Staff
  • Dr. Darren Wright, DVM

    Dr. Wright was born in Phoenix and moved to Gilbert back when it was still a small town. Raised on a small farm, he grew up around horses, cows, chickens, and, of course, dogs and cats. From a young age, he has had an interest in caring for animals and was always nursing a random young bird back to health. After graduating from Highland High School, Dr. Wright went on to attend Arizona State University where he graduated with honors. He attended Michigan State University for veterinary school and, after enough years in the snow, moved back home to sunny Arizona. He currently resides in Gilbert with his miniature pinscher, Lucy. Dr. Wright joined Kaibab Animal Hospital’s team of veterinarians in 2014. Dr. Wright has an interest in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, anesthesia, geriatric medicine, and pain management.

  • Dr. Jeff Brown, DVM

    Kaibab Animal Hospital is excited to welcome our new Associate Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Brown. Dr. Brown has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1979 when he relocated form his native Ohio. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from The Ohio State University in 1975 and he completed his veterinary education at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979. Dr. Brown is a member of Phi Zeta, the National Veterinary Honor Society. His professional interests include canine and feline medicine and surgery. In 2013, Dr. Brown received the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association’s Distinguished Service Award. He is a past President of the AZVMA, and has held every position within that association, including the AZ State Delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates. For nearly a decade he served on the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board’s Investigative Committee. Dr. Brown is the proud parent of two daughters, Carly and Jaime. The girls, along with his partner, Jeanne, are passionately interested in art. In his spare time, he enjoys many activities such as cycling, boating, fishing, scuba diving, trap shooting, and sculpture welding. The four-legged members of the family, all rescues, have dwindled down to just 4 cats.

  • Katie Lebowitz

    This is our practice manager Katie Lebowitz. She went to ASU and has degrees in Wildlife Biology and General Education. Katie has been in the veterinary industry for 14 years. She has always loved animals and science and decided that veterinary medicine would be the perfect mix of the two. Katie has been a part of the Kaibab Animal Hospital team since July 2012. She loves interesting cases that stimulate her to think outside the box and she loves having Max and Benny around to lighten the mood. Katie has mostly rescued animals including 4 dogs, a blind cat, and a snake. When she is not at work she enjoys wakeboarding, working out, reading, cooking, watching the NY Giants, and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Kim Stewart, Vet Technician

    This is our technician Kimberly Stewart. She has been a technician for about 7 years. She has always loved animals and as a little girl she loved taking care of her dog and her puppies. Her favorite part of her job is all of the gross skin conditions. She loves the abscesses and anything that oozes. She has been part of the Kaibab Animal Hospital team since 9/23/2011. The thing she loves the most about working at Kaibab Animal Hospital is the fun and laughing we all do together. Her favorite memory here was getting called in for an emergency surgery when a dog had eaten a sock. He did very well after the surgery and is now a happy healthy puppy that only comes in for wellness visits and vaccines. She has 3 animals of her own. Princess Pepper Frybread, an 11 month old Aussie mix, was a Christmas present from her cousin. Bataz-Maru, a 4 year old domestic shorthair, was a birthday gift from her aunt. Sparticus, a 4 year old Jack Russell mix, was found limping on 3 legs on the road near her house. She loves to paint, cook, travel, watching movies, and Hello Kitty.

  • Elena Gutierrez, Veterinary Technician

    Elana has been a veterinary technician for 10 years. She saw a commercial for a vet tech school and decided she wanted to try it. She loves animals and grew up wanting to be a vet. Her favorite part of being a technician is the puppies and kittens and watching sick pets get well. Elana has 2 pets of her own. One cat named Shadow who is now 15 that she has raised since birth. She also has a dog named Rio who is a great companion to her. She has been a part of the Kaibab Animal Hospital team since February 2015. Her favorite part of working at Kaibab Animal Hospital is her co-workers. Her favorite memory from work was watching a litter of puppies grow up from birth to 6 weeks (Thanks Aurora!). She likes to hike, swim, and catch up on her favorite TV shows. Her favorite pass time when she isn’t at work is going to the movies.

  • Marlana Kucherer, Veterinary Assistant

    This is our veterinary assistant Marlana Kucherer. She has been a veterinary assistant since September, 2013. She had become disenchanted with her old job and decided to go back to school and begin a new vocation. Her favorite part of her job is being around animals all day and making a difference. She has been a part of the Kaibab Animal Hospital team since May, 2014. The thing she loves the most about working at Kaibab Animal Hospital is the enjoyable atmosphere, great clientele, and Max and Benny. She is improving and learning new stuff daily and is looking forward to becoming a certified technician next year. She has two feline children. Mrs. “Trey” McDougal, an 8.5 year old, delicate princess and Baxter, a 4.5 year old, who loves pestering his big sister. Her favorite pass times when she isn’t at work include traveling, painting, and binge watching HBO series.

  • Courtney Brown,
    Veterinary Assistant

    This is our veterinary assistant Courtney Brown. Courtney chose the veterinary industry because she grew up with animals and has always loved them. She decided she wanted to learn more about them and their care. Courtney did her externship here from Pima Medical Institute for Veterinary Technology beginning in March, 2016. She did such a great job we decided to hire her at the end of April. Her favorite part of working at Kaibab Animal Hospital is seeing dogs recover from their illnesses and knowing that she got to part of their recovery process. She also loves getting to play with cute dogs and cats as part of her job. Courtney grew up in Anchorage, AK but realized she wanted more sunshine. She had some family that lived in Arizona so she chose to move here. She loves exploring and hiking all over Arizona. She also loves taking road trips to the beach in California and to Las Vegas. Courtney has two dogs of her own. The first one is named Juneau. Juneau is a 3 year old Maltese/Shih Tzu mix that she got at 6 weeks old off of Craigslist. She is very hyper and loves everything. Her second dog is a 2 and a half year old Blue Heeler/Staffordshire mix named Bristol. Courtney got Bristol off of Craigslist at the age of 4 months. She is timid and protective but she still loves to be cuddled and have her ball thrown. Bristol and Juneau are best friends and never leave each other’s side.

  • Jerel Lowe,
    Client Service Representative

    Jerel Lowe is a Client Service Representative at Kaibab Animal Hospital since December of 2015. He is currently attending Penn Foster and studying to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. His favorite part about working at Kaibab Animal Hospital is when he sees a sick pup come into the clinic, and eventually gets to see them come back in full health. Jerel was originally born in Arizona, and traveled back and forth between Arizona and Arkansas as a child. He eventually I ended up staying in Arizona. Jerel first became interested in the veterinary field as a young kid on his father’s ranch in Arkansas. He would see the Veterinarian come out and check up on his herd. He told the Veterinarian that he wanted to do what the doctor did when he grew up. Jerel has a snake named Leonidas who pretty much just eats and sleeps. He also has three dogs Tantor, Avior, and Pavo. They are the three best friends that anyone could have. He has a cockatoo named Molly who is the biggest diva of all time. Finally, he has a cat named Sputnik who spends most of her time outside hunting birds and other creatures. Jerel is really into learning to teach dogs tricks and learning new things. He loves reading and has been playing piano for three years now.

  • Max and Benny

    Max and Benny are the Kaibab Mascots. Max came in as a stray in 2007 and Benny came in as a stray in 2011. Their hobbies include bird watching, napping, eating, and grooming each other. They work hard every day greeting people and making everyone smile.

Office Hours

Monday:

7:00 AM-7:00 PM

Tuesday:

7:00 AM-7:00 PM

Wednesday:

7:00 AM-7:00 PM

Thursday:

7:00 AM-7:00 PM

Friday:

7:00 AM-7:00 PM

Saturday:

8:00 AM-2:00 PM

Sunday:

11:00 AM-3:00 PM

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  • Ticks

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  • Seizures

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  • Salmonella

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  • Roundworms

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  • Rabies

    Image of stethoscope and a sign that says rabies. Rabies is a fatal viral infection that is transmitted primarily through bite wounds. Skunks, bats, raccoons, and foxes are the primary carriers. Rabies is also fatal to humans, there has been only one case of a person surviving rabies when treatment ...

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  • Parasites

    Close up image of parasites. There are many types of parasites that are found in the GI tract of cats and dogs. Worms such as roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms are very common in almost all parts of the world. These parasites shed their infective eggs in the pet's stool and contaminate the environment; ...

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  • Luxating Patella

    Image of dog with hind leg shaved. Luxating patella is a condition where the kneecap (patella) moves out of its normal position. Luxating patella is one of the most common knee joint abnormalities of dogs, but it is only occasionally seen in cats. It may affect one or both of the knees. In some cases ...

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  • Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

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  • Liver Shunt

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