About Us
We Are A
Family-owned 
Veterinary 
Hospital

Our History 

Arizona Animal Wellness Center is a family-owned, multiple doctor veterinary practice, two of which are practice owners. We opened our doors in December of 2004 and are fortunate to have clients travel to our hospital from all over the valley. Our hospital and team strives to offer what is best for the patients and families we serve… it is why we come to work every day. As service professionals we are committed to providing an environment that promotes teamwork, client education and service excellence. Every decision we make for our team, our clients, our patients and our business is based on our Mission Statement and our Core Values.

Our Mission 

                                                          "We serve to enrich the lives of the animal and families who love them."

 

We take pride in the care we provide on a daily basis. We are committed to being thorough and being available to answer all questions our clients have in regard to their pet's health care needs. We act in partnership with our clients to serve their needs and the needs of their pet. We are proud of this profession and we act with integrity and in a respectful manner toward everyone we come in contact with. All animals we care for are treated as if they were our very own.

Core Values

At Arizona Animal Wellness Center we make decisions on the basis of the following core values:

  • Service

  • Accountability

  • Respect

  • Authenticity

  • Passion

Our Commitment

Our team of veterinary professionals are highly skilled with many years of experience in veterinary medicine and patient care.  We are a family and view our clients and their animal companions as family, too. Our doctors and team enjoy working at Arizona Animal Wellness Center because of our philosophy of compassion and excellence. We pride ourselves on being able to come together for a common cause that makes a difference for our clients and our patients every day.

Our clients tell us that it’s obvious we love animals and our compassion is palpable. Our goal with every interaction is to connect with others by listening, seeking to understand, and finding common ground to create positive outcomes. Clients are appreciative of the time we take with them and that we include them in the health care decision-making process for their pets. It is important to us that we know how your pet is doing at home as well - follow up telephone calls are made by all members of our team. These calls also allow us to make sure we are doing everything we can for your pet's health care needs. In addition, it gives our clients an opportunity to give us feedback or ask questions or have reassurance that their beloved pet is on the right path.

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Our Doctors

 

Dr. Parva Bezrutczyk

Dr. Parva is proud to be a part of a profession that makes a difference in the lives of animals and the people who love and care for them. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Colorado State University. She has been practicing in the valley since 1997. Dr. Parva grew up in Connecticut and Massachusetts, where most of her family currently lives, and she misses the four seasons of New England. She graduated from high school in Katy, Texas and now calls Arizona, with all its heat and sunshine, home. She lives in a household run by several cats and dogs as well as her daughter, Skylar.

Dr. Parva enjoys practicing small animal internal and emergency medicine. Her special interests and strengths include advanced soft tissue surgery, pain management and dentistry. She also enjoys the successes and challenges that come with leading a practice and continually strives to build and grow the capacity of herself and others at Arizona Animal Wellness Center.

"I am proud to be part of a team of individuals who are passionate about providing the most advanced and compassionate veterinary care available as well as impacting others lives in a positive way. It is my hope that Arizona Animal Wellness Center is a place in which you will find an open mind, a compassionate heart and an honest friend to assist with your pet's health care needs."

Dr. Pamela Ford

Dr. Ford is a 1997 graduate of Colorado State University. She has been practicing in the valley and surrounding areas since 1997. She is an Arizona native and grew up in the Glendale area. As a teen she was very active in the Arizona 4-H program and was a member of the equine, canine and veterinary science programs. Her love and interest in companion animals and veterinary medicine was obvious at a very young age.

Dr. Ford's training at Colorado State is in traditional western medicine. However, over the last two decades, she has added to her repertoire many holistic and alternative treatment options to offer her patients. She prefers to use a blend of both traditional western medicine as well as alternative medicine to best help her patients. This is called integrative or complementary therapy. She will occasionally use a combination of traditional medicine, nutritional supplementation, herbal formulation and acupuncture to achieve the best treatment outcome. She is also certified in Companion Animal Rehabilitation.  She believes in the benefit of holistic health care and preventative medicine to promote wellness for all pets.

"Arizona Animal Wellness Center is the embodiment of its name. Our team strives to inform our clients of all health care options and stresses the importance of preventative health care in an effort to attain well being for all patients. My hope is to offer the most quality health care available and effectively and openly communicate with our clients. This will build a partnership that allows you to take an active role in the health care of your loved one."

Dr. Christi Benigni

Dr. Benigni is an Arizona native and grew up in the East Valley. At an early age she became active in animal rescue, which has both enriched and blessed her life with many wonderful adventures, including a spay & neuter project in the Galapagos Islands.

She finds great joy in practicing veterinary medicine and feels fortunate to be part of a profession that makes a difference in the lives of both the animals and the people that love them. She is very in-tune to the unique and tender role an animal fulfills in our lives and feels privileged to be allowed to help enrich and benefit that relationship. Her areas of interest are preventative health care, pain management including epidurals, behavior, and internal medicine.

"It is an honor to be a part of the Arizona Animal Wellness Center Team where everyone takes pride in their work and comes together to provide the most attentive and compassionate care for your loved ones."

Dr. Elizabeth Mower

Dr. Mower was born and raised in the Mesa/Gilbert area of Arizona. She knew that she wanted to be a Veterinarian at 5 years old. She worked in various veterinary hospitals throughout high school and college to ensure she would be able to achieve her dream. She received her Bachelors degree in Agribusiness with a specialty in Pre-Veterinary Medicine from Arizona State University in 2008. She then traveled to Grenada in the southern Caribbean where she received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from St. Georges University in 2012. She has been practicing in Arizona since that time.

"I have enjoyed the journey from school to practicing medicine and have learned a lot in a short time. I feel that client communication is the key to earning the trust of clients who then give me the honor of treating their furry family members. The cases I enjoy most include internal medicine, dermatology, and dentistry. I love all animals... Cats with all their curiosities are my passion. In my spare time I enjoy movies, music, and hanging out with my cat."

Dr. Ashley Kerns

My parents currently live in Tucson, AZ. My older sister lives in Iowa and is a collegiate soccer coach. My partner, Kristen, and I just moved to Phoenix with our two dogs, Ludo and Rousey, and our cat, Everly. My goals are to provide the best patient care while developing relationships with my clients and patients. Personally, I would love to learn sign language some day. When not taking care of patients I enjoy painting, hiking, kayaking, soccer, streaming TV. 

Dr. Joshua Montel

Dr. Montel graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.   He has spent the last 6 years feeding his passion for surgery.   Following graduation from Veterinary school he completed a Surgical Internship at Purdue University and a surgical rotation at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, a large 24 hour Emergency Veterinary facility in Colorado.  Dr. Montel has also completed a Surgical Oncology Internship at VCA West Coast Specialty And Emergency Hospital in Orange County, California and approximately 2 years as a Surgical Resident at this facility.  That is 6 years of A LOT of incredible orthopedic, soft tissue and skin reconstruction surgeries. He has a true passion for surgery and loves helping patients have a chance to heal with a surgical option. He approaches his cases with an excellent bedside manner and is a wonderful listener and communicator.  Dr. Montel embodies a very genuine and compassionate approach to helping his patients live a long, comfortable and healthy life.  He looks forward to providing the best of care for your pet at Arizona Animal Wellness Center.   

Dr. Randy Tedrow

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Dr. Kevin Winters

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Our Team

 

Arizona Animal Wellness Center has a compassionate, friendly and professional team that are from throughout the Valley of the Sun. The commitment to client service, highest standards and compassionate care runs strong throughout our hospital from our doctors, veterinary technicians and assistants, receptionists and hospital management. The basis of our care is founded upon our core values of safety, teamwork, compassion, service excellence, honesty, integrity and advanced veterinary health care for your pet.

Our team members have a high level of education coupled with many years of experience in the veterinary field. We have eight certified veterinary technicians and all the members of our team share our commitment to advanced learning and increasing our knowledge of veterinary care.

Arizona Animal Wellness Center was named Veterinary Health Care Team of The Year in the state of Arizona for 2007-2008, by the Veterinary Health Care Team of Arizona, whose goal is to create cohesive veterinary support teams that function at a high level of excellence. The Veterinary Health Care Team of Arizona encourages continuing education, interpersonal communication, client education, community service and networking within the profession. It is our pleasure to incorporate these qualities into our hospital and services.

Each team member is committed to the highest standards of care while ensuring compassion and safety for every pet. Our goal is to educate and provide the needed information, so that our clients are able to make the best health care decisions regarding their pet's health, happiness and wellness care. Including our clients in all health care decisions for their pet is always our goal.

The Team at Arizona Animal Wellness Center is here to make a difference in the lives of animals and their owners - we are proud to be a part of a profession that can make a difference every day.

Adam - Chief of Operations

Adam has been part of the team at Arizona Animal Wellness Center since 2006. He is a native to Arizona, and while he did spend some of his childhood in Colorado, he spent most of his later childhood years in Parker, AZ. Adam started his career in veterinary medicine at the age of fourteen working with his grandfather who was a veterinarian going on farm calls. At the age of seventeen he worked as a veterinary technician at his uncle’s veterinary practice. Adam has had the opportunity to mentor and work alongside numerous great veterinarians but has ultimately decided to call Arizona Animal Wellness Center his home. Adam is an avid outdoors-man and enjoys mountain biking, camping, hiking, and spending time with his family. He and his wife have a four-year-old son along with two Sphynx cats and two dogs. Adam aspires to continue his career in veterinary medicine by assisting in the growth and development of his peers and teammates to create not only an exceptional place to work but an extraordinary place to bring your pets and family members.  

Jennifer - Director of Human Resources and Client Services

Jennifer decided to join the veterinary field back in 2001 because she wanted to be a wildlife vet, but decided after working in the industry that vet school was not for her.  She did enjoy working with the animals and helping them out from being babies to senior pets.  She did get a bachelors of science from ASU with an emphasis in wildlife habitat management.  She also an MBA from university of phoenix with an emphasis in human resources management. She married her high school sweetheart and has been together for 22 years, married for 13 years.  They have a son named Anthony and two dogs.  Beauty is her old lady whippet, she is almost 14 years old.  They  also have a rowdy 3 year old lab/boxer/pit mix who is the life of the party.  Her only hobbies is really hanging out with family and friends.

Tiffany - Inventory Manager & Administrative Assistant

Tiffany started out her career in the Auto industry for 10 years. Times changed and so did her passion. She worked hard to get her Veterinary Assistant Certificate at Pima Medical and graduated at the top of her class. From there she applied as an Animal Care assistant with AAWC where she has been happily employed for almost 7 years. Tiffany has worked her way up from an animal care assistant to her present roll as an administrative assistant and AAWC’s Inventory Manager. She shares her home with Alexis Paisley a 3 year old Maltipoo,  Lola a 7 year old Min Pin/Chihuahua and Winchester a 16wk old Maltipoo. Her hobbies include Singing (she has a beautiful voice that can calm the nerves of some of our most shy patients), Movies, Crafts, Baking and spending time with her family.

Stacey - ​Client Service Representative/ Administrative Support

Stacey has worked in customer service most of my her yet this is her first position working in the veterinary field. She love the way AAWC takes care of her babies which is why She just had to join the team. Her husband and her have 4 fur babies at home. In her spare time she enjoys shopping, being at home with her family, hanging with friends, and going to the beach. Her goal is to make someone smile everyday :)

Linda- ​Client Patient Advocate

Linda has always loved animals and is new to the veterinary industry. She has over 18 years of Client Relations Experience. She grew up in Orange County,  California and moved to Arizona three years ago. She has been married for 21 years and has a teenage son. Her family consist of an 8-year-old Golden Retriever named Sasha and a nine-month-old Mix Rat Terrier named Mojo. She loves to spend time with her family and go on new adventures. Her interest are cooking, wine tasting, reading crime fiction, collecting old cook books and the NBA.

Nikki - Client Service Representative Manager

After working in the NASCAR industry for over 8 years Nikki wanted a change and her love for animals brought her into the veterinary field.  She started her veterinary career in 2010 in a small family owned veterinary clinic in Charlotte, NC. She relocated to Arizona in January 2012 to be closer to her family and started her career at AAWC in May of 2012.  She is a mom of 2 crazy two legged boys and one four legged fur daughter, Cooper.  She strives to make a difference each day for AAWC's clients and their pets. She's called AAWC home since 2012 and cannot imagine working anywhere else.

Jane - Client Service Representative

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Lacey - ​Client Service Representative

Lacey has worked in the veterinary field since 2007 and has been at AAWC since 2012. She loves building bonds with every pet that comes through the door and the families that love them. She has a husband and son along with 2 dogs, Cricket an English Springer Spaniel and Stoli a Doberman mix.

Jaci - ​Client Service Representative

Jaci has always had a strong bond with Animals. Growing up her mother worked with horses and she was in pony club all throughout her childhood and competed in dressage and jumping shows with her horse, Ginger. Her parents were always huge animal lovers and they rescued all kinds of random critters from baby raccoons and baby quail, to endless cats. Jaci has worked in many different industries such as retail, beauty, and the human medical field helping clients, but realized working with animals is what she's meant to be doing. She grew up in Washington DC and also spent 10 years in San Diego. She moved to AZ to be with her boyfriend, AJ. They adopted their dog, Booker, who was a stray at AAWC! She is into health and fitness, pop culture/nerding out over tv shows..self-growth, exploration, drawing, going to random events especially if they involve food & being outdoors. She is dog-obsessed and loves to cook!

Lindsey - Client Service Representative

Lindsey is currently going to CGCC, and has completed her Vet Assistant Certificate through EVIT. During this time she has also worked as an intern as a 'vet tech' for over 230 hours. I started a career in this field because animals don't get all the love that they deserve so working with them on a daily basis will help ensure that I can help take care of them. My current goals are to graduate from CGCC with my associates degree with a future goal to go to school and become a Veterinarian.  One day I would like to own a practice as well as an animal sanctuary to rescue large and small animals from horrific conditions. In my spare time I enjoy going on road trips and camping with my dogs. Basically anything that involves my dogs.

Amanda - Client Service Representative

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Samantha - ​Director of Team Development, CVT

Samantha has been in the veterinary field for over 25 years. She was going to school to be a veterinarian but once she got into the field she realized being a technician was much more fulfilling.  She got her CVT and is so blessed to have a career that she is passionate about.  She has 2 dogs a rotti-hound cross and a chihuahua who runs the show.  She has been with her husband Mike for 30 years and have 2 grown daughters, 1 grandson and a granddaughter on the way.  Outside of work she is very active in her church and community.

Leah - ​Lead Technician

Leah's love of animals brought her to this field in 2010. She is a certified veterinary assistant and has worked in many areas of the hospital throughout her career. She shares her life with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 horses. Her hobbies are everything to do with horses! 

Erica - Certified Veterinary Technician

Erica has had a love of animals for as long as she can remember. When she was in high school she started working as a kennel assistant and was hooked. She attended Ridgewater Technical College in Minnesota and graduated with her AAS degree as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2000. She worked in a mixed animal practice in her home town of Owatonna, Mn until 2004 when she moved to Steamboat Springs. CO. Throughout her 9 years in Colorado she worked in a small animal practice, did relief work at an emergency clinic in Aspen, CO and worked with a specialist in Veterinary Orthopedics. She learned so much in the time she worked with Dr Erick Egger, scrubbing into surgeries, educating clients on the orthopedic procedures performed on their pets and managing Dr Egger's mobile orthopedic business. Her husband and her moved to Gilbert,AZ in 2012 and she began working for Eye Care for Animals in Phoenix. This was another amazing specialty she was able to be apart of in her technician career. They welcomed their son in 2013 and was blessed to stay home with him for 8 months before going back to work at a small animal practice in Gilbert. She started working at Arizona Animal Wellness Center in February of 2015 because she was looking for a more challenging environment with opportunity for growth. Her passion is dentistry and educating clients on oral health. When am not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family exploring Arizona, camping, biking or anything outdoors. They have 2 furry family members, Simon and Elsie who are domestic short hair cats. 

Chelsea - Certified Veterinary Technician

Chelsea has been in the veterinary industry for 12 years. She started as a receptionist, and became a Certified Veterinary Technician 8 years ago. Chelsea has been with Arizona Animal Wellness Center since 2012.  Her level of detail and compassion for excellence in veterinary care is unsurpassed.  We are proud of her growth in the field of veterinary medicine and grateful for the difference she makes in the lives of others.   

Juliana - Certified Veterinary Technician

Juliana has been in the Veterinarian field for 12 years. She is a Certified Veterinarian Technician and has her Associates degree in Animal Science. She is excited to have a job she enjoys and is very passionate about. She has lived in Arizona her whole life and doesn't ever plan on leaving. She has been married to her husband Ryan for 12 years and has 4 amazing kids Melody, Rhythm, Harmony, and Lyric. They also have two cats Ella and Zane! 

Katie - Veterinary Technician

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Jamie W - Veterinary Technician

Her decision to return to school and become a Veterinary Technician was inspired by the loss of three of my beloved animals within nine months. After a decade of working as an academic advisor for various universities, She realized she was not following her passion and took the plunge to make a career change. She recently completed her Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology at Mesa Community College and is in the process of preparing for her board exams to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. She shares her life with her husband and their two rescue Boxers, Zinc and Bohannan and their rescue kitty Mosie.  In her spare time she enjoys relaxing with family, reading and cooking. She is passionate about rescue work and was very involved with Boxer Luv Rescue prior to returning to school. She hopes to resume volunteering, including hospice fostering. Her animals are her inspiration for the work she does every day.

Natalie - Veterinary Technician

Natalie started working at AAWC because of the love she has for animals! She has a pit bull mix, Opie, a cat, Jojo, a tortoise, Herbie, and 2 goats, Dwight and Oliver. Her and her husband have one amazing daughter who everyone at AAWC adores! Any chance she gets she is with her family!  Her passion is integrative medicine and hopes to one day be a canine massage therapist.​

Ashley - Certified Veterinary Technician

Ashley has always loved working with animals and started at a veterinary clinic while in high school. She has a BS is in Animal Science from U of A and earned her CCRVN through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.  Some of her other passions include Pilates, traveling, hiking and running. 

Ashley is very passionate about service to others and her community.  She’s has been selected as a Wild Keeper with "Keep It Wild"!   Keep It Wild is a locally-based volunteer organization that promotes keeping nature safe in their natural environment through several community clean ups per month all around Arizona (....and now the country!).  She also started her year with a two week "All Hands and Hearts" volunteer trip to Aransas Pass, Texas as part of their continued Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Her time in Texas was indescribable and she plans to make time every year to volunteer.

Dani - Veterinary Technician

She has never worked in a veterinary hospital (or even the veterinary field for that matter) prior to going to school 3 years ago. She applied for a position as a technician here at AAWC after her externship for Veterinary Assistant in May 2017. Since then, she has graduated the Veterinary Technician program from Pima Medical Institute with an Associates Degree in September of 2018. These past 2 years felt like they have flown by - She is so grateful for everything she has learned (and currently still learning) from working at AAWC. Prior to PMI back in 2010, She graduated from EVIT with a certification in dental assisting. She worked as a dental assistant/hygiene assistant for close to a year while she was working towards becoming a dental hygienist. As you can tell, that didn't happen due to circumstances in life, but she can honestly say that oral health and hygiene are still a passion of hers. At some point, she thinks it would be amazing to be able to incorporate oral health and veterinary medicine more into her life/work. When she's not at work, you can find her spending time with her family - Tim, Alyvia,  Remi (her Black Lab/Greyhound mix), and Havoc (their Border Collie).

Michelle - Veterinary Technician

Michelle has always had a passion for animals and was naturally drawn to working in the veterinary field. After deciding in 2006 to attend school for Veterinary Assistant, she began working as a technician shortly after. Working full-time, she still graduated with her Associates Degree in Medical Office Management in 2007. Michelle has 4 children (3 of whom are teenagers) & her own four-legged hoard includes: 1 border collie, Molly; 7 cats, Smokey, Baby, Domino, Sunny, Kisses, Butters, Mandy; 1 Bearded Dragon, Ruby; 2 Rosy Bourke Parakeets, Romeo & Juliet. She & her family enjoy traveling, rock-hounding, chasing desert storms, and having fun conversations with people & each other. 

Dee - Veterinary Technician

Dee's passion for animals and veterinary medicine began as a little girl when she would visit her grandfather's rabbit farm in Oklahoma. Dee has been working in veterinary medicine as a veterinary technician since 2009. In 2013 Dee moved to Arizona with her husband, step-daughter, 2 dogs and 1 cat. Soon after moving to AZ she had a baby boy and took time away from veterinary life to be a stay-at-home mom. She is currently attending San Juan College and plans to graduate in 1 year with her CVT. After graduation she wants to specialize in behavior. In her free time Dee likes to read, travel, explore new places in Arizona, fish, and go camping with her family. 

Brittnay - Veterinary Technician

Brittnay enjoys working at AAWC as veterinary medicine was her intended career path after high school. She attended ASU pre-vet program later changing her career path to focus on sign language. Her life made a full circle and she found herself back in veterinary medicine. Brittnay grew up around all types of critters and shares that animals have a special place in her heart. She loves spending time with her two girls and finding new things to do with them. They try to find a new adventure every weekend. Brittnay loves being outside with her girls and if she could she would spend all of her time around horses! 

Raquel - Veterinary Technician

Raquel was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil and had lived in Arizona for 2 years. She met my husband Brad during a trip to USA in 2016 and they passed the next 2 years traveling sometimes between US and Brazil. In 2018, She finally moved to Arizona and was married in may of the same year. When she came to Arizona for the first time, she knew it would be her home one day. She is enchanted by the desert. She has always loved animals and working with them is a big part of life. She graduated from a school of veterinary medicine in São Paulo in 2009 and worked as a veterinarian until she moved to USA. Her dream is to validate her degree in the United States and be able to continue her profession here. Working as a Technician at AAWC has been extremely important to her and is very thankful for being able to continue in the veterinary field and learning with other amazing professionals. She loves spending time with her husband, their dog Pita (a 6 yo Karelian Bear dog) and their cat Rado (a 1yo cat that her husband found under the house where he worked). One of her big passions is traveling.  She loves visiting different spots & cultures as well as trying new foods and meeting new people.

Jenna - Veterinary Technician

Jenna has had a soft spot for animals all her life. She used to have a lot of strays were she grew up and would always sneak them into the house. She has always had a special bond with animals. She went to Pima and finished the Veterinary assistant course and the veterinary technician course and graduated with her associates degree. She has been with her husband since high school. They just welcomed their 1st child a baby girl in 2020. They also have three shih tzus named Maximus, Gambit, and Lilly and two cats named Kitty and Kevin. In her spare time her love for anything to do with water like swimming or going to the lake or river are her favorites. She enjoys playing Nintendo and watching TV. She also plays kickball and volleyball with her family almost every Sunday.

Summer - Veterinary Technician

Growing up Summer was always surrounded by animals. From farm animals to her household pets consisting of dogs, cats, hamsters and rabbits. From the time she was about 8, she had her heart set on being in the veterinary field. She graduated from Pima medical institute in 2014, but has been working in the veterinary field since 2011. She is passionate about emergency medicine, diagnostics, radiology and large animal medicine. During her spare time she enjoys spending time with her son Forest & fiancé, Brenden. They love to be outdoors and doing activities such as fishing, hunting,  kayaking on the lake, hiking as well as attending car shows and going off-roading. They have three amazing pups - Rebel, Willow, & Synch. 

Arielle - Veterinary Technician

Choosing the veterinary field was easy for Arielle. Since she was little she always had a love for animals both big and small. It only made sense to pursue her career and devote her life to helping save animals. Going to tech school was the best decision she ever made! Arielle was born and raised in Arizona with her grandparents and sister. Most of her family is from New York and New Jersey so you could say she's a little ways from home. She has a wide variety of animals at home. She has 2 dogs, 5 cats, 3 leopard geckos, and a guinea pig. They definitely keep her very busy! Some of her hobbies include photography, horseback riding, and playing guitar.

Joey - Veterinary Technician, CVT

Joey is a native Arizonan and has always felt a special bond with animals, starting from a young age. After spending over 20 years as a manager in the commercial and retail paint industry, he returned to school to pursue a career in veterinary medicine and graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Mesa Community College in 2017. Joey started his second career in emergency veterinary medicine before joining AAWC in 2019. He has a passion for helping people, advocating for animals, and leading by example. Joey is married to his best friend, Kristine, and lives in San Tan Valley with her and their two dogs (Baloo and Leilani) and two cats (Littles and Bond). He is happy to be serving the community of AAWC.

Bianca - Veterinary Technician

Bianca got into the veterinary field because she felt it would be the most challenging and rewarding job she ever had, and she was right. She's always loved animals and felt the most fulfillment in her life caring for them. Aside from working in veterinary clinics she's spent many years fostering kittens when able, and worked in a pharmacy specializing in veterinary medicine. She currently has 3 cats (pixie, Wednesday, and pippy) and 2 dogs (Salem- a German Shepard, and Billy- a chihuahua)  Outside of work she loves going to the movies, reading, and spending time up north (Sedona & Flagstaff).

Jessica - ​Pharmacy Manager, CVT

Jessica has worked in the industry since 2004, doing everything from kennel, assistant, CSR, technician, technician supervisor, pharmacy technician to pharmacy manager.  She graduated from Michigan State University in 2009 with her Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Technology. She never would have thought back then that she would ultimately be doing anything but hands on patient care, but the very first day she worked in the pharmacy department she knew she would stay! It was definitely unexpected that she would end up loving it as much as she does.  She has a passion for anything pharmacology or laboratory related, especially microscope work and learning more everyday about different lab values, cells, microbes, etc., how they work, and what they mean to our patients to help us be able to ultimately better treat them.  Outside of work, her husband and her enjoy spending every second they can with their three son, Truett, and watching him grow and learn everyday.  They love traveling, especially abroad & also love going to cycle class at the gym and going to concerts.  They have 2 super loveable cats at home – Bandit and Jigsy – Truett loves them to pieces, but sometimes a little more than they would like.

Nykala - Pharmacy Assistant

Nykala has been in the veterinary field for 4 years now, working her way up from animal care assistant to now being a pharmacy assistant. She has always loved animals and wanted to find ways that she could best help them and be there for them, so she started off volunteering at shelters and then came to AAWC in 2015. She is currently in the process of obtaining her veterinary technician license and hopes to have that completed within the year. Her family consists of her parents, 4 brothers and seriously an entire zoo (cats, dogs, birds, hedgehog, etc.) in her house, but she wouldn’t have it any other way! She enjoys taking care of the stray animals that come in, attempting to find their homes and/or adopt them out if need be! Her specialty is tiny orphaned kittens and she absolutely loves raising them and being their momma!

Taylor - Pharmacy Assistant

Taylor is a great asset to AWWC where she is primarily a  Technician and Pharmacy Assistant. She graduated from   Highland High School and went to East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) where she received her Veterinary Assistant Certification. After completing her internship and working at a nearby clinic she applied at AAWC was where she has been for almost 5 months.

 

Taylor has also completed her 1st level (9 hrs of training) to be Fear Free Certified and plans on completing level 2 and level 3 (a combined 13.5 hrs) in the near future. Her family includes 2 dogs, Casey an 8 yr old Pomeranian and Archie (previously adopted from AAWC) a 10 month old terrier mix

Goals: To finish being Fear Free Certified, to be a Certified Veterinary Technician and to be a Surgical Technician.

Tricia - Pharmacy Assistant

Tricia has always wanted to work with animals since she was a little girl. When She graduated high school in 2004 she started working at an animal Clinic in mesa as a Tech. In 2007 she started working at AAWC. Her husband and her are Highschool sweethearts been together for 16 years and married for 6 years, they have a 3 year old daughter and they just welcomed their second child in September. She loves the outdoors they go camping every chance they get.

Alex - Pharmacy Assistant

Alexis and her husband Alex have a son Zayden and they are welcoming thier 1st daughter in 2020, 5 fur babies (3 cats and 2 dogs), and a fish. She has been in the veterinary field for 5 years, working her way up from the bottom. Working with animals has always been her goal. She loves being able to help those who can’t speak for themselves as well as build bonds with their families.

Sierra - Pharmacy Assistant

Sierra has a passion for animals and she is working towards her dream of becoming a Veterinarian! 

During high school Sierra went to EVIT to get a veterinary assistant certification and at the same time did numerous veterinary medicine competitions placing in the top 5 in multiple of them. This opportunity actually allowed her to compete at internationals in Orlando, Florida! She is now a junior at ASU and a Barrett honors student. Studying biology with a pre-vet focus. Next semester she will start her honors thesis on the Salt River Wild horses,  studying behavior between horses and humans! Besides school Sierra enjoys to work out, spend time with her 2 dogs and 3 cats, hike (with her dogs), go camping, study martial arts, and walk her dog daily! She is a very active person and is always open to trying new things! She had had a lot of experience in veterinary medicine working alongside multiple different veterinary focuses. She came to Arizona Animal Wellness Center to continue to broaden her experiences and to help all the animals she can and work towards being a Veterinarian for the Future! 

Kayla - Technician Assistant Supervisor

Kayla is originally from Illinois. She has always been interested in animal care professions ever since she was first asked what she wanted to be when she grew up. She had consistently been interested in the Veterinary field (a few times interested in Zoology/conservation) mainly for educating others and learning new things herself. She finished her Bachelors in Pre-vet medicine at UIUC in Illinois and shortly before that, she met her long term boyfriend RJ. He moved to Illinois for her and they both moved back here to Arizona, and have been together for 5 years now. They currently only have a pet mouse named Chryssy (full name Chrysanthemum). They plan to eventually have a few kitties and maybe a few ratties...but RJ knows I will always want more little critters!

Miranda - Technician Assistant

Miranda has always loved animals since she was a child. She has always wanted to be in the veterinary field. She hopes one day to be certified in Animal Behavior and Socialization. She has 3 wonderful dogs; socks, tank, and molly and 1 lovable cat, Rico. Her hobbies include dancing and singing around the hospital and putting a smile on everyone’s face.

Izamary - Technician Assistant

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Vanessa J. - Technician Assistant

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Lexi - Animal Care Assistant Lead

Lexi found a stray pup in a homeless camp that needed a home. This chance meeting started Lexi on her path in the Veterinary Field. She gave this stray a home and helped her become a happy healthy puppy. Giving her medicine & making sure that she was okay. Knowing that she could do that with one single puppy meant she could do it for millions more. She is working on obtaining a bachelors in pre-veterinary medicine. Her future aspirations are to become a veterinarian and run a 24 hour veterinary hospital. When she is not at work she enjoys playing with her dogs, cuddling with her cats, and reading books. 

Vanessa - Animal Care Assistant

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Maria - Animal Care Assistant

Maria volunteered and shadowed in veterinary practices for the past 6 years with an aspiration to go to a veterinary school in the future. By working at Arizona Animal Wellness Center she hopes to gain valuable experience to pursue her career in veterinary medicine. In her spare time she likes hanging out with her family and riding horses

Tamia - Animal Care Assistant

Tamia is currently a senior at Arizona State University studying pre- veterinary medicine. For as far as she can remember from her childhood, she has always wanted to work with animals. She has been in the veterinary field ever since she started college. It has given her the experience she needs to further her education in becoming a veterinarian. On her free time she enjoys doing photography and exploring nature.

Alexa- Animal Care Assistant

Ever since Alexa was old enough to understand what a career was she has known that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Animals have always been such a huge part of her life and growing up around a lot of animals has been a huge reason why she has developed such a passion for animals and their care. She has only been in the veterinary field for 9 months and has loved every second of it. She is currently a sophomore at ASU, majoring in Pre-Veterinary medicine. After she obtain's her bachelors degree she is hoping to go to veterinary school and get her  DVM. After veterinary school she's still not sure what field of veterinary medicine she wants to pursue. She currently has 4 dogs and a crested gecko. When she is not working or at school she has many hobbies. She enjoys hiking with her dogs, hanging out with friends, riding her dirt-bike, wake boarding, and anything else that involves being outside. 

Elizabeth - Animal Care Assistant

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Sam - Animal Care Assistant

Sam has always loved animals from a young age.  She is a recent High School Graduate and also has her Certification for Veterinary Assistance from EVIT. She just finished up her externship for about another clinic and just recently joined AAWC as an Animal Care assistance. She lives with her three dogs, Angel, Blondie and Fatboy. Her goal is to graduate from the Community College she is currently attending and gain as much knowledge as she can.

Aly - Animal Care Assistant

Aly is currently a junior at ASU studying veterinary medicine. Ever since she knew what a career was she was certain that she would one day become a vet, and since then she has worked tirelessly towards that goal. Her dream became a  reality when her beloved miniature pinscher Caly was diagnosed with diabetes at age 9. Caly was only given a year or two to live, however she was a fighter. With Aly by her side she lived until her 14th birthday, 3 years longer than she was given. Being able to practice giving injections and testing blood levels on her best friend solidified it in her mind that she wanted to be a vet. Currently Aly has two fur babies, a psycho rabbit name Kami (aka bun of buns) and a rambunctious kitten named Kai. She also has 2 betta fish named Oryx and Fish Pratt. When Aly's not surrounding herself with animals and caring for them she enjoys baking, watching movies/tv shows, hanging with her boyfriend and providing respite care to her little brother with autism. Once Aly finishes vet school she hopes to be specialized in small animal exotics as well as cats/dogs and run her own mobile pet clinic. Providing care to animals that can't mak it into a clinic.

Sunday - Animal Care Assistant