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Queen Creek Vet Clinic Staff

Dr. Makenzie Kurth, DVM – Medical Director

Dr. Kurth is an Arizona native! She graduated from Colorado State University in 2016. Since graduating, Dr. Kurth has practiced in a mixed general practice and emergency setting. She has undergone additional training in ultrasonography and is offering diagnostic ultrasounds at QCVC. In 2018 she attended a week long training course and was part of the first class of veterinarians certified in the use of Ozone therapy. She is excited to share it’s many benefits with her patients.

At home Dr. Kurth enjoys spending time with her husband and two wonderful children Remington and Caroline. She enjoys family dinners, board games, racquetball, camping and reading. Her family shares their home with two dogs, Monty (a Miniature Schnauzer) and Red (a Labradoodle) and a cat named Lightening Storm. They also have two Morgan Horses named Sparky and Malibar along with several chickens.

Dr. Carly Meschino, DVM Assistant Medical Director

Dr. Meschino is an Arizona native born and raised in Gilbert, Arizona. She completed her bachelors degree at the University of Arizona. She attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine before graduating in 2016 and returning home to Arizona. Dr. Meschino has experience working with many different types of pets and has a big interest in solving difficult dermatology cases.

Her pets at home include a tortoise named Edgar, a kitty named Pascal, two dogs and horses. Her Boxer mix Eza is a tripod and Doug is an energetic Hanging Tree Cow Dog. Aristocrat is her competition Arabian horse and Notch is a Quarter Horse. In her spare time Dr. Meschino competes in cutting and reining and enjoys getting outdoors. You’ll frequently find her at the lake kayaking, paddle boarding or going for a hike.

Dr. Kelsey Sampayan, DVM (Dr. KJ)

Dr. Kelsey (KJ) Sampayan went to undergrad at Colorado Christian University (CCU) where she majored in pre-med while on a soccer scholarship. She also worked as a kennel tech at a small animal clinic near her school. Kelsey then went to Veterinary school at Midwestern University for her DVM and graduated in 2020. During veterinary school, she was a receptionist and technician at a general practice and emergency clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has a special interest in tricky dermatology cases and cardiology.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband (Brandon), two Golden Doodles named Zella and Willow, and her bunny Leila. Dr. KJ also plays indoor and outdoor soccer for a couple leagues in the valley.

Dr. Kathryn Williams, DVM

Hello! My name is Dr. Williams and I love working for Queen Creek Veterinary Clinic due to all the awesome clients and amazing animals I get to work with! I am an Arizona native and worked in the veterinary medical field for several years prior to receiving my degree from Ross University. I have a 4 year old “coconut retriever”, aka Caribbean Island Dog, that I fostered and ended up adopting while I was in school. I named her Zona to have her as my little piece of Arizona while I lived on the island.
My interests include surgery, anesthesia, and emergency medicine. I am thrilled to otherwise be apart of this team and cant wait to meet you and help your pets at our hospital.

Dr. Melanie Bliudzius, DVM

Dr. Melanie Bliudzius (Dr. Mel) graduated with her DVM from the University of Illinois in 2022. She was born and raised outside of Chicago and remained in Illinois for her academic career as well. After graduation she wanted to move away from Illinois and see what else was out there! She is looking forward to seeing all the beauty Arizona has to offer during the cooler months.

She has volunteered much of her life with animals rescue groups and likes to hike and spend time with her dog in her free time. She also has a passion for exotic pets and wildlife and believes all types of animals should have access to quality care. She currently has one rescue dog, Sadie. Her other interests include tending to her many house plants!

Dr. Arianna Adams, DVM

Dr. Adams grew up in Phoenix, Arizona where she quickly realized her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She attended The University of Arizona and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Sciences in 2019. She graduated with her DVM as part of the inaugural class of The University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine in August 2023. Her veterinary interests are in ultrasound, surgery, and preventative medicine, and urgent care. She has a strong interest in building close relationships with her clients and her patients and believes teamwork is the key to successfully treating her patients! When not at work, Dr. Adams enjoys spending time with friends and family, the family dogs Luna and Ares, trying new restaurants, going to amusement parks, ATV rides, ziplining, or at the gym. For vacation, she loves to go anywhere with sand and beautiful blue water. She loves to travel and hopes to start checking some places off of her bucket list. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated and enjoys spending time with her sorority sisters and helping out the community they support.

Dr. Sarah Lindquist, DVM

Dr. Lindquist was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. She has always had a heart for the desert and all its native wildlife. She has had a passion for taking care of animals for as long as she can remember. She obtained her bachelors in Biology from Grand Canyon University and went on to complete her Masters in Animals Science and Biomedical Industries from The University of Arizona. Sticking to the Arizona trend Dr. Lindquist completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Arizona. During school she developed an interest in emergency medicine, surgery, and building relationships with clients. In her free time she loves to spend time with her dog Aria, weight lift, read for leisure, going to sporting events, hike when it’s not 110 out, and explore new restaurants. She can’t wait to help your animals with whatever they may need!

Dr. Marissa Howard, DVM

Dr. Howard is a Tennessee gal! She has always enjoyed being around animals, but it wasn’t until later in her undergraduate studies that she began to pursue her veterinary career. She went to the University of Tennessee at Martin for her undergraduate degrees and then to Lincoln Memorial University for veterinary school. She loves the variety of medicine the veterinary field has to offer! Outside of veterinary medicine, she really enjoys exploring the outdoors with her golden retriever Molly, finding the best coffee in town, and any type of sport.

Dr. Jean-Marie Capell, DVM

Dr. Capell was raised in Washington State where she attended Washington State University and obtained her bachelors in zoology. She moved to Tucson in 2020 to attend vet school as part of the inaugural class at the University of Arizona. Dr. Capell is excited to start her career as a doctor in small animal ER medicine. She has an adorable dog named Shay and a spunky cat named Fern. In her off time you can find her hiking, traveling, reading, cooking or binge watching her favorite tv shows.

Dr. Atessa Szeglin, DVM

Atessa discovered her love of veterinary medicine after shadowing a wildlife veterinarian in South Africa in 2016 and has continued her journey into vet me since then. She loves cooking, reading, painting, and writing her thriller novel. If she’s not doing those hobbies she is traveling abroad with her partner of nine years Ian. She has two fur babies, a cat Momo and a dog Luke. She has an interest in exotic, internal, and emergency medicine and is contemplating specializing after her internship.

Dr. Darcy Smith, DVM

Dr. Smith was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico. During high school and undergrad, she worked as a technician at a local veterinary clinic and did two abroad trips to South Africa and Australia where she got to volunteer at local wildlife rehabilitation and conservation programs. She attended New Mexico State University for undergrad and received her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Biology and a minor in chemistry. She graduated from Midwestern University with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees. During her time at Midwestern, she created a zoonotic disease tracking system that is currently being used by the Arizona State Veterinarian’s office. She has a rescue dog named Boo and a cat named Lilly. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, shopping, watching movies, enjoying various activities outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.

Dr. Sophia Sanchez, DVM

Sophia is a graduate of the University of Arizona- College of Veterinary Medicine’s 2023 inaugural class. She started in the veterinary field in 2016 as a veterinary technician in her small hometown in South Texas. She enjoys spending time with her 10 year old lab Gunner, and 3 year old cat Pancake! In her off time, she loves going to concerts, and being with friends; she is still trying to figure out a hobby but has been trying new things such as yoga, pottery and loving the journey!

Dr. Courtney Phongsavath, DVM

Dr. Courtney Phongsavath, also known as Dr. Phong, spent her formative years in a rural town in North Carolina before relocating to Florida, where she attended the University of Florida. There, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, with a specialization in Biology, complemented by a minor in Entomology and Nematology. She then moved to Arizona where she obtained her degree in Veterinary Medicine at Midwestern University. Given her love for the sunshine, heat, and low humidity that this state had to offer, she decided to stick around and pursue a career here following graduation. Dr. Phong’s special interests in the field include emergency and large animal medicine, anatomic pathology, and neurology. She enjoys practicing evidence-based medicine while promoting the human-animal bond. In her spare time, Dr. Phong enjoys lifting weights, gaming, axe-throwing, and trying new donut shops to satisfy her sweet tooth.

Dr. Larkin Hunt, DVM

Dr. Hunt is a recent veterinary graduate who is thrilled to be starting at Gilbert Queen Creek as part of their mentorship program. She is originally from Georgia and completed her undergraduate degree at UGA. She has spent the last 4 years studying veterinary medicine in Dublin, Ireland. She is an avid and lifelong animal lover and will always be grateful for her childhood pet husky. She loves to spend free time outside hiking, swimming, and especially running. She is excited for the opportunity to explore the vast new landscape of Arizona.

Dr. Eric Cohen DVM – Relief Veterinarian

Dr. Cohen is a New York native, raised on Staten Island. He became interested in Veterinary Medicine at a young age and furthered that interest volunteering at the Staten Island Zoo. He aquired a B.S. degree with high honors in 1985 from the State University of New York College of Oneonta with a major in biology/pre-veterinary medicine and a minor in Chemistry. He was then accepted to University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary. In 1989 he became a member of the Veterinary Honors Society, Phi Zeta and completed his DVM degree in 1990.

In 1992 he completed a rotating internship in Rochester NY in the areas of companion animal medicine and surgery with specialist in Internal Medicine, Oncology, Surgery, Ophthalmology and Radiology.

Upon completion of his internship Dr. Cohen moved to Arizona. He started his first practice, Pecan Grove Veterinary Clinic. Being a horse lover, he moved to Queen Creek in November 1997 and opened Queen Creek Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Cohen has professional interests in diagnostic and internal medicine as well as preventative medicine.

Dr. Cohen’s personal interests are camping, photography, and restoring his ’67 Mustang. He shares his home with several companions: Josie a Doberman, 2 Siamese cats named Drax and Cammy, and a few snakes, geckos and frogs. He also has 2 horses named Mari and Stinky.

Stephanie S. – Hospital Director, CVBL

Hi and Welcome to Queen Creek Vet! After leaving a college program I was left struggling with what I wanted to do when I grew up. One day while watching Animal Cops my (now husband) said “well you are always watching these show, why don’t you work with animals”. The next day I applied to any rescue I could find and shortly after, began working at HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix. A few years later I was ready to learn the more medical aspect of animal welfare and was hired at veterinary hospital in Scottsdale. Over my 8 years at that location, I helped it grow from 4 doctors to 10 and eventually become a 24 hour emergency practice. I loved having the opportunity to learn all areas of the hospital and that the veterinary field is never boring. In 2019, I was offered the opportunity to become the Hospital Administrator at Queen Creek Veterinary Clinic and enjoy all the challenges and problem solving that leadership offers. I have a passion for educating clients and helping owners make the best decisions for their pets.

My home is a busy one with 2 young kids and 4 dogs. My pups are aging now, but in their younger years my French Bulldogs Thor and Raylee were trick dogs and did several ad campaigns, a commercial and a small extra role in a movie. In human form, my terrier mix Johnny would be an grumpy old man, sitting on his porch yelling at kids to get off his lawn. Honor, the Bernese Mountain Dog, is the sweetest most mellow pup who does no wrong, unless you leave something tasty out on the counter. 😉 With the little free time I have, I enjoy gardening, creating Pinterest fails, bike rides and lounging in the pool. In the cooler months I enjoy hiking and paddle boarding at the Salt Rive and Canyon lake.

Kaitlynn – Hospital Administrator

Kaitlynn joined the Queen Creek Veterinary Clinic team as a technician in October of 2019. Before joining us she attended and graduated from Pima Medical Institues Veterinary Technician program. She shares her home with several cats named: Jelly Bean, Peep, Petunia, Simba, and Tinkerbell, as well as three dogs. Dolly and Dilbert, American Pitbull Terriers and Sadie is a Australian Kelpie and Cattle Dog mix.

In her spare time Kaitlynn enjoys spending time with her family. She often takes her fiance and kids on day trips around Arizona or spends her weekends camping. Kaitlynn is excited to learn more about all areas of veterinary medicine and is especially interested in canine and feline dental cleanings. She has taken over ordering inventory and supplies (not easy with the frequent back orders in vet med!) and monitoring drug logs.

Ashlyn – Hospital Administrator

Ashlyn grew up in Southern California and moved to Arizona in 2019. In CA she volunteered for a shelter and fell in love with caring for pets in need. She loves fostering “bottle baby” kittens and has raised over 100 as a foster mom. She attended Mount San Antonio College’s RVT program and plans to further her education at University of Arizona’s Vet program to become a equine and livestock vet. Ashlyn’s long term plan is to breed and raise Friesian horses.

At home Ashlyn has a houseful of animals including two Pitbull Terrier’s named Helios and Zeus and a Doberman Pinscher named Jupiter. Her cats are named Seline, Hades, and Athena. She also has a Ball Python named Katana and Ferret named Ramon. When she is not at work or hanging out with her pets she loves to read, paint and ride horses.

Jen – Hospital Administrator

Jen was born and raised Arizona but dreams of living by the ocean, or in a Disney castle. Jen has a huge love of German Shepherds, and her own Kratos, Corvus and Floyd, keep her busy! Other than her passion for animals, she is very passionate about everything Disney.

Jen and her husband spend their free time doing anything Disney related. They love spending quality time with their fur babies, family and friends.

Jen always wants to make people smile and finds a way to help anywhere she can. She has worked in the animal field for 10 years in a variety of jobs ranging from boarding facilities to veterinary hospitals.

Karla – Veterinary Technician Lead

Karla was born and raised in Arizona and moved to Queen Creek in 2017. She attended PIMA and graduated in January 2020 before joining us at Queen Creek Vet. She loves learning new things each day and plans to further her veterinary knowledge by going back to school to specialize in behavior and training.

Karla has a young German Shepherd named Lola and a 8 year old Chihuahua named Chuchi. In her free time she enjoys doing makeup, being outdoors and spending time with her family.

Monica – Veterinary Technician Lead

Monica completed her externship from Carrington College at Queen Creek Vet in December of 2020 and joined our team right after! From a very young age she developed a love of being around animals and knew that vet medicine would be a great fit for her. She loves helping make puppy and kitten’s first visit memorable, and keeping them healthy. She likes being a part of the QCVC team because it’s a great enviornment, caring co-workers, and the numerous opportunities to continue learning.

Monica shares her home with 2 cats named Kiwi and Moo and 3 small dogs named Didi, Jax and Charlie. Didi is her heart dog and spirit animal. 😉 She enjoys travel and given the chance, Monica would travel back in time to groove out in the 80’s.

Celeste- Client Services

As a customer service representative, Celeste is one of the first people you will meet when visiting our hospital. She is a Arizona native and joined our team in early 2021. She is a self professed “cat lady” and has three sweet rescue cats at home. Freddie, Kodak and Mac are the best cats a girl could wish to have.

She chose to explore working in veterinary medicine because of her love of animals and wanting to learn everything about them and their care. She chose QCVC after coming in as a client and meeting the knowledgeable team and feeling the good vibes of the hospital. Her favorite part of work is cuddling all the cute pets coming to visit, learning about animal health and playing a part in helping pets feel better.

Outside of work, Celeste enjoys doing makeup, watching TV, and hanging out with my friends. Celeste and her hubby can be found eating pizza while re-watching episodes of One Tree Hill for the 100th time, and of course laughing at the silly cat’s antics. Her spirit animal is a Turtle because they are chill, and go with the flow. Given the chance to hug a panda bear or a koala, she’d hug the panda because they look like giant fluffy pillows.

Jackie – Client Services

Bio coming soon!

Julie – Client Services

Julie has a huge love and passion for animals. She has always been around and worked with animals in various capacities including growing up on a ranch, working as a vet assistant and pet store clerk. Having a strong background in both animals and office settings make her a perfect fit for our front desk team.

As her children were growing up and beginning to leave home, she missed having outside connections and decided to get back into the workforce joining QCVC in 2023. At home she enjoys spending time with her family, experiencing new restaurants and loving on her Golden Retriever.

Rachel – Client Services

Rachel first found QCVC as a client, bringing her pets to us! She had a few career changes until realizing her passion had always been helping animals and finding her way way into veterinary medicine. In 2022 she became a veterinary receptionist and joined QCVC’s front desk team in 2023.

Rachel’s organization, caring and ability to multi task are surely an asset to our team. Her goal is to have a full farm one day with all the animals. Leif a Belgian Malinois and Brownie a pig, are just the start.

Bella – Client Services

Bella is a graduate of EVIT’s veterinary assistant program. As part of the requirements of the program, students do externships at local veterinary hospitals to work on hands on skills and see the ins and outs of veterinary medicine. Bella first joined QCVC as a extern and officially joined our team in January 2024. Bella loves the fast pace of vet med and that no two days are exactly the same.

A fun fact about Bella is that she is a Swifty through and through! She loves listening to music and hanging out with her spazzy pit bulls Bodhi and Brynn. She just adopted the sweetest mini dachshund puppy named Maggie.

Adrionna – Client Services

Adrionna’s love for animals started right out of high school when she joined the United States Air Force working as military police. She had the privilege of working hand in hand with canines and found a real joy in learning about the health and wellness of animals. She started working in the veterinary field in 2021 originally in San Diego, CA at a small family-owned practice. She recently moved to Arizona and is excited to join the quickly growing QCVC team!

In her free time, Adrionna loves music (specifically singing) and spending time with her daughter exploring the wonderful activities Arizona has to offer! While she does not have any current fur babies in her home, her pitbull/rottweiler baby “Ray” is furever in her heart. She looks forward to helping out all of your fur babies and making your time in the clinic as positive as possible!

McKenzie – Client Services, Veterinary Technician

Hi, I’m McKenzie! I graduated from EVIT studying veterinary assisting and am currently enrolled at ASU. I joined the Queen Creek Vet team in Jan 2022 and have enjoyed putting my schooling to use! I chose to work in veterinary medicine because I love to help animals feel better so they can have a long, healthy life with the owners that love them. I love the positive atmosphere and teamwork that Queen Creek has offered me as I begin my career.

At home, I have two dogs. Shadow is a mystery mix and Lucky is a rhodesian ridgeback and labrador mix. My spirit animal is a Wolf, because of their protectiveness, teamwork, socialization with others, loyalty and curiosity. If I had a chance to hug a Koala or a Panda, I’d have to choose a Panda. My favorite Disney character is Belle, she’s been my favorite princess since forever for being brave, honest and shy. My favorite food is homemade Mac and Cheese, yuuum!

Morgyn- Veterinary Technician, Inventory Manager

Morgyn joined the pack in 2022. She chose QCVC after bringing her pets in for care and seeing how each technician and vet cared for her and her pets. While attending PIMA Medical she completed a externship with us and soon after joined us as a receptionist while continuing her technician training. She chose to work in vet med because she wants to help those that do not have a voice. She is excited to continue learning to become a veterinary technician.

Given the choice between hugging a panda or a koala, Morgyn would choose the Panda because they look like really good huggers. If she had to choose between giving a cat a pill or doing a nail trim on a pug- she would choose to do the nail trim ;). Her favorite Disney character is Olaf from Frozen since he is always happy and likes being around those he loves.

Emily – Veterinary Technician, CVT

Emily chose Queen Creek Veterinary Clinic for her extern site while attending PIMA Medical Institute. She enjoyed seeing all the different types of cases and surgeries and “officially” joined the team after graduation. She is continuing to study to earn her CVT as well as earning a Bachelors in biology. She chose a career in vet med because working with animals has always been her passion. She stays because she likes making a difference in the community by helping people help their pets.

At home Emily has a house full of pets. Spudkins (a Catahoula German Shepherd mix), Scallywag (Australian Shepherd), Kronk (Pitbull mix) and two Chinchillas named Wheatley and Glados. In her free time she goes camping or hiking or spend time sewing. Given the choice, she would choose to be part otter due to her love of swimming. Her favorite food is Buffalo Chicken Dip, and favorite Disney character is Kronk (hence the namesake!).

Chris – Veterinary Technician, CVT

Hi my name is Chris. I am originally from S. California, but moved to Arizona in 2004. I have always loved animals and growing up I knew I wanted to work with them. Exotic pets are my
true love, especially reptiles and birds. I am a licensed falconer and have a fascination with birds of prey. I share my house with snakes, sulcata tortoises, a dachshund named Roxy, a cat named Juno, 2 rats named Tom and Jerry, and my Harris Hawk named Bravo.

In 2013 I graduated from ASU with my BS in Conservation Biology. This year I graduated from Pima Medical Institute with my AAS in Veterinary Technology. I completed my externship at QCVC and really enjoyed the experience. I look forward to continuing my education, improving my skills, and earning my CVT.

I chose vet med because I love being able to educate pet owners and help their pets live long, healthy lives. In my spare time I enjoy fishing, flying my Harris hawk, and spending time
with my kid’s exploring nature.

Autumn- Veterinary Technician

Hello, I’m Autumn! I came to Queen Creek Veterinary Clinic because one of my friends is employed here and I always wanted to work with animals, making this a perfect fit! I have many pets at home- Drogo a german shepherd, Drogon a bearded dragon, Khaleesi a husky mix, Apollo a kitty and my pet corn snake River. I joined QC vet July 2021, and have enjoyed making friends with my co-workers and helping make sure pets coming to see us are safe, healthy and getting lots of cuddles.

Outside of work I enjoy reading about quantum physics, hiking, working out with boxing and martial arts, and learning new things to expand my mind. Given the choice to pet a tarantula or a snake, I’d choose a tarantula since I already have snakes. If I could travel to any time in history, I’d choose 1955 to meet Albert Einstein. My favorite movies are How to Train Your Dragon and Anger Management. My favorite Disney character is Jim from Treasure Planet because his story is so unique, heartfelt and revolves around astrophysical science.

I’m looking forward to continue learning about animal science and learning about being a veterinary technician.

Madelynn – Veterinary Technician

Maddy (Madelynn) has been working in the field since 2018, starting as an East Valley Institute of Technology graduate and graduated from Pima Medical Institute in September 2020. Maddy has 2 rats, Gouda and Pepperjack, and a Jack Russel Terrier mix named Chaz Michael Michaels. She enjoys spending her free time with her friends, helping them with their animals, and enjoys reading a good book or watching a Disney movie. Maddy’s dream job is to be a Veterinarian working in conservation and rehabilitation. She has an interest in zoology and marine biology, and plans to specialize in radiology and possibly neurology.

As a member of the QCVC team, Maddy enjoys seeing the bond between pets and their owners and building relationships with our clients and their furry family members. She plans to continue expanding her knowledge and skill set, while branching out into surgery.

Samantha – Veterinary Technician

Hi my name is Sam (Samantha) and I have been working in veterinary field for close to three years. I started out as an animal care assistant and slowly grew my way up to a veterinary technician. I graduated from East Valley Institute of Technology and am currently enrolled in the veterinary technology program at Mesa Community College. I joined the Queen Creek Vet team in May of 2022.
I have four dogs at home, all different sizes and breeds so there is never a dull moment! I really enjoy educating clients and caring for pets, whether it be at a standard wellness visit or a surgical procedure.

Krista – Veterinary Technician

Growing up Krista and her family brought their pets here for treatment, and now she is here helping to care for your pets! Krista joined the Queen Creek Vet team in 2022 as a veterinary technician. She is attending Arizona State (Go Sun Devils!) working towards a Bachelors of Science degree. She chose to work in veterinary medicine because of the opportunity to care for animals while making connections with pets and their owners. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is watching a pet that is seeing sick pets and helping them as they recover.

At home Krista has a German Shepherd named Jagger and a Australian Shepherd named Salem. She enjoys playing soccer, hiking and going camping. Krista’s spirit animal is a wolf. After a long day at work and studying, Krista relaxes with a bowl of Mac and Cheese and watching 50 First Dates.

Brigham- Veterinary Technician

Brigham is a Certified Veterinary Assistant having graduated Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology’s (CAVIT) veterinary assistant program.Like so many, he has loved animals from a young age. After high school, he worked for a few years at a relative’s veterinary hospital in northern Arizona. There he worked with many species of pets and birds of prey. Brig has a growing passion for surgery and working with exotic animals. He has previously owned both tarantulas and snakes! Currently, he and his new wife share their home with a African Sulcata Tortoise named Terminator.
In his free time, Brigham enjoys all outdoors man activities such as fishing, camping and hiking. His spirit animal is a Hawk. If he was able to travel to any year in a time machine he would choose the 1800’s to see the natural discovery in the USA firsthand. While he can’t pick just one Disney character (they are all so great!), one movie he can watch over and over is the live action Beauty and the Beast.

Vanessa – Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!

Nathan – Veterinary Technician

Hi I’m Nathan. After graduating from Queen Creek High School, I joined Pima’s veterinary technician assistant program while working at a small vaccination clinic. I completed my externship at Queen Creek Veterinary Clinic and was thankful for everything I learned during that time. After graduation I accepted a position here as a veterinary technician to learn about all areas of veterinary medicine, because I really enjoyed working with the awesome team and doctors. I chose to work in vet med because I knew I’d be able to make a difference for people by helping their pets. My favorite part of vet med is being able to help the doctors diagnose a pet’s illness by running the different tests.

At home I like to hang out with my Siberian Husky, Charli while playing video games. I also like art and wood working. My spirit animal is a Bear because I’m both protective and cuddly. My favorite movie is each of the movies in the Lord of the Rings series. If I had to choose between doing a pug nail trim or giving a cat a pill, I’d choose to medicate the kitty. 🙂

Ivy – Veterinary Technician

Hi I’m Ivy! I have been drawn to Vet Med since high school. I enjoy this field because it gives me purpose and the ability to help people and their fur family. In my spare time I enjoy writing, reading, painting and spending time with those I love. I look forward to meeting you, caring for your pets and treating just as I would my own.

Studying at UofA and handling the animals on the farm helped encourage more of my love for caring for animals. I moved back to East Valley in 2022 and still continuing my Bachelors in Biology with an emphasis in organisms to work towards my goal of eventually enrolling in Veterinary Medical School. In early May of 2023 Queen Creek Veterinary Clinic hired me on as a Veterinary Technician and I have been incredibly grateful for the experience and opportunity to work in my first Veterinary Clinic and to learn more hands-on skills. In my spare time when I am not studying I absolutely love writing and even have had a couple works published in the past. Overall, if I get to spend time with my pets it improves my day and I am looking forward to taking care of your furbabies too!

Karalyn – Veterinary Technician

Karalyn began her veterinary medicine career in 2015 and graduated EVIT’s Veterinary Assistant program in 2016. Kara joined Queen Creek Vet in 2019, beginning with caring for boarding pets before moving into a veterinary technician role. She left briefly to work in a different field, but just missed veterinary medicine so much that she decided to come back soon after. Karalyn is one of our weekend technicians, and if you are ever here for Work Ins on Sunday, it’s likely that Kara is helping to assist your pets.

In her limited spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her dogs and horse riding. Kronos is a large Mastiff and Freyja is a squishy English Bulldog. Her other hobbies include spending time with family and friends.

Rian – Veterinary Technician

Rian is a graduate of PIMA Medical Institute’s Veterinary Assisting program, becoming a certified VA. During her schooling, she came to know the Queen Creek Vet team while completing her externship. Once she graduated, she joined the QCVC team as a veterinary technician in April 2023.

Rian loves being able to make a difference for each pet and their family. She has a passion for helping pet families feel comfortable at the vet office. Rian understands how scary the vet office can be and wants every visit to be the best experience possible. She is skilled in understanding how difficult it can be to make decisions regarding a pet’s condition and takes time answering questions and ensuring owners that we want what is best for them and their beloved pet.

Outside of work, Rian enjoys playing guitar and piano and of course spending time with her pets. She has a fondness for Rottweilers and recently added a new puppy to the household mix!

Shelby – Client Services

Shelby recently started at Queen Creek Vet in March of 2024 as a receptionist. She is a Montana native who moved to Arizona back in July 2021 with her partner, after they decided to escape the cold together with their dog, Lenny and their cat, Jim. Since then, they have added another kitty to the family and named him Mike, after Mike Wazowski, because… you guessed it! He has only one eye.

Shelby has worked in several veterinary clinics, starting at the age of 15 as a kennel attendant, and worked her way up to assisting, working in reception and even training as a technician. She can normally be found behind the front desk, but also thoroughly enjoys technician duties; anything that gives her more time with the pets, the better. A fun fact about her is that she is absolutely obsessed with bulldogs of all kinds and one day, she hopes to add one to the family.

Outside of work, she is currently enrolled at ASU pursuing a degree in Forensic Psychology. She is a huge nerd who loves all things true crime and can usually be found listening to all kinds of music, rewatching her favorite shows and movies, spending time in the Arizona sun, and trying new pizza places throughout the valley.

Brooklyn – Client Services

Kristan – Veterinary Technician

Autumn – Veterinary Technician

Autumn is a new transplant from west Michigan. She is married, with 3 grown children and 2 grandsons. She lives with her 9yr old Pomeranian, “Tiko”.

She has been in the veterinary world for 15 years and has a strong desire to continue learning. She is excited to be in another large practice with the added bonus of seeing more variety of animals. If it’s gross, count this girl in! Whether it be anal gland expressions or an abscess, Autumn is likely in the mix. And if she ever has a free second, she is all about cuddling and loving on patients.

In her spare time she is trying out Arizona’s parks and trails. Hanging with her younger brother and enjoying the heat. Most of her days off are spent chilling out, watching reality shows or reading.

Aubrie – Veterinary Technician

Aubrie joined QCVC while still in high school attending EVIT’s veterinary technician program. Her excitement at learning new things and seeing each patient is contagious! After graduation, Aubrie headed off to U of A to complete her undergrad degree with the goal of becoming a veterinarian. We are privileged to be a part of her journey and know that she will make a fantastic, caring veterinarian in the future.

Katherine – Veterinary Technician

Faith – Veterinary Technician

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For Emergency 24 hour care please contact:
GILBERT QUEEN CREEK EMERGENCY VET
Address: 18610 E Rittenhouse Rd Building B
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Phone: (480) 674-3200

ARISE VETERINARY CENTER
Address: 21419 S Ellsworth Rd
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Phone: (480) 746-6600

Open 7AM to 7PM, 7 days a week!

*Excluding major holidays

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