Dr. David Kovalik:
Dr. Kovalik’s love of animals began with his collies growing up. While he grew up with dogs, most people remark about his affection for cats! He hasn’t met a cat he didn’t like.
Initially, Dr. Kovalik pursued his passion for reading in school and received a BA in English and MA in Eastern Classics. In addition, he traveled abroad and taught English in China and Thailand for several years. Dr. Kovalik eventually reconnected with his love of animals and returned to the U.S. to attend veterinary school at The Ohio State University. Since graduating, Dr. Kovalik completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship in Rochester, New York, practiced emergency medicine in Bangor, Maine, and practiced general medicine in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and northern Virginia.
Throughout his career, Dr. Kovalik’s commitment to service has led him to routinely volunteer for the Humane Society, World Vets, and GeoVets. Dr. Kovalik is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Arizona Veterinary Medical Veterinary Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and he serves as a board member of GeoVets.
When he’s not working, Dr. Kovalik loves to read, study history, and spend time with his family – his wife Barb, and his two rescue pets – an exceptionally enthusiastic miniature dachshund named Marley and a fluffy food-obsessed cat named Gnocchi.
Dr. Dawn Hunsberger:
Dr. Hunsberger is an excellent veterinarian with 20 years experience practicing general medicine. Dr. Hunsberger graduated from veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 and practiced medicine for several years in Pennsylvania before moving to Northern Arizona in 2006. In addition, Dr. Hunsberger received a Canine Physical Rehabilitation certificate from the University of Tennessee in 2014. Dr. Hunsberger is an accomplished and caring doctor with deep experience in preventative care, caring for sick and injured pets, surgery, and dental procedures.
In her spare time, Dr. Hunsberger enjoys spending time with her husband, trail riding her horse, Sissy, an Arabian, and hiking with her boxer and Great Dane, Leeloo and Logaan. She also has 3 rescue Siamese cats, Minus a three-legged diabetic, Taasha and Tuvok.
Barrie is a Registered Veterinary Technician who recently moved to Sedona from Ventura, California. She is currently working on her CVT license in Arizona. She has many years of experience working in small animal emergency medicine, veterinary medical specialty hospitals, small animal general medicine, and wildlife emergency medicine. Barrie is a graduate from University of California Davis and has a Master’s in Avian Sciences and Physiology. She also is a representative for Neora International, where she focuses on improving human and animal brain health.
Barrie spends her free time with her family, hiking, playing golf, working out, traveling, and enjoying classic cars! In addition, Barrie raised three children and enjoys being a first-time grandmother with a 7 month old granddaughter and a 4 month old foster grandson.
Jason is a veterinary assistant who loved volunteering at animal shelters and helping animals of all shapes and sizes. He is thrilled to work at the clinic with small animals all day long. Jason’s favorite part about animals is their openness to new people and how they live in the moment and experience life to its fullest. He has a deep passion for learning and expanding his experiences and it shows: Jason is quickly learning the skills to become a veterinary technician.
Jason relocated to Sedona from New Jersey almost 1 year ago. When he’s not working, Jason spends his time hiking, playing guitar and singing with his band, and playing chess.
Kelcey is a customer service representative. She came to us from the hospitality industry after working for several years in the Sedona resorts. Kelcey grew up in Maryland and went to college in South Florida. She relocated to Sedona in 2010 to be closer to her family.
Kelcey is a life-long animal lover who shares two corgis, a rottweiler, four lionhead bunnies, two ferrets, and one fluffy ragamuffin cat with her husband. She loves all animals, but is especially fond of bunnies. When not working, you can find Kelcey going on adventures with her husband, trying new foods, hiking, and making jewelry.
Melinda is a seasoned veterinary technician with more than 20 years of experience. She has been a licensed technician and is extremely talented at supporting surgery, monitoring anesthesia, and caring for sick and injured patients. In her relatively short life, she has managed to work in a variety of jobs and fields, but she has always returned to the veterinary world and thrived when helping animals. She has incredible compassion for animals and her colleagues and is an extremely hard worker.
When she is isn’t working at the clinic, you can find Melinda spending time with her family and adorable grandson.
Prudence is a customer service representative who has lived and worked in Sedona most of her life. She recently joined the veterinary field because she loves animals and their unconditional love. She has always wanted to work with animals to give back some of that love.
Prudence has several pets including two dogs, birds, a rat, and fish. When she isn’t working at the clinic, you can find Prudence exploring the great outdoors, spending time with her pets, or working on her art. Like so many Sedona residents, she is artistic!
Victoria (Vicky) is a customer service representative and veterinary assistant. Vicky has been working with animals for several years and is drawn to their ability to never judge people and provide unconditional love. Vicky has numerous pets – a horse named Aslan, two Great Danes named Lazurus and Tiamat, two cats named Nebula and Abraxis, and a 150-gallon fish tank!
Vicky is a Northern Arizona native-born and raised here! When she isn’t working at the clinic, you can find her hiking with her dogs, riding or her horse, or working at her other jobs – as a dog groomer. In her free time, she uses her artistic skills to paint.