Meet Our Team

Dr Mike

Dr. Mike Soltero, DVM

Dr. Mike Soltero received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in 1996. He started veterinary school at Colorado State University in 1997 but took a hiatus to pursue other careers including fitness director and insurance planning for high net worth individuals. In 2005, he decided to pursue his doctorate and received his DVM from Kansas State University in 2009. He spent several years traveling around the United States as a veterinary sonography instructor for Sound Technologies (later Sound-Eklin). Afterwards, he began his career as a small animal practitioner at Saguaro Veterinary Clinic. He enjoys teaching and continues to serve as an ultrasound instructor when time allows. He has always had a love for animals and the outdoors. He has two Labrador Retrievers and two cats. To relieve the stress of the weekly activity, he participates in local handgun competitions and is a USPSA and Steel Challenge member.

Dr. John Soltero, DVM

Dr. John served in the military as a United States Ranger from 2002 to 2005 prior to becoming a veterinarian. After serving our country, he attended Arizona State University and received his bachelor’s degree in biology in 2008. He then studied and received his DVM at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his clinical rotations at Virginia Tech School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2012, he returned to Scottsdale and became a partner at Saguaro Veterinary Clinic.


Dr. Candice Emerson, DVM

Dr. Emerson grew up in Scottsdale and received her bachelor's in wildlife conservation biology from Arizona State University. She went on to complete her DVM from Colorado State University.  Dr. Emerson has been practicing as a veterinarian since 2003. She believes in working with my clients to provide them with the best options in veterinary care for each individual situation and in making the veterinary visit as stress free as possible, and is also a certified “Fear-Free” practitioner. She emphasizes importance on keeping an open mind and listening to what her patients and clients tell her. In her personal time, she is busy raising her two sons and caring for her pets - a Chihuahua, a cat, and a tortoise.

Dr. Jameson Ketchmark left our clinic in June of 2019. He and his family moved to New Zealand.