About Us

Desert Valley Testing came to be from a need our founder, Tabitha had. In 2008, Tabitha woke up one morning with cloudy vision and an abnormally shaped pupil that continued to grow. After two years her doctors finally diagnosed her with a rare eye condition called Iridocorneal Endothelial Syndrome, or ICE. Following multiple surgeries, loss of vision in her left eye, and no relief from the extreme pain and pressure her condition was causing her, Tabitha’s doctor recommended medical marijuana. Shortly after, she obtained her patient card and began researching strains that would help relieve her ailments.

After visiting many dispensaries in search of strains high in cannabigerol or CBG, a cannabinoid famous for its ability to reduce inflammation and treat intraocular pressure, Tabitha noticed that not all medical marijuana being sold in Arizona was being tested.

Since she was already an accomplished organic chemist with experience using Gas Chromatography (GC), Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) and High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) instrumentation, Tabitha decided to start testing her own marijuana. Through that she realized that every patient should know what’s in their medical marijuana so that they are also able to choose the appropriate strain that has the most benefits for their condition.

Desert Valley Testing opened its doors in November of 2014 and is continuously dedicated to the testing of cannabis products and the education of why testing is important. We believe in ethical, accurate data in combination with making sure the patients receiving the data understand it. Cannabis education is a group effort and DVT is motivated to be a leader within it.

Staff

Tabitha

Owner and Laboratory Director

created DVT: 2014

Tabitha has been an Organic Chemist for 19 years and has extensive instrumentation experience. Most of her career has been comprised utilizing GC, GCMS and HPLC. She provides only accurate and ethical data to your business. Integrity is of the utmost importance as she analyzes samples and provides critical information to the end user of the medical marijuana. Tabitha opened DVT ultimately for her passion in the product and educating patients on the importance of testing and providing accurate data to properly medicate.

Erin

Technical Laboratory Director

joined: 2019

Erin was raised in Seattle, WA. After college on the shores of Lake Superior in Wisconsin and majoring in biochemistry she spent time in central Alabama honing her laboratory skills in the pharmaceutical industry. After relocating back to Washington she fell into the wonderful world of cannabis by managing a recreational marijuana processing facility. Her role at DVT allows her to combine her cannabis knowledge with good lab practices to bring the best quality data to our customers. Erin lives in Phoenix with her adoring husband and daughter.

Sachia

Quality Assurance, Compliance & Safety Officer

joined: 2017

Sachia graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Biological Sciences. Coming from an ISO/A2LA accredited lab she uses the same quality techniques and standards in the lab at DVT. She is very excited about the growth and development of the cannabis industry and is proud to work for a lab that ensures clients are getting the same high quality testing for their products.

Kaitlynn

Media Coordinator

joined: 2018

Kaitlynn has over 9 years experience working in the client support field and is excited to bring their knowledge to DVT. Kaitlynn has an increasing passion in the medical cannabis industry due to their own experience with chronic pain and is proud to work for a company that is dedicated to its mission of providing the most ethical and analytical testing for the cannabis community.

Marie

Client Relations Supervisor

joined: 2019

Marie brings over 10 years of customer service and administrative experience to the DVT Client Relations team. With a genuine passion for providing the highest level of service, Marie prides herself on ensuring a truly amazing experience for all DVT customers. Having seen the success of medical marijuana treatment first hand, Marie is aligned with DVT’s vision of providing ethical testing for the cannabis industry. In her spare time Marie enjoys hanging out with her husband and kids, playing roller derby and watching football – go Steelers!

Cassidy

Client Relations

joined: 2020

Cassidy brings 6 years of customer service experience to our DVT team. She prides herself in being the team cheerleader and helping clients navigate testing methods and concerns, all with a smile! She is big on community and feels it is the most important part of society or any industry. In her free time, she helps plan yoga events for charity, feeding the unhoused, and working directly with the Phoenix Art Community. Above all else the most important part of her life is her German Shepherd, Moose. She is beyond excited to work for DVT to help bring more education, awareness, and results to the cannabis industry.

Dani

Client Relations

joined: 2020

Dani brings five plus years of customer service from a variety of industries. She builds customer relationships, assists with patience and persistence, all while bringing a customer focused approach to strategic operations. She loves to use design and innovation to bring events to life and engage the community. After graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma, Dani hopes to return to school and pursue her master’s degree here in Arizona. Her favorite things in the entire universe are sharing snacks, roaming bookstores, romance languages, and 90s movies. Dani is passionate about maintaining a growth mindset and is looking forward to learning more about the cannabis industry and helping with events. When not working you can find her pet sitting or googling about sustainability. She is grateful to be a part of the Desert Valley Testing family!

Remy

Client Relations

joined: 2020

Remy brings over 10 years of customer service experience and a growing passion for patient education to the DVT team. Remy is excited to be a part the quickly expanding cannabis industry, and finds themself aligned with DVT's focus on honesty, ethical conduct, and consistency. Outside of the lab Remy can be found in the skatepark, on the roller derby track, hanging out with fur babies, or spending quality time with their family.

Kevin

Chemist

joined: 2019

Kevin attended Northern Arizona University where he received his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry with an emphasis in Forensics. After graduating from NAU, Kevin worked as a Forensic Chemist for the Maricopa County Medical Examiner for 5 years where he developed his skills in operating GC-FID, GC-MS, and LC-MS/MS. He is eager to expand his knowledge of the cannabis industry while also learning new instrumentation and testing methods. Kevin is excited to join the DVT team and to provide reliable, quality testing for their clients.

Buster

Analyst II

joined: 2017

Buster is a graduate from Arizona State University with a B.S. Biochemistry. He has a strong background in analytical testing with 4 years of ASU lab experience as well as 2 years of microbiological testing in a private ISO A2LA accredited laboratory. Buster believes in the proven benefits of utilizing medical cannabis and is dedicated to educating others about such benefits. He feels privileged to be a part of the DVT team ensuring patients receive the quality testing of their cannabis they deserve.

Lindsey

Analyst I

joined: 2020

Lindsey graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a BS in chemistry. She previously worked for a vitamins lab where she developed a passion for quality control and safe consumable products. She is excited to be a part of DVT and have a place to combine her love for science with her support for the cannabis industry. She enjoys hiking/camping with her dog, Pippin, reading about space science, and baking.

Matthew

Analyst I

joined: 2019

Buster is a graduate from Arizona State University with a B.S. Biochemistry. He has a strong background in analytical testing with 4 years of ASU lab experience as well as 2 years of microbiological testing in a private ISO A2LA accredited laboratory. Buster believes in the proven benefits of utilizing medical cannabis and is dedicated to educating others about such benefits. He feels privileged to be a part of the DVT team ensuring patients receive the quality testing of their cannabis they deserve.

Chelsea

Analyst I

joined: 2020

Chelsea graduated from CSU Stanislaus with a BS in biological sciences. Her concentration was molecular and microbial biology and she completed a minor in chemistry. Chelsea chose this path in order to take the majority of the botany classes offered at her university, she loves the combination of microbiology and botany. For the past four years she worked testing blood donations for transfusion transmitted diseases. Chelsea knew that DVT would be the right place for her to explore her love of botany and love of helping people from behind the scenes. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her pup and reading.

Haley

Lead Laboratory Technician

joined: 2020

Haley graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Environmental Sustainability Studies. As an Arizona native growing up in the agricultural-centric city of Buckeye, she was always fascinated by the food production system and the unique characteristics of the Southwest. Her time at NAU allowed her to discover her passions for public health/safety and environmental justice. She continues to involve herself in efforts to mitigate climate change, both individually and globally, and seeks ways to improve the oppressive nature of many institutionalized systems. DVT prides itself for its consistent integrity and honest work, and Haley is thrilled for the opportunity to work for such a transparent company.

Danielle

Lead Laboratory Technician

joined: 2020

Danielle attended Arizona State University where she obtained her Forensic Science B.S. During her course of study, she quickly found that she loved learning about drug chemistry and the pharmacokinetics of all kinds of xenobiotics from medicinal to illicit. Danielle absolutely loves DVT's overall dedication and is thrilled to be apart of the team, as well as be involved in the rapidly growing industry of cannabis.

Naya

Laboratory Technician

joined: 2020

Naya attended Arizona State University where she graduated with a BS in Biological Sciences. With a passion for biology she has experience in the field of conservation as well as plant biology and horticulture. Previously, she worked closely with microbiologists and chemists to cultivate live algae cultures for study and commercial use. This environment showed her how rewarding laboratory work can be. She is eager to explore the rapidly growing cannabis industry as well as expand her knowledge of biochemistry. In her free time Naya loves to read fiction literature, play with her pets, and maintain her live-planted aquariums. Always happy to learn new things, Naya is excited to work with DVT to further her career in laboratory sciences.

Meghan

Laboratory Technician

joined: 2020

Meghan graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BS in Chemistry. Over the course of her undergraduate studies, she found herself becoming increasingly interested in the analytical aspects of chemistry—more specifically pertaining to drug development and instrumentation. Meghan has previous laboratory experience in an accredited healthcare laboratory, which taught her the importance of quality control, quality assurance, and overall appropriate laboratory practices. In her free time, Meghan loves to travel, hike, and play with her two fur babies. She is excited to be a member of the ever-growing cannabis industry in Arizona.

Sidney

Laboratory Technician

joined: 2020

Sidney always had a love for the sciences and an inner calling to impact the community. More so, she sought a path where she could use developing scientific knowledge to help others. This passion brought her to earn a B.S. in Forensic Science at Arizona State University. During her college career, she found love for analytical chemistry, forensic toxicology, designing methodology and performing research with flesh fly colonies. Sidney is excited to be a part of the DVT team to further her career and follow her passions, participating in a growing and developing industry that continuously works and adapts to ensure quality testing and the education of medical marijuana for the improved life of the community.

Michael

Laboratory Technician

joined: 2020

Michael graduated Arizona State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry, where he discovered his penchant for instrumental analysis. He worked in an ISO-accredited oil analysis facility for four years, where he honed his experience with instrumentation, quality control and organic chemistry. Michael is proud to be part of an amazing team where he can use his passion for chemistry and the cannabis industry to ensure top quality testing.

Lauren

Laboratory Technician

joined: 2020

Lauren brings over 8 years customer service experience to DVT's Client Relations department. Lauren is proud of working for DVT, as she is passionate about ethically testing in the cannabis industry. She is currently enrolled in Glendale Community College and is striving towards her science degree at Arizona State University. Being an Arizona native, when Lauren is outside of the office, she enjoys hiking and playing badminton.

Brandon

Lead Microbiology Technician

joined: 2019

Brandon graduated from CSU Northridge with a B.S. in Food Science, marrying both microbiology and chemistry together. He's been working in various lab settings for 3 years and most recently comes from an ISO accredited facility. He's elated to be part of the DVT team and bring the highest standards of quality to a rapidly growing industry.

Molly

Lead Microbiology Technician

joined: 2020

Molly graduated from ASU with a Bachelors in Genetics, Cells and Developmental Biology. She has had over 5 years of experience in aseptic sampling and processing and over 3 years of experience running PCR. She spent quite a bit of time doing quality assurance in the local AZ brewing industry but it wasn't long until she realized her true passion was Cannabis. Molly is super excited to be a part of the DVT team, ensuring quality Cannabis for AZ medical and recreational patients!

Laura

Microbiology Technician

joined: 2019

Laura recently graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BS in Biomedical Sciences. With a strong background in human physiology and biochemistry, she is eager to be a part of the growing cannabis industry in Arizona. Laura is excited to join the DVT team and ensure that clients receive high quality testing for their medical products.

Keeley

Microbiology Technician

joined: 2020

Keeley recently graduated from Towson University with a BS in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Keeley previously worked in a research laboratory where she discovered her love for working in a lab. Keeley loves DVT's commitment to ensuring patient safety through product testing. She is passionate about the cannabis industry and very excited to join the DVT team.

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Our Services
  • Cannabinoids

  • Terpenes

  • Microbial Analysis

  • Aspergillus

  • Mycotoxins

  • Residuals Solvents 

  • Metals, Salts and Minerals

  • Moisture Content

  • Water Activity

  • Pesticides 

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