About Us


ChristensenfamilyEdited2014Dr. James V. Christensen

Dr. Christensen was born and raised in Arizona. He currently resides in Mesa with his wife, Emily, and their four lively fillies (daughters), Elizabeth, Lauren, Rebecca and Susanna.

After graduating from Arizona State University in 1999, Dr. Christensen attended veterinary school at Colorado State University where he was classmates with Dr. Robert Cooper. He graduated from CSU in 2003 and began practicing at East Valley Equine. At the state veterinary convention in 2007, Dr. Christensen was awarded the “Young Practitioner of the Year” award by his colleagues.

When not working with horses, Dr. Christensen and his family enjoy camping, fishing, skiing, and BIG bowls of ice cream.

Coopers2014Dr. Robert A. Cooper

Dr. Cooper grew up in Gilbert, Arizona. He attended Arizona State University for his pre-veterinary education and then graduated from Colorado State University′s college of veterinary medicine with Dr. James Christensen in 2003. After graduation, Dr. Cooper practiced at Durango Equine Veterinary Hospital in Buckeye, Arizona until he joined East Valley Equine Practice in June of 2006.

His main interests in practice include lameness and gastrointestinal disorders. At the state veterinary convention in May 2006, Dr. Cooper was awarded the “Young Practitioner of the Year” award by his colleagues.

Dr. Cooper loves spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and their 6 beautiful daughters, Katie, Laura, Alyssa, Kylie, Hailey, and Sarah. He also enjoys any outdoor activities, especially coaching and playing sports with his daughters. He and his family are active in their community and church.

HufnagelDr. Michael Hufnagel (Retired)

Dr. Hufnagel was born and raised in Colorado. He completed his pre-veterinary education at University of Colorado and then attended Colorado State University’s college of veterinary medicine. In 1970, Dr. Hufnagel graduated from CSU and moved to Missouri where he practiced for one year before moving to Arizona. In 1976, Dr. Hufnagel started East Valley Equine Practice in Mesa, AZ. He practiced there for 32 years before retiring in 2008.

Dr. Hufnagel and his wife, Linda, still reside in Mesa, AZ. Their first son, Dr. Ben Hufnagel, worked with Dr. Mike Hufnagel for 10 years before he and his wife, Noelle, and their children decided to escape the heat and moved to Colorado. Their second son, Dr. David Hufnagel, and his wife and children currently reside in Oregon. Mike and Linda enjoy traveling to visit their children and grandchildren. They also enjoy reading, biking, hiking, and theater.



Laura Cooper, Office Manager

Laura was born in Mesa, Arizona and currently lives in Gilbert. Laura joined the East Valley Equine team in August of 2016. She absolutely loves the business and practice of the medical field along with all of our wonderful clients! Outside of work, Laura loves spending time with her horse, sports, music and traveling!

Amorette Letner, Veterinary Assistant

Amorette currently lives in Queen Creek, Arizona. She graduated from EVIT in 2017 with her Certified Veterinary Assistant Certification- while even making it into the National Technical Honors Society. Amorette has always had a love of animals. Along with veterinary work, she enjoys horseback riding, hunting, and going to the beach!

Wanette Wilson, Veterinary Assistant

Wanette has had the privilege of being around horses her whole life- while even being a former Miss Arizona High School Rodeo Association Queen! Not only having a passion for music and singing, Wanette also teaches classes on Monte Foreman Horse Handling Science to people of all ages! She participates in many competitions. Her most recent being The 2016 Extreme Mustang Makeover where she and her gelding placed in the top ten finals!  Wanette is so excited to be a part of the East Valley Equine team!

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