Brett Perez- Receptionist

After retiring from a 22 year job, Maureen has enjoyed the opportunity to learn something new. She has been working and volunteering at HVS with her daughter, Dr. Ruisi. It is challenging, but she loves it!

Elisse Steininger - Kennel Assistant

Elisse is an Arizona native. She enjoys being outdoors, hunting, fishing, and camping.  She also loves spending time with her daughter, Starr, their 4 dogs, 4 cats and turtle!  She likes being able to work with the animals at the clinic. 

Dr. Ruisi was raised in Wickenburg and the beautiful Arizona desert. Her passion for animals and love of the great outdoors lead her in the pursuit of a career in veterinary medicine. After serving 6 years of active duty in the U.S. Navy, traveling the world, and graduating from Washington State University - College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Ruisi returned home to Wickenburg in 2007. In 2012 she embarked on a new business venture to give back to the community and opened 'Hassayampa Veterinary Services'. Most days she can be found at the clinic with her dog "Lizzie". Dr. Ruisi was awarded the "Veterinarian of the Year" (2016) with recognition for Leadership and Professional Development by the VHCTAz/AzVMA. 

Maureen Ruisi - Receptionist

The Staff...

Joanne Ruisi, DVM - Owner

The Doctors...

About us...

Barbara McKibbin, DVM Associate Veterniarian

Dr. Lara Shreve has recently joined Hassayampa Veterinary Service  (July 2017).  She is originally from Nebraska, but moved to Cottonwood, AZ when she was 12 years old.   After attending the U of A for her undergraduate studies, Lara relocated to Colorado where she graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Following graduation, she completed an equine internship at Elgin Veterinary Hospital in Elgin, Texas -- just outside of Austin.   After her internship, she decided to stay on at  EVH and practiced there for the next 12 years.  Lara and her husband (an Arizona native), decided to return to Arizona so they could raise their son, Benjamin, closer to family.   In her free time, Lara and her husband enjoy listening to live music, hiking, fishing, camping,  horseback riding , and pretty much any other outdoor activity!!  They are also very happy to be able to spend more time with family and to explore the wide open spaces of Arizona.  We are very excited to have her join out team!!

Lara Shreve, DVM - Associate Veterniarian

Cris Ballard - Veterinary Assistant

After retiring from a 22 year job, Maureen has enjoyed the opportunity to learn something new. She has been working and volunteering at HVS with her daughter, Dr. Ruisi. It is challenging, but she loves it!

Lizzie - HVS Mascot

Lizzie has been here at HVS since it's opening in 2012. She spends much of her time behind the receptionist counter when she is not out playing in the yard or at home with Dr. Ruisi. Lizzie was found abandoned in the desert shortly after being born. Fortunately, she  was found by a good Samaritan who immediately brought her in to Dr. Ruisi for care. The rest is history!

Dr. McKibbin will be joining us in July 2019. We are looking forward to having her on the team!!

Jack Jenkins - Kennel Assistant

Jack moved to Wickenburg when he was nine and has lived here ever since. He worked at animal shelters for two years before joining the Hassayampa Veterinary Services team. He has always loved animals and enjoys caring for them. He would like to continue his education and pursue a career in animal care. 



Cris has been in Wickenburg for three years and has lived most of her life in Arizona. The majority of her childhood  was spent in Cave Creek where she was surrounded by horses, dogs, cats, chickens, goats, and a variety of other critters. She has obtained degrees from Phoenix College and The University of Arizona.


Cris currently lives with a dog named Chevy and enjoys cross stitch, reading, watching movies, and going on road trips with her mother.

Connie Callen - Kennel Assistant

Connie was born in California but moved to Arizona in the early 1970s. She served in the Army for three years. She currently lives in Yarnell with her three dogs. Working at Hassayampa Vet Services allows her to purse her passion of caring for animals. 

Dr. Barbara McKibben grew up in central Minnesota where she was extensively involved in 4-H and FFA. She earned a bachelor's degree in animal science at the University of Minnesota before traveling to Arizona to attend veterinary school at Midwestern University. Following graduation, she completed an equine internship at Arizona Equine Medical and Surgical Centre. Barbara and her husband decided to move to Wickenburg to be closer to family and enjoy the small town life. She is an avid outdoor person who enjoys riding her horses, playing with her dogs, hiking, camping and kayaking among other activities. 

Brett was born and raised in Southern California.  She started a family and a career in law enforcement in El Paso, TX where she worked as a correctional officer and a TSA agent before moving to AZ.  Brett has owned large breed dogs for many years, until she met Puggsy! 

Tristyn Turner - Veterinary Assistant

Tristyn was born in Channing, TX but moved out to Arizona as a child. in She is currently attending Wickenburg High School. She has a passion for animals and loves caring for them.  She lives with her family and two dogs, "Sophie" and "Thor".