Meet Our Team

Phoenix Veterinary Center is a small animal veterinary facility established in 03/2015. We are proud of our progressive medical and surgical philosophy and high level of client service. We are affiliated and collaborate with 2 other local veterinary facilities (University Animal Hospital - Tempe, AZ and Laveen Veterinary Center Laveen, AZ) to provide a broad spectrum of knowledge and over 150 cumulative years of DVM experience. Our practice offers clients digital radiography and digital dental radiography, state of the art anesthetic machines and anesthesia monitoring, a beautiful surgical suite in addition to our passion for diligent preventative care. We have a close community, a practice culture of exceptional medical care, client services and a team environment. 

  • Dr.
    Evan Ware

    My name is Dr. Evan Ware, and I am a DVM and owner of Phoenix Veterinary Center.

    I started my career in 2008 in a busy 10 doctor practice in Tempe, Arizona.  Despite the heavy pressure and high intensity, I was surrounded by a group of passionate, intelligent and progressive veterinarians that mentored me and enhanced my desire  to combine compassionate client service with leading edge veterinary medicine.  I opened my first veterinary hospital in 2014 with the vision of offering clients wellness, medical and surgical services for their companion animals tailored to their needs and comprehensive in all states of life and health status. Additionally, I wanted to provide a working environment of kindness, trust, accountability and ambition toward constant improvement.  

    The focuses within my career have evolved over my years of practice, but my underlying principles and values have never deviated-strive for excellence in the practice of medicine, provide compassionate care to my patients and clients and always create an environment of positivity and open communication.

    Areas of special interest;

    • Orthopedic disease and surgery
    • General and advanced soft tissue surgery
    • Curating a work culture that maximizes satisfaction, growth, accountability and trust

    My friends, family and colleagues may tell you that I never stop moving.  I am an exercise fanatic, lifelong student and avid outdoorsman.

  • Dr.
    Nichola Ray

    Greetings! My name is Dr. Nichola Ray, and I’m an associate veterinarian at Phoenix Veterinary Center. I was a Certified Veterinary Technician prior to continuing my education and career as a veterinarian. I graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University and was accepted to Colorado State University, where I graduated with my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. 

    It has been my goal to be a veterinarian and help keep animals healthy. I was raised as part of a large family in Chandler, Arizona. There were always cats and dogs in my life, as well as chickens and ducks. My uncle was a veterinarian, which is where my interest in veterinary medicine originated. 
    I strive to treat patients and clients with compassion and to understand each patient’s individual needs. 

    Outside of work, I enjoy eating Chick-Fil-A, reading, learning about new things, and watching Instagram videos.

  • Dr.
    Courtney Parker

    My name is Dr. Courtney Parker, and I am one of the veterinarians at Phoenix Veterinary Center. I am from Houston, Texas but grew up half in the city and half on my family’s East Texas ranch. 

    From a very young age, I was exposed to and grew to love many different animals from horses to white tail deer and box turtles. Being a veterinarian has been my dream since I was in grade school, and I am so blessed to have been able to accomplish that goal! I graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Biomedical Science in 2018 and graduated from Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2022. Texas is home, but I completely fell in love with the desert and Arizona which led to my decision to remain in Phoenix after finishing veterinary school. 

    I am a Fear-Free and Recover CPR certified veterinarian. I love sharing my passion for animals with clients and their family members. I love being able to lend my knowledge, resources, and overall excitement for veterinary medicine with people to improve their pets’ lives. My professional interests include surgery, internal medicine, and dentistry. Please ask me about how a dental procedure can truly change your pet’s life! 

    When I’m not in the clinic, you can catch me exploring AZ via kayaking, hiking, backpacking, and playing (horse) polo; I love all things outdoors! At home, I have a day gecko (I love reptiles!) and a very loud and opinionated Bengal cat named “Cat”. I am so very excited to be a part of the Phoenix Veterinary Center family and look forward to meeting you and your babies! 

  • Bettina
    Lead Veterinary Technician

    Yá’át’ééh! My name is Bettina, and I am the lead veterinary technician at Phoenix Veterinary Center. Along with assisting the doctor during appointments, a few of my other responsibilities include training new veterinary technicians/assistants and making sure the treatment and surgery inventory is well stocked. I earned an Associate Degree in veterinary technology and have been in the field for 17 years. My passion is providing excellent patient care and client education. I started working with animals at a very young age, since I grew up with horses, cows, bulls, sheep, chickens, dogs, and cats.

    When I am not shopping for matching colored shoes for my Figs scrubs, I am enjoying the outdoor life with my family via hiking, road biking, mountain biking, fishing, and anything competitive. I enjoy, some may say obsess over, the best QB in the NFL, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. 😊 I also love spending time with my dogs and cat, and I look forward to providing the best care for your fur babies. 

  • Graciela G
    Veterinary Technician

    My name is Graciela. I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and am a veterinary technician at Phoenix Veterinary Center. My job is to primarily take care of sick and healthy fur babies, whether it is going over what vaccines your pet may need or setting an IV catheter. I went to Carrington College and completed their 9-month program from which I graduated and received my veterinary assistant certificate. I grew up around animals, and working close to them has made my passion grow. I have great compassion and a strong work ethic to keep our patients healthy and look forward to growing and learning more and more each day. When I’m not caring for your pets, I enjoy working out, playing sports, and gathering with my family. 

  • Michelle Beck
    BS CVT
    Practice Manager

    Hi! I’m Michelle, and I’m the practice manager for Phoenix Veterinary Center. My role in the practice is to provide support to and establish guidelines for our wonderful staff so that we may deliver the highest quality veterinary care to our furry friends. 

    I earned a Bachelor’s of Science from UCLA and first entered the field of veterinary medicine in 2010 as a Certified Veterinary Technician. After working for a number of years on the floor as a veterinary technician, I decided that it was time to use my knowledge and experience in a different way. Thus, I began my career in veterinary practice management! I am currently working towards earning my CVPM certification.

    My favorite part of my job is helping to create a clinic culture where our staff feels supported, truly cared for, and encouraged to be the best veterinary professionals that they can be. It is in this way that I feel like I can make a positive impact on the lives of the cats and dogs in our community.

    In my free time, I love hanging out at home in the backyard with my husband and super cute fur babies, reading, going to the movies, and travelling whenever and wherever I can.

  • Sarah L
    Operations Specialist

    Hi! My name is Sarah, and I am the Operations Specialist at Phoenix and Laveen Veterinary Centers. I assist the Practice Manager by overseeing the day to day events necessary to keep the clinic moving forward.  The veterinary field had called my name in 2003, and I have loved my work every day since. I am an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional that stems from my long time belief in the importance of the patient’s emotional health along with physical health. With that information given, it should be no surprise that I enjoy animal behavior, specifically troubleshooting the all complex feline! Outside of business hours, you’ll find me enjoying music, traveling, crafting, reading, listening to podcasts, exploring random places, playing with my pets, and hanging with my husband…but not in the same weekend. 😉


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