Meet Our Team
DR. SHELLY MARTIN
Veterinarian – Owner
Shelly Martin, DVM, founder and owner of Desert Paws Mobile
Veterinary Care is a true desert girl at heart having been born and raised in Tucson, AZ. A passionate advocate for low stress handling for dogs and cats. Dr. Shelly strives to provide high quality medicine in a gentle and calm manner to alleviate any fear or anxiety in her patients. Her goals are to educate pet owners so that they can provide the best care for their companion animals.
From a young age she was drawn to work with animals and her parents would always find her helping animals in need, whether it be a stray or just a pet that was lost. When she was young she suffered the tragic loss of a beloved dog to parvo after trying to nurse him to health. This experience made her quickly realize that she wanted to spend her life helping animals.
Dr. Shelly has an extensive past in the veterinary field including working as a kennel assistant, receptionist, veterinary assistant and veterinary nurse. She started working in the veterinary field while she attended the University of Arizona where she majored in Veterinary Science. In 2002, she was accepted into veterinary school at St.
George’s University in Grenada where she completed her first semester. She then transferred to Kansas State University to complete the remainder of her training in order to be closer to home after her father was diagnosed with cancer. After graduating from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, Shelly returned home to Tucson where she practiced in a busy clinical setting for 11 years.
Desert Paws was founded in 2017 in order to provide more personalized care in an environment where pets and their owners are more relaxed. Shelly has seen many animals over the years develop high anxiety as well as physical and psychological stress in a hospital setting. With gentle handling in the home and techniques that lessen fear, she hopes to improve pets overall veterinary experience. Having practiced with state of the art equipment for many years, it was also imperative to her that she be able to provide the same quality of care with her mobile practice. Advanced diagnostic capabilities are important to help uncover and accurately treat medical conditions. Along with low stress and fear free handling, other areas of veterinary interest include internal medicine, feline medicine, soft tissue surgery and ultrasound.
Outside of work, Dr. Shelly enjoys spending time with her high school sweetheart and husband, Jeremy, and their two children Myles and Corrin. They share their home with two senior cats she calls her “old men” named Diggler and Toby and two dogs named Ruthe and Obi. You will often hear her tell stories about “crazy Obi” who is a jack russell mix with lots of energy. Shelly and Jeremy have always loved international travel and are excited to share this love of travel with their children. She looks forward to meeting you and your family soon!
DR. AIMEE RODDEN
Dr. Aimee Rodden is a Southern Arizona native, growing up in the desert outside of Sahuarita. She spent her childhood roaming the desert with the family dog Max and his protégé Bruno. Her family also always had (has) cats, typically at least 5, one for each member of the family. She knew at a young age she wanted to be a dog and cat veterinarian, and pursued her medical education at Washington State University (Go Cougs!) after finishing her bachelor’s in Pre-Veterinary Science at the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!). Following graduation she completed a small animal rotating internship in Mesa Arizona.
Dr. Rodden was a small animal general practitioner on the east side of Tucson prior to joining Desert Paws Mobile Veterinary Care. Her special interests are preventative medicine, internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and preventative dentistry. She enjoys developing a close bond with her patients and their owners and looks forward to being able to continue the high quality care she is used to providing with Desert Paws.
Outside of veterinary medicine Dr. Rodden enjoys spending time with her young family and her pets (4 cats and 1 dog), traveling, helping her husband with his many leather-working projects, watching movies and meeting friends for coffee.
DR. ELISA MARUSICH
Dr. Elisa Marusich was born in the quaint historic mining town of Bisbee , Arizona on the US bicentennial. Growing up she was the pied piper of animals as soon as she could walk and was obsessed with all of Jim Henson’s shows.
At 18, she attended the University of Arizona –at the height of one of its most historic times for the men’s basketball team when they won the 1997 NCAA championship under the legendary coaching of Lute Olsen. Elisa enjoyed college not just as a sports fan, because she got to pick the subjects that always held her interest, Veterinary Science and
Microbiology. She fed her desire for travel and adventure by pursuing her DVM in the West Indies and graduated from St. George’s University Cum Laude in 2006.
Once out of college and after her first year of practice as a mixed animal vet, she realized her desires were leading her to a life caring for and
advocating for our smaller companion animals and the human animal bond.She has been a small animal veterinarian in Tucson for the past 11 years.
She has been a small animal veterinarian in Tucson for the past 11 years. Always seeking more knowledge and how to better serve her patients, Dr. Marusich is Human Animal Bond certified by HABRI (the Human Animal Bond Research Institute) and has recently earned certification as a Fear Free Professional. She has a personal interest in Animal Behavior and pocket pets (probably because they remind her of Nifflers and Murtlaps). She likes to think she has a green thumb, and a knack for propagating Monarch butterflies.
Dr. Marusich lives in town with her family and magically managed menagerie of animals, cats; MJ, Thomas, KC, Bento and Sushi, dog; Oni, guinea pigs; Rogo Gains, and Toothy Smallz, mice; Princess Peony and Stuffs, newly rescued pond turtle; Donna(tella) and the oldest of the lot, 24 year old desert tortoise; Pepe.
DR. MAGGIE JOHNSON
Dr. Maggie Johnson graduated with her Bachelors of Science from
Colorado State University and then received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University. She is a native of Tucson, AZ that is
passionate about the health and wellness of all animals. When she’s not taking care of other people’s beloved pets, Maggie loves to be outside hiking and running with her dog Cain and wife Amanda.
Danielle Rincon, Practice Manager at Desert Paws Veterinary Care, is a Tucson native. Her love for animals started at a very young age and eventually grew into her future career goals as a college student.
Throughout college, Danielle worked as a Veterinary Nurse and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Sciences in 2015. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Grand Canyon University. Her true passion has always been with helping animals and she love’s being able to dedicate every day to knowing that both the patient and the client are receiving the best care possible.
Danielle has been happily married to her high school sweetheart, Daniel for four years. They live with their two Labrador Retrievers, Spencer & Luke; as well as their Hermann’s Tortoise, Dalilah. Danielle has spent volunteer time raising, fostering, and training two puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind; to aid people with visual disabilities. In her spare time, Danielle loves photography, traveling, exercise, horseback riding, reading and watching college basketball (Go Cats!). With almost a decade of veterinary experience and future MBA, Danielle is very excited to bring her experience in both fields, into managing a mobile practice.
CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician)
Frank is an Arizona native. He began his career in 2014 while volunteering at a local horse ranch. It was then he knew working with animals was his true calling. Frank enrolled at Pima Medical Institute and graduated with a Veterinary Assistant certificate and shortly after was introduced to Dr. Martin and Dr. Rodden. After a year of working as an assistant, he went back to Pima Medical Institute to get his Associate Degree in Applied Sciences and graduated as a Veterinary Technician. Frank also took the national and state certification test and passed! He had finally realized his dream of becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician.
He loves spending time with his friends, family, and Fiancé. Frank also enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, four wheeling, and working with his horse. He has two dogs; Ginger and Bagheera, and one horse named Keecha.
CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician)
Jesse was born and raised on the east side of Tucson. Growing up, she always had a deep love for animals and a fascination in wildlife. When she was a young adult, she began volunteering for the Human Society of Southern Arizona walking dogs a couple days a week. Wanting to learn more about the medical side of the field, she enrolled in Pima Community College. Jesse graduated with honors in 2015 and received her Associates in Veterinary Sciences. She then went on to take her national and state boards to become a Certified Veterinary Technician.
Jesse has two rescue dogs named Rocky and Zelda who she enjoys going for long walks with. She loves spending the rest of her free time with her husband and son. Their favorite activities include going on road trips, especially to the ocean and spending as much time as they can outdoors, instilling her love for nature and animals in her young son.
Iliana was born in Tucson and lived in Nogales, Sonora as a young child. At the age of six, Iliana and her family moved to Tucson and have lived in the old pueblo ever since. Her favorite things about Tucson are Monsoon Season, the Catalina Mountains and the annual All Souls Procession Parade.
At home Iliana lives with her husband, Angel and three Labradors, Salsa, Bernie and Teddy. Her and her husband enjoy going on walks with their dogs and working on projects for their home. Iliana enjoys spending time with her parents and younger brother, snowboarding and yoga.
Throughout her life Iliana has been drawn to animals. After high school she pursued a career in the Veterinary Field and found that she loves Surgery and Anesthetics. She is very excited to be part of the Desert Paws Family.
Patricia was raised in Tucson Arizona and has lived here most of her life. Her passion for animals drew her to complete a Veterinary Assistant certification in 2014 at Pima Community College, as well as beginning the work towards a Biology degree through Arizona State University. Patricia has been working in the Veterinary field since 2016. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and spending time with family, especially with her rottweiler, Malchick.
Client Service Representative
Hillary Forney is a native Tucsonan and has lived here all her life. Her love for animals started when she was a little girl obsessed with horses, dogs, and cats. She started at Pima Community College at age 18 to pursue a dance career. At 20 she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. This did put a hold on her dance dreams, but opened another door to the veterinary field. Little did she know, that she would fall in love with client service, client education, and giving each pet the individualized attention, they need. She has worked in this field for 8 years in various positions such as; Pet Resort Supervisor, Client Service Representative, Rehabilitation Technician, and Public Relations Manager. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, animal rescue, watching Netflix series with her husband Jesse, playing with their dogs Diva and Eva, hanging out with their families/friends, and spoiling her nieces and nephews.
Client Service Representative, CVPM
Lisa spent most of her life overseas in England and Germany, and started her animal career as an Aquatic Specialist. After many years of helping aquatic life, she decided to pursue a career in the veterinary field. She attended school at the University of Maryland, and graduated with honors from Pima Medical Institute.
Her previous veterinary experience includes being a Veterinary Office Manager, Hospital Director, CSR Supervisor, Practice Manager, and Hospital Administrator. Lisa pursued her career further by obtaining her CVPM (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager).
Being a Hospital Administrator for many, many years, Lisa decided to join the Desert Paws team as a CSR because she realized that she missed the client and patient interaction, and wanted to spend more time with her family.
“My love of animals drew me to the profession. I love to help those who cannot help themselves.”
Client Service Representative
Shea is a Tucson native. She is currently working as a CSR and has high hopes to become a veterinary technician.
She has been in the veterinary field since 2018, and previously was a manager at a restaurant before following her true passion of working with animals. She is very passionate about all animals and about what she does.
During her free time, she works with horses, hikes in our beautiful desert scenery, hangs out with her pibble mix, and spends time with family.