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 two rescue pets – an adorable fluffy puppy named Frosty and a food-obsessed cat named Gnocchi.


Our Staff


Brittany

Brittany is a customer service representative and veterinary assistant. Brittany has been passionate about caring for animals her entire life. She has a deep love of horses and worked at a ranch for many years. Brittany loves working with dogs and cats and is working towards becoming a veterinary technician.

Originally from Washington State, Brittany has been in the Verde Valley for about 10 years. Brittany has a one-year-old German Shepard mix named Lucy May who has the energy of 6 puppies combined. When she’s not working, Brittany spends time with her children.


Janette

Janette is a customer service representative who loves animals for their loyalty & unconditional love. Animals have always been a part of her life and she has always had a strong desire to take care of them. In recent years, Janette worked in customer service outside of the veterinary field, but prior to that she worked at a small animal veterinary clinic and an emergency veterinary clinic. She is excited to return to the veterinary field and get to spend more time helping animals.

Janette is an Arizona native from New River. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, walking, hiking, camping, and spending time with her family & fur-kids. She has 3 large dogs of her own: Ding, Karma & Ruger, and she helps with her mom’s dog, Bentley, too.


Melinda:

Melinda is an experienced veterinary technician with 25 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, but she has always returned to veterinary medicine and thrived when helping animals. She has a heart of gold and enormous compassion for animals. She genuinely treats every patient like one of her own pets. Melinda is an excellent teacher for her colleagues and provides valuable mentorship to everyone she works with.

Melinda has several rescue pets including an Alaskan Malamute and Collie mix named Gracie Jo, an Australian Cattle Dog and Cocker Spaniel mix named Riley, and three cats named Baxter, Marmalade, and Sissy. When she is isn’t working at the clinic, you can find Melinda spending time with her family, taking care of her family, friends, and neighbors, or playing with her handsome grandson.


Saralyn

Saralyn is a veterinary technician who strives to give animals a voice when they need it most. She started working in as a veterinary assistant at a general practice in 2018 through an internship program in her senior year of high school. She moved to Flagstaff in 2019 to attend NAU and spent the past two years working as a veterinary technician at an emergency vet clinic in Flagstaff. Saralyn loves supporting surgery and is delighted to return to a general practice where she can spend more time building long-term relationships with patients and clients.

Saralyn is working on a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at NAU and simultaneously working on her veterinary technician certification. A native of Tuscon, Saralyn is thoroughly enjoying the perks of living in Northern Arizona. In her free time, she hikes, spends time with her boyfiend Leo, and spends time with her two dogs: a pit bull name Blue and a chihuahua named Wade.


Taylor

Bio Coming Soon!


Vicky:

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.