Our Veterinary Team At Stetson Hills Animal Hospital

Stetson Hills Animal Hospital has some of the best veterinarians in Glendale. Learn more about our vets in Glendale below as you explore their motivations and passions. Make an appointment today for your pet and see why Phoenix pets love us! Call us today at (623) 889-7090 to get started today.

Dr. Ed Cohen


I grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago. As a little kid, I was always fascinated with animals and particularly enjoyed watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom with my family on Sunday nights. One cold, blustery late fall evening, when I was nine years old, I heard a loud crash at the picture window in the front of our house. When I ran up to the window I saw several feathers stuck to it and looked down and saw a beautiful large woodpecker, motionless, on the ground between the house and the bushes. Feeling very sad that the bird was likely dead, I went outside and crawled into the small space where the bird was lying and saw, despite the fading light, that he or she was still breathing. Running back into my house, I found an old shoe box and punctured some holes on the top of the box and lined it with some Kleenex, placed the bird inside and put the box under a lamp in our family room. At least the bird would not freeze to death, I thought to myself. As soon as I woke up that morning I raced over to the box and very carefully cracked open the lid to see the bird looking at me. I ran outside with the box and opened the lid and the bird flew up and away to a nearby tree. That experience immediately filled me with such joy, and a sense of accomplishment, that I knew I wanted to have some job working with animals. During high school I spent several days observing, behind the scenes, at a local veterinary office and knew then I wanted to be a veterinarian.

After graduating from veterinary school, I relocated to Phoenix to escape the Midwestern winters. I am fortunate that my immediate family also lives in the Phoenix area. After practicing in the Moon Valley area of Phoenix for 13 years, I started and operated Anthem Pet Medical Center from 2005-2015 and now my sole focus is dedicated to operating Stetson Hills Animal Hospital. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, exercising and outdoor activities, cooking, and watching football and basketball. My personal pets are Cleo, our Heinz 57; and Maximas, our rescue Doberman. We also have our office cat, Fiona, whom many of you have met.

Dr. Denise Dawson


Dr. Denise Dawson joined our practice in January, 2011. She has practiced in the Phoenix Valley since moving here in 2000 with her husband, a fellow veterinarian. She is a 1999 graduate of Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years. Dr. Dawson spent several years as a full-time doctor in Sun City, but after the birth of their daughter in 2005, she chose to provide part-time and relief services for many different practices in the Valley. Her areas of interest include internal medicine, dentistry, general surgery, and especially feline care. (She has a real soft-spot for the old kitties). Dr. Dawson thoroughly enjoys her patients and teaching owners the finer points of pet care. She feels a well-informed owner results in the best care for their pets so you can count on her to listen and offer detailed advice. Her good-natured disposition and sincerity make her very approachable and we hope you have a chance to meet her the next time you are visiting us!

Dr. Sarah Derksen


A love for animals and helping them inspired Dr. Derksen to become a veterinarian. In middle school, when her own pet became ill, she realized she wanted to learn as much as she could about veterinary medicine. She received her DVM from Colorado State University and pursued continuing education in dental radiography, soft tissue surgery, anesthesia, and emergency medicine. She is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (AZVMA).

Dr. Derksen’s favorite thing about being a vet is being in a position to truly help her patients, bond with them, and watch them grow. She also enjoys spending time with our amazing clients and staff.

Dr. Derksen has a daughter, Ali, and 2 pets: a dog named Skye and a parakeet named Kiwi. Her hobbies include hiking, swimming, spending time with family and friends, and watching movies (her favorite is Tommy Boy).