Meet our caring and compassionate veterinary care team committed to providing exceptional veterinary care for your pets.
Dr. Cheryl Rahal
Dr. Rahal also came to Phoenix in February of 2002 with her husband, Dr. Neidigh and their daughter.
Dr. Rahal received a BS in Zoology from the University of Washington, Seattle in December 1988, doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in Pullman, WA in May 1994, and earned Board Certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in August 1999 after completing a 3 year residency program in Equine Medicine at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital of University of California-Davis.
Dr. Rahal’s primary interests stem from her personal equestrian experiences and include equine perinatology, equine exercise physiology, and equine geriatrics. Dr. Rahal’s area of expertise, perinatology, involves the medical management of high risk pregnancy in broodmares and the care of critically ill foals. Dr. Rahal’s expertise in equine sports medicine and exercise physiology stems from her personal experience in endurance riding. Finally her expertise in geriatrics has developed due to the aging of her own beloved horses.
Dr. Rahal practiced for 4 years in the Carson Valley of Nevada, working mostly with equine breeding farms, Arabian performance, Hunter Jumpers farms and the other regional agriculture such as sheep, goats and camelids (alpacas and llamas). Dr. Rahal spent her first two years in Arizona practicing her expertise in Equine Internal Medicine.
Although Equine Medicine had been her career focus, Dr. Rahal has altered her career path to fit the needs of her family. Dr Rahal practiced in small animal emergency and critical care from 2004 to 2007, utilizing her knowledge of the critically ill patient. In 2007 Dr. Rahal joined the team in small animal care at Desert Hills Animal Clinic, and in 2017 opened The Pet Wellness Center.
Dr. Yan Lee
Dr. Yan Lee was born in California and lived in New Mexico, Nebraska, and Colorado before her family settled in sunny Arizona. From an early age, Dr. Lee was passionate about animals. Although initially, Dr. Lee pursued environmental and entomology research in college, but labwork did not suit her.
It was the spark of working at a wildlife rehab center during college that started her journey towards being a veterinarian. Along with some urging from one of her friends, Dr. Lee began pursuing animal medicine after graduating with a Bachelor’s in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona in 2013. She completed a zoo externship and wildlife externship in Florida before officially deciding to pursue animal medicine. Dr. Lee enrolled in Washington State University’s veterinary program and graduated in 2019. She practiced in Las Vegas after graduation before deciding to return to Phoenix to be closer to family. Dr. Lee is passionate about exotics, small animal rehab, alternative medicine, surgery, and neurology.
She is the proud owner of an orange cat named Lu (Louie). During her down time, Dr. Lee enjoys arts and crafts, hiking, and exploring the great outdoors. Dr. Lee is also a self-described foodie and loves to explore the food culture anytime she can.
Dr. Yan Lee will be joining our team in August 2020.
Maria Gonzalez, CVT
Maria has been with us for over 13 years. She first started at Desert Hills Animal Clinic as a vet tech, working her way up to manager. When the Pet Wellness Center opened in 2017 Maria joined as our Executive Director. She is vital to the efficacy and functionality of our practice. We are extremely grateful to have her on our team as she brings extensive veterinary knowledge, strong leadership, and compassion for animals to our clinic family. She is mother to two boys, two dogs, and two cats. One of her dogs, Gomez, is 17 years old; older than her eldest son. When not working at the clinic she can be found enjoying Arizona’s beautiful nature, tackling home projects, or road tripping.
Monica returned to Arizona after graduating with a pre-medicine degree from NYU. She began working for Desert Hills Animal Clinic before joining us in the fall of 2019 as a veterinary technician. Monica lives with many cats but her cat Milka is the only one who’s truly hers. Milka was rescued by Monica from an alley in Brooklyn and now lives a happy life as a Scottsdale housewife. While attending college she spent a year abroad in Australia where she worked in a spider lab. When not working at the clinic she can be found brewing her kombucha or cooking like she’s on Chopped. Intuitive, driven, and passionate about animals, Monica is an essential and valued member of our team.
Hannah has been with Desert Hills Animal Clinic since 2015. She worked her way up from receptionist to veterinary technician before joining us at the Pet Wellness Center our opening year. She left for a year to try human medicine but simply couldn’t stay away from the veterinary world; finding she loves vet medicine and is truly passionate about it. Hannah has a senior American Mastiff named Moose and a 6-year-old grey kitty named Stitch. In her free time she enjoys spending time at the lake. She is currently enrolled in nursing school here in Phoenix. With her experience and love of animals, she is an integral part of our team!
Recently joining our team as a receptionist, Jennifer brings a warm smile and welcoming sense of humor to the lobby. She is a proud mom to three grown boys and has run her own business since college. Her house is overrun by three dogs: Kona, Murphy, and Bear. Bear is an adorable and blind senior citizen who prefers to sleep all day and Kona is a smart and sassy GSD. Murphy is a parvo survivor who’s blood donations have helped save two other puppies from the disease. He brings joy into everyone’s lives just like Jennifer brings joy to our practice!
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Currently working as a technician assistant; Lizzie has been learning on the job for her high school internship. She has a dachshund named Oscar and a grey kitty named Katia. Lizzie Baker loves to bake and is very proud of her family history of dairy farmers. She has been with us since the winter of 2019 and we are grateful to have her. She’s always willing to step up and get the job done.
Hello everyone! I’m Toby, the Clinic Concierge. I take my job very seriously and love to greet all of our clients and patients. I’m a really great emotional support buddy and can help if you’re feeling down. I also love to sit and chat with our clients when their pets are in the back getting treatments.