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

    Angella Dethlefsen
    Veterinary Tech School: Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology

    Angella moved here from Colorado in 2011. She has been working as a veterinary technician since 2006. She enjoys spending time with her husband, teenage son and twins.


  • 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

    Patricia Holbrook

    Patricia moved to Arizona with her partner and family in 2009. She has 2 beautiful children, Madeline and Riley, a dog named Dakota, and 2 cats named Hallows and Wash. The whole family enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, camping, bike riding, and swimming.


  • 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

    Courtney Shadden

    Courtney was raised in a small town in Colorado, always loving animals. She graduated with a certificate in the Veterinary Assistant Program. She absolutely loves working with animals!! She has 6 dogs and 1 cat. She hopes to be in the veterinary field for a very long time, and looks foward to a long career with VCA.

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