We invite yout to learn more about our doctors. Combined, we have 125 years of experience between us. Believe in our doctors.
Curt Coffman, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
Dr. Curt Coffman received his B.S. in agriculture from Kansas State University in 1990 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri in 1993. He worked the first years of his veterinary career in small animal, private practice in Tempe, Arizona. He joined Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists in 2001 to complete his residency training for board certification. He is qualified as a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry (AVD) and a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC). Dr. Coffman works with Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists, providing comprehensive dental and oral surgical care for companion animals in Arizona. He also serves as an Adjunct, Assistant Clinical Professor at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine in Glendale, Arizona, and as the National Specialty Director of Dentistry for Pathway Veterinary Alliance.
Dr. Coffman served on the Board of Directors of the American Veterinary Dental College from 2010-2017 and served as President of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry Board of Directors from 2009-2011. He currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry. Dr. Coffman received the award as 2017 Arizona Veterinarian of the Year from the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association in recognition outstanding service and contributions to the veterinary profession. In 2018 Dr. Coffman received the Peter Emily Service Award from the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry. This award is presented to an outstanding Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College for contributions in the service of the AVDC and to further the field of veterinary dentistry.
Michael Balke, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
Dr. Michael Balke received his B.S. in biology in 1999 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 from the University of Missouri. After graduation he worked as a general practice, small animal veterinarian in St. Louis, Missouri with an interest in dentistry. Dr. Balke joined Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists in August 2012 and completed his veterinary dental residency and fellowship under the guidance of Drs. Chris Visser, Curt Coffman and Glenn Brigden. Dr. Balke is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) and also a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry (AVD).
Dr. Balke’s interests are oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontic and periodontal therapy. He is a member of the Foundation of Veterinary Dentistry, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (AZVMA). Dr. Balke enjoys presenting lectures on veterinary dental topics at local, national and international meetings.
Dr. Balke currently serves on the examination committee of the American Veterinary Dental College, board of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and chair of the Phoenix Zoo Animal Health Committee.
Dr. Balke is the medical director of Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists.
Lisa Fink, DVM, DAVDC
Dr. Lisa Fink is excited to join AZVDS as a board certified specialist in dentistry and oral surgery. It has been a long time dream to move to Arizona and work at AZVDS. She graduated the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 with honors. She then went on to complete a small animal rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. After 2 years in general practice, she started a 3-year comprehensive residency in Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, which she completed in 2015. Dr. Fink received board certification by the American Veterinary Dental College in 2015. After practicing in a multi specialty group in her home state of Connecticut for 2 and a half years, she joined AZVDS in May 2018. Dr. Fink is an active member of the AVDC examination committee and is on the board of reviewers for the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry and Frontiers in Veterinary Science.
Dr. Fink enjoys all aspects of veterinary dentistry and oral surgery. She has a special interest in surgery for pets with oral cancer, and in performing root canal therapy to save functional teeth. She is very enthusiastic about veterinary dentistry and loves to teach students, veterinarians, and pet owners about dental care and the positive effects that it can have on pets’ quality of life. Dr. Fink will collaborate with your primary care veterinarian as well as other specialists if indicated to determine the best course of action for your pet’s dentistry and oral surgery needs. Dr. Fink is also available by phone and email to consult with your primary care veterinarian with regards to dental x-rays, and oral biopsy result interpretation. She is looking forward to providing the community with advanced dentistry and oral surgery procedures.
Alex Adrian, DVM
Dr. Alex Adrian received his B.S. in Animal Science from Michigan State University and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota. He worked as a small animal general practice veterinarian prior to completing his residency at Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists.
Dr. Adrian’s interest in veterinary dentistry developed while working in a practice owned by a veterinary dentist in the early 2000’s. He finds dentistry very rewarding because we can dramatically and quickly improve a pet’s overall health, comfort, and quality of life by treating oral problems. Dr. Adrian is a member of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry (F4VD), the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (AZVMA), and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Outside of work, Dr. Adrian enjoys hiking and home remodeling projects. As a native of the midwest, he is enjoying the warm Arizona weather and exploring the southwest. Dr. Adrian and his wife, who is also a veterinarian, have two cats and a dog.
Shawna Sawtelle, DVM
Dr. Sawtelle is originally from Southern California but is now proud to call Arizona her home. She graduated with a degree in Animal Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and then went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from St. George's University in 2009.
Upon graduating, she started her rural career as a mixed animal practitioner in western Pennsylvania for two years before relocating to Arizona and working in small animal and exotic general practice while also starting her own equine practice focused on dentistry and acupuncture. Her strong interest in dentistry for her small animal as well as equine patients led her here to pursue a veterinary dental residency training, which she completed in 2021.
She is passionate about her own pets too, which include horses, dogs, cats, and desert tortoises. In her time off, she enjoys SCUBA diving, riding, and training her horses. She is excited about hitting the trails on horseback in beautiful southern Arizona and often competes in trail challenges and other equine events.
Jennie Ha, DVM
Dr. Ha was born and raised in Sacramento. She received her B.S. in Animal Biology at UC Davis and M.S. in Medical Sciences at the University of South Florida. In 2019, she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree with honors from Midwestern University here in sunny Arizona. She then went on to complete a rigorous one year small animal rotating internship at West Vet Animal Emergency and Specialty Center in Boise, ID.
Following her internship, she was accepted to a three year residency with the Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists. Dr. Ha’s affinity for dentistry grew throughout veterinary school as she was able to appreciate the significant impact oral health can have on overall health and quality of life. Dr. Ha is excited to work closely with clients to provide the highest quality of care for their furry 4-legged family members!
When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, solving puzzles, cross-stitching, and exploring the outdoors with her dog, Pixie.
Paulina Khananisho, DVM
Dr. Paulina Khananisho was born in Florida but has been enjoying sunny Arizona since 2004. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences from Arizona State University in 2013. She graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Midwestern University (MWU) in 2020. During her time at MWU, she co-founded the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Dentistry Society to build a network where students could have additional learning opportunities within the veterinary field of dentistry and oral surgery. She joined Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists in the summer of 2021 to begin a dental and oral surgery residency and is very excited to be a part of the team. She has one dog named Charley girl. Outside of work, Dr. Khananisho enjoys spending time with her family (including Charley) and friends, traveling and spending time outdoors.
Markay Nyquist, DVM
Dr. Nyquist grew up in the Pacific Northwest and moved to Texas after high school where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin and then her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. While working in small animal general practice in Austin she developed a passion for dentistry and surgery. In 2021, she joined the Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists to begin a 3 year dental and oral surgery residency program.
Dr. Nyquist has three cats; Zoe, Nala and Kitten and one dog Layla. In her time off, she enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors, swimming, yoga, working on home improvement “DIY” projects and relaxing with her husband Brian, family and friends.
Victoria Lukasik, DVM, DAVCA
Dr. Lukasik received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University, where she was awarded the Outstanding Senior Student in Medicine and Surgery (across all disciplines) and the Dorothy Eggerman Memorial Compassion Award. Dr. Lukasik completed her residency in anesthesiology at Cornell University and received her Diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Medicine (DACVA) in anesthesia in 1997.
She has received awards from the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists, American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), research awards from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute, and actively participates on a committee at the National Cancer Institute. In addition, Dr. Lukasik is involved in research at the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona and has published numerous professional articles and contributed to textbooks on the field of anesthesia. She is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker and has been presented with several professional awards, including one for compassion.
Dr. Lukasik likes to hike with her big, mixed breed dog Jackpot. She has African Chiclid fish, Guinea Pigs, a blue tongued skink (a lizard from Australia), and has stewardship of a desert tortoise. The desert tortoise was previously attacked by dogs and cannot be released back into the wild, so Dr. Lukasik planted a garden for him with all edible native plants. Her outside interests include hiking and piloting.
Kristen Wegner-Fowley, DVM, DAVCA
Dr. Wegner-Fowley is originally from Tucson, AZ. She graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry. She completed her DVM degree at Oregon State University with two of the four years spent at Washington State University as part of the W.O.I. Program. Following graduation, she spent five years in private practice in Southern California including a rotating Internship in Equine Medicine and Surgery and four years as a Large Animal ambulatory clinician in San Diego. She returned to Academia to complete a Residency in Anesthesia and Pain Management with a research focus on opioid analgesics in cats at the University of Florida. Continuing her research interests, Dr. Wegner-Fowley completed a post-Doctoral Fellowship in Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Florida with emphasis on the pharmacology of various analgesics in horses. She returned to San Diego to accept a prestigious post-Doctoral Fellowship with Dr. Tony Yaksh at U.C.S.D. where she developed a detailed pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic model of analgesics and sedatives in dogs. In 2008, Dr. Wegner-Fowley accepted a faculty appointment at New Bolton Center, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Large Animal Hospital. As a member of the Anesthesia faculty at UPenn, she enjoyed the large, diverse clinical caseload, extensive teaching responsibility and opportunities to develop an equine anesthesia recovery scoring system and an equine-specific composite pain scale. Returning to the West, Dr. Wegner-Fowley and her family chose a less hectic lifestyle and the chance for her husband to pursue his professional interest in Solar Energy engineering. Dr. Wegner-Fowley now holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Arizona and Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine as well as consulting on high-risk companion animal anesthesia cases in Tucson and Phoenix. In her free time, she and her husband love hiking and camping in the wilds of the Southwest with their two dogs.