Dr. Diego Fernando Florez


Dr. Diego Fernando Florez was born in Colombia, South America, in his young years he traveled with his father and visited many farms and he became very familiar with cattle and horses. He pursued his love for animals and decided to go to veterinary school as his uncle did previously. Dr. Florez graduated from the University of Caldas in 1994 and then practiced large animal medicine in Colombia for many dairy and beef farms. He later moved to New York City and started to learn about small animals and decided to take the National Veterinary Boards and obtained his license in Veterinary Medicine.

He entered Purdue University in 1997 to obtain his ECFVG certificate as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1998. After completing his studies, he had the opportunity to work at different types of practices from multi-doctor to emergency clinics in New York and Phoenix.

Dr. Florez always wanted to own his own practice, and he had the opportunity to reach that goal when the previous owner of Aztec Animal Hospital offered him to buy his practice. Now Dr. Florez has been at Aztec Animal Hospital since July 2001. In November 2015 he was given the opportunity to purchase Quartz Mountain Animal Hospital and became the proud owner of a second practice.

Dr. Florez is happily married to his wife, Crista, and enjoys being a father to his 2 kids, twins, Sophia and Lucas. He enjoys hiking, mountain biking, golfing, polo, traveling and pretty much anything outdoors. He enjoys the company of his Chihuahuas; Pola and Chapulin; and his family and friends.

Dr. Signe Plunkett

Dr. Plunkett has over 25 years of emergency & critical care experience here in the Valley. She is the nationally recognized author of the textbook, Emergency Procedures for the Small Animal Veterinarian (3rd Edition) and has been published in several veterinary periodicals and journals. Born in Michigan, Dr. Plunkett moved and grew up in Phoenix, AZ. She graduated from Greenway High School, attended Glendale Community College and Arizona State University. She graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She enjoys membership with several veterinary associations including AVMA, AzVMA, VECCS, and Society of Critical Care Medicine. Her professional interests include general practice, geriatric care, critical care, toxicology, and transfusion medicine. We are pleased to have her expertise and experience added to our team.


Sydney is a recent graduate of Carrington College. She’s been learning a ton with us and we are very proud of the caring, efficient, and passionate assistant she is. Sydney has a lab cross who is the light of her life. She’s recently come to Arizona but grew up on a farm in New Mexico. While on the farm, she was surrounded by chickens, cattle, dogs, a parrot and a pony. Her smile and good cheer liven up the hospital. We’re very proud to have Sydney as part of our team here at Quartz Mountain Animal Hospital.


Meg’s background is in Assistance Dog Training in the non-profit world. She has trained and cared for many dogs for service work. She is our new receptionist and is eager to learn all aspects of the field. She is married and shares her home with 3 dogs and 2 cats.