Certified Veterinary Technician & Administrative Coordinator
Sarah is a graduate of Pima Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program, and has been nationally- and AZ state-certified since 2010. She spent the first eight years of her career in general practice as a Lead Technician. She has two years of experience as an Emergency ICU Technician, where she sharpened her nursing skills & cared for critical patients. Prior to PAWS, she spent several years as a Veterinary Ophthalmology Technician on a busy team, assisting with cataract and corneal procedures and gaining experience in advanced anesthetic monitoring. She joined the PAWS Family in April 2019.
Sarah is passionate about patient care and is Fear-Free certified. She has been extensively trained in Low-Stress Handling techniques. She has special interests in behavior, nutrition, dentistry, and neonatal care. She is an experienced kitten foster with a soft spot for single orphans.
When not at work, Sarah and her husband can be found seeking out great concerts and traveling to fun destinations. Sarah has a few furry kids at home, including Sadie the longhaired Dachshund, Cedric Diggory the Dachshund/Pug mix, and two calico kitties — Lollipop and Cupcake!
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.
Treatment Coordinator, Boarding Coordinator, Veterinary Technician
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.
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 for 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.
Shelby has a Bachelors’s degree in Animal Science, is working on a Masters of Business Administration, and applying to Veterinary School. Her dream is to own her own private mixed-practice clinic.
She has 4 fur babies: 3 cats named Maui, Misha, and Mitts, and 1 dog named Duo.
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.
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.
David was born and raised in the Northern Virginia/DC Metro area and has always had a love and passion for taking care of animals. He has been here in Tucson since November 2014 and began working for PAWS Veterinary Center in July 2016.
David has worked in just about all aspects of the animal community for the past 13 years; from volunteering at animal shelters, kennel tech, certified groomer, room/surgery/back tech, as well as a live-in night tech who would monitor critical cases after clinic hours.
He spent 8 years at his last clinic in Virginia, where he gained the experience and knowledge that he now brings to PAWS Veterinary Center.
In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, hiking, fishing, camping, reading, tending his garden, reclaiming old furniture and being outdoors with his two dogs, Pistol Pete and Brion, or just simply hanging out with his cats Damain, Pandora, and Sia!
Amber was born and raised in Tucson Arizona. She moved to Madison Wisconsin in 2013 were she went to Globe University and got her Associates degree in Applied Sciences, focusing it to Veterinary Medicine.
She recently just moved back to Tucson in December of 2017. She has worked in urgent care to a mixed practice working with exotics, wild life, cats and dogs to spending many hours volunteering at shelters.
Amber’s passion is working with exotic and wild life animals. Eventually she would love to work in Wildlife rehabilitation traveling around the world. In the mean time, she spends most of my time outdoors hiking, camping, snowboarding, going out with friends, kayaking and many more adventures.
Amber’s partner in crime is a cute little cocker spaniel named Simba, who she has had since high school and travels everywhere with her!
Certified Veterinary Technician
Ashley was born and raised on the east coast and in the midwest. Her love of animals has been apparent since birth. From an early age, she insisted on naming every critter that frequented her yard and was often found organizing burials for those that met untimely ends. As a child, she spent her time caring for her array of small pets and family dog, Zeppelin. She has always had a strong affection for horses and spent the majority of her young adult and teenage years caring for them at a local stable, where she took riding lessons and competed in English style riding and jumping competitions.
She earned a BFA with an emphasis in photography, video, and installation art at Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis – where she met the love of her life, Aaron. For years, she worked in both graphic design and visual merchandising until migrating west to Tucson in 2016 when Aaron accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Printmaking in the University of Arizona’s College of Fine Art. It is here that she decided to further pursue her love of creatures and launch her career in animal health.
Ashley’s compassion and advocacy for all living creatures is evident through her various volunteer efforts. She joined the PAWS team in early 2018, finding a group of kind-hearted and like-minded individuals that have proven to be fantastic mentors and valuable resources. Ashley graduated from Pima Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2019.
She is a loud and unwavering voice, speaking on behalf of the creatures who can’t, and has chosen to dedicate her life to ensure their comfort and happiness through good times and bad. Her advocacy for animals is so strong that it lead her to embrace a plant-based and cruelty-free lifestyle, happily finding that many in Tucson embrace the same. Ashley is also the dedicated human to the softest yellow lab mix on earth, named Poe.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Meet Chloe! She’s been a veterinary technician since early 2015. She is a graduate of Pima Medical Institute and became certified in 2017. Chloe has worked for a few different urgent care veterinary clinics in Tucson but really enjoyed her time working in emergency. Her passion for both eastern and western medicine brought her to PAWS!
When she’s not working, she enjoys hiking, lifting weights, and spending time with her many animals including her Mastiff, Lily and her 8+ foot long boa constrictor, Kahlua. She has a large array of animals, including dogs, cats, snakes, lizards, fresh and saltwater fish, and turtles. Chloe also loves to cook and bake delicious desserts!
Jonathan was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. He attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ pursuing a degree in veterinary science. After 8 years in corporate veterinary medicine, he decided he needed a change. He joined PAWS to get a better understanding of rehabilitative therapy and alternative veterinary medicine. His family includes 3 dogs, 5 cats, a guinea pig, and a hamster. In his free time, he loves spending time with the furry critters, pet-sitting, and playing video games.
Kaila grew up in Des Moines, Iowa where she learned she had a passion for animals. She grew up with many small animals, including a cat and a dog. These pets encouraged her from a very young age to make the decision to become a veterinarian. With her goal in mind, she moved to Tucson to start her collegiate career at the University of Arizona as a Veterinary Science major. She plans to continue her education and enjoys all opportunities that contribute to her experience working with animals. Kaila’s family consists of three dogs, a cat, two rabbits, a leopard gecko and a horse. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her pets at home or riding her horse.
Seleste grew up, for the most part, in Tucson. She spent some time living up in the east Mesa area; where she went to high school. During her senior year of high school, she completed her Veterinary Assistant training at East Valley Institute of Technology. After high school, she moved back home to Tucson, and began attending the University of Arizona and studying Veterinary Science. She’s been working as a veterinary technician for about a year and a half, and loves getting to work with your pets every day. In her free time, she hangs out with her German Shepherd, Nova, and loves being outdoors or spending time with her family.
Andrea was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. She has always had a love for animals. She has several years of experience working in general practice, as well as emergency practice. She is currently working on becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. In her free time, she loves to train for Spartan races, hike, and spend time with her fur baby!
Certified Veterinary Technician & Rehabilitation Technician
Diana has over a decade of experience in the veterinary field. She graduated from Pima Community College’s Veterinary Technician program in 2010, and gained her Certified Veterinary Technician credentials shorty after. After learning and growing in a specialty veterinary surgical facility, Diana’s interest turned to the recovery process. Her love of companion animals drove her to seek out novel ways to help her patients enjoy a long, healthy life of joy with their owners. Seeing patients healing through rehabilitation proved to be very rewarding, and revealed a path to continue to grow her passion for patient care.
Patient recovery was only one of the motivators for Diana to change her focus to canine rehabilitation. Diana’s health journey cemented her love of helping others gain back the quality of life they were meant to have. With the help of her father, she gained a new life after losing weight and training her mind and body to push for excellence. This new life has ignited her passion to see her patients get their quality of life back too.
Diana is currently attending the University of Tennessee’s Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner Program and will be completing the program in December 2019.
Client Service Representatives
Client Service Representative Manager
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.
Client Service Representative
Michelle was born in Michigan and raised in Tucson. She was raised with dogs her entire childhood. And In her early 20’s she took in and raised abandoned kitties. Currently, Michelle and her husband, Don, have 2 dogs, Rascal- a Bichon mix (Zuchon), and Roxy- a Terrier mix, and a cat, Shadow. Together, they have 5 kids and 2 grandkids.
After working 25+ years in the fast-food industry, Michelle was ready to try for something new and was graciously given an opportunity to work with her love for animals at PAWS. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, singing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Client Service Representative
Lindsay is proud to be a native Tucsonan. Her passion for animals began at a very young age. Lindsay took courses at Pima Community College towards a psychology degree, in order to pursue her life-long dream of training and caring for killer whales. However, once she began working at another veterinary clinic in Tucson, she discovered that her path was in the small-animal veterinary field. She is currently working towards obtaining her Certified Veterinary Technician license and is proud to be a part of the PAWS team.
In her free time, you can find Lindsay trail riding with her horses Rayne and Stormi or taking her Jeep up Mt. Lemmon with her three dogs, Thor, Jax and Oliver. She also enjoys spending time working on home projects and hanging out with her friends and family.
Client Service Representative
Taylor was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She had dogs and cats growing up and she liked them so much that she decided to enroll in the Pima J-Ted Veterinary Assistant program while she was in high school. After graduation, she went to the University of Arizona as a vet science major for a year. While enrolled, Taylor decided that she wanted to try her hand at human medicine. She enrolled in the Pima Community College EMT program in 2017. During that time she was working at another vet office so she could still be around animals. She is currently working toward getting accepted into nursing school with the hopes of either becoming a labor and delivery or ER nurse. She hopes to continue working with animals while she is in school since it is still a passion of hers.
In her free time, you can find Taylor hiking with her dog, Carter, and spending time with her friends, family and cat, Carson. A few of their favorite places to go are Mt. Lemmon and Tanque Verde Falls.
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