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)
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.
Hospital Manager (Phoenix)
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.
Hospital Manager (Tucson)
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.
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 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 Technician - Mesa
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.
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.
Certified Veterinary Technicians
Jenae was born in Kansas, loving the fireflies and frogs; she moved to Arizona in 1993. Here she appreciates different animals and their environments. She has always had an interest in animals and their ecosystems, therefore, coming to Arizona has been very exciting for her.
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.
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.
Jessie was born and raised in the Chicago area before moving to Arizona in 2013. Originally, she went to school for fine arts and still creates and sells art but then followed her lifelong passion of caring for animals. She graduated in 2016 from Pima Medical Institute with an Associates in Applied Science. From there she has gotten experience in exotic, shelter medicine, emergency, and general practice before going back to her original love for exotics. She gained her CVT in 2020. She fosters animals in her free time.
Kathryn was born and raised in Mississippi until the age of 8 before her family moved to Arizona. Even before that she knew that 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.
Carl was born and raised in Arizona. He has spent his whole life working around many different animals. He knew from a very young age that he wanted a life-long career in the animal field. In 2019 he received his veterinary technician certification and is currently finishing his prerequisites for veterinary school. In his spare time when he is not studying or at work he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family. He has 7 exotic pets, and is continuing to expand.
Rachel was born and raised in California where her life was surrounded by avian and exotic friends before relocating to Arizona in 2015. She started her career three years ago when she became a veterinary technician for a dog and cat practice before joining AZEAH’s team to further her education in exotic medicine. She comleted her undergraduate work at The University of Arizona with her bachelor’s in veterinary science and will be graduating from their Veterinary Medicine program as a doctor in 2023. Her goal is specialize in reptile medicine.
Cindy was born and raised in South Korea and moved to Arizona with her family in 2006. Cindy’s interest and love for animals grew as she studied at the University of Arizona and graduated with bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science. She built interest in exotic animals while shadowing a veterinarian at Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum and Reid Park Zoo. Cindy is currently working hard to pursue her goal of becoming a doctor of veterinary medicine. Currently she has a King Charles whose name is Cocoa and a beautiful Ragdoll named Ahri but hopes to have many exotic animals in the future!
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.
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 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.
Ashlyn has grown up living in Gilbert, Arizona. She has had different exotic pets from tortoises to a guinea pig named Charlotte. Ashlyn's interest in exotics came from her father who has a great collection and interest in these creatures and is a veterinarian. Ashlyn has worked alongside him from time to time in the wild and at his own practice. She loves animals especially her chocolate lab, Wentworth. Ashlyn is currently finishing up her Senior High School year and will graduate early. She plans on going to college in 2021 to pursue medicine.
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.
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.
Yakira is a recent graduate from the Veterinary Assistant program at Pima Medical Institute. She has 3 rats, 3 guinea pigs, a snake, and a dog and hopes for many more animals to come. She enjoys relaxing on her days off by going to the pool and hanging out with her family. Yakira is eager to continue her journey in veterinary medicine with the goal to become a veterinarian with her own practice and animal sanctuary.