We take great pride in our staff at every level. Meet the animal care professionals that make ACVH the favorite vet practice in the Ahwatukee Foothills. If you'd like to meet them in person, consider scheduling an appointment.
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 1989. Dr. Elliott shares her east valley home with three dogs, one cat, and a herd of 40+ alpacas. Additional members of the equestrian family are stabled nearby. The colorful and exotic member of the clan, a chestnut chested macaw named "Oliver", can be found every day at the clinic for your enjoyment and entertainment. In her free time she enjoys singing in the Tempe Community Chorus and blowing custom glass vessels.
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! Wendy enjoys going to drive-in movies, bicycling, cooking, shopping and traveling. She also loves going back to Texas to visit her sons, other family, and friends.
Kaitlyn was born in Ramsey New Jersey but moved to The Valley of the Sun when she was only 6 years old and has been living here ever since. Kaitlyn is finishing up her sociology degree then she plans on pursing a degree in veterinary assisting. In Kaitlyn’s spare time she enjoys being around her son, Easton, listening to music, doing word find puzzles, going on road trips and dabbling in photography. Kaitlyn has grown up around dogs, birds, hamsters and fish at the moment she has two dogs’ named Ryder and Foxy. If you think you see two of Kaitlyn running around the Ahwatukee area you may have seen her twin!
Rontasia “Tasia” has led an interesting life. Originally from Maryland, Tasia has lived 2 years in Japan working as an operations clerk for a marina. That is where she learned to scuba dive and loves it. “It’s a whole new world” just as with the Little Mermaid. Additional non-work activities are roller derby (a Jammer), reading fiction (paranormal romance novels), taking religious studies and of course her pets. She states that her dogs are her life, but the cats run the show. Long term goals are to continue learning veterinary medicine and eventually become a certified veterinary technician.
Certified Veterinary Technicians
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 area and rejoined our staff. 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, who she absolutely loves dearly! Ashley has a bright future ahead of her as she is currently working towards earning her Bachelors of Business Management. Welcome back Ashley!
Gabby is a Cali born but Texas raised she did move around a lot due to her being an Army Brat. Something in AZ made Gabby decided to stay a while and she has been in AZ the last 7 years. Gabby started pursing her career in veterinary field right after high school and has not stopped. She is currently in the testing stages of becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. Gabby’s hope is to someday work as a zoologist and work with big cats. When Gabby is not studying she enjoys weight lifting and cuddling up next to her 3 dogs, a miniature poodle Romeo, a schnauzer Maximus and a German shepherd Bella. Good luck Gabby!
Melissa was born in Texas, but has no residual accent to tease her about. Perhaps it's because she has lived in AZ since she was 4 years old. She is a certified veterinary technician graduating from Pima Medical Institute. She has 4 pets: 2 dogs (Fluffy and Luna), a leopard gecko (Phillipe), and a chinchilla (Finn). In her free time, she enjoys reading, camping, scary movies (no cockroaches please!), Grey's Anatomy, country music and the rain. One of her dreams is to go to a third world country and help animals there. Let's welcome Melissa to our team of experts.
Jessie is one of our awesome newer veterinary assistants. She’s a native of Arizona and has spent most of her life in the Ahwatukee area. She’s a major Disney fan, enjoys music especially the Beatles, disco and classic rock. She also enjoys baking, painting, watching Netflix, and photography. She has two dogs, Abbie and Max. One of her goals is to purchase a vintage Beatle bug bus and move to Jerome to live with the ghosts. Another is to become a veterinarian. Go Jessie!
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.
Kennel & Boarding Technician
Anita is a California girl living in an Arizona world. She moved to Arizona in May 2017 from Santa Rosa, California to pursue her career in veterinary medicine. In her spare time she likes to binge watch Netflix shows or snuggle with her kitty, Blake, while reading a good book. You better watch out because, she is also interested in different types of martial arts, especially the sport of Muay Thai. While you are away, Anita is giving your fur babies the best TLC with a goal to one day become a Certified Veterinary Technician.
Dr. Elliott rescued Oliver, a chestnut fronted Macaw, from a bird ranch in Tucson. He was born in 2007 and was previously owned by an elderly lady with dementia. When Dr. Elliott brought him to ACVH little did she know she had her work cut out for her. Once she brought him to the office and put him on the counter she realized that Oliver has the mouth of a sailor! Oliver loves to greet our clients with a “hello” and a “goodbye.” Oliver also enjoys listening to music and dancing to the beat, if you’re lucky he may dance for you! Although, Oliver appears to be friendly and outgoing he is very cautious of strangers and new people so come by and enjoy Oliver’s company just watch your fingers.
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 bails and getting love and treats on demand 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