Dr. Jess Darmofal
Dr. Darmofal joined our team in 2018. Dr. Jess Darmofal is originally from Mead, Colorado. As a child she always had a passion for animals – she claims it all started with a single pony ride at the fair. Her involvement with horses and riding are what sparked her interest in veterinary medicine. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at the University of Wyoming in 2012, after which she spent 2 years employed as a veterinary assistant. It was during this time that she found her true calling in small animal medicine. She then went on to earn her DVM as a member of Midwestern University’s Inaugural class in 2018.
Dr. Darmofal is passionate about patient centered care and is a firm believer in providing the absolute best quality medicine tailored for each individual pet. She enjoys all aspects of general practice, but has particular interests in soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and preventative medicine.
When not at the clinic you will find Dr. Darmofal running, paddle boarding, hiking or swimming with her Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, out at the barn riding her horse, or snowboarding.
Dr. Melinda Striyle
Dr. Striyle grew up in Kansas City KS and knew from the age of five that she wanted to work with animals. She got her first job as a kennel assistant right out of high school and earned her DVM from Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine. After practicing in Lake Havasu, AZ for several years, Dr. Striyle met her husband and relocated to Phoenix, and has been working at 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital since 1999. In addition to helping pets, Dr. Striyle says her favorite part of the job is interacting with families and the team here.
Dr. Striyle shares her home with her husband, son and a pack of pets. They include Pestoe (yes, with an “e” at the end) who was an injured stray with broken toes, who needed three surgeries, but eventually adopted Dr. Strylie’s family and became especially attached to her son. She also has a golden retriever named Malachi, her Jack Russell running buddy Strootl, a 14-year-old min-pin named One-Eyed Jack, and Wilson, a rescue cat who loves the family on his own terms.
Dr. Striyle makes being with family a priority, but enjoys yoga, hiking, stand-up paddle boarding and is an avid runner in her free time. She also loves learning and participates in close to 200 hours of continuing veterinary education every year.
Dr. Lauren Allison
Dr. Allison is the newest member of our doctor family, officially joining our ranks in July of 2021. While she has always loved animals and grew up in a house full of every type of pet you can imagine, her path to veterinary medicine was somewhat nontraditional. Her first career was in human medicine and she was pursuing an education as an osteopathic human physician when she realized that her love for animals and her passion for medicine could collide into one perfect career as a veterinarian.
Dr. Allison firmly believes that animals are the most beautiful creatures and that they deserve quality medicine that can give back to them at least a fraction of the goodness that they put out into the world. Her professional interests include wellness care, soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and shelter medicine, but she also believes in taking a well-rounded approach to animal health that includes more than just the physical body, including a pet’s environment, their nutrition, and the potential impact of alternative therapies outside traditional pharmaceuticals.
When she is not working, you will most likely find Dr. Allison at home, under a cozy blanket with her face buried in a book, surrounded by her large family of one husband (Alec), six dogs (Gizmo, Pixel, Nugget, Kesari, Zuma, and Lilo), two cats (Misty and Nomi), two sulcata tortoises (Petri and Littlefoot), and one very stubborn potbelly pig (Zuri).