8300 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, Arizona 85749

Phone : 520-546-8387

Fax : 520-620-3403

Our Vets

Adobe Veterinary Center has some of the most talented & knowledgeable veterinarians in town. They care for each and every one of the pets they treat as well as the clients they serve. Allow us to introduce our star team.



Dr. Lauren Hefton

Large Animal Veterinarian

Dr. Lauren Hefton was born in Australia and lived in Irian Jaya, Indonesia; Reno, Nevada; and Santiago, Chile; before moving to Tucson in 2002. She graduated from Ross University of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinic year at Oklahoma State University. After graduating Dr. Hefton completed a 5 month internship with Durango Equine Veterinary Clinic in Buckeye, AZ. In her free time she enjoys hiking, traveling, riding and spending time with her cat, Bear.

Dr. Hefton’s special interests include theriogenology, internal medicine, and preventative care.



Dr. Elizabeth Dooley

Small Animal Veterinarian

Dr. Elizabeth Dooley was born in New Jersey and raised in Tucson, AZ. She attended the University of Arizona and received her Bachelors of Science in Veterinary Science and Natural Resources. Dr. Dooley attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at Iowa State University. After graduating from Vet School she spent some time working as a Emergency Veterinarian. Dr. Dooley has a 10 year old lab named Bela, a quarter horse name Sister and two blinds cats named Finnegan and Ophelia. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, trail riding with her horse, hiking and traveling.

Her professional interests include internal medicine, preventative care, client education and One Health.

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Dr. Christine Staten

Large Animal Veterinarian
Dr. Christine Staten is a native of Tucson, and after an earlier career as an OB-GYN technician, attended and graduated from Colorado State University, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.

Dr. Staten joined Dr. Page in 1999 as a part of Tortolita Veterinary Services, a large animal ambulatory practice. In 2005, together, they built a new mixed-animal clinic on the eastside of Tucson, Adobe Veterinary Center. She is an active member of Southern Arizona Animal Cruelty Task Force.

Dr. Staten is married with 5 children, ages ranging from Kindergarten to College. Although she enjoys all aspects of large animal medicine, she has a particular passion for endocrine disease, dentistry, reproduction, and preventative medicine. She prioritizes owner education, and believes it leads to healthier medicine.

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Dr. Carli Grimbleby

Large Animal Veterinarian
Dr. Grimbleby grew up in the agriculturally rich Central Valley of California. It was here that she started riding and showing on the English Hunter/Jumper circuit. Later, she attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA and received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. While in undergrad Dr. Grimbleby worked with both horses and livestock and pursued her love of traveling by studying abroad in Spain.

Dr. Grimbleby attended vet school at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. While in school she had the privilege of being on rotations all over the country working with both horses and livestock. One of her rotations was in Italy, working with horses running in the Il Palio horse race in historic Siena, Italy.

Animals have always been an important part of her life. Dr. Grimbleby has a horse named Pik Aree, a dog named Bailey, and a tortoise named Mr. T. She is always up for an adventure, but loves spending time with family and friends as well. She enjoys traveling both in the U.S. and abroad. In her free time she enjoys hiking, playing with her dog, riding her horse, and spending time with her adorable niece and nephew. Her parents and an older and younger brother still live in the Central Valley with their families.

Dr. Grimbleby’s professional interests include surgery, equine reproduction, internal medicine and client education.

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Dr. Claire Hans

Small Animal Veterinarian
Dr. Claire Hans grew up in the Midwest, raised along with her three brothers, one sister, and various Boxers.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from University of Wisconsin-Madison and gained experience with animals as a veterinary assistant, milking dairy cows, in research, and with wildlife rehabilitation.

Dr. Hans graduated from the University of Wisconsin’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She moved to Tucson the summer after graduation and joined Adobe Veterinary Center. She looks forward to enjoying sunny Arizona with her husband, Joel, their dog, Pretzel, and their cat, Apricot. She is most excited about being able to run outdoors year-round and hiking in the nearby national parks.

Dr. Hans’ professional interests include dermatology, dentistry, gastrointestinal medicine, and ophthalmology.

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Dr. Abby Don

Small Animal Veterinarian

Dr. Abby Don is a native to Tucson. As an undergrad she attended the University of California at Davis and majored in Animal Biology. In order to broaden her experiences, she spent a summer in Belize working with livestock and exotic wildlife. After that experience, Dr. Don decided to study Veterinary Medicine and graduated from Colorado State University. After veterinary school she returned to Tucson and completed an internship at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson before joining us here at Adobe. Her professional interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and end-of-life care.

In Dr. Don’s free time, she enjoys hiking with her Vizsla named Pippa as well as traveling. One of her favorite traveling experiences was a Sound of Music bike tour in Salzburg, Austria. “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…,” these are a few of her favorite things!

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Dr. Barbara Page

Retired Founding Partner
Dr. Barbara Page was born in Michigan, but moved to Tucson in 1954. She graduated from the University of Arizona College of Agriculture in 1975, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Health Science, with High Distinction. In 1979, she graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine, where she was a member of Phi Zeta Veterinary Honorary and in the top 10% of her class.

Within a few years following graduation, she began her own practice, Tortolita Veterinary Services, and is now the founder and corporate owner of Adobe Veterinary Center. She served on the Arizona Veterinary Medical Examining Board from 2005-2010, attending monthly meetings reviewing veterinary cases. She is also the primary veterinarian for mammals at the Arizona Sonoran Desert museum, where she provides medical attention to the variety of native animals who reside in the zoological gardens.

Over the years, Dr. Page has been adopted by several species of animal – French bulldogs, horses (minis to drafts!), goats, llamas, and pot-bellied pigs, just to name a few. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, attending a good movie, camping, and water-skiing at the lake with her family.