Michelle was born and raised in Arizona. She always knew from the time she was a child she would be in the veterinary field. She grew up with horses, dogs, chickens, and goats, and even participated in 4H as a child showing Pygmy goats. Right out of high school she attended Pima Medical Institute to study to become a veterinary technician. Michelle has been a technician since 2005, started in management in 2008, and really embraced her passion in veterinary practice management.
Michelle is currently pursuing her CVPM certification (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager), to continue to expand her knowledge. She has known Dr. Greenway since 2009, and was thrilled to join the team at Sun Lakes Chandler Animal Clinic as the Office Manager in April 2018. Since then, Michelle and Dr. Greenway have worked together to make it their mission to provide the best quality of service to the patients and clients at SLCAC. Michelle lives with her husband Ryan and their three children Hunter, Hailey, and Hayden. They recently got a new golden retriever puppy named Finnegan (they call him Finn for short). In their free time, they enjoy riding quads, camping, and going to the lake.
Alura, Lead Technician
Alura was born in California and moved to Arizona as a child and she loves the heat! She always knew she wanted to work with animals and graduated with her certificate in Veterinary Assisting from Carrington College in 2014. In junior high, she volunteered at animal shelters and after high school volunteered at zoos and exotic animal rescues here in Arizona. She has worked as a technician since 2014, and joined the SLCAC team as our technician lead in 2020.
She lives with her boyfriend and their 13 pets- 1 dog, 3 rats, 2 cats, 1 snake and 6 tarantulas! Alura is always looking to learn new things, improve the quality of patient care, and is working on obtaining her CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician) degree. She is passionate in facilitating a calm, fear free environment for anxious pets and am striving to keep up to date with the newest techniques and educational resources in order to make your pets visit as low stress and positive as possible. Alura takes pride in educating clients about the importance of preventative care and what you can do at home to keep your pet healthy and happy. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, hiking, reading, spending time with family, watching hockey games and eating snacks.
Sam, Lead CSR
Sam is originally from California. Her love for animals started from a young age. Her aunt had a veterinary facility in California where she also raised Staffordshire terriers. This is where her love for pit bulls came from.
She moved to Arizona in 2013, started in the veterinary field in 2014 as a veterinary assistant, and worked her way up to a veterinary technician. She decided that although she had a passion for surgery, her area of expertise was in client care and communication. Sam joined the SLCAC staff in August 2018, and worked her way up to Lead CSR. She makes it her mission to go above and beyond to make sure client and patient care is a priority.
Sam lives with her fiancé and two daughters, Stella and Laynee. Their pets include their two dogs Olaf, a Husky, and Meadow, and American Staffodshire Terrier. In their free time they like to watch football and baseball (go Packers and Angels!). They also love to take their girls to Disneyland when they can.