Meet Our Team

Noe’s Ark 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.


Dr. Michelle Mendolia

Dr. Mendolia's Bio
My name is Dr. Michelle Mendolia. I was born and raised in the valley, graduated from Mountain View High School in 1990 and went on to earn my Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Arizona in Tucson. I received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) in 2004 and then completed an externship at the Phoenix Zoo as well as a small internship and radiology fellowship at VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center in Mesa. I enjoy all aspects of general practice, but am especially interested in preventative medicine, nutrition, diagnostic imaging, and internal medicine. Outside of work, I have fun watching sporting events especially when my Cardinals and Diamondbacks are on. I am an outdoor enthusiast and enjoy traveling, camping, fishing, golfing, and skiing. I currently live in Mesa with my husband Richie and my two furkids: Bogey, a three year old Mini Australian Shepherd, and Pepper, a 1 year old rescue mix.

Dr. Shannon Sura

Veterinarian / Medical Director
Dr. Sura's Bio
Dr. Sura moved to Arizona in 2006 when she bought a small animal practice in South Scottsdale. Prior to this Dr. Sura graduated from Tufts Veterinary School in 2002 and then practiced small animal medicine in Las Vegas for four years. Dr. Sura sold her practice after 7 1/2 years to move into a role as a professional services veterinarian. While working in the animal health industry, Dr. Sura completed an MBA through ASU. Dr. Sura had previously been working part-time for Bark Avenue since 2014 and became our medical director in 2020.

Dr. Dahlquist


Dr. Dahlquist's Bio

Dr. Dahlquist is a native Cave Creeker and loves the desert and the Arizona weather. After high school, she moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona, then to the UK to attend veterinary school and to see the world. She graduated veterinary school from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in 2012. She enjoys emergency medicine, small mammals, and pathology. She spends her free time traveling, rock climbing, and cooking.



Kennel Manager

Marie's Bio
My name is Marie, I was born and raised here in the valley. I’ve loved, rescued, and cherished animals since I was a child. I’ve always had a small zoo from the normal pets like dogs and cats to the normal exotics like bunnies, rats, mice, hamsters, and snakes, to the abnormal pets like pot belly pigs, wolf hybrids, and opossums. I currently have cats, dogs, rats (Norwegian and African soft furs), bearded dragons, a ball python, a chameleon, an Asian water monitor, bunnies, and 5 different types of roaches. My zoo has now expanded to learning and successfully growing food (rats and roaches) for my reptiles. I constantly want to be learning about animals and ways to make their lives better. I plan to become a certified vet tech and continue and eventually become a veterinarian and specialize in exotics. When I’m not taking care of animals I love to stay active by hiking and skating. I look forward to caring for your pet!


Practice Manager

Joe's Bio

Joe has been in the veterinary field since he moved to Arizona in the mid-90s. He has worked in general practice, emergency, and specialty medicine as both a veterinary technician and a practice manager. Originally from Connecticut, he has 4 boys, 2 dogs, and 5 cats.

Certified Veterinary Technicians


Certified Veterinary Technician
Donna's Bio
My name is Donna and was born and raised in Michigan until 2011. I graduated in 1997 from Macomb Community College with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology and received my Licensed Veterinary Technician certificate. I have worked in general practice, research, and exotic practices. I am proud to have also taught in the Veterinary Technology program for 5 years, and taught obedience for 5 years. I got married to my husband, Jeff, in 2008 and we live happily with our terrier mixes, Egan and Cupcake, Marty the miniature poodle, my two cats, Chaplin and Ripley, and Mumbles the Quaker Parakeet. I also have a blackbelt in Karate, love playing the guitar, reading and being healthy!


Certified Veterinary Technician
Ellyn's Bio
Coming soon!



Veterinary Assistant
Kayla's Bio
Coming soon!

Client Service Representatives


Client Service Representative
Diana's Bio
My name is Diana and I have lived in Arizona since 1986 after coming from Oklahoma. I have been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2003. My husband, Jim, is retired from the military, and my son Sean and daughter Katie both live in the valley. My pets include Stella the malti-poo who is the unofficial mascot of Noe’s Ark, and Pistol the chihuahua that was recently adopted as a stray brought to our hospital.


Client Service Representative
Anita's Bio
My name is Anita and I am originally from Illinois, where I was raised on a farm with many animals. I moved to Arizona when I was 18 to attend University of Arizona where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration. I have now been in the veterinary field for 16 years and absolutely love it. I have been happily married for 20 years and have 2 sons, 4 step-daughters, 6 grandkids, and 2 dachshunds. My hobbies include spending time with my huge family, yoga, camping, hiking, and repurposing home décor.


Client Service Representative
Kylie's Bio
My name is Kylie and I have been with Noe’s Ark since 2014. I was born and raised in Gilbert, Arizona and have had animals my whole life including dogs, chickens, turkeys, standard and miniature horses, and fish. My current furry family consists of 2 German Shepherds, a corgi mix, 2 Yorkie/Tibetan mixes, and 5 horses (can you tell I love animals?). I enjoy traveling, concerts, movies, and playing with my dogs, nieces and nephews.


Client Service Representative
Brittany's Bio
My name is Brittany and I have been a groomer for 11+ years. I started out as a bather and was taught by another groomer on how to do breed specific and unique haircuts. I have groomed at many places such as Pete & Mac’s, Dippity Do Dog and Petco and have learned new techniques from each place. I am also always studying to learn new techniques to better my craft. I am excited to be working for Noe’s Ark Animal Hospital and look forward to meeting you and your pet.


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.

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 Operations

Joe's Bio
Bio coming soon!

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Call: 480-830-6810
Text: 480-571-4994
Fax: 480-830-6347


717 N Lindsay Rd
Mesa, AZ 85213

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Sat & 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