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• Dr. Amrit Rai, D.V.M.


Dr. Rai graduated from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa in 1993. She also has a Masters degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Panjab Agricultural University, Panjab, India. Dr. Rai started practicing veterinary medicine starting in 1993 and did relief work as DVM in a variety of hospital settings all across Southern California. She moved to Phoenix, AZ in the year 2000 and has been practicing in the Phoenix valley ever since. She also has been a member of the Investiagtive Comittee of the Arizona Veterinary Medical Examining Board for several years. Dr. Rai has two dogs, a handsome yorkshire terrier named "Lego", whom she rescued from a previous place of work and another yorkie mix rescue, "Lyla", in addition to two sons who keep her more than occupied when she is not practicing medicine.

• Mrs. Julie Becker, B.S.


Julie is our office manager and a graduate of  University of Phoenix.  She has over 14 years experience in the veterinary field, working at Sugarloaf Animal Clinic.  She has two dogs, an American Bulldog named Eve and a Boston Terrrier named Otto.  In her leisure time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, wake boarding, hiking, boating, duning, snow boarding, and horseback riding. In the last couple of years she is also trying to be more environmentally friendly and started not only recycling but composting too, which she uses for her vegetable and fruit garden (which Eve loves to dig in!). She also keeps quite busy with her four children, Sabrina, Kai, London and Madison.

  • Ms. Pualani Crider, A.A.S.


Pualani is our veterinary technician. She graduated from veterinary technician school in 1988 with an associates in animal science and has enjoyed being a veterinary technician ever since. She has worked at different animal hospitals throughout the country. She loves her children, horses, dogs, and cat. You can find her trail riding or spending time with her family on her days off. Many people ask about her name, her mother was from Hawaii and her name is hawiian pronounced Puw-aa-LAA-Niy which means, heavenly flower.  She certainly lives up to her name she is always smiling, helpful, and kind to our patients and clients!

  • Ms. Debbie Sommers, A.A.

Debbie was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI and has been a veterinary technician since 2010. Prior to that she was a financial advisor and volunteered with several animal rescues. She was also involved with fostering dogs and helped bottle fed numerous kittens. She eventually realized her heart was in veterinary medicine and changed careers paths. She has been a wonderful asset to our team with her sunny personality, love for animals and good work ethic! On her off time you will find her spending time with her two dachshunds, Lucy and Wilson. 

  • Mrs. Liesel Zink, C.V.T.

Liesel Zink was born in Alabama and lived in many places throughout the country due to her dad's military career. In high school her father retired and they moved to a ranch in Douglas, AZ where she took care of many different animals including emus, goats, chickens, rabbits and sheep. Liesel was a graduate of long technical institute and was certified in 2003. Her experience includes a specialty cat clinic and emergency/critical care before joining our team in 2010. She is currently working on her undergrad degree in biology with her long term goal of attending Midwestern University’s veterinarian program. She loves spending time with her husband, three kids, two dogs, and three cats! We are so lucky to have Liesel's warm, happy and caring personality on our team!  

  • Ms. Isabel Encinas

Isabel is a native Arizonian and has been in the veterinary field since 2008. She is a veterinary technician that loves emergency/ critical care medicine and has many years experience. In addition to working at Sugarloaf, she also thoroughly enjoys working at the Animal Welfare League with their critical care patients. Outside of work she loves spending time with friends, family, horseback riding, hiking, camping and her rescued dog, Cleo, and two cats, Jinx and Kiki. She brings to us her caring and loving personality along with her critical care skills to complete our team!



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