Our Careteam

Maria

Veterinary Technician-in-training

Although Maria had always adored animals, it wasn’t until she began her veterinary studies in college that she knew she had found her calling. Before long, she was hooked—Maria hasn’t looked back since, and is proud to now help pets of all shapes and sizes as a member of Creature Comforts Animal Hospital’s care team!

Born in California, Maria grew up here in Las Vegas and attended the College of Southern Nevada to study animal care. She joined the Creature Comforts Animal Hospital family on the recommendation of a friend, and is now training on the job to become a Veterinary Technician!

Aside from her interests in the world of veterinary medicine, Maria loves making art (she even runs a small business to sell her work!) and spending time with her family and pets at home. She shares her life with two rescued rabbits, Sophie and Elly; a Chihuahua mix and a Shih Tzu mix; and a trio of loveable guinea pigs named Nina, Lilly, and Lina.

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Kayleigh

Kennel Technician

Kayleigh can’t remember a time when she didn’t adore animals—she would constantly try and bring home any stray critter she came across, much to her mother’s dismay! Her fascination simply didn’t waver. For Kayleigh, working hands-on with the pets of Las Vegas is a dream come true.

Originally from Arizona, Kayleigh works as a Kennel Technician here at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital and makes it her mission to treat each and every visiting pet as if they were her very own. One of her favorite parts of the job is the great variety of breeds and animal personalities she gets to meet—no two shifts are ever quite the same!

At home, Kayleigh has one pet of her own: Joker, a mischievous dog who has even learned how to roll down the car windows.

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Coral

Reception Supervisor

There weren’t pets in Coral’s family home during her time growing up in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota—she suspects that this only made her want them more. Coral has been working in the veterinary field since she was 18 years old! She’s proud to now care for the pets and animal owners of Las Vegas as Critter Care Animal Hospital’s Reception Supervisor.

Coral first started working in an animal hospital in 2004, then transitioned to an emergency facility where she continued to learn and grow as a veterinary professional. She would remain at the emergency hospital for 11 years before deciding to make a change—Coral joined the Critter Care Animal Hospital family in March of 2017. That June, she became Reception Supervisor! Coral is particularly fond of the rescue work she and the clinic team have done. Most of all, she loves to build relationships with the pet owners of Las Vegas and meet new animal companions every day.

At home, Coral and her two young children share their lives with Jenny, an aging pit bull who loves to wait patiently at the dinner table for scraps. As a family, they love going on fun vacations together—their favorite spot of all time is Disneyland!

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Cody

Kennel Technician

Cody was born and raised here in Las Vegas, where he developed an adoration for animals of all types early on in life. He shared his childhood years with everything from cats and dogs to lizards and birds. For Cody, helping to care for others’ companions as a veterinary team member just makes sense—it’s his way of giving something back to the pets who have given him so much!

Cody joined the Creature Comforts Animal Hospital family in May of 2018, and tends to the hospital’s boarding pets as a member of the kennel team. He’s thrilled to gain hands-on experience in the world of professional animal care, and hopes to use his skillset to become a Veterinary Technician in the future! Cody especially likes to meet a variety of different dog personalities, and he loves to work hands-on with spunky cats; for him, building relationships with the area’s pets is the ultimate reward.

When he isn’t bettering pets’ lives here at the hospital, Cody likes fishing, spending time with family, and doting on his own pets at home. He and his family have two dogs—including Louie, Cody’s own dog who doesn’t let his advancing age slow him down in the least—as well as six lizards and a frog.

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Amber

Receptionist

Amber has always been passionate about helping others through the power of medicine—before entering the veterinary world, she served in the human healthcare field for 15 years! When the opportunity arose to serve pets and their owners in the world of veterinary medicine, Amber couldn’t pass up the chance. Now, she’s a part of Creature Comforts Animal Hospital’s talented reception team.

Amber is a Baltimore, Maryland native and moved to Las Vegas a few years ago. She spent the majority of her career working with human patients in trauma situations, urgent care, and primary care, then decided to make a change. That’s when she dove headfirst into the world of veterinary medicine—Amber signed on here at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital and has been helping the area’s pets and owners ever since.

At home, Amber and her fiancé, Patrick, share their home with their young son, Jameson. When she isn’t spending quality time with her family or caring for others here at the hospital, Amber likes crafting, couponing, and playing video games. She even met her fiancé through her love of gaming!

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Kassidy

Kennel Technician

Kassidy was raised in Torrance, California, where she developed a love for animals early on. Her mother would frequently bring home foster pets, only deepening her passion for the world of pet care. Now, she gets to live her dream of caring for animals on a daily basis—she’s a Kennel Technician here at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital!

Kassidy first started as a Kennel Technician in early 2015 at another nearby animal clinic. Next, she moved on to another practice where she would care for pets for the next three years. When Kassidy decided to search for a more family-centered workplace, she came across the team here at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital—she’s been a member of the clinic family ever since.

When she isn’t tending to pets’ needs here at the hospital, Kassidy enjoys drawing and spending quality time with her family and pets at home. She is the proud owner of seven cats!

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Dakota

Veterinary Assistant

Dakota’s own bond with her beloved Golden Retriever, Hailey, inspired her to help others experience that same joy and companionship. She’d always been drawn to the veterinary field—for Dakota, it’s the perfect way to give something back to the animals who have given her so much! She’s one of Creature Comforts Animal Hospital’s Veterinary Assistants.

Dakota grew up in Los Angeles, California and moved with her family to Las Vegas in 2005. She first launched her career in animal care at another local practice before deciding to further boost her veterinary journey and join the team here at the clinic. She’s been a member of the family since August of 2018, and loves the hands-on work she’s able to do every day to better the lives of the city’s animal companions.

In her free time, Dakota enjoys camping and adventuring in the great outdoors, spending time at the lake with friends, and watching movies. She has one dog of her own at home: Peanut, a miniature Golden-doodle who loves playing fetch and receiving attention from anyone who might be available.

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Kyla

Kennel Technician

Working with animals has been Kyla’s only career goal ever since she can remember. To her, caring for others’ beloved companions isn’t just a job—it’s a way of life! Kyla is a proud member of Creature Comforts Animal Hospital’s kennel team, and she even hopes to attend school to study veterinary medicine in the future.

Born in San Diego, California, Kyla moved to Las Vegas with her family when she was only two years old. She’s been here ever since! She joined the Creature Comforts Animal Hospital family in the summer of 2018, where she serves as a Kennel Technician. Kyla’s favorite part of her job is the lasting bonds she’s able to form with the area’s pet and their loving owners, and she loves working hands-on to keep pets safe and happy while their parents are away.

Kyla’s interests outside of work include practicing the guitar, playing roller derby—she’s been playing for eight years and was even Captain for two seasons!—and painting. At home, she has an aging tortoise and five lovable cats named Mr. Bell Jingles, Fluffy, Cookie Dough, Satan, and Ninja.

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Diane

Kennel Technician

Diane has adored pets ever since she was a little girl. Whenever she considered other paths, her mind always came back to animals. Diane always knew she wanted to put her passion to good use by working in a vet’s office! Now, she’s a proud member of the Creature Comforts Animal Hospital kennel team.

Diane grew up in Los Angeles and moved to Las Vegas with her family when she was only six years old. She’s been here ever since! After a short time working in retail, Diane joined Creature Comforts Animal Hospital’s sister clinic before transferring here to the hospital a short time later. She’s a Kennel Technician, and has a special interest in comforting and caring for pets as they’re recovering from medical procedures.

Diane’s hobbies outside of work include singing—she has fond memories of participating in choir ever since her elementary school days—and enjoying the company of her own pets at home. Her family shares their lives with a Labrador mix, Skippy, and a Chihuahua named B.B.

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Phill

Veterinary Assistant

Phill’s earliest experiences with animals made a permanent impression on him. For him, working to better their lives through the power of veterinary medicine simply makes sense. Phill feels fortunate to help the pets and animal owners of Las Vegas as a Veterinary Assistant!

Phill attended the PIMA Medical Institute to study animal care, and joined the Creature Comforts Animal Hospital family on the recommendation of his school. His favorite part of working with the area’s pets every day is knowing that he’s making a difference for the families of Las Vegas.

Outside of work, Phill likes drawing and making artwork. He has one cat of his own at home: Black Cat, who has been with Phill for more than 10 years.

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Ally

Veterinary Assistant

Ally was born and raised in Brazil, where her mother bred English cocker spaniels. Ally was always around to help the dogs when they weren’t feeling well, and she developed a natural inclination for animal care early on in life. Ever since she can remember, Ally has wanted to serve pets and their owners as a veterinary professional!

Ally’s animal-care journey began in her teenage years, when she started helping the house-call veterinarian that her mother used in Brazil. Shortly after moving to the United States, Ally signed on at the Las Vegas Animal Shelter as a Kennel Technician, and later was promoted to a Veterinary Assistant position. Now, she’s a Veterinary Assistant with the Creature Comforts Animal Hospital team and couldn’t be happier! Ally is particularly fond of observing surgeries and getting to see unique medical procedures on a regular basis.

An animal-lover through and through, Ally has quite the menagerie of pets at home. She lives with a young Neapolitan Mastiff, a Labrador mix, and an American bulldog. Ally also shares her life with a wide variety of snakes, lizards, invertebrate creatures, and farm animals like chickens, ducks, and quail.

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Jade

Receptionist

Jade didn’t own pets while growing up because of persistent childhood allergies, but she always knew that she wanted to one day work hands-on with animals. Her dream never wavered! Now, Jade gets to care for pets of all shapes and sizes as a member of the Creature Comforts Animal Hospital family.

Jade grew up in Okinawa, Japan thanks to her father’s military career, and lived there for 12 years before relocating to the United States with her family. She joined the Creature Comforts Animal Hospital team in the spring of 2017 on a personal reference from a co-worker. Jade serves as one of the hospital’s receptionists, and her favorite part of the job is building relationships with the pets and animal owners of Las Vegas on a daily basis.

Jade spends most of her free time enjoying the company of her family and pets. She has two wonderful children, Carisa and JC, as well as four dachshunds: Bella, Tori, Asia, and Kiki.

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Christine

Veterinary Assistant

Growing up in Indiana, Christine and her family kept dogs, cats, and exotic pets; it wasn’t hard for her to develop a love for all animals early on in life. As she grew up, Christine’s career choice became obvious: the veterinary profession was the perfect fit!

Christine’s veterinary career began in North Carolina at a small animal clinic, where she learned the basics of her profession. After working at a kennel in Las Vegas for a few months, she arrived here at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital in February of 2014.

Having always been fascinated by science, Christine loves the laboratory side of her work. Running bloodwork and other lab tests is very enjoyable for her, and she’s also fond of performing challenging blood draws. More than anything, though, Christine loves returning a happy, healthy animal to a grateful pet owner—having the opportunity to improve the lives of pets and people every day is something that Christine considers a true honor!

In her free time, Christine loves taking her own dogs, Spade and Diamond, for walks in the park. She also enjoys hiking and training her dogs to be on their best behavior.

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Denise

Receptionist

Denise has adored the company of animals ever since she can remember, and always wanted to give something back in order to make a difference in the lives of pets. She gets to do just that as a member of the Creature Comforts Animal Hospital team!

Denise is a native of California, and began her veterinary journey there as a receptionist and accountant at a local animal hospital. In early 2001, she was looking for a house here in Las Vegas and happened to pass Creature Comforts Animal Hospital. Denise remembers pointing at the building and proclaiming that she wanted to work here! Two days later, she was hired as a receptionist and has been here ever since.

In her free time, Denise enjoys swimming in her pool, exercising, and spending time with her wonderful grandchildren. She lives with an Australian shepherd mix named Astro and an orange and white tabby cat, Zsa Zsa, who loves sleeping in Denise’s bed.

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Jen

Licensed Veterinary Technician and Treatment Supervisor

Ever since she was a little girl, Jen has tried to save every creature that crossed her path. She was always pulling creatures out of her family pool, and saved everything from stray house pets to insects. Jen has worked in the animal care field since she was 17 years old!

A Las Vegas native, Jen started her animal care career at a local clinic before attending college in southern California. After school, she worked in various practices before becoming a stay-at-home mother for several years. When she decided to rejoin the workforce, Jen came in for an interview here at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital. She’s served as the clinic’s Head Veterinary Technician since the spring of 2005!

Jen considers dentistry work one of the most important parts of her job. She finds it incredibly rewarding to spruce up a pet’s dirty mouth, and is often able to get a pet to eat again just by performing a single dental cleaning!

Jen has two children, Baylee and Brenden, as well as a pit bull named Axle and a pair of pet frogs. In her time away from the clinic, Jen enjoys riding her motorcycle, camping, and spending time with her family and pets.

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Julie

Receptionist

Julie had worked for other veterinary clinics in various states before joining the Creature Comforts Animal Hospital team. None compared to the high-quality care and compassionate staff that she found here! Julie has served as one of the clinic’s receptionists since August of 2001.

Around the clinic, Julie loves working alongside her fellow staff members as part of a well-functioning team. She’s particularly fond of interacting with loving pet owners, and always enjoys greeting a new face. Talking with clients who own desert tortoises is a special favorite of hers!

At home, Julie lives with several pets of her own. She has a dog, Carlin, as well as a cockatiel named Ricky. The animal family is rounded out by six cats: Autumn, Maestro, Ester, Scarlet, Tiger Lilith, and Mama.

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Karen

Receptionist

Before she worked at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital, Karen was a client and brought her own pets here for quality care. She was so impressed with the service she received that she thought she’d apply for a job! Now Karen helps pets and their owners every day as one of the clinic’s receptionists.

Karen grew up in rural Hawaii, where her pet care career began. Since she’d always loved the Southwest, she moved to Nevada to continue her journey in the veterinary profession. Karen’s favorite part of her job is meeting new clients and pets; sharing great pet stories makes every day enjoyable!

A true pet lover, Karen has many animals of her own at home—her furry family consists of a variety of dogs,cats, and guinea pigs! She regularly participates in agility training and nose work with her dogs, and also enjoys reading when she has free time.

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Lisa

Veterinary Technician

Lisa comes from a family of caregivers—her mother was a registered nurse, and her sister attended school to become a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit. Lisa’s own nurturing side always tended to lean toward the animal side of the spectrum, and now she enjoys caring for pets every day as a Veterinary Technician!

Lisa’s veterinary career began in 1997, when she started working in the kennel of a local clinic. She had worked with Dr. Gorman before Creature Comforts Animal Hospital was founded, and when the hospital opened for business, Lisa was more than happy to join the team. She’s been a part of the Creature Comforts family since 2000. Medically, performing diagnostic tests is one of Lisa’s favorite parts of the job. Putting the puzzle pieces together to form a full picture isn’t just a lot of fun—it’s incredibly fulfilling. She also likes making visiting pets feel comfortable in whatever way she can. Lisa and her four young children share their home with five cats and one crazy puppy named Sammich. The cats have even started training Lisa’s one-year-old to hiss and meow!

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Mike

Veterinary Technician

Mike grew up in Tucker County, West Virginia, where his mother ran a kennel and was also involved in the breeding and showing of dogs. For him, animal care is simply second nature! Now Mike serves pets every day as a Licensed Veterinary Technician here at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital.

Mike attended the Pima Medical Institute for his degree in veterinary technology. He completed his externship here at the hospital, then was hired on full-time in November of 2009. His professional interests include anesthesia, abdominal ultrasound, laparoscopy, and echocardiograms.

At home, Mike lives with a Yorkshire terrier named Booth and five uromastyx lizards: Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, Bugsy Siegel, John Gotti, and Whitey Bulger.

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