Medical Staff

Staff Doctors

Dr. Jay Johnson is the founder and owner of Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital, the Valley’s first animal hospital devoted exclusively to the care of exotic pets. As a boy growing up on the outskirts of Tucson, he was fascinated with exotic pets, especially reptiles. He kept a variety of these unique pets throughout his childhood including snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, tarantulas, rabbits, a cockatoo, pigmy goats, as well as more traditional pets like dogs and horses.

Dr. Lamb has always desired to provide good health, happiness and care to all exotic pets. She grew up in Las Vegas, NV. After graduating from UNLV with a B.S. in Biology, she attended veterinary school at the University of Minnesota. After finishing veterinary school she performed a one year internship in avian and exotic medicine followed by a two year residency in avian medicine and surgery.

Dr. Pilny is a native New Yorker but joined Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital by way of Los Angeles, California.  Dr. Pilny is a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Ruoff grew up in Colorado surrounded by nature, wildlife, and a small zoo of exotic pets.  She earned her bachelor's degree in Biology at Pomona College and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Ruoff worked as a nurse at an exotic pet exclusive hospital in California before going to veterinary school. Dr.

Dr. Johnson is a native Arizonan and has had a passion and interest in animals, notably reptiles for as long as she can remember.  She worked as certified veterinary technician for 13 years prior to pursuing veterinary school.

Dr. Brown grew up in northern New York and is here to stay in Arizona where the days are warm and sun is bright. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology at SUNY Oswego before moving on to obtaining her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. She has recently completed a rotating internship in small animal and exotic medicine and surgery at VCA Valley Animal Hospital.

Dr. Burgos is a Colorado native that has moved around for much of her life, coming to Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital from the sunny and very humid state of Florida. She attended Kansas Wesleyan University, where she obtained her Bachelors of Science, and completed a Disney College Program at Walt Disney World prior to attending the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Nick Saint-Erne is a dedicated veterinarian who is passionate about pets, exotic animals, and aquatic veterinary medicine.

Mike Corcoran is a 2008 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University (Go Cougs!).

Interns

From a young age, Dr. Chen knew she wanted to be a veterinarian working with wildlife and exotic animals. With this goal in mind, she completed her undergraduate degree with a major in Zoology at North Carolina State University. During her time there, she traveled abroad to Costa Rica and India to learn about local wildlife conservation and human-wildlife interactions.

Dr. Thulson is excited to meet your scaled, slimy, furry, or feathered friend! She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. During her undergraduate studies, she was involved in porpoise skeleton reconstruction, spent time as a zookeeper, and rehabilitated orphaned squirrels.

Dr. Horwitz grew up in Orange County, California. Even from a young age, she loved animals, especially reptiles. After completing her degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz , she spent a year interning at the Oklahoma City Zoo. This furthered her passion for a career in veterinary medicine and eventually went on to graduate from Midwestern University.

Residents

Dr. Attarian was born in Rochester, New York, but lived all over the northeast. She spent a majority of her time growing up in Connecticut and the capital region of New York. From a young age, she had been determined to become a veterinarian.

Dr. Caitlin Cunningham grew up in Florida where she was always outside catching frogs and snakes. In high school, she got her first reptile, a bearded dragon named Spaz, who sparked her love for exotic pets. You can even find a picture of Spaz on her stethoscope!