Meet The Team

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Dr. Ellen Grygotis,DVM

Practice Owner  Dr. Ellen Grygotis graduated from the University of Florida and moved to Tucson with her husband Dave in 1997.   She moved to Benson after purchasing Benson Animal Hospital in 2012 and much prefers small town living. “Dr Ellen” has a special interest in animal behavior as well as educating clients on the importance of wellness and preventive medicine for their four-legged family members.  She also has a strong interest in animal rescue and welfare, often volunteering her time to help the community in this area.

Outside the clinic, Dr Ellen enjoys horseback riding, is an avid gardener and loves spending time at home with Dave and the many critters that are all a part of  her family.

Samantha Moore

Technician- Sam was born in Tucson, but grew up here in the Benson area. She currently resides in St. David with her fiance and their 3 dogs. Sam is not only one of our room technicians, but she also leads our surgery department and has been with our clinic for the last 10 years. Her passion in this field is in surgery and anesthesia. Outside of work her interest include photography, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Barbara Powell

Technician- Barbara is originally from St. David and grew up in the area. Barbara is one of our technicians and has been with our clinic for the last 5 years. She has a dog named " Stan Lee". Outside of work she enjoys sending time with her family and cooking.

Adriana Figueroa

Technician- Adriana was born in California but moved to Benson when she was 5 years old.  Adrian graduated from Benson High School in 2017, and then went to Pima Medical Institute for college. She has three dogs “Lily Lou", "Mikey", and "Paco”. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her mom and friends. 


Sara Gamez

Technician- Sara is originally from Sierra Vista but moved to Benson around 7 years ago.  Sara is one of our technicians and has been with our clinic for the last 4 years. She has a dog named " Poseidon" and a cat named "Boots". Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family.

Mary Mattson

Front Desk Receptionist- Mary is originally from Lake Zurich, IL but now lives in St. David with her husband. Mary is one of our front desk receptionist and has been with our clinic for the last 5 years. Mary has a German Shepard named " Harley" and a tortoiseshell cat named " Mocha". Outside of work, Mary and her husband enjoy taking walks, spending time with their grandchildren and traveling in their RV to Antique Tractor Shows.


Tammy Marble

Front Desk Receptionist- Tammy was born in Bisbee, and now lives in Whetstone. She has worked in this filed for over 13 years, and has been a receptionist here at our clinic for the last 3 years. She has two dogs, one named "Mikey" and one named " Shekina". In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, as well as spending time in the outdoors.


Lee Roy

This is " Lee Roy". He was found out in the rain here in our backyard one night. We put food out for him and we were able to catch him a few days later. With the generous help from Helping Hands, we were able to administer antibiotics for his battle wounds, run lab work to make sure he had no health concerns, neuter, deworm and vaccinate him. He now makes his home in our garage and has made a full recovery. He has made it clear that he wants nothing more than everyone's love and attention. He is a real cuddle bug!