Pet Care Staff
Veterinarian Dr. Alex Casuccio hails from West Virginia and attended veterinary school at Louisiana State University. He offers over 35 years of companion animal experience, with advanced skills in dermatology, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmic surgery, internal medicine and much more. As a previous practice owner of over 27 years and a previous Medical Director for a large corporate practice (supervising, mentoring and coaching 50 doctors at a time), Dr. Casuccio has developed top notch medical expertise along with the friendly, personal approach that all clients want. Dr. Casuccio is an avid horseback rider, he is a commercial pilot in both sea and land airplanes and you can often spot him on 2 wheels, motorcycling with his wife, Michelle, in the passenger's seat.
Veterinarian Dr. Rachel Casuccio (daughter-in-law to Dr. Alex Casuccio) grew up in Landenberg, PA where her parents still reside. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in Animal Science in 2004 and graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She has an avid interest in small animal surgery. In Dr. Casuccio's free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, John, reading, watching favorite TV shows and staying fit. Many clients know her by her maiden name, Dr. Rachel Cherico.
Veterinarian Dr. Nicole Young hails from Wisconsin. She is a military veteran who, after completing military service, attended veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Young practiced at North Kenilworth Veterinary Care in Phoenix for 5 years before joining our team. Dr. Young is a runner and often competes in weekend races. She enjoys cooking and reading as well as spending time with fiance', Colin, and her dog "Ava" (pictured here).
Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Keaira was born and raised in Arizona. She graduated from Carrington College CVT program in 2013. Keaira has a passion for animals, and eventually would like to go back to school to become a Veterinarian. After working each day at the veterinary hospital, Keaira enjoys spending time with her husband and her mixed breed dog named Dawg.
Veterinary Nurse Marissa was born and raised in Arizona. She is currently in school, making critical decisions on her future path. Marissa is considering a career as a veterinarian and her time at Scottsdale Animal Healthcare is critical to her future plans. She has always had a love for animals and enjoys working with them. She owns a black lab named Cooper and a pit bull named Rosie.
Veterinary Nurse Taylor is also a native Arizonian. Currently enrolled in the pre-veterinary program at ASU, Taylor is gaining valuable experience at Scottsdale Animal Healthcare for her future plans to become a veterinarian. Passionate about pets of all kinds, Taylor has a miniature pinscher named "Ella" and a cat named "Ms Tinkles."
Veterinary Nurse Lexi obtained her BS in Biology at the College of Charleston, SC and then moved back to her home state of Arizona. (She hated the wet heat!) Lexi has a small dog, "Kevin." As it works out, both Lexi and Kevin have to eat gluten free! Truly a perfectly matched pet and pet parent!
Receptionist Cassandria traveled from sea to desert. Originally from Greece, Cassandria came to Arizona at 8 years of age. She loves being a comfort to any animal but especially enjoys working with exotic pets. She has Java Green Peacocks as well as a wolf hybrid named Lykos, a Bengal cat named Devika and a Doberman named Kyro. Cassandra is passing down her veterinary experience to her daughter who wants to become a veterinarian.
Receptionist Christine grew up in Bristol, CT and has lived in Arizona for over 20 years with her daughter, Ashley. Christine is a courageous, upbeat, breast and colon cancer survivor. She has a great love and passion for all types of animals which makes working at Scottsdale Animal Healthcare a perfect fit for her. She enjoys spending her free time riding her horse and also hanging out with her 4-legged family; 2 dogs, 2 cats, a tortoise, a lizard.
Receptionist Taylor (we call her "Tay") is a native Arizonan. Tay graduated ASU with a BA in Education. However, as fate would have it, soon after graduation Tay rescued a terrier mix named Rosie. This sent her on a whole new career path and she is now back in school in a pre-veterinary program and has hopes of becoming a veterinarian soon.