Mon: 7:30am–6pm
Tues: 7:30am-6pm*
Staff Learning: 12pm-2pm
Wed – Fri: 7:30am–6pm
Sat: 8am–5pm
Sun: Closed

Our Staff

Our Caring Administrative Team

Candida Lopez

Executive Director

Candida is an Arizona native. She lived in Denver, Colorado over ten years and moved back to the valley in 2011. She has been a Veterinary Receptionist & Manager for 19 years. She has been married to her husband David for 20 years and they have two Pitbulls & three cats, Troubull, Rubi, Oliver, Izzy, & QT. She loves spending time with her family & friends, baking, & loves the outdoors.

Krystal Ramirez, CVT

Director of Medical Services

Krystal started working at DHAC when she moved from Colorado to Arizona in 2015. Before that, she lived in Kansas where she was born and raised. She has two dogs- a black German shepherd named Kameron Reid and a white Pitbull mix named Meatball Patrick. She also has a bearded dragon named Spike. She attended veterinary technology school in Fort Collins, CO and graduated as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2012. In her free times she enjoys hiking, live music, and watching football- GO CHIEFS!

Skyler

Deputy Director of Medical Services - Rooms, Technician

Skyler graduated from high school in 2014 and moved here from Tucson AZ shortly after; she now resides in Anthem. She has been a technician for the past 5 years. She went to and graduated from Tech Assist School and we welcomed her to our team immediately after! She has two dogs of her own, a Chihuahua mix named Hercules who is 7 years old and a German Shepherd named Rah who is 3 years old. She enjoys spending her free time with her fur babies, whether it be going on small walks to the park or taking advantage of being lazy on the couch with them enjoying their cuddles.

Kara

Technician

Kara started working at DHAC as a Technician Assistant in 2018 with a Certificate in Veterinary Assisting. She then went back to school and received her Veterinary Technology Certificate and degree from Pima Medical Institute in 2020. She is now a Technician at Desert Hills Animal Clinic, and working to become a Certified Veterinary Technologist.

She has 1 dog named Bando, a 3 year old Pitbull mix. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, seeing live music and taking her dog on trips to Sedona or Flagstaff for a hike.

Natalia

Technician

Natalia has lived in Phoenix, Arizona for the majority of her life. She simultaneously graduated from high school and West-MEC’s accelerated veterinary science program where she received her veterinary assistant certification. Now, she is working towards her CVT licence which she is very excited to obtain! Natalia has dreamed of working with animals since she was 4 years old which is why she has loved every minute of finally being able to do so!

In her free time, she loves to do any type of outdoor or sporty activity and spending time with her fluffy maltipoo, Kenneth.

Ashley

Technician

Ashley started working at DHAC as a room technician in 2022. Previous to starting with DHAC Ashley graduated from high school and West-MEC in 2021, and Pima Medical Institute in 2023 in their Veterinary Technician program. She is currently studying to take her boards to become a Certified Veterinary Technician.


Ashley has always known she wanted to be a Vet Tech and is passionate about the health and care of all animals. In her free time Ashley enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her three dogs, Red, Twix, and Princess. She also loves to travel and go to concerts.

Nancy

Technician

Nancy is from Glendale, Arizona and graduated high school in 2019. She has had a passion for animals her whole life and It’s been a dream of hers to care for animals in need. She started working at DHAC as a room technician in 2023, where she brings her expertise and love for animals everyday. Nancy has one German Shepherd mixed named Spikey and a Holland Lop bunny named Daisy. In her free time, she loves to travel, paint & spend quality time with her family & fur babies.

Mon: 7:30am–6pm
Tues: 7:30am-6pm*
Staff Learning: 12pm-2pm
Wed - Fri: 7:30am–6pm
Sat: 8am–5pm
Sun: Closed