Dr. Bryan Neidigh
Dr. Bryan Neidigh moved to Phoenix in 2002 and opened his Desert Hills Animal Clinic in July 2003. He grew up in Palmyra, PA and is a 1994 honors graduate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in Pullman, WA. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. Honors earned in college include scholarships, 1987 Blue Key Honor Society and 1990 Wrestling All-American & Academic All-American.
Before moving to Phoenix, Dr. Neidigh worked at A-Plus Animal Hospitals of Reno, NV from 1996 to 2002. In this practice, Dr. Neidigh developed his strategies in practicing in a high volume clinic without compromising the quality of care for each patient.
Dr. Neidigh’s interests include coaching youth football, golfing, fishing, hiking and spending time with his family.
Dr. Cheryl Rahal
Dr. Rahal also came to Phoenix in 2002 with her husband, Dr. Neidigh, and their daughter.
Dr. Rahal received a BS in Zoology from the University of Washington, Seattle in December 1988, a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in Pullman, WA in May 1994 and earned Board Certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in August 1999 after completing a 3-year residency program in Equine Medicine at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital of University of California-Davis.
Dr. Rahal’s primary interests stem from her personal equestrian experiences and include equine perinatology, equine exercise physiology and equine geriatrics. Dr. Rahal’s area of expertise, perinatology, involves the medical management of high risk pregnancy in broodmares and the care of critically ill foals. Dr. Rahal’s expertise in equine sports medicine and exercise physiology stems from her personal experience in endurance riding. Her expertise in geriatrics developed due to the aging of her own beloved horses.
Dr. Rahal practiced for four years in the Carson Valley of Nevada, working mostly with equine breeding farms, Arabian performance, Hunter Jumpers farms and the other regional agriculture such as sheep, goats and camelids (alpacas and llamas). Dr. Rahal spent her first two years in Arizona practicing her expertise in Equine Internal Medicine.
Although Equine Medicine had been her career focus, Dr. Rahal has altered her career path to fit the needs of her family. Dr Rahal practiced in small animal emergency and critical care from 2004 to 2007, utilizing her knowledge of the critically ill patient. Currently, Dr. Rahal has joined other full time doctors at Desert Hills Animal Clinic and is willing to see cats, dogs, miniature horses, goats, sheep, pot-bellied pigs, llamas, alpacas or anything else that can walk in the door. (We’ll leave the slithering and flying to Dr. Neidigh.) Dr. Rahal is also available to the equine world, through referral from your regular equine veterinarian as a Large Animal Internal Medicine Consultant.
Dr. Heather Fowler
Dr. Heather Fowler grew up in New River, AZ, moving here with her family at the beginning of fourth grade and attending New River Elementary School. She graduated from Deer Valley High School in 1987 then went to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona. She received a B.S. in Agriculture (Animal Health Science degree) from U of A and was the Outstanding Senior in the Veterinary Science Department in 1991. She then went to Colorado State University where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1995, graduating with honors. After completing an additional one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Southwest Veterinary Specialty Center in Tucson, she went into private practice.
In 2001, Dr. Fowler moved from Tucson back to New River and continued practicing medicine. From 2009 to 2016, she left practice to be a full time mom. She went back to work when her youngest child started school and she enjoys being in the the veterinary medical world again.
Dr. Fowler’s professional interests mainly center around internal medicine, and she has a soft spot for geriatric patients with all their various metabolic diseases. Although her professional training has been in dog and cat medicine almost exclusively, she raised and showed dairy goats growing up and is willing to work with goat owners as needed to try and help their small ruminant critters.
Dr. Fowler is married (to a CSU vet school classmate) and they have 3 children, 1 boy and 2 girls. Her family, their numerous critters (2 dogs, 2 cats, 7 chickens, 5 peafowl, 1 horse, 1 pony, 1 burro, 3 fire belly toads, 2 poison dart frogs, 1 desert tortoise, lots of fish), and her church service keep her plenty busy when not at the clinic. For fun, she loves to read, hike, bike, and ride her horse – though she rarely, if ever, gets to do all those things in the same week!
Dr. Monson Tryon
Dr. Tryon was born and raised in Arizona. His exposure to veterinary medicine started at the age of 5 years old when he held the flashlight for his dad, (Dr. William Tryon), while he fixed a cut on a horse. Dr. Tryon loved riding along with his dad, as often as he could, visiting horses and farm animals all over the valley. He would often mimic these farms at home, by raising every type of animal his parents would allow.
By age 19 he had earned his Associates in science and then took 2.5 years off school to serve a mission for his church in southern Argentina. After returning, he pursued the love of his life, and asked her to marry him. In 2012, Dr. Tryon began working for both Desert Hills Animal Clinic and his Father’s equine practice while working towards his Animal Physiology and Behavior degree from Arizona State University. He graduated from ASU in May, 2014 and began vet school at Oregon State University that fall. During vet school Dr. Tryon worked on a farm with Dexter cattle in Oregon and returned to Arizona to work for his dad and Desert Hills Animal Clinic every chance he had. In May, 2018 Dr. Tryon moved back to Arizona with his wife and 3 children where he began practicing both large and small animal medicine for Desert Hills Animal Clinic.
Dr. Cara Donnici
Dr. D has been a Phoenix valley resident since September 2014. She was born and raised in the suburbs north of the river in Kansas City, MO. She began as a kennel attendant at age 16 in a small animal general practice. By 18 she was training as a vet technician, taking additional jobs in emergency and non-profit work. Dr. D continued working as a technician while completing her college course work. This gave her diverse experiences working with animals, clients and understanding presentations of illness. It was a childhood dream to become a veterinarian and to live in Arizona. Living it out has been even more incredible. Family is an important value comprising of her husband and their first son, born in January 2021. Both being animal lovers, they share their home with a lab mix named Sugar Bear, Zucchini the pit bull mix and seven mischievous cats. Dr. D enjoys getting to know your individual pets’ needs and history. She wants to partner with you to keep your pet healthy while preventing issues which can lead to chronic disease and pain. Dr. Donnici looks forward to meeting you in person and addressing your pets’ concerns.