Meet Our Veterinarians

Meet Our Veterinarians2018-08-03T13:46:21+00:00

Meet Our Veterinarians

Animal Health Services of Cave Creek has been providing pet care in Cave Creek since 1994. Our highly trained technical support staff is well versed in handling urgent and critical care. Staff members are hired based on experience and not just availability. Rest assured your pet will receive top-of-the-line medical care by experienced and caring professionals

Dr. Brian Ashmore

Dr. Ashmore has been happily helping his clients and patients at Animal Health Services since 2005. He joined the AHS team a few months before the move to our state of the art building so he appreciates this great hospital’s roots. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2000 and has been practicing ever since in the state of Arizona, where he was born and raised.

His passion for dentistry in veterinary medicine has led him to learn many advanced periodontal treatments. He loves how quickly he can improve the health of a pet in a short time by correcting periodontal disease in a dog or cat. The last several years his passion and desire to become an exceptional doctor for his feline patients has been driving his educational pursuits. He was the driving force behind AHS being certified as a Cat-Friendly Practice so that the kitties at AHS receive exceptional care and feel as stress-free as possible.

Dr. Ashmore is married and has two young children whom he adores. When he finds the time he enjoys fishing at Lee’s Ferry and loves to hike in the valley. He relaxes by playing the piano or spending time outside working on his landscape.

Dr. Tanya Wyman

Dr. Tanya Wyman, a graduate of Washington State University in 1996, became a permanent staff member in 1997. She is a resident of Northern Phoenix, sharing her home with a vocally opinionated feline. Although Dr. Wyman has vast experience catering to our dog and cat friends on a daily basis, she possesses an exceptional interest in Avian medicine, and sees quite a variety of winged patients annually as well. Her fun loving, youthful personality finds her participating in marathon events and assorted fund raisers throughout our community, proving her to be a most pleasant member of our outstanding medical staff.

She volunteers at Liberty Wildlife to get her wildlife “fix” as well at Horses Help, a therapeutic riding stable that works with physically & mentally challenged individuals. As a horse leader there it takes care of her horse and 2-legged kids needs.

Dr. Wyman has 2 dogs, Carly (Dachshund) her ball chaser extraordinaire and Finn (Labrador Ret.) rescue dog that is funny and likes to go running with her. She also has a goldfish Ferris that she won at the fair. His claim to fame is that he is still alive!

Dr. Rachel McKague

Dr. Rachel McKague, a graduate of Colorado State University, has been at Animal Health Services since the summer of 2013. Growing up, Dr. McKague was an avid Dressage and indoor Polo competitor which helped to foster her strong interest in equine medicine. This led to her attending a prestigious 3- month externship at Peterson & Smith Equine Reproduction Center in Florida, and graduating with a bachelor degree in Equine Science from CSU in 2009.

Dr. McKague completed the VetStart program at CSU, which guaranteed her admission to veterinary school with guidance from renowned veterinary specialists in the industry. This esteemed program only admitted 5 applicants per year. Throughout veterinary school her education was further enhanced with her experience as a student technician at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the Radiology, Anesthesia, and Equine medicine departments. It was through this experience, that she decided her passion was practicing small animal medicine, primarily cats and dogs.

Dr. McKague fosters an interest in internal medicine and “complicated” cases. She continues to enjoy advancing her clinical skills at Animal Health Services. She is originally from Colorado, but since being in AZ she doesn’t miss the snow. In her free time she enjoys traveling, socializing with friends, exploring new restaurants, and live music.

Dr. Lauren McEllen

Dr. Lauren McEllen, a Cornell University graduate, moved to Arizona from New Jersey during the summer of 2017. She has always been an animal lover and grew up participating in a variety of 4-H projects including poultry, equine, and canine. Dr. McEllen also developed a love for research and completed projects in DNA analysis at Richard Stockton University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. This affinity for medicine fostered through hands on learning and academic experiences helped propel her career while studying at Cornell.

During her years at Cornell, Dr. McEllen gained additional training in radiology, pathology, and wildlife medicine through student technician and volunteer positions. Post-graduation, Dr. McEllen has developed a special interest in reproduction medicine including vaginal and surgical artificial insemination, scheduled and emergency c-sections, and breeding consultations. She also has a passion for behavioral medicine including the management of aggression and anxiety. Due to Cave Creek’s unique location, Dr. McEllen has developed a dedication to emergency medicine pertaining to wildlife encounters, toxicities, and environmental conditions. Despite treating many dogs and cats, Dr. McEllen also has a special love for chickens and enjoys seeing them as patients and consulting with owners regarding flock health.

Dr. McEllen currently lives with her beagle mix, Sienna, and a crested gecko. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and a wide variety of arts and crafts.

Dr. Lane Smith

Dr. Lane Smith, a Midwestern University graduate, started as an extern with Animal Health Services before becoming an associate veterinarian in the summer of 2018. Growing up in North Dakota, his parents fostered his love of animals. Animals became his passion, keeping everything from snakes to birds, frogs to rabbits, and everything in between. He excels at canine and feline practice with an increased interest in soft tissue surgery. Having received his bachelor’s degree in marine biology, his passion outside of veterinary medicine is with his multiple fresh and saltwater aquariums. He continues to play his favorite sport, ice hockey, weekly. He enjoys scuba diving, traveling, and anything to do with fish tanks. He moved to Arizona with his wife in 2014. They share their home with two spoiled Golden Retrievers, Nala and Midas.