Our Doctors

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 three rescue pets – an exceptionally-enthusiastic miniature dachshund named Marley, a completely deaf super-sweet senior dog named Barley, and a fluffy food-obsessed kitten named Gnocchi.

Dr. Nicholas Volkman:

Dr. Volkman is an excellent veterinarian with more than 28 years experience practicing emergency and general medicine. Dr. Volkman graduated with honors from veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and practiced medicine for several years in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, before moving to Arizona in 2009. He has worked in several clinics in Northern Arizona since then.

Dr. Volkman’s wealth of experience combined with his ongoing education make him well-informed and suited to provide the same progressive care for your pet that Dr. Kovalik provides. Drs. Volkman and Kovalik stay in close contact about each patient to ensure continuity of high quality care. Dr. Volkman typically works at the clinic one day a week (Tuesdays) to give Dr. Kovalik a much needed day off!

Our Staff


Melanie can do it all! She is our lead veterinary technician who relocated to Sedona from Michigan several years ago. Mel has been working with domestic and wild animals since 1986 and was state and federally permitted to rehab wildlife in Michigan. Among other tasks, Mel trained raptors to hunt! However, Mel paused that phase of her life to raise her daughter and three sons.

In more recent years Mel was the general manager at Almost Home, a 100% no-kill shelter in Michigan, a professional groomer, an animal trainer, and she worked at the Humane Society of Sedona. In addition, Mel is currently enrolled in courses to become a licensed vet tech and she and is working to reinstate her wildlife rehab permits here in Arizona. Mel is a Fear Free certified professional and constant learner who seeks to expand to her knowledge. We couldn’t be more honored to have Mel’s experience, expertise, and compassion to help us serve our clients.


Melinda is an accomplished veterinary technician with more than 20 years of experience. 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.


Alexis is a veterinary assistant and receptionist. She is originally from Hawaii and splits her time between Sedona and Phoenix. Alexis is a life-long animal lover who grew up with 12 goats, 4 ducks, 1 rabbit, and 2 dogs! She currently has an adorable and rambunctious young dog named Geisha. When she isn’t working or caring for the animals, you can find her living life to the fullest with outdoor adventures or attending school.

Alexis hopes to become a veterinarian one day and return to her native Kauai. In the meantime, we are delighted to have her can-do attitude, positive approach to life, and compassion.


Danielle (Dani) is a veterinary assistant and receptionist. Dani has been working with small animals for several years. Prior to relocating to Sedona 3 years ago, Dani was a groomer in Long Island for 8 years! Dani has a short-haired cat named Chicken and a border collie named Sammi. In addition to working with small animals, Dani loves large animals. Dani’s goal is to one day have a farm with cows, horses, chickens, bunnies, dogs, and cats!

When she’s not working, Dani loves to spend her time outside hiking. She doesn’t miss those cold Long Island winters one bit!


Terri is a warm-hearted receptionist who can be found working at the front desk in the mornings. She looks forward to greeting you upon arrival!

Terri worked in human medicine prior to the veterinary field. Terri made the switch because she loves animals and has enormous empathy for them. When she’s not working, you’ll find Terri enjoying the outdoor activities and hiking in and around Sedona.


Monica is an incredibly capable part-time receptionist and veterinary assistant. Monica relocated from Denver about two years ago and absolutely loves Sedona. Monica is extremely artistic and loves to draw and paint. She spends most of her time utilizing her artistic skills and managing a candle shop in Uptown! When Monica isn’t working, you can find her hiking along the Verde river with her dog Huckleberry, and checking out all of the birds, especially hawks and owls.

Cookie & Turtle:

These two clinic-kitties work very hard to make the clinic a nice place! When they aren’t sleeping, they are entertaining the staff with their antics. Turtle is the more adventurous of the two, despite her limited vision. You might spot her roaming the halls from time to time. Cookie loves to sit, sleep, and be pet. She lives a life of leisure!