About Us: Specialty Doctors
Ashlee Andrews, DVM
Dr. Ashlee Andrews was born and raised here in Albuquerque. In 2001 she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico. In 2005 she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. She joined the Albuquerque Animal Emergency Clinic in 2005 before moving abroad in 2006. She has worked in large animal practice and also worked at the Calgary Animal Referral and Emergency Centre before returning to Albuquerque in 2011. Her professional interests include end of life care for pets, veterinary care for service animals and the human/animal bond. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband, five kids, three dogs and two cats.
Joanna Dombeck, DVM
Dr. Joanna Dombeck joined our group July 26, 2010 as our day-time emergency veterinarian. Dr. Dombeck comes to us from MedVet Memphis Veterinary Specialists, Cordova, TN, where she successfully completed an internship in small animal internal medicine. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin in 2008 followed by an internship in small animal at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida, Cooper City, FL.
Jenn Lepp, DVM
Dr. Jenn Lepp joined Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center of New Mexico in July of 2009 as one of our emergency doctors. Prior to making her home New Mexico, she lived in Massachusetts and devoted herself to the Cape Animal Referral & Emergency Center. Dr. Lepp earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 2001 from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin and in 2006, she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, Massachusetts. She also completed an emergency and critical care internship at the New England Animal Medical Center in 2007. Dr. Lepp has worked in wildlife rehabilitation and hopes to one day be able to divide her time between emergency medicine and wildlife rehab. She currently lives with her husband, two cats, and a dog she adopted after moving to Albuquerque.
Brent Megarry, DVM
Dr. Megarry is a native of Minnesota. He attended the University of Arizona and the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1987. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. He practiced small animal, equine, surgery, and production medicine until the year 2000 when he dedicated himself exclusively to small animal emergency medicine and surgery. In 2002, Dr. Megarry joined Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Centers in Albuquerque as an emergency veterinarian. When not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Megarry can be found riding his horses, traveling, or skiing.
Colleen Nault, DVM
Dr. Nault earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree from Louisiana State University in 1995. Since then she has practiced in North Dakota, Vermont, Minnesota, and Oregon before eventually settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been one of our emergency veterinarians at the Albuquerque Animal Emergency Clinic location since 2008. Dr. Nault is an outdoors enthusiast. While not practicing medicine, she can be found either mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, or involved in whatever sport intrigues her at the moment. She also enjoys spending time with her two dogs, her parrot, and her cat.
Stacey Sonnenshein, DVM
Dr. Sonnenshein joined our group July 2010 after completing an Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Ohio State University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 2000 from Cornell University followed by her Master of Science in Anatomy, Physiology, and Neurobiology in 2005 from Colorado State Univeristy. Dr. Sonnenshein received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 from Colorado State University.
Heather Poncelow, DVM
Dr. Heather Poncelow is a New Mexico native who graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2009 from Colorado State University, followed by an internship with focus on critical care at the Emergency Animal Clinic, PLC in Phoenix, AZ. After this she moved to Portland, Oregon and worked at Dove Lewis Animal ER and ICU prior to returning to her home state. Dr. Poncelow is certified in veterinary medical acupuncture, and has special interests in pain management, nutrition in the critically ill patient, and transfusion medicine. She resides in Santa Fe with her husband, 2 dogs and 1 cat. She refers to her pets collectively and lovingly as “the geriatric ward”.
Janet Blair-Wells, DVM