86 W. Juniper Avenue
Gilbert, AZ 85233
Phone: 480-635-1110 ext. 7

Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists

Welcome to Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists, the experts in cardiology, internal medicine and radiology for pets. Advances in veterinary medicine now make it possible for your pet to receive sophisticated care from doctors who have achieved board certification and are known as specialists. We serve as health care partners to primary care veterinarians, and are proud to lend our knowledge, skills and experience to care for the companion animals in our community.

Our Doctors

Whit Church, DVM
Whit Church, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
Whit Church, DVM
Whit Church, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
Dr. Church earned his veterinary degree from Oregon State University in 2002. After graduation he completed a one-year internship at Cornell University followed by a cardiology residency and Master of Science degree at the University of Illinois. He finished the last year of his residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He enjoys partnering with primary care veterinarians to care for patients and their families. His special areas of interest include pericardial diseases, echocardiography, and interventional cardiovascular procedures. Dr. Church received a number of grants and awards including: the ACVIM Cardiology Resident Research Grant, the University of Illinois Small Animal Departmental Research Grant and the Salsbury Scholarship. Dr. Church is also a founding member of the Cardiac Education Group.

Melissa Riensche, DVM
Melissa Riensche, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Melissa Riensche, DVM
Melissa Riensche, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Dr. Riensche received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 2004. After graduation she completed a one-year rotating internship at VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona. Dr. Riensche then continued her training in internal medicine with a residency at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Following her residency, Dr. Riensche relocated back to Phoenix to join the staff of Arizona Veterinary Internal Medicine, and is one of four partners in Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists. She has particular interests in nephrology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, respiratory medicine, and endocrine diseases.

Victoria Heffelman, DVM
Victoria Heffelman, DVMDiplomate, American College of
Veterinary Radiology
Victoria Heffelman, DVM
Victoria Heffelman, DVMDiplomate, American College of
Veterinary Radiology
Dr. Heffelman is a native of Colorado and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 2004, where she quickly discovered her love for all things in radiology. After graduation, she completed a small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at a private practice in Colorado followed by an additional year in private practice as an associate veterinarian. Dr. Heffelman then completed a diagnostic imaging residency at Michigan State University in 2009, and became board certified later that year. She was excited to join Arizona Veterinary Specialists and, soon thereafter, to become a partner in Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists. Her special areas of interest include abdominal ultrasound, CT, and nuclear medicine.

Whit Church, DVM
Whit Church, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
Dr. Church enjoys partnering with primary care veterinarians to care for patients and their families. His special areas of interest include pericardial diseases, echocardiography, and interventional cardiovascular procedures.
Melissa Riensche, DVM
Melissa Riensche, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Dr. Riensche has particular interests in nephrology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, respiratory medicine, and endocrine diseases.
Victoria Heffelman, DVM
Victoria Heffelman, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
Dr. Heffelman's special areas of interest include abdominal ultrasound, CT, and nuclear medicine.

Pet Stories

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Sam-I-Am

"Dr. Riensche of Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists helped save his life! God has truly blessed me with the loving compassionate ongoing care Sam has received at DVM."

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Morgan

"I just wanted to let you folks at Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists know that you went above and beyond any expectations we had. Doctors and the staff were wonderful, caring, and compassionate with our girl, Morgan."

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Lenny

"Dr. Riensche has not only cared for Lenny, but she has cared for me. I have never experienced such kindness and compassion from my vet…not only for my pet, but for me."

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Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists
located in the Arizona Veterinary Specialists Building

86 W. Juniper Avenue
Gilbert, AZ 85233
Phone: 480-635-1110 ext. 7
Fax: 480-365-0641
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