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!
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.
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!
Kelcey is a customer service representative and receptionist. She comes to us from the hospitality industry after several years working 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, one lionhead bunny, and two ferrets 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.
Alexis is a part time veterinary assistant and receptionist. She currently lives in Phoenix and works a few days a month at the clinic. 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, you can find her attending school and living life to the fullest with outdoor adventures.
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, compassion, and willingness to drive a long way to work!
This clinic-kitty works very hard to make the clinic a nice place to visit! When she isn’t sleeping on the printer or on a computer, she’s entertaining clients and the staff with her antics. Turtle is quite friendly and adventurous, despite her limited vision. You might spot her walking across keyboards, siting on the front desk, meowing for attention, and roaming the halls.