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We Are AAHA Accredited
Our Why: It's because of you we can.
We started our hospital in 2004 to make a difference in the lives of those we serve... this commitment is to those who walk in both the front and back doors of our organization. Our team is essential to our success in saving lives. Together, we make a conscious choice to practice safety, compassion, and excellence in medicine for our patients, our pet families, our team, and our community. We take pride in that you trust us to care for your pet like our own. We do this because it's the right thing to do. We do this for you and your pet because we can.
Our Standards of Excellence: We are AAHA accredited because your pet deserves only the best.
We chose to become an AAHA accredited hospital because we believe your pet deserves our best efforts to provide excellence in veterinary care. AAHA accreditation is reserved for animal hospitals that demonstrate a very high standard of care in 900 different categories including anesthesia, surgery, patient care, and management. Fewer than 15% of hospitals are qualified to become AAHA accredited. These standards ensure we are doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done and how it needs to be done. We provide this care with intention, purpose, and excellence. We are AAHA accredited... because your pet deserves only the best.
Our Promise: We honor the bond you have with your pet.
Our pet parents tell us it’s obvious we love animals and our compassion is palpable. We take pride in being your choice as your pet’s veterinary health care team. Our care extends outside the walls of our hospital. We must know how your pet is doing after your pet’s appointment with us. Follow-up telephone calls are made by all members of our team. We build connections by listening with intention and finding common ground to create positive outcomes. These connections provide reassurance your beloved pet is on the right path. You are your pet’s advocate and we honor the special bond you have with your pet.
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Dr. Parva Bezrutczyk
Dr. Parva is passionate about leading our organization and positively impacting the lives of others. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Colorado State University and has practiced in the valley since 1997. Her superpower is upholding the standards and principles of AAHA to ensure we are providing the exceptional care all of our patients deserve. She is an avid book “collector” and has three worn copies of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe, all of which are only partially read. Dr. Parva is also known as “Queen B” and ensures our Rockstar team has lots of snacks in our breakroom to keep us all fed. On the weekends, you can find her cheering on her daughter in a myriad of sports endeavors and supporting her love of Pokemon battles.
Dr. Pamela Ford
Dr. Ford is certified in Companion Animal Rehabilitation and one of the owners of Arizona Animal Wellness Center. She is a rare breed in that she is a true Arizona native, which means she needs very little water to survive. She received her DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1997 and could not wait to return to the warmth of the desert to be a Veterinarian. Dr. Ford’s superpower is that she integrates both traditional western medicine as well as an alternative medicine to achieve the best outcome for her patients. She can often be found practicing yoga in the warmest areas of her home, as well as digging in her garden with her daughter and hiking mountains of the San Tans.
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 with 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 Bachelor's 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. Tracy Kormos
Dr. Kormos is a wonder woman and a true hero to our patients, our clients and our team. At the end of the day, when she is done providing exceptional care to patients and their families, she prepares for battle with the outside world as an unconquerable warrior. Dr. Kormos lives a distance away in Cave Creek (not as far as the Amazons) but travels at the speed of light to provide relief veterinary care here when we need it most. She has discovered her true destiny as a veterinarian and her superpowers shine brightest when she is stopping the threat of a sore throat of a vocal kitten or an itchy skin infection on a furry pup. In addition to her invisible plane, she has some great gear too – her indestructible bracelets and lasso of truth make any day exciting and fun… unless you are a bad guy.
Dr. Liz Luedtke
Dr. Liz grew up in Pennsylvania and spent a year as a high school exchange student in Germany. She completed a BA in German and International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a Master's in Education Policy at Harvard University and worked in social services for several years. In 2011, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin with her DVM. She practiced back in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire before moving to Arizona in 2019. In addition to practicing as a veterinarian, Dr. Liz also teaches biology at a local community college and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. She loves beagles and cupcakes!
Dr. Teva Stone
Dr Stone grew up in Tucson, AZ. As far back as she can remember she wanted to be a veterinarian. In an effort to make that dream come true, she moved to Ft Collins, Colorado right after high school graduation to attend Colorado State University. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Animal Science, Masters in Biomedical Science and with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2009.
Dr Stone originally planned on practicing large animal medicine but life had other plans. She found herself in a small animal practice and couldn’t be happier. Dr Stone loves the relationships she builds with clients and their pets! She has a special love for surgery and says “There is no greater feeling than to bring a pet to their owner, who didn’t know if they would see them again!"
She currently lives in Ft Collins, CO with her husband Will and their two daughters, Ayslee and Ahmee.
Dr Stone loves AAWC and comes to help out whenever her schedule allows. You can also find her helping out with telemedicine!
Dr. Paige Cooper
Dr. Cooper loves taking care of animals and has always wanted to be a veterinarian. Her passions include Cardiology and Surgery as well as communicating about her patient's medical care needs. Dr. Cooper completed her undergraduate at Louisiana Tech where she played Division 1 Volleyball and graduated from a rigorous veterinary program at Midwestern School of Veterinary Medicine here in Arizona. She has been providing exceptional care of patients at two other veterinary hospitals in the valley before jumping on board with our team! Her roots are from Colorado and she loves water sports as well as being active in anything outdoors. She shares her home with 3 dogs and 2 cats and hopes to travel and see the world in her spare time!
Adam - Chief of Operations
Adam has been part of the team at Arizona Animal Wellness Center since 2006. He is a native of 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 does enjoy working with the animals and helping them out from being babies to senior pets. She has a Bachelors of Science from ASU with an emphasis in Wildlife Habitat Management. She also an MBA from the University of Phoenix with an emphasis in Human Resources Management. She married her high school sweetheart and they have been together for 22 years, married for 13 years. They have a son and three dogs. Beauty is her old lady whippet, she is almost 15 years old. Sparkle is a rowdy 4-year-old lab/boxer/pit mix who is the life of the party and enjoys playing with her younger sister Rosie. She loves to watch movies with her family and have a movie line competition with her husband. She chooses to be an AAWC rockstar to help build the team and provide great customer service.
Rob - Chief Financial Officer
Rob grew up in the Cincinnati area, home to the Big Red Machine, and comes to us in semi-retirement from 40 years of corporate finance. He earned his MBA in Finance from Tulane University and has spent his diverse career in Finance, Accounting, Information Systems, and Manufacturing. Rob is a true blue cat person having raised kitties all his life, including the two current ragdolls - Bandit & Minka. As a hobby, Rob writes a blog about growing up in the Cincinnati area in the 60s and 70s and has over 250 real-life stories. Rob has been married to his high school sweetheart for 43 years and has raised 3 boys. He moved around the country for work and decided to settle in Arizona where he and his wife enjoy many hours of golf, hiking, and biking.
Stacey - Administrative Assistant
Stacey has worked in customer service most of her career, yet this is her first position working in the veterinary field. She loves the way AAWC takes care of her babies which is why she just had to join the team. Her husband and she 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 over 20 years of Client Relationship and has embraced learning the veterinary industry. She has always had a passion for animals and loves getting to know her clients and their pets. She grew up in Orange County, California, and moved to Arizona five years ago. Her family consists of her husband of 25 years, a teenage son, and an 11-year-old Golden Retriever. Some of Linda’s interests include cooking, wine tasting, reading crime fiction, and collecting old cookbooks.
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.
Lacey - Client Service Representative Lead
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 associate's 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.
Gina - Client Service Representative
Gina is an AAWC Rockstar CSR through and through.
She has been in the veterinary profession for almost 2 decades and is honored to be a part of the AAWC team.
She can handle stress while staying cool as a cucumber as evidenced by the fact that she has raised/is raising seven kids... with her sanity still intact. Gina gets her passion for taking care of others from her Dad, whom she credits for being the mom she is today. Her favorite meal is margaritas... with, or without, tacos. You can find her on her time off hanging by the pool watching her fur babies synchronize swim, cheering on her "Ride or Die" team, the Kansas City Chiefs, and just smiling at life in general.
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.
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 every day 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 she enjoy spending every second they can with their three son, Truett, and watching him grow and learn every day. They love traveling, especially abroad & also love going to a 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 Manager
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!
Tricia - Pharmacy Assistant Manager
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 Technician
Alexis and her husband Alex have a son Zayden and they are welcoming their 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.
Theresa - Pharmacy Technician
Theresa was born and raised in Arizona and growing up, she always wanted to be a vet! She started riding horses at 3 years old which started her love for animals. Her grandma bred Australian Shepherds for a short time when she was little, so she was constantly surrounded by puppies, which is everyone’s dream! After a short detour into the world of cosmetology, she decided to go to Pima Medical Institute to become a Veterinary Technician, and once in the field, she decided she did not want to be a Veterinarian. She has been a Veterinary Technician going on for 8 years. She started at AAWC in 2018 because she was impressed with the high level of medicine we practice. AAWC has a fun staff and feels like they are family! We all truly love every pet we see daily.
She loves spending time with my boyfriend, Nick, and their two children Graham and Olivia. They have Kaine, our 9-year-old pittie, Sebastian our 11-year-old cat, and Slinky our ferret. She enjoys spending time with my family and going on vacations.
Natalie N - Pharmacy Technician
Natalie has known since being a child that working with animals was where she was heading in her life. She has been in veterinary medicine since 2004 and obtained her RVT license in 2007 after graduating from Mesa College in San Diego, Ca.
She enjoys continuing to challenge herself in the field with a special interest in anesthesia, dentistry, and behavior. Joining the pharmacology team at AAWC is another opportunity to focus on a specific area and hone her skills.
She moved to Arizona in 2018 with her husband, son, 2 dogs, and 3 cats. She has been enjoying exploring the state and having new adventures.
Bianca - Pharmacy 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).
Erica - Lead 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 hometown 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.
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!
Ashley - Certified Veterinary Technician, CCRVM, BS
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.
Juliana - Certified Veterinary Technician
Julianna has been in the Veterinarian field for 13 years. She is a Certified Veterinarian Technician and has her Associate's degree in Animal Science. She is excited to have a job she enjoys and is very passionate about. She feels blessed every day to call Arizona Animal Wellness Center her workplace. She was born and raised in Arizona and plans on never leaving. Julianna has been married for 14 years and has 4 children. She has two cats, Zane and Ella.
Katie - Certified Veterinary Technician
Hi! My name is Katie Bryant. I am a certified veterinary technician. I started at AAWC as an animal care assistant in 2015 while I was still attending college at Pima Medical Institute in their veterinary program. Growing up I always knew I wanted to do something with animals. When I was little, I volunteered at the pound with my mom where I grew up in Stockton, CA. We helped to feed the cats and dogs (mostly the cats) and I learned a ton about bottle feeding baby kittens. Since then, I’ll never pass the opportunity to help with the bottle babies that come into the clinic as strays. My son Ben is 9, and I’m pretty sure his favorite part of my job is when I am able to foster baby kittens since he LOVES to help. He calls himself “The Cat Man!” I have 3 dogs named Roxy, Chester, and Lucy, and 4 cats named Bolt, Belle, Sassy and Chance, as well as my 2 hairless guinea pigs (skinny pigs) named Max and Eleven. When I’m not working I love hiking, going to the gym, or just hanging out at home.
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.
Joey - Certified Veterinary Technician
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.
Jamie W - Certified Veterinary Technician
Jamie joined AAWC in April 2019. After a decade of working in higher education as an academic advisor, she realized her true calling was leading her down a different path. Inspired by her love of animals and her personal experiences with her pets, Jamie returned to school to complete her Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. Jamie graduated from Mesa Community College in May 2019 and received her certification later that summer.
Jamie was a client of AAWC years before entering the field and knew that this was the only place she wanted to be. Jamie is grateful to be part of the AAWC team and promises to love and care for each pet that she sees as if they were her own. When not at the clinic, Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband and three rescue kids; two Boxers and a kitty. Jamie is passionate about pet nutrition and integrative medicine. Jamie and her husband have a deep love for the Boxer breed and have fostered over a dozen rescue boxers over the years, including three hospice pets.
Holly - Certified Veterinary Technician
Holly was born and raised in Arizona, she has always had a passion for animals starting very young. Originally she wanted to be a veterinarian, but once she started working as a technician, she loved the nursing role much more. She loves educating and building relationships with owners and her favorite part is the one on one care she gets with her patients. She attended Pima Medical Institute for their Veterinary Technician program in 2017 graduating with her Associates degree in 2019 and became a Certified Veterinary Technician. She worked at a small animal practice during her time at Pima as a technician, growing her education and skills. August of 2020 Holly came to AAWC looking for a challenge and opportunity for growth. She has a passion for dentistry, internal medicine and critical care. Holly hopes in the future to achieve a specialty certification (VTS). She also recently got married in November 2019. When not at work you can find her and her husband camping, off-roading, hiking and traveling. They have two dogs Apollo and Marley as well as two cats Olive and Ollie.
Brianna R. - Certified Veterinary Technician
Brianna has been working in the veterinary field since 2017 and has been a certified technician since 2018. She has a pit bull named Rocky, an orange tabby named Jax, a turtle named Myrtle, and a fish named sir Fredrick. She became a part of the AAWC team to grow as a technician. Outside of work her hobbies include traveling, ballet/dance, and being around friends/family.
Dee - Veterinary Technician
As a little girl in Oklahoma, Dee would frequently visit her grandfather's rabbitry (rabbit farm) where she fell in love with animals and veterinary medicine. Dee has been a veterinary technician since 2009. She has an interest in animal behavior and training. In 2017 she began her journey in Fear Free to help pets become less anxious in the clinic; in 2020 she obtained her Elite Fear Free certification. Dee is the founder of our Kitten Specialist Team- taking in neonatal kittens, bottle feeding, and raising them until adoption. In her free time Dee likes to read (she loves Harry Potter), travel, and spend time with her 3 dogs and 3 cats. She loves being outdoors, fishing, hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, and camping with her husband, step-daughter, and son.
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 as Veterinary Assistant, she began working as a technician shortly after. Working full-time, she still graduated with her Associate's 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.
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 as a 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).
Jenna - Veterinary Technician
Jenna has had a soft spot for animals all her life. She used to have a lot of strays where 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.
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!
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. She 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.
Summer - Veterinary Technician
Summer was born & raised in Ohio but moved to Arizona in 2004. Summer had once wanted to attend veterinarian school but began her journey as a vet tech in 2011 & has since fallen in love with this role. She attended Pima Medical Institute for their veterinarian technician program and graduated in 2014. Summer is currently studying to take her VTNE to become certified with hopes of getting a specialty certification as well (VTS). Summer enjoys emergency medicine, surgery, and patient care.
Outside of work Summer loves to spend time outdoors and doing activities such as fishing, camping, spending time on the water, and out in the desert whether that be off-roading or hiking. Summer spends my spare time with her boyfriend & her son Forest plus two fur babies Rebel & 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.
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.
Yvette - Veterinary Technician
Yvette has always had a love for animals. She originally went to school for law enforcement but quickly realized her calling was in Veterinary Medicine and graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2016. She is a native Arizonan who married her high school sweetheart and enjoys life with their 2 daughters and 3 dogs Oliver, Stella and Cheddar. In her free time she loves camping, spending time with family, enjoying live music and attending sports events. She has a passion for anesthesia and taking care of our surgical patients here at AAWC.
Katelyn - Veterinary Technician
Kat has been working in the vet field since she graduated from EVIT/high school in 2018. She has worked as a receptionist and a tech at three other clinics before finding AAWC in 2020 and finding a place she loves to work. Kat is trying to pursue a degree in Criminal psychology to become either a behavioral analyst or an expert witness for the court system. She is a single mother to a 5-year-old son and has five animals; two rats (Winona and Serraphine), two cats (Gwen Stacey and Miles Morales), and a leopard gecko named kiwi. She is the youngest of 5 kids and enjoys spending time with her family, hunting, fishing, camping, sketching, and watching horror movies/shows.
Kayla - Technician Assistant Supervisor
Kayla is a magnet for learning new things and jumps at any opportunity to grow her skills as a veterinary technician. She embodies AAWC's core value of "Service" like a Rockstar with an attention to detail and love. She has a knack for training new team members. Her talent for cleaning pet's ears is unsurpassed and does it with the utmost gentleness and care for our furry patients. On her off time, Kayla loves to recharge her batteries by playing video games and watching movies. She collects antique perfume bottles as a budding alchemist. Mary Shelly's Frankenstein is her favorite movie and she dreams of traveling to Germany to visit the birthplace of the inspiration for one of the most famous monsters of all time.
Robert G. - Animal Care Assistant
My name is Robert Garcia, and I am an Animal Care Assistant. I chose AAWC because of the compassion and love that the staff gives every pet. My superpower is super strength so that I can help hold the very strong dogs! I attend Northern Arizona University during the school year, and I am studying exercise science. I plan to go into human physical therapy and then eventually do canine rehabilitation as well. I have two one-year-old cats, named Eski and Zara, who love to either sleep or watch the birds outside. I love to play and watch football, basketball, and baseball. I play baseball for NAU’s club baseball team and my childhood dream career was to be a professional MLB player. AAWC has been my home since 2016 and I would not have it any other way. The knowledge and compassion that each member of the staff has are incredible and I am so proud to work with them. The best feeling in the world is helping care for animals in any capacity needed and seeing them go home to their loving families.
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.
Kristen - Animal Care Assistant
Kristen has been surrounded by animals for as long as she can remember. From a very young age, she knew that she wanted to work with animals. At about 7 or 8 years old, she started volunteering with her Aunt at the Arizona Spay & Neuter Hotline. From then on, she craved to learn as much as she could about animals. She went to summer camps at AAWL, volunteered countless amount of times, and in high school, she had the privilege to intern at Shadowridge Veterinary Hospital in Vista, California. She worked there during her junior and senior year. She loved it so much and she felt so proud of herself because she felt like she was making a difference. Now she is very grateful to be working at AAWC, with her new extended family, and a countless amount of animals to hug! She plans to become a Veterinary Technician through Mesa Community College. She loves to brighten up everyone around the clinic with her positive attitude and colorful accessories!
Whenever she finds some free time, she enjoys watching Anime, cosplay, ice skating, gaming, and spending quality time with friends and loved ones. She has 2 dogs, a Jack Russell Terrier named Buddy and a German Shepherd puppy named Rommel. She also has 4 cats named Marley, Tigger, OJ, and Walker.