Our animal hospital team in Scottsdale

Our Team

Our staff of experienced and expert veterinarian doctors and skilled vet staff is ready when your pet needs us. Call or contact us today to learn more.

Kandi, Hospital Manager at Scottsdale Animal Hospital

Kandi Nelson, Certified Veterinary Practice Manager
Hospital Manager

Kandi joined Pima North Animal Hospital in 2011. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. Kandi also shares her home with a duck, five cats and two dogs.

Client Services

Samantha Anzelmo, Client Services

Samantha Anzelmo at Scottsdale Animal Hospital

Samantha joined Pima North Animal Hospital in 2014. She shares her home with her husband, son, step-daughter, two dogs and a guinea pig. Her hobbies include family road trips, DIY projects, camping, hiking and advocating for her son with special needs.

Savanna Connor, Client Services Coordinator

Savanna Connor at Scottsdale Animal Hospital

Savanna began working at Pima North Animal Hospital in 2014 and is now our Lead Customer Service Representative. She has a habit of taking in animals in need of homes, so she currently shares her home with two dogs and two cats, along with her husband who also shares her love of animals.

Jessica Wiley, Client Services

Jessica Wiley at Scottsdale Animal Hospital

Jessica began working at Pima North Animal Hospital in 2012 as a Kennel Assistant and is now one of our Customer Service Representatives. She has completed a Veterinary Technology program and is currently in school studying Wildlife Biology. Jessica shares her home with two dogs.

Kenia Ascanio-Marentes, Client Services

Kenia Ascanio-Marentes, Client Services at Scottsdale Animal Hospital

Kenia joined Pima North Animal Hospital in 2014 as a Kennel Assistant and now is one of our Customer Service Representatives. She shares her home with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, one cat and many fish. Her hobbies include baking and creating memories with her family.

Veterinary Technicians

Jessica Bond, Out-Patient Services Lead Technician

Jessica Bond at Scottsdale Animal Hospital

Jessica joined Pima North Animal Hospital in June 2015. She began working as a technician in 2007, learning on the job. She loves all animals but is particularly fond of cats. She shares her home with her husband, three daughters, two dogs, three cats and fish. Her hobbies include reading, family adventures and motorcycle rides.

Amanda Howard, In-Patient Services Lead Technician

Amanda Howard, Veterinary Technician at Scottsdale Animal Hospital

Amanda joined our team in 2015 with extensive experience caring for animals. She began working as a vet tech in 2007 and graduated in 2009 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science – Veterinary Technician. Amanda shares her home with her husband, son, three dogs and several farm animals. She enjoys spending time with her family and riding her horse.

Shelby Montague, Veterinary Technician

Shelby Montague, Veterinary Technician at Scottsdale Animal Hospital

Shelby began working at Pima North Animal Hospital in 2013. She received her Bachelors of Science in Family and Human Development in 2011. Shelby shares her home with five dogs, one cat and two birds.

Emily Young, Certified Veterinary Technician

Emily Young, Certified Veterinary Technician at Scottsdale Animal Hospital

Emily began working at Pima North Animal Hospital in 2013. She attended Northern Arizona University for degrees in Biology and History then received her veterinary certification in 2010. She shares her home with one cat and one dog.

Sarah Whalen, Veterinary Technician

Sarah Whalen, Veterinary Technician at Scottsdale Animal Hospital

Sarah joined our team in 2016. She moved here from a small town in South Dakota after getting her Associates Degree in Applied Science – Veterinary Technician. She is currently working toward becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician in Arizona. She shares her home with one dog, Newman and enjoys hiking and kayaking.

Groomers

Laura Dearness, Professional Groomer

Laura Dearness at Scottsdale Animal Hospital

Laura joined Pima North Animal Hospital in 1998. Laura received her Psychology degree in 1987, then her Masters in Clinical Psychology in 1991. She went on to graduate from the Arizona Academy of Pet Grooming in 1996. Laura has two mini-donkeys, two horses, two cats and three dogs.

Lisa Englund, Grooming Assistant

Lisa Englund, Grooming Assistant at Scottsdale Animal Hospital

Lisa joined Pima North Animal Hospital in 2010. She has two cats, one dog and a teenage son. Lisa enjoys taking road trips with her family.

Llynda Sokatch, Professional Groomer

Llynda Sokatch, Professional Groomer at Scottsdale Animal Hospital

Llynda joined Pima North Animal Hospital in 2006. She attended The Doggie Mat School of Dog Grooming and graduated in 1987. She has been an active board member of the Arizona Professional Pet Groomers Association. Llynda shares her home with her husband, one dog and one bird.

Kennel Assistants

Valerie McKinnon, Kennel Assistant

Valerie McKinnon, Kennel Assistant at Scottsdale Animal Hospital

Valerie joined Pima North Animal Hospital in 2012. She completed a Veterinary Assistant program at Long Technical College in 2003. Valerie shares her home with one cat.

Ricky Elam, Kennel Assistant

Ricky Elam, Kennel Assistant at Scottsdale Animal Hospital

Ricky, the musician at Pima North Animal Hospital, has been with us since 2016. He has a love for animals as deep as his passion for music. You will often catch him singing to the animals here in our hospital. He always makes sure the pets are having a “howling” good time!