Dr. Briana Jaye Staten-Hunkler
I was born in Germany but grew up in Elizabeth City, NC. Ironically, I was a bit timid around animals as a small child until I had the opportunity to save a kitten’s life! After that, I volunteered with a feral cat colony to help other cats in need. I moved to Arizona to attend Midwestern University to earn my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, and fell in love with everything this state has to offer.
At home I currently have two cats and two dogs, and hope to adopt a goat into my four-legged family in the near future. I love small animal medicine, and am excited by the opportunity to also care for small ruminants (like goats) and pot-bellied pigs someday like some of our AZPetVet doctors do at a couple of our sister hospitals. I look forward to meeting you and your pets!
Dr. Johanna DeKing
I am originally from the Midwest and spent time growing up in Illinois and Wisconsin before moving to Arizona with my family. I attended Arizona State University, graduating summa cum laude. I then earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 2009 and graduated as a member of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society. Following graduation, I completed a one-year internship at Washington State University to further expand my knowledge in areas of emergency and critical care, oncology, internal medicine, and surgery. I then returned to sunny Arizona and have spent the last 10 years of my career with AZPetVet.
While I enjoy all aspects of clinical medicine, my particular interests are in surgery, dentistry, and in the care of senior patients. Senior pets can have so many special needs and often require a fine balance of multiple diseases and/or medications. My goal is to make their senior years as content and pain-free as possible.
I share my home with my husband, Chris, two children, Hayden and Carter, and our five rescued dogs, Jack, a rottweiler mix, Sawyer and Emmett, both large mixed breed dogs and two lovable pitbulls, Gus and Lea. I’m an avid Chicago Cubs and Arizona Cardinals fan and also enjoy hiking, cooking, reading, and spending as much time outdoors with my dogs as possible.
I so look forward to meeting and caring for the pets of Verrado!
Dr. Kelsey Newman
I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona, and my post-graduate studies at Colorado State University, graduating in 2017. As a part of the AZPetVet family, my special interests include low-stress handling, cardiology and soft tissue surgery. My goal is to treat every pet as if it were my own.
Life at home includes my cat Niya, and a rambunctious terrier mix named Flash. My hobbies include photography, reading sci-fi and fantasy novels, and the ultimate air-conditioned sport – Just Dance! I hope to meet you and your pets very soon.
Dr. Emily Hein
I was born and raised in beautiful Prescott, AZ. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 2013, followed by working full time as a veterinary assistant for one year. Then, I headed off to Colorado State University, where I earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2018.
I recognize that animals are an integral part of the family, and I enjoy providing quality care throughout a pet's lifespan. My special interests in veterinary medicine include ophthalmology, internal medicine, and preventative care. In my free time, I enjoy hiking new trails with my chihuahua named Twixie.
Dr. Chelsey Blue
I grew up in Lodi, CA where I learned to love animals by owning a variety of small animals and pocket pets while growing up. In 2012, I earned my associates of science degree from North Idaho College before transferring to the University of Idaho for my Bachelor of Science degree. I earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Midwestern University right here in Glendale, AZ. Prior to veterinary school, I worked in many positions in the field including kennel technician, veterinary assistant, and receptionist in an array of different practices (small animal, mixed animal, emergency). All these positions helped me to learn the veterinary field from multiple perspectives. During veterinary school, I gained a love for shelter medicine while being a member and President of the shelter medicine club and a mobile clinic coordinator. I loved being able to provide services (spay/neuter, vaccines) to communities that do not have access to veterinary care. Professionally, I am interested in dermatology, surgery, and emergency medicine.
In 2017, I moved to Arizona with my two miniature schnauzers – Cleopatra and Snickers, three reptiles – Skittles, a panther chameleon; and Cheez-it and Warhead, both Mali Uromastyx (part of the lizard family), and my motorcycle! That same year I became a member of the Phoenix Chapter of Bikers for Christ where I met my now husband, David. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we added two guinea pigs – Harry Potter and Ron Weasley – to our family, as well as a pair of kittens – Princess Dot and Flik!