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

Dr. Kim Collins

Veterinarian

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Dr. Kim Collins is a true native to Arizona. She grew up exploring Arizona’s wilderness, hiking, camping and fishing with her mom, dad, brother and two dogs. Her family dogs went on all of the family adventures. She grew to love nature and outdoors and developed an appreciation for all animals. She attended Northern Arizona University for her undergraduate degree and graduated from Washington State University with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2012.

After graduation, Dr. Collins moved back to Arizona and has been practicing in the East Valley. She has a passion for complete patient and client care, dentistry, senior dog care, and internal medicine. She enjoys getting to know her patients and their families and helping to foster the human animal bond.

Dr. Collins and her husband Ryan welcomed their first child, Ellie, in the summer of 2018. They enjoy camping, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and traveling together as a family with their 3 dogs – Enzo and Mimi the basset hounds, and Tucker the mini-poodle mix.

Dr. Collins is excited to be joining Dr. Alber, Dr. Freeman, and the staff at Higley Groves. She is looking forward to providing high quality care and improving the lives of her patients and their families.

Our Veterinary 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.

Riss

Veterinary Technician

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My name is Riss and I moved to Arizona from New Mexico at the age of 3. I love being outdoors camping, exploring the desert, and working with horses. I became a Veterinary Technician because I love animals and helping them is my passion. I started in the veterinary field 11 years ago when I enlisted in the US Army as an Animal Care Specialist. My main mission was working with and providing basic health care and assisting with surgical services to the military working dogs on base, as well as the US Customs and Border Patrol and TSA dogs out of the Chicago airports. I then transitioned out of the Army and into civilian animal care in 2012. I have 8 dogs, 3 cats, 2 ferrets and 1 bearded dragon.

Jessica

Veterinary Technician

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Hi my name is Jessica. My first job in the veterinary field was working as a vet assistant for Dr. Alber in 2013. Since then, I have completed more schooling and training and am now a veterinary technician. I left the field in 2018 to pursue other opportunities but my heart led me back to veterinary medicine. It is my true passion. I have a 10 week old daughter named Evalynn, and 2 fur babies; a 10 year old husky named Mya and an 8 year old brindle mutt named Ruger. Oh! And 3 chickens. I’m very excited to rejoin this amazing group of people and care for animals and the people who love them.

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.

Steff

Technician Assistant

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My name is Steff and I completed the Veterinary Assistant program at Pima Medical Institute 4 years ago and happy to be part of the Higley Groves team now. I am a mother to 3 children as well as 4 dogs, 3 cats, 2 Iguanas, 3 frogs, 8 chickens, 10 turtles and 4 tortoises. To say I love all types of animals is pretty clear.

Our Support Staff

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.

Gina

Receptionist

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Hi! I’m Gina and I have worked for Dr. Alber for over a year. I have five dogs and one cat who all became family through rescue work over the years. I look forward to meeting you and your fur family members here at Higley Groves!