White Mountain Animal Hospital is a fully equipped clinic led by the most experienced veterinarian in the White Mountains. He has knowledge of a large variety of species and the practical application of medicine, surgery, and other treatment. His employees all have a history in the medical field and are experiencing the extent of care an animal can receive. We believe in genuine care for our patients and their caretakers with a unique, personal approach to assure the wellbeing and success of clients and the pets they love.
Dr. Ole Alcumbrac, DVM
Dr. Ole is an Emmy recipient, and the Director of Wildlife Health Services which specializes in immobilization and capture of native and exotic species. He provides clinical and consultation services for both private and public collections of wild animals. He serves as a Consulting Veterinarian for Departments of the Arizona Game and Fish, the White Mount Apache Game and Fish, the New Mexico Game and Fish and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Dr. Alcumbrac is the lead veterinarian for the Mexican Wolf Project, the Sonoran Pronghorn Antelope Project and multiple game and non-game species studies.
1994, Dr. Alcumbrac has owned and operated a mixed animal and exotic practice
in northern Arizona, providing treatment to any animal that comes through the
door. His practice has overseen several zoological operations including the
prestigious Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, the Phoenix Zoo, and Bearizona. He is
a recipient of the Award of Excellence from the Arizona Game and Fish
Commission. Dr. Alcumbrac serves as an adjunct faculty member at Texas Tech
University and a past Instructor of Veterinary Sciences at Northland Pioneer
College. He also teaches formal classes and practicals internationally on
wildlife capture. When not working in the southwest, his work has taken him
from Argentina, Peru, and Mexico to all points in the United States. Also a
pilot and a diver, when Dr. Ole isn’t rescuing endangered species in the
deserts and mountains, he enjoys going to his house south of the Mexican border
to dive, fish, or just drinking a margarita on the beach.
Dr. Robert Evans, DVM
Dr. Robert Evans joined our team in 2017 as a relief veterinarian for when Dr. Ole is out on his wildlife adventures. He was born and raised in an agricultural family in a small town in Iowa. He later moved to Arizona where he completed his high school education. He joined the Navy in 1964 during the Vietnam era to avoid being drafted into the Army. There, he worked in an intelligence gathering position against the Russians, Chinese, and Northern Vietnamese. After 10 years of service, Dr. Evans decided to return to school. He attended Iowa State University, where received an Honors degree in Animal Science, and in 1981, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He went into college with 3 children, and had 5 by the time of graduation. Currently, he is up to 19 grandchildren! Dr. Evans practiced for one year here in the White Mountains before moving to Mesa to work at an emergency clinic. He then started his own mixed animal practice in Gilbert, Arizona. He owned and operated Gilbert Animal Hospital until selling in 2013 to semi-retire and begin his work as a relief veterinarian. He currently lives with his wife in Pinedale, AZ, where they spend time gardening, traveling, and enjoying the mountains. Since joining the practice, Dr. Evans has performed a multitude of surgical procedures, and is usually at the hospital 1-2 times per week taking appointments.
Samantha, or most commonly known as "Sam", has been an employee at WMAH for 5 years this summer. She works full time as a veterinary technician during the summer and part time as a dog trainer during the academic year. She will be graduating from Grand Canyon University, where she is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Medicine, in December. She is currently in the process of applying for veterinary school and holds many other extracurricular activities outside of school and work such as holding the Miss Arizona Coed 2018 title. Along with her busy schedule Sam enjoys reading, DIY projects, four wheeling, and spending time with friends, husband, and their animals. Sam and her husband currently have three dogs (a husky, a German shepherd, and a Belgian Malinois), two rescue cats, and a tank full of carnivorous fish. Sam has a long history of working with animals of all kinds and finds the mixed animal practice Dr. Alcumbrac keeps at WMAH to be the perfect fit for her!
Amanda came to White Mountain Animal Hospital after receiving her Bachelor of Biology from Northern Arizona University in 2015. She had been interested in a veterinary career since childhood, and was glad to find a place that saw such a variety of species, and could teach her the things she was most interested in learning. She was raised here in the White Mountains and was a graduate of Show Low High School. When not working, she spends her time hiking with her pup, reading any mystery novel you put in front of her, or catching up on the latest season of Grey's Anatomy. She currently lives in Show Low with her dog, Raine (a former parvo-patient that Dr. Ole rescued!) and 2 cats, Cody & Fergus.
Lacey came to work with us in August, 2017. She had moved from North Carolina, where she was raised, to the White Mountains in late 2015 to be a horse trainer at a ranch in Greer. Lacey got her start in animal health at the age of 16, when she was hired on to an NC animal clinic as a kennel assistant, and through on the job training, worked her way up to veterinary technician. Since then, she has held positions at multiple animal hospitals, and at one point, also owned a horse training facility. Lacey currently lives in Lakeside with one cat & a spoiled Belgian Malinois. When not at the clinic, she enjoys spending her time horseback riding, bass fishing, and exploring the beautiful White Mountains. Lacey plans to pursue her official CVT degree and certification this fall.
Natasha joined our team as receptionist in May of 2018. She had a lot of information thrown her way right from the start - kind of a challenge when you've never done veterinary reception before! With a history as a veterinary technician though, she caught on quickly, and has been a pleasure for all of us to get to know & work with. She'll be away from the clinic pretty soon for maternity leave, so make sure to give her a big smile & well-wishes!
Jennie is one of our newest recruits, hired on in a training position to become a Veterinary Assistant. She is currently enrolled in CVT courses through a distance learning program with Penn Foster. A graduate of Sequoia High School, Jennie is a small town girl with big dreams and a love for animals of all sizes. We look forward to watching her grow!
New Staff Member - Bio Coming Soon!