Our Compassionate & Professional Team

Our Doctors

Dr. Parva Bezrutczyk, DVM

Dr. Parva Bezrutczyk, DVM

Dr. Parva loves practicing veterinary medicine and is proud to be a part of a profession that makes a difference in the lives of animals and the people who love and care for them. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Colorado State University. She has been practicing in the valley since 1997. Dr. Parva grew up in Connecticut and Massachusetts, where most of her family currently lives, and she misses the four seasons of New England. She graduated from high school in Katy, Texas and now calls Arizona, with all its heat and sunshine, home. She lives in a household run by four cats and four dogs.

Dr. Parva enjoys practicing small animal internal and emergency medicine. Her special interests and strengths include advanced soft tissue surgery, pain management and advanced dentistry. She also enjoys the successes and challenges that come with leading a practice and continually strives to build and maintain the best team possible at Arizona Animal Wellness Center.

"I am proud to be part of a team of individuals who are passionate about providing the most advanced and compassionate veterinary care available. It is my hope that Arizona Animal Wellness Center will be a place that you can comfortably understand customized solutions for your pet's health care needs and that we meet and exceed your expectations."

Dr. Dennis C. Heetland, DVM

Dr. Dennis C. Heetland, DVM

Dr. Heetland has been a part of the veterinary profession for approximately 35 years. After graduation from Iowa State University, his first 18 years as a veterinarian were spent as a veterinarian and owner of a mixed animal practice in North Dakota where he and wife, Joan, raised their four children. Dr. Heetland and his family moved to the Phoenix area in 1994 and he has been enjoying practicing small animal medicine in the valley since then.

Dr. Heetland believes in the importance of building and maintaining the human-animal bond. He practices veterinary medicine with the highest regard to a pet's well-being and will always provide the best information and veterinary care available to help his patients. Dr. Heetland enjoys challenging cases in dermatology and his other interests include internal medicine and pain management.

"I'm proud to be a part of Arizona Animal Wellness Center, where we have built a strong team that strives to deliver the very best in health care for your pet."

Dr. Pamela Ford, DVM

Dr. Pamela Ford, DVM

Dr. Ford is a 1997 graduate of Colorado State University. She has been practicing in the valley and surrounding areas since 1997. She is an Arizona native and grew up in the Glendale area. As a teen she was very active in the Arizona 4-H program and was a member of the equine, canine and veterinary science programs. Her love and interest in companion animals and veterinary medicine was obvious at a very young age.

Dr. Ford's training at Colorado State is in traditional western medicine. However, over the last decade, she has added to her repertoire many holistic and alternative treatment options to offer her patients. She prefers to use a blend of both traditional western medicine as well as alternative medicine to best help her patients. This is called integrative or complementary therapy. She will occasionally use a combination of traditional medicine, nutritional supplementation, herbal formulation and acupuncture to achieve the best treatment outcome. She believes in the benefit of holistic health care and preventative medicine to promote wellness for all pets.

"Arizona Animal Wellness Center is the embodiment of its name. Our team strives to inform our clients of all health care options and stresses the importance of preventative health care in an effort to attain well being for all patients. My hope is to offer the most quality health care available and effectively and openly communicate with our clients. This will build a partnership that allows you to take an active role in the health care of your loved one."

Dr. Christi Benigni, DVM

Dr. Christi Benigni, DVM

Dr. Benigni is an Arizona native who grew up as a desert rat in the East Valley. At an early age she became active in animal rescue, which has both enriched and blessed her life with many wonderful adventures, including a spay & neuter project in the Galapagos Islands.

She finds great joy in practicing veterinary medicine and feels fortunate to be part of a profession that makes a difference in the lives of both the animals and the people that love them. She is very in-tune to the unique and tender role an animal fulfills in our lives and feels privileged to be allowed to help enrich and benefit that relationship. Her areas of interest are preventative health care, pain management including epidurals, behavior, and soft tissue surgery.

"It is an honor to be a part of the Arizona Animal Wellness Center Team where everyone takes pride in their work and comes together to provide the most attentive and compassionate care for your loved ones."

Dr. John Olson, DVM

John Olson, DVM

Dr. Olson was raised on the west coast in Southern California. He graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and has been a veterinarian in Phoenix / Ahwatukee since his graduation. Dr. Olson has a passion for Surgery, Emergencies and Internal Medicine, as well as specialty procedures such as Endoscopy and Ultrasonography. He lives with his fluffy and sweet dog named "Norah" and "Dodge" the African Tortoise as well as fish of all sizes and shapes. He enjoys wood working and using his hands and mind to fix things.

"My primary focus for patient care is pain management, thoroughness in care and preventing disease. I believe the foundation of any relationship with patients and their families is built on trust and open communication. I look forward to taking care of all of my patients during all stages of their lifetime at Arizona Animal Wellness Center."

Dr. Justin Similo, DVM

Dr. Justin Similo, DVM

Dr. Similo grew up in New Jersey where he completed his undergraduate studies at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. In 2012, he graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and has been practicing here in the valley ever since. Dr. Similo's passions include preventative care, ophthalmology and cardiology.

Together with his wife. they have 3 "fur children," Sheldon (dog), Spike (cat) and Raven (cat). In their spare time they enjoy hiking, camping, and traveling.

"I am thrilled with the opportunity to become a part of the Arizona Animal Wellness Center family. I look forward to providing the best quality care to each pet and partnering with parents to ensure that no question or concern goes unanswered."

Dr. Elizabeth Mower, DVM

Dr. Mower was born and raised in the Mesa/Gilbert area of Arizona. She knew that she wanted to be a Veterinarian at 5 years old. She worked in various veterinary hospitals throughout high school and college to ensure she would be able to achieve her dream. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness with a specialty in Pre-Veterinary Medicine from Arizona State University in 2008. She then travelled to Grenada in the southern Caribbean where she received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from St. George’s University in 2012. She has been practicing in Arizona since that time.

"I have enjoyed the journey from school to practicing medicine and have learned a lot in a short time. I feel that client communication is the key to earning the trust of clients who then give me the honor of treating their furry family members. The cases I enjoy most include internal medicine, dermatology, and dentistry. I love dogs, but cats are my passion. In my spare time I enjoy movies, music, and hanging out with my cat."

Dr. Amber Naig, DVM

Dr. Naig is an Iowa native who relocated to the desert following gradation from Iowa State University in 2007. Growing up on a farm, she knew from a young age that she loved animals and cannot remember a time when she wanted to do anything but practice veterinary medicine. She lives with her two small dogs "Miles" and "Mason" and her two cats. Her interests include internal medicine, behavior and ultrasonography.

"I am excited to be a part of the team at Arizona Animal Wellness Center where there is such a huge focus on providing the most compassionate and complete care for you and your pets. I understand what an important role your pets play in your family and look forward to providing them with the care they need throughout their lives."