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. 


Allison-CallihanAllison Callihan

Allison joined Animal Health Services in 2013. After 6+ years in pet retail building and a strong foundation in dog training, pet nutrition, management and exotics care, she switched gears and pursued a more fulfilling career in veterinary medicine. She completed her Veterinary Nutritional Advocate certificate in 2014 and is currently pursuing an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology for her CVT.

Raised in Tucson, AZ she became a Cave Creek resident in 2011. Her lifelong passion is horses; particularly three-day eventing. She has 15+ years experience riding, training and completing. She shares her home with her brilliant but cheeky Australian Shepherd “Sahara” and her not so brilliant Catahoula/Husky Sidekick “Beau Duke.”

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.



Beth Harrison

Beth came to Animal Health Services in 2015 as a greeter with over 35 years in customer service, (Real Estate, business and legal services). A a pet parent to a diabetic kitty she has over 20+ years of advocacy in feline diabetes. She also has experience volunteering with animal rescue organizations.

She has lived with cats almost her whole life; a verified “Cat Lady.” She currently has 5 rescue cats and sincerely promotes rescue and adoption.

Katie Tomasiewicz