Meet the Team

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.

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    Dr. Ole Alcumbrac, DVM

    Dr. Ole Alcumbrac is the owner and Chief of Staff here at White Mountain Animal Hospital.  He is also 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 and serves as a consulting veterinarian for Departments of the Arizona Game and Fish, the White Mountain Apache Game and Fish, the New Mexico Game and Fish, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  Dr. Ole is the lead veterinarian for the Mexican Wolf Project, the Sonoran Pronghorn Project and multiple game and nongame species studies.

    Since 1994, Dr. Ole has owned and operated our friendly mixed animal and exotic practice in northern Arizona, providing treatment to any animal that comes through the door. Our practice has overseen several zoological operations, including patients from the prestigious Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, the Phoenix Zoo, and Bearizona Wildlife Park. Additionally, Dr. Ole is a recipient of the Award of Excellence from the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. Dr. Ole serves as an adjunct faculty member at Texas Tech University and is 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, he continues providing veterinary services in other regions, such as  Argentina, Peru, and Mexico to all points in the United States. A native Arizonan, he moved here to the White Mountains for one reason; to enjoy the greatest outdoors in the state and to ski.  Also a pilot and a diver, Dr. Ole is always up for traveling and various adventures.  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 enjoy drinking a margarita on the beach.  He is the proud father of two awesome sons as well!

    Here in the White Mountains, Dr. Ole is well-known & loved. As one of the most established veterinarians in the area, most folks have heard his name here or there. He loves seeing your pets and helping you to both understand and correct any issues they may be experiencing as much as he loves his work with our local & foreign wildlife! 

    Finally, he has another unusual hobby: Television. In 2017 he hosted an Outdoor Channel original series, “Wild Ops” highlighting his wildlife work. Currently, his entire encompassing career is featured on National Geographic Wild’s, “The Wildlife of Dr. Ole”. Your doc here is the star!

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    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 by 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 Doctorate 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 seeing appointments.

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    Jill Andognini
    Director of Operations and Business Development

    Jill officially returned to White Mountain Animal Hospital in 2019. She first began working for Dr. Ole as a veterinary technician in 2001, became his first wildlife technician, and has continued to work with him on various projects over the years. Her diverse experience in veterinary medicine, business development, management, and marketing has truly been instrumental in cultivating the success of our practice and for creating the exceptional culture of our organization.

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    Amanda Lusk
    Front Office Manager and Team Trainer

    Amanda originally joined the White Mountain Animal Hospital team in the summer of 2015 after getting her Biology Degree from NAU. She knew she had always been passionate about animals and wanted to work with them, but discovered a love for our clients too. She had always claimed to not be a'people-person', but pet-people are just special. She states, 'It's a joy to help these people get their pets the care they deserve, and a daily adventure seeing what animals come through the door.' Amanda has a small island of misfit rescues at home: Rainey, her parvo-surrender that she met at the clinic at 7 mo old; Fergus, the former WMAH 'office manager'gunshot-survivor tripod kitty; and Cody, her FIV+ retired street cat. Outside of work, she loves going to concerts, hiking with her pup, and spending time with friends & loved ones.

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    Nell Howard
    Veterinary Technician

    Nell joined White Mountain Animal Hospital in 2006.  A native of Arizona, Nell grew up on a cattle ranch where her love of animals and wildlife grew and developed.  Nell graduated from Bel-Rae Institue with a degree in Veterinary Technology and soon after received her certification as a CVT.  After college, she returned to Arizona and began her career with White Mountain Animal Hospital.  She loves the outdoors and the diversity that Arizona offers, which is one reason why she loves working at White Mountain Animal Hospital. She states, 'You never know what will come in next: small animal, large animal, exotic pets, zoo animals, or wildlife, it's always different.  I love the challenges and rewards of working with such a wide variety of species.'  

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    Bev White
    Veterinary Technician

    Bev joined our team in 2019 with an enthusiasm and level of excitement that was simply contagious. Since entering the veterinary profession in 2015, she has developed a keen set of skills that allow her to take on any task within our office and provide exceptional nursing care to just about any type of animal that walks through our office. She states, 'Little did I know when I joined this industry that I would end up in a career that I love and enjoy. This opportunity has taught me that what they say is true: If you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life. Having the chance to help our client's pets as well as wildlife is extremely gratifying. Every day is different because you never know what type of animals will be walking through our door, and that’s exactly why I love my job.'

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    Chastity Lamb
    Veterinary Assistant

    Chasity started as a volunteer at White Mountain Animal Hospital in her junior year of high school and has since become our rock start veterinary assistant. She aspires to further develop her clinical knowledge and technical skillset within the profession and is working towards becoming a veterinary technician. She states, 'I hope I always have the privilege of working for Dr. Ole; I learn a lot from working with him and his team. I have a passion for working here because this office and I care about the animals we see and the quality of services that they receive'.

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    Katie Wyatt
    Veterinary Assistant and Customer Service Representative

    Katie is an Arizona native, but new to the White Mountain area. She spent most of her weekends as a child visiting the White Mountains hunting, fishing, and enjoying the beauty of this wonderful part of our state. She is excited to be up here full time. Katie joined us after completing her bachelor's degree in Animal Science at Brigham Young University where she spent most of her time meandering with the large animals both in education and in the shadow of the Grand Tetons. While she was there, she worked with over 200 head of horses and mules for an outfitter. She is excited to get to know smaller companion animals and further love them the way she does our larger species and wildlife. Ever since graduating she has been looking for a practice that would grant her the opportunity to learn all species and help their owners. Her hobbies outside of work are photography, anything outdoors, and of course anything horses. She is beyond excited to further her development in animal science/education from Dr. Ole and his amazing team.

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    Samantha Krause
    Veterinary Student & Technician

    Sam started working at White Mountain Animal Hospital as a volunteer during her high school years. Since, she earned her diploma at Blue Ridge High School near the top of her class, graduated with honors from Grand Canyon University, and is currently studying to become a veterinarian herself at Iowa State University! And in the middle of all of her education, found time to become Miss Arizona in a co-ed pageant, and married her high school sweetheart! It has been a pleasure for Dr. Ole to watch Samantha grow through the years, and everyone is rooting for her success in her studies!

Hours of Operation

Monday

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuesday

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Friday

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Saturday

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sunday

Closed

Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday
Closed

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