…and 10 Years Awesomeness

When the vision for Aspen Ridge started over 10 years ago, it was born of a need to provide top quality medicine to pets as well as to serve the very community in which Dr. Ellis was raised. She wanted to bring the professionalism and the quality-of-service of a larger, metropolitan area to the area where she grew up. The people in the White Mountains are fantastic and are one of the many reasons Dr. Ellis wanted to come back to the community. Our clients have been outstanding getting us to this point. Plus, we have had a lot of help from not just our family, but from the community as well.

The goal was, and is, to be one of the best animal hospitals in Arizona, not just the White Mountains. Our certifications and recognitions go above and beyond standard requirements and show the commitment to being one of the best. For example, we are American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited which only 15% of hospitals in the United States are, as we have to achieve over 900 standards of excellence. Additionally, we are also Cat Friendly Practice Accredited, certified by the American Association of Feline Practitioners as committing to address the distinct health needs and special considerations of cat patients. We are also members of both the Pinetop-Lakeside and Show Low Chambers of commerce, Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and others.

From the get-go, the Aspen Ridge team has committed to being involved in the community including helping local shelters, speaking at career days with several local schools and various other community outreach programs and funding. Every year money and/or supplies are given to local shelters through programs such as our “Giving Tree”, Photos with Santa, or the Annual Open House. These events are some of the best parts of the job.

It was interesting converting the old Absolute Distraction bar into a our veterinary hospital. It might make a lot of people really sad to hear this, but we pored 100s of bottles of open alcohol down the drain. The whole facility was gutted…stripped down to the four cinder block outside walls. It was a blank slate. At least 23 different hospital design ideas were used as inspiration and incorporated into the current Aspen Ridge. For example, the lobby has two separate waiting areas, one for cats only and one area for dogs or mixed pet households. We also have a dedicated cat-only exam room, cat only hospitalization ward and cat specific boarding away from the dog boarding area. Designs ideas like this allowed us to become a Cat-Friendly certified veterinary practice by the American Academy of Feline Practitioners. Additionally, there is a separate isolation ward (and entrance) to prevent spread of contagious illness, custom indoor-outdoor dog runs with artificial turn play yard.

Aspen Ridge will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary throughout this summer with various events including our Annual Open House June 15th and sponsoring the Mutt Strutt July 4th hosted by the Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce

Founded by Elizabeth Ellis in 2009, Aspen Ridge is one of the most respected veterinary hospitals in Arizona.


Our mission is to provide the best care and service to clients and patients. Our motto, “Quality Pet Care and Client Service at an Exceptional Value” drives us to be the best. We value the relationship, continued trust, and goodwill we establish with our clients. Courtesy, respect, patience, education and understanding with clients and their pets are among our top priorities.


Staff Doctors

Dr. Elizabeth Ellis, DVM
Owner, Veterinarian

A native of the White Mountains of Arizona, Dr. Ellis (previously Robertson) completed her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in just three years, and then graduated in the top of her class from Colorado State University.
After graduation, Dr. Ellis worked with a variety of species in the White Mountains and focused on small animal care in Scottsdale, AZ. She has performed volunteer work with the Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) and the San Felipe Animal Rescue. Her medical philosophy focuses on superior care, preventative medicine, and client education. She has a special interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, as well as dentistry.
Dr. Ellis is a passionate lover of animals, outdoor enthusiast, and connoisseur of great movies, popcorn and generous portions of Milk Duds. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and two dogs Bella and Aspen.


Dr. Jill Jackson, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Originally from North Dakota, Dr. Jackson graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in Zoology.  She then graduated from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.  After school, Dr. Jackson practiced in California until moving to Aspen Ridge.

Dr. Jackson and her husband and recently welcomed a new baby girl into their family, which also includes their German Shorthaired Pointer. In her spare time enjoys spending time outdoors with her family hiking, fishing, biking and swimming.

Dr. Jackson is so excited to be part of our community and we are just as excited to have her on the Aspen Ridge team.