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.
Technical Laboratory Director
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.
Quality Assurance, Compliance & Safety Officer
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 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.
Client Relations & Marketing Supervisor
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 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 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 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 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 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.
Matthew graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2019 with a BS in chemistry. He has a passion for lab work and enjoys working for a small business that provides an essential service to its clients for the benefit of the consumer. DVT gives him opportunities to learn and gain experience with many different analytical instruments.
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.
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.
Lead Laboratory Technician
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.
Lead Laboratory Technician
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.
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.
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.
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.
Taylor has attended Arizona State University for 4 years in pursuit of a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Spanish (Linguistics) and will be graduating in the fall. With a wealth of laboratory experience afforded to him by the university, he has been able to develop his lab skills and cultivate a deep interest in microbiology and bacterial cultures. When not out hiking, fighting for social change, or developing video games, Taylor is working towards developing a future in the medical field. Taylor is excited to be able to put his studies to application in a fast-growing and expansive field, alongside a great team pridefully dedicated to quality work.
Nerissa graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in Biological Science. Having graduated with honors, it is easy to see her passion for science, education, and knowledge. After taking a Cannabis Contaminants and Exposures course at ASU, Nerissa found interest in the industry. She wants to make sure public health and safety are a priority. In her off time, Nerissa loves to cuddle and spend time with her dogs, rabbits, and horse.
Brecken Palmer recently graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BS in Biomedical Sciences as well as a minor in chemistry. His science courses throughout his academic career have shown him many different laboratory environments. Born in Arizona, Brecken has spent time in both Phoenix and Flagstaff cultivating a passion for the outdoors and has hiked all of the San Francisco Peaks. Brecken is extremely honored to join the DVT team because it will allow him to expand his knowledge of laboratory practices while contributing to the safety of an expanding industry.
Shannon graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Secondary Education certificate. Her drive and strong work ethic is evident by her graduating summa cum laude and as a Barrett Honors Program Student. Shannon would like to continue increasing her knowledge within a laboratory setting and grow to be a proficient and experienced chemist within this industry. Shannon has a passion for health and wellness and enjoys being active or outdoors in her free time. If she’s not at work, she’s likely out adventuring, at the gym, or spending time with her loved ones. She is appreciative to be at DVT where she is surrounded by an amazing team of highly qualified, supportive, and passionate individuals.
Lead Microbiology Technician
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.
Lead Microbiology Technician
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 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.
Tyler recently graduated from GCU with a BS in Biology. His passion and strong foundation in the biological sciences and chemistry, along with his desire to acquire new techniques and skills, have led him to the continually expanding cannabis industry where he hopes to gain new knowledge while maintaining the highest ethical standards for testing. In his free time, he enjoys studying chess and weightlifting.