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.

  • 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.

  • Jerel Lowe,
    Client Service Representative

    Jerel Lowe has been 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.

  • Mallory Avina
    Veterinary Technician

    Mallory has been a Veterinary Technician at Kaibab Animal Hospital since the middle of March 2017. She is an Arizona native and graduated from Anthem College in 2012. She loves working at Kaibab Animal Hospital because she gets to help animals and their owners in their time of need. Mallory became interested in working in the veterinary industry after going with her sister to adopt her first dog. She did some research in the industry and decided she wanted to become a technician so she could make a difference for people’s pets. Mallory has an 8 year old Pomeranian Chihuahua mix named Wink. She got wink when he was 8 weeks old. He loves to play and cuddle. Mallory also has a 7 and a half year old dog named Wybie. She adopted him about 4 or 5 years ago when she was working at an emergency animal hospital. He had been hit by a car and had to have both of his eyes removed. He is very brave and also loves to cuddle. In Mallory’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, friends, family, and her pets.

  • Alisha Aikin
    Veterinary Technician

    Alisha Akin has been a veterinary technician at Kaibab Animal Hospital since the beginning of April 2017. Alisha is an Arizona native. She got her certificate of completion as a veterinary technician from Pima Medical Institute in May 2012 and is now going to Arizona State University for her Bachelors of Social Work. She got into the veterinary industry because from a young age she always loved helping people and animals. Her high school offered veterinary technician classes and she jumped at the opportunity. She finds it really rewarding at Kaibab Animal Hospital because she gets to help both animals and their owners at their times of need. Alisha has two dogs at home. Bear is a 3 year old Rottweiler who loves to cuddle and play ball. Kona is a 6 month old boxer mix who loves her buddies and walking in the park. She loves singing karaoke and country dancing.

  • 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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  • Seasonal Care

    Heat Stroke Heatstroke may kill or seriously injure your pet—but it can easily be avoided by adhering to the following tips. Never leave pets in cars on warm days. Exercise your pet during the cool part of the day. Look out for rapid breathing, loud panting or staggering; these can be signs of dehydration, ...

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  • Recognizing Illnesses

    Only a healthy pet is a happy companion. Assuring your pet's daily well-being requires regular care and close attention to any hint of ill health. The American Veterinary Medical Association therefore suggests that you consult your veterinarian if your pet shows any of the following signs: * Abnormal ...

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  • Mealtime

    Puppies Feed a high quality diet designed for puppies. A wide variety of diets and formulations are available and your veterinarian should be your primary source of information as to the best choice for your puppy. The amount fed will vary with the type of food and the individual dog, but in general, ...

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  • Ticks

    Ticks are the small wingless external parasites, living by hematophagy on the blood of mammals, birds, and occasionally reptiles and amphibians. Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that are often found in freshly mown grass, where they will rest themselves at the tip of a blade so as to attach themselves ...

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  • Seizures

    Seizures are common in dogs, but more unusual in cats. Seizures are just symptoms which can occur with many kinds of diseases. They can happen because of diseases outside the brain or inside the brain. Low blood sugar that can happen with an overdose of insulin or with a tumor of the pancreas can cause ...

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  • Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

    The rupture of the cruciate ligament is the most common knee injury in the dog. This injury has two common presentations. One is the young athletic dog playing roughly who acutely ruptures the ligament and is non-weight bearing on the affected hind leg. The second presentation is the older, overweight ...

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  • Luxating Patella

    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 it moves (luxates) towards the inside ...

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  • Liver Shunt

    A liver shunt is also named a PSS, portosystemic shunt, portacaval shunt or portosystemic vascular anomaly. This abnormality occurs when a pet's venous blood from the intestine bypasses the liver. In the normal pet, blood vessels pick up nutrients from ingested material in the intestine and carry it ...

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  • Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism is the natural deficiency of thyroid hormone and is the most common hormone imbalance of dogs. This deficiency is produced by several different mechanisms. The most common cause (at least 95% of cases) is immune destruction of the thyroid gland. It can also be caused by natural atrophy ...

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  • Epilepsy

    Epilepsy (often referred to as a seizure disorder) is a chronic neurological condition characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures. It is commonly controlled with medication, although surgical methods are used as well. Epileptic seizures are classified both by their patterns of activity in the brain ...

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