Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

Dr. Cheryl Haugo Owner - Veterinarian Licensed in Washington and Arizona since 1986, Dr. Haugo founded Desert Vet Clinic in 1989. Dr. Haugo has special interests in exotics and birds while maintaining her love for cats and dogs - especially Great Danes. Dr. Haugo and husband Mark are owned by a Great Dane and clinic mascot, Solveig, 5 cats, 5 goats, 10 ducks, 2 geese and who knows what else will pop up at Haugo Farms!

Dr. Alison Waples was born and raised in Nebraska (Go Big Red!).  She received her Bachelor of Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University and then attended Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  After receiving her DVM in 2009, Dr. Waples did a 1 year small animal/exotic pet internship in Tucson, where she was also allowed to work with the collection at Reid Park Zoo.  She adores the four-legged family members, and has a passion for exotic pets and surgery.  Dr. Waples enjoys outdoor activities with her handsome Great Pyrenees mix, Archimedes, whom she rescued while finishing her DVM.

Dr. Kira MacKinnon was raised in Las Vegas, NV and received her Bachelors degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She attended veterinary school at Ross University in St Kitts, West Indies and graduated in 2006. She worked here at DVC for 2 years after graduating vet school. After leaving Yuma, she worked at an emergency clinic and doing relief work in Phoenix. She returned to Yuma and rejoined the DVC family April 2011. Her furry family consists of 4 dogs (3 boxers and a cocker spaniel) and 2 cats. Dr. MacKinnon enjoys spending her time working out and outdoor activities.

Dr. Shawna Sawtelle was born and raised in Orange County, California. She received her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and then went on to veterinary school at St. George's University in Grenada, West Indies and received her D.V.M in 2009. After graduation, she headed east to Pennsylvania to work at a mixed animal practice for 2 years. Dr. Sawtelle decided to head back to the West to be closer to family and enjoy the milder weather. Her favorite activity is riding her horse Pearl and recently began competing in Barrel Racing with her. She shares her home with an Italian Greyhound, Mookie, 2 cats that she rescued while in Pennsylvania, and a ferret, the most recent addition.


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