Dr. Andrew Tornell
As an Arizona native it was quite a shock experiencing the cold and snowy winters of upstate New York, where I attended Cornell University College of Veterinary
Medicine. I moved back to Arizona after graduating with my fiance and have worked full-time with the techs and doctors of Goodyear Animal Hospital
and more recently, Westbrook Animal Hospital. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine but have a special interest in ophthalmology, dentistry, and
My fiance and I live with our 2 amazing cats, Arwen and Strider, in northwest Phoenix. When we are not working with animals, we enjoy many indoor and outdoor activities including photography, gymnastics, Broadway shows, board games, and occasionally horseback or motorcycle riding throughout the Sonoran Desert.
Dr. Deirdre Halloran
I grew up in Ridgewood, NJ where I spent my whole childhood dreaming of becoming a veterinarian. I received a B.A. in Biology and a B.A. in Religion from Boston University in 2011, after which I worked as a veterinary technician at a small animal practice in Boston. Before entering veterinary school in 2013, I traveled around the US and fell in love with the desert. This is why, after receiving my DVM from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017, I decided to pick up and move to the southwest.
My professional interests include feline medicine, palliative care, and surgery. I also love exploring life beyond the clinic, and I can usually be found hiking, camping, running, or dancing! In between all that, I like to find time for a good book and my two cats - Samson and Delilah.
Dr. Kelli Evans (Spiker)
Arizona has always been my home. I spent my younger years in Buckeye, and then Dewey (near Prescott). During those years I participated in 4-H and FFA raising pigs. I grew up surrounded by a variety of farm and small animals. I graduated from The University of Arizona in 2005 with a bachelor’s in Veterinary Science and in Microbiology. In 2009, I graduated from St. George’s University vet school which is located in Grenada, West Indies. I consider myself extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to live in a different country, not to mention the gorgeous beaches! My fourth year of veterinary school was completed at the University of Minnesota.
I enjoy spending time with my husband, Jose, our family and friends as well as reading and getting outdoors when able. Our daughter was born in 2014 and
our son in 2016, they are the pride and joy of our lives! We have two dogs, 1 mix breed dog named Sally and a Golden Retriever named Leo. The non-furry
critters include two Sulcata tortoises, chickens, and Treeco the chameleon.
Dr. Matt Kinser
I grew up in Casa Grande, AZ which was a small town back then. When I was not in school I spent most of my time team roping. Growing up we had horses, cattle, chickens, and dogs. After high school graduation I attended The University of Arizona and started my agricultural business degree. After spending a summer working with an equine vet I changed my major. I knew then that I wanted to be a vet! I received a degree in Veterinary Science and Chemistry in 2009. While at U of A I competed on the college rodeo team traveling across Arizona and New Mexico team roping. In 2009 I moved to Pullman, WA where I spent the next four years earning my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University, (Go Cougs!) I started my career as a performance equine veterinarian in Southern California, but soon realized that I needed to make a career change to small animal medicine and surgery. I enjoy the interaction of small animal pet owners and pets as well as the intricacies of surgery. After spending a couple years practicing small animal medicine in other practices, I feel I have now found my home with the Arizona Pet Vet Family.
In 2010, I married my amazing wife, Whitney Mayfield who grew up in Buckeye. She moved to Pullman, WA with me to complete her college degree in Kinesiology. We now have two boys, Grady and Cooper, a dog named Chloe, and a horse named Mouse. When I am not working I love spending time with my family, golfing, and competing in team roping events around the state. I look forward to meeting you and your family here at North Buckeye Animal Hospital.
Dr. Michelle Medlin
Originally a California native, my first job ever was at the San Diego Zoo. I worked at a food stand across from the monkey exhibit, and was known for
being able to make the most ice cream cones at one time! Being around the animals every day fueled my love for animal care, and in 1985 I moved to
northern Arizona and began my veterinarian journey. As a licensed Veterinarian Technician, I found the real joy in caring for and helping animals.
Once I moved to Kingman, Arizona my first job was an Animal Control officer due to the three veterinary clinics being fully staffed. After 6 months I was offered a full time position as a certified veterinary technician. While working, I continued taking college classes to complete a bachelor degree. I decided in 1998 that I wanted to advance my career in veterinary medicine and applied to veterinary school. I did not get in the first year I applied, but became more determined than ever and applied again the next year at which time I was accepted into the starting class of 2000.
In August of 2000 I left my practice manager position at the local animal hospital, and moved to Washington to attend veterinary school. I graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2001 Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and in 2004 I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University. Since graduation, I have been practicing in Arizona for close to ten years.
Life at home includes my four legged family of 4 dogs and 5 cats. My animals are family to me, and I understand how important our four legged friends are to us! In my free time - when I have some - I enjoy reading, spending time with my family and horseback riding. I look forward to helping you keep your four legged family healthy!