Dr. Ortiz grew up in a military family. After extraneous travels overseas and other parts of the U.S., she landed in Tucson, AZ where she has lived since 1992. She received her DVM from Oregon State University and Washington State University in 1992. She has been with Tucson Small Animal Hospital and Golf Links Animal Clinic since her graduation. She has been a board member for the Southern Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) since 1996. She has known she would be veterinarian since the age of 10 and enjoys all aspects of this profession.
Dr. Forgues grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and attended the University of Illinois. After graduating from the U of I Veterinary College in 1991, she practiced in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Along the way, she collected cats, dogs, and a husband before moving to Tucson in 1996. After surviving their first summer, she and her husband, Scott, knew they had found their forever home. They are blessed with two children, Grant and Brielle. Dr. Forgues spends her time caring for cats and dogs, including her own two dogs, Dingo and Lily, and her cat, Bugheera. She enjoys bicycling, reading, and the occasional game of ice hockey. Scott is a financial planner and very involved in Grant's Boy Scout Troop. Brielle is an avid swimmer and is taking cooking courses. The entire Forgues family loves to travel and spend their vacation time visiting relatives, skiing, and exploring the beaches of the Big Island of Hawaii.
Terese HammondPractice Manager
Born and raised in Tucson, Terese is one of the seemingly few Tucson natives. Terese started working at Tucson Small Animal Hospital in January 1999. With a strong concern for protecting health and the environment, Terese earned several degrees in environmental science, policy, and management, as well as environmental health and safety. She has also taken several course in business and supervisory management. She has earned multiple awards for her scientific research. Her passion for animals and veterinary medicine brought her back to utilize her skills and knowledge in the veterinary field. She became Office Manager at Golf Links Animal Clinic May 2016 and became Practice Manager for both of our clinics April 2017, and now continues as Practice Manager for the Golf Links Animal Clinic location since the merger of our two clinics to one location. She enjoys spending time with her family (furry family members included, of course!), nature, wildlife, reading, and learning about a lot of different topics.