Meet Our Team

Bark Avenue Animal Hospital

Every one of our hospital staff members are now Fear Free Level 1 Certified

Our team is committed to providing the highest level of care for your pets.

Veterinarians

Dr. Ryan Ainsworth

Owner & Veterinarian

Dr. Ainsworth's Bio
My name is Dr. Ryan Ainsworth, I attended Arizona State University and received my undergraduate degree in Agribusiness with a pre-vet concentration in 2004. I then graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 and went on to complete a 1-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center in Mesa. I started working in general practice in 2009 and in 2014 I decided to purchase my very first practice, Mesa Northeast Animal Hospital, I then went on to purchase Noe’s Ark Animal Hospital in 2016, and then purchased Bark Avenue Animal Hospital, Bark Avenue Pet Resort, and Bark Avenue Pet Supply in 2018. A very exciting time! I became interested in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist in 2012. I am an integrative practitioner, meaning I practice both Western and Eastern medicine. I currently see dogs, cats, reptiles, and small mammals including ferrets and rabbits.

Dr. Candace Carson

Veterinarian
Dr. Carson's Bio
My name is Dr. Candace Carson. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University in 1996. I then married my college sweetheart, who became a US Marine. I traveled with him to several states and military bases for a couple of years before attending Veterinary School and in 2003 where I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University. Initially, I worked at a small animal hospital in Mission Viejo, CA for a couple of years before moving to Arizona where I worked in Scottsdale for 10 years, then joined Bark Avenue in June of 2015. My interests in Veterinary Medicine are broad including behavior and pain management, internal medicine, general surgery, and dentistry. Many pets are anxious when visiting their Vet, so I prefer to take my time to let them get to know me. I often sit on the floor with dogs and cats, letting them sit in my lap (size permitting!). My husband and I live in the area with our 2 boys and 2 dogs. In my free time, I enjoy camping, hiking, reading, gardening and serving in the Children Ministry at my church. I look forward to meeting you and your pets!

Dr. Cindie Brown

Veterinarian
Dr. Brown's Bio
My name is Dr. Cindie Brown. I was born and raised in Tucson, where I decided to be a veterinarian at the age of three. I received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and then fulfilled my dream when I earned my veterinary degree from Colorado State University. I did a 1-year internship at a Mesa veterinary hospital and began working at VCA McCormick Ranch Animal Hospital in 2003 and Bark Avenue Animal Hospital in 2018. My areas of interest include chiropractic care, complementary medicine, surgery, chronic pain, feline medicine, and dermatology. In April of 2015, I was certified in veterinary medical acupuncture. My current pets include 1 dog: Jack, a slightly neurotic German Shepherd/Lab mix, and 2 cats: Stinky, a calico cat who was living in a parking lot before I rescued and brought home, and Crash, who was run over by a car and spent several years as a hospital cat. I also have an Arabian horse named Levi, I enjoy taking him to shows, on trail rides and he even pulls a cart. I love saltwater fish, gardening, growing orchids and last but not least, playing the harp.

Directors

Ron Sosa, CVBL, CCFP

Director of Finance and Culture

Ron's Bio
My name is Ron, I have been working in the veterinary field since 2002. I have a special interest in skin diseases of companion animals and spent 7 years working with various dermatologists. I am also a member of the Arizona Veterinary Health Care Team where I keep up with continuing education and perform monthly veterinary dermatology lectures for peers across the country on VSPN (Veterinary Support Personnel Network). I traveled all the way from New York to Arizona in 2010 and now live with my spouse. 2 boys, and two pups Victoria, a Tibetan Terrier mix, and Albert, a wirehair Jack Russell Terrier!

Dr. Shannon Sura, DVM, MBA

Medical Director

Dr. Sura's Bio
Bio coming soon!

Joe Rusk

Director of Companion Animal Operations

Joe's Bio
Bio coming soon!

Certified Veterinary Technicians

Rachel

Certified Veterinary Technician
Rachel's Bio

What is your experience, including any schooling? Graduated from Madison Tech with science major in Wisconsin. Worked small, large, shelter, and emergency medicine. 22 years in profession.

What types of pets do you have at home and what are their names? American Staffordshire – Potato and 2 cats – Squirrel & Chipmunk

Why did you decide to work in the pet industry? I was not interested in human medicine.

What do you like to do in your free time?  Travel & hike.

If you could be any animal, which would you be? An elephant.

What are you passionate about? Watching my son grow up.

What is your secret talent? It’s a secret.

Lizbeth

Certified Veterinary Technician
Lizbeth's Bio

Coming soon!

Veterinary Assistants

Nicole

Lead Veterinary Assistant
Nicole's Bio

What is your experience, including any schooling? I started horseback riding at the age of 6. At 9 years old I started doing 4-H with horses, dogs, and rabbits until I was 18. After that I started teaching group lessons to kids at the barn. I’m currently knocking out classes to apply for the vet tech program.

What types of pets do you have at home and what are their names? Tucker (give me kisses) – Quarter Horse, Cochise – Golden Retriever, Beau – American Staffy, Connor – Tortise, Apache – Domestic Short Hair Cat

Why did you decide to work in the pet industry? Animals have always been a huge influence on my life, I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.

What do you like to do in your free time? I exercise horses for a family. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, anything out in nature.

If you could be any animal, which would you be? A horse – A wise and spiritual animal

What are you passionate about? My dreams, goals, family, animals and work.

What is your secret talent? Being able to stand up and flip off of my horse. Trust is everything.

Anything else you would like to mention? Thank you for giving me the opportunity to love your animals and keep them company while you’re away!

Rafael

Veterinary Assistant

Rafael's Bio

What is your experience, including any schooling?  Graduated Veterinarian from “Central University of Venezuela” Not licensed in the USA yet. About 8-9 years of experience in the animal field.

What types of pets do you have at home and what are their names? I have 2 small dogs at home, mixed breeds, named Bruno & Alexander.

Why did you decide to work in the pet industry? I truly enjoy the spiritual interaction, empathy, and soul fulfilling experience obtained with other species.

What do you like to do in your free time?  Sharing time with my family. Reading & collecting comics.

If you could be any animal, which would you be? I’d be an owl.

What are you passionate about? Imaging, x-rays, CT scans.

What is your secret talent? It’s still secret… even to me. Help me figure it out.

Anything else you would like to mention?  Please, seriously, help me figure that out!

Alyssa

Veterinary Assistant

Alyssa's Bio

What is your experience, including any schooling? Recently I graduated from the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) with a 4.0 GPA, where I studied how to be a veterinarian assistant. Additionally, I have also received my American Veterinarian Assistant certification through the NAVTA exam. Furthermore, for the past three years I have volunteered with the Phoenix Zoo on Harmony Farm and the Equine center. My duties consistened of eduating guest, husbandry, and helping lead other ZooTeens in the daily duties.

What types of pets do you have at home and what are their names? I have a German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix who is turning six this year, and her name is Barnes. I also have a bratty cat who is eleven years old and her name is Sasha, but when she is being a brat, we call her Salsa.

Why did you decide to work in the pet industry? When I was a small child, I always attracted animals and I began to have a great love or each single one. Due to this, it had made realize what I wanted to do with my life ever since I was first asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

What do you like to do in your free time? In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my family, going up north to go camping, and writing about anything that inspires me.

If you could be any animal, which would you be? If I were to be any animal in the world, I would be the ocelot because at first glance, they always took my breath away, and hat’s what I aspire to do, especially with any shows I perform in.

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about leading a life filled with purpose, helping other realize their potential and spreading awareness for mental illness.

What is your secret talent? I can flare my nostrils on command.

Anything else you would like to mention? I am very excited to be working in a place where I know I will love every day I am there.

Christina

Veterinary Assistant

Christina's Bio

What is your experience, including any schooling?  Veterinary Assistant Certification and Veterinary Technician Degree (Applied Sciences)

What types of pets do you have at home and what are their names? Kitti (DSH) & Stella (GSD)

Why did you decide to work in the pet industry? My love of animals and wanting to help them and their owners.

What do you like to do in your free time?  Read mostly fan fiction, Animal Crossing, watch movies, binge Netflix.

If you could be any animal, which would you be? A fox.

What are you passionate about? Learning as much as I can in the veterinary field. Writing fan fiction (at least trying). Trying to figure out hobbies.

What is your secret talent? Active imagination – I need help to find a talent! Being awkward!

Belen

Veterinary Assistant

Belen's Bio

What is your experience, including any schooling?  I recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors in Veterinary Science. I have also spent time in Costa Rica volunteering as a vet assistant for mobile clinics, as well as volunteering at animal shelters, wildlife rehab centers, the equine therapy & Reid Park Zoo.

What types of pets do you have at home and what are their names? Yes! I recently rescued 2 lab mix puppies, Nala & Make. They are the sweetest girls and I am so glad we found them their forever home.

Why did you decide to work in the pet industry? I have loved animals ever since I can remember and I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else!

What do you like to do in your free time?  I love to play soccer and volleyball and go on hikes. I have found some great hiking trails in Arizona.

If you could be any animal, which would you be? I would be a dolphin because I love the ocean and think they’re amazing animals.

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about animal care and animal advocacy.

What is your secret talent? I have been skiing since I was 3 years old and am a great snowboarder.

Debbie

Veterinary Assistant

Debbie's Bio
What is your experience, including any schooling?  8 years, general studies.

What types of pets do you have at home and what are their names? Kratos – Husky.

Why did you decide to work in the pet industry? I enjoy being around the pets & helping them when they can’t speak for themselves.

What do you like to do in your free time?  Spend time with my friends, hike, travel, and snowboard!

What are you passionate about? Traveling & snowboarding

Kristie

Veterinary Assistant

Kristie's Bio
What is your experience, including any schooling?  B.S. Biology/Zoology. 7 years as a marine mammal trainer/keeper.

What types of pets do you have at home and what are their names? Dog – Marty. Cat – Nemo. Salt Water Reef Tank.

Why did you decide to work in the pet industry? I knew I wanted to work with animals from a young age and I enjoy helping educate people about keeping their pets happy and healthy.

What do you like to do in your free time?  Camping, scuba diving, and anything outdoors.

If you could be any animal, which would you be? An eagle – so I could fly.

What are you passionate about? Musical theater – you will usually catch me listening to broadway soundtracks.

What is your secret talent? I was a college acapella singer.

Kelsey

Veterinary Assistant

Kelsey's Bio

Coming soon!

Conner

Veterinary Assistant

Conner's Bio
Bio coming soon!

Client Service Representatives

Amaris

Client Service Representative

Amaris' Bio

What is your experience, including any schooling?  14 years in veterinary medicine. Tech training at vocational school in Northern AZ. Equine Vet 7 years, Small Animal 7 years. I also trained in Seminary and am an ordained minister.

What types of pets do you have at home and what are their names? Horses: Peanut – Therapy Mini Horse, Candy – Pony, Sherman – Mustang BLM. Dogs: Nache, Diesel, Skylar – all mixes. Cats: Bracken, Bamboo, Arndd, Thomas. Rosie the Goat and 11 hens!

Why did you decide to work in the pet industry? I always loved animals. My 1st job was working with mules. After that it just kept leading me to this.

What do you like to do in your free time?  I am a chaplain volunteering with therapy animals all across the valley. I enjoy volunteering and helping people and animals. I am a trained counselor and enjoy volunteering. I compete in rodeos, Highland Games, and Strongman.

If you could be any animal, which would you be? A horse, bird, or ladybug. Horses are my favorite animal.

What are you passionate about? I truly love people and animals, I love helping them.

What is your secret talent? I am very patient, a fantastic baker, great at backing trailers, and can castrate a bull in under 13 minutes.

Anything else you would like to mention?  I am so happy to work at Bark Ave. I have been wanting to work here for years. I am so grateful and happy to work at such an amazing place.

Get In Touch

Contact Us

Call: 480-210-5610 ext. 1
Text: 480-571-5008
Fax: 480-807-5542
Email: hospital@barkavepet.com

Location

3109 E McKellips Rd
Mesa, AZ 85213

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Hours

Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sun: Closed

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Visit us at our convenient locations.

Bark Avenue Animal Hospital

3109 E McKellips Rd
Mesa, AZ 85213

Noe's Ark Animal Hospital

717 N Lindsay Rd
Mesa, AZ 85213

Bark Avenue Pet Resort

3109 E McKellips Rd
Mesa, AZ 85213

Bark Avenue Dog Training

3109 E McKellips Rd
Mesa, AZ 85213

The Salon at Bark Avenue

3109 E McKellips Rd
Mesa, AZ 85213

Bark Avenue Pet Supply

Mesa Location:
3109 E McKellips Rd
Mesa, AZ 85213

Gilbert Location:
835 W Warner Rd #111
Gilbert, AZ 85233