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VHCTAz Leadership Committee Chairs
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VHCTAz Leadership

 

Meet your VHCTAz Leadership Committee Chairs. These dedicated and passionate individuals lend their voice to bring resources, education and advancements to the Veterinary Health Care Team of Arizona.

 

 

 Front Office & Client Services Community

 

Chair

Mandy Price, CVPM

Ingleside Animal Hospital

Hello! My name is Mandy Price. I'm originally from Boston, Massachusetts, however, for the last 17 years I have called Arizona my home. I earned my Bachelors of Science in Biology from Emmanuel College in 1998 and in 2009, I received my designation as a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager. I have been involved with the Veterinary Health Care Team of Arizona since 2007 and have enjoyed numerous continuing education classes and at the same time created amazing relationships and camaraderie with other veterinary staff. 

 

I am currently chair of the client service representative community. Our community will focus on excelling to the next level in customer service and professionalism. Our community will create an agenda of issues relating to the front office and what continuing education and training is needed to confront and manage these issues. I hope that you will join me and other front office staff to create education for you and by you. 

 

  

Co-chair

Ashley Kedrowski, MBA, MHA

Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists

Hi all, I am Ashley Kedrowski. I was born and raised in the wonderful but cold state of Minnesota. In 2012 my spouse and I took on a journey to move to AZ and get out of the snow. My experience and background started in human healthcare with a focus on geriatrics. I have been in the veterinary field for about 3 years now and love how I get to combine my passion for caring for people with the addition of their loved companions.

I am currently one of two practice managers of Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists. My main duties include HR & Operations. I have two Master’s degrees; MBA & MHA. With my degrees and experience I feel I bring a different perspective to the client & patient experience.

 

I am excited to be a co-chair on the VHCTAz Front Office & Client Services Community and look forward to providing a much-needed community for the front office and client service staff of veterinary clinics throughout Arizona.

 

  

Co-chair

Samantha Secore

Veterinary Neurological Center
Hi! My name is Samantha Secore, but most people know me by my nickname, Sam. I have been a member of the front office staff at the Veterinary Neurological Center since April 2013, after deciding to make a huge leap from the legal field (as a paralegal) into the veterinary arena. I joined the Veterinary Health Care Team of Arizona in 2016, so I am one of the newbies of the group!

 

When I became a member the VHCTAz, I was excited about the opportunity to expand my knowledge of the front office, as well as being able to pass along new information to my colleagues. I am thrilled to be a new member of the VHCTAz Leadership Team, and look forward to all of the new and exciting continuing education and learning opportunities that are being made available to front office staff throughout the veterinary community. As the VHCTAz continues to grow, I look forward to meeting front office and support staff members at other hospitals, as well as learning new things all the time! 

 

 

 

 Kennel Staff & Veterinary Assistants Community

 

Chair

Sandra Moore, CVT

Carrington College

My name is Sandra Moore, but I go by Sandy. I started my career in the veterinary field in 1996. I graduated from Long Medical Institute’s Veterinary Assistant Program, went on to become a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in 2000, and in 2011, I attended DeVry University, where I obtained my Bachelors of Science degree.

 

My first position in a practice was as a veterinary assistant. From there I worked in positions as a kennel aide, receptionist, veterinary technician, and hospital manager. I have experience working in small animal practice, equine center and exotics practices, along with the Phoenix Zoo. In all of my experiences, I have learned from others and continue to love what I do.

 

As a member of the Veterinary Health Care Team of Arizona since 2005, I am currently the Chair of the Kennel Staff/Veterinary Assistants Community. The vision of the Kennel Staff/Veterinary Assistants Community is to help bring more educational opportunities and advance the skills of the employees in these positions. The Kennel Staff/Veterinary Assistants Community wants to help promote best practice ideas, knowledge through experiences, and the love of being a strong support team member. 

 

 

Co-chair

Kristi Smith, CVT

K9-Games Dog Training 

My name is Kristi Smith. I am a Certified Veterinary Technician and have served on the Board of Directors and Leadership Committee chair for the Veterinary Health Care Team of Arizona since 2002.

 

From 2002-2009, I served as the Education Committee Chair, setting educational opportunities for veterinary staff statewide, and served from 2008-2009 as President. I currently serve as the Kennel Staff & Veterinary Assistants (VA) Community Leader Co-chair. I am continually working with and collaborating with veterinarians and veterinary staff on educational programs for the general public as an advocate for keeping pets in their homes through proper training, and reducing the numbers of pets in shelters by spaying and neutering.

 

The VHCTAz Kennel Staff /VA Community is dedicated to bringing educational and networking opportunities to kennel staff in all veterinary hospitals to assist them in becoming a more cohesive part of the veterinary team, as well as assisting and supporting them in expanding their educational goals in the field of veterinary medicine.

 

Please participate in a Kennel/VA Community events and meetings to let your voice be heard. Kennel staff and veterinary assistants, this is your community and we need you!

 

 

 

Managers Community

Chair

Dan Levesque

Veterinary Neurological Center

I joined the Veterinary Neurological Center in 1998 after graduating from ASU with a bachelor's degree in biology. I became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2003, and prior to becoming practice manager I worked in each different support staff position at the hospital. I’ve enjoyed and appreciate the myriad of opportunities and subfields (e.g. nursing, client relations, phlebotomy, imaging technology, building maintenance, public relations) that are all attainable simultaneously in the veterinary field, unlike in the human medical field. I joined the VHCTAz Leadership Committee in 2014.

 

As Chair of the Managers Community, I’m excited to be a part of a professional group that understands and appreciates the vital role every member of the veterinary support staff makes. Good veterinary teams give the doctors the support they need in order to provide excellent care to each patient and client and these contributions directly translate to the overall success of the hospital. Being the first, and most evolved professional group of its kind, I’m proud to be involved with the VHCTAz, a “one-stop-shop” for veterinary staff to receive the support and tools to grow and excel, both professionally and personally.

 

 

Co-chair

Lisa Donimari, CVT

Western Maricopa Education Center

My name is Lisa Donimari and I have dedicated over 23 years to the veterinary field. I started as a support staff member in a general practice during the early years of my undergraduate work at Grand Canyon University. During my beginning years, I realized that veterinary medicine was where I needed to be. I transitioned into emergency medicine and stayed there for 13 years. In addition, I completed post-graduate work at Grand Canyon University. Eager to start a new challenge, I went into Oncology where many doors opened for me. I was part of multiple FDA studies, conference moderator, conference speaker, and annual conference chair host. These experiences, in addition to treating patients with both chemotherapy and radiation, have had a big impact on my life. Prior to becoming a veterinary science instructor, I enhanced my leadership skills as a practice manager. After two years, I decided to take the front stage in the classroom. I am on my third-year teaching veterinary science at West-MEC. I also serve as the district host for the veterinary science advisory board, active HOSA advisor and campus strategic plan community outreach champion.

 

I am excited to serve as the co-chair for the Managers Community. I feel that my experiences, leadership skills and community partnerships can all help to create a successful team.

 

 

Co-chair

Joanne Graham, CVPM

Prescott Animal Hospital & Equine Center

Hello everyone! I am Joanne Graham. I’m a dog mom and cat servant, mountain climber, meditator and trivia guru. I really enjoy the work I get to do, both in practice as a Hospital Administrator and also as a professional speaker and educator on industry (and sometimes non-industry) topics. I am here to be a resource to you in any way I can as part of our amazing Communities! Whatever your role in the veterinary practice, I look forward to seeing you all at VHCTAz CE and events!

 

I started my career in Vet Med as a part-time CSR at an Emergency and General Practice clinic in beautiful Northern Michigan! I moved to Northern Arizona in 2013 and have worked for some fantastic veterinarians and teams since then. I became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) and won the Veterinary Hospital Manager’s Association Emerging Leader award and scholarship in 2015. I am currently on the VHMA’s Education and Programming Advisory Group. More recently, I teamed up with the VHCTAz’s Manager’s group, where I was able to meet some wonderful, like-minded managers which lead me to want to participate at a leadership level. I am now co-chair for the Manager’s Community.  I am also a Certified Coach in Emotional & Social Intelligence, a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP) and am a certified HR professional through the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP). I am very interested in learning, and professional development and sharing what I learn with my team, and with you.

 

The VHCTAz has such a passion and focus on supporting you, the veterinary support team member, and by being a part of this amazing group, I hope to be able to do the same!

 

 

 

 Technicians Community

Chair

Courtney Waxman, CVT

VetMed Emergency & Specialty Hospital

My name is Courtney and I found my passion in emergency and critical care medicine after completing an internship during my technician schooling.  I graduated in 2008 with my Associate in Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology/Animal Health and obtained my CVT in 2009.  I’ve spent the past 10 years working in emergency medicine, and currently practice at VetMed Emergency and Specialty Hospital in Phoenix.  In 2016, I began my speaking career by presenting technician case reports as a finalist at the ACVIM Forum, IVECCS and NAVC/VMX conferences, winning Best Case Presentation at ACVIM in 2017.  I’ve also lectured locally to referring veterinary practices, veterinary technology students and the public on topics relating to emergency and critical care.  I’m looking forward to providing some local emergency-oriented CE for everyone throughout 2018 as well as speaking at Western Veterinary Conference!  In addition to speaking, I’ve been published in the NAVTA Journal and Today’s Veterinary Technician, providing continuing education articles to the technician community on a national scale.  I am pursuing becoming a VTS (ECC), and I’ll be sitting for my exam this September.  My special interests include mechanical ventilation, environmental hazards, one-on-one case management, CPR, critical care nursing and technician training/education.

 

In 2017, I became the Arizona state representative for NAVTA, and I am looking forward to representing AZ and the Technician Community’s interests.  I’m currently working on sub-committees within NAVTA regarding the veterinary nurse initiative and RECOVER CPR guidelines.  As your community chair, I’m really looking forward to working with all of you and being your advocate!

   

Co-chair

Tanya Brown, CVT

KC Animal Hospital & Pet Resort

Bio coming soon!
   

Co-chair

Jessie Nelson, CVT, VTS (Nutrition)

Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists

I grew up primarily in Rapid City, SD and graduated in 2009 with an Associate's Degree in Applied Science with an emphasis in veterinary technology from National American University. While in school, I acquired my first dog, Sage, who was a patient the students practiced on. I quickly formed a special bond with her and knew she had to be a part of my family. After graduation, I worked in general practice in South Dakota before moving to Arizona in 2010 with Sage and one cat, Ivy.

 

Since being in Arizona I acquired 3 more dogs and 1 additional cat (Sadie, Basil, Myka and Lil' Petey Pablo), who fit into the family perfectly. I have a special interest in nutrition and acquired my veterinary technician specialty certification in 2017. I am very outgoing and feel that my attitude and kindness really show that I love what I do. In my free time, I love to be outside with my furbabies, riding my bicycle, and swimming with my dogs in the pool or reading on the sideline.

   

Co-chair

Sasha Willis, CVT

Midwestern University Companion Animal Clinic

Hi there!  My name is Sasha Willis.  I am a Certified Veterinary Technician, and have worked in the veterinary field since 1998. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in 1998, and took a job as a veterinary office assistant on the east coast. I immediately fell in love with veterinary medicine and went back to school and received a degree in veterinary science.  I moved back to Arizona in 2002 and became a CVT.  I have worked in emergency medicine, general practice, surgery, and cardiology but my true passion is Internal Medicine and I am currently working on earning my VTS (SAIM). I have served the Arizona Veterinary Medical Examining Board as a member of the CVT Exam Committee, as well as a member of the Arizona State Animal Response Team with FEMA. I am the Co-Lead Veterinary Technician at the Midwestern University’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s Companion Animal Clinic and I LOVE my job!  I have the privilege of teaching veterinary technical and nursing skills to Arizona’s future veterinarians!

 

I am very excited to be serving as a co-chair of the VHCTAz Technician Committee! I look forward to assisting the committee in its endeavors to provide resources and leadership to the Arizona Veterinary community.

 

 

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