Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians of Sunrise Pet Clinic in Tucson! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 520-299-5044 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Holly Burgess, DVM

Dr. Holly Burgess grew up in Tucson and is a graduate of Canyon Del Oro High School. She attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a BS degree in Animal Health Science. Dr. Burgess obtained her veterinary degree from North Carolina State University in 1993. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Tennessee in 1994, and then returned to Raleigh, North Carolina, to work for one year in a small animal practice before returning to Tucson. Dr. Burgess joined Sunrise Pet Clinic in March 1996.

In 2000, Dr. Burgess's 10 year old German Shepherd Megan began experiencing pain and weakness in her lower back and rear limbs that was not responding to conventional therapy. Her search for alternative and complimentary therapies that could help Megan led Dr. Burgess to pursue acupuncture training. As she continued to learn about more and more complementary healing modalities, she was led to the Nutrition Response Testing training program which utilizes muscle testing, or applied kinesiology, to detect nutritional imbalances in the body. Using whole food, herbal, and homepathic supplements, diet, as well as Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation, acupuncture, infrared laser therapy, and cold laser therapy, Dr. Burgess guides her patients bodies' towards greater balance and strength.

Dr. Burgess enjoys sharing her home with her daughter, Aubry (14 years), her Shih Tzu, Pearl, Popcorn the parakeet, and Phyllis the guinea pig. Cooking for friends and family, spending time with Aubry at the barn watching her ride, and always learning more about a variety of holistic bioenergetic healing modalities are Dr. Burgess's favorite things to do.

With Gratitude and Honor for my teachers and guides at the rainbow bridge:
Miss Megan
Big Man Noah
Quixote

Janet Forrer, DVM

I grew up in Oak Lawn, Illinois, near Chicago. Starting in 1982 I attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where I received a Bachelor's degree in 1986, a Master's degree in animal science in 1988, and then a Doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1992.

After graduation I moved to the Southwest to be closer to my parents who had moved to beautiful Arizona several years before me. My first professional veterinary assignment was in Gallup, New Mexico, which included driving a mobile veterinary clinic onto the Navajo Reservation every week for a two-day clinic. My stops included Chinle, Arizona just outside Canyon de Chelley and Kayenta, Arizona, near Monument Valley. I was veterinarian to cats and dogs as well as horses, sheep, goats and assorted wild animal there. However, advanced small animal medicine was my developing passion.

To follow my heart, I moved to Tucson. In my free time, I enjoy walking my dog Teddy, gardening and bird watching. My hobbies reflect my love for the beautiful landscape of Arizona and I encourage efforts to protect our natural environment. I am fortunate to have been active in several animal protection movements in Arizona, including the 1998 ban on cockfighting, the 2006 ban on veal and gestation crates for pigs, as well as the recent legislation for racing Greyhounds in Arizona. I have also enjoyed volunteering at dog and cat vaccine clinics near South Tucson hosted by AWASA (Arizona Welfare Alliance of Southern Arizona) and spay/neuter clinics in our area too.

In 2001, I began training in acupuncture and herbal medicine through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (see acupuncture story from Arizona Daily Star, Aug. 9, 2007). In recent years, I have added advanced nutritional and whole food therapies to my practice. I find combining the fantastic advances of western medicine with the tremendous wealth of Traditional Chinese Medicine and modern alternative modalities is a wonderful way to foster health. This integrative approach is what I have been looking for my whole career. I want to share it with all those interested.

Abbey Kovarna, DVM

Dr. Abbey Kovarna is originally from Northwest Iowa. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University (Go Cyclones!) and then continued on with veterinary school at ISU graduating in 2009.

Following veterinary school, Abbey moved to Tucson to complete a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine, surgery and critical care at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson. Her primary interests include senior pet care, dentistry, and surgery.

Abbey is happily married to her husband Mike, and they have three young children - Kyndall, Kenzie, and Konnor. They share their home with two Golden Retrievers (Chloe and Moxie), a Bernese Mountain Dog (Cali), and one diabetic cat (Jolie).

In her spare time, Abbey enjoys spending time with her family and watching college basketball. She has greatly enjoyed the Tucson sun, as well as exploring the desert.

Sally Rademaker, DVM

My husband John and I moved to Tucson from the San Francisco Bay area in December of 2001. We were more than ready to leave the heavy traffic and bustle of California for the simpler life here in the desert. John left behind a decades long career in computer sales and the industrial auction business and reinvented himself with a new career in law enforcement. He is currently a Constable with Pima County. I left behind an 18 year career at the clinic I joined just 2 weeks after graduation from veterinary school. I was incredibly lucky to be hired at Sunrise Pet Clinic not long after our move. We brought our beloved
Joey, a lab/pitbull mix with us from California. She absolutely thrived in Tucson. She was an avid hiker and just the best dog ever. Sadly she was one of those dogs who developed many mast cell tumors and soft tissue sarcomas throughout her life. At nearly 12 years old we had to let her go because of lung cancer. We brought 3 fabulous cats from California, but have lost them all as well, two of them to intestinal lymphoma. Fortunately Pima Animal Care and Control was more than willing to let us adopt Magic, our black cat , Weezee, our beautiful mix breed dog whose DNA is indecipherable and Deucalion, a handsome German Shephard mix whose ears forgot to stand. Magic has taught us how to keep our screen and sliding glass doors locked since he can open them to take a walkabout if he so desires.
Weezee and Duke have taught us that dogs need love and positive reinforcement and constant training to be successful and happy dogs. Constant training. Constant. Did I mention constant training? We are so very lucky to have this wonderful life in Tucson.

Stephanie Schneider, DVM

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and earned a BA in Biology from Augustana College. I graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Then I moved to Tucson and completed a small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson. I decided I could not leave the beautiful Arizona sunshine and in February, 2015 accepted a position at Sunrise Pet Clinic. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine and am very excited to meet all of our wonderful clients and patients! In my free time, I enjoy hiking, being outdoors, and singing.

Elizabeth Weintraub, VMD

Dr. Elizabeth Weintraub graduated from the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. After starting private practice in Valley Forge, PA, she moved to Tucson in 1990 when her husband joined the Family Practice medical residency program at the University of Arizona. She has been a veterinarian at Sunrise Pet Clinic since 1995.

In practice she enjoys preventative care, internal medicine, dentistry, surgery, seeing pocket pets, and above all, client education. As a transplant from New England, Dr. Weintraub has developed a true appreciation for the desert and its wildlife. Both she and her husband enjoy camping, hiking, and mountain biking in many areas of the Southwest.

Dr. Weintraub and ``the other Dr. Weintraub`` have three children, all of whom have attended school in the Catalina Foothills district. ``All of us love to spend time traveling and celebrating special events with a large extended family. Our sweet old dogs, Harvey and Cole are a special part of our household.``

Victoria Lukasik, DVM, DACVA

Dr. Victoria Lukasik is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists and a 1990 graduate of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her residency training in veterinary anesthesiology at Cornell University. In addition to her time here at Sunrise Pet Clinic, she is also involved in cancer imaging research at the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona and a member of the Radiology faculty there.

Dr. Lukasik has published numerous professional articles and has 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 is a member of the following professional organizations: American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists, International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, American Veterinary Medical Association, Arizona VMA, Southern AzVMA, American Association of Equine Practitioners and American Animal Hospital Association. In addition, she regularly sits on grant review committees at the National Cancer Institute in Washington, DC.

Dr. Lukasik likes to hike with her Jack Russell Terrier, has a Betta pond and a hermit crab colony. Her outside interests include opera, fine art and paragliding.