Meet Our Team


Andrea Stickland, DVM/Owner

As the owner and leading veterinarian at Animal Medical Center of Chandler, Andrea has a specialty in general medicine, including internal medicine, dermatology, nutritional consulting, and soft tissue surgery. She is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2001. She was born in Inglewood, California; lived in Lake Tahoe for 10 years; and then moved with her family to Arizona. Her interest in animals began early in life, starting with 2 little dogs. Her pet family then grew to include 10 horses, 24 cats, 26 dogs, and 2 birds–all at one time. She began her veterinary career as a veterinary assistant in Tucson, Arizona, while attending the University of Arizona (GO CATS!).

After working as a veterinary assistant, Andrea met her husband, Chris, a Tucson native, and moved to Michigan for graduate school. While there, she participated in many new adventures, including Student Class President, President of the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, President of the Feline Club and Canine Club, and head of the fundraising committee for the Veterinary College at Michigan State. She spent her summers working for the Vetward Bound Program, which helps underprivileged young adults fulfill their quest in the veterinary industry. She also spent time at the Indian reservations along New Mexico and Arizona for the Remote Area Medicine program to help spay, neuter, and vaccinate reservation animals. Andrea and Chris moved back to Arizona after graduation in 2001. In 2005, she  was invited by MSU to go to Wyoming to participate in teaching veterinary students remote area medicine and surgery on the reservations by Riverton.

Andrea and her husband share their home with three children, a spoiled cat named Whiskey Whiskertons, and a bulldog named Latte. When she’s not at work, she loves to read, dance, hike, and spend time with friends and family. Today, she  finds herself here at Animal Medical Center of Chandler to welcome the community and provide wonderful care and service to her patients.

Carolyn Duregger, DVM, cVMA

Carolyn graduated from Colorado State University (CSU) Veterinary School in 1992. She was born in Palo Alto, California, but has lived in the Phoenix area since she was very young. She has practiced in the Valley since graduating from CSU. She remains active in many organizations, such as the American Veterinary Medical Association, Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners, and the Veterinary Integrative Network. She is also a certified veterinary medical acupuncturist.

Carolyn currently resides in Mesa with her husband, Dan, and her son, Dylan. Her dog love is a soft-coated wheaton terrier, Parker, and her cat love is Animal Medical Center of Chandler’s hospital resident, Baloo. In her spare time, you may find her reading, listening to music, or spending time helping her husband out with their family business.

Gabriela Durig (Glucksman), DVM

Gabriela was born and raised in Southern California. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California Davis, she continued her education at The Ohio State University, earning a DVM in 2015. She then completed an internship in emergency medicine at the Emergency Animal Clinic in Gilbert, Arizona. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, oncology, and internal medicine. Gabriela has played a very active role in veterinary research, and her work has been published in several peer-reviewed veterinary journals.

She was a very active athlete growing up. A few of her accomplishments include competing in the World Equestrian Games for Team USA and playing soccer at the collegiate level. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, arts and crafts, and exploring the beautiful state of Arizona. The Durigs have two incredibly spoiled, adorable dogs named Bruiser (Rhodesian ridgeback) and Beau (golden retriever).

Gabriela is very excited to be a part of the Animal Medical Center of Chandler medical team and cannot wait to meet you and your animal companion!

Practice Manager

Jessica Reed

Jessica was born in Duluth, Minnesota, and moved to Arizona in 1996. She completed a veterinary assistant program in 2009. She also attended Arizona State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology degree in 2015. Jessica’s family consists of her husband, Randy; their two handsome cats, Oliver and Rizzo; and two Uromastyx lizards, Sassy and Star. For fun, she enjoys attending hockey games, watching crime dramas, and spending time with family.

Certified Veterinary Technicians

Nicole Jagos

Nicole has been with AMCOC since October 2017! She is originally from Illinois, but was raised in Peoria, Arizona since she was two years old. Nicole has 12 years of experience as a Veterinary Technician and is currently enrolled at Penn Foster, to further her education and become a Certified Veterinary Technician.  She currently lives in Gilbert with her husband of 5 years, their two-year old twin sons, and 2 cats, Floyd and Ozzy.  In Nicole’s free time, she enjoys crocheting, reading, going to concerts, playing video games, and spending time with her family.

Krishna Poe, CVT

An Arizona native, Krishna is a U.S. Army veteran and graduate of Mesa Community College and Pima Medical Institute. She has been a veterinary technician since 1998. Her past experiences include hospital management, general practice, and emergency medicine. Although she only works at Animal Medical Center of Chandler part-time now on the weekends, her love of animals and veterinary medicine keeps her active in the field. Krishna is the proud parent of two children, a crazy orange tabby cat, a rambunctious but very sweet pit bull, and an albino corn snake. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, bike riding, attending church, yoga, kick boxing, and playing with her children.

Jen Ahumada, CVT

Jen is an Arizona native, born and raised in Casa Grande. She graduated from Pima Medical Institute and has been a veterinary technician since 2015. When not at AMCofC, Jen loves to spend time with her husband, Luis, and their 3 rambunctious dogs, Chloe, Bruce, and Omega. She enjoys being crafty, knitting, quilting, as well as being outdoors going hiking, camping and horseback riding.

Cassandra Allen, CVT

Cassandra came to Animal Medical Center of Chandler in August of 2016. Cassandra graduated from Pima Medical Institute and shortly after became a Certified Veterinary Technician. Cassandra’s hobbies include spending time with her family, traveling up North to escape the heat, and enjoying her 3 cats- Otis, Kitten and Hercules, and her Doberman puppy Enyo.

Christina Bernhardt

Bio Coming Soon.

Veterinary Technicians

Maida Luyendyk

Maida was born in Wisconsin but her family moved to Arizona when she was just 2 years old and they love it so much they haven’t left! She graduated from Pima Medical Institute’s technician program in 2017 and she has been in the field for a total of 3 years now. She is currently continuing her education and studying to take the national exam to become a Certified Veterinary Technician in June 2018. At home Maida has two dogs, a 10 year old Labrador Retriever named Saber and a 4 year old Labrador Retriever Mix named Bentley. In her free time she enjoys playing snowboarding, golfing and cuddling up to watch TV with the pups and her boyfriend Donny.

Ashley Paramore

Ashley is an Arizona native born at Luke AFB in Glendale. She graduated from Pima Medical Institute’s technician program in 2013 and is currently working towards becoming a certified veterinary technician. She has been a technician for 5 years and loves every minute of it! Ashley’s primary interest in veterinary medicine is surgery. Orthopedics are her favorite! Her little family consists of her wonderful wife Jessica, their 3 dogs Chunk, Lucky and Scarlett, and their 2 cats Morgan and Bailey. In her spare time she is a football fanatic and loves anything outdoors.

Brittney Gates

Brittney grew up in Westminster, Maryland and always knew she would work with animals. She graduated from Delaware Valley University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in zoo science.  After graduating, Brittney spent two years caring for large cats and other exotic species at a wildlife preserve in North Carolina. In 2012, life brought her back north to Alexandria, Virginia where she found her true passion working as a veterinary assistant. In January 2017, a new job opportunity presented a new adventure. Brittney now lives with her husband and their spoiled cat in Gilbert, Arizona and enjoys hiking, bike riding and enjoying the many new sights that Arizona has to offer.

Vanessa Gonzales

Vanessa attended and graduated from Carrington College as a veterinary assistant in 2009. She has been working in the field ever since and enjoys building bonds with clients and their pets. She currently resides in Chandler with her husband, Junior, and daughter, Mia. They have a poodle mix named Tater and a boxer mix named Dayla. They also have a cat named Marabelle and a newly adopted kitten named Faith. Vanessa enjoys scrapbooking, sewing, and spending quality time with her family.

Andrea Harder

Andrea moved to Arizona when she was 9 years old. As a child always imagined herself working with animals. After graduating high school, Andrea volunteered at Wildlife World Zoo. She then got an internship at the Emergency Animal Clinic and this is where her veterinary career took off. Andrea is happily married and has 2 dogs, Maya and Zen. She loves to travel and see new places and meet new people. In her free time Andrea enjoys sewing, reading, and hiking.



Sydney Hart

Sydney is an Arizona native who moved to Chandler 15 years ago when it was nothing but cow farms and dirt. She spent 4 years in Tucson at the University of Arizona graduating in 2017 with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology with a Minor in Sociology. She started in the veterinary field in high school as a Kennel Assistant, graduated college, and is now back with us as a Receptionist getting as much puppy and kitten love she can! Currently at home Sydney has a 10 year old Lhasa Apso named Koda and a Sulcata tortoise named Tortilla. In her free time she enjoys spending time outside soaking up the sun with Tortilla, binge watching TV shows with Koda, and spending time with friends and family.

Alison Dean

Alison was born in snowy Mattawan Michigan. Her passion for dogs started at a young age with her family’s Chocolate Lab named Bailey and grew into a love for all animals. She studied psychology at Kalamazoo Valley Community College before packing her bags and following the sun out west. As soon as the opportunity arose to work with animals she jumped at it! Alison currently has a freshwater tank with a variety of aquatic critters. In her free time she enjoys exploring the desert, trying new recipes and scuba diving!

Michelle Standfast

Michelle is an Arizona native and proud of it! She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2012 with a BA in Psychology. Although she enjoyed her studies in Psychology, she has always had a passion for animals.  This passion blossomed from volunteering with various rescues groups, helping out with adoptions and assisting with the kennels. Michelle is thrilled to finally be working in an environment where she can be around animals and help assist with their health and well-being any way she is able to.  For fun, Michelle also teaches/practices yoga and pilates. She also loves spending time with her 21 year old cat, Angelica, as well as her family and friends.

Paige Kniola

Paige just moved here this year from Northwest Indiana. She had spent 26 years in the cold, 3 years at Purdue University Northwest as an English major, and 4 years in vet medicine before deciding to move to the sunny desert of Arizona. Her love for animals and education led her into the field. She has a Golden Retriever named Artemis who she spends the majority of her free time hiking, swimming, and binging Netflix with. Paige enjoys reading, cooking, playing fast pitch softball, tennis, and badminton. She’s a huge baseball fan and goes to as many games as she can, Go Cubs Go!

Kennel Assistants


Bio coming soon.


Bio Coming Soon.