SHELLY MARTIN

                           Veterinarian – Owner

Shelly Martin, DVM, founder and owner of Desert Paws Mobile Veterinary Care is a true desert girl at heart having been born and raised in Tucson, AZ.  A passionate advocate for low stress handling for dogs and cats. Dr. Shelly strives to provide high quality medicine in a gentle and calm manner to alleviate any fear or anxiety in her patients.  Her goals are to educate pet owners so that they can provide the best care for their companion animals.

From a young age she was drawn to work with animals and her parents would always find her helping animals in need, whether it be a stray or just a pet that was lost.  When she was young she suffered the tragic loss of a beloved dog to parvo after trying to nurse him to health. This experience made her quickly realize that she wanted to spend her life helping animals.

Dr. Shelly has an extensive past in the veterinary field including working as a kennel assistant, receptionist, veterinary assistant and veterinary nurse. She started working in the veterinary field while she attended the University of Arizona where she majored in Veterinary Science. In 2002, she was accepted into veterinary school at St. George’s University in Grenada where she completed her first semester. She then transferred to Kansas State University to complete the remainder of her training in order to be closer to home after her father was diagnosed with cancer. After graduating from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, Shelly returned home to Tucson where she practiced in a busy clinical setting for 11 years.

Desert Paws was founded in 2017 in order to provide more personalized care in an environment where pets and their owners are more relaxed.  Shelly has seen many animals over the years develop high anxiety as well as physical and psychological stress in a hospital setting.  With gentle handling in the home and techniques that lessen fear, she hopes to improve pets overall veterinary experience.  Having practiced with state of the art equipment for many years, it was also imperative to her that she be able to provide the same quality of care with her mobile practice.  Advanced diagnostic capabilities are important to help uncover and accurately treat medical conditions.  Along with low stress and fear free handling, other areas of veterinary interest include internal medicine, feline medicine, soft tissue surgery and ultrasound.

Outside of work, Dr. Shelly enjoys spending time with her high school sweetheart and husband, Jeremy, and their two children Myles and Corrin.  They share their home with two senior cats she calls her “old men” named Diggler and Toby and two dogs named Ruthe and Obi. You will often hear her tell stories about “crazy Obi” who is a jack russell mix with lots of energy.  Shelly and Jeremy have always loved international travel and are excited to share this love of travel with their children.  She looks forward to meeting you and your family soon!

AIMEE RODDEN

                           Veterinarian

Dr. Aimee Rodden is a Southern Arizona native, growing up in the desert outside of Sahuarita.  She spent her childhood roaming the desert with the family dog Max and his protégé Bruno.  Her family also always had (has) cats, typically at least 5, one for each member of the family.  She knew at a young age she wanted to be a dog and cat veterinarian, and pursued her medical education at Washington State University (Go Cougs!) after finishing her bachelor’s in Pre-Veterinary Science at the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!). Following graduation she completed a small animal rotating internship in Mesa Arizona.

Dr. Rodden was a small animal general practitioner on the east side of Tucson prior to joining Desert Paws Mobile Veterinary Care.  Her special interests are preventative medicine, internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and preventative dentistry.  She enjoys developing a close bond with her patients and their owners and looks forward to being able to continue the high quality care she is used to providing with Desert Paws.

Outside of veterinary medicine Dr. Rodden enjoys spending time with her young family and her pets (4 cats and 1 dog), traveling, helping her husband with his many leather-working projects, watching movies and meeting friends for coffee.

ELISA MARUSICH

                           Veterinarian

Dr. Elisa Marusich was born in the quaint historic mining town of Bisbee , Arizona on the US bicentennial. Growing up she was the pied piper of  animals as soon as she could walk and was obsessed with all of Jim Henson’s shows.

At 18, she attended the University of Arizona –at the height of one of its most historic times for the men’s basketball team when they won the 1997 NCAA championship under the legendary coaching of Lute Olsen. Elisa enjoyed college not just as a sports fan, because she got to pick the subjects that always held her interest, Veterinary Science and Microbiology. She fed her desire for travel and adventure by pursuing her DVM in the West Indies and  graduated from St. George’s University Cum Laude in 2006.

Once out of college and after her first year of practice as a mixed animal vet, she realized her desires were leading her to a life caring for and advocating for our smaller companion animals and the human animal bond.   She has been a small animal veterinarian in Tucson for the past 11 years.  Always seeking more knowledge and how to better serve her patients, Dr. Marusich is Human Animal Bond certified by HABRI (the Human Animal Bond Research Institute) and has recently earned certification as a Fear Free Professional.  She has a personal interest in Animal Behavior and pocket pets (probably because they remind her of Nifflers and Murtlaps).  She likes to think she has a green thumb,  and a knack for propagating Monarch butterflies.

Dr. Marusich lives in town with her family and magically managed menagerie of animals, cats; MJ, Thomas, KC, Bento and Sushi, dog; Oni, guinea pigs; Rogo Gains, and Toothy Smallz, mice; Princess Peony and Stuffs, newly rescued pond turtle; Donna(tella) and the oldest of the lot, 24 year old desert tortoise; Pepe.

MAGGIE JOHNSON

                           Veterinarian

Dr. Johnson’s bio is coming soon!

DANIELLE RINCON

                              Practice Manager

Danielle Rincon, Practice Manager at Desert Paws Veterinary Care, is a Tucson native. Her love for animals started at a very young age and eventually grew into her future career goals as a college student.

Throughout college, Danielle worked as a Veterinary Nurse and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Sciences in 2015. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Grand Canyon University. Her true passion has always been with helping animals and she love’s being able to dedicate every day to knowing that both the patient and the client are receiving the best care possible.

Danielle has been happily married to her high school sweetheart, Daniel for four years. They live with their two Labrador Retrievers, Spencer & Luke; as well as their Hermann’s Tortoise, Dalilah. Danielle has spent volunteer time raising, fostering, and training two puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind; to aid people with visual disabilities. In her spare time, Danielle loves photography, traveling, exercise, horseback riding, reading and watching college basketball (Go Cats!). With almost a decade of veterinary experience and future MBA, Danielle is very excited to bring her experience in both fields, into managing a mobile practice.

AMBER SWAIN

                              Veterinary Nurse

Amber Swain, Veterinary Nurse at Desert Paws Mobile Veterinary Care, is a Georgia native. Growing up she had an array of different animals thanks to her father who was nicknamed “Dr. Dolittle”. Amber inherited this love of animals very quickly.

Amber started college at Macon State University with aspirations of becoming a Registered Nurse. After getting a certification as an EKG technician in 2010, she decided that she would rather go into animal medicine. She moved out to Tucson shortly after where she received her certification as a Veterinary Assistant from Pima Community College. Loving the career path so much she went back to school and acquired her Associate of Applied Science – Veterinary Technician from Pima Community College in 2014. Amber started working with Dr. Shelly Martin shortly after graduating.

Amber met her fiance, Kristy Gauchat, during her time in the Veterinary Technician program. Amber and Kristy are both excited to have such a rare opportunity where they get to work together in a career they both strive to grow in. They live with their two cats, ferret and koi betta fish. Some of Amber’s favorite hobbies include: fishing, hiking (when it’s not 300 degrees outside), video games and binge watching netflix series.

KRISTY GAUCHAT

                               Veterinary Nurse

At the age of 16, Kristy started working with animals as a bather at petsmart in the grooming department. It didn’t take long until she realized that she wanted more. She became a groomer, and had the pleasure of grooming different dog, and cat breeds for the next four years. The medical aspect of animals always interested her to the point that she completed her associates in applied science – veterinary technology, and has been working as a veterinary nurse ever since.

In her downtime Kristy enjoys spending time with her family which include her fiance (Amber), two cats (Tatum, and Paul), and her ferret (Critter). Being outside playing around in the gorgeous desert is a favorite for Kristy. Whether it be archery, shooting, fishing, or four wheeling she loves to get out and explore. Although nothing beats scenic driving in her truck with her fiance by her side.

FRANK TORRES

              Veterinary Nurse

Frank is an Arizona native. He began his career in 2014 while volunteering at a local horse ranch. It was then he knew working with animals was his true calling. Frank enrolled at Pima Medical institute and graduated with a Veterinary Assistant certificate and shortly after was introduced to Dr. Martin and Dr Rodden. After a year of working as an assistant he went back to Pima Medical Institute to get his Associate Degree of Applied Sciences and graduated as a Veterinary Technician. Frank also took the national and state certification test and passed! He had finally realized his dream of becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician.

 

He loves spending time with his friends, family, and Fiancé. Frank also enjoys, hunting, fishing, camping, four wheeling, and working with his horse. He has two dogs; Ginger and Bagheera, and one horse named Keecha.

NICHOLE POLZIN

              Veterinary Nurse

Nichole Polzin is a veterinary nurse with Desert Paws and has worked with both Dr. Martin and Dr. Rodden previously. Nichole spent most of her childhood in Alaska and moved to Tucson in 2004 to attend the University of Arizona. She graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in equine science.
After graduating she decided to go back to school and received her certification from Pima Community College as a Veterinary Assistant . Having found a career field she loved, she acquired her Associate of Applied Science – Veterinary Technician from Pima Community College in 2014.
Nichole is excited to be back on the team with Dr. Martin and Dr. Rodden and likes the change of pace in a mobile practice. When she is not working she loves to spend time with her two daughters and their cat Shamu. She enjoys getting away from the hustle and bustle by spending time outdoors.

MELISSA GLANZ

    Client Service Representative

I’m from Tucson, AZ and received a degree in veterinary technology through Pima community college. I became a certified veterinary technician in 2012. My passion is for all living creatures and because of this I chose to become a vegetarian with hopes of becoming vegan. I would love to have my own animal rescue/ambulance service some day. I have 3 dogs from our local county animal shelter. The one pictured is Queenie who I adopted at age 8 as she was supposed to be euthanized and I couldn’t allow it to happen. She has a very special place in my heart. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, hiking, working out and anything involving animals in a positive way.

HILLARY FORNEY

    Client Service Representative

Hillary Forney is a native Tucsonan and has lived here all her life. Her love for animals started when she was a little girl obsessed with horses, dogs, and cats. She started at Pima Community College at age 18 to pursue a dance career. At 20 she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. This did put a hold on her dance dreams, but opened another door to the veterinary field.  Little did she know, that she would fall in love with client service, client education, and giving each pet the individualized attention, they need. She has worked in this field for 8 years in various positions such as; Pet Resort Supervisor, Client Service Representative, Rehabilitation Technician, and Public Relations Manager. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, animal rescue, watching Netflix series with her husband Jesse, playing with their dogs Diva and Eva, hanging out with their families/friends, and spoiling her nieces and nephews.

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