Staff

Regional Hospital Administrator

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.  

Hospital Manager (Mesa)

Joseph was born and raised in New England where he resided for the first 20 years of his life. He then moved to Arizona where he studied both biology and psychology before devoting himself to the veterinary field. He has always had a great passion for animals of all types and has held many roles within veterinary clinics. Initially beginning by volunteering at the Massachusetts’s animal shelter as a young teenager, then later as a technician and ultimately as a hospital manager. Joseph is an avid Boston sports fan who enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife and three children.

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.

Joy was born and raised in the very small town of Cut Off, Louisiana. She's pretty much as Cajun as they come and is from a family of commercial shrimpers. She moved to Lafayette, Louisiana in 2011 to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. There she was able to get hands on experience in small animal mixed practice, emergency, and specialty medicine. In 2017 she became an RVT. In 2018 she decided to take an even bigger leap and moved to Phoenix to further her career options and became a CVT and landed here.

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. 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.

Executive Assistant

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.

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.

Administrative Assistant

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 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. 

Lead Receptionists

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.

Receptionists

Born in North Carolina but having moved all over the world being a military brat, Michelle landed in Phoenix several times and eventually moved here several years ago. She grew up on a ranch and owned an array of animals. Michelle has previously worked as a technician for horses, and in various veterinary emergency and general practices but realized her interest was with exotic animals. Michelle plans to eventually train horses again and pursue her passion to help children with disabilities and special needs through horse therapy.

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.

Dani moved from Phoenix to Tucson in 2019 after completing her degree program at Pima Medical Institute. She is a certified veterinary technician, and her passion for animal care and owner education has been the driving force in her career from the beginning. From dog and cat medicine, to mixed animal practice, and then ER and wildlife rescue, her experience with animals is widely varied and she’s happy to finally have a career home with exotic pets.

In her free time she enjoys live music, cooking/baking, and watching movies with her partner, two cats and a hedgehog.

Originally from northern California, Jessica is currently a student at Arizona State University, working on a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Spanish. Her dream job is to work in zoo medicine and/or conservation to work with lions, tigers, and bats (oh my!). Jessica grew up with an array of animals including guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, snakes, cats and dogs. Currently, she's a pet mom to 4 cats and a small terrier. You'll notice that her hair will change colors on a bi-weekly basis as she's always trying a new color or design.

Lead Technicians

Rebecca Moffat, 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.

Sammie grew up in a small town in Northern Colorado. She attended a junior college before transferring to Colorado State University to finish her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After college, she moved around to gain experience in the animal world, and has worked in zoos, sanctuaries, and veterinary hospitals. This has allowed her to work with a variety of exotic animals including great apes, mustelids, reptiles, and birds. In 2021, she moved to Arizona and fell in love with the area.

In her free time, she enjoys travelling, playing games, and being outdoors.

Kathryn was born and raised in Mississippi before her family moved to Arizona. She absolutely loved animals and wanted to work with them when it came time to choose a career. While living out in the middle of nowhere didn’t provide many shadowing opportunities, she was able to work with her own animals on her family’s small ranch/farm and it was then that her desire to become a veterinarian solidified. Kathryn decided she would start on her career path by becoming a certified veterinary technician and work toward becoming a veterinarian.

Veterinary Technicians

Brendan was born in Colorado and has an innate passion for animals. In Colorado he worked as a keeper assistant at the Denver Zoo and has had the chance to work with a variety of animals from fruit bats to rhinos. In 2021, after attaining his Associates of Science, Brendan moved to Arizona to continue his education and escape the Colorado winters. He is currently finishing his degree in conservation biology and Ecology at ASU. After graduating, he aspires to be a conservationist with a goal of saving endangered species across the planet.

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.

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.

Brittany is originally from a small town in Massachusetts and she ventured to the warmth of Tucson, Arizona for college. Brittany attended the University of Arizona and graduated with Honors with a degree in veterinary science in 2016. Brittany joined the AZEAH family in 2019 pursuing her interest of working with exotic animals. Brittany since then has taken an interest in avian medicine and surgery. In her free time she volunteers at Reid Park zoo, hikes the Arizona terrain with her three dogs, and enjoys to country swing dance.

Kaylee was born in New Mexico and moved to Mesa when she was a baby. Ever since the age of seven, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in the veterinary field. She graduated Desert Ridge High School in 2017 and earned her Veterinary Assistant Certificate at East Valley Institute of Technology.  She is going to college to pursue a graduate degree and become a doctor of veterinary medicine.  She plans to travel to other countries to study species from different regions of the world. She has two dogs, two guinea pigs, and a kingsnake.

Emily has always had a passion for animals and their care. She has always wanted to have a career based around caring for exotics; having a mini zoo of her own filled with reptiles and a hedgehog. The favorite of her scaly children is her 4 foot long Asian water monitor named Pumpkin.

Bo Nicole (Bo) has had a passion for animals as big as horses and as small as hamsters since she was young. Throughout high school and college, she volunteered at various animal shelters and zoos. Following graduation from Grand Canyon University, she completed an internship with Arizona Game & Fish to determine what field best suits her career desires. She recently made the decision to take on veterinary medicine and begin the application process for veterinary school.

Bethany was born in Arizona and has always had a passion for animals and veterinary medicine. She has worked in the field for the last 3 years and is currently finishing her degree to earn her CVT title and then plans to attend ASU for pre-veterinary studies. A inspiring veterinary trip to South Africa in 2019 is where her passion for wildlife amplified after the opportunity to work on various wildlife including a black Rhino and a cheetah. She aspires to specialize in wildlife and exotic pets after becoming a veterinarian.

Sawyer was raised in southern Maine and from a young age knew he wanted to work with animals as a life-long passion. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee and began working in shelter medicine before moving to working with wildlife and exotic pets.
After visiting and falling in love with Arizona, he moved to Tucson in 2021 with his cat, Marigold. In his spare time he loves exploring the outdoors, new cities, and the local antique shops.

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.

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.

Veterinary Assistants

Bailey is an aspiring veterinarian. She has known that she was going to be a veterinarian ever since she was a little girl. She grew up in Indiana and never missed an opportunity to pick up any insects or small animals that came across her path. When she moved to Arizona at nine years old, she had to learn that not all insects or animals should be picked up, but she still admired them from a safe distance. She loves all the unique and wonderful creatures in the exotic practice and looks forward to seeing new and interesting patients every day.

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.

Born and raised with Arizona’s desert wildlife, Katherine grew up with a love and fascination for snakes, rabbits, lizards, birds, and you name it. 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.

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.

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.                                                                               

Alexandra, or Allie, joined the  AZEAH family because of her love for exotic pets and her drive to learn more about them. From scales to feathers to fur, every animal she has the pleasure of caring for helps guide her on this amazing career path. Education has always been very important to her so to aid in her knowledge of wildlife care and management, she is pursing a bachelors in conservation biology and ecology from Arizona State University.

Mackenzie was born and raised in Arizona and grew up loving exotic animals. She graduated from Desert Vista High School and earned her Veterinary Assistant Certificate from East Valley Institute of Technology. Mackenzie is currently training to become a certified veterinary technician, and then plans to earn her graduate degree and eventually become a doctor of veterinary medicine specializing in wildlife and exotic pets. She hopes to travel and learn about different wildlife species in their natural habitats.