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 (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.
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.
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.
Emily graduated for Iowa State University with a B.S. in Animal Ecology: Pre-Vet and Wildlife Care. While in school, Emily traveled to study marine ecosystems and coral reef restoration, as well as spent a semester working in marine animal rescue and Hawaiian monk seal conservation. She has spent the last few years as a zookeeper and worked with a wide variety of species from otters and octopus to giraffe, rhinos, and even Komodo dragons! Emily is passionate about animal behavior and positive reinforcement training!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brandon 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.