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.
Lead Veterinary Technician
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Erin moved to Chandler, Arizona with her family in 1998 and has been in the East Valley ever since. Graduating from Chandler-Gilbert Community College with an AA in Fine Art, Erin decided to save art as a hobby and go another route. She entered the wonderful world of veterinary medicine in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. Her career started in a large-scale hospital/boarding facility in Tempe that fostered her passion for the field. Her particular interests lie in emergency and the strange, ooey-gooey cases that come through the hospital.
Erin goes home to an ever-energetic senior Pitbull named Murphy, an aloof feline name Dr. Niles and a planted aquarium with a Betta fish and two African dwarf frogs. When she is not at work, Erin spends her time doing ceramics, kayaking and cross stitching.
Tate was born and raised in Arizona. He joined our team in December of 2020 with over 5 years of pet experience. He has a terrier mix named Beans and a community planted fish tank. When he isn’t helping us at work he enjoys being home to take care of his 80+ houseplants and thrift shopping.
Tia is a Native Arizonan and has lived here all her life. She graduated from EVIT in 2019 with her Veterinary Assistant certification. She is one of our boarding techs here at Anasazi Animal Clinic who joined us In July of 2020. She loves seeing all the friendly faces and working with all your furry friends.
One of her main hobbies is riding horses and training with them. She has more experience with horses but also loves dogs and cats and has enjoyed expanding her knowledge. She loves hanging out with her family and completing craft orders for their family business. She has 2 dogs, 2 cats and 1 guinea pig. Her love for animals will hopefully lead her to her ultimate goal of being a midwife for horses.
Oliva grew up in Missouri in a place near Saint Louis most of her life until July of 2020. Her family decided to move across the country to Mesa, AZ in order to be closer to some newly found family members. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2016. She graduated in 2018 with her associates degree in animal technology at Hickey college, Vet Tech Institute in St. Louis. While attending college she had the great experience of working with many species of animals. Reptiles are one of her favorites. She currently owns 3 dogs and 1 cat. Her hobbies are fishing, cooking, and drinking Starbucks.
Office Manager, CVT
Originally from Oregon, Shawn joined Anasazi Animal Clinic in January 2021. She brings with her 20 plus years of veterinary experience and a life long love of animals. Shawn passed both the state and national boards to become a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2006 and graduated with honors from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s in Applied Biological Sciences in 2018.
Shawn started her veterinary career in 1994 as a receptionist. She then worked her way up to Veterinary Assistant, Veterinary Technician and eventually to Surgery Supervisor. Although she loved working as a technician, she developed an interest in office management. Shawn still enjoys having the freedom to use her technician skills whenever possible.
Shawn shares her life with her husband, four daughters, her grandson, and a long list of special needs pets that she welcomed home over the years. The list includes three horses, two dogs, nine cats and three doves. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at Canyon Lake, making home improvements and the occasional trip back to Oregon.
Originally from Farmington, New Mexico, Destinee moved to San Tan Valley, Arizona in 2012 and now calls Chandler her forever-home. She has been in the veterinary field since 2017 and loves to see the fuzzy friendly faces that come into the clinic each day. Destinee is very family oriented and enjoys coming home to her children each evening. During her spare time she loves collecting house plants and working up new recipes in the kitchen. Destinee has a sassy feline named Toast and is awaiting her new kitten Flapjack. She also has a lovely Beta fish named Gil!!
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Michaela lived in Minnesota for most her life and just moved to Arizona this summer. She grew up on a farm and has been around a variety of animals. Michaela doesn’t currently have any pets but loves to see all the friendly faces that come to Anasazi. In her spare time, Michaela enjoys doing yoga and spending time outside.