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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

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. Riley Slice, DVM

Dr. Slice is a graduate of Iowa State University, originally hailing from North Carolina. She has worked within veterinary hospitals while attending school both as a technician and a research assistant. She has a interest in dermatology and solving those tricky allergy cases. In her spare time Dr. Slice enjoys hanging out with her family, pups and competing in cross fit.

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 Administrator, CVBL

Stephanie joined our team as Hospital Manager in 2019. She began her career in animal medicine working at a animal rescue as a animal care attendant and adoption counselor for 4 years. Stephanie wanted to further her knowledge of the medical side of animal care and began working at a veterinary hospital in 2011. There she was able to grow her skills and knowledge of just about every aspect of the hospital. She has a passion for educating clients and helping owners make the best decisions for their pets.

Stephanie grew up near Monterey, California but moved to Arizona in 2007. She loves going hiking in the cooler months and paddle boarding at the Salt River and Canyon Lake over Summer.

At home Stephanie and her husband have two young children and four dogs. Thor and Raylee were among the first French Bulldogs to earn trick titles and have appeared in advertisements for companies, including PetSmart, nationally. They are mostly retired now, but are always happy to show their skills if it means getting an extra treat. Johnny, a mystery mix is camera shy and acts more like a cat then dog. Honor, joined the pack in 2021 and is a large Bernese Mountain Dog known for his sweetness when he isn’t busy counter surfing.

Kaitlynn – Admin Assistant, Veterinary Technician

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 – Admin Assistant, Veterinary Technician

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 – Admin Assistant, Client Services

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.

Kayla – Veterinary Paraprofessional Technician, B.S Pre- Vet Med

Kayla is no stranger to veterinary medicine. She grew up helping care for pets staying at a veterinary hospital owned by a relative, taking on additional tasks over time. Kayla spent a few years enjoying the cooler weather while attending NAU and completed her first degree with a B.S of Political Science in 2016.  She was quickly drawn back to her roots of animal welfare and medicine, so back to school she went. While attending ASU’s pre-vet program she reached out to QCVC to see about job shadowing. Kayla was then hired as a technician and has worked in all areas of the hospital gaining experience in patient care, medical examination and records and monitoring anesthesia. In 2021, Kayla graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Pre-Veterinary Medicine at Arizona State University. She is looking forward to continuing her education with a focus on zoological medicine.

Kayla loves animals big and small and shares her home with dogs, cats, pet mice and geckos.

Karla – Lead Veterinary Technician

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.

Judy- Client Services

Judy moved to Arizona in July 2020 from Colorado to be closer to her daughter and granddaughter. She previously worked as a veterinary receptionist in a small, one doctor hospital for over 13 years. Judy has two cats at home- Sammy a 17 year old and Sissy who is 8.

Judy loves spending time with her granddaughter, Audrina, her cats and sleeping. Her husband Gary is retired and they are looking forward to exploring more of Arizona.

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.

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.

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.

Emily – Veterinary Technician

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!).

Jackie – Client Services

Bio coming soon!

Rontasia – Veterinary Technician

Hi, my name is Tasia (Rontasia). I am from Maryland but I moved from Okinawa Japan to Arizona in 2016 and in 2017 I graduated with my certificate in Veterinary Assisting. Life kind of took me out of it for a while and in early 2021 I started my career journey in Veterinary Medicine.

I am so excited to join Queen Creek Veterinary Clinic because it will give me a chance to develop myself, my skill set, and will help me to build my career. In my spare time, my husband and I like to go North with our two dogs Abi and Yasu. I enjoy spending my time outdoors, going to different festivals, and exploring different
parts of Arizona. I love spending time at the beach and in the water. If I had a spirit animal it would definitely be a sea turtle!

Monica – Veterinary Technician

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.

Hailey – Veterinary Technician

Hailey is an Arizona native and first found Queen Creek Vet through Dr. KJ. While attending PIMA’s veterinary technician program she reached out to see if we were able to host her while she completed her externship hours. This time gave her valuable hands on experience and allowed her to get to know our team and what all is entailed in becoming a veterinary technician. After graduation, she was hired and is an official part of the QCVC team.

Hailey is excited to continue expanding her knowledge, and ability to educate owners.

McKenzie – Client Services

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!

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.

Morgyn- Veterinary Technician

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.

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. 🙂

Angelina- Veterinary Technician

Hello My name is Angelina. I have a Burmese cat named Stella Bella Bean and a lab boxer mix named Lacey. I went to central Arizona institute of technology for veterinary medicine. I have always loved working with animals! On my spare time I like to go camping with family.

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.

Carissa – Client Services

Carissa is another Arizona native. She moved around the country some but after college in Michigan came back home to the Grand Canyon State. She shares her home with two sweet kitties: Athena a Siamese and Yuna a domestic short hair. She was excited to begin a career in veterinary medicine because of all the cute puppies and kittens (naturally!) but also because nothing beats seeing ill and injured pets progress and heal.

Outside of work, one would find Carissa sipping a smoothie while painting, going for a run or signing. Her spirit animal is a Panda and she loves that they are just so floofie.

Karalyn – Veterinary Technician

Karalyn first 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.

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Queen Creek, AZ 85142
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