Practice Manager, Certified Veterinary Technician
Charlene joined our team in November 2020 and has had a long career in the vet industry. She is originally from Connecticut where she started her career as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She continued her career as a CVT when she moved to Phoenix many years ago, always striving to be the pet’s advocate. Working with great teams, it was a natural progression for her to shift into practice management to become the coach to support the team for learning and growth. Charlene shares her home with her rescued Dachshund Odie, Colt her rowdy Ridgeback puppy, and Sienna, a rotund kitty. In her spare time, Charlene enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, and anything outdoors.
Certified Veterinary Technician, Surgery Nurse Supervisor
Reagan joined our team in 2013. Reagan’s love of animals began with horses and grew after she volunteered at a zoo. She graduated from Cedar Valley College and earned her CVT in June 2020. Reagan shares her home with her wonderful husband, 4 dogs, and her horse, Thunder. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, running, and seeking sunshine.
Veterinary Nurse, Certified Veterinary Technician
Adam joined our team in 2019. Born and raised in Phoenix, Adam completed the veterinary technician program at Mesa Community College and was initially signed up for human nursing courses. After a temporary job setting up the Annual Dog Walk at Tempe Town Lake, Adam realized he loved being around happy animals and changed his mind about his career. He says he’s found exactly what he was looking for working here at 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital.
Currently Adam has three feline companions: Ozzie, Achilles and Maui. When he’s not working, he enjoys video games, hiking, and hanging out with friends.
Customer Service Representative Supervisor, Veterinary Nurse & Inventory Manager
Stephanie joined our team in 2007. Stephanie grew up in a military family and has lived in several parts of the country as well as Okinawa, Japan. When she and her family returned to the states in 1991, they settled in Arizona. She has taken courses at Glendale Community College and worked in the retail industry, but her love of animals led her to a job here as a kennel assistant. She went on to earn her certification as a veterinary technician and rose to become CSR leader.
When she’s not working, Stephanie enjoys cooking and frequently brings goodies for the staff at the hospital. She shares her home with her husband, two sons and their farm of four-legged pals.
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.
Veterinary Assistant & Room Nurse
Salem grew up in Phoenix and started taking veterinary classes in high school. She was involved in an internship program which eventually led to her coming to work at 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital. She says caring for animals as a career is definitely where she belongs!
At home, she has a pack of pets that include Twix, Zion, Samson, Bella, and Thunder. When she’s not at the hospital or doing homework, she enjoys reading and watching TV.
Veterinary Surgery Nurse & Groomer
Erin joined our team in 2016. Originally from NW Indiana, Erin’s family moved to Arizona when she was nine. Not long after, she was exposed to the animal care field by a close family friend who was a certified vet tech, and Erin was hooked—especially when it came to surgery! She attended Carrington College and is currently enrolled at Penn Foster earning her own veterinary technician certification.
Erin shares her home with her service dog Maisy Grace, and her other pets Brock Lee, Dorian, Paco, and Choncho. When she’s not working, Erin loves video games, immersing herself in Korean culture at KCon and dancing to Kpop music.
Veterinary Room Nurse
Rachael joined our team in 2016. She grew up in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, CA. She moved to Arizona with her mom and four younger siblings in 2015. Rachael credits her parents and her childhood pets Tori and Freya with showing her how to care for cats and dogs, as well as giving her a love for animals. Rachael graduated with her veterinary assistant certificate from Carrington College in 2016.
At home Rachael has four cats: Luna, Fay, Kiki and Mimi. The first three are kitty sisters who she adopted together at 8 weeks old. Rachael also enjoys cooking, spending time with those closest to her, and watching movies and tv shows.
Veterinary Room Nurse, Customer Service Representative, Veterinary Assistant
Grace joined in February 2020. She grew up in rural New Mexico with both house pets and farm animals. She moved to the Phoenix area in 2016 to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and her veterinary assisting accreditation through Penn Foster College in 2019. Grace has been accepted to Midwestern University’s Veterinary Medicine Program for the Fall of 2021.
Grace has two loving pups, Renee and Titus. When Grace is not working, you can find her at the archery range shooting her traditional recurve bow.
Customer Service Representative, Receptionist
Ashley joined the 43rd team in September 2020. She has 2 children (a son and daughter) and 2 dogs. Sheba is a 2-year-old beautiful pit bull. Tater is a rambunctious 6-month-old German Shepherd and Husky mix. Ashley has been in the animal field for 13 years but is still learning and growing with our team. She loves to laugh with our clients and bond with their pets.