Meet Our Team

Our Veterinarians

Dr. Tony Alber

Veterinarian, Owner

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Some of Dr. Tony Alber’s first memories are of exploring the hallways of his father’s veterinary hospital in Roswell, New Mexico. His first official veterinary experience was sitting in front of a sink and washing syringes at the tender age of nine. He attended New Mexico State University for his undergraduate studies and then graduated from Colorado State University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in May of 2000.

Dr. Alber has served clients and pets in the East Valley his entire career. He enjoys each and every facet of veterinary medicine, but his particular areas of interest are preventative care, internal medicine, dermatology, soft tissue surgery and orthopedic surgery. He strives to offer his patients a wide spectrum of high quality medicine and surgery, a model he learned from years of watching his father serve his own small community in New Mexico.

As the son of a veterinarian growing up, and now having practiced as a doctor himself, Dr. Alber has a unique perspective of the profession. He has viewed medicine from virtually every conceivable angle: through the eyes of fascinated young boy watching from a distance, through the eyes of a high school student finally able to contribute as a technician in training, and finally through the eyes of the primary caregiver and communicator. As the owner and founder of Higley Groves Animal Hospital, Dr. Alber can’t wait to share his experience with a new clientele and use it to improve the lives of his patients.

Dr. Alber, his wife Jen, and their two sons Nick and Nathan share their busy home with a feisty, yet loyal 12 year old terrier named Buck. When not working, rushing his sons to school, or cheering for them at a sporting event, Dr. Alber enjoys both the Rim Country of north/central Arizona and for a few weeks during the summer, the Northwoods of Wisconsin where Jen spent summers growing up. He enjoys hiking, swimming, boating, skiing, canoeing, fishing and watching his family enjoy nature.

Dr. Jennifer Freeman

Veterinarian

Our Support Staff

Natalia

Veterinary Technician

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Hi, my name is Natalia. I have been a Veterinary Technician for almost 12 years and have worked for Dr. Alber since the start of my career. I graduated from Apollo College in 2006 with a certificate in the Veterinary Technician Program. We are a very tight knit crew here and it truly feels like an extension of my family. I am a mother to 2 children and my 3 rescue dogs. I’m so proud and excited to be part of this new business adventure with Dr. Alber and can’t wait to take care of your beloved pets.

Tammy

Veterinary Technician

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Hi, my name is Tammy. Welcome to Higley Groves Animal Hospital. I graduated from Pima Medical Institute in Veterinary Medicine and have been a veterinary technician for 17 years. I have 5 dogs, 1 cat, a snake and an African Spurred Tortoise. I have worked for Dr. Alber for 12 glorious years and we are all like family. We would love to take care of your fur babies.

Jody

Veterinary Technician

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I’m Jody and I’ve been a tech for 20 years. I’m back in school to finish the degree I started 22 years ago. I’ve got a silly 5 ½ year old daughter and three dogs, 2 German Shorthairs and a Pitbull mix.

Lauren

Technician Assistant

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Hi, my name is Lauren! I graduated from East Valley Institute of Technology’s Veterinary Assistant program in 2017. I am currently enrolled in Penn Foster’s Veterinary Technician program, and I’m super excited to become the best vet tech to ever walk the earth.

Emma

Technician Assistant

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Hello, my name is Emma! I graduated from East Valley Institute of Technology in 2016. I have a Syrian hamster and a German Shepherd who are my babies! I’m working to be a veterinarian in the future, and I’m looking forward to meeting your furbabies here at Higley Groves.

Jeanna

Receptionist

Kay

Receptionist

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Hello, I’m Kay and I have worked with Dr. Alber for over 5 years. Currently I have two senior rescue dogs that keep me busy when I’m not working. I love my Higley Groves family and can’t wait to meet your pets.