Staff

 

 

Office Manager - Phoenix, Mesa

 

Mark Hamilton

​Mark spent most of his free time as a child chasing reptiles around northern Arizona and southern California. He joined the U.S. Army after high school which gave him the opportunity to chase reptiles around the southeastern United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Mark has cared for and raised many species of reptiles over the years. Although reptiles are his primary interest, he has a strong passion for all exotic pets. He currently spends most of his free time fishing at Arizona’s desert lakes or photographing rattlesnakes.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Office Manager - Tucson

 

Sarah Moyer, CVT

A California native, Sarah and her family moved to Arizona in 2008. Sarah attended Pima Medical Institute in 2010, graduated with an A.S. in Veterinary Technology and earned her CVT license shortly after. Sarah first joined the AZEAH family in 2012, took some time off to teach for Pima Medical Institute in the Veterinary Technology program, and rejoined the AZEAH family in 2017. Sarah has experience in general practice, emergency, and ICU medicine, but finds that her passion lays in exotic animal care. Sarah shares her home with her three dogs “Luna”, “Remus”, and “Ferguson”, a Chameleon named “Pascal”, a Bearded Dragon named “Norbert”, her three budgies “Willow”, “Oz”, and “Buffy”, and her favorite Leopard Geckos: “Mortisha”, “Montezuma”, “Maleficent”, and “Morgana”.

 

 

 

 

Staff Supervisor

 

Rebecca Moffat, CVT

Rebecca has loved all animals for as long as she can remember, and has been working in the veterinary field since 1998. Rebecca followed her passion for working with exotic pets in 2001 and has been working primarily with them ever since. Rebecca earned her Veterinary Technician Certification in 2010. In her spare time she is a volunteer with the Phoenix Herpetological Society and Liberty Wildlife. She also rehabilitates bats for many wildlife groups. She has many exotic pets that she has adopted or rescued over the years, with the most unusual of her kids being a Brush-Tailed Bettong and two Patagonian Cavies.

 

 

Assistant Office Manager

 

Risshan Pryer

Risshan initially started at Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital in 2012 as a volunteer.  Her love of learning about and caring for exotic pets was clear, and she was hired to be part of the hospital team. She has a diploma in Veterinary Assisting. Risshan’s favorite aspect of her job is giving each patient and client the care and compassion they deserve. She also enjoys spending time at home with her two children, dog, cat, hamster, and woma python.

 

 

Receptionists

 

Somer Shope

Somer has had a passion for caring for animals for as long as she can remember.  After graduating from East Valley Institute of Technology, she started her career at Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital. in 2015.  She spends most of her free time playing games at home with her husband and daughter.  She also has a dog named Stud Muffin and 2 cats, Snickers and Milky Way Midnight.

 

 

 

 


Lisa Morreale


Lisa has had a love for animals ever since she was a little girl. She always knew she wanted to work with animals. Lisa began working with exotics when she lived in California. She continued her passion for working with exotics when she moved to Arizona and found us in 2018. She lives at home with her husband, two dogs (Blue and Mac), her bearded dragon, Budra and her Sulcata, Charger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda D. (Photo coming soon)

Amanda is one of our receptionists at Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital. She has had a passion for animals since childhood, sharing a home with what her family referred to as “a farm” of animals, ranging from fish & tortoises, to rats, guinea pigs, & hamsters, as well as cats and dogs. Amanda has worked at other veterinary offices prior to Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital, and is very excited to be working at a hospital that serves the exotic animals she loves so dearly. She currently shares her home with her 18 year-old dog “Buddy”, and her cat “Mikey”.

 

 

Certified Veterinary Technicians

 

Kendra McGarty, BS, CVT

Kendra graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in biology and later became a Certified Veterinary Technician. She worked for a veterinary dermatology specialty practice, where she had the opportunity to work with several animals at the Phoenix Zoo. She has also rehabilitated sick and injured raptors and other birds while volunteering at Liberty Wildlife. Her interest in exotic pets and wildlife/zoo animals led her to a career in exotic pet medicine. Kendra’s family includes her daughter Jenna, Cho-Cho the pitbull, Tabasco the cat, Frankie the ferret, and a cockatiel named Trixie.

 

 


Mackenzie Farmer, CVT

Mackenzie's love for exotics started when she began breeding and hand-raising cockatiels at the age of 14. There was a brief hold on animals as she joined the US Air Forceupon graduating high school, but she returned to them and graduated three years ago from Pima Medical with a Associate's Degree in veterinary technology. She began her internship at  Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital and has been working there ever since. Mackenzie has birds, guinea pigs, a dog, and a cat. In her spare time she plays video games and violin, and has the best unicorn collection in the state.

 

 

 

Benjamin Skehan, CVT

Ben graduated from Mesa Community College in 2015 with an Associates in Animal Science and earned his veterinary technician certification the same year. Ben has lived in Arizona his entire life.  He has 2 snakes, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 3 Leopard Geckos. In his spare time he enjoys going to the movies, Disc Golfing, and playing Playstation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Flaherty, CVT

Barb has always had a love for animals even, as a child. In 2010, Barb turned her passion and love for animals into her career by graduating the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College in Chicago as a CVT. Afterwich, she worked at a local Chicago vet hospital primarily with companion animals for eight years. After relocating to Arizona in 2017, she started a small farm with a wide variety of animals including ducks, chickens, pigs, skinny pigs, and of course dogs. In 2019 she was given the exciting opportunity to expanded her career by working with exotics at Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital. Barb finds working with exotics not only challenging but also extremely rewarding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veterinary Technicians

 

Kynadi Edwards

Kynadi has wanted to become a veterinary technician ever since she learned she could make a career out of helping animals.  She was able to make that dream come true in 2015 after graduating from Pima Medical Institute completeing their veterinary technician program. She has worked as a veterinary technician for 2 years with 1 year of exotic animal experience. Her goal is to one day specialize in anesthesia but as for now she is enjoying soaking up all the exotic animal knowledge she can while at Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital.
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Tegan Wolf

Bio coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Ivins

Kelly spent much of her life growing up on a small ranch in Queen Creek, affectionately known as the ‘Lazy I’ where she raised horses, pygmy goats, rabbits, chickens guinea pigs as well as the usual, dogs and cats.  She participated in 4H for nine years where she eventually became Small Stock Leader for the Queen Creek chapter and was an active participant at the Maricopa County Fair, serving as Poultry Superintendent for the last couple of years.

She attended AAEC High School and Mesa Community College simultaneously and graduated with an AA before graduating High School. She completed externships working with a small animal practice as well as an exotic animal specialist.  She attended NAU for two years after which, she moved back to the Valley where she began working in an emergency animal hospital and another practice specializing in exotics.  She completed the Veterinary Technician program at Pima Medical Institute, externing at Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital before she was hired full time. 

 

 

 

 

Natasha Sonoqui

Natasha has been a Tucson resident since 2003. She attended the Univeristy of Arizona where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Medicine with a Minor in Chemistry. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2008. In addition to the MANY animals that she has met and loved over the years, Natasha has her own animal family consisting of her leopard gecko, Belinda and 2 rescued cats Coupe deVille and Vee. Aside from her passion for the four legged, winged, furry, and scaly, Natasha loves to read, watch movies, listen to music, and travel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veterinary Assistants

 

Emily Ferguson

Born and raised in Arizona, Emily graduated from E.V.I.T. in 2017 and is currently attending Pima Medical Institutre to earn her certification as a veterinary technician (CVT).  She has 2 snakes, 2 geckos, 2 bearded dragons, 3 rats, 1 pig, a dog and a cat.  Emily loves them all, including the new animals she meets on a daily basis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaila Watson

Kaila graduated from E.V.I.T. as a veterinary assistant in 2018, and is currently attending Mesa Community College with a goal of becoming a veterinary technician. She has a pet rat named “Chance” and an anole named “Viserion”. When she is not working or at school, Kaila enjoys reading, hanging out with her friends, or binge watching “Game of Thrones”.

 

 

Brittany Cotter, B.S.

Brittany, born and raised in Massachusetts, graduated from the University of Arizona in 2016 with a B.S in Veterinary Science. She had a passion to work with animals since she was young. She volunteers at Reid Park Zoo in her spare time. She has three dogs, Kovu, Ryder, and Bear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hospital Support Staff

 

Ron Hay

Ron works tirelessly not only here at Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital doing PR and maintaining hospital inventory. He also works part time at The Handlebar in Apache Junction bringing joy to it's patrons. He has 2 kids, Bill and Fred, a beautiful wife, Margaret and a cat named Waldo.