Meet our caring and compassionate veterinary care team committed to providing exceptional veterinary care for your pets.

Dr. Cheryl Rahal

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

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.

Dr. Carly Hohorst

Dr. Hohorst graduated from Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine with DVM in 2021. She is a member of the Student American Association of Equine Practitioners, Integrative Medicine Club, Veterinary Business Management Association, and participated in the Veterinary Leadership Experience. Prior to attending vet school Dr. Hohorst worked as a veterinary assistant for 6 yrs. 

Originally from Easton, CT;  from a young age, Dr. Hohorst knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Growing up, Dr. Hohorst participated in the Fairfield County 4-H group, the United States Pony Club, and volunteered at many animal shelters and veterinary hospitals. She graduated from Sacred Heart University with a B.S in Biology, then moved out west to Arizona to pursue her DVM in the summer of 2017. 

Dr. Hohorst is passionate about preventative medicine and my patients’ well being. She takes pride in being able to provide a holistic approach to veterinary medicine, and enjoys being able to use both Eastern and Western medicine to help heal her patients. Dr. Hohorst is currently getting certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and pursuing a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine at Chi University in Reddick, FL. 

During her free time Dr. Hohorst enjoys spending time with her family, hiking with her dogs, Lilly Ann and Finnegan; and riding her horse named Solea. She also has a cat named Hailey. Dr. Hohorst loves the outdoors and tries to get outside as much as possible. Dr. Hohors really enjoys working with everyone and meeting new patients here at the Pet Wellness Center. She values being able to spend time with clients and establish the best possible individualized health care plan for their pet.

Maria Gonzalez, CVT

Maria Gonzalez
Executive Director

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.

CVT, Technician

Stephanie has lived in Arizona all her life, growing up in Tucson and moving to the valley in 2010. She went to Pima Medical Institute for Vet tech school and is currently a licensed technician in the state of Arizona. Stephanie has always loved taking care of animals, from the furry kind to the scaly and feathery kind; with her three dogs, two cats, and her snake back at home. Stephanie loves to play video games, and hang out with her friends and family during her free time. If Pokémon existed, Stephanie’s dream job is to be a Pokémon trainer. Stephanie says it best, “I love working at the Pet Wellness Center because it is like a family. The patients are what keep me going and educating clients.”


Brittney has worked in small animal clinics for over 2 years, and loves all our furry friends. Brittney has owned a variety of animals over the years, like cats, dogs, horses, hamsters, chickens, ducks, turtles, and aquatic animals. Right now, she only has her 4 year old pitbull named Stella and Aquarium filled with fish, shrimp, and snails! Brittney enjoys working at the Pet Wellness Center; she said, “our staff are some of the most caring people i’ve ever met, everyone has a deep love and passion for animals.”


Jeanette has worked in the veterinary field for 10 years and has a lot of experiences with a wide variety of animals, especially our feathered friends. She has worked with both wild and domesticated birds, and Volunteered at the Wildlife World Zoo for a year. Jeanette loves what she does and the people she works with; as well as the occasional dad joke. With her two boys and their four-legged Pitbull boxer mix sister, named whiskey, Jeanette is taking the world by storm. Jeanette brings an exotic point of view to the Pet Wellness Center and she makes our team stronger.



Taylor is a certified Veterinary Assistant, and is currently enrolled in a Certified Veterinary Technician program. She has two domestic shorthairs named Blue and Baby, a golden retriever named Bristol, a Cockapoo named Branch, a hamster named Midnight, and fish named Freddie Fish Lips; as well as her 2 human children. Taylor is a “cool” mom, and likes to give a lot of compliments. She also loves goats so much! Taylor says,” the experience of medical care for all types of animals, the caring staff, and the fun work environment is why I like working here.” Taylor is an amazing member of our already awesome team.




Hannah K., PR and Marketing Liaison

PR & Marketing Liaison

Daughter of veterinarians; Reanne has grown up around the clinic with over 7 years of veterinary experience. She is currently studying Behavioral Health at GCU and when not studying or working she can be found hanging out with her rescue cat, Mr. Gary Fancy Pants (Mister for short). Mister was a TNR who wiggled his way into Reannes heart. Instead of returning him to the streets after his neuter, she adopted him. Reanne has rescued many cats from the GCU campus. She has a 3rd Degree black belt in Tae Kwon do and won the “I Can Do It Award” in 2012 for excelling despite a disability and determination in academics. She is a valuable part of our team.

Heather, Receptionist


Isabelle has been in the administrative field for over 20 years; formerly a  Desert Hills Animal Clinic receptionist, she now works for us here at The Pet Wellness Center. Customer Service is her main goal, you will always see her with a smile on her face and eager to help. Isabelle has grown up with animals all her life, and currently has 3 dogs at home. Rogue her German Shepherd Mix, Phoebe her pug, and Lana her chiweenie. Isabelle loves the welcoming environment at The Pet Wellness Center. “The Staff and the clients are like part of my extended family,” says Isabelle. With her helpful and friendly energy, Isabelle is a key member of our Receptionist team. 


Kayle is new to the Veterinary field, but has always been interested in the field; she hopes that she will go to school for Veterinary Medicine. Kayle has grown up around puppies and farm animals, and can’t imagine not being around animals. She has two Australian shepherds: Missandei and Ramsay, who are named after Game of Thrones characters. Kayle spends her free time outside with her dogs or creating and selling art she has made.  Kayle says, “This is my first job and it is a dream come true.” Kayle’s love of animals and interest in learning about the Veterinary field makes her an essential part of our team.



Jimmy, Clinic Concierge

Clinic Concierge

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. I am not around as much because I am retired, but I still love coming in to see everyone.