Veterinary Support

  • Technician Supervisor

    Heather Wade
    School: Southern Arkansas University, Bachelor of Science

    Heather was born in El Dorado, Arkansas. She attended SouthArk Community College and then transfered to Southern Arkansas University. She graduated in 2001 with a B.S. in Agriculture. Heather enjoys spending time with her "boys": husband Ryan, dogs "Brock", "Elvis", "Shooter" and cat "Tug".

  • Technician

    Alex Escobar

  • Technician

    Roxana Gatch

    Roxana is our newest addition to our team! She has worked as a veterinary technician since 2006. Prior to working as a technician, Roxana served 4 years in the United States Army. She lives in Surprise now with her boyfriend and their sweet furry friend "Daisy".

  • Technician

    Jeanette Martinez
    Veterinary Tech School: Kaplan

    Jeanette is a proud former resident of Chicago, Illinois. She has wanted to be a veterinarian or zoologist since before she could spell them, and has always loved animals. She graduated from Kaplan college in December of 2013 with her associate in Animal Science. Before joining our team she worked in a number of jobs from receptionist to hospice care before she decided to further her education. Jeanette was previously a volunteer zoo keeper at the Phoenix Zoo. She is learning to sail with her husband and dreams of sailing to Hawaii. She has 2 cats named Sam and Tabitha and one dog named Gracie. Her favorite animal is a liger, half lion, half tiger. She loves going to visit her Grandmother and Grandfather a couple of times a week; they mean the world to her!

  • Technician

    Erin Schimmelman

    Erin joined the El Mirage family many years ago, in 2004. She works part time now, spending most of her time raising her 3 beautiful babies and taking care of her many adopted cats and dogs.

  • Technician

    Katy Zimmerman
    Veterinary Tech School: Kaplan College

    Katy was born in San Jose California and moved to Arizona in 1994. She entered the field because of her love and passion for animals and their owners. Katy graduated from Kaplan College in 2011 with her associates in veterinary technology. She has three dogs, Moose, Ghost, and Lacy.  Some of Katy’s hobbies include reading, camping, fishing, and volunteering with rescue organizations. She has been dancing since she was two years old. Her favorite animals are elephants. An interesting fact about her is that her great grandfather is William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania.