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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    Ole Alcumbrac DVM
    Chief of Staff

    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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    Linda Varner-Truitt DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    A graduate of Iowa State University, Dr. Linda Varner-Truitt joined our practice this summer and has been such a joy to have on the team! She is licensed to work with all species, and has a special fondness for the exotics. While she of course loves to help clients and pets in the office during routine visits, she also enjoys learning from Dr. Ole in his wildlife work. We are excited to be the first practice she's called home, and we look forward to watching her excel in the veterinary world.

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    Robert Evans DVM
    Relief Veterinarian

    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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    Kathryn Halstead DVM
    Relief Veterinarian

    Dr. Halstead came on board as a relief veterarian while our dear Dr. Evans was on an extended leave of absence. She is a phenomenal veterinarian and surgeon, and a Colorado State University alum, similar to Dr. Alcumbrac! She has been practicing for ~10 years, and loves providing life-saving care to our four legged friends. We are so very excited to have her as part of our team! 

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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 Petrie
    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 loves to help lead the team and make sure everyone is comfortable and efficient in their positions in both patient and client care.

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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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    Lacey Jones
    Veterinary Technician

    We are so excited to have Lacey back as part of the White Mountain Animal Hospital team. She has been working as a veterinary technician for nearly 20 years now, and is taking classes for additional certifications. She has 2 dogs, Mali & Quila, at home; and loves taking them antler hunting as often as she can.

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    Katie Wyatt
    Veterinary Assistant and Business Manager

    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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    Deborah Thompson
    Veterinary Technician

    Deborah is one of our rockstar veterinary technicians. She joined us after spending years working as a technician in Wyoming, and then again at the local Humane Society. She has 2 horses, 5 cats, and 3 dogs. When not in the office, you can typically find her on the back of a horse enjoying the beautiful White Mountain landscape!

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    Jasmyne Romero
    Veterinary Assistant

    Jasmyne has been part of the team since 2020! She had taken a small break, but is now full back and learning more each day as she works her way towards becoming a certified veterinary technician! She currently has one dog, Magenta, and enjoys spending time with her sweet puppy, her family, and her friends outside of work.

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    Kirsten Morgan
    Customer Service Representative

    Kirsten joined our team in September of 2021, and has been learning all about veterinary medicine. She aspires to eventually work more in the back office as a veterinary assistant or technician. Kirsten is our resident 'crazy cat lady' with 5 feline furbabies at home! She spends most of her time out of the office traveling or hanging out with family and friends!

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    Christina Truong
    Customer Service Representative

    Christina joined the team early this year, and has been such a wonderful addition! She brought with her over 10 years of experience in veterinary medical reception, and we are grateful for her energy and expertise. Christina and her boyfriend recently bought land in the area, and are looking to build a small self-sustaining farm. Outside of the office, you may find her hiking, camping, reading, or spending time with her 2 dogs. 

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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