Our Staff

Ericka Canales

Practice Administrator

Ericka Canales has a variety of tasks that help the practice run smoothly every day. She's involved in human resources, answering client calls and questions, and oversees the running of the practice. Seeing the "big picture" is her strength.

Prior to opening the Veterinary Center with her husband, Dr. Ryan Canales, Ericka worked in environmental education, grant writing, and coastal policy for more than 12 years. She has a Master's Degree in Environmental Planning and Policy.

While managing the hospital, Ericka is able to combine two of her passions: "giving back to our community, as well as making our clients pet's lives long, happy and healthy. It also doesn't hurt that I get to work with my husband/best friend every day."

Sara Eisenhauer

Practice Manager & Veterinary Technician

Sara has a diverse and outstanding background in animal studies. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where she majored in wildlife and fisheries sciences. Sara then excelled as an avian wildlife rehabilitator for seven years at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) in Quechee. At VINS, Sara oversaw the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation, where her team succeeded in releasing many birds back to their natural habitat. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her camera and binoculars in hand.

Kirstin Ward

Certified Veterinary Technician

Kirstin graduated from Vermont Technical College in the class of 2017 and the class of 2019 with both an Associates of Applied Science (AAS) in Veterinary Technology, and a Bachelor's of Science in Business Technology and Management (BS). Kirstin has worked as a Veterinary Technician Intern at Paw's for Thought in Highgate VT. She was born and raised in Northern Vermont Franklin County area where she looks after two of her adorable Labrador Retrievers. One that is a 5 year old black lab named Onyx and the other yellow lab who is 3 years old named Milo. During her free time, Kirstin enjoys skiing, playing slow-pitch softball and taking her dogs for long hikes.

Phil Horowitz

Veterinary Technician
Bio Coming Soon.


Kasey Permenter

Veterinary Technician

Kasey has a strong commitment to animal welfare. In 2010, she moved to Vermont from her hometown in New Jersey. She is a 2013 UVM graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Science and a minor in Animal Science. She has over five years experience managing large animals across the Northeast, including, dairy cows in Vermont, alpacas on Martha’s Vineyard, and equines in New York. She is interested in small and large animal surgery, ophthalmology, and theriogenology. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, hot yoga class, and spending quality time with her cats, skinny pigs, and betta fish.

Madeline Cruger

Veterinary Assistant

Madeline (Madi) graduated from the University of Vermont, class of 2018, with a Bachelor in Science. She majored in animal science with a minor in psychology and has been working in animal veterinarian clinics since 2016; she is currently taking post graduate classes and plans to apply to Veterinarian School. Madi was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago and left the Midwest to attend school on the east coast. Since moving to Vermont, she has filled her home with a variety of animals. She has a corn snake that goes by Yerba, a domestic short haired cat named Minka and a foster mutt named Rhea! Madi has also worked with exotic animals completing an internship at the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Boulder CO and an alpaca husbandry class in Ecuador. Madi enjoys skiing in the winter and exercising animals and painting year round, she loves to be outside!

Alex Lambright

Veterinary Assistant

Alex is currently a senior at UVM as an animal science major with pre-vet concentration. Born and raised in Averill Park, NY, Alex grew up training the family’s German Shepherd Schutzhund and helped out when she had 2 litters of puppies. She also has experience teaching obedience and agility classes. Alex has also worked at two other vet clinics in the past few years and recently worked on a glacier with 200 sled dogs in Alaska. She enjoys hiking, running and volunteering at local shelters when not working in the practice.

Tiffany Hamelin

Vet Assistant

Tiffany graduated from SUNY Cobleskill with a Bachelor degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Equine Fall of 2013. She began herveterinary medicine career at the Equine Clinic at Oakencroft, Albany NY, where she worked as a live-in Veterinary Assistant for three years. She then transitioned to small animal medicine as an assistant in 2016 when she started working in the Emergency Department at Capital District Veterinary Referral Center. An opportunity arose to move back to her home state of Vermont, as an assistant in the Surgery Department at Peak Veterinary Referral Center. Tiffany is now training to become a Technician here at Long Trail. Tiffany enjoys horseback riding, and spending time with her two dogs Cedar and Dylan.

Nicole Farr

Nicole Farr

Certified Veterinary Technician

Bio Coming

Ariana Ducharme

Ariana Ducharme

Vet Assistant

Born and raised in VT, Ariana grew up with a huge appreciation and love for the outdoors and animals. Ariana is currently enrolled at Penn Foster to become a certified Veterinary Technician. Ariana plans on furthering her education by getting her bachelors in veterinary technology. She has a yellow Labrador Retriever named Luke whom she loves to bring hiking and swimming.