Cave Creek, AZ 85331
Meet Our Team
Equine Sports Medicine
Equine General Practice
Co-Owner of Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center
Equine Sports Medicine
Dr. Andrea has published research in equine orthopedics, as well as soft tissue reconstructive surgery. She specializes in all areas of lameness, sports medicine, and surgical conditions of the horse. Training in the southwest solidified her love of the acute abdomen (surgical colic), but her true passion is orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Andrea brings a unique perspective to diagnosing and treating conditions of the equine athlete, being a barrel racer herself and having years of experience working on horses from all disciplines with performance-limiting lameness issues. She strives to provide the most cutting edge treatment modalities to her patients, staying current with advances in regenerative medicine and combining these treatments with surgical therapy when needed.
Dr. Andrea and her family (husband Mike Freeland, and sons Canon and Shea) currently have 9 horses that complete their rodeo team. When not making a run herself, she is keeping the rope horses working.
Neonatal foal care
Dr. Liepman joins Chaparral from the Midwest, hailing from Michigan. A Wolverine at heart (her alma mater), Dr. Liepman graduated in 2011 from Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine with honors and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed an internship in equine sports medicine, surgery and internal medicine at BW Furlong and Associates in New Jersey. Thereafter, she accepted a position at The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine for further training as an equine internal medicine specialist. She became board certified in equine internal medicine and dually received a master of science degree in comparative veterinary medicine from The Ohio State University, studying the effects of intravenous antibiotics on the gastrointestinal health of the horse. Dr. Liepman has published in several different areas in equine medicine including topics in neonatology and gastrointestinal health.
Dr. Liepman especially enjoys equine neonatal care, challenging cases and working up critical emergencies. She spends her free time exploring and enjoying the outdoors with her husband Daniel, her son, Quillen, and their dog, Penelope (blue heeler).
Equine Sports Medicine
Dr. Walker is a southern California native and comes from a long lineage of veterinarians. He attended Colorado State University for both his undergraduate and veterinary degrees, where he graduated with honors. During this time Dr. Walker was on staff at the Equine Orthopaedic Research Center and was involved in numerous studies investigating the progression and prevention of equine osteoarthritis using different medical therapeutics and surgical interventions. Following completion of veterinary school, he completed an internship at Arizona Equine Medical and Surgical Centre in Gilbert, Arizona. He accepted a position at Cornell University for a three year Large Animal Surgical Residency. Dr. Walker worked as an Associate Surgeon at San Luis Rey Equine Hospital prior to joining the team at Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center. Currently, Dr. Walker is a board certified equine surgeon with a special interest in sports medicine. Dr. Walker has published several scientific manuscripts in veterinary orthopedics, upper respiratory surgery, traumatology, and colic and presented his research nationally at several conferences. A list of selected publications can be accessed at the following link (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Wade_Walker/contributions). His clinical interests include orthopedic, upper respiratory, and oncologic surgery, as well as regenerative and sports medicine. In his spare time, Dr. Walker enjoys outdoor sports with his family and pets.
Dr. Karin Thomasson was raised on a farm in the great state of Minnesota, where her love for horses and the outdoors began. She waited seven long years to get her first horse and then spent much of her time growing up horseback—training, trail riding, showing, and roping. Dr. Thomasson attended North Dakota State University as an undergraduate, majoring in Animal & Range Science and Equine Studies. To gain additional experience, she worked as an intern at Peterson & Smith’s Equine Reproduction Center in Ocala, Florida, which clinched her desire to pursue equine veterinary medicine. Dr. Thomasson then attended Kansas State University for veterinary school. Go Wildcats! Upon graduation, she moved to Glenwood Springs, Colorado completing an equine veterinary internship at Glenwood Veterinary Clinic.
Dr. Thomasson joined the team at Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center in 2015 as an Associate Veterinarian. She enjoys all aspects of equine practice, especially dentistry and sports medicine. In her free time, Dr. Thomasson enjoys horseback riding, training, and roping with her husband, Johann, traveling, and anything outdoors.
Equine General PracticeDr. Anastasia Keyser joins Chaparral from Texas. Although she did not get the opportunity to grow up on a ranch, her family always had horses. She was riding before she could walk and continues to maintain that passion for horses. Dr. Keyser initially received a BA in business administration majoring in business management. Her decision to pursue veterinary medicine followed a few years later after realizing that she wanted to do even more to help horses besides training them and running a 501(c)3 horse rescue. She attended Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. During her time in College Station, she was employed in the large animal ICU at Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. After veterinary school, she completed an internship at Reata Equine Hospital in Weatherford, TX. Dr. Keyser is an equine general practitioner who provides ambulatory and in-clinic services. Dr. Keyser enjoys all aspects of equine medicine with a special interest in dentistry, reproduction, and sports medicine/podiatry. She currently owns 7 horses and 3 dogs. Dr. Keyser often spends her free time trail riding, hiking, camping, scuba diving, skiing, traveling, and competing in horse shows.
Equine General Practice
Dr. Duthie grew up a beach kid along the Treasure Coast in Stuart, FL. Her active involvement in the 4H Youth Organization and AQHYA further cultivated her love for horses. Growing up, she showed her horse in hunter competitions and later came full circle to serve as a riding instructor at the 4H Horsemanship School during her college summers. Dr. Duthie attended the University of Florida for all her academic training and received her B.S., B.A., MS, and D.V.M. from Gator nation. She was a musician in the UF Marching Band where she enjoyed playing and traveling to bowl games and championships. Can’t deny she bleeds orange and blue! In 2015, Dr. Duthie spent time at Rossdales Veterinary Hospital in Newmarket, England where her passion to work with horse athletes grew even more. Following completion of veterinary school, she completed an equine internship at Equine Medical Center of Ocala in Ocala, FL.
Her clinical interests include sports medicine and surgery, with a focus on orthopedic and upper airway disease. Outside of work, she enjoys staying active with running, swimming, hiking and extreme sports with friends like skydiving and bungee jumping.
Dr. Ariano joined Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center in 2014 after practicing in North Scottsdale and Tempe for 15 years. She grew up in Chicago, Illinois, attended Cornell University for undergrad and Ross University for veterinary school. After practicing in New York, she and her husband relocated to North Scottsdale in 1999 where they currently reside with their two sons, Enzo and Nico. Dr. Ariano uses her 20 years of experience to head up our small animal practice, specializing in internal medicine, surgery, geriatric care and canine and feline dentistry. Dr. Ariano chooses to donate her time and services with a number of rescue groups in the area. Her family currently has two rescued dogs - Campari (a red Heeler) and Corey (a Heeler mix), a cat, Mr. Shiney, from a litter the hospital nursed since birth, hamsters and a family of snakes. Dr. A (as we like to refer to her) enjoys spending her free time running marathons, traveling and spending time with her family.
Dr. Jeffrey Arthur is originally from the 'Valley of the Sun' and was happy to come back to practice veterinary medicine in his hometown. At the age of 5, his family knew he was going to grow up to be a veterinarian because he would bring home stray and injured animals to care for. Dr. Arthur attended Arizona State University and majored in Life Sciences. During his time as an undergraduate, Dr. Arthur worked as a veterinary technician in multiple hospitals and specialties, which helped him prepare for life as a veterinarian. He left the desert and headed to the beautiful state of Michigan to attend Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, he immediately moved back home to Phoenix, Arizona to finally work in the career he was born for. After working in Phoenix for a couple years he found his way to Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center. He enjoys multiple fields in veterinary medicine, particularly internal medicine and dermatology.
In his free time, Dr. Arthur enjoys training in martial arts, most outdoor activities, and spending as much time as possible with his wife Sabrina and 1-year-old
After receiving his DVM, he served for three years as a captain in the US Army in Fort Detrick, MD. After the service, Dr. Rollins completed an Equine Internship at the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Teaching Hospital. In July 1971, he entered private equine practice in North Phoenix.
Dr. Rollins feels his greatest accomplishment is his family. Brent and Francie have been married since June 1st, 1963. They have five children and 25 grandchildren (at last count) and these days of retirement are spent keeping up with all their activities.
Dr. Cock was born and raised in England, UK. Prior to vet school, she lived in California where she achieved an undergraduate degree in Biology. Dr. Cock returned to the UK for vet school and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in July 2016. After graduation, she moved to Arizona to begin an internship at Chaparral and is now staying on to complete the second year at Chaparral. Dr. Cock has always had a passion for horses and enjoys spending time with her Connemara mare, Lily, who she bred, raised and competes in 3-day eventing. She also enjoys spending time with her cats Harry & Russell, whenever she can.
Dr. Micek graduated with a DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. She is currently completing a 1-year equine internship at CVMC. She grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada where she enjoyed hunter-jumper and dressage. Dr. Micek currently lives in Cave Creek with her dog Abby and cat Latte. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, swimming and relaxing with a book on the patio.
Dr. Katie Boote is from a small ranch in South Dakota. Since she was little, Katie has always had a passion for taking care of and working with their families animals. She spent time trail riding and training their horses, but she especially enjoyed team roping with her father. Katie attained a Bachelors of Animal Science Degree at South Dakota State University. During her time at SDSU, Katie competed on the Women’s Cross-Country and Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field Team. Dr. Boote went on to Iowa State University for her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree. With her limited spare time at Iowa State, she started show jumping.
She graduated in May 2017 and is now very excited to start her career as one of the equine interns at Chaparral! In her spare time, Katie enjoys spending time working with her thoroughbred mare and quarter horse geldings, or going for runs with her Siberian husky.
Dr. Kira Noordwijk graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK in July 2017. Her family moved to the USA when she was 6-years-old and she grew up with a passion for all things horses. She rode and competed in hunter/jumpers and 3-day-eventing and was a working student for multiple trainers throughout high school and college. She graduated with a degree in Animal Sciences from Oregon State University before taking a year off to work in broodmare barns in Lexington, KY. While in the UK, she developed an interest in playing polo. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, hiking and traveling.
Equine Anesthesia Technician
Originally from San Diego, Brooke is a veteran member of the Chaparral team and has been with us since October 2008. Brooke is our lead equine technician and also performs anesthesia on horses and foals for a plethora of surgical procedures. Her love of horses began at the age of 3 and she has made horses her life. In her work life, she most enjoys the challenges of anesthesia and surgery. She loves to ride her horses and enjoys the comic relief of her donkey, Amos. She also has a soft heart for dogs. Needless to say, furry creatures have stolen her heart.
Equine Anesthesia Technician
Krista is an Arizona Native with a passion for horses as long as she can remember. Krista has been with Chaparral since 2011. She is an Equine Anesthesia Technician. She is married and has three dogs and a horse. She loves caring for rescue animals and every year she heads the Holiday Pet Festival hosted by Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary.
Equine Anesthesia Technician
Janelle was born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada. Prior to moving to Arizona, Janelle had lived in Colorado since 2005 where she worked as an equine technician and anesthetist for Jergens Equine in Gill, Colorado. Janelle started working at Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center in February of 2016 after moving to Arizona in 2015 as an equine technician and is now also one of our equine anesthetists. Janelle is not only passionate about helping animals in the veterinary field but also owns her own clothing printing business that she developed through her family's clothing company and also owns a barrel horse brokerage with a friend from Canada. Janelle enjoys her down time with her husband, Ryan, hauling to ropings, barrel races, and rodeos and working on her other businesses.
Gina was born in Big Spring, Texas. She grew up riding and showing in 4H and spent most of her life on racetracks, holding different positions at each one. This allowed her to travel to new places quite frequently. She misses the racetrack every single day, but when her son started high school, it was time to stop the nomad life. She took the opportunity to become an equine ambulatory technician at CVMC starting in 2016. It's a new experience for Gina and she hopes for more to come but still spend many weekends at the track. For Gina, there is nothing like making a difference in a horse's life.
Emily grew up in the small town of Bull Valley, IL. She's been involved in the horse industry since she was 6 years old, starting with riding lessons and eventually spending every free second at the barn. Emily graduated in 2014 from William Woods University with a B.S. in Equine Science Equestrian Administration. She went back to Illinois after graduation and worked as an assistant barn manager at a local lesson barn, training horses on the side. In November of 2016, she found herself moving out to Arizona and got a job as a large animal technician at Chaparral. She spent some time as an ambulatory tech before moving in the hospital as the
Hilary joined the Chaparral team in the spring of 2017. She is an Arizona native and attended Glendale Community College and then Arizona State University, where she majored in Biological Sciences. She was raised around horses and other farm animals and has always been an animal lover. She owns 3 horses (Taz, Destiny, and River) and 2 dogs(Jacob and Hooch.) In her spare
Victoria is native to Phoenix, AZ. She has been involved with horses since she was 5 years old by riding, taking lessons, competing and participating in 4H. She has 5 horses of her own that she spends all her free time with. Victoria does local barrel races all over Arizona. She used to be a small animal technician, but is now getting experience with large animals as an ambulatory technician. Victoria is attending Scottsdale Community College to get her certification through the Equine Science program and obtained her Associates Degree at Glendale Community College. Victoria loves spending time outside and spending time with friends. It has always been a dream of hers to be working at Chaparral and be able to help horses and their owners.
Small Animal Technician
Jamie is a certified veterinary technician working in the small animal department at CVMC. She loves to work with animals and animals has had this passion for as long as she can remember. Jamie has two dogs, one cat and one horse. She has been riding horses for over twenty years. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys yoga and spending time with friends and family.
Small Animal Technician
Tiffany is a native of Arizona. She loves spending time with her husband, 2 boys, and dogs. She started at Chaparral in 2007 and left at the end of 2008 to become a full-time mom. She has come back once again to join the small animal team and do one of the things she loves, take care of animals!
Currently, she is married to her best friend, Alex, is a mother to 5 grown children and 4 grandchildren, along with her 5 fur kids, all senior pets, 3 dogs, 1 cat and a horse and numerous freshwater tropical fish. During her 'free' time, she enjoys hiking (completing the Phoenix 7 Summit Challenge in 2016), bike riding (in 1984 she completed the GABA Cross State Tour, going from the Grand Canyon to Nogales, Mexico), trail riding with her horse, Homer and spending as much time as she can with the growing grandkids.
I am a vet assistant and I have worked at Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center since July 18, 2016. I have 3 horses and one of my favorite things to do is ride them and participate in gymkhanas.
Brandt is originally from Southern California and has spent many years in healthcare management and operations positions. He has a BS in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne, and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from the University of Saint Mary. Brandt enjoys spending time with his dogs Loki and Elvira, and Lemmy the Cockatiel. He and his beautiful wife, Heather, enjoy beach camping and spending time with their two lovely granddaughters.
Heather has been with CVMC for 16 years; first as a small animal tech and then supervisor, part-time receptionist and now in her current position as the pharmacy technician. She is a native Phoenician that loves hiking and being outdoors. She has been with her husband, Kurt for 22 years and together they are the very proud parents of 2 wonderful children. Christian, her brave young Marine is the oldest and Kathleen, is a talented hula dancer 10 years his junior. Her fur babies include Keli’i, a 10-year-old pit mix and his feline sister, Molly. She also has an assortment of birds and fish. One day she hopes to be able to add a few goats to her family!
Cheyenne started at Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center in October of 2015. Beginning as a large animal technician, she then moved up front to be a practice representative in September of 2016. Cheyenne is from Arizona and attended the University of Arizona to study in animal science. She has one horse and one dog and loves being in the veterinary field.
Holly recently joined the Chaparral team and is enjoying our clients and her colleagues. She has a long history of administrative work in the legal, real estate development, construction and shopping center management industries and has always had a love of animals. She started off her oldest daughter at the age of 3 riding horses and her love of horses continued with her other 2 daughters. She now enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 grown daughters, her grandson and their many rescue dogs and horses. She, her husband, middle daughter, and grandson recently moved back to the United States from living in Melbourne Australia.
Tina moved to the Phoenix area in 1988 from the east coast with her husband. She has owned horses for most of her life and working for an equine veterinarian was always a dream of hers. Joining the team at CVMC in July of 2017 made that dream come true. Tina worked in the security/law enforcement industry until graduating from Long Medical's vet assistant program in 1993, which sparked her love of the veterinary field. She worked for the Maricopa County Sheriff's office in the Animal Cruelty MASH Unit for 7 years and one other local veterinarian for over 20 years.
In her free time, Tina's hobbies are spending time with her three fur babies: 2 toy Aussies and 1 Tibetan Spaniel, pet photography, flying her drone, driving her sports car and off-road trips in her Unimog with her husband.
Suzan is originally from central California, but she has lived in the Scottsdale area for decades. She has always had a passion for animals and raised poodles and Lhasa Apsos in the past. She satisfied her equine passion by completing the Equine Science program at Scottsdale Community College resulting in a degree in Equine Science. Suzan spent many years as the office manager at Southwest Equine Hospital in Scottsdale. She was also employed in administrative positions in retail, real estate, health care and she now has returned to the veterinary world. She is the proud owner of 2 rescue dogs: Sally (a jet-black corgi mix,) & Sunny (a buff cockapoo mix.) Her many hobbies include fitness, music, and travel, but she spends most of her time enjoying her home and teenage son, Robert.
Merle recently came to Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center as our new bookkeeper. She recently moved to Arizona from Southern California after many years working in the non-profit sector. The need to assist our fellow man and four-legged friends never leaves our heart, which makes Chaparral a perfect fit for her.
Amy has been working with horses for 29 years in many different venues and has been fortunate to have traveled around the United States and the world. She started out working with and riding racehorses and her dream
Wilson started breaking young horses at age 16. He continued in the horse industry as a jockey until he was 42 years
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