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Doctors

Our Doctors

Dr. Parva Bezrutczyk

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. Parva is a fear-free certified team member.

Dr. Pamela Ford

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 integrates both traditional western medicine as well as 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 the San Tan Mountains.

(Please note that Dr Ford is not currently taking new patients).

Dr. Ford is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Dr. Randy Tedrow

Dr. Randy Tedrow

Dr. Tedrow is originally from the Pacific Northwest. He attended Washington State University and graduated in 1972 with a degree in Biological Sciences and then a degree in Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1975 (not a misprint - he is the oldest and baldest veterinarian at AAWC). After owning and operating a large and small animal practice for more than 25 years in Washington and Idaho, he has focused on staying current, competent, and compassionate in small animal medicine, which is no easy task with the advancements being made every day in veterinary medicine. Dr. Tedrow, his wife Suzanne, and their dog Olive have thoroughly embraced all of the sunshine and outdoor activities that Arizona can provide. In the summer months, they escape as much as possible to their second home in Pinetop to reconnect with the lakes and pine trees in the White Mountains. 

Dr. Kevin Winters

Dr. Kevin Winters

Dr. Winters was born in Tampa, Florida, and moved to Kansas when he was two years old.  He attended Kansas State University and graduated in 1993 with a degree in veterinary medicine.  Dr. Winters owned an emergency practice in Kansas for over 20 years.  He decided to sell the practice and move to Arizona.   He started working at AAWC about three years ago.  His areas of interest in verterinary medicine are surgery and wound care.  In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, fishing and playing golf.

Dr. Winters is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Dr. Diane Paster

Dr. Diane Paster

Dr. Paster attended veterinary school at the Ohio State University. She has worked in both emergency and general practice. Dr. Paster is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and is also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner, and Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist.  

Dr. Paster is an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional.

Dr. David Colton

Dr. David Colton

Dr. Colton is a native Californian and earned a B.S. in Animal Science in 1983 from UC Davis. After graduation, he worked for three years in the dairy industry in upstate New York as a field nutritionist for the Pillsbury Company. He received his DVM in 1990 from Oklahoma State University and has practiced at Central Oregon Animal Hospital as both an employee and owner since graduation. Dr.Colton has dedicated his career to gaining expertise in the treatment of orthopedic diseases. His practice emphasizes advanced surgical care and he has received the following training and certificates:

  • Ohio State/ AO-North America Basic and Masters Orthopedic Training

  • Cruciate Ligament Repair

  • Advanced training in multiple techniques of cruciate ligament repair including; TPLO, TTA, CBLO, Tightrope and Isolock

  • Fracture Repair

  • Advanced training in both external fixation and locking plate systems for complex fractures in large breeds, toy breeds, and cats.

  • Patellar Luxation

  • Advanced training in both diagnosis and corrective treatment of various causes of patellar luxation

  • Growth Deformities

  • Advanced training in Osteotomies for corrective limb alignment

  • Elbow Dysplasia

  • Trained in the P.A.U.L technique for treatment of Elbow Dysplasia

  • PennHip- Hip evaluation certification

  • VetStem- Stem Cell Therapy Certification

  • Assistant Instructor for Intrauma Veterinary Orthopedics

  • Attending Veterinarian at the High Desert Museum from 2014-2016

Dr.Colton continues making advanced surgical treatments his priority in providing personalized care in a friendly, compassionate, and comfortable environment.

David's interests include fly fishing, backpacking, woodworking, and traveling with his wife Sylvia and their three dogs.


Dr. Shannon Hansen

Dr. Shannon Hansen

Dr. Hansen is an Arizona native of the west valley. She received her bachelor of science degree in biology at Northern Arizona University, where she quickly learned the cold was not for her. She went to experience warmer weather at Louisiana State University, where she attended vet school. Dr. Hansen returned to her roots in Arizona to practice before joining the team. Dr. Hansen has an interest in feline medicine and is an avid cat owner with three special kitties of her own. In her spare time out of the office, she enjoys playing video games and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Hansen is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Dr. Gabriel Franca

Dr. Gabriel Franca

Dr. Franca hails from San Paulo, Brazil and graduated from the University of San Paulo with his Veterinary Degree.  Dr. Franca started his career working in wildlife and zoo medicine to include a myriad of species such as birds of prey, monkeys, large cats, reptiles, and anteaters, in addition to his love for dogs and cats.  Dr. Franca is passionate about leadership and ensuring the safety of patient care in both critically ill patients as well as those undergoing anesthesia and hospitalization.  His areas of interest in veterinary medicine include clinical medical cases, and utilizes Fear-Free and Cat-Friendly methods of care.  In his spare time, he enjoys wildlife photography, hiking and has an interest in bladesmithing - suffice it to say, there is never a "dull" moment around Dr. Franca!

Dr. Franca is an AAFP-Certified Cat Friendly Professional.

Dr. Franca is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Dr. Kailey Chema

Dr. Kailey Chema

Dr. Chema is originally from Metro Detroit. She earned her undergraduate degree from Purdue University (boiler up!), then she returned home to attend Michigan State University for veterinary school. Dr. Chema has a strong background in preventive care, and she has a special interest in feline medicine. She is certified in veterinary medical acupuncture. When she’s not at work, Dr. Chema likes to read fantasy novels, watch PBS Masterpiece shows, and plan her next travel excursion. She and her fiancé have two kitties (Parsley and Kiwi) and a chihuahua (Mochi).  

Dr. Chema is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Dr. Carolina Rossi

Dr. Carolina Rossi

Dr Carolina Rossi is originally from São Paulo, Brazil. 


She attended vet school at the University of São Paulo, and graduated in 2002. In 2004 she moved to the United States with her husband. They have a daughter, and a mini zoo at home: 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 snakes, a box turtle, a bearded dragon, and 4 guinea pigs. In her spare time she enjoys going out with her family and friends, spending time with her pets, hiking, cooking, and traveling. 


Dr Rossi enjoys practicing all aspects of Veterinary Medicine, nothing makes her happier than making our animal companions healthy!

Dr Rossi is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Dr. Tracy Kormos

Dr. Tracy Kormos

Dr. Kormos is a true hero to our patients, our clients and our team.  Providing exceptional care to patients and their families, our team is always excited to see that she is scheduled.  Dr. Kormos lives in Cave Creek but comes to AAWC to provide relief veterinary care here when we need it most. We are happy to count her as part of our team for many years! 

Dr. Teva Stone

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.

Our Team

Our Team

Adam - Chief of Operations

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 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. 

Adam is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Jennifer - Director of Inventory and Communications

Jennifer - Director of Inventory and Communications

In 2001, Jennifer embarked on her journey in the veterinary field fueled by a passion for wildlife. Although her initial aspiration was to become a wildlife vet, her experience in the industry led her to discover that vet school wasn't the right fit. Nonetheless, her dedication to animal welfare never wavered, and she found fulfillment in caring for animals of all ages, from infancy to their golden years.


Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree from ASU, specializing in Wildlife Habitat Management, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix, focusing on Human Resources Management. This unique blend of academic background equips her with a diverse skill set to excel in her role.


In her personal life, Jennifer shares a deep connection with her high school sweetheart, with whom she has spent 26 years together, celebrating 17 years of marriage. Their family includes a son and three cherished dogs. Sparkle, their energetic 7-year-old lab/boxer/pit mix, brings joy and liveliness to their home, along with her younger sister, Rosie. The family recently welcomed Yogurt, a loving addition adopted from Love Connection, who keeps the household bustling with activity.


When she's not caring for her family or furry companions, Jennifer enjoys cozy movie nights, where she engages in spirited movie line competitions with her husband. Her decision to join the AAWC team as a rockstar reflects her commitment to team building and delivering exceptional customer service, embodying her dedication to making a positive impact in both her professional and personal life.

Jennifer is a Level 2 Fear Free Certified Professional.

Jackie - Director of Human Resources and Client Relations

Jackie - Director of Human Resources and Client Relations

Jackie has been a part of the veterinary industry for over ten years and joined Arizona Animal Wellness Center in 2022. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Animal Science and Biotechnology. She is originally from the Midwest and moved to Arizona at the end of 2019 for the warm weather and sunshine. Jackie loves spending time outside and traveling. Her current travel goal is to visit all 50 states. She has two cats named Layla and Castiel and two dogs, Waffles and Winnie. She chooses to be a member of the AAWC to help build the team and ensure all clients and patients are receiving the best quality of care. 

Jackie is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Rob - Chief Financial Officer

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.

Samantha, CVT - ​Director of Team Development

Samantha, CVT - ​Director of Team Development

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.

Samantha is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Michelle - Director of Community Outreach

Michelle - Director of Community Outreach

Michelle has been a part of the AAWC family since 2015. Though Michelle began as a veterinary technician, she has fulfilled several roles within our team, and most recently has taken on the task of marketing and social media. 

During the pandemic, she was one of the many employees that assisted operations from home to keep the hospital and communications running as smoothly as possible. 

She 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. While working full-time, she graduated with an Associate's Degree in Medical Office Management in 2007.  Michelle has 4 adult children & her four-legged hoard includes Molly, a black golden mix, Levi Ryder, a golden retreiver;  5 cats, Baby, Domino, Sunny, Kisses, and the newest, Mizu; 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. 

Michelle is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Stacey - ​Administrative Assistant

Stacey - ​Administrative Assistant

Stacey has been with AAWC since 2019. What started as a client-patient relationship blossomed into a passion to be a part of the elite team at the top-tier veterinary hospital.

For Stacey, compassion extends not only to the adorable pets but also to the pet parents who entrust their beloved companions to AAWC's care. Every day, she puts her heart and soul into ensuring that each pet receives the utmost love and attention. 

Hailing from the sunny Southern California region, Stacey has a natural affinity for beach vibes. When not at the clinic, you'll find her basking in the sun with a good book in hand, losing herself in the pages of a captivating story.

Disneyland holds a special place in her heart, having been her second home. The magical world of Disney has always been a source of joy and inspiration for her.

Indulging in retail therapy is one of her favorite pastimes. She loves to shop and believes in treating herself to the finer things in life. Manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages are not just luxuries for her but moments of zen and self-pampering.

Christmas is not just a holiday; it's Stacey's favorite time of the year. The festive spirit, twinkling lights, and the joy of giving make it extra special.

In Stacey's world, family is everything. Her husband, a Bay Area native, and their two energetic Mini Aussies, along with the sassy flame point Siamese named Savvy, complete her world. Together, they form a loving and vibrant family that mirrors the compassion and care she brings to the AAWC family. 

Stacey is a Level 2 Fear Free Certified Professional. 

Linda- ​Client Patient Advocate

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 a chocolate lab pup. Some of Linda’s interests include cooking, wine tasting, reading crime fiction, and collecting old cookbooks.

Allie - Lead Client Service Representative

Allie - Lead Client Service Representative

Allie is from Buffalo, NY, and moved to Arizona almost 7 years ago. She is a proud pet mom to 2 pitbull boys, a cat, 2 turtles, and her bearded dragon. She is new to the veterinary field as a CSR at AAWC and couldn't be happier to be a part of the AAWC family. Her favorite part of the veterinary field is being able to help decrease stress for pets in our clinic. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, and hanging out with her variety of animals.

Allie is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Briana T. - Lead Client Service Representative

Briana T. - Lead Client Service Representative

Bri found her calling at AAWC after an extensive exploration of the clinic’s webpage. Intrigued by the clinic’s values, she was particularly drawn to the “Our Why” and “Our Standard of Excellence” sections cementing her decision to join the team in 2020.

For Bri, the most fulfilling aspects of her job revolve around client/patient care and the collaborative spirit within the team. She takes pride in contributing to a standard of excellence that aligns with her values and beliefs.

Beyond the clinic walls, Bri’s heart belongs to her family and loyal companion, Keeya, a spirited lab retriever mix. In her free time, she immerses herself in the tranquility of nature, finding solace in hiking adventures. A true food enthusiast, she delights in exploring new culinary delights with her family, adding a flavorful touch to her life outside of work.

Briana is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Gina - Lead Client Service Representative

Gina - Lead Client Service Representative

Gina, joined our team in July of 2020 with a vision of finding a new “home” after embarking on a career transition in 2020. Drawn by the allure of our state-of-the-art facility, Gina began her journey at AAWC as a Customer Service Representative (CSR) and has since risen to the role of Shift Lead. In her current role, Gina serves as a steadfast support pillar for her CSR team and contributes significantly to the overall success of AAWC. Recognized as the voice of her team, Gina embodies the spirit of authentic leadership, a quality that aligns seamlessly with one of AAWC’s core values–authenticity. She values transparency and believes in keeping it real in every aspect of her work. Gina’s innate passion for helping others has been a driving force throughout her career,  making her role at AAWC exceptionally fulfilling. Born a natural helper, she thrives on providing support and guidance to the team and the organization as a whole. Beyond the walls of AAWC, Gina’s life is enriched by her family, particularly her grandchildren, with whom she loves spending quality time. Her canine companion, Hank, a charming pittie mix, adds joy and warmth to her life. Outside of her familial pursuits, Gina finds solace in nature, often retreating to her cabin and exploring the serenity of the woods. Prior to joining AAWC, Gina’s diverse professional journey included a decade-long tenure as a Pre-K teacher, showcasing her commitment to education and nurturing young minds. Before that, she demonstrated her versatility as a bartender, mastering the art of hospitality. Gina’s journey at AAWC reflects her dedication, authenticity, and unwavering commitment to making a positive impact both within the organization and in the lives of those she serves.

Gina is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Nikki - Client Service Representative

Nikki - Client Service Representative

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.

Nikki is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

 Lacey - ​Client Service Representative

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. Lacey has a husband and son along with 2 dogs, Cricket an English Springer Spaniel, and Stoli a Doberman mix.

Lacey is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Georgeanne - ​Client Service Representative

Georgeanne - ​Client Service Representative

Born and raised in California, Georgeanne moved to Arizona with her husband and two children in 1997.  Her career in the veterinary field did not become a reality until, in her Senior year at USC, she followed her strong interest in working with dogs. She took dog training courses, became certified, all a product of doing research for a Career Development course. Since then she has never looked back.


In 1979 she began her career in the field by starting as a Veterinary Assistant. Over the years, she widened her scope by serving as a receptionist (now known as a CSR), which led to her being actively involved in training and management.

She began her life with AAWC 6 months into its opening its doors. With a bit of hiatus, she came back to her passion for serving the pets and families that AAWC continues to care for.


Her home life is an extension of her work life, in that her husband is a Veterinary Technician. Her daughter was also in the field for many years. She and her husband will never be ‘empty nesters’. They have Arlo, a Pitbull mix, and three cats (Gray Boy, Stitch, and Mindy). But they have had many 4-legged kids that they have been blessed to have in their lives. Their 2-legged kids are now grown and have kids of their own, so Georgeanne and her husband keep busy with having 4 of their grandkids close by. She is proud to be part of AAWC’s family all these years.

Brittany W - Client Services Representative

Brittany W - Client Services Representative

Brittany was intrigued by our hospital's prestigious AAHA accreditation and its commitment to cleanliness, Brittany joined our team in 2021 with a shared dedication to providing exceptional pet care.

In her role, Brittany finds the most fulfillment in assisting pet parents during emergencies, showcasing her compassion and commitment to the well-being of our furry friends. Whether providing support over the phone or in the clinic, she approaches each situation with empathy and a steadfast commitment to excellence.

At the core of Brittany’s professional values are a strong work ethic, unwavering integrity, and loyalty to both her colleagues and the animals in our care. Beyond the clinic, Brittany shares her life with a delightful mini poodle mix, enriching her days with the joy and companionship that pets bring. During her downtime, she indulges in the simple pleasures of reading and taking leisurely walks with her four-legged companion. Brittany’s dedication to our mission, coupled with her love for animals, makes her an invaluable member of the AAWC team.

Brittany is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Dani - Client Service Representative

Dani - Client Service Representative

Having embarked on her tech assistant internship with us in 2016, Dani’s passion and proficiency quickly caught our attention, leading to her official hiring in 2017. She has experience working in our Technician and Client Service Representative departments.

Beyond her professional achievements, Dani is a multifaceted individual with a love for various interests. Away from her desk, she finds solace in the great outdoors, indulging in her passion for hiking. Family holds a special place in her heart, and she cherishes moments spent with loved ones.

What truly sets Dani apart is her enthusiasm for music and travel. A true aficionado of rock festivals, she embraces the opportunity to explore different states and immerse herself in the vibrant atmosphere of concerts. This combination of technical expertise and a vibrant personal life makes Dani an invaluable asset to our team.

Dani is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Erin- Client Service Representative

Erin- Client Service Representative

Erin grew up in Maryland in a house full of cats and discovered her love for all animals at an early age. She graduated from The University of Maryland with a BS degree in Natural Resource Management Plant and Wildlife, where she spent two years as a Wildlife Biologist doing clinical research. Erin quickly realized her true passion was veterinary medicine. She has worked in general practice for over 28 years as a Certified Veterinary Technician, Client Relations Specialist, and Hospital Manager. Erin currently resides in Chandler with her husband of 20 years, 2 Labrador Retrievers, Moose and River, and a very spoiled cat Maggie. She spends her free time hiking, camping, and fishing.

Hollye - Client Service Representative

Hollye - Client Service Representative

Hollye is originally from California but came to Arizona about seven years ago. She has been in the veterinary industry off and on for about ten years. She has always been a lover of animals and currently has two rescue kitties and a bearded dragon with high hopes of finally getting a puppy soon! In her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to music festivals, and painting. 

Hollye is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Ashley K- Client Service Representative

Ashley K- Client Service Representative

Born and raised in Illinois, Ashley has just recently moved to Arizona.  She was previously going to school to become a fire fighter/paramadic and ending up falling in love with animal medicine.  That was one of the best decsions made, and she has been in the field for 10 plus years.  She currently has 2 dogs, Peaches a terrior mix, Odie an anatolion mix and Boo her chincilla.  In her free time she like to spend time with her husband, enjoying the outdoors and hiking.

Jessica, CVT - ​Pharmacy Department Manager

Jessica, CVT - ​Pharmacy Department Manager

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! 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, she and her husband enjoy spending every second they can with their sons. 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.

Jessica is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Tricia - Pharmacy Assistant Manager

Tricia - Pharmacy Assistant Manager

Tricia has lived in Arizona all her life making her a true Arizonan through and through.  She grew up in Gilbert and currently resides in Queen Creek with her husband (her high school sweet heart) and their 2 children.  She had always harbored a strong desire to work with animals from a very young age. Those ambitions led to the start of her work in the veterinary field in 2004.  She has worn many hats since then - from a vet tech, to a customer service/patient advocate, to now as a Pharmacy and Lab Assistant Manager. She feels very fortunate to have found her passion and area of expertise working in the pharmacy/lab here at AAWC.  Outside of work she relishes in the great outdoors, and one of her favorite past times is camping and traveling with her family. She also enjoys making memories with her kids, working out and engaging in a healthy lifestyle for both herself and her family.

Nykala - Pharmacy Assistant Manager

Nykala - Pharmacy Assistant Manager

Nykala has been in the veterinary field for many years, volunteering at shelters and then coming to AAWC in 2015. She worked her way up from animal care assistant to Pharmacy and Lab Assistant Manager. She has always loved animals and wanted to find ways that she could best help them and be there for them. She is currently in the process of obtaining her veterinary technician license. 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!

Nykala is a Level 3 Fear Free Certified Professional.

Bianca - Pharmacy Technician

Bianca - Pharmacy Technician

Bianca came to 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. Bianca came to AAWC in 2019; she splits her time between the pharmacy/lab and helping as a technician. 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).

Sarah - Pharmacy Technician

Sarah - Pharmacy Technician

Sarah is originally from Nebraska and moved to Arizona in 2005.  Sarah has worked most of her veterinary career in emergency medicine and has been an ICU technician since 2018.  Sarah joined the AAWC team in 2022.  You can see her working hard down in our pharmacy department.  Sarah's favorite part of veterinary medicine are disease processes, pharmacology and parasitology.  In her spare time, Sarah likes crafting, crystals, kayaking, hiking and spending time at the beach!  She loves being outside and especially by the water.

Sarah is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Leah - ​Lead Veterinary Technician

Leah - ​Lead Veterinary 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 and her son are always looking for adventure and exploring. Their furry family members provide endless laughs! Her hobbies are everything to do with horses! 

Leah is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Natalie - Lead Veterinary Technician

Natalie - Lead Veterinary Technician

Natalie has been a part of the AAWC family since 2014.

She started working at AAWC because of the love she has for animals! She has a pit bull mix, Opie, a rescue pit, Uma, and a cat, Jojo. 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 she is a Certified Cannabis Counselor. She hopes to one day be a canine massage therapist and rehabilitation technician. 

Natalie is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Jenna - Lead Veterinary Technician

Jenna - Lead Veterinary Technician

Jenna has been a part of the AAWC family since 2019. As a Lead Technician, Jenna helps the team with direction and providing an extra hand when needed. She has had a soft spot for animals all her life. She graduated Pima with her Associates in Veterinary Technology. 

She has been with her husband since high school and welcomed a daughter in 2020. They also have two shih tzus named Pickles and Gambit. They have one cat named Kitty. 

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 spending time with her family, reading, and making the team laugh. 

Jenna is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Noah - Surgery Department Manager

Noah - Surgery Department Manager

Noah developed a fascination with veterinary medicine at the age of 14 when he had to take his pet python to the vet and was sent home with injections and fluids to give. By his late teens he was working full time in an animal hospital (or two) while attending the medical assistant program at community college and later attending Professional Veterinary Assistant School. Since then Noah has held technician positions in veterinary hospitals ranging from general practice to emergency/critical care, avian/exotic and specialty internal medicine. Noah has always had a hunger and passion for learning and serving the community through providing the highest quality of medical care their pets can be offered. When not at work, Noah enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and kids, BBQing, horticulture/gardening, caring for his collection of reptiles and doing DIY projects at home or tinkering in the garage. During the monsoon season Noah is in hot pursuit of finding and photographing native species of reptiles, amphibians and other wildlife in the mountains and deserts. Some of Noah’s clinical special interests include anesthesia, pain control and surgical assistance. 

Noah is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Ashley - Certified Veterinary Technician, CCRVN, BS

Ashley - Certified Veterinary Technician, CCRVN, 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. 


Katie - Certified Veterinary Technician

Katie - Certified Veterinary Technician

Katie started at AAWC as an animal care assistant in 2015 while still attending college at Pima Medical Institute's Veterinary Technician program. Growing up, she always knew she wanted to do something with animals. When she was little, she volunteered at the pound with her mom feeding the cats and dogs and learned about bottle feeding baby kittens. Since then, she rarely passes up the opportunity to help with the bottle babies that come into the clinic. Her son, Ben, also enjoys fostering the little ones and he calls himself “The Cat Man!” Katie has 4 dogs named Roxy, Lucy, Dante, and Bluey. She also has 4 cats named Bolt, Belle, Sassy and Chance, as well as my 2 hairless guinea pigs (skinny pigs) named Max and Eleven. When Katie is not working you can find her hiking, going to the gym, or just hanging out at home with her family. 

Katie is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Chelsea - Certified Veterinary Technician

Chelsea - Certified Veterinary Technician

Chelsea has been in the veterinary industry since 2005. She started as a receptionist and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2010. Chelsea has been with Arizona Animal Wellness Center since 2011.  Her level of detail and passion 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. In Chelsea's free time, she enjoys baking, spending time with her son and her hilarious four-legged family members, Einstein, Sullivan, and....the party chickens have recently invited a few party ducks!  

Joey - Certified Veterinary Technician

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 their dog, Leilani, and two cats, Littles and Bond. He is happy to be serving the community of AAWC.

Joey is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Jamie W - Certified Veterinary Technician

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 her rescue kids; three 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.

Jamie is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

David - Certified Veterinary Technician

David - Certified Veterinary Technician

David is originally from Aylesham, England which is near Canterbury. David has worked with the eye clinic for animals and general practice veterinarians.  He has been in the veterinary industry for over 30 years.  His favorite part of veterinary medicine is dealing with the pets and the people we serve.  In David's spare time he likes to spend time with his grandkids, dogs, and cats.  He also enjoys photography and cooking.

Izamary - Certified Veterinary Technician

Izamary - Certified Veterinary Technician

Izzy was born and raised in Arizona.  Izzy attended Pima Medical Institution and started as an extern with us at AAWC. Once she finished her schooling, she joined the team.  Izzy worked hard to receive her CVT and is one of our certified technicians here at AAWC.  Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is helping and seeing the improvement in the animals we take care of.  She enjoys cooking/baking, drawing and playing video games with her friends.

Izzy is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Arielle - Certified Veterinary Technician

Arielle - Certified 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.

Arielle is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Sabrina - Certified Veterinary Technician

Sabrina - Certified Veterinary Technician

Sabrina has always had a huge heart for animals since she was really little. It sure shows since she has been in the veterinary field for 16 years and became certified in January of 2022. Her passion is being involved in the surgery department, which is something she is really good at! Always wanting to learn something new and helping others. A goal in the near future is to become an anesthesiologist. During her spare time, she enjoys anything that involves the outdoors, scrapbooking/arts and crafts with family, winter sports, water sports, reading, volunteering, and traveling. 

Sabrina is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Jesseca- Certified Veterinary Technician

Jesseca- Certified Veterinary Technician

Jesseca is a certified veterinary technician with a degree in veterinary technology.  She has been in the vet field since 2018. She graduated in 2021 from Pima medical institute and has a passion for animal care. She started her journey in animal care as a dog groomer and her passion grew from there. At home, she has 3 cats, toby, mittens and skitters, and a rambunctious puggle named beans. If you count her human child, and her husband, she practically runs a zoo.

Lydia - Certified Veterinary Technician

Lydia - Certified Veterinary Technician

Lydia is from Massachusetts. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and from Broadview University with an Associate of Applied Science. Her passion for dogs began at a very young age. She spends her spare time showing her Boston Terriers with her husband. Her other hobbies include crafts and reading. In addition to her dogs, she has a bearded dragon and three snakes.

Lydia is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Dee - Veterinary Technician

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. 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.

In 2017 she began her journey in Fear Free to help pets become less anxious in the clinic.

Dee is an Elite Fear Free Professional and is also a Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer.

Raquel - Veterinary Technician

Raquel - Veterinary Technician

Raquel was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and has lived in Arizona since 2018. She met her husband during a trip to the USA in 2016 and they spent the next 2 years traveling between the US and Brazil. As a lover of the desert, when she first came to Arizona, she knew it would be her home one day. She has always loved animals and working with them is a big part of her life. She graduated from a school of veterinary medicine in São Paulo in 2009 and worked as a veterinarian until she moved to the 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 she is grateful to be able to continue in the veterinary field and learn 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 1 yo 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. 

Raquel is a Level 3 Fear Free Certified Professional.

Desirea - Veterinary Technician

Desirea - Veterinary Technician

Desirea was born in Arizona, but spent her childhood moving a lot and has lived in seven different states. She started her career in the veterinary field in 2008 in a small town in Kansas initially as a technician assistant. She has always had a soft spot for animals since a child, especially cats. Joining the AAWC team in 2020, she enjoys working with an amazing team with a passion for animals.  Desirea is currently in progress to become a fear-free certified team member. She currently has an "only child" fur baby, Duey the cat, who insists on keeping it that way. Desirea is married and has three grown stepsons and three grandchildren. She is very active in her church and enjoys the outdoors. Any spare time is spent hiking and she loves camping and racing quads with her husband. 

Kalin - Veterinary Technician

Kalin - Veterinary Technician

Kalin graduated from Pima in January 2021 as a veterinary technician and has been in the veterinary field for about three years. She has five dogs of her own and loves spending time with them. She loves all animals, but dogs have a special place in her heart. She chose this profession to provide care to animals that are not able to speak for themselves and be the advocate they need. 

Kalin is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Brianna G.- Veterinary Technician

Brianna G.- Veterinary Technician

Bri has been working in the Veterinary field for five years. Although she has a huge love for animals she is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Nursing with an end goal of Forensic Nursing. Bri is originally from Washington state, Go Seahawks! She share her home with her pit mix Grayson and Chiweenie Buddy. She looks forward to interacting with you and your fur babies! 

Bri is a Level 3 Fear Free Certified Professional.

Lyndie - Veterinary Technician

Lyndie - Veterinary Technician

Lyndie was born and raised in Arizona. She is attending school to become a veterinarian. She has been in this field for 4 years.  Lyndie has been around all kinds of animals since she was a child. Her love for animals has only grown with time and ensuring happy and healthy pets is what drew her interest in veterinary medicine. Outside of work and school, she enjoy taking adventures, traveling, and being with the people she care most about. 

Lyndie is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Kayla - Veterinary Technician

Kayla - Veterinary Technician

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.

Kayla is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Vanessa M. - Veterinary Technician

Vanessa M. - Veterinary Technician

Vanessa is from California and she has been with AAWC since 2019. She started as a kennel tech and has loved learning so much as a technician. Her favorite part of vet med is helping sick patients and seeing them improve their happy, healthy lives. In her spare time, she love to read books, spend time with family and friends and travel!!

Lindsey - Veterinary Technician

Lindsey - Veterinary Technician

Lindsey started her career in this field because animals don't get all the love that they deserve so working with them daily will help ensure that she can help take care of them. Her current goals are to graduate from CGCC with her associate's degree with a future goal to go to school and become a Veterinarian.  One day she would like to own a practice as well as an animal sanctuary to rescue large and small animals from horrific conditions. In her spare time, she enjoys going on road trips and camping with her dogs or anything that involves her dogs. 

Lindsey is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Amber  - Veterinary Technician

Amber - Veterinary Technician

Amber has been a part of the AAWC Team since March of 2021. She graduated from ASU with a Bachelor of Science in biology focusing on pre-veterinary medicine in the Spring of 2022. In her free time, she spends time with her cat Persephone and she loves to read. She also has a passion for music. She has been singing since a young child and plays the piano. Animals always brighten her days, and she is excited to learn more here at AAWC.

Amber is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Emily - Veterinary Technician

Emily - Veterinary Technician

Emily is originally from Huntington Beach, Ca.  She has worked in the veterinary industry for seven years and enjoys the general practice side of the field.  Her favorite part of working in veterinary medicine is coming to work everyday, knowing she will get to help our patients feel their best.  In Emily's spare time, she enjoys spending it with her eight dogs and working towards her ASU pre-vet degree.

Emily is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Meghan - Veterinary Technician

Meghan - Veterinary Technician

Meghan is from Mesa, Arizona.   She has only worked in general practice for animals. Her favorite part about veterinary medicine is seeing pets come in sick and return for their recheck appointments back to their normal selves. In her spare time, she does woodworking and likes to go hiking.

Nour - Veterinary Technician

Nour - Veterinary Technician

Nour was born and raised in Arizona.  Nour started her veterinary journey with EVIT and got her first externship at an emergency clinic.  Her career has taken her to work with a mobile vet and a small animal practice before coming to AAWC. Nour has a passion for veterinary medicine and wants to expand her knowledge in the field.  Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is treatments of patients, client education, and animal care/husbandry.  In her spare time, Nour enjoys watching Netflix/Hulu, spending time with her family, and drawing/art.

Ana- Veterinary Technician

Ana- Veterinary Technician

Ana is from a small town in Germany and moved to the US in 2017. She was previously a preschool teacher and decided to change her field and join veterinary medicine.  Her favorite part about working with animals is learning something new and seeing sick pets recover.  In her spare time, Ana likes to hike with her dog Floki.  She also volunteers for rescues and fosters newborn kittens/puppies.  She likes to give the babies a fair chance at life.

Ana is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Teresa - Veterinary Technician

Teresa - Veterinary Technician

Teresa has been with us since early 2024. 

Teresa's coffee addiction is rivaled only by her love for animals and her ambition to grow in the veterinary field. She's on a quest to become fear-free certified, aiming to make every pet's visit to the clinic as enjoyable as a belly rub. Her thirst for knowledge doesn't stop there; she dreams of furthering her education in veterinary medicine, fueled by an insatiable curiosity and probably a fair amount of caffeine. Every day is a new adventure, filled with learning opportunities and the occasional surprise—like finding out how many treats it takes to convince Bo and Olivia to vacate her spot on the couch. Teresa believes in laughter, the power of a good book, and the magic of a well-timed coffee break. She's determined to leave a paw print on the hearts of all the pets she meets and maybe, just maybe, learn how to make the perfect latte along the way.

Teresa has been playing tag with the veterinary field since she was 16, ducking in and out but always getting caught by her love for animals. She's the proud human of a Vizsla named Bo and a Frenchie named Olivia, who are the reigning champions of the "Best Couch Potatoes" in her household. When not at work, she can be found forming a small, cozy mountain of laziness with her furry companions, a good book in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other—because, for Teresa, coffee is not just a beverage; it's a lifestyle choice that mirrors her passion for her job as a veterinary technician.





Alexis - Veterinary Technician

Alexis - Veterinary Technician

Alexis started at AAWC in 2024. Originally from Illinois, Alexis has called Arizona home since 2014. Her passion for veterinary science began at the University of Arizona, but her desire for hands-on experience led her to Pima Medical Institute. In 2022, she graduated with an Associate's Degree in Applied Sciences and Veterinary Nursing, becoming a Certified Veterinary Assistant and Technician.


Alexis is currently pursuing her Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) certification and holds a particular interest in specializing in animal rehabilitation and behavior. With nearly four years of clinical experience, she thrives on tasks like dental cleanings, anesthesia, and phlebotomy. Joining the AAWC team excites Alexis due to our shared dedication and love for every animal.  She approaches her patients with the same care and affection as her own pets.


When not working, Alexis enjoys an active lifestyle.  She cherishes quality time with her family, friends, and especially her black Labrador Retriever, Seeker, who will be celebrating his 8th birthday in 2024.  You can find her at the gym, exploring on hikes, or simply seeking moments of relaxation – always on the go!

Rhyen - Lead Animal Care Assistant

Rhyen - Lead Animal Care Assistant

Rhyen was born and raised here in Arizona. He started at AAWC in December of 2021. He is currently attending CGCC and hopes to transfer to ASU and obtain a degree in geology. His mom has been a Veterinary Technician for most of his life, so he grew up volunteering in the veterinary field developing an appreciation for helping animals. He is fortunate enough to now be working with his amazing mom, Michelle, and brother, Nikolas, here at AAWC.

Most of his free time is spent with his family as well as catching up on sleep. Rhyen has a dog named Molly who likes to sass talk 24/7, a golden retriever named Levi Ryder and two cats, one named Sunny who loves to bite his ankles and another named Mizu, who doesn't have an off button. He enjoys being outdoors, taking road trips, and doing various arts and crafts.  

Rhyen is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Caydence - Animal Care Assistant

Caydence - Animal Care Assistant

Caydence started her journey at Arizona Animal Wellness Center in 2021. Before she even had a chance to work at AAWC, she had always followed her mom's footsteps and wanted to involve herself with animals. Her mom, Natalie, has been working at AAWC since 2014 so she has grown up with the hospital and has seen it grow and flourish. Caydence currently attends EVIT for veterinary assistance to hopefully get a kickstart on her college career and learn more about programs in the veterinary field like rehab and prosthetics. She has been accepted to NAU after graduation. In her downtime, she loves playing soccer and being a goalkeeper for her school's soccer team. She also loves paddle boarding with her family and friends on the beautiful lakes and rivers of Arizona. 

Caydence is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Ashlyn- Animal Care Assistant

Ashlyn- Animal Care Assistant

Ashlyn was born and raised in Arizona. AAWC is her first job in the veterinary field (very exciting!!) She loves being around animals and enjoys all of the affection they give her. In her free time, she is usually in Parker, Arizona on the river or snowboarding up North.

Ashlyn is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Bailey - Animal Care Assistant

Bailey - Animal Care Assistant

Bailey has been working at AAWC since December of 2021 and has loved every minute of it. She has always dreamed of working with animals since she was a little girl and hopes she can become a technician one day. She can’t wait to learn more and grow at AAWC. In her spare time, she loves to paint, hang out with my friends, family and my dogs and go on trips to the beach.

Bailey is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Madisson - Animal Care Assistant

Madisson - Animal Care Assistant

Madisson, a passionate individual with a deep love for animals, found her way to Arizona Animal Wellness Center in 2022, fulfilling a childhood dream of working in a place she admired since growing up just across the street. In her role at AAWC, she serves as a vital member that supports our doctor and technician team.

For Madisson, the most fulfilling aspect of her job lies in providing essential support to ensure animals receive the care they need to lead happy and healthy lives. Her commitment to the well-being of animals extends beyond the walls of the hospital as evidenced by her impactful journey to Guatemala in the summer of 2023.

During her time in Guatemala, Madisson dedicated herself to a noble cause, participating in spaying and neutering programs for dogs and cats. Additionally, she played a crucial role in vaccinating farm animals, contributing to the overall health and welfare of the local animal population. This experience reflects Madissons’s compassionate nature and her determination to make a positive impact on animal welfare beyond her immediate community.

Beyond her work, Madisson enjoys exploring new places and embracing outdoor activities. Traveling holds a special place in her heart, and she particularly delights in the serene experience of paddleboarding. Madisson’s multifaceted interest and unwavering dedication to animal care make her a great asset to the AAWC team.  

Madisson is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Dylan - Animal Care Assistant

Dylan - Animal Care Assistant

Dylan entered the world of veterinary care in 2022 and has since been inspired by his dedicated coworkers, who have mentored and fueled his passion for animal well-being. Dylan is very passionate about contributing to our clinic's Fear Free initiative, aligning with his belief in fostering a calm and supportive environment for animals. His focus within the clinic is the rehab department, where he finds fulfillment in aiding animals on their journey to recovery. While his long-term career path in veterinary medicine is still taking shape, his ultimate goal remains constant — making a positive impact on the lives of animals. Beyond work, Dylan's home is a lively mix of cats and dogs, with his dog, George, being the real star of the show. In his free time, Dylan indulges in his love for cars by attending shows and participating in races.

Maribel - Animal Care Assistant

Maribel - Animal Care Assistant

Maribel was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She fell in love with animals when her dad gifted her a bunny for easter. After graduating from college and joining the Army, she moved to Arizona to be closer to her sister and started taking classes to apply for Veterinary school. Her future goals are to go back to Puerto Rico to help control the population of stray cats and dogs that is affecting her country.

Abby - Animal Care Assistant

Abby - Animal Care Assistant

Abby was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was raised here in Arizona. She is attending ASU for a degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine, and is working to become a Veterinarian. Through ASU she became involved in Vida, an organization that is working to bring human and animal care to less fortunate parts of Central America and is currently the Vida Ambassador for ASU.  She has completed a mission trip to Costa Rica where she assisted in spays and neuters. Abby, her two cats, Rusty and Toby, and a pup named Finn, all live at home with her sister’s cat, Howl, and her Mom’s 3 other kitties and another pup, Murphy. In her spare time she enjoys all things outdoors; hiking, camping, lake time, biking, etc., with her friends and family.

Abby is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Simone- Animal Care Assistant

Simone- Animal Care Assistant

Simone is originally from Portland, Oregon.  She has lived in Brazil, Mexico, and Canada for many years. Before coming to work at AAWC, Simone worked on the family farm.   She took care of goats, chickens, and dogs.  She also did a service abroad trip to Costa Rica where she got her first clinical veterinary experience while exploring the beautiful country.  Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is making a positive change in the lives of the animals and giving back the same amount of love and care that they give us.  In her spare time she enjoys doing art such as clay and crochet.  She also enjoys playing video games, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.


Simone is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Jenna B- Animal Care Assisitant

Jenna B- Animal Care Assisitant

Meet Jenna, our dedicated team member with a heart for animals. Born on the enchanting Christmas Eve, Jenna has a special connection with the magic of the holidays. Her passion for caring for creatures extends beyond the workplace, where she finds the greatest joy in witnessing animals recover and thrive. 


Jenna’s personal “zoo” is a testament to her love for a variety of species. From the slithering elegance of her ball python to the charming personalities of her western hognoses, geckos of various species, and the ever-independent feline companion, her home is a haven for diverse and delightful companions. 


When she’s not busy nurturing her animal family or tending to her responsibilities at work, Jenna loves to immerse herself in the beauty of the great outdoors. Hiking is her escape into nature, where she finds tranquility and inspiration. Pair that with her love for reading, and you have the perfect recipe for Jenna’s downtime. 


Adding a touch of international flair to her story, Jenna had the incredible experience of being in France in 2018 when the nation celebrated its triumph in the soccer World Cup. 

Jenna is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Chaise- Animal Care Assistant

Chaise- Animal Care Assistant

Bio Coming Soon...


Chaise is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Nikolas- Animal Care Assistant

Nikolas- Animal Care Assistant

Nikolas embarked on his journey with AAWC in 2023, delving into his passion for animal care and the veterinary world. With his two feline companions, Kisses and Dominos, Nikolas recently welcomed a new addition to his family, a corn snake named Valentine. Outside of his veterinary endeavors, Nikolas enjoys diving into the virtual worlds of video games, exploring new destinations through travel, and indulging in the occasional sake or wine tasting adventure. As he continues to explore and immerse himself in the world of animal welfare, Nikolas is dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of animals and their owners.

Nikolas is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Marty - Custodial Services

Marty - Custodial Services

Marty is originally from Madera, California.  Marty has been in the custodial services most of his career.  His favorite part of working in the veterinary industry is working with the people, cats, and dogs.  They are good to work with.  In his spare time, he likes to ride his boat, camp, and be around family.

Taylor - Custodial Services

Taylor - Custodial Services

Bio Coming Soon....

Banksy- Chief Morale Ambassador

Banksy- Chief Morale Ambassador

Hi, I am Banksy and I am the Chief Morale Ambassador here at AAWC.  I enjoy belly rubs, hanging on my cat tree, and relaxing in my scratching cave.  My purrs provide stress relief when needed and I don't mind a quick play session with my favorite toys.  I have the best job here and love what I do.

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