Small Animal Staff

Small Animal Veterinarians

Alison Ariano, DVM
Small Animal General Practice

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.

Small Animal Technicians

Jamie Pfeiffer, CVT
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.

Tiffany Ackerman
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!

Tianah Carrillo
Small Animal Technician

Tianah is from Chicago, IL and joined Chaparral in 2015. She's has worked as a small animal technician for 13 years. Tianah has two dogs and a cat. She is a mother of four beautiful children and married to her husband Michael.
Leigh Carson
Small Animal Technician

Leigh is a Phoenix native, who enjoys working with pets and their people. She followed her Mom's footsteps into the vet field, helping with hospitalized and boarding dogs where her Mom worked in the mid to late 1970's, going on the ASPCA emergency animal pick up in the late 70's and early 80's. Starting the first Sun City Rescue/Sr pet adoption program as a Girl Scout project in the mid-80's. While attending Barry Goldwater High School in the mid-80's, she volunteered at Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center, working with orphaned and injured native wildlife as well as confiscated pets/wildlife. She helped with their rehabilitation, release or placement if non-releasable. In 1995 she attended Long Medical Institute Veterinary Technician Assistance course, graduating in 1996.

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.

Administration/Support

Brandt Cassel
Practice Administrator​​​​​​​

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 Bermijo
Pharmacy Technician

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!
Cheyann Demoney
Practice Representative

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 Taranton
Practice Representative

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 Brea
Practice Representative

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 Rokvam
Administrative Assistant

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 Black
Bookkeeper

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 Goda-Dieguez
Barn Assistant​​​​​​​

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 has always been to help care for horses. Amy also loves working with a passionate group of people who love what they do. She enjoys spending time with her wonderful daughter, Mae, and husband, Wilson, who also works at CVMC. 
Secorra Denny
Equine Assistant

Secorra is a student at Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center - Paradise Valley campus. She has been riding horses since she was 7 years old, now competing in junior rodeo circuits. Another passion of hers is FFA, which she is a chapter officer of. Also, she is a member of her high school's NHS chapter. She plans to go to school to become an equine veterinarian.

Consulting Veterinarians

Zoe ReedEyeshine Veterinary
Eyeshine Veterinary
Zoe Reed, DVM, DACVO, MFA

Dr. Reed is one of less than five-hundred veterinary ophthalmologists certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology in the world. Dr. Reed recently opened Eyeshine Veterinary: Arizona’s only locally-owned, independent ophthalmology-only practice treating ‘anything with eyes’ in Phoenix. She treats small patients at Eyeshine and provides ophthalmology services for horses both at local equine hospitals and in-the-field. In addition to seeing patients, she has authored a number of journal articles and continues to participate in clinically-focused research. Dr. Reed attended UC Davis for her DVM degree and completed her comparative ophthalmology residency here in the Valley of the Sun. Experience working in various ophthalmology practices and multi-specialty veterinary hospitals in the western United States inspired Dr. Reed to start her own veterinary ophthalmology practice where she can create an environment focused on caring for animals and the people who love them.
Brent Barrett
Barrett Equine Podiatry Services​​​​​​​
Brent Barrett DVM CJF
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Dr. Barrett is a graduate of Colorado State University Veterinary School and a Certified Journeyman Farrier through the American Farrier's Association. His shoeing career began several years prior to vet school, which introduced him to his passion of equine podiatry. Following veterinary school, he spent several years working on the hunter jumper show horse circuit on the east coast specializing in lameness. In 2009, he turned his dream into reality and started Equine Podiatry Services in Ocala, Florida. His successful business is a combination of veterinary podiatry work and sports horse shoeing. Dr. Barrett spends his free time with his wife on their small farm playing with their dogs and horses. His Hobbies include cycling, fishing, snow skiing and cooking.
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