals in Ghana, Africa; Arizona; and Vermont. 

Dr. Kurzel feels profound satisfaction when a cat warms up to her — she considers it a compliment! As a veterinarian, working with cats is her greatest joy. She strives to recognize each cat’s individual characteristics and personality through perceptiveness, patience, and vigilance. Just as importantly, she’ll take your concerns seriously and work closely with you to provide guidance and education for your cat’s care.

In her spare time, Dr. Kurzel enjoys running and bicycling.

Licensed Veterinary Technicians

LVT’s are similar to registered nurses in the human profession. They care for your cat, administer anesthesia, perform dental procedures, monitor the health and well being while your cat stays with us. LVTs are your cat’s voice while in the hospital. They are trained to observe pain and make sure their stay is as stress free as possible.

Kimberly Demars, LVT, VTS (Dentistry)

I have been working as a NYS Licensed Veterinary Technician since 2003 when I graduated from SUNY Delhi with my AAS in Veterinary Science and passed the NYS licensing examination.  I joined the team of Just Cats in 2006.  I have a special interest in Feline Dentistry and educating our clients on the special needs of their feline pets.  In order to excel in this field and provide the best care for my patients I decided to further my education in dentistry.  After  completing  a rigorous 2 year program and associated examinations with the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians I now have my Veterinary Technician Specialty in Dentistry.  I love spending time outdoors with my husband Zac and I enjoy baking, painting, and cooking.  I live with my husband and our 2 "kids" (cats), Edward and Sanibel, in Mechanicville.

Regina Guzzo, LVT

I graduated from Albany High and went on to received an AAS in Veterinary Science from SUNY Delhi. I then attended SUNY Albany and completed my BS in Biology and Chemistry. I joined Just Cats in 1995. I live with my husband Mario, 3 children, 2 cats: Albert and Waffles; and 1 dog, Ezra.  I enjoy cooking and photography.

Trish Davis, LVT

I have been working as a NYS Licensed Veterinary Technician for 5 years.  I have been with Just Cats for 3 years and couldn’t be happier!  I graduated from SUNY Delhi in 2008 with an associate degree in Veterinary Technology and graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 2010 with a degree in Biology.  In my free time I enjoy camping, friends, and vacationing.  I live with my husband Shawn and our 3 cats Cleo, Stella and Eywa.

Mary Bramer

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Becca Stack

I joined the Just Cats team in January of 2020. My educational background is a Bachelor's in Biology from UNH. I am a licenced veterinary technician who enjoys taking care of your animals. I live at home with my boyfriend Brian and my cat Atia and dog Elion. 

Lena Franceschini

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Emily Johnson

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Practice Manager

Missy Filarecki

I joined the Just Cats team in November of 2015. My educational background is a Bachelor’s in English obtained at SUNY Albany, 2 Associate’s degrees in Liberal Arts and Musical Theatre obtained from Genesee CC, and a Paralegal Certification obtained at Schenectady CCC. My love for kitties prompted me to join the Just Cats team. When I am not at Just Cats, I am a wife to my amazing husband John, a musician, and a loving kitty mom to my cats Cracker and Simon.

Client Services Specialists

Ronda Dolan, CSS Supervisor

I have been employed with Just Cats since March 2015. I have always loved animals and I actually worked at the Catskill Game Farm when I was in high school! My background comes from 25 years of environmental consulting. I enjoy kayaking, hiking and pretty much anything outdoors. I share my home with 2 dogs, Gunnar and Pee Wee. While I am at work I care for our house cat Lucy, who has become my baby.

Karen Villesvik

I joined the Just Cats team in May 2019. Previously I worked in natural foods retail in Saratoga Springs and on St. Thomas, my former home. I co-owned a copper enameling studio in the V.I., and continue my craft stateside. I earned my BA in Linguistics at UNM/Albuquerque. A devoted audiophile, I've been spinning roots reggae on my weekly radio show on WSPN since 2002. Cats have always been in my world - currently my beloved is Zizou, a grey and white rescue.

Tallis Warren

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Kerry Chiapinelli 

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Erika DeHont

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Technician Assistant

Sandy Sullivan

Sandy has been a valued member of the Just Cats team since 2009. She is our house kitty Mylo's favorite person. RIP Mylo

Mandy Blair

I joined the Just Cats team in March of 2015. My love for animals prompted me to join the team. I am also a pet photographer and take pictures of cats looking for their forever home. When I am not helping the animals, I spend time with my husband Stephen and my two wonderful children; Jaysen and Parker and coming soon, Elizabella. 

Cari Bockis

I joined the Just Cats team in 2004 as an Animal Care Taker. I enjoyed that position but wanted to work more with the cats so, I was promoted to Veterinary Assistant. What drew me to the clinic is my passion for helping animals. I am a fun loving, wonderful mother to my 4 dogs, 8 cats, and bunny.

dSteven Kline

I have worked at JC since 2009.  I presently attend HVCC majoring in engineering science. I live in Guilderland with my family and 4 cats, Buddy, Maddy,Chloe and Willow.  I enjoy snowboarding and basketball.

Nicole Blair 

I joined the Just Cats team in July 2018. I started my career in the Army Reserves in 2004 where I did 1 tour in Iraq. Now that I am back home, I enjoy being a mother to my wonderful daughter Taylor, and being a wife to my amazing husband Eric. I enjoy spending time with the cats each day and strive for excellence in feline care. I am currently enrolled to become a Veterinary Technician.

aaaaaAmanda Califano

I have been a part of the Just Cats staff since July 2013. I have a Bachelor’s degree from The College of Saint Rose in Elementary Education. Although my background is not veterinary related, my love for animals drew me to Just Cats. After working here for a few years, I discovered my passion for helping animals and am currently enrolled in an Associate’s Degree program to become a Licensed Vet Tech. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, journaling, and camping. I share a home with my husband Mike, son Nicholas and my fur babies. I have 2 cats, Bella and Boots and a Lhasa Apso, Chloe. 

Kia D'Andrea


I joined the Just Cats Team in August of 2018. I am currently enrolled at Penn Foster in the Veterinary Technician program. After trying my hand at human phlebotomy and EKG technician, I was able to realize my true passion lied with animal care. I have 3 cats and 2 goats at home who are my fur babies. I love all animals which is why I will take care of your kitty to my best ability! I enjoy horseback riding and playing piano in my spare time.  

Veronica Smith

I have been a part of Just Cats since December of 2018. I am currently enrolled in my second semester at Penn Foster to become a Veterinary Technician. In my spare time I enjoy anime and comic con. I aspire to rehabilitate animals when I graduate. I am originally from Maryland and getting used to a new place.  I live at home with my boyfriend Jacob. 

Animal Care Giver

Brandy Leon

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Aaron Cordiale

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Autumn Moors

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Office Cats



Walter has been part of the Just Cats Family since summer of 2019. He enjoys stealing your food, harassing your cats in cages and being the goodest boy. He will greet you at the desk and give you love and purrs!



RIP Lucy 07/01 - 05/17

Lucy enjoys long naps in her basket, eating, and basking in the sun. She has been our office cat for over five years. She spends most of her time near the front desk where her favorite person, Ronda, works.


RIP Mylo 07/97 - 07/18

Mylo is 21 years old and full of spunk. She is our bathroom office kitty, but sometimes finds her way to the doorway to bask in the sun and to say "hi" to our patients and their families with her very distinctive (loud) meow.

Office Hours



9:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-3:00 pm


9:00 am-7:00 pm


8:00 am-3:00 pm



Will reopen on Saturdays soon





7:00 am-6:00 pm


7:00 am-7:00 pm


7:00 am-7:00 pm


7:00 am-5:00 pm


7:00 am-5:00 pm



We will reopen Saturdays soon