Our Veterinarians in Tucson, AZ
Brad Fairall, DVM
Dr. Fairall is a 1977 graduate of Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, he moved to Tucson and began practicing veterinary medicine. In 1981, he and his partner, Carl Wm. Oberg, DVM, opened Sonora Animal Hospital. Since becoming the sole owner of Orange Grove Animal Hospital in 2008, he has narrowed his focus to surgery, both soft tissue and orthopedic, as well as canine and feline medicine. He is an avid runner, recreational softball player, and hiker, and spends many of his off hours running mini and full marathons with his wife.
James Jarchow, DVM
Dr. Jarchow is a 1971 graduate of The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1972, he moved to Tucson, closer to the native desert reptile species in which he is interested. Dr. Jarchow is a consulting veterinarian for the Tucson, AZ Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the Reid Park Zoo as well as the Turner Endangered Species Fund Bolson tortoise project. He was previously an adjunct professor in the veterinary science department at the University of Arizona, and he still participates in research projects focusing on reptiles and amphibians. Dr. Jarchow is a past president of the Tucson Herpetological Society and an associate editor of the Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery. When not writing for various publications, Dr. Jarchow spends his free time hiking in the desert near his home and spending time with his family, including his three wonderful grandchildren, his dogs, Steve and Rosie, and his many reptiles.
Denise Gordon, DVM
Dr. Gordon is a 2006 graduate of Ross University and has a B.S. in Entomology from Texas A & M University. She joined the practice on January 18th, 2016.
Walter Merker, DVM
Dr. Walter Merker received his BS in molecular, cell and developmental biology in 2005 from UC Santa Cruz. In 2010, he received his DVM from UC Davis in California. He spent two years in Las Vegas in a small animal and exotic practice before joining the Tucson, AZ veterinarians at Orange Grove Animal Hospital in the summer of 2012. When not treating our exotic mammals, reptiles, and dog and cat patients, he is writing articles for REPTILES magazine and participating in the Tucson Herpetological Society. Dr. Merker has two dogs: Grady, a Norwich terrier, and Greta, a boxer mix; two cats, Melon and Einstein; and numerous reptiles and amphibians. Dr. Merker’s hobbies include herpetology, mountain biking, and spending time with his pets and his family, including his adorable son.
Dennis Fairall, Practice Manager
Dennis has been with the company since almost the beginning. First as a kennel/veterinary technician, then as a receptionist and for many years as our practice manager. When he isn’t working hard to keeping the behind the scenes financial aspects of the practice running smooth, he occasionally steps in to help with trauma and emergency cases. Outside of the practice he is kept busy thanks to a very active son, his lovely wife and their energetic Boxer, Champ.
Carrie Faubion, Assistant Manager
Carrie joined the Orange Grove team in 1993. First as a receptionist at Sonora Animal Hospital (our previous location off of Oracle), then as the assistant manager. When Sonora AH was closed in July 2008, Carrie transferred to Orange Grove AH as our assistant manager. She has worn many hats over the years with the company. Receptionist, technician, after-hours technician, supervisor, manager. Her experience in all aspects of the clinic make her a vital component to the day to day running of our practice. Even now, it is often her voice who greets clients as they call to make appointment. When she isn’t running the day to day operations here at Orange Grove, Carrie runs a busy household of two school aged girls, two dogs, Emily and Pixie, three rats, Butterscotch, Lily and Dandelion, and her husband who is also a small business owner.
Veterinary Technicians and Assistants
Kris Condrey, CVT
A graduate of Pima Community College Veterinary Technology Program in 2004, Kris joined the staff after completing her post-studies internship in May of that year. Since then she has been a full time technician for many of our veterinarians and about 5 years ago moved into a supervisor position. She is also the main contact for our internet and social media presence and supervises the technicians, kennel assistant staff and the many interns and volunteers who have gained experience here at Orange Grove. Outside of work she is on the Advisory Board for the Veterinary Technology program at Pima Community College and enjoys spending time with her husband and son. Kris’s house contains a wide variety of pets from tortoises, turtles, and two Uromastyx to two cats and two dogs.
A 2014 graduate of Pima Community College Veterinary Technology program, Angela has spent nearly two decades with a local law enforcement agency. Her love of animals lead her to the veterinary field where her skills with the public will be invaluable. Angela completed both AVMA required externships here at Orange Grove and joined the staff part-time as Dr. Fairall’s technician in the fall of 2014. When she isn’t caring for Orange Grove AH patients and clients, she stays busy with her husband, three children, and a bevy of pets from dogs, a cat, and many, many reptiles.
A graduate of the University of Arizona’s Veterinary Science program in 2010, Krystal has been a technician here in various capacities since 2005. She became Dr. Jarchow’s full time technician in March of 2010. Caring for Dr. Jarchow’s clients and patients are only part of her day, she also spends time caring for our hospitalized reptiles and is the acting supervisor on the weekends. Outside of work, a very active and adorable son and three pugs, Daytona, Talladega, and Pocono, keep her and her husband on their toes.
A graduate from Veterinary Assistant Program at Carrington College in March of 2014. She successfully completed a post-studies internship here at Orange Grove and was immediately hired as Dr. Merker’s exotic technician. When she isn’t taking care of exotic pets at work, she spends time with her boyfriend, two birds, box turtle, chameleon, her cat, Mo and the family’s newest member A Dog Named Sue.
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Linda Jarchow, Supervisor
Often the first face greeting our clients and patients in the mornings, Linda joined Orange Grove in 1994 when we were still at the Oracle location. As our receptionist supervisor, she is active in managing the schedule for all four doctors as well as assisting Carrie with client relations and day to day running of the record keeping end of the clinic.
Angela has been with Orange Grove AH since 2008 when she graduated from Pima Medical Institute’s Veterinary Assistant program. Angela was first our day time Kennel Assistant, then was promoted to Veterinary Assistant. For the last few years she has been our day time Receptionist. Skilled in all areas of the hospital, Angela is invaluable in assisting in a variety of positions. When she isn’t juggling phones for us, she keeps busy with her husband, 2 young sons, and teenage daughter. Her family shares their home with 3 dogs, Charlie, Haze, and Zeus.
Katie is the newest member of our receptionist team. Starting in the human Dental Field, Katie is loving having days filled with animals. When she isn’t being the bright face of our afternoon team, she spends her weekends visiting Arizona’s lakes with her dachshunds, Lola and Howley, her pitbull, Ziggie, and her husband. Katie’s newest household member is a desert tortoise hatchling named Squirt.
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Boarding Kennel Staff
Saul & Fern
When your pets board with us, they are cared for our excellent kennel assistant team. Saul and Fern split the day up and are responsible for the day to day care of our boarding animals. Both are graduates from our local veterinary assistant programs and have focused on providing excellent patient care. It is Saul and Fern who spend their time ensuring your pet is kept clean, dry, fed per your instructions, walked, and entertained daily. They are the ones who alert the medical staff immediately when a boarder is behaving unusually. Having Saul and Fern as our dedicated boarding staff ensures your pet is cared for to the standards all animals receive in our hospital.