Academy West Animal Hospital Boarding & Grooming

"Where your pet is our priority"

          Meet our staff



Dr. Thomas Ratke



 Dr. Juliana Westphal


Dr. Westphal graduated locally from Midwestern University in 2019 and joined Academy West Animal Hospital in May 2020.  She is married and has six furry children: three small dogs (Carmella, Moe, Lucas) and three cats (Cappuccino, Kapone and the most recent foster failure pepper, a manx cat with spinal deformity.) She moved here from south Florida to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine and fell in love with the Arizonan Desert. Her hobbies include hiking, swimming and spending time relaxing with her husband and adorable pets.






                              Manager- Bonnie

Bonnie is our office manager. She works very heavily with all of our rescue groups one on one. Bonnie loves to help out anywhere she can within the hospital. She has two dogs at home.  



Assistant Manager- Jessica 


Technician- Dennis 


Dennis is very compassionate and gentle with all the animals and knows how to tend to owners needs. 



Technician- Bella

   After two years of veterinary technician school at PMI, Bella is now a knowledgeable, empathetic, and loving CVT. When Bella is not enjoying life at work, she is riding her motorcycle or caring to the needs of her 6 pets.


                                                                                                                       Technician- Destiny

 Destiny enjoyed 3 years of veterinary technician school at Mesa Community College and is currently working towards obtaining her CVT. When destiny is not hard at work, she enjoys going on hikes or spending time with her family.



Technician- Kayla


 Kayla joined our team in September 2020 after graduating from Carrington College. Her goal is to help maintain the wellbeing of all animals and one day own her own animal sanctuary. When Kayla is not at work, she's spending time with her golden retriever Benson or skateboarding. 


 Technician- Monica

Fresh out of veterinary assistant school from Carrington College, Monica is our newest addition to the team. When she is not here at work, you can find her running at the tracks. 







Front desk- Kristin

Front desk- Laurielle 

Front desk- Sherry 

Kennel tech- Jacob

Kennel tech- Emilia

Kennel tech- Susan

Kennel tech- Eliza 

Groomer- Rose

Groomer- Amanda