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Teri Wiblin, D.V.M.
I am a native Arizonan and received my DVM from CSU. I have broad veterinary experience. My areas of special interest include dermatology, cardiology, and oncology. Before joining Faust in 1997, I worked at various hospitals valley-wide.
While studying for my doctorate I gained experience working in clinics and animal hospitals in Phoenix, New York and California. After I graduated from Coronado High School in Scottsdale with high distinction, I began my undergraduate work at the University of Arizona. I received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Health Science with honors and high distinction from the U of A.
I am proud to say that Faust Animal Hospital earned the prestiges honor of becoming AAHA Accredited in 2013. Only 20% of animal hospitals throughout the United States and Canada have earned this accreditation. There are 900 standards of care that a hospital must have and maintain in order to hold this accreditation. Re-certification is required every 3 years. Along with our accreditation my staff was also recognized as the Veterinary Health Care Team of the Year in 2009 by the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association. I was also honored as Veterinary Leader of the Year in 2010. To say that we have an excellent team at Faust Animal Hospital is an understatement. Each team member takes patient care to the highest level, I am proud of each an every member of our team.
Continued education is of the up-most importance for my personal growth and the growth of my staff. I personally am a member of the Arizona Academy which means that I must attend 50 hours per year of continuing education, which is 5 times more than required by the state.
A little about me; music has always been an important part of my life. I attended four years at the University of Arizona on a music scholarship. I was a part of the marching band, wind ensemble, jazz band and sax quartet. I represented Uof A in the 1984 Olympic Band. Currently I am a part of a community handbell choir, Campanillas del Sol, which plays annually at the Desert Botanical Garden at Luminarias de las Noches.
My other hobbies include downhill skiing, reading novels, hiking with my dogs and water aerobics. I am married to a water engineer named Bob, who also enjoys skiing and hiking. His daughter, Saskia, is 17, and enjoys riding her horse. I recently passed my scuba certification and dove in Playa del Carmen, Mexico! I have two dogs, Jetson a black Lab, Jessie a Belgian Malinois, and two cats named Penelope and Rusty.
Dr. Desiree Garthe, DVM
I was born and raised in Chicago, IL. Following high school I began my career as a receptionist in a very busy veterinary practice in the Wrigleyville area. It was while working here that I began my post high school educational journey, attending community college part time while working full time. Since college was not the normal pathway for members of my family, it was my thirst for education and my determination that made me decide to put myself through college.
After several years, I moved to another animal hospital where I changed paths and became a veterinary assistant. I held this position for many years until graduating from Loyola University with a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and deciding to pursue my destiny, veterinary medicine. Mentoring and working with clients and their pets to help them create and sustain a loving and healthy relationship is the underlying passion that motivates me to do what I do.
In 2001, I received my Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Following graduation my husband, Jim, and I decided to relocate to Phoenix, AZ and establish roots. We have expanded our family which now includes two boys: Aidan who is 12 years of age; Owen who is 7; and one dog, Zeke the Freak, our 9 year old Boston Terrier. Since moving to Phoenix I have been servicing Top of Shea area clients and their pets for the past twelve years. My areas of interest are alternative therapies, specifically traditional Chinese medicine and veterinary dentistry. My hobbies are hiking, yoga, bicycling and spending quality time with my family.
Cindy Powell, Certified Veterinary Technician
I've been at Faust since it opened in 1990. I was born in Pennsylvania and have been in Arizona for more than thirty years. I graduated from Long Medical Institute and gained experience at another animal hospital before coming to Faust. I earned my Certified Veterinary Technician designation in 1988. My house is also home to a menagerie of pets including: A cattledog mix (Annie-pictured), two Siamese mix cats (Sugar and Spice) and a desert tortoise.
Karen Galvan, Veterinary Technician
I was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and moved to Phoenix in 2004. So I share my family with my Mom, my 3 sisters and my brother and two chihuahua's Osito and Hiroshi. After high school graduation I continued my education and received my Associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Mesa Community College. I am now working toward my CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician). I have special interest in shelter medicine and dermatology. On my free time I enjoy doing art. I love doing portraits and landscapes pictures.
Cassandra Gonzalez, Veterinary Technician
I was born and raised on the reservation in a small town called Chinle, Arizona. I graduated high school in 2006 and then attended Apollo College graduating in 2007 with a veterinary technician degree. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband William and my daughter Shenae. Our home is blessed with 3 cat, Scarlet, Meg and Cindy and 2 dogs, Elmo and Splinter. As a family we love to hike and spend time outdoors.
Sylvana Sproul, Veterinary Technician
I was born in Glendale, AZ then moved to Payson, AZ from 1998 to 2011. I moved back to Phoenix and attended Apollo College and completed the Vet Assistant program. Once I graduated in 2008 I worked side by side with some amazing doctors before finally landing here at Faust.
My interests are anything outdoors, hiking, working out, painting; abstract, flowers, taking long drives and traveling whenever possible. I share my life with my husband Curtis, my 4 year old Rylan, my stepson Milo and my little chihuahua Honey.
Crystal McMahon, Veterinary Technician
I am originally from Canada, but have been a valley resident for 21 years. I've been a Veterinary technician for 7 years, working alongside many skilled General Practice doctors, to Emergency Doctors, to Veterinary Specialists. I hope to take every skill that I have learned to Vet school with me in the coming years. I'm in my final year of Pre-veterinary classes and would love to specialize in Animal neurology one day. My goal is to be an author as a DVM and educate the public on all things in relation to animal medicine. After Graduate school, I have dreams of roaming the globe and bringing peace to all humans and animals alike.
At this time I have no personal pets of my own, but I visit my mother’s chihuahua “Tinkerbell”, her husky “Girly” and 21-year-old kitty, “Elvis” often. I give back to my community by volunteering at the homeless shelters across Phoenix, the AZ Humane Society and organizations such as “Feed My Starving Children,” and sponsor the “Save the Children Organization.” I promise to love your pet as if it were her own!
Tamie Levine, Front Office Manager
I was born in Denver, CO and moved to Arizona in 1992. I have always had a love for animals, which is what brought me to working at a veterinary hospital, and then here to Faust Animal Hospital. I am blessed to share my home with my husband Jay and my amazing son Austin, plus our menagerie of animals. We have 4 dogs, Hannah a big, lovable Rhodesian Ridgeback/Shepard mix, Lucky our senior OCD, loveable Cocker Spaniel, and of course Apple and Tuman (the tiny terror) our precious chihuahua's. We have 1 bird, 2 horses, Maverick and Jag, and 2 Nigerian Dwarf Goats Daisy and Dixie. We also have 2 beautiful aquariums with various types of fish, and a tarantula named Theresa. I am very active doing outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking, camping, swimming, and horseback riding. Sharing time with our son Austin is still my greatest joy. I also enjoy reading and time at home with my family.
Margie Cepeda, Front Office Receptionist
I was born and raised in California. I recently moved to Phoenix, AZ and joined the team at Faust. I have been working in the veterinary field for 5 years and have learned so much. It is an ever growing and changing field and I continue to learn something new everyday.
My most treasured time is with my family watching movies, or taking trips. I am blessed to share my life with my Fiance Chris, my 5 year old daughter Leah and my other "daughter" Mavis a bichon/maltese mix.
Tawnya Lively, Front Office Receptionist
I am an Arizona native, but travel as much as possible. I am currently pursuing a BA and aspire to teach elementary education. As a previous Guest Relations Manager I am well equipped to handle any client issue or concerns with empathy and compassion. My hobbies include arts and crafts, I have a stocked art studio and wood workshop. My tool arsenal is quite impressive! I am an only child with two fur babies of my own. Ruby is a 7yr old small boxer mix, she is a handful but I love her. Molly is a small poodle mix rescued straight off the streets. She is a lover and I am so fortunate to have her.
Laura Brusca, Pet Stylist / Groomer
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, my family and I moved to a beautiful ranch in Scottsdale, AZ in 1993. Always and animal lover, my two sons and I spent much time tending to the horses, mules, dogs and exotic cats we raised at our dream home.
After divorce, I moved to a smaller home in Phoenix and in 2009 graduated from "It's a Dogs World" school of dog grooming. Although, I believe I developed and refined my skills through years of work experience.
I've had animals my whole life. Currently I own and Irish Setter, a Pomeranian, and a Yorkshire Terrier. I also enjoy my cat, Jaya, and my goat, Oshi. I have assorted interests and hobbies including spirituality, and have a B.A. from The Institute of Holistic Theology and a diploma from The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. I also enjoy music, but my biggest joy is as a volunteer for New Pathways for Youth, where I am currently a mentor for a young teen named Angelina.
Ruth Tekstar, Daycare Attendant / Technician Assistant
I was born in Pennsylvania, have lived in Arizona most of my life....but am still a huge Steeler fan. I have 2 Shar Pei mixes name Sharpie and Blue which I love dearly. After 22 years in the customer service industry I retired to follow my true passion of working with animals. I received my Pet Care Technician certification and helped open a new pet resort as a Client Service Specialist and Daycare Attendant. I then took a management position at a grooming salon until I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of the Faust family.
Rudy Cat, Resident House Cat
I've been at Faust since 2005. I was abandoned when the nice people at Faust adopted me and gave me a nice place to live and my own desk chair. When you come for an appointment, you will probably find me there. I can't type very well but I'm really good with the mouse.
"Welcome Desiree Garthe, DVM to Faust Animal Hospital"
$25 off first time exams!
I would never take my pets anywhere else. They made the hardest decision of my life so far just a tad bit easier. Very compassionate and you can tell they all genuinely love our animals.