Your Love, Our Calling

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Your Love, Our Calling

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Our people have incredible backgrounds – some have won world championships, and others have dedicated their lives to impassioned causes.

Doctors

Deah M. Hessian, DVM

Deah M. Hessian, DVM

Medical Director

Dr. Deah Hessian is the owner and Medical Director of Palisades Veterinary Hospital. She purchased the fledgling PVH in 1993, her vision was to create a world class facility with a small-town feel. In the spring of 2000, Dr. Hessian moved the hospital into its own building near the center of Fountain Hills and the fountain.

A native of California, Dr. Hessian holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Arizona in Animal Health Science, Education, and Agriculture Engineering. She attended Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1990. She worked at the World Health Organization’s primate lab, the Hawaii Zoo, and the Hawaiian State Veterinarian. After graduating from veterinary school, she spent three more years honing her craft at Tri-City East and Main Street Veterinary Clinics.

Dr. Hessian traces her love of animals to her childhood, where she spent countless hours caring for and developing a deep understanding of animals. She purchased her first Quarter Horse while in veterinary school and soon became a competitive rider. Today, she competes in both American Quarter Horse Association and National Reined Cow Horse Association shows and has won multiple world championships.

In addition to her many years of service to the Fountain Hills, Rio Verde and North Scottsdale communities, Dr. Hessian is an active and respected member in the veterinary and animal care community. She has served on the Boards of the Arizona Reined Cow Horse Association, A Dog Owners Group (ADOG, Fountain Hills), Arizona Quarter Horse Association and The Watumull Trust for the Preservation of the Indian Elephant. She also is a member of the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (AzVMA), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).

When not working or riding, Dr. Hessian enjoys giving back to her community through work with various non-profit organizations. She is married to Scott Ruple, her best friend and business muse since 1990. They share their Fountain Hills home with their French Bulldogs, Daz and Max.

“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”
-AD Williams

Care Team

Morgan E.

Morgan E.

Veterinary Assistant

Originally from New Mexico, Morgan is now a full-time resident of Arizona. She received her Veterinary Assistant Certificate from the Animal Behavior College and has put it to practical use doing everything from pet sitting/fostering, dog walking, pet nutrition, first aid, CPR to pet massage. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and doing a variety of sports including soccer, softball, swimming, and bowling. In fact, she’s a certified professional bowler and a member of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association. Morgan’s goal is to eventually move into a Veterinary Assistant role and have a large enough home, so she can foster dogs and cats.

Alex J.

Alex J.

Client Services Representative

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Shannon F.

Shannon F.

Resort Attendant

Shannon is a native of Fountain Hills and has been a member of our team since 2017. When she isn’t at Palisades taking extraordinary care of your furry friends, Shannon is home taking care of hers. She enjoys going for walks, a good, scenic hike, and sometimes just relaxing.

Lindsay A.

Lindsay A.

Resort Attendant

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Jessica C.

Jessica C.

Veterinary Technician

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Michael M.

Michael M.

Veterinary Technician

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Hannah P.

Hannah P.

Veterinary Assistant

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Julia C.

Julia C.

Client Services Representative

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Sebastian H.-W.

Sebastian H.-W.

Client Services Representative

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Stephanie C.

Stephanie C.

Certified Veterinary Technician

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Mackenzie H.

Mackenzie H.

Veterinary Assistant

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