Our Mission

Cave Creek Equine Surgical & Imaging Center (CCESIC) is a specialty equine hospital located near Cave Creek and Carefree, on Carefree Highway in North Phoenix, Arizona. The hospital was opened in 2002 by Dr. Ross Rich who has focused on providing high quality care in sports medicine, diagnostics, imaging and surgery for performance-related problems in the young and mature elite equine athlete. Dr. Rich has recently retired from this practice but Lameness evaluation, orthopedic and respiratory diseases as well as Regenerative Medicine remain the primary focus at Cave Creek Equine Surgical & Imaging Center. However, the hospital now also provides ambulatory and in-house services for routine and preventative care as well as treatment for general elective and orthopedic emergency procedures in the horse. CCESIC strives to keep the veterinarians, technicians, office staff and especially our clients (through biannual educational seminars) updated in the most innovative care of the horse from the beloved pet to international competition horse.

Our Doctors

Dr. Martin Vidal Cave Creek Equine

Dr. Martin Vidal

BVSc, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR

Dr. Martin Vidal is double-boarded by the American Colleges of Veterinary Equine Surgery as well as Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is one of the pioneers in the area of stem cell research and its therapeutic application.

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Dr. Elaine Carpenter Cave Creek Equine

Dr. Elaine Carpenter

DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS board Certified Equine Surgeon

Dr. Carpenter came to Cave Creek Equine Surgical Center in February of 2011. She attended veterinary school and LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Dr. Fabio Aristizabal

Dr. Fabio Aristizabal

DVM, MS

Dr. Fabio speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese. His clinical interests include orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, lameness and performance, as well as sports and regenerative medicine.

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Our Staff

Kelly Horton

Kelly Horton

Stacy Bryant

Stacy Bryant

Tammy Zarbock

Tammy Zarbock

Kasey Rynkowski

Rudy Rojo

Rudi Rojo

Beth Mulcahy

Landon Ames

John Mariano

Katie Smith

Katie Smith

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Our Consultants

Dr. Alexia McKnight

Dr. Alexia McKnight

DVM, DACVR, McKnight Insight, LLC
Dr. Clair Thunes

Dr. Clair Thunes

PhD Nutrition, MS Animal Science
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Our Affiliates

Working with and treating the equine athlete requires a team of many disciplines. Therefore Cave Creek Equine and Surgical and Imaging Center is constantly looking for motivated affiliates that can help our veterinary staff provide quality treatment to our patients.

Mark and Velvet Allen

Mark and Velvet Allen

Certified Equine Dentist
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