General Office Manager
Mark Hamilton, CVPM
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 - Phoenix
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.
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 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.
Kelly Ivins, CVT
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.
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.
Joy Blanchard, CVT
Tegan has always wanted to work with animals and now it is all she does! She has owned and cared for a wide variety of animals throughout her life. Reptiles and wildlife have always been a favorite. Tegan has a degree in Wildlife Sciences and is continuing her education to further assist animals in need. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and her dog.
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.
Brandon Wimmer, BS
Brandon was born in Phoenix and grew up in Mesa. He graduated from Red Mountain High School in 2009, and later graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2014, obtaining a BS in Biology with a focus on Chemistry. Brandon has always had a long-term goal of becoming a veterinarian. He started as a receptionist at a local vet clinic in college, working and training his way up until he became a technician. He hopes in the near future to be admitted to vet school to continue his pursuit of becoming a veterinarian.
Cora has been in the veterinary field since 2013. She grew up with a strong passion to help animals, from ursing pigeons back to health to fostering those in need. Over the years that drive never dwindled and she was able to turn that passion into a career while making her dreams come true. Cora currently shares her dreams with her Chihuahua names Jambi, a cat named Phish, a hedgehog named Quill T and a Lovebird named Indi.
Kristy Gauchat, AAS
Kristy is an Arizona native and loves Tucson. The love for animals started when she became a groomer at the age of 17. Kristy then went to Pima Community College where she graduated in 2014 with an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. From there, she became a technician in the dog and cat practice for 8 years. Her love for her ferrets has led her to the exotic animal practice. Kristy is currently going to University of Phoenix to receive her Bachelor of Science in Management in hopes of managing a veterinary hospital one day.
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.
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Madison has been around animals all her life. She has owned reptiles since she was a child and now keeps over 12 exotics pets. She plans to enroll in school and become a CVT to work with reptiles. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her fiancè, David and her reticulated pythons, Burmese python, boa, ball pythons, frogs and leopard geckos as well as her dog Honey and cat Stella.
Sierra is a Tucson native and loves being surrounded by the beautiful mountains and cacti. She is currently working on her Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree. Her passion has always been with reptiles, which has led her to her dream of becoming an exotic animal veterinarian. Sierra has a bearded dragon named Dratini and a rescue puppy named Hades whom she loves to go hiking with in her spare time.
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Lisa's 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.
Melody Slater (photo coming soon)
Melody grew up in a small town in Connecticut where she developed a passion for all animals. She attended Eastern Connecticut State University and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology in 2018. After graduating, she discovered the wide variety of jobs available to her. Melody started her journey as a receptionist/veterinary technician at her local exotic animal hospital in Berlin, Connecticut before moving to Maricopa and joining Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital in August of 2019. In Melody's free time, she enjoys powerlifting and spending time with her yellow naped amazon, Mr. Pickles.
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.