…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