Foothills Animal Hospital













Dr. Jeri Dioguardi and Dr. Don Gehringer

Foothills Animal Hospital is a family-owned hospital. Dr. Jeri Dioguardi and Dr. Don Gehringer both grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Dioguardi graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson and Dr. Gehringer graduated from Creighton University. They met at graduate school in biochemistry at Arizona State University in 1980. Their mutual love of animals led them to veterinary school at Kansas State University. Dr. Gehringer graduated in 1987 and Dr. Dioguardi graduated in 1989. They both have practiced in Yuma since then. Dr. Dioguardi opened FAH in the Yuma East shopping center in 1991 and Dr. Gehringer joined the practice in 1997. The new, state-of-the-art facility in was built in1998. Their daughter, Dorothy Jean, was born in 1996. If they ever get any free time, they like to spend it traveling.



Dr. Peg Fricke

Peg Fricke completed her undergraduate studies at Michigan Tech University and earned her degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois. Dr. Fricke practiced in Tallahassee, Florida and in Parker, Arizona prior to coming to Yuma. Dr. Fricke's family includes her husband, Robert, her son, Daniel, Finnegan the dog and Jinx the cat.



Dr. Danelle Jackson

I attended vet school at Wisconsin University. I worked for 3 years in southern Texas, then moved to Yuma in July 2016 with my husband Bryce. I have a cat named Lola and a black lab named Ash. I am very excited to get to know you and your pets!


Colleen - Certified Veterinary Technician

Licensed in California in 1979 as a Registered Animal Health Technician, and in Arizona in 1983 as a Certified Veterinary Technician, it has been my privilege to work for Dr.  Dioguardi and Foothills Animal Hospital since the clinic was established. In my career as a licensed veterinary technician, I have worked at 2 other veterinary clinics, one in San Diego specializing in our feline friends, the other a mixed (large and small animals) here in Yuma. My hobby and my passion are my horses and my pets. I look forward to seeing you at the clinic.


Lisa - Certified Veterinary Technician

I graduated from Mt. San Antonio College, in Walnut, CA with a degree in animal science. I have earned 10 years experience as a veterinary technician in small animal day practices and in emergency medicine. I was fortunate enough to find Foothills Animal Hospital. This has become my new veterinary home, the doctors, staff and clients make a wonderful working environment and I am here to stay! I am looking forward to helping you and your pets.


Paula - Veterinary Assistant

Hi, I'm Paula, I have been a vet assistant at F.A.H. since Sept of 2004. I am from Santa Ynez, CA, and was born and raised on a ranch. I attended Pima Medical Institute for Veterinary Assistant. I have been in the veterinary field for over 15 years or more. I have a son ( Aaron ) who is a mechanic for his dad's shop and a daughter (Ashleigh ) who just graduated high school and joined the Air Force, 2 cats and 4 dogs who keep me going non-stop! I love working for Foothills Animal Hospital; my co-workers and the doctors are the best.


Susan - Veterinary Assistant

Hi, my name is Susan. I started at Foothills Animal Hospital in August 2011. I was born and raised in Yuma, AZ and have always had a love for animals. I have 2 children and a house full of animals. I look forward to meeting you and your pets.



Ashley - Veterinary Assistant

Hi, my name is Ashley, I have 3 years of small animal experience and 1 year of large animal. I have a beautiful daughter named Evelynn and 2 cats, Logan and Squeaker, who are both rescues. I can't wait to meet both you and your fur babies at the clinic.


Jennifer - Veterinary Assistant

Hi I am Jennifer. I have worked at F. A. H. since April, I have worked in the human medical field for 15 Years and decided I would give animals a try.

I was born and raised in Yuma and have spent most of my life here. I am Married to Christian and have 3 children. In my off time I enjoy my horses, we are now down to 5.


Andrea - Veterinary Assistant

Hi, my name is Andrea, I have been involved in the human dental field for many years. My love of animals has brought me into the Veterinary dental field. I am hoping I can help your pet keep their teeth and mouth as healthy as possible.



Tiffany - Veterinary Assistant

Hello, my name is Tiffany. I have a 4 year old son named Dayzen who keeps me busy with playing sports and his pets. I was raised in Yuma and have been involved in the local 4-H program for 20 years. I raised and showed marked goats, market steers, and pigs. I'm looking forward to meeting you and your fur babies and making your experience here a great one!


Sandra - Receptionist

Hello, I am Sandra. I moved to Yuma with my husband, Steve in 2005. I was a veterinary receptionist in Salem, Oregon for 7 years. Prior to that, I trained gun dogs and had obedience training in Idaho for many years. I look forward to meeting all of you!



Stanna - Receptionist

I moved to Yuma with my husband in 2014 from Northern California. I have 3 adult children and a house full of animals that bring me a ton of joy. I look forward to meeting you and your pets!



Brytnie - Veterinary Assistant

Howdy! I moved to Yuma in 2015 from Grant's Pass, Oregon to be closer to family. I have 3 dogs and 1 cat. I was raised on a small hobby farm and have many years experience caring for all types of animals. I can't wait for you to stop in so I can meet you and your critters!



Shannon - Receptionist

Hello, my name is Shannon. I have been with Foothills Animal Hospital since 2013 and I absolutely love it!! I was born and raised in Yuma and I recently moved back from Phoenix where I raised my 2 children and now it is just me and my fur babies. I can't wait to meet you and all of your pets.



Elisa - Receptionist

Hi! I'm Elisa! I've been a vet receptionist for over 6 years. I have 4 dogs that I love dearly and wouldn't trade for anything. I look forward to seeing you and your precious furry ones.



Sarah - Receptionist

Hi, my name is Sarah. I was born and raised here in Yuma. I obtained my BA from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2016 and am very happy to be back in Yuma doing what I love. I was raised on a farm and have been taking care of animals my whole life. I now look forward to helping you take care of yours!


Yolanda - Maintenance

Hi, my name is Yolanda, I have been working here at the Foothills Animal Hospital since 2009. I have been here in Yuma for 11 years. I'm happily married and have 2 boys. I also have 5 dogs.



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