Doctors and Staff
Nicole L Young, DVM, Medical Director
Dr. Young is a Wisconsin native (Go Packers!) with more recent roots in Arizona. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University (Go Devils!) and returned home to Wisconsin to complete her veterinary medical degree at the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Veterinary Medicine (Go Badgers!).
Dr. Young worked as a full time Veterinarian at North Kenilworth from June of 2015 until March of 2019. An opportunity took her elsewhere until September of 2020, at which time we welcomed her back to North Kenilworth.
Ava (pictured) is Dr. Young’s Border Collie Husky mix, whose favorite activities include singing and playing with cat toys, as well as taking runs with her human. A fan of the herding breeds, Dr. Young has another senior Border Collie, Sam who lives to play fetch
Some of Dr. Young’s other favorite pastimes include making art, reading, bike rides and cooking.
Claudia R. Channing, DVM
Dr. Claudia Channing’s father and uncle were both veterinarians, and she grew up working in her father’s small animal practice in the San Francisco Bay area. Following graduation from UC Berkley, she moved to New Orleans where she worked in small animal practice, specialty emergency hospital, and at the New Orleans Zoo.
Following in her family’s footsteps, she pursued a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University. During this time, she traveled to China to study Asiatic Black Bears and helped to design and operate one of the first animal shelters in Baton Rouge following Hurricane Katrina.
After graduating in 2008, Dr. Channing completed a 12 month internship at Alameda East Animal Hospital in Denver, CO before moving to Arizona to work as a veterinarian for the Arizona Animal Welfare League. She spent 6 years in shelter medicine at AAWL before returning to private practice where she could develop relationships with pet owners.
Dr. Channing has a fondness for all rescue animals but especially bully breeds, and cannot pass a pug without giving him a kiss. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but has a particular interest in dentistry and behavior. On her days off, Dr. Channing can be found training for dressage, stadium jumping, and cross country competitions with her horses, Romeo and Cleo.
Scott E. Hoffman, DVM
Dr. Hoffman received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in his home state from the Ohio State University. He has practiced small animal medicine in Flagstaff, Denver, and the Phoenix area respectively over the past 15 years.
Dr. Hoffman, with his contagious laughter, joined the North Kenilworth team in June 2017. He proclaims his favorite part of the veterinary medicine as surgery and socializing with the owners of his patients. Many years of high volume spay and neuter rescue work has made him extremely adept at routine procedures, but he really enjoys challenging surgical cases.
He and his wife, an Arizona native, met in the veterinary field in 2003. They share their Gilbert home with two growing boys, two cats, two Sulcata tortoises, a dog, and a budgie.
In his free time, Dr. Hoffman enjoys time with his family exploring all that Arizona has to offer, rooting his boys on at sporting events, and traveling the United States with his family.
Aja Manahan, Practice Manager, Certified Veterinary Technician
This North Dakota native moved south to Arizona with her family when she was six. At age 11, she got her first dog, Willow, from the Arizona Humane Society, and has never looked back to a pet-less life.
Aja earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Veterinary Science from the University of Arizona and passed the state examination to become a certified veterinary technician in 2011. She joined the staff at North Kenilworth Veterinary Care in the spring of 2012 where she cares for our patients and assists our veterinarians. In July 2017 she was promoted to the position of Practice Manager.
“I love seeing people with their beloved pets and how happy pets can make their owners feel. I’ve always worked with animals and cannot think of anything I would be better at or enjoy more than working in the veterinary field,” shares Aja, who enjoys hiking, volleyball, fishing and camping with her husband.
While she doesn’t exactly take her work home, she is still surrounded with animal companions. They share their Phoenix home with four dogs: Eldie, Pancake, Fern, and Vedder; and five frisky felines.
Christy Fincher, Veterinary Technician
Christy Bostick is a life-long resident of Phoenix and a graduate of Apollo College where she received her veterinary assistant certification.
The Maryvale High School alumnus grew up with dogs as family pets, and it was through their companionship that Christy realized her life’s vocation.
As a member of the compassionate team of veterinary professionals, she lends her caring and understanding nature to the many pet patients that are treated daily at North Kenilworth Veterinary Care. Christy is also responsible for all of the medical and pharmaceutical inventory ordering done at the clinic.
Away from the clinic, Christy enjoys travelling with her husband and going to movies and restaurants with friends. She enjoys gardening and cooking at home with her mixed breed dogs Cocoa and Argos. Christy’s specialty dish is salsa, made with plenty of her homegrown chili peppers, tomatoes, and cilantro. She also has six cats, including Stevie the one-eyed, three-legged, super-cat!
Joanna Garcia, Veterinary Technician
Los Angeles native Joanna moved to Phoenix with her family when she was 9 years old. She got her first dog — a black cocker spaniel named Mickey — two years later when she was 11.
“I have always had a strong love for animals,” says Joanna who attended the Veterinary Assistant Program at Apollo College. She joined the team at North Kenilworth Veterinary Care in August of 2012, and was promoted to our OSHA Safety Officer shortly after starting.
Joanna finds assisting in the care and treatment of our animal patients very rewarding personally. She also appreciates that the mission of the veterinarians and technicians is to provide conscientious and individualized care for each pet and its owner.
Away from work, Joanna enjoys reading, going to the park, and spending time with her family, which includes pitbull, Negra, Chiquita the Chihuahua, and her puppies.
Diana Reyes, Certified Veterinary Technician
Diana was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. When she joined the North Kenilworth team in 2014 we were all blown away by her kind and compassionate soul. Diana’s passion for animal care started at a young age, and after graduating high school she attended Kaplan College where she earned an associates degree in animal technology. Diana treats each patient as if he were her own pet and offers overnight pet sitting stays at client homes.
Diana lives in west Phoenix with her sisters, their four dogs and four cats. She enjoys vacationing with her family in Central Mexico where her parents reside.
Jessica Venancio, Certified Veterinary Technician
A passionate proponent of animal welfare Jessica has devoted her working life, and much of her home life, to those animals most in need. Jessica feels that every animal is deserving of quality medical care and is first to jump at helping a pet in need. Jessica began her veterinary medical career in 2001 and has become proficient in animal nursing and surgical care over the years. In 2006 Jessica passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam earning her Certified Veterinary credentials in the state of Arizona. She is a trusted member of our team and always willing to share her extensive knowledge with others.
Jessica resides in her central Phoenix home with her husband, Jason, and their dogs, Jolene and Levi.
Desiree De La Cruz, Veterinary Technician
Desiree joined the North Kenilworth team in February of 2019. Her dedication to animal welfare shows daily in her kind treatment of all of our feline, canine, and rabbit patients. Desiree began her journey in the veterinary medical field in 2011 when she attended Anthem College. She has since worked in high volume vaccination clinics in order to build her knowledge in preventative medicine. Three years of experience in this area have given her an excellent understanding of common reactions and behaviors of dogs and cats in a veterinary setting. Her aspiration at North Kenilworth are to one day feel confident in delivering anesthesia to the patients undergoing surgical procedures at our office.
Desiree shares her South Phoenix home with her three cats, her boyfriend, and his two American Staffordshire Terriers.
Sean Farmer, Certified Veterinary Technician
Sean joined our practice in April of 2019. True to his last name, he grew up on a small farm in Buckeye, AZ. Sean started his career in veterinary medicine in 2012 and gained his national and state credentials in 2015. He uses his extensive knowledge every day to provide excellent nursing care, filled with compassion to all his patients. He also shares this passion of caring for animals by teaching future veterinary technicians at Pima Medical Institute.
When he is not caring for his pets, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, going to the gym, traveling, and playing Pokémon. At home, he is the proud parent of two cats and two bearded dragons. Pictured with him are Cassiopeia and Nobunaga
Maci Segal, Veterinary Technician
Kate Aguire, Veterinary Technician
Kate grew up in Mystic, Connecticut and moved to Arizona in 2001. She has been a veterinary technician for 12 years, choosing the field after a childhood spent with dog and cat companions. Kate joined the North Kenilworth team in October of 2019.
Kate has a special affection for “primitive” dog breeds as well as animals that need help building confidence. She currently shares her home with 3 dogs, 3 cats, a horse, and she also manages a small feral animal colony on her property in Maricopa.