Meet Our Team

Northfield Veterinary Hospital is staffed with a team of friendly, caring professionals to assist you and Dr. Sandel with your pet’s needs. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our staff.

Jen Weston, Owner/Manager

Jen earned her associate degree in veterinary technology from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. She has worked in the veterinary field since she was 14 and has known nothing else. Initially, she worked in emergency medicine but transitioned to general veterinary medicine in 2000. Jen has a young daughter named Olivia as well as two cats named Nania and Oliver. In her spare time, she works with Middle Eastern refugees with a group called No One Left Behind.

Katie Rodriguez, CVT/LVT

Katie joined our team in May 2016, pursuing her dream of helping animals and being a voice to those that have none. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Pima Medical Institute’s Veterinary Technician program, earning her certification as a veterinary assistant. Upon graduation, she became eligible to take VTNE’s in Washington to become licensed. She has had countless memorable experiences in the field, including emergency medicine cases. As one of our veterinary technicians, she loves working with such devoted pet parents and being able to develop relationships with them. Katie and her husband, Miquel, have a son named Peter and twin daughters named Quinn and Kaiya. She also has dogs, a cat, a mustang, and a mini horse. When she’s not at work, she spends time with her beautiful family and rides horses.

Elizabeth Neat, Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

Elizabeth joined our team in April 2016 and is excited to grow with the practice. She attended Pima Medical Institute, where she completed courses for veterinary assisting. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to work with various animal species; prior to working at Northfield, she lived in Tennessee for nine months, where she got to work with large animals. She chose to become a veterinary assistant/receptionist because of her compassion for animals and desire to help them. As a receptionist, she is the first person that pet owners see and the last one they see before they leave, so she makes it her personal goal to give them a warm “welcome to the family” feeling. “I think giving clients that kind of welcome and making them feel good about the practice is a wonderful thing,” she said. Elizabeth shares her home with a German shepherd named Rey, a corgi with a lift kit named Sydney, and four cats named Soki, Leia, Asagg (Miss Kitten), and Lulu. When she’s not at work, she likes to spend as much time as possible outdoors, getting away from the house. She loves spending time with her son and husband, going to the zoo, museums, and the mountains.

Ellen Groves, CVT

Ellen joined the Northfield Veterinary Hospital team in May 2016, pursuing her love of animals and science. She is currently a student at Metropolitan State University, where she is studying biology. Her experience in the veterinary field has allowed her to have many memorable experiences, including a trip to Africa to work with two veterinarians and wildlife. As one of our CVTs, Ellen loves working alongside a great staff in a friendly, easy-going atmosphere. She is the proud mom of a boy named Quentin. Her four-legged child is a chocolate Labrador named Dublin. When she’s not at work, she likes to hike and ski.

Peggy Schwoob, Veterinary Technician

Peggy joined our team in Jan of 2017 pursuing her love of animals and veterinary medicine. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2001, with many of those years in ER. She graduated with her Bachelors degree in Biology from Metropolitan State University in 2006. Shortly after graduating she completed a zookeeper internship at the Denver Zoo. Peggy enjoys working with the great staff at Northfield Vet Hospital, meeting our clients and providing excellent care to our beloved pets.

Happy mom to “Luna” a Siberian husky and two cats “Genghis Khan” and “Tyler.”

When not working, Peggy loves to spend time with her husband, fur babies, family, and friends and in the great outdoors!

Amina Karedia

Amina joined the Northfield team in July 2017 and is eager to work closely with clients and their pets to gain experience in the veterinary medicine field.  She attended Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Science in May 2016.  Amina plans to become a veterinarian herself and is awaiting acceptance to one of four veterinary programs across the U.S.  She plans to use the skills she acquires at Northfield to help her excel in vet school and in her veterinary career.  At home, Amina is a mom to a 2-year-old golden retriever named Sid.  She enjoys spending her free time engaged in outdoor activities, cooking, and crafting.