Erika came to us from Houston, TX. Before moving to Arizona, she worked at Safari Veterinary Hospital. There, she received an education in training and consulting, and subsequently she became a trainer and consultant for their veterinary nursing and client communication software. She joined our team in February 2005 and has become a valuable practice manager, veterinary nurse and team leader. Her goal is to educate as many people as she can about preventative pet care in hopes of decreasing the number of illnesses in pets. Erika graduated from University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She also enjoys traveling, camping, boating, fishing, reading, watching movies, listening to music and learning. Erika shares her home with her Scottish Fold, Scottie, who is also known as Wink.
Customer Service Representative and Technician
Stephanie joined our team in 2007. She grew up in a military family, and because of that, she has lived in several parts of the country as well as in Okinawa, Japan. When her family returned to the States in 1991, they settled in the Peoria/Glendale area. Since then, she has taken courses at Glendale Community College and has worked in the retail industry. Her love for animals led her to attend Dr. Jacoby’s Veterinary Technician School, which she graduated from in 2007. Stephanie joined the 43rd Avenue team before she graduated, starting as kennel help, then advancing to become a veterinary nurse. When she is not working, Stephanie enjoys cooking. She loves to try new recipes and frequently shares her goodies with her friends and family (which all of her teammates truly enjoy). Stephanie shares her home with her fiancé, her son and their farm of four-legged pals.
Kristy joined our team in 2013. She’s interested in working with dogs and puppies but has a special love for pit bulls. Kristy also has a special bond with Stanley the “Lab Cat.” The two of them can be caught having lunch together, cuddling at team meetings or even sharing kisses in the lab. When she is not at work or school, she enjoys working out, listening to music, getting tattoos and reading novels and comic books.
Technician and Surgery Assistant
Reagan joined our team in 2013. She is interested in canine and feline medicine. She is the right hand to all of our surgery technicians and also trains others on assistant skills. In her spare time, you will find her spending time with her horse, maybe at a horse event. She is also currently in school. She is ambitious and driven, that’s for sure!
Client Service Representative and Technician
Betsy joined our team in 2013. She has special interests in surgery and basic behavior training in puppies, dogs and their owners. She is currently training to become a surgery technician. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, watching movies, going to dog shows and attending pet events with her family’s fur babies.
Cuddle Companion and Veterinary Assistant
Marisa grew up in Miami, FL. She moved to Arizona with her family when she was a teenager and graduated from Apollo High School. Marisa started working at 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital in 1994! She enjoys working with dogs and cats as a kennel attendant. When not at work, Marisa enjoys oil painting (you can see some of her work hanging in the halls at the hospital!), playing her keyboard and occasionally going on a bike ride. Marisa lives with her family, her red-footed tortoise and her three-toed box turtles.