Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Palo Verde Animal Hospital in Phoenix! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 602-944-9661 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!


Dr. Ross Babcock

Dr. Babcock is a 1967 graduate of Colorado State University. He was raised in the Phoenix area and has been very active in the community for over 35 years. He has more than 35 years of experience treating birds and raising parrots. He has devoted most of his free time to organizations such as the Phoenix Lions Club, as well as serving as a Boy Scout Leader. Dr. Babcock’s special areas of interest are avian, reptile and primate medicine.

Dr. Anna Krumins

Dr. Krumins comes to the practice via Indiana and Virginia. She is a graduate from the University of Notre Dame (B.A.) and Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine (DVM ’14) after which she practiced at a reproductively focused clinic in northern Virginia. Dr. Krumins’ areas of interest are soft tissue surgery, pediatrics, and dentistry. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Arizona, hiking, skiing, and traveling. She has owned a parakeet, ferret, hamster, newts, and dogs.

Dr. Sharon Ottman

Dr. Ottman grew up in Phoenix and attended Northern Arizona University for her undergraduate studies.  She graduated with her DVM from Colorado State University in 1993. From there, she served in the United States Army taking care of sea lions on navy bases, horses for the army, and Military Working Dogs. After her military service, she practiced in various small animal hospitals across the country, before returning home to the Phoenix area. She has been with Palo Verde Animal Hospital for the last ten years. Dr. Ottman's medical interests include preventive medicine and helping pets enjoy their golden years. In her free time, she and her husband enjoy visiting their college children and playing with their own four-legged critters including dogs, tortoises, and horses.


Christina Martinez

Administrative Manager

Christina joined our Palo Verde team in October 2017 as a Front Office Supervisor and was then promoted to Administrative Manager in January 2018. Christina’s professional background is in the business side of veterinary medicine and she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 2012.  She recently got married at the Phoenix Zoo and has three adult children, along with several pets. In her spare time, she loves to go out boating on Lake Pleasant with her husband and she attends a hot yoga class now and then. She’s looking forward to many more years of success at Palo Verde Animal Hospital.

Anna Rudoy

Clinical Manager

Anna has been a part of the Palo Verde family since June 2012. Her passion has always been to bring healing to people and their pets. Her education and background include; living in Europe for 16 years, speaking Polish fluently, studying as a dance major from Columbia College, and dancing professionally with the Boston Ballet and the Mannheim Dance Academy in Germany. She loves to work with the doctors and staff at Palo Verde Animal Hospital.

Customer Service Representatives

Isabel, CSR

Isabel joined Palo Verde in March 2018. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northern Arizona University in 2016 and hopes to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine or Microbiology. She has a variety of interests that include sewing and costuming, DIY projects, tabletop RPG’s, and of course animals. Isabel shares her home with her fiancé and 2 dogs, a corgi-heeler mix named Kili and a lab-mix named Hilde.

Melanie, CSR

Melanie became an official member of the Palo Verde team in April 2017 after completing her externship here. She has a dog, Kylo, and a cat, Trinity. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and new baby daughter.

Veterinary Technicians

Elisa, CVT

Elisa was employed with Palo Verde for the first time in May 1997. She graduated from Long Medical Institute in 1998 and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in June of 2000. Elisa left PVAH a few times to care for her family, however she always finds her way back. Elisa has loved animals her entire life and although she cannot picture herself not being in the veterinary field, she has recently accomplished an outstanding goal of becoming a registered nurse! At her busy home, Elisa has her humans – a husband and three sons – along with dogs, cats, and chickens. Elisa is currently working on a garden and would like to add goats to her family.


Maritza joined the Palo Verde Team in July 2015. She graduated from Pima Medical Institute in January of 2016 with a degree in Veterinary Technology and is currently working towards becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. Maritza enjoys spending her free time with family, friends, and her 2-year-old Pitbull named King.


Melanie joined the Palo Verde family in July 2016 as an outpatient nurse. She has lived in Phoenix for most of her life and has always loved animals. Melanie has been working with horses, dogs, and cats for years in a variety of fields, discovering her passion for the veterinary field in 2014. Melanie shares her home with her partner of 16 years, Chuck, and their three dogs: a Dalmatian, Mama, and two Blue Nose Pit Bulls, George and Frank.


Yecely has been working at Palo Verde Animal Hospital since September 2017. She went to Pima Medical Institute for Veterinary Assistance and started at PVAH as an extern, moving quickly into a hired position as a kennel attendant. Yecely has now been promoted to Outpatient Nurse and looks forward to continuing her education to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. At home, Yecely has 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 2 chickens that she loves spending her free time with, along with her wonderful human family! Yecely chooses this career because she has a passion for animals, but mostly because she loves to help care for them as if they were her own.


Alexa joined the Palo Verde Team in May 2018, after completing her certificate in Veterinary Assisting at Pima Medical Institute. Alexa was initially hired as a general assistant and is now one of our Outpatient Nurses. Starting in January 2019, she plans to return to complete her degree in Veterinary Technology and become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Alexa has always had a passion for animals and currently has a fiancé, 2 dogs, 4 cats: “Abby”, a 7 year old yellow lab mix, and “McGee”, an 8 year old cocker spaniel, “Ducky”, a 14 year old domestic short hair, “Goose” a 4 year old domestic short hair, “Squeaks” a 4 year old domestic short hair, and “Jimmy”, a 3 year old domestic medium hair.

Holly J

Holly started at Palo Verde in July 2017 as a part-time Customer Service Representative (CSR). Since she went to college to be a veterinary assistant, her goal was to be more hands on with our patients, so Holly became a full time Outpatient Nurse in February 2018. Holly feels like animals are her life and she would do anything to help them live the long, healthy lives they deserve.

Animal Caretakers


Kari has been with Palo Verde Animal Hospital since December 2002! Her interests are animals, tandem bicycle riding, reading, camping, and eating chocolate. Kari is an Air Force brat and has traveled around quite a bit. Her family moved to Glendale, AZ in 1983 and she graduated with her twin sister from Moon Valley High School in 1985. She prefers the company of animals over people, which justifies her longevity here and makes this the perfect occupation for Kari.


Tapanga has recently joined our Palo Verde family as an animal caretaker. She grew up in a household that always had many different animals. When she was just 9, she helped raise two litters of kittens at home and she quickly developed her passion for caring for animals. She and her fiancé currently have one dog and a kitten and hope to adopt many more in the near future! Tapanga also has a strong passion for helping others and is currently going to school to become a Registered Nurse. Even with that goal, she hopes to continue to stay involved in animal care.