Meet the Team

Meet the Team


Dr. Kayomee  Daroowalla, DVM photo

Dr. Kayomee Daroowalla, DVM

Dr. Daroowalla was born and raised in Bombay, India, where she lived until she was 14 years old. She decided to become a veterinarian at a very young age. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1999 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. All patients are treated with kindness and compassion. Her philosophy of integrating holistic and conventional medicine provides the animals with a level of treatment that surpasses using either one alone. Her commitment to helping the strays is self-evident in the numerous hours and expenses she donates to their care. Her own menagerie, all rescued animals, includes three dogs, three cats, and two senior horses. She is passionate about scuba diving and her other hobbies include camping, playing Scrabble, gardening, and reading.

Dr. Jennifer Ebarb, DVM photo

Dr. Jennifer Ebarb, DVM

Dr. Ebarb was raised in Tucson and attended the University of Arizona, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science. To further pursue her dream, she moved to St. Kitts, located in the Leeward Islands, to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. After spending 2 and 1/2 years enjoying the island and it’s beauty, she attended the University of Florida to complete her clinical training and graduated in 2016. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Ebarb moved to Houston, TX to begin her career in small animal medicine. She recently moved back to Tucson to be closer to family and join the team at Benarda.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Ebarb enjoys spending time with her family and two cats (Lily Grace and Mabel Mae). She also enjoys outdoor adventures, camping, lake trips, scrapbooking, tennis and traveling.

Hospital Staff

Stephanie  photo


Stephanie started working at Benarda in 2001. She is the first person that will greet you in the lobby and on the phone. She wears many hats at the clinic and she is the person that can help you with whatever you need. She has a soft spot for rescuing animals in need and that is why she has four cats and five dogs. In her free time she likes to spend time with her kids, read, walk and she is currently pursuing a degree in psychology.

Terry  photo


Terry started working at Benarda in 2001. She displays immense compassion for animals that is very apparent in her actions at all times. She is also a passionate and talented artist who creates dazzling oil paintings which are mostly of animals. She has an extra soft spot in her heart for kittens and pit bulls. She is also an avid cyclist and lives with her husband Jeff. They have a dog Ambrose and a kitty named Ludwig (yes, she likes classical music too).

Melinda  photo


Melinda joined the Benarda team in 2004. She lives with a variety of animals including a bunch of cats, a flock of chickens and a husband named Misha. Melinda enjoys vegetarian cooking, baking, arts & crafts and gardening. In addition, she is passionate about veterinary science and animal rescue. In the future, she hopes to become a certified feline behaviorist and is always happy to lend insight when asked, "Why does my cat do that?"

Celina  photo


Known for her sweet smile, Celina has worked at Benarda since 2005. She lives with her husband Frankie and has two beautiful little girls ages six and one year. She has two rescue cats named CC and Chippie and a Chihuahua named Buster. She is a pre-vet student at the U of A and is passionate about animals of all kinds, especially horses. In her spare time she likes horseback riding, camping and spending time with family.

Karina  photo


One of the sweetest and quietest members of the Benarda team, Karina's gentle touch and easygoing nature make her a real treasure to work with for both clients and pets. She joined the Benarda family in 2012. She has one dog that she rescued from animal control and various rescue cats. In her spare time she enjoys reading, scuba diving, anime and hanging out with her family.

Brittany  photo


Brittany joined our team in 2015 and has radiated positivity and kindness throughout our clinic. She does tremendous amounts of rescue work and continues to volunteer at Hope Animal Shelter. She has four dogs and three cats of her own. In her free time she enjoys crocheting and spending time with her family and friends.

Aynsley  photo


Aynsley brings a new perspective to Benarda. She taught elementary school in Tucson for 9 years and recently joined our team as our practice manager. She and her husband have 2 Mexican rescue dogs named Mushroom and Visa at home. She loves scuba diving and enjoys teaching Zumba.

Michelle  photo


Michelle is the mother of three great kids and has lived in Tucson for 4 years. She is our most recent addition and she a compassionate receptionist and a fabulous dancer. She likes to spend time with her family, teaches Zumba and loves being outside.

Madison  photo


Madison is our recent high school graduate. She has worked at Benarda for a year now and most recently added Stewart; one of our rescues to her family (pictured). Stewart joins their bull mastiff Rocky (6 years) at home and her bearded dragon Rex.

Olivea  photo


Olivia is a recent high school graduate and is beginning her freshman year at the University of Arizona as an animal sciences major. She loves all of her rescued animals, just like her mom Stephanie.

Sarah  photo


Sarah joined Benarda 2 years ago and has a love for all animals. She has 3 bearded dragons, three cats, three dogs, a dozen fish, two rabbits and a red tail boa. She has 2 great kids and yes...they still ride ?

Melissa  photo


Melissa has been part of the Benarda family for over a year and has worked in the veterinary field for 5. She loves being a mom!! She has 2 dogs and 3 wonderful children with whom she spends any free time she has. She loves being outdoors, movies and is a self-proclaimed “foodie”.

Monica  photo


Monica has worked in the veterinary field since she was 16 years old and she has brought so much skill and good energy to Benarda over the past 12 months!. She is Texas bred but not born and is currently in school to become CVT with an emphasis in emergency medicine. She and her husband Brandon, a proud Air Force gentleman,  are fur parents to Saphira, Jarvis, Karn, Sherwood and Tumble and love to be outside or working on various DIY projects at home. 

Benarda Veterinary Hospital

3002 N Country Club Rd.

Tucson, AZ 85716-5303

For general information, questions, appointment requests, call us at:

Phone: (520) 325-2997
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Monday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Tuesday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Wednesday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday 8:00am - 3:00pm

Sunday Closed