Allison is a jack of (almost) all trades. We have been lucky to have her with us and watch her grow in her skills over the years. This talented girl has trained with us to reach her goal of becoming a technician. After much hard work and determination, she has met that goal. It takes a lot to be a Grand Paws technician! She and her boyfriend, Nick now have 4 kitties, Ricky, Roscoe, Schitzo and Ziggy. She is the ultimate cat lover. Just ask to see pictures of them and she will be happy to oblige. When Allison is not working, she tries to spend time in the kitchen, whipping up vegan recipes and then works those calories off by being on the trails hiking (when the temperatures aren't too high). She also love yoga and uses it as a relaxation technique. She's anything but boring and -
Beryl has been a technician for over 20 years, making her one of our more “seasoned” staff members. She has done a little bit of everything in the veterinary field; starting as a kennel assistant and moving up to manager in a clinic, working at the SPCA and at an exotic pet shop in Virginia and then moving to Arizona. She was the only veterinary technician on staff at the World Wildlife Zoo for 10 years and then she took a 3 year trip to Africa, to do conservation work with Cheetahs. Beryl helped to raise orphaned and abandoned cheetah cubs, sometimes releasing them back to the wild or, for those unable to be released, sending them to zoos such as the San Diego Zoo. She also appeared on a television show called The Cheetah Diaries.
After a trip back to the states, she decided she wanted to stay and took a job at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. She then decided to move back to Arizona and returned to work at the World Wildlife Zoo after that she transferred to the Phoenix Zoo and worked as a Senior Keeper. Whew! That's a lifetime of work right there! That's where Grand Paws comes in. She has been with us since 2015 and we are lucky to have her and all of her experience.
Meet Elsa! Elsa is one of our skilled technicians and has been a part of our Grand Paws family for almost a year. She started her furry family by raising potbellied pigs while living in Virginia and also worked as a horse trainer in a show barn. She decided to make the switch over to working with small animals at a local Virginia veterinary clinic and moved to warm, sunny Arizona in 2016 with her dog Dixie in tow. She has since added to her family, a pit bull named Domino. Elsa has been a technician for over 6 years and cannot imagine having a career that doesn't revolve around animals. Her dream is to some day own her own horse farm and rescue senior dogs who need loving homes.
Meet Kat. Kat started with us as a technician in December of 2016. She began her work in veterinary medicine while she was in high school, took a few years off and then jumped right back in. Although she leads a pretty quiet life with her boyfriend, her teenage son, 3 cats, 1 dog and 2 tortoises; there is more than meets the eye with this girl. At night and on the weekends, she's the lead singer in a local band and is a pretty accomplished pool player. In 2015 she made it to the BCA Nationals in Las Vegas, which is the largest pool tournament in the world.
Kelly is another one of our very talented technicians, who has been with Grand Paws since 2014. She has always been surrounded by animals and her love for them started at an early age growing up near the cornfields of Northern Illinois. Dogs, cats, gerbils and other small animals graced her home and large breed animals filled the barns she frequented. Kelly started working with horses at a farm when she was 14 years old and began showing Morgans Saddleseat. She pursued 4H and FFA throughout high school. When she was 18 she began working as a kennel assistant with a local veterinarian and decided veterinary medicine was where her passion was. She then went on to college at the University of Illinois, earning her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. In 1999 she moved to Florida and worked as an intern Animal Presentor at Animal Kingdom around the Tree of Life. After graduation she moved back to Illinois to pursue her career as a veterinary technician at a local clinic. Six months later, she followed her dream to work at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, where she handled small mammals, giraffes, wolves and pachyderms (such as elephants, rhinos and hippos). After 3 years, she decided to return home and resumed work in Northern Illinois. Kelly met her husband, DJ and they decided to move to Surprise in 2007 to raise their family. When she's not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two young children, Jackson and Olivia. You can find them outdoors, hiking, traveling and enjoying nature.
In 2007, Lyn and her parents made the big move to California. She left everything she knew in the Phillipines, including four sisters and a brother, some of who her family planned to help make the move at a later time.
Within three weeks of arriving in America, Lyn found a job at a local animal clinic She was hired on as a kennel assistant and a receptionist and quickly moved to a technician position that lasted for over a year. Eventually, Lyn's family decided to move to Arizona where Lyn met her girlfriend, Shien. Once in Arizona, Lyn continued down the career path that she is so passionate about; veterinary medicine. She soon found her place at Grand Paws and the rest is history!
If you are lucky enough to know Lyn, you know she is a very friendly, positive person who is also a hard worker. In 2015, she proudly achieved her goal of becoming a United States Citizen.
Lyn and Shien share a home in Surprise with their 3 dogs; Dragon, Toothless and Mikey. They love to travel to see family and friends as much as possible and on the weekend you may find them singing karaoke or exploring new places to eat across the valley.
Marquelle is a true, native Arizonian. She has lived here her entire life and we have been lucky to have her as a receptionist at Grand Paws since 2016. Her quirky, off-beat humor just adds to our funny crew. She loves to spend time outdoors hiking, biking,canoeing and traveling with her boyfriend and her dog Dakota. She enjoys everything from exploring Alaska to visiting farmer's markets on her days off. She shares her home with her cat, Charlotte who often supervises while Marquelle cooks and does yoga. Her adventurous spirit leads her to fly away to different places with her boyfriend