Meet the Receptionists

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PattiS Patti Swain

Patti has been part of the Animal Health Services team since December of 2005. Patti shares her home with many of her own cats and fortunate foster pet kids. She also does a lot of work with rescue groups. In her spare time she enjoys reading, camping, and hanging out with her pets. Whenever she can, she flies back home to New Hampshire to visit her children and beautiful grandkids.

Stephanie Stephanie Giffin

Stephanie has been with AHS since September 2008, and brings with her over 20 years of veterinary experience! She enjoys spending time camping with her husband Scott, daughter Emma, and son Bradley. In addition she has a 7 year old Australian Shepherd named “Bryce.” a Boxer named “Rok-Z” and a Boxer puppy named “Pearl”. Some of Stephanie’s other hobbies include hiking, vacationing in places like Rocky Point Mexico, and off road exploration.

Vanessa Ceballos

Vanessa’s interest in pets started at the age of 12 years old. She always wanted to work in the veterinary field so at the age of 13 she got her first job on a horse ranch and continued from there. She has a strong passion for animals and the people that own them.

Erica Carstensen

Erica joined Animal Health Services in 2016 and has been working in the pet field for 2 years. She grew up in a small town in Wisconsin where she raised many pets growing up including horses, goats, dogs and cats. She currently has a horse named Forrest, a 6 yr old German Shepherd mix named Gypsy who is really smart!

Having a huge soft spot for senior pets she has spent the last couple of years being a rescuer of senior dogs that are in need of a loving home. This has taught Erica a valuable empathy in dealing with end of life situations having recently had to help her 12 yr old friend Bailey cross the rainbow bridge. Erica will never forget what a joy Bailey was to have stay at her house and was as loving as ever as she aged. We are grateful to have Erica and her life experiences at Animal Health Services.

Kennedy Cleghorn

Kennedy joined the AHS team in July of 2017, and has been working with animals for over 10 years from rescue work to pet resort management. She is very interested in animal welfare and has always had a passion for working with pets of all shapes and sizes! She is the proud mommy of four senior, small dog rescues, and a colorful assortment of small animals, birds and exotics.

Dana Merrill

Dana recently moved back to Arizona from Washington and joined our team as a Greeter in January of 2018.  In Washington they had a small farm of horses, donkeys, dogs, chickens, and Larry the barn cat.  She has always been involved with animals and has pretty much owned or tended to anything that would let her bring it home.  She grew up and worked for various ranches which allowed her to be around and appreciate our four legged friends.  She has two beautiful daughters. Courtney, who is in Washington, and Kwynn, who is studying to become a horse trainer and possibly a vet.  They have three horses; Tinkerbell our Mustang, Willow our OTTB and Kwynn’s jumper, and Rio our most recent rescue and OTTB.  They also have their Bulldog, Bean.