Meet the Hospital Team

Meet the Hospital Team2019-05-01T22:40:34+00:00

Applewood Animal Hospital

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Meet Dr Elizabeth Drummond

Elizabeth Drummond, DVM

Dr. Drummond has been with Applewood Animal Hospital almost from the beginning, working here part-time starting in 2014, then moved up to full-time in 2017.  Born in St. Louis she grew up in Arizona and graduated from ASU with a degree in kinesiology before graduating from the Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013.  What little time off she gets is spent attempting to train her French Bulldogs Elmer Frankenbean and Wilbur, along with Jackson, the only sensible dog in her house.  She also enjoys SCUBA, traveling, working out, hiking and chocolate.  Not necessarily in that order.

Dr Crouch and newborn pups

Kirsten Crouch, DVM

An Arizona native, Dr. Crouch’s love of animals was evident early on.  She grew up surrounded by goats, sheep, horses, mules, chickens, dogs and cats, and as a teen volunteered for Arizona Game and Fish as well as Southwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.  So getting a degree in Biological Sciences from ASU and then in 2016 graduating from Ross University Veterinary School of Veterinary Medicine (having done a clinical year at) Colorado State University.  She also competed two internships in South Africa and multiple externships in Hawaii, California, Colorado and Arizona.  Dr. Crouch and her husband Greg share their home with Tonka, a German Shepherd mix and Kaeto, a senior kitty, and are excited to be expecting a real human daughter this fall!

Joanne Prellberg
Practice Manager/Canine Reproduction Consultant

Joanne started showing dogs as a mere child and has been involved in breeding and competing in dog sports (conformation, obedience, draft, agility, tracking and dock-diving) for over forty years, the last 30 years with Bernese Mountain Dogs. She earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, and has lived in the Valley for over 20 years, working in the veterinary field during most of that time.  She is in the process of getting approved by the American Kennel Club to be a dog show judge. Joanne presently shares her house with Segen the Greeter and Kansas, the Junior Greeter, and understands that they are much more popular than she will ever be.


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Heather once played blackjack with a mob boss in Atlantic City…and that’s not even the most interesting part of her resume!  A native Arizonan, she grew up in Tucson and moved to the Valley in 2002.  She has worked in the veterinary field for 25 years, (and has worked with Joanne at five different hospitals!) including three years working in emergency medicine. Heather’s house is run by Gordon the Chihuahua, Nita the kitty and Myrt the Turt, the Red Eared Slider Turtle.  Her goal is to travel “as much as I can before I can’t anymore”, especially to attend Phish concerts.

Melissa (Mel)

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