Meet Our Team

Teri Wiblin, D.V.M.


I am a native Arizonan and received my DVM from CSU. I have broad veterinary experience. My areas of special interest include dermatology, cardiology, and oncology. Before joining Faust in 1997, I worked at various hospitals valley-wide.

While studying for my doctorate I gained experience working in clinics and animal hospitals in Phoenix, New York, and California. After I graduated from Coronado High School in Scottsdale with high distinction, I began my undergraduate work at the University of Arizona. I received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Health Science with honors and high distinction from the U of A.

I am proud to say that Faust Animal Hospital earned the prestigious honor of becoming AAHA Accredited in 2013. Only 20% of animal hospitals throughout the United States and Canada have earned this accreditation. There are 900 standards of care that a hospital must have and maintain in order to hold this accreditation. Recertification is required every 3 years. Along with our accreditation, my staff was also recognized as the Veterinary Health Care Team of the Year in 2009 by the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association. I was also honored as Veterinary Leader of the Year in 2010. To say that we have an excellent team at Faust Animal Hospital is an understatement. Each team member takes patient care to the highest level, I am proud of each and every member of our team.

Continued education is of the up-most importance for my personal growth and the growth of my staff. I personally am a member of the Arizona Academy which means that I must attend 50 hours per year of continuing education, which is 5 times more than required by the state.

A little about me; music has always been an important part of my life. I attended four years at the University of Arizona on a music scholarship. I was a part of the marching band, wind ensemble, jazz band and sax quartet. I represented U of A in the 1984 Olympic Band. Currently, I am a part of a community handbell choir, Campanillas del Sol, which plays annually at the Desert Botanical Garden at Luminarias de Las Noches.

I am married to a water engineer named Bob, who has a daughter named Sakia. Our hobbies include downhill skiing, reading novels, biking and hiking with our dogs and water aerobics. We have two dogs, Jetson a black Lab, Jessie a Belgian Malinois, and two cats named Penelope and Rusty.

  • Lara Sosnow

    Dr. Lara Sosnow graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She was born and raised in Phoenix. She previously worked for over 12 years in the Financial Services Industry after earning her MBA at New York University. More recently she was an Associate Veterinarian at Banfield Pet Hospital in North Scottsdale.  She is happy to be back in the Valley of the Sun following her veterinary dream.

  • Hugh Giffords

    Dr. Hugh Giffords is a graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to his veterinary career, Dr. Giffords served as a police officer with the NYPD and as a firefighter with the FDNY. He is motivated by compassion for those who can’t speak for themselves and is passionate in his belief that our four-legged friends receive the finest medical care possible. He has additional training in Small Animal Medicine from Kansas State University. Jack the Akita is his constant companion, so you may see him around too!

  • Gayle Bilsland

    Dr. Gayle Bilsland graduated in 1974 from Washington State University and has been in practice for over 30 years.  Originally from Oregon, she moved to Phoenix in 1994 seeking a warmer climate in which to pursue outdoor activities. She is a dedicated triathlete and bicyclist and loves working with cats. Gayle is an outstanding doctor that has a wealth of knowledge of nearly all things feline and sees some of the rarest cases. At home, Dr. Bilsland functions as chief slave and litter pan scooper for many formerly homeless and needy cats. One of her main joys is providing for every want, need and whim of a large clutter of completely spoiled felines.

  • Kati Carpenter
    Practice Manager - CVT
    Kati Carpenter, CVT has always had a passion for animals and medicine leading her to pursue a career in the veterinary field. She moved from Washington State to Arizona in the fall of 2007 and promptly began her studies at Kaplan College where she earned her degree in veterinary technology and graduated

    valedictorian. In January of 2010, she sat for both the Arizona State and National board exams and has maintained her title of CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician) ever since. During school and while studying for the licensing exam, she discovered she has a unique gift of organization and an amazing ability to teach others in a fun and easily understandable way, this created and fueled her goal of not only helping fellow students pass their exams by hosting study groups and coaching peers to find their learning styles, but to become a leader in her field and striving to find a way to make everyone grow in their goals and become more successful. This goal has grown into a passion and over the years she has traveled to seminars and worked with leaders in the mentoring field to find a way to incorporate training, education and personal development into her management style.

    Once graduated, she took a position with the emergency clinic that she had completed many observations and externships with during school and even though she was easily qualified to become a technician, she recognized the importance of every position in the hospital and declined a technician position. Instead, wanting to avoid missing out on any pieces of the “workplace puzzle,” she accepted a level one Kennel Technician position and picked up shifts as a Front Office Receptionist on the weekends. From here she worked through their tiered training program and mastered every position in the hospital. In her career she has taken leadership roles in 3 more animal hospitals before beginning her new adventure here at Faust Animal Hospital as the Practice Manager.
    Kati brings to the practice an extensive knowledge of regenerative medicine and experience in Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cell Therapy. She has years of Inventory Management experience as well and is working to revamp our prices and keep our practice as current and as economical as possible for our clients. Kati believes in empowerment of our staff through education and has upcoming projects that will make each member of our staff more valuable and educated, benefiting our customers by improving overall patient care and increasing client education.

    Kati has been married to her wonderful husband, Chad, since 2016 and they share their home, in Buckeye, with their daughter, Mylie and their son, Grayson. Kati’s step daughter Hailey lives in Flagstaff, pursuing her passion for medicine with a nursing degree through Northern Arizona University. Kati loves hiking and camping and being outside in the country with her family, the human family members as well as the ones with paws and hooves.

  • Carole Baker
    Front Office Receptionist
    I am a native of Arizona, born and raised here. I have been involved in the Veterinary field for over 20 years, the first 20 years of my career I was a Veterinary Technician. I transitioned over to reception 3 years ago, the transition has opened up a whole new opportunity for growth and education. With 20 years of experience, I am able to provide exceptional customer service and education to our clients. I truly enjoy the interaction with the clients and the pets at a whole new level. With a deep sense of commitment to customer service and patient care, I am driven to ensure an exceptional client/patient experience every time. My personal time is spent hiking with my dogs, camping, scrap booking and riding my ATV. I enjoy the outdoors and communing with nature. I share my home with a house-full of furry family members. I am blessed to be the human counterpart to a certified therapy dog Berlin, Charlotte is my Lab mix who provides daily comic relief. We are all bossed around by 4 cats, Abigail, Mama, Trinity and Echo. And to top off our variety pack are Pepper and Paquito our feathered family members. In closing, I am proud to be a part of such an incredible industry and am honored to continue my career growth at Faust Animal Hospital. I look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone!
  • Samantha Anzelmo
    Front Office Receptionist

    I was born in Arizona when I was a year old, we moved to Washington. I moved back to Arizona at the age of 13, and have been here since. 

    My mother worked at an animal clinic and when I was young. I would go to work with her and would walk, feed, and love on the dogs. We always had pets as I grew up and most of my friends lived on farms so I naturally fell in love with animals. I have worked in the veterinary field for 14 years and have loved every moment of it. 

    My hobbies include crafting, collecting antiques, photography, traveling, camping and blogging. I have a wonderful family; my Husband Brent who is an Airforce and Army Veteran, my daughter Reilly who is 14 and my son Ethan who is 7 years old and was born with Di George Syndrome. I spend most of my time out of work advocating for him.

    We have 5 pets. Reign is our 8-year-old Doberman, gentle-giant, cuddle bug who has to constantly be touching you. Milton is out 5-year-old Dandy Dinmont Mix who was rescued from Halo. He was a street dog that loves his space unless it is time for snuggles. Mattis is our 1-year-old Shepard-hound mix who is also a Halo rescue. Mattis is full of energy, but a ton of fun! Rosemary, is our year and a half old pittie who is our foster-failure pup and we just love her. And lastly, we have Bartholomew, our 3-year-old Guinea Pig who is shy but loves his people. 

    My long-term goal is to finish my website for my son to discuss the daily struggles and stories of children with Di George Syndrome and other special needs so that we can help other families that are going through the same thing. It is also my dream to travel and do photography and to foster and rescue senior dogs. 

  • Michelle Knowles
    Certified Pet Aesthetician and Master Groomer

    I began my journey on the road to be a veterinarian. I was accepted at Purdue University veterinary program and began my pre-vet studies. While you are in school, the college likes to see that you are actively working with animals so I got a job with the Indianapolis Zoo. I worked in the plains section with Giraffes, Elephants, Wallabies and herd animals. Then I had a short job in a research facility where I worked with rats. I soon found out that I didn't have the heart to do the things I needed to learn how to be a vet. I couldn't bring myself to poke or cut a living creature. I had some friends that were really into grooming and decided to learn all I could about the profession. I read all 98 titles on grooming in the public library in one weekend and began my grooming career taking in strays, grooming them and finding them homes. I still had quite an interest in the medical side of things so I started studying anything about skin issues that I could get my hands on. This passion has snowballed over the years and today I am a Pet Aesthetician and certified groomer through 2 national organizations as well as an educator and speaker in my field.

  • Ruth Tekstar
    Boarding Attendant (A.K.A Dog Whisperer) Technician Assistant
    I was born in Pennsylvania, have lived in Arizona most of my life....but am still a huge Steeler fan. I have 2 Shar Pei mixes name Sharpie and Blue which I love dearly. After 22 years in the customer service industry, I retired to follow my true passion of working with animals. I received my Pet Care Technician certification and helped open a new pet resort as a Client Service Specialist and Daycare Attendant. I then took a management position at a grooming salon until I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of the Faust family.
  • Leslie Curiel

    I am a native Phoenician and began my work in the veterinary field at the age of 16 as a volunteer. I have always been an animal lover so I decided to pursue the veterinary technician degree program at Pierce College in Tacoma, WA and I later transferred to MCC. 

    I currently live with my adult daughter and am an avid reader. We have 3 furry ones at home: 'Iris' a.k.a. 'Goofy', a 2 and 1/2-year-old Great Pyrenees, 'Honey' our 13-year-old bottle-baby feline, and 'Binx', a.k.a. 'Binky-Boo' our affectionate 'black panther' with oven mitts for paws. 

    I hope to finish veterinary technician school soon and then would love to become a teacher. 

  • Alyssa Copeland
    Technician Assistant

    I was born and raised in the Valley of the Sun and grew up in the West Valley. 

    I was drawn to the veterinary filed because I always wanted to work with animals and be a part of their healing. They offer such great emotional and physical support and I want to give back. I finished my veterinary assistant schooling in February of 2018 at Carrington College and look forward to gaining more experience on the job. 

    I spend my free time playing with my daughter and working out to relieve stress. I also enjoy road trips with 90’s music anytime I get the chance. 

    Once I get more experience in the veterinary field and find a specialty that I would like to learn about, I would like to go back to school for that discipline. 

  • Rudy Cat
    Beloved Resident House Cat

    I came to Faust in 2005 as a little kitten suffering from heat stroke. The Faust staff nursed me back to health and I spent all my days here. I had favorite spots to lounge: in the doctor's office, my special seat cushion in the break room, sometimes the reception desk. In between naps, my job was to comfort the nervous and anxious kitties that came to visit and to give love to everyone I came in contact with.

    While I am not physically here anymore, I hope that my memory still brings comfort to everyone as that is what I always did best. 

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