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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.
Amber Fleitz, Certified Veterinary Technician
I was born in Wisconsin. Go Pack Go! After graduating high school I enlisted into the Army as a Military Police Officer. I moved back to WI after a medical discharge to go to school for criminal justice. I moved to AZ in 2010 after meeting my husband Jesse. We have a 5 year old daughter Audrey, a 3 year old American Bully Lilith, and our Dingo Brookie. I received my associates as a veterinary technician in January 2016 and earned my license in April. I joined Faust to do my internship and was so excited to stay on after!
Sylvana Sproul, Veterinary Technician
Bri Nickelson, Veterinary Technician
Bri has lived in AZ her whole life and first came to work for Faust Animal Hospital in 2015, then left to care for her grandma and help with her dad's business and returned in the beginning of 2016. Bri has been in the veterinary field for over 11 years and has been a technician for 10. She has worked with exotics as well as small animals. Bri has a variety of pets at home. Some of which include snakes, fish, bearded dragons, cats and dogs. In her free time, Bri likes to work for her dad's residential glass business, work on cars, camping, ride quads, fishing; but most of all, going on family vacations.
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.
Beth Miller, Front Office Receptionist
I am a North Carolina native and grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. From there I spent 26 years in Nashville, TN, and 14 years in Cheyenne, WY, before moving to Phoenix. I have a love/hate relationship with golf and also enjoy cooking, reading, skiing, knitting, and travel to NYC to visit our precious granddaughter. I have also been a tap dancer since age 3.
Meeting and chatting with owners when they bring their pets to the clinic is part of my job I truly enjoy, but helping care for and loving your pet is the best part.
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.