Dr. Nichole Westerweel
I am originally from Las Vegas, NV, and moved to the Phoenix area after graduating from veterinary school in 2009. After completing a Bachelor
of Arts degree from Cornell University, I went on to graduate from Kansas State University’s (Go Wildcats!) College of Veterinary Medicine. Before
entering general medicine, I completed a one-year rotating small animal internship with VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center in Mesa, AZ.
While I love all aspects of veterinary medicine, my interests lie in internal medicine, surgery, and nutrition. I strongly believe that the bond between you and your pet is special, and is something to be treasured for a lifetime. My pets are like my babies, and I treat each patient as though they were my own furry family member.
In my free time, I love to be outdoors, hiking, swimming, and camping with my boxer mix “Tater”, and snuggling my kitty “Finnegan”. I also have three human kiddos that keep me on my toes. I very much look forward to meeting you and your pets!
Dr. Johanna DeKing
I am originally from the Midwest and spent time growing up in Illinois and Wisconsin before moving to Arizona with my family. I attended Arizona State University, graduating summa cum laude in 2005. I earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 2009 and graduated as a member of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society. Following graduation, I completed a one-year internship at Washington State University to further expand my knowledge in areas of emergency and critical care, oncology, internal medicine, and surgery.
I share my home with my fiance, Chris, two stepchildren, Hayden and Carter, and our seven rescued dogs, Baxter, an Australian cattle dog cross, Jack, a rottweiler mix, Sawyer, Emmett and Brewster, all large mixed breed dogs and two lovable pitbulls, Gus and Lea. I’m an avid Chicago Cubs fan and also enjoy hiking, cooking, reading, and spending as much time outdoors with my dogs as possible.
Dr. Scott Fleming
I have spent most of my life in the southwest, growing up in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I received two B.S. degrees, one in Animal Science and another in
Biology from New Mexico State University. After that, I moved on to Fort Collins, earning my DVM from Colorado State University in 1993.
After I finished veterinary school, I returned to New Mexico and spent the next sixteen years in small and mixed animal practice around the western and four corners regions of the state. Over that time, I developed an interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.
My wife, Lisa and I moved our family to Arizona in 2009. We have a busy, full family with five children, and an assortment of pets whom they’ve adopted or rescued. Our four-legged kids include three mastiffs (Lola, Max, and Sam), two cats (Roy and Cephus), and a Chinchilla who goes by Chimi. When we do manage to get some spare time, my family and I like to stay active by working out, going for a hike or mountain bike rides.
Dr. Kelsey Newman
I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona, and my post-graduate studies at Colorado State University, graduating in 2017. As a part of the AZPetVet family, my special interests include low-stress handling, cardiology and soft tissue surgery. My goal is to treat every pet as if it were my own.
Life at home includes my cat Niya, and a rambunctious terrier mix named Flash. My hobbies include photography, reading sci-fi and fantasy novels, and the ultimate air-conditioned sport – Just Dance! I hope to meet you and your pets very soon.
Dr. Lauren Griggs
I was born in Louisiana but found myself growing up in many places (military brat). However, I call AZ home since it is where I have lived most of my life.
I obtained my undergraduate degree in 2007 from the University of Arizona (yup, Bear Down!) and graduated from the Cornell University Veterinary College
in May 2016.
I have a passion for helping those most vulnerable in our world such as our pets but also those predisposed to disease (children, elderly, etc.) and those living in impoverished conditions. Thus prior to joining AZPetVet, much of my background was in infectious disease research. Besides my academic interests in pathology and research, my clinical interests include low-stress treatment of patients, soft tissue surgery, preventative care, and dentistry.
Outside of work, I enjoy attending church at Faith Christian Center, participating in various small group Bible studies and engaging in short term mission trips in the Navajo and abroad. I also enjoy cooking, playing board and video games with friends/family, and exploring new cities. At home, I have a very talkative 15-year-old toy poodle named Alex, a scaredy-cat 8-year-old Yorkie-poo named Scooby, and a sneaky 8-year-old Shih-Tzu/Pom mix named Ghost. I’m very excited to meet your fur babies as well and treat them as one of the family!
Dr. Emily Hein
I was born and raised in beautiful Prescott, AZ. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 2013, followed by working full time as a veterinary assistant for one year. Then, I headed off to Colorado State University, where I earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2018.
I recognize that animals are an integral part of the family, and I enjoy providing quality care throughout a pet's lifespan. My special interests in veterinary medicine include ophthalmology, internal medicine, and preventative care.In my free time, I enjoy hiking new trails with my golden retriever named Tag.
Dr. Victoria Nelson
I spent most of my childhood in New Rochelle, NY (a suburb of New York City). I stayed close to home and attended Yale University for my undergraduate degree in 2007 - where I was a competitive swimmer! After my undergraduate studies, I moved from the East Coast to Bozeman, Montana for 7 years, and then attended Colorado State University, receiving my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in July 2019. Clinically, I’m fascinated by dermatology, nutrition, aquatic medicine, and most importantly, strengthening the human-animal bond.
Currently, I share my home with 4 rescue dogs and 4 rescue cats, all recently making the move to Arizona! While not practicing veterinary medicine, my hobbies include swimming, photography, spending quality time with family, friends, and of course, my pets!
Dr. Maddie Moffatt
I am from Wellington, OH (which is about an hour outside of Columbus.) I attended The Ohio State University (O-H-I-O!) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Once determining my passion for veterinary medicine, I continued my education at my alma mater and received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in May 2019. While studying to be a veterinarian, I gained exposure to the veterinary field while working in a local clinic. My specific interests in veterinary medicine include behavioral studies and dentistry.
I recently made my way out to Arizona and brought along my mini Aussie, Luke, and calico, Tonks. When I’m not caring for pets, I enjoy running, hiking, traveling, and, most importantly, cheering on the OSU Buckeye’s football team!
Dr. Sherri Youngblood
I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, graduating from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. Before joining Surprise Animal Hospital, I was an associate veterinarian for 7 years then owner of Veterinarian of Spring Creek Animal Hospital in San Antonio, Texas for 21 years while also practicing integrative therapies including chiropractic, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine. My specific areas of interest in veterinary medicine include internal medicine, dermatology, and integrative therapies. The most rewarding part of being a Veterinarian is being able to help animals and their owners. I also have a love for continuing education.
I have been married to my husband Jim for 28 years. We have 2 children- our daughter Rachel graduated this May from Texas A&M Veterinary School and our son just graduated with his Master’s in Accounting from the UTSA Business School. We have many four-legged family members including 7 horses, 2 dogs, and 5 cats! In our free time, we love to go horseback riding, hiking, and camping, and just being outdoors! We also actively breed and show Arabian horses.