Kayla Boyer, DVM, Owner
Dr. Boyer is a native of Oklahoma, where she attended the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 1995, Dr. Boyer practiced medicine in Maryland in a predominantly equine practice. Dr. Boyer decided to move to Arizona based on her experiences working on the Hopi Indian Reservation as an extern. She has been practicing small animal medicine exclusively since relocating to Tucson in 1996. Dr. Boyer enjoys the animal and human interaction of preventive medicine, and the diagnostic challenges of internal medicine. Her overall favorite area of veterinary care is in surgery.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Boyer enjoys outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking and “day trips” on her motorcycle. In 2005, Dr. Boyer began taking flying lessons to obtain her private pilots license. Dr. Boyer shares her home with her partner,
Mary, and their three dogs Loki, Maya, and John Doe.Dr. Boyer actively pursues the newest techniques and science on the standard of care, disease prevention, and management of chronic health conditions. Because Dr. Boyer values her client relationships, she makes providing information and education a core value of her practice.
Emilio- Hey humans, my name’s Emilio. My three brothers and I were abandoned on the doorstep of Speedway Veterinary in October of 2012 when I was only 8 weeks old. The staff took me in and I have kept them on their toes ever since. When I am not loving on clients or prowling for food, you can find me curled up on the printer in the lobby.
The humans tell me I’m mischievous, but they all seem to love me a whole lot.
I’m Charley, Emilio’s annoying little sister.
I was brought in with 2 of my siblings in the spring of 2017 when I was 1 week old; malnourished, cold and a small chance of survival.
Dr. Boyer and her staff were able to nurse me back to health, but unfortunately my siblings did not make it.
Everyone here calls me a troll as I like to hide on top or behind things and glare judgingly at everyone, but isn’t that what I am supposed to do as a cat? It has taken me a while to come out of my shell, but I am slowly becoming more brave and may one day even visit with the people who come through the door, until then I’ll leave the greeting and treat stealing to my older brother and let him get in trouble for it!
Kathleen Clisham moved to the Tucson area in 2007 from Chicago, Illinois.
She is ecstatic to find a clinic with such a devotion to small animal care and with such a wonderful team to work with.
Kathleen has worked in the veterinary industry for six years and has a true passion for the bond between humans and companion animals.
She is currently earning a degree in Veterinary technology and an associate’s degree in Science.
Kathleen has a Miniature Pinscher named Kahlua, a Chihuahua named Malibu, two Rottweilers, Guinness and Tecate, five cats, Mortimer, Max, Patron, Whiskers and Sebastian, five doves and a parakeet. In her spare time she loves to design clothes and accessories for her pets.
Robert Lumsden moved to the states in 2004 from New Brighton, England. He is married to his best friend who is also working in the veterinary field. He has a total of six pets which include two dogs (Jess and Jane), two cats (Red and Blu), and two cockatiels (Kane and Able).
Originally, he went to school as a medical assistant, but a lucky break showed him that veterinary care was the field for him. In his spare time he enjoys camping with his wife and dogs, fishing anywhere he can, drawing, and of course the guitar.
He loves his work and enjoys the opportunity to work with the Dr. and staff. He builds an amazing bond with every animal that come’s through the door,healthy or sick.
Liana Ruggles is a native Arizonan. She was born in Sierra Vista and grew up in Phoenix.
Liana decided to become a Veterinary Technician, and proceeded to attend Apollo College in 2003, graduating in 2004.
Liana moved to Colorado for a short time, where she received her first job in the veterinary field as a Kennel Technician. After working in Colorado for 10 months, she decided the cold weather wasn’t quite for her, so she moved back to Arizona, this time settling in Tucson to be with her mother.
Liana spent quite a few years in emergency medicine, and enjoyed her time working in ER, but eventually felt a smaller, more personal facility would be best for her. Liana then found Speedway Veterinary and has been a wonderful and very entertaining addition to the Crew.
In her free time, Liana enjoys rollerblading, walking her dogs around Reid Park, doing puzzles, and collages. Liana owns two dogs, Jaeda, a shar-pei Shiba Inu mix and Jeeters, a Lab Chow mix.
She also owns a cat named Mina, a DLH Calico, and a newly adopted kitten named Leonitis, an Orange Tabby. Liana really enjoys working at SVH, loves the relationships she gets to develop with each client, and thinks the SVH crew is awesome!
Bekah I was born here in Tucson, Arizona, but as a military brat I moved around a lot growing up. After Arizona, we moved to Florida, then Virginia, then Spain where we traveled about, and back to Virginia. Our second stay in Virginia lasted 6 years, which is the longest I’ve ever lived in one place. While I made lasting friendships there, and discovered that I want to be in the veterinary field, my hearts’ home has always been the desert, and I’m glad to be back in Tucson for a while.
I have two associates, and am planning on earning my Bachelors in Veterinary Science and moving on to vet school. My ultimate goal is to be a veterinary orthopedic surgeon, but we’ll see where my path takes me on this adventure. Currently, I’m working as a kennel technician, and I’m loving the work environment and crew here at SVH.
I’ve always had a passion for animals that would get me in trouble with my parents when I brought strays home, and working in the veterinary field has been amazing. I’m lucky enough to say that I truly enjoy my job. Each new patient steals my heart, and it’s a privilege to be allowed to help provide the best medical care they can receive.
Outside of work, I play rugby for the local women’s team on the weekends. Otherwise, I’m a homebody and like to relax and study on the weekends.
Hello! My name is Tina Pant, I was born in Long Beach, CA and moved to Tucson, AZ in 1990.
I have three children, Michael, Jason, and Demetria.
Four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
I have such a love for animals I volunteered and became a foster mom when I could.
Now that my children are grown I decided to go back to school and get my certificate as a veterinary assistant.
Speedway Veterinary Hospital has become my second home, and I couldn’t have found a more compassionate place to work.
I live with my three fur babies: Cowboy is a 12 yr old chow mix, Sadie is a 12 yr old Australian Shepherd mix, and Louie is a 7 yr old Boston Terrier.
In my spare time I like to read, renovate my house and spend time refurbishing furniture.
Brittany Colgan I am a new transplant to Tucson from (most recently) Illinois.
As a military brat I have lived all over the United States & after marrying into the military I moved around some more! My family has finally been able to make a permanent home here in Arizona & I couldn’t be happier about it.
My family consists of my husband, son, daughter, 4 dogs (a lab mix, pit bull, 2 bulldogs), 1 very old cat (Devon Rex), 2 goldfish & freshwater aquarium fish. During my spare time my family & I enjoy hiking/camping, I love to craft/paint & watch my kids play sports.
I have been in the veterinary since 2006 & have had opportunities to work all over the country in different practices during my many moves. I love creating relationships with my furry patients & have the pleasure of keeping them happy and healthy with the reward of wagging tails, purring & puppy kisses! I am excited to join this great group of people as my new SVH family!
I have been living in Arizona since July of 2015. The majority of my life has been spent on the east coast from Massachusetts to the sunny state of Florida.
From a young age I had aspirations of having a career in veterinary medicine and started that dream as a veterinary technician in central Florida.
Loving Arizona life, I am thrilled to have found such an amazing practice and have the opportunity to work with some phenomenal people here.
I have two fur babies at home, a chihuahua named Neeka, and a fluffy cat named Mr. Jeffery. I also have a ball python named Rafael.
In my spare time I thoroughly enjoy being outdoors, especially near water. I also am a bit of a gear head and enjoy tinkering with cars as well as play guitar.
Hello, my name is Stephanie
I was born and raised in Tucson, Az. As a little girl I would always beg my mom to take me to every Vet visit any of my fur babies needed. I made it my biggest goal to do what I love, so I became a Veterinary Technician.
I have four of my own fur babies now; A Rottweiler German Shepard mix named Rose, A terrier mix named Rusty, and two cats named Kit and Memphis.
In my spare time out of the offic
e I enjoy running at the dog park with my dogs and just relaxing with my cats. I also love going up the mountains and enjoying the greenery and cooler weather.
Sara Verhaeghe moved to Tucson Arizona in 2002 from Overland Park, Kansas.
She has always had a passion for animals and in 2007 joined a small animal clinic and discovered all the opportunities and wonderful moments working in this profession can bring.
She found Speedway Veterinary Hospital in 2016 and instantly knew it would be the perfect fit for her.
She is currently attending the Veterinary Technician Program at Pima Community College and will graduate May 2018. At home she lives with her daughter Jenna, along with her two dogs Piper and Prudence, and two cats Marley and Kiwi.