Linda R. Elliott, DVM
Dr. Elliott was born in Cedar Rapids, IA and received her DVM degree in 1978 from Iowa State University in Ames, IA. The call of the West brought her to Arizona after graduation to work in a Mesa practice specializing in small animals. In 1979 Dr. Elliott opened her own practice in Mesa, then moved into Ahwatukee Commons Veterinary Hospital in 1988. Dr. Elliott shares her east valley home with three dogs, one cat, 2 horses, a herd of 15 Alpaca and a flock of 40+ non-native exotic small birds. In her free time, she enjoys singing, kayaking, hiking, traveling the world, and blowing custom glass vessels.
Carolyn Neilson, BVMS
Dr. Neilson grew up in San Diego California. She spent a lot of time in Arizona and has become a permanent resident 11 months ago.
She completed her BA degree in environmental studies at Amherst College then moved onto Tufts University to get her Master’s of Science in Clinical Investigation. From there it was a short jump to Edinburgh Scotland where she completed her veterinary training. She earned her B.V.M.S in Veterinary Medicine in 2019
Dr. Neilson currently lives with 2 cats. One of which went through veterinary school with her and the other one she acquired soon after arriving in Arizona as a stray kitten. He is currently terrorizing the older cat, as kittens do.
Her hobbies are baking, crafting, travel, pup trivia and Cosplay. She often attends Comic-Con conventions.
Dr. Nielson had grown up knowing that she wanted to be a veterinarian, and now she has fulfilled that childhood dream.
Heather grew up all over the country because her dad was in the Air Force.
She has called Arizona home for the past 20 years.
Heather studied biology at USC before going into the veterinary field.
She currently shares her home with 2 dogs, and 1 crabby kitty. She also has several small birds in an aviary in her back yard.
She enjoys sitting and watching the birds fly around in the aviary. She also enjoys Travel, going to the theater and crafting.
Heather’s goal is to travel to every continent eventually.
She has always loved people and animals and her career has allowed her to help both.
Client Service Representatives
An Arizona native, she moved to Pensacola Florida for a brief time as a child, but moved back when she was 5 years old.
She graduated from Marcos De Niza High School and after she completed the veterinary assistant program at Pima Medical Institute.
Lily has 4 cats who keep her very busy and entertained.
Her favorite hobbies are painting, rollerblading, hiking in our beautiful deserts, going to concerts and video games.
Lily is fulfilling her dream of becoming a veterinary technician and hopes to work with more exotics in the future.
McKenzie moved to Arizona from Denver Colorado. She has been in Arizona since High School.
She has taken some courses in art education but has found her calling helping people and their pets.
McKenzie has 2 cats and a tri-pawed dog that share her life.
She enjoys swimming, traveling, and movie nights with her family.
Her ambition in life is to be in a position to help people and she is happy doing just that every day for our clients.
McKenzie loves people and the relationship they have with their pets.
Wendy is from Port Lavaca, Texas which is quite evident when you hear her speak that southern drawl. Upon graduation from high school in Texas, she went to real estate school and acquired her license. She then moved to Arizona and acquired her real estate license here. Wendy decided that real estate was not for her and as a result we were lucky enough to have her join our team! She has three dogs: two chihuahuas and a Mexican hairless. Wendy loves the hairless dogs….and all the other hairless animals too! Wendy enjoys going to drive-in movies, bicycling, cooking, shopping and traveling. Wendy has moved back to Texas to be with her family, buy we are lucky enough to have her be able to answer the phones so you can still hear her southern drawl.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Ashley W., CVT
Ashley interned with us when she was studying to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. After graduating she became a full-time staff member. Ashley moved to Tucson for a few years and recently she has moved back to the Phoenix and more recently has moved to the Buckeye area and continues to travel to Ahwatukee. She is loving the rural life. We are so glad to have her back! Ashley is also a native to the state of Arizona. In her spare time, she loves camping, fishing, and exploring all that our beautiful state of Arizona has to offer. Ashley currently has one cat named Tom, and a rambunctious Standard poodle named Cheyenne who she absolutely loves dearly!
Ashley was born in New Jersey but has called Arizona home since she was 2 years old.
She attended college for her veterinary assistantship.
She started her working career in elementary education but decided that her true passion was for animals.
She shares her home with 8 dogs and 2 cats that keep her going all day long.
Ashley likes to spend her time in the gaming world.
She is planning on returning to college to be able to take the national boards to become a Certified Veterinary Technician.
Ashley enjoys a great joke, so if you have one please feel free to share it.
Amanda grew up in the cool green area of Gresham, Oregon. (The land of the trees.)
She has been living in Arizona for 6 years.
Amanda completed the Veterinary Technician program at Pima Medical Institute and is planning to take her national board exam to become a Certified Veterinary Technician as soon as they are having testing again.
She lives with 2 very rambunctious cats that have her well trained to their schedule and needs.
Her hobbies are painting, photography, making a mess with arts and crafts and slack lining
Amanda has always wanted to work with animals and has found her calling. She enjoys dentistry and after getting her CVT would like to pursue a dentistry specialty license
Amanda enjoys teaching pet parents the best ways to take care of their pets to help strengthen the human animal bond.
Amanda is also a Veterinary Dental Specialty.
Rachel is one of our native Arizonans who was born and raised in Ahwatukee. Her alma mater is Mountain Point High school. She definitely is an animal lover as shown by her menagerie of dogs, cats, cockatoos, and turtles. She has a diverse set of interests enjoying softball, fishing, camping, crocheting and painting. Reading is another one of her hobbies, delving into fiction and fantasy adventure. Rachel enjoys challenges and feels there is always room for growth. She is passionate about helping pet parents understand what is the best for their “kids”. Her long term goal is not only to stay in the veterinary field, but to become a certified veterinary technician.
Willard was born in 2001 on a small farm here in the valley, so you can consider him a farm boy. One day Dr. Elliott was out doing her riding lesson and said “Hey, that’s a really cool cat!” She took him home that day to become her lovable barn cat. Willard loves the great outdoors. His past times included sleeping on hay bales and getting love. Treats on-demand are expected and boy can he demand! As Willard matured he was not the best barn cat; therefore Dr. Elliott decided to bring him to the clinic to bring joy to all her staff on a daily basis. Willard enjoys long naps on his plush bed, casual strolls around the treatment area, and FOOD.