86 W. Juniper Avenue
Gilbert, AZ 85233
Phone: 480-635-1110 ext. 7

Meet Our Team

Our Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists team looks forward to caring for your pets. Our entire staff of doctors, veterinary technicians and staff are animal lovers and we promise to care for each pet as they are our own furry family members. 

Doctors

Whit Church, DVM - Cardiology

Whit ChurchDr. Church earned his veterinary degree from Oregon State University in 2002. After graduation he completed a one-year internship at Cornell University followed by a cardiology residency and Master of Science degree at the University of Illinois. He finished the last year of his residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Church moved to Arizona with his family in 2006 to provide specialized cardiology services. He enjoys partnering with primary care veterinarians to care for patients and their families throughout the region. His special areas of interest include pericardial diseases, echocardiography, and interventional cardiovascular procedures. Dr. Church received a number of grants and awards which include: the ACVIM Cardiology Resident Research Grant, the University of Illinois Small Animal Departmental Research Grant, and the Salsbury Scholarship. He lectures all over the country at both national and local continuing education conferences. Dr. Church is also a founding member of the Cardiac Education Group.

 

Melissa Riensche, DVM - Internal Medicine
Victoria L. Heffelman, DVM - Radiology

Administration

Kathy Wilson, CVT - Practice Manager

Kathy 150x225Since she was a child, Kathy knew she wanted to work with animals. In high school she was involved in FFA (Future Farmers of America) and grew up with a variety of family pets. As Kathy began her career, she found herself in management in the retail and food industry. But her passion for the animals motivated her to move into veterinary medicine where she has worked for 18 years. Beginning as a veterinary technician, Kathy continued to pursue additional training and responsibilities and now enjoys business administration by working as a practice manager. Outside of work Kathy enjoys playing softball, reading, and spending time with her husband and two daughters as well as her family pets, 1 dog and 2 cats (all rescues).

Ashley Kedrowski, MBA, MHA - Practice Manager

Customer Care

Mikaela Esquivel

mikaela 150I was born and raied in Arizona. I have always had a love for animals since I was very little, I grew up volunteering for different rescues with my mom. I have been in the veterinary field for about 3 years now. I love being outside and around the water more than anything, spend most of my time out by the lake. I have a 7 year old Pomeranian, we got her when she was 9 weeks old.
I am happy to be part of the DVMS team!

Alana Johnson
Darlene Wetzstein

Certified Veterinary Technicians

Danette Alley, CVT

DanetteDanette grew up in Montana and graduated from the University of Montana with a BS in Business Management. She moved to Arizona in 1994 and worked for several years as an Office Manager before deciding to change career paths. She attended and completed the Veterinary Technology program at Pima Medical Institute and has been working as a technician in general practice since 2004. She joined the Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists team in August of 2012 and thoroughly enjoys working in our Internal Medicine department. We are fortunate to have her on our team, as she always has a positive and determined attitude. Danette currently has 1 cat, Wyle, and 2 dogs, Moon and Starla. She enjoys walking and training her dogs, is an avid reader and likes to spend her leisure time with her friends or relaxing at home.

Dina Berriochoa, CVT
Amber DeOliviera, CVT
Brittany Foust, CVT
Nicole Lauer, CVT
Jennifer Miller, CVT
Megan Miller, CVT
Luke Morford, CVT
Jessie Nelson, CVT, VTS (Nutrition)
Jill Tiemens, CVT

Veterinary Technicians

Katie Herlehy

Katie Katie was born in Germany and, as a military child, has lived in many places throughout the U.S.  Her family eventually settled in Arizona. She has wanted to work with animals since she was a child when she discovered her dog loved her back rubs! She completed a nursing and veterinary technician program through her high school and began work as a veterinary technician in 2004. She joined Arizona Veterinary Internal Medicine, now Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists, in 2007. She has loved learning more about Internal Medicine every day and we love that she is so sweet and caring to our clients and patients! Katie and her wonderful husband, Sean, have 3 dogs, Red, Seamus and Camber, and 2 cats, Wesley and Butters.  Recently, they have added 2 new member to their family – a son, Izaak, and a daughter Khloe. We  are sure Izaak and Khloe will love animals as much as their parents. In her spare time, Katie enjoys going out to eat, watching movies, and riding dirt bikes with her husband.

Marta Garcia
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Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists
86 W. Juniper Avenue
Gilbert, AZ 85233

Phone: 480-635-1110 ext. 7
Fax: 480-365-0641

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Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists
located in the Arizona Veterinary Specialists Building

86 W. Juniper Avenue
Gilbert, AZ 85233
Phone: 480-635-1110 ext. 7
Fax: 480-365-0641
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