Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Animal Medical Center of Surprise in Surprise! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 623-295-1811 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Team AMC!

Team AMC!

Our Animal Medical Center of Surprise team is a group of caring, compassionate and educated individuals. We have come together to provide you with the highest quality of medical care for your four legged family members. We look forward to serving you!

Dr. Liam Allen

Chief Medical Director

I was born and raised on Long Island, New York and then moved to Park City, Utah when I was in high school. I earned my bachelor’s in veterinary technology and master’s in health sciences with a focus on animal parasitology at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. I graduated with my doctorate in veterinary medicine from Midwestern University in 2019. My areas of interest include soft tissue surgery, preventative medicine, and infectious disease. I live with my wife Katie and our two Scottish Terriers, Daphne and Dibbs. In our free time we enjoy camping, golfing, and gardening.

Dr. Neil Sweeney


I grew up here in Phoenix from the age of three. After high school, I joined the Navy for six years. I was stationed in South Carolina for two years and served onboard a submarine based out of Pearl Harbor for the remaining four. After that, I came back to Arizona to obtain my bachelors degree at University of Arizona in Tucson, where I met my wife. During school, I was also working full time at an emergency and specialty practice there. I then accepted an offer to attend Midwestern University - College of Veterinary Medicine in Glendale where I graduated in 2019.

Dr. Jetta Schirmer


I am an Arkansas native, born and raised. I attended the University of Arkansas and earned my bachelor’s degree in chemistry, with minors in math and biology. After undergrad, I spent some time working on my master’s degree and teaching chemistry at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock before attending Midwestern University where I completed my doctorate in veterinary medicine. I chose to move to Arizona because my husband is in the Air Force and Luke AFB was so close to the veterinary school. I absolutely love living here and hope we never have to leave! At home, I run a full house with 3 dogs, a cat, and 2 human children.

Dr. Carmen Perez


I am one of the rare born and raised Phoenicians. I only left Arizona to attend veterinary school at Louisiana State University. Geaux Tigers! I graduated in 2009 and returned to the Valley. I started my career in emergency medicine and have enjoyed helping pets and owners in those critical situations. My special interests include surgery, cardiology and of course anything emergency. I also love client education and if you let me, I’ll talk your ear off. When I’m not at the clinic I enjoy hiking, baking, and crafting. My crazy crew includes 3 kids, 3 dogs, 1 cat and a fish. Oh, and a husband.

Dr. James LeVasseur


Dr. James LeVasseur

I grew up on a farm in central Wisconsin where I was exposed to many animals at a young age that sparked interest in veterinary medicine. I earned my bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN). I attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison where I earned my doctorate in veterinary medicine. After graduating veterinary school in 2010, I moved to the great state of Arizona. In my free time I enjoy the outdoors, golfing, and skiing. I look forward to meeting you and your fur babies!

Emely Rodriguez

Practice Manager

Hello! My name is Emely Rodriguez. I'm originally from Los Angeles, California, but have made Arizona my home since I have been here more than 10+ years now. I have 2 dogs and love them to death! My Husband and I are really into the outdoors and love taking our fur babies camping. I've worked at AMC of Surprise for about 5 years now and I am really happy to be working with great doctors and helping all of our clients/patients.

Carrie Carver

Assistant Manager

Hello, my name is Carrie and I recently started working for the Animal Medical center Of Surprise in March of this year. I have been in the field however for the past 18yrs in both rescue and full service medicine. I share my life with my husband Danny and our 2 sons Ryan and Jason. We also have 2 four legged fur babies named “Star “ a 10yr old Queensland Heeler and “ Comet “ a 5yr old Lab Pit mix. In my spare time I love working out and spending time with my church family and friends.

Garnet Gladwish

Lead Veterinary Technician

I am originally from Florida, but moved to Arizona in 2016. I live with my husband and our 6 fur children – 2 dogs (Nova & Apollo), 3 cats (Meow meow, Sylvester, & Rex), and our turtle. I’ve been working in the veterinary field since 2016 – starting in kennel then moved on to Reception and Technician positions. I am currently enrolled in the Bachelors of Science program at ASU. In my free time I enjoy going weekend cookouts, going to the movies, and taking my dog Nova on various outdoor adventures.

Emma Mace

Veterinary Technician

Hi my name is Emma. I was born in Rapid City, South Dakota. My father was in the military so I’ve moved around a lot. I’ve lived in South Dakota, Florida, Alaska, Illinois, Texas and now Arizona I also have lived in about 20 different houses. I started my Veterinary Assistant program in January 2018 and graduated in September of 2018. I work in the hospital as a pet nurse as well as a CSC. What I love most about my job is that I learn something new every day. Some of my favorite things are watching The Office, hiking, traveling and going to the gym. I can’t wait to meet you and your fur babies! (:

Ashley Gilbert

Veterinary Technician

Hello, My name is Ashley and I am thrilled to working with such a wonderful team. I grew up just outside of Boston, where my love for all animals started. I started working with horses first, at the age of 6, then working in a veterinary hospital when I was 15 years old, as a receptionist/assistant. After high school, I moved to Denver Colorado where I pursued my education at Bel-Rea Veterinary Technical Institute and started working shortly thereafter. Starting my family about 10 years ago, I took a break to raise my family, and a few years ago, decided it was time to start working again. I made way to Arizona 7 years ago, and love to go hiking, swimming and exploring in my free time. We have a daughter (10), and a newborn son (2 ½ months), plus 4 puppies, (Josh, Brady, Honey and Lily), 2 kitties (Simba and Lucky) and a hampster named Oreo. My family and I love to rescue those in need, and all of our are rescues.

Jericho Mascarenas

Veterinary Technician

Hello my name is Jericho and I have been a Veterinary Technician going on 15 years! I love my job and enjoy taking care of your fur babies. I have a dog and couple of cats myself!


House Cat

I’m a 7 year old domestic short haired white cat, with highlights of brown, excited to spend my days relaxing, exploring and getting lots of love from my fellow co workers and visitors! Come and say Hello to me!