DR. KAYOMEE DAROOWALLA
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. LAURA MAILLARD
Dr. Laura Maillard was born and raised in France, and moved to the US in California, at age 11 with her family. In 2004, she and her family moved to Tucson where she fell in love with the Sonoran Desert. Dr. Maillard graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s in Veterinary Science in 2014. She then moved to colder climates to attend veterinary school at Washington State University. While in veterinary school, Dr. Maillard worked with several endangered wildlife species like Bighorn Sheep and Sloth bears. She graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2018 and returned to Tucson where she worked at St Mary’s Animal Clinic for 2 years before joining the Benarda team. Dr. Maillard is excited to be part of such a dedicated group of animal lovers and values a caring team-based approach between pet parents and the veterinary team. She continues to work part-time at the Pinal County Animal Control, helping sick homeless pets in need of veterinary care and love.
Many furred and feathery creatures hold a dear place in her heart, including 3 dogs, 2 cats, 3 goats, many fish, and 14 chickens. Outside of work, Dr Maillard enjoys yoga, traveling, knitting, playing the piano, hiking, and sharing hearty French meals with her family.
DR. JENNIFER EBARB
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.
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?”
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.
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 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.
Ashleigh joined the Benarda team in September of 2020. She is married and has 2 children, 5 year old (Tobias) and 10 year old (Sophia) who she loves spending time without in nature, teaching them about animals and plants! She has 5 dogs (Fievel, Wiley, Ladybird, Pierre, and Lightning) and a lot of fish currently. She loves Emergency Veterinary Medicine, tattoos, snails, thunderstorms, and cooking… And she MUST have her coffee 🙂
Victoria has a passion to be a friend to animals and works with every kind of pet. She is a PMI veterinary Assistant graduate pursuing the vet tech program. She loves playing video games, painting and spending time with her friends and family. Victoria has one dog named Tico, and one hamster named Moomoo
Angelica joined the Benarda team in October of 2020. Her veterinary goals include furthering her education to become a Veterinarian in the future and hopes to run rescue. She has 2 dogs named Piper and Chewy and a kitten named Ivy. She has always wanted to help animals since she was little and is grateful for the opportunities she has gotten to make that possible. In her free time, I like to watch movies, and spend time with my family, and my friends.
Baylee moved to Tucson in 2018 from Willmar, Minnesota. She joined the Benarda family in 2022 and recently graduated with her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. She has a dog named Piper and a cat named Dutchess. She’s always wanted to work with animals since I was young. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with family, watch TV, and travel.
Beth joined the Benarda Team in August of 2021. She is originally from Chicago but lived in the Seattle area for 25 years with her 2 amazing kids, Sierra & Eoin, before moving to Tucson in 2019 with her beloved rescued (heart dog) Piza. After working in human health for over 25 years, she became passionate about pet health, care and advocacy . When she retires, she would like to make her home a place for disabled dogs who would be otherwise unadoptable so that they can live out their best lives.