Veterinary Support

  • Technician

    Alex Escobar


  • Technician

    Roxana Gatch

    Roxana grew up down south in Savannah, Georgia. She moved to Arizona in 2011. Roxanna entered the field of veterinary medicine through the United States Army where she served as a veterinary technician for the military’s working dogs.  She has been working as a technician since 2008. Rox enjoys snowboarding, hiking, spending time with friends and family, going to the movies, and watching her favorite TV show Stargate Atlantis. She has one dog named Daisy aka Foofers! Her favorite breed of dogs is Doberman Pinschers. Roxana is currently going to school to become a registered nurse!


  • 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!


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    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.


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    Harold Smyth

    Harold grew up in Snohomish, Washington. He entered the field due to his lifelong curiosity surrounding animal science. He received his Bachelors in Animal Science after 4 years at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. After graduating he worked at VCA Family Animal Hospital in Pearl City, Hawaii for 7 months. He returned to the mainland and began working with us in August of 2015. He has one dog named Tron living with him in Arizona, and has 2 dogs and 2 cats back home in Washington. Harold’s hobbies include reading, playing video games, hiking, cooking, photography, hunting, and fishing. He is the tallest employee at 6’ 5”; he performed at Carnegie Hall in high school, and his favorite animal is a dog. One day he hopes to go to vet school to finally become a veterinarian. 

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