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Abby was born and raised in Yuma, AZ. Her love for animals has been there since day one.
She relocated to Tucson, where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Science, and a minor in Animal Science from the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!).
She has experience with small and large animals alike. She has a passion for homeless pets, providing care, and advocating spay and neuter programs.
Abby has been a member of the PAWS family since the beginning. She was a veterinary technician until 2014, which is when she moved to Austria for a year. After a fun adventure of living abroad, she rejoined the team at PAWS in 2015. She is determined to continue onto veterinary school. She has a passion for integrative medicine that makes PAWS and its veterinarians the best mentors she could ask for.
Abby owns a cute German shepherd, named Aslan, who loves road trips as much as she does. On her spare time she enjoys hiking, traveling, music, and riding her Quarter Horse named Lady.
Alex was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. She has grown up around animals her whole life, so it was an easy decision for her to choose this career. Alex graduated from Carrington College, from the veterinary program and will be continuing her education to become a CVT.
She has 5 fur babies, Kahlua, Canela, Pepper, Dakota, and Oscar. On her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family and attend sporting events.
Technician Supervisor, CVT
Angela was raised in Tucson from a very young age. She loves the warmth and sun of the Arizona desert. As a young child she developed her love for all animals. As a child she had cats, dogs, rabbits, and even a pet snake!
Angela has been a part of the PAWS family since prior to the clinic opening in 2008. She began working with Dr. Thurston in 2007 and came to work with Dr. Aronson at PAWS in 2008, where she worked as a CVT until 2012 until she moved out of state. When she moved back, she worked for the Aronson/Thurston family. She rejoined the staff at PAWS in 2015 as a Certified Veterinary Technician, and is overjoyed at working closely with all of the great clients and patients again!
Angela earned her veterinary assistant certificate at Pima Medical Institute in 2007 and then worked in the veterinary field for 2 years before taking her state board exams to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Angela loves veterinary medicine and feels very rewarded in her career choice.
Angela has one child, and a loving husband serving in the United States Navy. She has 3 furry family members, Pirate, a miniature poodle, Tinkerbell, a miniature schnauzer, and Demon a Siberian husky.
Bria grew up in Tucson from a very young age. Her passion for animals started from childhood, and she was passionate about making it her career.
She graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2014, and quickly became a technician supervisor at her previous practice. She has joined the PAWS team to work more with Integrative Medicine.
Bria spends her free time playing outside. She loves exploring the outdoors and hitting the mountain trails mountain biking. If she is not found outside, she’s likely spending her time cuddled up to her big baby of a pit bull, Diesel.
Veterinary Technician/Client Service Representative
Brie was born and raised in Vail, AZ. She grew up with several animals such as dogs, chickens, goats, pigs and horses. She moved to California after graduating high school and decided to go to Pima Medical Institute for the Veterinary assistant program. She moved to Texas, and then came back to Arizona in 2014. She has been working in the veterinary field ever since. She enjoys pretty much any outdoor activity and cooking. She has always had an interest and passion for both animals and apothecary medicine.
The approach to heal with both Eastern and Western medicine is what brought her to PAWS Veterinary Center. She hopes to continue her education and grow and learn both about both of her passions. She currently has one black Lab named Bubs who she adopted from the Desert Lab Rescue.
Elaina has had a love for animals since she was a child. She was born and raised in Vancouver, WA and grew up with multiple cats and dogs.
Her veterinary career started in 2015 when she graduated from Carrington College in Portland, OR. She began working a local veterinary clinic in Vancouver where she had taken her own animals as a child.
In early 2016, Elaina and her fiancé had relocated to Tucson, AZ. She brought with her experience from working with cats, dogs, reptiles, rabbits and more.
In her free time, she enjoys exploring what Arizona has to offer with her fiancé and friends. She has two cats at home named Racket and Zephyr, and a Belgian Shepherd, named Kloe.
Elizabeth Jobe, DVM, CCRT, CVMA
Dr. Elizabeth Jobe was born and raised in the South, near Atlanta, Georgia, though she doesn’t have a southern accent to prove it! Her family knew she would become a veterinarian upon the discovery of her sleeping outside in the doghouse with the family pets as a child. Dr. Jobe grew up playing soccer and competed for the US National team and Clemson University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences in 2007. Upon graduation, Dr. Jobe attended The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2012.
Excited to get out West and to be in the mountains, Dr. Jobe moved to Santa Fe, NM to start her veterinary career; however, her love for physical therapy and sports medicine led her to pursue a more specialized career as the Rehabilitation Director and Medical Director for multiple hospitals in the northern Denver, CO area. Dr. Jobe joins the PAWS team as both Rehabilitation and General Practitioner in 2016.
Due to numerous knee surgeries from soccer injuries, Dr. Jobe spent a lot of time in physical therapy igniting her passion and appreciation for physical medicine. She received her certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) in 2013 through the advanced training program with the University of Tennessee, and received her certification as a Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist (cVMA) with Colorado State University in 2014. Additionally, Dr. Jobe completed the Canine Course with the International Academy of Medical Massage for Animals in 2013. She is a USDA Accredited Veterinarian and member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Whenever she gets the chance, Dr. Jobe hits the trails or slopes for some hiking, backpacking, biking, or snowboarding. Traveling is a passion of hers, and she hopes to hike through Patagonia some day! Downtime involves cooking, reading, and relaxing with her AKC Canine Good Citizen named Bailey, who dances for her morning kibble, cool-cat Baloo, who doubles as a fur scarf at night, and McFly, the Siberian Forest Cat who likes jumping in the shower!
Geren T. Thurston, DVM
For Dr. Geren Thurston, a passion and appreciation for animals combined with a love for science and problem solving shaped a childhood dream of becoming a Veterinarian. As soon as she had her driver's license, she secured her dream job cleaning kennels and walking dogs at a Veterinary Clinic in Nebraska. Through this early experience, she was transformed by the profound human-animal bond, the magical connection of meaning and joy that we share with animals. Witnessing the important role medical care, disease prevention and education have in the lives of people and their beloved pets, resolved her to continue her pursuit of Veterinary Medicine. Sharing in, protecting and prolonging the relationships that we experience with animals is her enduring source of inspiration and fulfillment.
Dr. Geren Thurston fell in love with Tucson during her undergraduate education, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona in 1997. She attended Veterinary School at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and received her D.V.M. degree in 2001. She was recognized through varied academic and service achievements.
Upon completion of Veterinary School in 2001, Dr. Geren Thurston eagerly returned to Tucson to begin her career caring for dogs and cats. She enjoys the challenges and rewards of general practice, from puppy and kitten exams to end of life care, as well as the preventative, surgical and medical services in between.
After many years of planning, Dr. Geren Thurston and her best friend & husband, Dr. Randy Aronson, opened P.A.W.S. in July of 2008. P.A.W.S. is the embodiment of their shared passion and vision for the future of Veterinary Medicine, as well as their commitment of caring for pets and people of Southern Arizona.
In her free time, she loves goofing around with their son, Benjamin and daughter, Livia. She enjoys being outdoors, going to the movies, working around the house, hiking and horseback riding.
Hillary was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona with her mom, 3 siblings, and many dogs and cats. She has been animal crazy as long as she can remember!
She entered the veterinary field in 2011 and has been involved ever since. She worked as a Client Service Coordinator, as well as a Pet Resort Supervisor. Her passion for helping and taking care of animals has continued to grow. She likes to work with animals that need a little extra attention and help coming out of their shell. She is a volunteer with Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue and works as their kennel foster for Tucson.
When Hillary isn’t spending time with her kennel kids or her nephews, she loves to spend time with her best friend and husband (Jesse), and with their two fur babies Diva and Eva.
Hope was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, and grew up having a special connection with animals. Being partially raised on a farm, she was riding horses before she could walk, and showing in 4H and other shows along the way while still going to school in the city.
She didn't always know that she wanted to go into the veterinary field, but she believes that everything really does happen for a reason and is now pursuing a career as a veterinarian.
I love what I do. Helping those that can't speak for themselves and getting to make a difference in an animals life, it is a feeling I can't quite explain.
Jason L. B.S., CCRA
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Technician
Jason graduated with his Veterinary Science BS at the University of Arizona. He joined our team after many months of volunteering and learning about integrative medicine. Prior to working with PAWS, Jason's veterinary experience includes working at a small animal practice in Texas, where he became a Certified Veterinary Assistant.
He plans on attending Veterinary school and has attended CRI (Canine Rehabilitation Institute) to fulfill his childhood dream that never changed. He has always had a love for animals. It started with his Labrador, Zach when Jason was just 4 years old. He also grew up with a dog named Sammy, several hamsters and Texas Chameleons.
In his free time he enjoys spending his time with friends and family. He really enjoys exploring the mountain ranges via hiking and off-roading. Jason will do anything he can to be outdoors and spends a lot of time at his family's ranch in East Texas.
Marketing and Communications Director
Jessica has been working with animals for many years and “couldn't imagine working in any other field.” Jessica’s has a wide range of veterinary knowledge that comes from her experiences as a CSR, technician, shelter work, volunteer work and working in a kennel.
Jessica loves furthering her education by attending veterinary continuing education classes and conferences, such as the Western Veterinary Conference.
Jessica was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. She lived in the Phoenix area for a few years and moved back to Tucson to work at PAWS.
She has two amazing Pomeranians, Sharpie and Skids. She enjoys spending her free time out-doors, or up in the sky in one of her grandfather’s airplanes. She also loves to go camping and four wheeling. Nothing is more enjoyable than Sunday dinners at her mom’s house, where she is able to spend time with her family and loved ones.
Joanna was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. Starting from a very young age she was surrounded and interested in all types of animals. Straight out of High School, Joanna started her journey in this field by completing the Veterinary Assistant program at Pima Medical Institute.
She is humbled to be working here at PAWS Veterinary Center with such an amazing and caring team. Working here has allowed her to cultivate experience as well as fuel her empathy for pets in need. She still looks forward to expanding her knowledge and passion each and every day. Joanna takes great joy in seeing our patients return home happy and healthy with wagging tails.
Joanna enjoys being a loving Dog Mom to four amazing pups. All of her dog babies, Cukie, Tito, Murphy and Ottis are lovely mixed breed dogs. She enjoys taking them on walks around the park, watching them nap on the couch all day long, and taking pictures of their silly faces. Joanna's dogs have been her biggest motivation in pursuing her career and doing her best in everything she does for all patients.
Justin C. Keaner, DVM, MS
Dr. Justin Keaner was born and raised in Michigan. He spent his childhood exploring the outdoors and collecting every insect, reptile, amphibian and small mammal he could catch. After deciding that entomology was not his calling in life, Dr. Keaner attended the University of Michigan and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. He then moved to Boulder, Colorado and began working as a veterinary technician. This position enriched his interest in veterinary medicine and the importance of human-animal bond. Dr. Keaner continued his education at Colorado State University where he received a master’s degree in biomedical sciences. Dr. Keaner then attended the University of Wisconsin where he earned his DVM degree and met his wife, who is also a veterinarian.
Upon completion of vet school, Dr. Keaner returned to Colorado to begin his career as a general practice veterinarian caring for cats, dogs, and exotic pets. Some of his specific areas of interest include dentistry, soft tissue surgery, and preventive medicine. Dr. Keaner strives to work with pet owners to develop care plans specific to the individual needs of their pet. As a vet, he feels truly rewarded by the positive relationships that he develops with his patients and their guardians.
Dr. Keaner typically spends his time away from work discussing veterinary medicine with his wife, who is an emergency vet, or at the dog park with his dog, Dutch. He also enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and mountain biking.
Though Lauren is originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, she has spent the past nine years living in Tucson. She is currently pursuing a degree in General/Applied Mathematics at the University of Arizona, and has minors in both Spanish and biochemistry. Lauren hopes to attend veterinary school after she finishes her undergraduate education, and spends most of her time around animals; she has volunteer experience with shelter animals, wildlife, horses, birds, and emergency medicine.
Lauren first joined PAWS as a volunteer. She then completed an internship with us, and now holds a position as a veterinary technician. She loves getting the chance to work hands-on with animals every single day (as if spending time with her three cats at home isn't enough). Lauren is passionate about the veterinary field, as it gives her the opportunity to give voices to those that can't speak for themselves.
When she's not working or studying, Lauren enjoys swimming, being outdoors, and spending time with her cats, Lex, Zac, and Charlie. She also enjoys hanging out with her little sister, and going home to visit with her parents and their two dogs, Luca and Layla.
Lisa is a native to Arizona, born and raised in Tucson. Lisa graduated from Pima Medical Institutes Veterinary Program in 1987.
She has devoted her career to veterinary medicine by working many different roles, expanding her knowledge over the years.
Lisa worked in two local veterinary hospitals before relocating to the White Mountains, where she worked for several years at a veterinary hospital in Lakeside, Arizona. She returned to Tucson after many years and joined the PAWS team in early 2013. Lisa loves spending her time with her husband Marc, their two dogs, Scooter and Sadie, two cats, Breaker and Purrlotta. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, camping, gardening, cooking and reading.
Hospital Administrator, CVPM
Lisa spent most of her life overseas in England and Germany and started her animal career as an Aquatic Specialist. After many years of helping aquatic life, she decided to pursue a career in the veterinary field. She attended and graduated with honors from Pima Medical Institute.
Her previous veterinary experience includes being a veterinary technician, Client Service Coordinator, Client Service Representative, CSR Supervisor, Office Manager, Hospital Director and Practice Manager.
“My love of animals drew me to the profession. I love to help those who cannot help themselves.”
Lisa enjoys hiking, art, singing, Zumba, Hula dancing, and playing guitar. She spends her time with her best friend and husband, Kalani, her amazing pets, and as a Zumba and Aqua Zumba instructor, and Siva Maia Polynesian dancer.
Michelee Regan was born and raised in Maricopa AZ, where she grew up surrounded by a variety of small and large animals. She's always had a passion for animals, and has wanted to become a veterinarian since day one. In 2013, Michelee graduated from the University of Arizona with her Bachelors in Animal Science pre-professional.
She has spent the last two years living in Austin, Texas working as a veterinary technician.
Michelee is excited to be back in her home state, and ecstatic about joining the team at PAWS where she hopes to learn much more about integrative medicine. In her free time she loves spending time with her husband, and their Shih-Tzu fur baby Sophie.
Client Service Representative
Rachael was born and raised in Tucson, and also attended the University of Arizona to receive her Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Science.
From a young age Rachael was surrounded by a menagerie of pets ranging from frogs and tortoises to dogs and horses. Spending time with and caring for creatures of all kinds has always been a passion and a life goal.
When not at work Rachael enjoys going on dates with her husband, traveling to new exciting places, crocheting, and snuggling her chubby guinea pig, Waddles.
Randy D. Aronson, VMD, CCRT
Dr. Randy Aronson has dedicated his professional life to providing innovative veterinary care for companion animals of Arizona. He is never satisfied with the status quo and is determined to provide the best care for his patients and the people who love them. Advancing preventative and diagnostic capabilities as well as enhancing treatment outcomes is his passion.
Dr. Aronson augments his over 35 years of traditional veterinary experience as both a practice owner and accomplished practitioner through the completion and certification in complementary modalities. Dr. Aronson has extensive training in rehabilitation therapy, Chinese food therapy, Chinese herbal medicine, and acupuncture. His gift is seeing the big picture, embracing the concept of optimum health and accurate diagnoses, caring for the whole animal, not simply treating disease symptoms.
Inspired by the synergy of integrating conventional and complementary medicine, Dr. Randy Aronson and his wife, Dr. Geren Thurston, set out to create a new paradigm of care for companion animals of southern Arizona. P.A.W.S. Integrative Veterinary Center is his passion and shared vision for the future of veterinary medicine.
Dr. Aronson grew up in Philadelphia dreaming of becoming an equine veterinarian or a NBA star. He received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University. He went on to pursue his Veterinary Medical Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1980 receiving the Leonard Pearson award, the highest honor of student achievement. He completed a combined small animal Internship in 1981.
When Dr. Aronson is not caring for animals and educating clients at P.A.W.S., he is busy providing seminars, Skype conferences, Key note speaking, consulting for pet health product companies, providing consultations with pet owners through Google hangouts, and hosted a call-in talk radio show, Radio Pet Vet with Dr. Randy for over 10 years. He enjoys educating pet owners through both public speaking and column writing. He is a member of the National Speakers' Association; he has published numerous articles in both national and local periodicals. To ensure quality and accountability for the safety and benefit of his patients, he directed and co-formulated 2Docs, a comprehensive line of vitamins and dietary supplements.
Although he loves biking, hiking, fishing, gardening, and reading, most of his free-time is spent goofing around with his son, Benjamin and daughter Livia.
Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah moved to Tucson in June of 2015 by way of New Hampshire and Indiana. Sarah's favorite things about Tucson are watching the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, not having to shovel snow, and working at PAWS!
Sarah started working at PAWS in February of 2016 and immediately felt right at home. She loves working with all the patients at PAWS, but has a soft spot in her heart for our feline visitors. Sarah spends most of her time at PAWS working behind the scenes as our laboratory director/treatment technician, but you may meet her when she ventures to the lobby to check in technician appointments.
In her free time, you can find Sarah re-enacting scenes from the Lion King with her cat, Mufasa, or searching for clues with her dog, Scooby. She also enjoys playing board games with friends and reading.
Sarah-J was born in Flagstaff, AZ, but moved to Tucson when she was 10 years old. She has always had a love for animals growing up. At a young age she knew that working closely with animals was a career she wanted to achieve.
She has four lovely pets of her own, Nala, Tyson, Diego, and Buddy. On her spare time she loves to spend time with her pets, going to concerts, watch movies and spending time with her family.
In the future she hopes to go back to school to further her education in the vet field.
Shelby was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado but moved here as a child and considers Tucson her hometown. She has always loved animals and had a variety of pets over the years, and has always known that she wanted to work with animals the rest of her life. As a child she was always rescuing strays and attempting to save the lives of the critters her cats brought her.
Although Shelby loves all animals, horses are her passion. After her last horse, Charlie, had the habit of continuously hurting himself she decided that she wanted to pursue the career of becoming an Equine Veterinarian.
It wasn't until almost halfway through her undergraduate career that she made the decision to declare an Animal Science degree to prepare for Veterinary School. She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor in Science from the University of Arizona.
Shelby has three fur babies, her cats Maui, Misha, and Mitts. She loves them so much she even built them a "catio" (an enclosed patio for cats) so they can explore outside without escaping!
Stephanie, while born in Mesa, Arizona, moved with her family to different towns in Colorado and Texas through her life. Their first pet was a dog named “Katie” who her mom found abandoned. Katie was tied to the back fence of the GM proving grounds, which were desert at that time, when Stephanie was two years old. This started her love for animals very early in life. When she was a child living in Colorado, she would spend her afternoons up in the pine trees with her cat “Prince”.
Stephanie gained a passion for veterinary medicine during her 4 years working in the emergency department at Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency. She took a small break from the veterinary field working for a chiropractor who focuses on integrative medicine. After learning about the many benefits of integrative medicine for humans, she decided to dive back into her passion working with animals at PAWS Veterinary Center.
Stephanie currently volunteers at the Tucson Wildlife Center during her time away from work. She loves to travel, go hiking, and taking her dog “Sophie” on long walks down the river walk. She also owns two crested geckos named “Raava” and Vaatu”.
An established resident of the Tucson Basin originally born and raised in southern California, Vincent is a passionate Eagle Scout driven by a steadily growing interest in Eastern Medicine. Within the familial PAWS team Vincent has found a suitable and stimulating working environment wherein to satisfy his desire to serve and help animals, as well as their caring owners, and to be steeped in an environment rich with the time-proven medical practices and philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Having been granted the AmeriCorps Education Award as a result of his thousands of hours of volunteer time working on the maintenance and beautification of public lands with the Arizona Conservation Corps, his goal is to eventually study at the respected Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico to become a qualified Practitioner of Ayurvedic Medicine, utilizing his expanded knowledge of nature-based, health-supportive modalities to better serve others (four-legged or otherwise) and to provide nourishment, joy and vitality to those in need of it.
In his free time, Vincent enjoys hiking, painting, practicing Yoga, attempting to play his violin and playing with his three dogs: a cheerful chihuahua named Violet, Dobby, a playful albino terrier mix, and Hermione, a spunky, speckled miniature dachshund. He also spends time out in the garden attending to his great love of plants, often accompanied by Dude, his aloof and adventurous tuxedo cat.
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