Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic

Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic’s goal is to help people and their pets enjoy the human-pet bond to the fullest.

Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic’s focus is on keeping pets healthy through preventative care and treating them with the latest technology when they do get sick. But healthy pets are not just about disease and accident prevention or curing an illness or injury. It’s also about socialization, nutrition, behavior, and training.

At Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic, Dr. Schmidt, Dr. Bowers, and the staff will always take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions and explain all the treatment options available. And you are welcome to remain with your pet during any procedure.

Meet the Team

Dr. Kelly Bowers – Veterinarian

Dr. Kelly Bowers was born and raised in Arizona and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology at Northern Arizona University and her DVM degree from Washington State in 2007. Prior to graduation from veterinary school, she worked as a volunteer and later was hired as a veterinary assistant at a local animal emergency clinic.

She has an interest in canine and feline internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and ultrasound technology.

Pets: Too many cats including Willow, Katy, Kirra, Spike, Mr. T, (for Trouble) and Jasmine

Dr. Makenzie Kurth – Veterinarian

Dr. Kurth is an Arizona native! She graduated from Colorado State University in 2016. Since graduating, Dr. Kurth has practiced in a mixed general practice and emergency setting. She has undergone additional training in ultrasonography and is offering diagnostic ultrasounds at JRAC. In 2018 she attended a weeklong training course and was part of the first class of veterinarians certified in the use of Ozone therapy. She is excited to share its many benefits with her patients.

At home Dr. Kurth enjoys spending time with her husband and two wonderful children Remington and Caroline. She enjoys family dinners, board games, racquetball, camping and reading. Her family shares their home with two dogs, Monty (a Miniature Schnauzer) and Red (a Labradoodle) and a cat named Lightening Storm. They also have two Morgan Horses named Sparky and Malibar along with several chickens.

Dr. Marc Schmidt – Relief Veterinarian

Previously owner and medical director of Apache Junction Animal Hospital, Dr. Marc Schmidt has been “the vet to East Valley pets” for over 30 years. He received both his Bachelor of Science degree and his DVM degree from the Ohio State University in 1978, then interned at Cornell University. He even “toured” the country with Borden’s famous Elsie the Cow.

Originally working as a large animal veterinarian, Dr. Schmidt joined a veterinary practice in California in 1979 before coming to Arizona in 1980. While currently his practice is limited to dogs and cats, Dr. Schmidt has always had an interest in reptiles especially snakes.

Pets: Truffles, a rescue dog, poodle mix. Chuckles, the Quaker Parrot.

Jessica Gielbeda – Hospital Director

Jess was born in The Valley and raised up in Prescott AZ. She’s been in the veterinary field since 2014, but her passion for animals started young when her dad got her a ferret, a rabbit whom she trained to use the bathroom and get his snacks from the fridge, and a guinea pig who loved to go through her homemade obstacle course, and they always had a dog in their home! Jess started her career at a general practice and exotic animals veterinarian, helping animals as small as a mouse with a hurt paw, to as big as a bear that was in need of a neuter. She has loved the transition in to emergency and critical care. She hopes to gain more knowledge in physical therapy and alternative medicine, and grow in her role as a technician. She spends her spare time with her two boys and husband!

Michelle – Hospital Administrator,CVT

Michell has been working in the veterinary field for over 20 years. She started her career in Connecticut before moving to Arizona in 2003. Michelle received her Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) License in 2011 and while she joined us as a receptionist in 2013 she also has the ability to assist as a technician. Michelle became the office manager in 2020.

When not working in the office Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and fur-babies. She has 2 cats Opa and Mando, 1 horse Button, fish and chickens.

Stefanie – Lead Technician

Stefanie is an Arizona native with more then 20 years of experience in the veterinary field. She started her career straight out of high school at a local small animal practice and received her license as a certified veterinary technician in 2004. She has experience in exotics, rescue, and emergency medicine, as well as extensive training in anesthesia and surgical assisting. Stefanie first joined the JRAC team in 2014. After a brief sabbatical, she rejoined the family in 2022.

In her free time, Stefanie enjoys spending time with her family at their Lakeside cabin. Her and her husband have 4 children as well as 4 dogs (Enzo, Lingweenie, Goji Berry and Daisy), 3 cats (Waffles, Chicken and Biscuit), Alfredo the Ball Python and Lenny the Bearded Dragon.

Jessica – Lead Technician

Jessica loves animals of all kinds. She has a mini zoo at home along with a family of five. In her spare time, she likes to go camping with her family and swimming with her dogs.

Ashley – Lead Technician

Ashley joined the Jrac family in 2020 and has been loving every moment of it. Ashley has two crazy dogs of her own Winky and Padfoot who love camping, hiking or just chilling on the couch with their mom. Ashley loves camping with her family in the summer and hiking with friends in the winter months. In her spare time, she loves doing puzzles and binge-watching scary movies or her favorite TV shows.


Emily was born and raised in Arizona. She has been in the veterinary field since 2019, when she graduated from EVIT’s veterinary assistant program. She also has a dog named Venus and they love to go running, hiking, and camping together. Emily can’t wait to rescue more pets in the near future.

Emily is also in the United States Army National Guard.


Hey! I’m Briana, I moved to Arizona from San Diego in 2019. I’ve been in the veterinary field for about 7 years now. I knew I wanted to work with animals from a very young age. I was always getting in trouble for bringing the goats in the house to have tea parties. I currently have 2 cats, 1 dog and a crested gecko. When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, watching movies and getting out in nature.


Kristen was born and raised in Nebraska, and moved to Arizona in 2023. She served 18 years in the United States Army Reserves and has worked as a veterinary assistant since 2015. Kristen has a special interest in canine behavior and force free training methods. In her free time – she enjoys hiking, bike riding, live music, cheering on the Diamondbacks and exploring Arizona with her husband, Derek.

Pets: Rosie, a Middle Eastern Village Dog rescued from Iraq, with the help of SPCA International.

Ron – In Loving Memory

In loving memory of our beloved clinic cat, Ron.

Mo – In Loving Memory

In loving memory of our beloved clinic cat, Mo.

Joe – In Loving Memory

He came to us approximately 2.5 years ago as a stray. He was adopted out but loved us so much he came back for good! He is a silly character, very friendly and talkative and will beg for food 24 hours a day!

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  • P: (480) 987-4555
  • 270 East Hunt Hwy, Ste. #4
  • San Tan Valley, AZ 85143
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Clinic Hours

Open 6 Days a Week
Mon - Fri 7am-7pm
Sat - 7am-7pm
Closed Sunday

For Emergency 24 hour care please visit Gilbert Queen Creek Emergency Veterinarian @ 18610 E Rittenhouse Rd Building B, Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Phone: 480-674-3200

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