Dr. Alan Mafara
Dr. Alan Mafara came from Zimbabwe in 2003 after having graduated in 1993 from the University of Zimbabwe. He came to AZ to be with his wife, Sharon, who he met in an exchange program between the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Zimbabwe’s veterinary school.
Since moving to Arizona, Dr. Mafara has become passionate about preventative care, orthopedic surgery and veterinary dentistry in primarily dogs and cats. He spends time with his mentors at Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists in order to improve his dentistry skills.
Dr. Mafara and Sharon share their home with their son, daughter, and a boxer mix called Girlfriend. Their after hours activities are usually centered on the kids who like chasing hot air balloons and attending swimming lessons. Dr. Mafara also enjoys the local sports teams and catching a Cardinals, Diamondbacks or Suns game whenever he can. He hasn’t quite yet become a Coyotes fan since he says he still has to learn how hockey works! For relaxation, however, he finds a round of golf is a welcome bonus.
Dr. Sharon Langeneckert
Dr. Langeneckert didn’t always know she wanted to be a vet but it seemed to make sense by the time she was a teenager. She was the kid who tried to rescue stray cats in the neighborhood and save worms that were drowned out of the lawn. In high school, she became very interested in physiology and biology. Her high school offered a work for school credit program so she obtained a position at a local veterinary clinic. It was there that she saw her first surgery and became hooked.
Having grown up in Michigan, she attended Michigan State University for both undergraduate work and veterinary school, graduating in 1994. Right after graduation, she looked for a place that didn’t have as much snow and relocated to the Phoenix area. Since then she has really enjoyed helping cats and dogs and the interactions she gets to have with their owners.
There is a special place in her heart for her feline patients, but there is nothing like a soft nose and wagging tail of a dog as well.
She and her husband have 2 kids, 1 cat and 1 dog. The kids like helping with the pets when they need medical attention. Maybe we have the next generation of vets here. We’ll see.
As a Veterinary Assistant at Anasazi since August of 2016, Chris’s job is to help keep the hospital clean, care for the animals boarding here, check in patients and gather medical history for the doctor. Chris enjoys seeing pets healthy and happy, especially after an illness and credits the success of Anasazi to the incredible team he gets to work with on a daily basis. Since childhood, Chris has always liked the idea of working with animals and earned his certificate for veterinary assistant from the East Valley Institute of Technology.
A Chandler, AZ, native, Chris enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as reading comic books and playing video games. Making people laugh when they need it is another of Chris’s many talents.
Lead Veterinarian Technician
Caitlyn joined the Anasazi Animal Clinic family in December of 2014 after being in private practice since 2012. She loves spending time with new puppies and educating new pet parents on how to keep their fur babies happy and healthy! Caitlyn is most proud of how hard everyone at Anasazi works together as a team and all the lives they change. She attended the East Valley Institute of Technology, graduating in 2012 as a veterinary assistant.
Arizona born and raised, Caitlyn currently lives in Phoenix with her boyfriend, their son, two crazy cats and four spunky dogs – one of whom was a stray hit by a car a few years ago. She saved his life by bringing him in, fixing him up and making him a part of her family! She is fond of saying, “Our home is full of love and fur!” When not helping patients, Caitlyn loves spending quality time with family, hiking, taking bike rides through the city and playing a good game of fetch with the pups.
Lisa started working at Anasazi Animal Clinic in May of 2007 as a kennel assistant before being promoted to veterinary assistant. She has been in the field of veterinary medicine since 2003. Her passion in helping sick pets feel better drives her and she especially enjoys monitoring for dental procedures, cleaning the teeth and obtaining dental x-rays. Growing up, Lisa aspired to become a veterinarian, but soon discovered she liked the tech side of it more, so she decided to switch careers and go to school to become a CVT. Lisa has an Associate Degree in Science, as well as work in training. Her favorite thing is when a pet comes back for a checkup after being ill and she finds they are doing so much better.
Originally from Denver, CO, Lisa now lives in Queen Creek with her boyfriend and two dogs. When not at the office, Lisa enjoys fishing, baking, cooking and hanging out with family. Speaking of baking, Lisa also makes gourmet cupcakes on the side.
Patti is originally from California. She lived in Arizona and decided she wanted to come back because not only does she love the desert but she also loves how easily accessible the outdoor activities are. She has been in the veterinary field for 16 years now and still can’t seem to get enough. Patti loves helping all your fur babies and making long term relationships with the clients. She really enjoys teaching people how to take proper care of their pets and can’t find a lot she isn’t fond of in the veterinary field. She has three dogs and two parrots. In her free time she enjoys horseback riding, hiking, camping, kayaking and reading.
Client Service Representative
Akeela joined our family in June of 2019. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska she moved out to chandler in 2008. She immediately began training in the vet field due to her extreme love for animals. She is now cross-trained in multiple positions throughout the hospital. She is very passionate about animals and helping to save lives! In her free time, she enjoys dancing, painting, being outdoors and spending time with her 3 dogs and 1 kitty.
Customer Service Representative
Originally from Farmington New Mexico, Destinee moved to San Tan Valley, Arizona in 2012 and now calls Chandler her forever-home. She is very family oriented and enjoys coming home to her fiancé and two children. Destinee does not have any animals of her own currently but enjoys seeing all of the friendly faces that come into the clinic. She is grateful to be able to give them love whenever they visit. During her spare time she likes to try new arts and crafts projects with her kids, enjoys outdoor activities like gardening and likes to work up new recipes in the kitchen!