Our Veterinarians

Our veterinarians in Chandler, Mesa and Phoenix

TRAVIS WODISKE, DVM

TRAVIS WODISKE, DVM

I was born in beautiful Arizona and was practically raised in a veterinary hospital! As a child, I loved going to work with my father (also a veterinarian), and my passion for people and their pets has grown ever since. 

I attended Arizona State University for my undergraduate degree, and received my DVM from Washington State University (Go Cougs!). I then completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery internship at Kansas State University, where I received advanced training in orthopedic/soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and dentistry. I joined Family VetCare in June 2009.

Outside of the hospital, I enjoy outdoor sports and photography, but consider my wife and three daughters the greatest joy of all!

LEAH PATRICK, DVM

LEAH PATRICK, DVM

Family VetCare Location: Chandler

I grew up in Tempe in a household full of animals, and discovered my passion for veterinary medicine in high school. In fact, my first job in the veterinary field was as a Boarding Specialist at Family VetCare during the summer after my first year of college! I received my BS in Veterinary Science at the University of Arizona, then braved the Midwest winters and tornadoes to pursue my DVM at Kansas State University and become a Wildcat two times over!

After vet school, I headed to Illinois to complete a Small Animal Internship in Internal Medicine and Surgery, where I also received extensive experience in Emergency Medicine. Craving the sunshine again, I returned to the southwest in 2010 where I worked in general practice in Tucson for six years. My crew (husband, 2 kids, and 2 dogs) made the decision to finally return home to the Valley to be closer to family and friends in 2016, and my journey continues where it first began… with Family VetCare!

Outside of work, I enjoy running with my shepherd dog Jeffrey, reading, cooking, and being outdoors with my husband, son, and daughter.

ARIEL COOPER, DVM

ARIEL COOPER, DVM

Family VetCare Location: Mesa

I was born and raised here in the Phoenix area. I grew up in a household of educators, and thought for a while that I wanted to be a teacher. However, when I was 10 years old I decided I wanted to be a veterinarian. It seemed like the perfect career for someone who loved animals, science and medicine, as well as allowing me a chance to connect with and educate other people. It was definitely the right career choice for me!

I attended the University of Arizona for my undergraduate education and graduated with a BS in Veterinary Science. I then attended veterinary school at Washington State University and earned my DVM. My specific areas of interest include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, feline medicine, and preventative care. After vet school, I moved back to Arizona to be closer to my family, and in 2014 I joined Family VetCare.

Outside of veterinary medicine, I like to see plays and musicals, do yoga, play soccer, read, and spend time with my family and friends. I also love to spend time snuggling with my two cats, Sedona and Loki.

JEN MCGIVERN, DVM

JEN MCGIVERN, DVM

Family VetCare Location: Phoenix

One of my favorite aspects of veterinary medicine is the human-animal bond, and the important role pets play in the family. As your veterinarian, my job is to help preserve that bond. Whether it is caring for them when they are sick, or through annual wellness examinations and preventive care, we can work together
to help your pet live a long and healthy life.

I am from Cedar Rapids, Iowa and moved to Arizona in May 2007. I received my undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University in 2003. In 2007 I received my DVM from Iowa State University and joined Family VetCare following graduation. My areas of special interest include surgery and emergency medicine, however, everything about veterinary medicine is of interest!! I share my home with my pooch, “Kia Sophia”, a mixed breed dog. In my spare time I enjoy running and hiking, rock climbing and scuba diving.

CARLA MOTT, DVM

CARLA MOTT, DVM

Family VetCare Location: Phoenix

Being a veterinarian has been one of the most fulfilling and fun aspects of my life. It gives me great pleasure to bond with owners and their pets as well as being a source of cutting edge technology and information to aide in prolonging their pet’s health. It’s a beautiful thing when the quality of life of the pet and the owner is improved with this relationship.

I am from Chicago, Illinois, and received my undergraduate degree in Zoology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. In 1997 I graduated with my DVM from Iowa State University and in 2002 I joined Family VetCare. My areas of special interest include soft tissue laser surgery, internal medicine, endoscopy and preventive medicine. I am a member of the American Veterinary Medicine Association and the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association. I live in Phoenix with “Mollie”, a Cavalier/Poodle Mix; “Zach”, a Grey Tabby; and “Zoey”, a Calico. In my spare time I enjoy kickboxing, running, cycling, travel, theater, and spending time with family and friends.

JESSICA DAY, DVM

JESSICA DAY, DVM

Family VetCare Location: Chandler

After my first visit to Sea World when I was five, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. My passion for helping animals, love for science, and fascination with medicine has continued to make a career in veterinary medicine the perfect fit for me. The human-animal bond is something I grew up understanding thanks to my best childhood friend–a yellow lab named Maggie.

I was born in Illinois but grew up in Arizona. I earned my BS in Veterinary Science from the University of Arizona (BEAR DOWN!) and then went on to complete my DVM at Colorado State University.

MATT METCALFE, DVM

MATT METCALFE, DVM

Family VetCare Location: Mesa

Ever since a young age I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. Growing up with dogs, cats, birds, and even a chinchilla, my life has always revolved around animals and striving to give them the best life possible.

I’m a Tucson, Arizona native and stayed in my hometown to attain my Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Sciences at the University of Arizona (Bear Down!). I earned my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota. After receiving my doctorate, I returned home to Arizona to complete advanced training through a small animal internship at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson. My veterinary interests include neurology, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery.

Outside of the hospital, I enjoy sports, hiking, photography, and traveling adventures. At home I enjoy trying to keep up with my handsome dog, Baxter!

AMANDA NEMETH, DVM

AMANDA NEMETH, DVM

Family VetCare Location: Chandler

I was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, IL. My whole life revolved around animals, from horseback riding to hanging out with our family dog, a black lab named Jetta. I attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where I obtained both my Bachelors of Science in Animal Sciences and my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (I-L-L!). In my undergraduate career, I enjoyed riding for our school equestrian team where I competed in show jumping.

I love veterinary practice because it allows you to be involved in so many different areas of medicine. I have a true passion for dentistry, surgery, and exotic animal medicine, but my favorite part of the profession is helping our clients strengthen the bond they have with their pets.

I relocated to sunny Arizona to escape the awful Chicago winters, and although I miss my family, I sure don’t miss shoveling my car out of the snow! On my days off, I am usually found hiking with my favorite hiking partner, a Rottweiler mix named Bear. I also share my home with a cockatiel who likes to entertain by whistling and talking!

SAMANTHA JONES, DVM

SAMANTHA JONES, DVM

Family VetCare Location: Chandler

During my childhood here in the Valley of the Sun, my two favorite pastimes were loving on animals, and then sharing information about them with other people! It’s been a dream come true to spend my life’s work continuing these activities as a veterinarian.

I earned my B.S. in Mathematics at Arizona State University (Sun Devils all the way!) and then completed my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Colorado State University. Though it was tempting to stay in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, the call home to the Arizona sunsets was stronger, so I joined Family VetCare because our goals in strengthening the human-animal bond align so well. I couldn’t be happier!

Outside of veterinary medicine, I enjoy playing indoor soccer with my sweetheart, board games with my family, snuggling up with the two cats who own me (Mister E. and Jet), and playing ball with my loving doggie pal, Ellie.

RAE GULLEY, DVM

RAE GULLEY, DVM

Family VetCare Location: Phoenix

I was born and raised on a farm in Arizona with 8 dogs and 15 horses. From a very young age, I always had a passion for animals and the bond that was shared between a person and their pet. I was a horseback rider for many of my younger years, but was also strongly bonded to dogs, cats–and to softball. I went on to play softball my first two years of college before transferring to ASU (Go Devils!) to pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian. I graduated with a degree in Applied Biological Sciences and went on to earn my doctorate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. I’ve worked in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, but have finally found my way back to Arizona and I couldn’t be happier!

When I’m not working, I spend my free time riding horses with my husband and two children or enjoying a hike with my dogs in the beautiful Arizona sun!

ALEX ZENK, DVM

ALEX ZENK, DVM

Family VetCare Location: Mesa

I grew up in South Dakota and found so much happiness in horseback riding and loving on the local shelter animals. I first experienced the transforming power of the human-animal bond when I adopted my first dog, a red Border Collie named Rosie. To this day, my greatest joy in being a veterinarian is the opportunity to help foster the same beautiful relationships between pets and their people. My primary professional interest is delivering fear-free veterinary care, including preventive and internal medicine.

I earned my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University while also competing as a NCAA cross country/track and field student-athlete. Four years of the gorgeous Rocky Mountains wasn’t enough for me, so I stayed at CSU to also complete my DVM degree. After graduation, I was ready for a brand-new adventure and found my way to Arizona, where I have loved being closer to my family and being a member of the brilliant and compassionate Family VetCare team!

Outside of the hospital, I have a blast exploring new running and hiking trails, camping and ATVing with my husband, painting (animals are my favorite subjects!), and spoiling my adorable pet rats, Mia and Bowie.

KELSEY VON LEHMDEN, DVM

KELSEY VON LEHMDEN, DVM

Family VetCare Location: Mesa

I was born and raised in a small farm town in Northwest, Ohio! Surrounded by animals of all sizes growing up, my passion to become a Veterinarian started at a young age. My drive to become a veterinarian took me all the way to the beautiful island of St. Kitts, where I completed my first 3 years of veterinary school. I finished my clinical year of training at The Ohio State University, GO BUCKS!

My career began in Chicago, where I served as general practitioner at a small animal clinic for nearly two years. Craving some warm weather and sunshine, I decided to join Family VetCare here in Arizona!

My particular areas of interest are dentistry, soft tissue surgery and preventative care. In my free time I enjoy exercising, being outdoors, and spending time with my three wonderful animals, Rosi (dog), Zoola (cat) and Dasher (cat).

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