Dr. Joseph Lockhart, DVM
Dr. Lockhart grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. As an undergraduate he attended Louisiana State University. He attended veterinary school in St. Kitts, in the West Indies, and graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Lockhart performed his small animal internship at VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona. He has one dog named Luna and two cats named Thundercat and Anthony. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, eating sushi, working out, exercising his artistic skills by drawing and painting.
Dr. Erica Ou, DVM
Dr. Erica Liu was born and raised in Guangzhou, China. She came to United Stated in 2010 with a dream of becoming a Veterinarian. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at the University of Arizona and moved to Phoenix to pursue her DVM degree. She graduated from Midwestern University Veterinary College in May 2019, mostly focused on small animals. She took an oath to use her scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering and the conservation of animal resources and the promotion of public health. She believes the best way to provide the professional care for animals is through working closely with their family. She is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. She has one cat named Hooba. Hooba was one of the orphan kittens found in Tucson in 2014, they become each other’s best study buddy, sleeping buddy and playing buddy.
Dr. Reid Michaelis
Dr. Reid Michaelis was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a second generation veterinarian as both his mother and father practice back in New Orleans. He achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Louisiana State University. He attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine for three years and did his clinical rotations at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. While at the University of Florida, he rescued a one year old cat, Cheeks, from euthanasia and adopted him to join him on his journey. Cheeks and Reid moved to the Valley in October 2021 to join the Tempe Lake team. Away from work, Dr. Reid enjoys lounging with Cheeks, playing tennis, weightlifting, playing the piano, water and snow skiing, and enjoying the outdoors.
Alina – Hospital Administrator
Alina is an Arizona native and loves living here! She completed high school and has taken some college courses in education. She has been in this field for over ten years. She was a foster failure through Cavalier Rescue Foundation where she adopted her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Ace, she also has a Shih-poo named Cuervo. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking, movies, and spending time with friends and family.
Bree – Lead Customer Service Manager & Health Plan Coordinator
Brittni (Bree) was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. Bree graduated from Artistic Beauty College in 2007. Bree has two younger siblings, a brother and a sister. She has four cats; Jasmine, Chub Chub, Baby Girl, Token and a beta fish named Bruce. In her free time Bree enjoys crafts, reading, and spending as much time outdoors as possible. Bree loves animals of all sizes, however she is frightened by catfish.
Patti is a California native, but decided to plant her roots in Arizona. After High School, she took some courses to become an EMT. During that time, she entered motherhood. While raising her children, she entered the animal field as a pet groomer for 14 years. Her love for animals has made her want to stay in the animal care field. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family, making people laugh and putting smiles on faces.
Dianne – Lead Technician
Dianne was born in California and has lived in Arizona for 39 years. She has been in this field for 15 years starting as a groomer before becoming a Veterinary Technician and loves working with animals! At home she has two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels that she rescued from Cavalier Rescue Foundation named Trixie and Penny and 4 cats named Elmo, Hunter, Jet, and Blue. In her free time she enjoys going to the movies with her son and shopping.
Samantha was raised in upstate Rochester, New York, before moving back to her home state, Arizona. Growing up, Samamtha was always around animals, now finally being able to achieve her goal of working side by side with them Samantha hopes to one day travel the world being a low cost Veterinarian. In her free time she loves to play video games Learn Japanese and play with her two fluffy dogs, koda and Mia.
Mary was born and raised in Michigan but moved to Arizona in 2016. Mary has worked in the animal field for many years and enjoys spending all of her time with them. She has many pets including one dog, four cats and a bird. Mary’s dog Kitana loves playing in the daycamp yards and spending time with her mom. She believes animals should be spoiled and cuddled to the fullest extent and given all the love and attention they deserve! In Mary’s free time she loves being outdoors hiking and on the weekends shopping!
Chris started working as a dog bather in high school and has been grooming now for over 35 years. She grooms all breeds of dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs too! She has been working in Scottsdale for over 13 years and loves coming into work every day. She has a special knack in grooming for the more “hard to handle” or “special needs” pets and is partial to the older senior dogs. She can groom any pet to your specifications; whether it be a breed standard cut, an easy-care comfort cut, or the latest Asian Fusion style- Chris can do it all. She lives in Gilbert with her husband and four sons, a cattle dog mix named IAN B SMOVE, A cat named NAMI that rules the house, and a very spoiled cockatoo named BiBi Bird. BiBi likes to come to work with Chris- so you may see her from time to time. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the many different sporting events her sons are involved in as well as helping her husband with his catering business, taking trips to Vegas and pet sitting.
Izzy was born and raised right here in Arizona. She grew up around all types of animals, and has always wanted to be a part of a team that involved a variety of care for them. She began her grooming career in 2016 as a bather and has worked her way into being one of the most patient, caring groomers Tempe Lake could have. With encouragement and guidance from Chris and Heidi, Izzy has mastered the talent of grooming and with her finesse, she is an amazing addition to this grooming team. After losing her beloved fur baby Cheech, she especially dreams of running her own Small Dog/Chihuahua Rescue. Izzy is a Mother, Total Foodie, Chihuahua Obsesser, Sports Fan, AND enjoys taking part in adventures to new places to find new things to eat.