Meet Our Team

Carla Smith

Veterinarian

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Education: Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
Hometown: Graceville, FL
Pets: Ruckus (Great Dane), Elvis and Aubie (Savannah Cats)

Dr. Smith’s career goals are to practice as a veterinarian in an environment of superior quality medicine and healthcare that also nurtures positive client communication, colleague interaction, professional achievement, and personal growth. She previously owned North Scottsdale Animal Hospital from 1996 to 2004 and opened Dynamite Animal Hospital in 2002. She began her education in 1981 at Auburn University obtaining a bachelor of science degree in Zoology, followed by a masters program in exercise physiology, and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1992.

Prior to graduation, Dr. Smith completed a preceptorship in small animal surgery in Las Vegas, NV and an externship at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, NY. Her veterinary medical career began at the world-renowned Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA where she completed an internship in small animal surgery and medicine. Leaving Boston, she practiced in a progressive small animal medical center in Las Vegas, NV until accepting the position of medical director and chief of surgery for The Animal Foundation International, a non-profit organization dealing with the challenges and needs of unwanted pets in our country and around the world.

In 1996, Dr. Smith returned to her long-term career goal of practicing full-service small animal medicine in private practice by opening North Scottsdale Animal Hospital and later Dynamite Animal Hospital. She sold North Scottsdale Animal Hospital in 2004 to devote more personal time to her family and focus her professional time with her clients and patients at Dynamite Animal Hospital. Dr. Smith lives with her husband, daughter, son, two Savannah cats (Aubie and Elvis), and Great Dane (Ruckus).

Lacy Kruger

Practice Manager/Nurse

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Education: Eastern Washington University
Hometown: Spokane, Washington
Pets: Maddy Bowen (Shepherd Mix), Mortimer and Marley (Domestic Shorthair Cats)

Lacy came to us, and the state of Arizona, in November 2010. After getting her degree in Biology Lacy then tested and became a Licensed Technician. Animals and customer service have always been a top priority for her, therefore, becoming a Veterinary Technician is a perfect fit.

After being born in Eugene, Oregon and raised in Spokane, Washington, Arizona was a big and exciting change. She and her South African husband, Jack, met while both working on internships in Walt Disney World. They live with their three spoiled “children”, 1 rescue dog and 2 cats. Lacy and Jack also have two little 2-legged children. In her time off Lacy enjoys photography, sports, traveling, and volunteering her time coaching baseball for kids with special needs.

Morgan White

Lead Veterinary Nurse

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Education: Apollo
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Pets: Daisy Mae (Blue Tick Hound), Marley (Mastiff), Bessy Belle (Pitbull)

Morgan was raised on a ranch with a variety of animals until the age of 10. She moved to Utah where she worked with 27 different Jack Russell Terriers in events at the JRTCA trials around the western United States. After moving back to Arizona she graduated from high school and immediately enrolled in the vet assistant program at Apollo College. She graduated in March of 2010 and was hired after her externship as a veterinary technician assistant.

Over the past six years, she continued to work alongside different veterinarians to grow and acquire the necessary skills to become a veterinary technician. Morgan is currently enrolled in college to finish her prerequisites for vet school. She lives with three dogs; Marley, Bessy Belle, and Daisy Mae and share their property with a dozen chickens and two goats named Tucker and Dale.

Sean Unterdorfer

Veterinary Nurse

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Education: Wildlife Biology/Pre-Vet ASU currently
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Pets: Tyr/Tiwaz (Anatolian Shepherd/Lab mix of some kind of awesomeness)

Arizona native. He is currently enrolled and pursuing after a DVM degree. He has worked all around the valley with small and large animals for the past 3 years, after coming from human medical field. He is a 10-year military veteran. For his off time enjoys hiking, camping, hunting, trail running, exploring anything outdoors, and water activities with his “son”.

Sadie Lewis

Veterinary Nurse

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Bonnie Briley

Veterinary Nurse

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Being born and raised in south Texas Bonnie grew up with a love of animals both large and small. After moving to Arizona with her family she decided to make her passion and love for animals a reality and enroll in a veterinary assistant program at Carrington College, graduating in the fall of 2011. Over the last several years Bonnie has worked in many different aspects of the field from general practice to intensive care to a mobile non profit surgical, spay and neuter bus. She has recently returned to Arizona from California, where for the last few years she has worked at one of our large sister hospitals in Oceanside. Bonnie lives with her dog Buddy, a 10 year old lab mix, and two cats Sargent, a 6 year old Maine Coon mix, and Aidan, a 6 year old Flame Point Siamese. In her free time she enjoys watching football, seeing live music, hiking and camping, horseback riding and anything to do with water.

Rachael Thiele

Veterinary Nurse

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Lisa Spero

Veterinary Nurse Assistant

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Brittany Padayachee

Pet Care Specialist

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Heather Stucks

Groomer

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Education: Paradise Valley Community College
Hometown: Cave Creek, Arizona
Pets:Lacey (Pit Bull mix), Captain, Bert, Domino, and Ralphie (Domestic Cats), Jewels (Bearded Dragon)

Heather joined our team in 2011 and has 10 years of grooming experience. She owns 5 cats, 1 dog (Pitbull mix), 3 horses, and 1 bearded dragon. For fun, she plays with her pets, rides horses, and cheers on our Phoenix Coyotes Hockey team.

Amy Roth

Grooming Assistant

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