Mark spent most of his free time as a child chasing reptiles around northern Arizona and southern California. He joined the U.S. Army after high school which gave him the opportunity to chase reptiles around the southeastern United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Mark has cared for and raised many species of reptiles over the years. Although reptiles are his primary interest, he has a strong passion for all exotic pets. He currently spends most of his free time fishing at Arizona’s desert lakes or photographing rattlesnakes.
Regional Hospital Administrator
Hospital Manager (Mesa)
Brandon was born in Phoenix and grew up in Mesa. He graduated from Red Mountain High School in 2009, and later graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2014, obtaining a BS in Biology with a focus on Chemistry. Brandon has always had a long-term goal of becoming a veterinarian. He started as a receptionist at a local vet clinic in college, working and training his way up until he became a technician. He hopes in the near future to be admitted to vet school to continue his pursuit of becoming a veterinarian.
Hospital Manager (Phoenix)
Karisma was born in Phoenix, Arizona but she grew up in San Jose, CA.. She went to the New School for the Arts and Academics Performing Arts before going to Pima Medical Institute.
She has two German Shepherds Apollo and Buddha, a poodle named Stella, a Chihuahua called Sweetie and 4-year-old rescued Red Tail Boa named Lux.
When she isn’t at work she enjoys sketching, digital art, sculpting, painting, and gaming.
Hospital Manager (Tucson)
Natasha has been a Tucson resident since 2003. She attended the Univeristy of Arizona where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Science with a Minor in Chemistry. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2008. In addition to the MANY animals that she has met and loved over the years, Natasha has her own animal family consisting of her leopard gecko, Belinda and 2 rescued cats Coupe deVille and Vee. Aside from her passion for the four legged, winged, furry, and scaly, Natasha loves to read, watch movies, listen to music, and travel.
Lisa's had a love for animals ever since she was a little girl. She always knew she wanted to work with animals. Lisa began working with exotics when she lived in California. She continued her passion for working with exotics when she moved to Arizona and found us in 2018. She lives at home with her husband, two dogs (Blue and Mac), her bearded dragon, Budra and her Sulcata, Charger.
Director of Human Resources
Kendra graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in biology and later became a Certified Veterinary Technician. She worked for a veterinary dermatology specialty practice, where she had the opportunity to work with several animals at the Phoenix Zoo. She has also rehabilitated sick and injured raptors and other birds while volunteering at Liberty Wildlife. Her interest in exotic pets and wildlife/zoo animals led her to a career in exotic pet medicine.
Katrina was born in Knox, Indiana and moved to Arizona in 2005. She has always had an interest in animals and obtained her Associates in Arts from Mesa Community College in May 2016 where she cared for all the exotic animals (a kangaroo rat, a pocket mouse, two salamanders, two desert toads, various constrictor snakes, two mud turtles, a crayfish, a black widow, a tarantula, desert tortoises, a bass, a chuckwalla, and desert iguanas) that Mesa Community College Life Science Department had.
Director of Inventory & Vendor Management
Ron grew up in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania and ventured to Arizona for warmer weather over 20 years ago. His continued love for the Sonoran Desert and the Superstition Wilderness Area is what still keeps him here. Ron joined AZEAH in 2015 as Inventory Manager. He keeps us well supplied with all of our hospital needs as well as maintaining healthy relationships with all of our vendor partners. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, backpacking in the Superstition Mountains, and spending time with his wife and two sons.
Nikki moved to Phoenix 4 years ago from Tucson. She is a certified veterinary assistant and she is passionate about shelter and volunteer work. She worked in shelter and animal welfare for nearly 10 years before shifting her focus to exotic animal medicine. She has many reptiles at home, as well as dogs and a cat. Nikki aspires to become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. She loves to read and hike in her spare time.
Born in North Carolina but having moved all over the world being a military brat, Michelle landed in Phoenix several times and eventually moved here several years ago. She grew up on a ranch and owned an array of animals. Michelle has previously worked as a technician for horses, and in various veterinary emergency and general practices but realized her interest was with exotic animals. Michelle plans to eventually train horses again and pursue her passion to help children with disabilities and special needs through horse therapy.
Alex has worked in customer service for 11 years and in the animal care field for 6 years. Born and raised in Arizona, her family is dedicated to breeding Belgian Tervurens. These dogs are trained as police canine unit members, security dogs, services animals as well as family members. Alex and her husband Erik are the proud owners of three fur babies.
KJ is very passionate about owning and caring for snakes. They own 4 snakes and plan to open a rescue for them in the future. KJ is currently taking classes at Penn Foster to get their veterinary technician certification and has goals of working with exotic patients.
Vera was raised in a small town Ohio and moved to Arizona in 2021. She spent 3 years working in shelter medicine in Ohio and is very excited to expand her knowledge and experience in the world of exotic pets. She currently has three cats, one of which is a blind cat named Lewis. A long term goal for her would be to work with large exotic cats or bats. In her free time she enjoys reading, running 5ks, and practicing and learning new languages.
Dani moved from Phoenix to Tucson in 2019 after completing her degree program at Pima Medical Institute. She is a certified veterinary technician, and her passion for animal care and owner education has been the driving force in her career from the beginning. From dog and cat medicine, to mixed animal practice, and then ER and wildlife rescue, her experience with animals is widely varied and she’s happy to finally have a career home with exotic pets.
In her free time she enjoys live music, cooking/baking, and watching movies with her partner, two cats and a hedgehog.
Rebecca Moffat, Lead Technician at our Mesa office, has loved all animals for as long as she can remember, and has been working in the veterinary field since 1998. Rebecca followed her passion for working with exotic pets in 2001 and has been working primarily with them ever since. Rebecca earned her Veterinary Technician Certification in 2010. In her spare time she is a volunteer with the Phoenix Herpetological Society and Liberty Wildlife. She also rehabilitates bats for many wildlife groups.
Sammie grew up in a small town in Northern Colorado. She attended a junior college before transferring to Colorado State University to finish her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After college, she moved around to gain experience in the animal world, and has worked in zoos, sanctuaries, and veterinary hospitals. This has allowed her to work with a variety of exotic animals including great apes, mustelids, reptiles, and birds. In 2021, she moved to Arizona and fell in love with the area.
In her free time, she enjoys travelling, playing games, and being outdoors.
Certified Veterinary Technicians
Ana is an Arizona native originally from Glendale. Ana moved to Tucson to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona and after graduating in 2012, she stayed in Tucson to work in the veterinary field in a small animal emergency hospital while attending Pima Community College to obtain her associates in veterinary technology.
Dargin was born in Phoenix and has lived in Arizona all his life. He grew up caring for a variety of exotic pets as well as cats and dogs. Dargin got his Bachelor's in Biology at ASU while he spent some time volunteering at the Phoenix Zoo, Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium, and Liberty Wildlife. He received his Vet Tech certification from Pima Medical Institute. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, hiking, kickball, video games, spending time with friends and family, and watching a good movie from the couch with his two cats Thea and Lila.
Bo Nicole (Bo) has had a passion for animals as big as horses and as small as hamsters since she was young. Throughout high school and college, she volunteered at various animal shelters and zoos. Following graduation from Grand Canyon University, she completed an internship with Arizona Game & Fish to determine what field best suits her career desires. She recently made the decision to take on veterinary medicine and begin the application process for veterinary school.
Rosemarie (Rosi) has always loved animals since she was able to walk. She started working with animals at the age of 15 and from there on worked in cardiology and internal medicine and general practice for cats and dogs. She now is learning and loving working with exotic animals. She has a son, Dakota, and a beautiful dog named Maggie Rose.
Tegan has always loved animals and really enjoys being able to help people understand how to properly take care of their own animals. She has a passion for reptiles and loves to learn about different species.
Miranda was a military kid and naturally moved around. Miranda ended up mostly growing up in Michigan where she started her journey in the animal field. She first started as a volunteer at the Cascade Humane Society while she still attended high school. Once she had been volunteering for a bit they hired her on as staff, in the animal care department. From there it led her to move out to Arizona and started working her way up to become a technician, with hard work and dedication. She has been in the field for 16 years and really enjoys helping animals in need.
Born and raised with Arizona’s desert wildlife, Katherine grew up with a love and fascination for snakes, rabbits, lizards, birds, and you name it. After high school, she left for Missouri to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Katherine spent time outside of school working with hissing cockroaches and interning with The Nature Conservancy. She is currently enrolled in classes to earn her Exotic Animal Training and Wildlife Rehabilitation certifications. Katherine hopes to one day conduct research in animal behavior and continue to work closely with animals.
Alexis grew up in small town Iowa near Okoboji (if you know Iowa, you know that’s a popular vacation spot). Growing up in Iowa she did keep ferrets and anything else her parents would allow. She attended South Dakota State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree and after college, Alexis moved down to Texas and worked in the surgery department at Texas A&M’s Small Animal Veterinary Hospital. Alexis then moved to Phoenix with her 2 cats, Felix and Natasha, and her German Shepherd, Misiu.
From a very young age Melissa found herself around all kinds of animals. She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and grew up having owned cats, dogs, chickens, tortoises, guinea pigs, horses, goats and much more! She knew she would eventually work with animals for a career. She has spent the last 5 years caring for animals by working in shelters, kennels, and animal hospitals. She’s excited to care for all different kinds of patients at Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital.
Nicole is a Tucson native and wouldn’t change our beautiful sunsets for any other view. When she first rescued her bearded dragon, Dragonair, she knew her passion was with reptiles. She has a love for all things with fur, feathers and scales. She is currently working towards completing the veterinary technician program at Pima Medical Institute. In her spare time Nicole enjoys hanging out with her animals and practicing sign language.
Mackenzie was born and raised in Arizona and grew up loving exotic animals. She graduated from Desert Vista High School and earned her Veterinary Assistant Certificate from East Valley Institute of Technology. Mackenzie is currently training to become a certified veterinary technician, and then plans to earn her graduate degree and eventually become a doctor of veterinary medicine specializing in wildlife and exotic pets. She hopes to travel and learn about different wildlife species in their natural habitats.
Bailey is an aspiring veterinarian. She has known that she was going to be a veterinarian ever since she was a little girl. She grew up in Indiana and never missed an opportunity to pick up any insects or small animals that came across her path. When she moved to Arizona at nine years old, she had to learn that not all insects or animals should be picked up, but she still admired them from a safe distance. She loves all the unique and wonderful creatures in the exotic practice and looks forward to seeing new and interesting patients every day.
Abril was born in Phoenix, AZ and later moved to Mexico where she and her family had the opportunity to interact with numerous farm animals. Her passion for animals began with her favorite childhood book, The Children’s Encyclopedia of Animals. Owing to her interest in large cats, namely, tigers and jaguars, she knew she wanted to work in exotic animal medicine. Abril joined the AZEAH family in 2021. She is currently working on her Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree at the University of Arizona.
Brandon Zelaya was born and raised in Glendale, Arizona. He is a graduate of Washington State University where he obtained a Bachelor of science degree in Animal Science and was a Residential Advisor. He has experience working at Veterinary hospitals. He is an alumni of West-MEC and certified as an approved Veterinary Assistant since 2018. He enjoys working in the Veterinary Healthcare industry where his passion for animals shines through.
Crystal was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. It wasn’t until the age of 25 where she decided it was time for a change and moved to Glendale, Arizona. As a child, she had a passion for all animals and since she can remember, her dream was always to work with and rehabilitate exotic animals. Over the years, she gained knowledge through working at an animal ranch with exotics to hosting private events for children in educating on different types of animals. Here at AZEAH, she hopes to grow in hopes of reaching her childhood dreams and helping save animals lives.
Sonia was born and raised in Arizona and knew from a young age she wanted to find a career working with animals. Growing up she has owned everything from chickens to hamsters and caring for animals has been her life-long ambition. Sonia is currently attending Penn Foster to become a certified veterinary technician assistant with a goal to become a certified veterinary technician. What she looks forward to the most in working at AzEAH is the opportunity to help pets heal and to grow within the company to further her career.
Danya is from a small town in Sonora, Mexico but was raised in Tucson, Arizona. From a young age, she knew she wanted a career that involved helping animals. Danya attended Pima Community College graduating with an associates degree and is working toward transferring to the University of Arizona.
Kayla was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Tucson with her family when she was 14. She attended Pima Community College where she received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. She has always been passionate about animals which has led her to keep parrots, snakes, lizards, fish, and everything in between.
In her free time, she likes to make art and go hiking, but most of all she loves spending time with her critters at home and building them custom habitats.