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.
Regional Hospital Administrator
Hospital Manager (Mesa)
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.
Hospital Manager (Phoenix)
Karisma was born in Phoenix, Arizona but she grew up in San Jose, CA.. She went to the New School for the Arts and Academics Performing Arts before going to Pima Medical Institute.
She has two German Shepherds Apollo and Buddha, a poodle named Stella, a Chihuahua called Sweetie and 4-year-old rescued Red Tail Boa named Lux.
When she isn’t at work she enjoys sketching, digital art, sculpting, painting, and gaming.
Hospital Manager (Tucson)
Natasha has been a Tucson resident since 2003. She attended the Univeristy of Arizona where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Science with a Minor in Chemistry. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2008. Natasha has her own ever changing animal family consisting predominately spoiled rotten reptiles and felines. Amongst managing the hospital and working with the furry, winged, and scaley; Natasha plans to return to the U of A in pursuit of a business degree.
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.
Director of Human Resources
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.
Katrina was born in Knox, Indiana and moved to Arizona in 2005. She has always had an interest in animals and obtained her Associates in Arts from Mesa Community College in May 2016 where she cared for all the exotic animals (a kangaroo rat, a pocket mouse, two salamanders, two desert toads, various constrictor snakes, two mud turtles, a crayfish, a black widow, a tarantula, desert tortoises, a bass, a chuckwalla, and desert iguanas) that Mesa Community College Life Science Department had.
Director of Inventory & Vendor Management
Ron grew up in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania and ventured to Arizona for warmer weather over 20 years ago. His continued love for the Sonoran Desert and the Superstition Wilderness Area is what still keeps him here. Ron joined AZEAH in 2015 as Inventory Manager. He keeps us well supplied with all of our hospital needs as well as maintaining healthy relationships with all of our vendor partners. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, backpacking in the Superstition Mountains, and spending time with his wife and two sons.
Public Relations/Social Media Manager
Malik was born and raised right here in Tucson, Arizona. He began his content creation journey on YouTube in 2019. When Covid hit, he focused on his craft and built up his brand as an influencer, amassing a following of over 200,000 people. He studied with the leading social media networks, learning the ins and outs of social media management from their own platform developers. Malik is a trusted voice for influencer marketing and has worked with some of the largest brands in the world, including NZXT, Epic Games, and Fabletics.
Nikki moved to Phoenix 4 years ago from Tucson. She is a certified veterinary assistant and she is passionate about shelter and volunteer work. She worked in shelter and animal welfare for nearly 10 years before shifting her focus to exotic animal medicine. She has many reptiles at home, as well as dogs and a cat. Nikki aspires to become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. She loves to read and hike in her spare time.
Emily graduated for Iowa State University with a B.S. in Animal Ecology: Pre-Vet and Wildlife Care. While in school, Emily traveled to study marine ecosystems and coral reef restoration, as well as spent a semester working in marine animal rescue and Hawaiian monk seal conservation. She has spent the last few years as a zookeeper and worked with a wide variety of species from otters and octopus to giraffe, rhinos, and even Komodo dragons! Emily is passionate about animal behavior and positive reinforcement training!
Angelica has lived here in Arizona her entire life. She is currently a student at Mesa Community College and volunteers at Out Of Africa Wildlife park on the weekends. She has worked in the veterinary field for about five years now and her goal is to work with wildlife one day. She has two dogs that she loves dearly, a chihuahua/Pomeranian mix and a German Shepherd. In her free time, she likes to read and hang out with her friends and family.
Jody is an Arizona native. She has spent most of her career as a professional dog groomer, where she taught owners about coat care and maintenance. While dogs stole her heart, she came to Arizona Exotic to continue helping owners get their pets the care they need. She hopes to continue her education in animal and client care.
Mari is a Tucson-native Veterinary Technician-Receptionist with an Associates degree in applied sciences from PMI. Having grown up with dogs, Mari has always been an animal lover but as she got older, she found herself surrounded by less conventional animals such as lizards, snakes, fish, frogs, and farm animals. In high school, Mari was gifted a calf named Clyde, whom she would take for weekly walks around the farm. Mari loves learning and has become very knowledgeable with her experience in rescue, rehabilitation, and fostering critters in need.
Vera was raised in a small town Ohio and moved to Arizona in 2021. She spent 3 years working in shelter medicine in Ohio and is very excited to expand her knowledge and experience in the world of exotic pets. She currently has three cats, one of which is a blind cat named Lewis. A long term goal for her would be to work with large exotic cats or bats. In her free time she enjoys reading, running 5ks, and practicing and learning new languages.
Rebecca, Lead Technician at our Mesa office, 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.
Nicole is a Tucson native and wouldn’t change our beautiful sunsets for any other view. When she first rescued her bearded dragon, Dragonair, she knew her passion was with reptiles. She has a love for all things with fur, feathers and scales. She is currently working towards completing the veterinary technician program at Pima Medical Institute. In her spare time Nicole enjoys hanging out with her animals and practicing sign language.
From a very young age Melissa found herself around all kinds of animals. She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and grew up having owned cats, dogs, chickens, tortoises, guinea pigs, horses, goats and much more! She knew she would eventually work with animals for a career. She has spent the last 5 years caring for animals by working in shelters, kennels, and animal hospitals. She’s excited to care for all different kinds of patients at Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital.
Certified Veterinary Technicians
Amanda, CVT started her career in veterinary medicine as a kennel technician at the age of 17. After high school she attended the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where she received a B.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology with a concentration in Wildlife Conservation. After graduation, she lived in Germany for 3 years before moving to Sierra Vista, AZ where she started working as a veterinary technician. In 2009, she became a Certified Veterinary Technician in the state of Arizona.
Ana is an Arizona native originally from Glendale. Ana moved to Tucson to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona and after graduating in 2012, she stayed in Tucson to work in the veterinary field in a small animal emergency hospital while attending Pima Community College to obtain her associates in veterinary technology.
Dargin was born in Phoenix and has lived in Arizona all of his life. Dargin got his Bachelor's in Biology at ASU while he spent some time volunteering at the Phoenix Zoo, Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium, and Liberty Wildlife. He received his Vet Tech certification from Pima Medical Institute.
In his free time, he enjoys cooking, hiking, kickball, video games, spending time with friends and family, and hanging out with his two cats, Thea and Lila. Dargin also has a corn snake named Sally, who has been with him for a long time.
Janel recently got into being a vet tech. She has always loved animals and wanted to pursue something to do with animals. At a young age she was pushed away from the animal world and instead became a Bioarcheologist. She did that for 5 years and loved it but was missing something. At this time decided to go to school to become a Vet Tech. While going through school she worked at an emergency cat and dog hospital. One day she would love to work with wild life.
Born and raised in Arizona, Katherine grew up with a love and fascination for snakes, rabbits, lizards, and birds. After high school, she left for Missouri to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Katherine spent time outside of school working with hissing cockroaches and interning with The Nature Conservancy. She is currently enrolled in classes to earn her Exotic Animal Training and Wildlife Rehabilitation certifications. Katherine hopes to one day conduct research in animal behavior and continue to work closely with animals.
Craig is an energetic, Caribbean boy from the island of Barbados. He received his veterinary license in the Caribbean and is working to be licensed in the USA. His career passions include surgery and emergency medicine. In the future, he hopes to become a board-certified surgeon.
His personal passions include traveling, learning new cultures, languages, and enjoying different cuisines. If anyone plays chess, he's always down for a challenge. While he doesn’t have any personal animals, he enjoys hanging out with friends and giving their pets plenty of TLC.
Rosemarie (Rosi) has always loved animals since she was able to walk. She started working with animals at the age of 15 and from there on worked in cardiology and internal medicine and general practice for cats and dogs. She now is learning and loving working with exotic animals. She has a son, Dakota, and a beautiful dog named Maggie Rose.
Tegan has always loved animals and really enjoys being able to help people understand how to properly take care of their own animals. She has a passion for reptiles and loves to learn about different species.
Miranda was a military kid and naturally moved around. Miranda ended up mostly growing up in Michigan where she started her journey in the animal field. She first started as a volunteer at the Cascade Humane Society while she still attended high school. Once she had been volunteering for a bit they hired her on as staff, in the animal care department. From there it led her to move out to Arizona and started working her way up to become a technician, with hard work and dedication. She has been in the field for 16 years and really enjoys helping animals in need.
Sonia was born and raised in Arizona and knew from a young age she wanted to find a career working with animals. Growing up she has owned everything from chickens to hamsters and caring for animals has been her life-long ambition. Sonia is currently attending Penn Foster to become a certified veterinary technician assistant with a goal to become a certified veterinary technician. What she looks forward to the most in working at AZEAH is the opportunity to help pets heal and to grow within the company to further her career.
Alexis grew up in small town Iowa near Okoboji (if you know Iowa, you know that’s a popular vacation spot). Growing up in Iowa she did keep ferrets and anything else her parents would allow. She attended South Dakota State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree and after college, Alexis moved down to Texas and worked in the surgery department at Texas A&M’s Small Animal Veterinary Hospital. Alexis then moved to Phoenix with her 2 cats, Felix and Natasha, and her German Shepherd, Misiu.
Danya is from a small town in Sonora, Mexico but was raised in Tucson, Arizona. From a young age, she knew she wanted a career that involved helping animals. Danya attended Pima Community College graduating with an associates degree and is working toward transferring to the University of Arizona.
Kayla was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Tucson with her family when she was 14. She attended Pima Community College where she received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. She has always been passionate about animals which has led her to keep parrots, snakes, lizards, fish, and everything in between.
In her free time, she likes to make art and go hiking, but most of all she loves spending time with her critters at home and building them custom habitats.
Abril was born in Phoenix, AZ and later moved to Mexico where she and her family had the opportunity to interact with numerous farm animals. Her passion for animals began with her favorite childhood book, The Children’s Encyclopedia of Animals. Owing to her interest in large cats, namely, tigers and jaguars, she knew she wanted to work in exotic animal medicine. Abril joined the AZEAH family in 2021. She is currently working on her Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree at the University of Arizona.
Julia received her first bird as a pet at the age of 9 and has birds as her companions ever since. Julia adores all types of avians and are fascinated to work with them. She grew up in Glendale, AZ and went to west-mec in her last year of high school to earn her veterinary assistant certification. Her hopes are to work her way up and study in order to become a doctor specialized in avians.
Emma started her veterinary journey at East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) in her junior year of high school. During her time at EVIT, she did an externship at Red Mountain Animal Clinic (a cat and dog clinic), where she gained first time experiences in the field. Emma graduated from EVIT in 2022. Joining the AZEAH team in March 2023, Emma has gained new knowledge about a variety of exotic animals with her time with us. Her long-time goal is to become a technician under the guidance of other fellow technicians.
Alexa is a born-and-raised Arizonan. She is a college student getting a pre-veterinary degree and is in the process of applying for vet school. Her biggest areas of interest are reptiles, birds, and cats, and she has devotedly owned all three.
Brandon was born and raised in Glendale, Arizona. He is a graduate of Washington State University where he obtained a Bachelor of science degree in Animal Science and was a Residential Advisor. He has experience working at Veterinary hospitals. He is an alumni of West-MEC and certified as an approved Veterinary Assistant since 2018. He enjoys working in the Veterinary Healthcare industry where his passion for animals shines through.