Meet Our Veterinarians
Charles Salemi, DVM
Dr. Charles Salemi (Charlie) joined the Oasis staff as a doctor in 2010. He has however been apart of the Oasis team long before as a technician while in college. In 2020, Dr. Salemi became an owner along with Dr. Tenney, of Oasis Animal Hospital. Dr. Salemi is a native Arizonan and grew up in the East Valley attending Hamilton High School. Afterward, he attended the University of Arizona where he played goaltender for the lacrosse team and obtained his degree in Veterinary Science. Dr. Salemi then went on to study at Colorado State University for his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He has been married to Rachel Salemi since 2007. They are the proud parents of a lovely daughter, Clara, and son, William. Rachel has a Master’s degree in Music Therapy and is currently the Choral Music director at their church. His professional interests include feline and canine dentistry, cardiology, including canine heartworm disease, and dermatology. Outside of work, Dr. Salemi is an avid sports fan and enjoys reading books on history.
CJ Boyce, DVM
Dr. Boyce is a central Illinois native and grew up in a veterinary family. Some of his earliest memories are of riding around on farm calls with his father or his grandfather. He studied sculpture and biology at the University of Illinois at Springfield and received his bachelor’s degree in 1999. After obtaining his doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003, he practiced small animal medicine in Illinois for 10 years. Dr. Boyce moved to Arizona and joined Oasis in May of 2013. Dr. Boyce is especially passionate about dentistry, preventative medicine, and weight management. When not working, Dr. Boyce is an avid gardener and loves ultra-hot pepper varieties such as the ghost and Trinidad scorpion. Dr. Boyce enjoys cooking, baking, and pickling and has been fine-tuning his own fermented pepper sauce for the last 5 years. More recently, Dr. Boyce has started home brewing and is very active in the Phoenix homebrew scene. He is an avid gardener.
Rachel Mead, DVM
Dr. Rachel Mead was born and raised in Arizona. She attended elementary school and high school in Glendale, Arizona, and completed her Bachelor of Science at Arizona State University. She attended veterinary school in Fort Collins, where she explored the Rocky Mountains, grew to appreciate craft beers, and learned that seasons do exist. Dr. Mead earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. She is especially passionate about reducing your pet’s fear, anxiety, and stress associated with veterinary visits to create a better experience for you and your pet. She enjoys keeping pets happy and healthy with preventive care and also likes to volunteer her professional services in rural areas where medical care is not readily available to animals. In 2014, she married her high school sweetheart, Tim. Tim enjoys his job working for a local Chandler company as an engineer. They share a home with 6 rescued fur-kids: Mo (the mischievous terrier mix), Rouxby (the energetic vizsla mix), Lizzy (the shy border collie mix), Zoey (the loving shepherd mix), Millie (the goofy german shorthair pointer mix) and Timón (the very social and talkative tabby cat). Dr. Mead likes to spend her free time hiking, working on home improvement projects, spending time with nearby family, and exploring new places.
Sarah Baker, DVM
Dr. Sarah Baker is originally from Marietta, Georgia. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Tusculum College located in the Smokey Mountains. She has an older brother and has a special love for miniature schnauzer as she had them growing up. At Tusculum she was a member of the women’s tennis team where she served as team captain her senior year. During her time there she won the Female Freshman of the Year Academic Award and was named a member of both the CoSIDA Academic All-district first team as well as the Alpha Chi National Honor Society. She also helped her team win two conference championships her freshman and senior year. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in Tennessee she attended Mississippi State University where she received her DVM. She achieved Fear Free Certification and is passionate about making sure every pet has a stress free enjoyable visit. She has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was 6 years old and her professional interests include internal medicine and ophthalmology. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and exploring new restaurants.
Trevor Tenney, DVM
Dr. Trevor Tenney was born and raised in Arizona. He attended Arizona State University with the intention to apply for medical school. He changed paths, however, after working at Oasis Animal Clinic and realizing his love for helping both pets and their owners. He attended veterinary school at Texas A&M University and graduated in 2016. While in veterinary school, he was selected to be a military veterinarian in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. After graduating from veterinary school, he was stationed in Fayetteville, North Carolina for a one-year military internship. He was then shipped overseas to serve near Tokyo, Japan for three years and Daegu, South Korea for one year. While in the Army, he took pride in providing first-class care to Military Working Dogs. After five years in the military, Dr. Trevor returned to Arizona and back at Oasis Animal Hospital. He is motivated by the human-animal bond and his role as a veterinarian to foster that relationship. His professional interests include service/working animals, dermatology, dentistry, and soft tissue surgery. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling and exploring the outdoors with his German Shepherd, Strider.
Ron Tenney, DVM
I am the founder of Oasis Animal Clinic. I am a native of Arizona, growing up in Prescott. I grew up on a ranch and spent many hours as a kid riding horses and doing chores. I realized at a young age that animals serve many purposes and play a big role in our lives. I decided to become a veterinarian expecting to move back to a small town and join a mixed animal practice (large and small animals). While attending Arizona State University, I began working in some local veterinary clinics and discovered a fascination with small animal medicine and surgery. I was drawn to the client-pet bond and the awesome opportunity veterinarians have to affect the quality of life of pets and their owners. I knew then that this was the area of veterinary medicine that I wanted to pursue. I attended Washington State University graduating in 1982.
Returning to Arizona, I opened Oasis Animal Clinic in December 1982. In 1991, we moved from our original location on Dobson and Elliot Roads to the Wal-Mart PetSmart center in the corner of Alma School and Warner Roads. The practice grew during the twenty years we were located there. Eventually, we outgrew the 2,500 sq. ft. facility and began looking for a new place to call home. In October 2011 we closed our doors at the old location leaving a million memories behind. We are now in our new facility on the Southeast corner of Ray and McQueen Roads. It is hard to believe that we have been in our new building for the past five years. We are thrilled to be in a 5,200 square foot facility with all of the convenience and space to offer state of the art care. My professional interests include advanced training in pain management and best practice anesthetic protocols. For six years between 2006 and 2012, I had the opportunity to visit local veterinary hospitals teaching about modern methods of safe anesthesia and recovery with the Zoetis Animal Health DALE program. I learned from each practice that I visited.
Watching this practice grow and develop is really amazing. I am very grateful to have such an awesome team of doctors and staff to provide care to so many patients and their owners. We have come a long way in the past 38 years!
On the personal side, I am married to Marilyn Richardson Tenney and together we have 5 sons. Marilyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in Marriage, Family, and Addiction as well as healing from trauma. We live in Gilbert, where we have a terrier mix named Pancho Villa. We recently lost our 17 year old cat, Don Juan and our 16 year old Jack Russell, Jamie. Everyone in my family love pets.
Over the years, many of you have met our sons working around the clinic. Currently, Brandon is managing a medical transport company operating in the East Valley. The next oldest is Trevor. He graduated from ASU and then completed his veterinary training at Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine where he graduated in the Spring of 2016 with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Trevor was selected to become a member of the United States Army Veterinary Corp where he has served for at least the first four years after graduation. He is currently stationed in South Korea. We anticipate that Trevor will return to his roots at Oasis Animal Hospital in 2021. Troy is married (Maize) and he is the father of our two youngest grandkids, Ira and Ellis. He is a graduate of medical school (human – not veterinary) at Midwestern University in Glendale Arizona. He is in a Pathology Residency at Emory University in Atlanta. Gary is the second oldest of our sons and is a PhD psychologist. He opened his own private psychological practice in Gilbert, AZ. He is married to Angela Tenney of Tempe and they have a son, Dillon and a daughter, Audrey. Our oldest son, Rhett is married to Sandee Tenney and they are living in Sandy, Utah. Rhett is an Associate Professional Counselor and Sandee is a High School Spanish Teacher. They have 2 daughters, Josie and Sofie, and a son, Sam. Their family is very active in sports and other extra-curricular activities.
My interests and hobbies include scuba diving, playing racquetball, video editing, and computers. Don’t ask to see any of my underwater videos (or here – Red Sea 2014) unless you have some time on your hands. I also enjoy reading (especially history) and volunteering time for our church and other organizations. All of our family members are certified scuba divers and we love to travel and dive as a family. We have been able to see many beautiful areas and create vivid memories thanks to this sport. Thank you for your loyalty and support of Oasis Animal Hospital. We are humbled to be able to care for your pets.