Our Veterinarians and Support Staff
Animal Medical Center of Deer Valley has been providing exceptional healthcare for the northwest Phoenix area's pets since June, 2001. Being one of the only family owned and operated practices in our area, we take great pride in our excellent patient care and personalized client service! We are voluntarily accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association; being among only about 12% of American and Canadian practices who are. We are continuously striving for excellence and achievement in our field. Known for our compassionate care, from handling the smallest of kittens to the frailest of elderly patients, our highly trained and experienced staff of Veterinarians and Technicians stand out from the rest. We love what we do, and it shows. We take your pet's health seriously, and consider it an honor and a privilege to care for them. Call us to schedule an appointment, or to ask any questions you might have about our practice. We look forward to hearing from you!
Michael A. Lee
Dr Lee is the Owner and Medical Director of the Animal Medical Center of Deer Valley. Dr Lee is originally from Connecticut but has enjoyed living in AZ since 1995. In 1987 Dr Lee received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Biology. He then continued his studies at Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine, where he was able to combine his lifelong love of the sciences with that of animals, graduating with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1993. After he completed an intensive internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Dr Lee made his way back out west. He worked at two private practices as an associate before he decided to open Animal Medical Center of Deer Valley in June 2001.
Dr Lee's areas of special interest are internal medicine, endocrinology, ultrasound and dermatology but he enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery. In his spare time Dr Lee enjoys spending time with his wife and their pets, hiking, camping, playing guitar (be sure to catch our next Yappy Hour!), and collecting antique New England bottles and flasks.
Derek W. Bower
Dr. Bower is an Arizona native, growing up in North Phoenix. He went to the University of Arizona for his undergraduate degree where he majored in Microbiology. He then went on to Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. He completed a Small Animal Medical and Surgical internship at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 before coming back to the valley.
Dr. Bower has been working in the valley for several years as an associate veterinarian prior to joining the team in February 2015. He is dedicated to compassionate and complete patient care along with excellent communication with our clients. His areas of special interest are internal medicine, dentistry, radiology, ultrasound, and pain management but he enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery. In his spare time he likes to get up to the mountains for flyfishing the lakes and streams in search of trout. He has setup numerous freshwater aquariums for planted tanks and freshwater shrimp but now his new interest is his saltwater reef and the many different types of corals that he grows. He also enjoys gardening, playing soccer, and spending time with his wife and two sons along with his fun loving dogs Isaac and Hamilton.
Lisa M. Lannen
Dr. Lannen joined our team in October 2019 and has been a great addition to our team! Not only does she bring Acupuncture to our practice, but also years of medical and surgical experience. Dr. Lannen has worked at several small animal practices in the valley and right before joining our team she was working in the Second Chance Hospital at the Arizona Humane Society. She was in several of their Animal Cops videos!
Dr. Lannen grew up in Northern California where she graduated high school and started her college career. She then moved to Montana where she finished her ungrad studies at Montana State University. Then she went on to Colorado State University of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.
Dr Lannen enjoys spending time with her husband, Scott Lannen who is the Department Chair of Chemisty at Sandra Day O'Connor High School, and their 3 daughters as well as their extended family of rescue dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and backyard chickens. She also loves to hike and enjoy the beautiful desert we all call home.
Practice Manager, Owner
Lynnette is our Practice Manager. She manages all administrative aspects of the business including marketing, human resources, client service, supplies/inventory, community outreach, and accounting. Lynnette is originally from Nebraska, but has lived in the valley since 1994. In June 2001, Dr Lee and Lynnette opened Animal Medical Center of Deer Valley together. Prior to the veterinary world, Lynnette had a career in the travel and hotel industry in sales/marketing for hotels and tour companies. She honed her skills in marketing as well as customer service there. She always loved animals and has truly fallen in love with the veterinary industry, enjoying all aspects of her role here. She is proud of our excellent and dynamic team! In her spare time she enjoys spending time with Dr Lee and their many pets, traveling, her continued study of the Spanish language, trying out new recipes and reading.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Lisa joined our team as a Veterinary Technician in March 2010. She is originally from Minnesota, but moved to Anthem with her family in 2005. Lisa takes great pride in her patient care as well as client service. She is kind hearted and outgoing, and can always be counted on to provide compassionate, loving care to our patients. In her free time, Lisa enjoy spending time with her family which includes her husband, two daughters, her son, her dog Mia and her 3 cats Albert, Jinx and Simon. She and her husband are big Coyotes hockey fans and go to as many games as they can!
Veterinary Assistant/Client Care Representative
Becky has been with our practice since May 2011. She has been a veterinary asssitant for many years, and brings experience and competence in spades to our practice. She prides herself on her excellent patient care, and makes sure that our patients are comfortable and happy while in our care. Becky and her husband, a teacher and coach, recently became first time parents! Becky thoroughly enjoys her time being mom to her daughter. Their cat Tyson is also a special part of their family ( be sure to ask her about his dramatic entry into their lives). Becky and her husband love hiking, sporting events and entertaining at their new home. Since Becky joined our team she and her husband have added two little ones to their family, a daughter and a son.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Abbey joined our team in 2017. Abbey is originally from Michigan but has lived in the valley for about 15 years. Abbey has a degree in Veterinary Technology from Macomb Community College. She brings years of experience, a great attitude, great client service and lots of love for our patients. She has been an excellent addition to our team. Abbey enjoys spending time with her friends and family and her new puppy Gemma.
Veterinary Assistant/Client Care Representative
Amanda joined our team in April 2018. She had recently moved to the valley from the greater Chicago area. In Chicago, Amanda was a front office supervisor at a large , multi-doctor practice. Amanda had been with them since she was in high school and started out as a kennel attendent, then an assistant, a technician and ultimately a supervisor. She enjoys getting to know all of our clients, and asssiting them with all of their pet's health care needs here. In her spare time she loves arts and crafts and spending time with her new Doberman puppy!