DVM CVA (Certified Veterinary Acupuncture)
Dr. Leonda Armstrong grew up on a farm in northeastern New Mexico. Her parents raised and bred registered Angus cattle and quarter horses. She was active in 4-H and FFA from age 9 to 19. Leonda showed horses and cattle in both organizations and judged horses on a collegiate level.
Dr. Armstrong completed her undergraduate studies at New Mexico State University where she earned a B.S. in Animal Science and a double minor in Chemistry and Biology. Colorado State University was the next stop, where as a single mom, she studied and graduated as a mixed animal veterinarian.
Upon graduation, Leonda moved to Chino Valley and began practice with Dr. Terry Miller at Circle L. She is very glad to call Circle L Animal Hospital her home away from home.
In April 2007, Dr. Armstrong purchased the practice from Dr. Terry Miller. She implemented many new improvements including becoming AAHA-certified and strives to hold the highest standards in veterinary medicine.
Her most recent endeavor has been merging Western and Eastern veterinary medicine together. To support this goal, Dr. Armstrong obtained her Acupuncture certification through Colorado State University in 2013 and now has completed her Rehabilitation studies and certification through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in June 2016. She feels that being able to treat the whole animal with non-invasive medicine adds another important dimension of care, and gives the best feeling of accomplishment for “Every Patient, Every time.” Dr. Armstrong has a strong desire to work with sporting dogs as well as keeping the senior dogs healthy and moving to improve their quality of life. She is now embarking on the next step of becoming Animal Chiropractic Certified and is studying Chinese Herbology. This will allow her to offer every aspect of care for her 4 legged patients.
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DVM, CVA, IVCA
Dr. Emily Roth was born and raised in central Ohio. Her interest and love for animals were strongly influenced by her father who encouraged learning, outdoor exploration and travel from a young age. Dr. Emily attended Bethany College in West Virginia with a focus on equine science and is a 2018 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She attended Options for Animals Chiropractic and The Chi Institute’s Mixed Animal Acupuncture courses during her 4th year of veterinary school. Dr. Emily has spent her last year with world-renowned Traditional Chinese Veterinarian, Dr. Xie at the University of Florida’s Equine Acupuncture Center expanding her acupuncture and herbal medicine knowledge. Dr. Emily is very thrilled to bring her eastern medical training to Circle L animal hospital. She believes integrating eastern and western medicine provides the most comprehensive and holistic care for her patients. Dr. Emily also treats equine patients with acupuncture and chiropractic care. Dr. Emily is an avid outdoor adventurer and fitness lover. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, weight lifting, and horseback riding. She recently adopted her dog and new hiking partner, Delilah. Additionally, she enjoys the company of her two black cats, Itty and Kevin.
Dr. Monica Runge graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Prior to attending veterinary school, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Runge is certified in mixed animal Acupuncture and has special interests in integrative medicine, soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and ultrasound evaluations. She spent her first two years practicing in Payson, AZ. In her spare time, Dr. Runge loves to cuddle with her three cats and one dog. Dr. Runge grew up on 80 acres outside of the small town of Mayflower, Arkansas where she developed her love for animals and the outdoors. She enjoys spending time with loved ones, traveling, kayaking, hiking, fishing, hunting, and exploring the beautiful outdoors.
Born and raised in Tennessee, Colette moved to Arizona about three years ago.
Colette began her veterinary career at Circle L Animal Hospital as a Hospital Assistant in March 2012. It was her passion for animals that initially brought her into the veterinary field, striving to help animals and provide them with the very best possible care that she can. Colette boasts more than five years of experience, working her way through the ranks to become a Veterinary Assistant and the proud recipient of the Circle L Animal Hospital Employee of the Year for 2014, which is determined by the rest of the team. Colette is currently attending training to become a certified Rehabilitation Technician.
Her hobbies include improvement projects in and around her home as well as at Circle L Animal Hospital. She also enjoys playing ball with her Corgi/Miniature Australian Shepherd mix Chevy and, when the weather is warm, Colette can often be found spending time with her plants, enjoying the outdoors and the peace and quiet of her garden.
Veterinary Assistant/Clinical Coordinator
Chelsie is originally from California and moved to Arizona in June of 2011. She has been a Veterinary Technician Assistant since September of 2012 and absolutely loves what she does. She has had many animals, from cats and dogs to horses, goats, and pigs since she was 6 years old. Eventually, she would like to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, riding horses, barrel racing, playing with her animals and just being outdoors. She is currently the Clinical Coordinator/ Veterinary Technician Assistant. This is her second time working at Circle L Animal Hospital. She absolutely loves working at Circle L; it is like working with family! She can’t wait to meet you and your four-legged kids :).