About South Mesa

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South Mesa Veterinary Hospital

An Arizona native, Dr. Greg Burns attended Arizona State University and graduated Cum Laude in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology. Following his undergraduate studies, he was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1996.

Dr. Burns entered private practice in Phoenix, Arizona and received special training in canine reproduction at an International Canine Genetics certified facility. He returned to Colorado in 2000 to offer reproductive services at South Mesa Veterinary Hospital. At South Mesa, he established an international canine semen freezing and storage facility. In 2005, Dr. Burns was accepted into the mentorship program through the American College of Theriogenologists. Also in 2005, he was called on to assist teaching Theriogenology (animal reproduction) to veterinary students at Colorado State University, which he continues today. In 2006, he worked with XY Inc. in a joint research effort to sort canine semen resulting in the worlds first canine offspring born using sorted semen. This project was subsequently presented to the International Embryo Transfer Society in December 2007.

Dr. Burns received Diplomate status in the American College of Theriogenologists in 2009, making him a veterinary specialist in animal reproduction of all species. His special areas of interest include canine dystocia and advanced reproductive technologies.

When not spending time with his twins, (Alex and Hannah), Dr. Burns enjoys golf, biking and hiking.

A native of Fort Collins, Dr. Jana Dean graduated from Colorado State University in 1992 with a Bachelors Degree in Biology. She went on to receive her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1996 from C.S.U.

She practiced in Scottsdale, Arizona for four years before returning to Fort Collins with her husband and partner at South Mesa, Dr. Greg Burns. Their family expanded in 2003 with the birth of their twins, Alex and Hannah. Since that time, she has focused on practice management at South Mesa.

Her professional interests include feline medicine and endocrinology, and practice management. Her hobbies include spending time with her family and enjoying all forms of outdoor recreation, including golfing, biking, and gardening.

An Associate Veterinarian and Board Certified Dentist at South Mesa Veterinary hospital since 2006, Dr. Naomi Hoyer’s relationship with the hospital actually extends back to 1997 when, fresh from graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Mount Holyoke College, she worked for the hospital as a technician, a receptionist and a kennel worker. Originally from the Aurora area, Dr. Hoyer earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Studies at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and then moved to Sacramento, California where she worked as a horse, dog and cat veterinarian. In 2005, her range of care expanded to small animals, and her professional interests now include dentistry and oral surgery.

She has 3 dogs and 2 cats, and married with 2 kids.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Dr. Plaza has lived in Colorado for 28 years. She graduated from Duke University in 1978 with degrees in Zoology in Physiological Psychology. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1996 with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She has practiced in several small animal practices in Northern Colorado and at the Animal Cancer Center at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

She has been employed at South Mesa since 2008. As South Mesa, Dr. Plaza strives to provide the most comprehensive and compassionate care for her patients. Her goal is to offer the most appropriate and innovative treatment plan with input from the patient’s family.

Dr. Plaza is committed to enhancing her education and is pursuing board certification in small animal practice. She has a special interest in internal medicine and oncology as well as puppy and senior care.

Dr. Plaza has adult, twin sons. Her person interests revolve around physical fitness: running and hiking. She enjoys nature photography, gardening, music, and travel. She enjoys her outdoor activities with her Golden Retriever mix, lively Welsh Springer Spaniel, and home buddy, a Maine Coon Cat.

Dr. Singleton is a 2008 graduate from Colorado State University’s Veterinary School, where she also received her Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology in 2004. Prior to veterinary school, she practiced as a Certified Veterinary Technician for 19 years at numerous practices in Virginia, Massachusetts and Colorado, several of which specialized in exotics and wildlife. She has had a long, close relationship with South Mesa, having worked here as a vet tech, receptionist and kennel assistant for eight years before and during veterinary school. Upon graduation from vet school, she worked as a general practitioner in Brighton and Wellington, and then happily returned to South Mesa in March 2011.

Dr. Singleton’s professional interests include internal medicine, pain management, geriatrics, hospice care, and behavioral concerns.

Dr. Singleton has two little boys, therefore reducing her free time, but when she does she loves to ski, visit the ocean, make movies, and listen to music.

Dr. Alice grew up in the mountains of North Carolina on a small farm and then studied biology and sustainable agriculture at Warren Wilson College near Asheville, NC.  She then completed her veterinary degree at North Carolina State University.  As a veterinarian, she very quickly began to realize that she did not have all of the answers with the training she had received.  Being a health and fitness enthusiast herself and being the type to want to help her patients reach their highest possible level of health and performance, Dr. Alice began pursuing complementary and alternative medicine techniques to discover new ways to further enrich the lives of her patients and the joy of their human companions.

Dr. Alice is certified in Animal Chiropractic through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and did her studies through Parker University in Dallas, Texas.  She is also a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and studied the Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine techniques and Animal Acupuncture through Dr. Shen Xie and the faculty of the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine in Florida.

When Dr. Alice is not working hard to improve the lives of her patients and the happiness of their humans, you will find her riding her endurance horses, herding sheep with her dogs, rock climbing with her husband, running, and practicing yoga.

Dr. Z was born and raised in North Carolina. She was a UNC Tarheel for her bachelor’s degree, then obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at North Carolina State University in 2007. She worked in a small animal practice on the islands off the coast of North Carolina after graduation, then followed her husband home to Colorado in 2009.

Dr. Z’s passion lies in dog behavior and training. A healthy pet mind leads to a healthier pet body, as well as a strong human-animal bond. Dr. Z is a Fear Free Certified Professional, and strives to create happy, stress free visits with every patient she sees.

In her spare time, Dr. Z loves to spend time with her husband, daughter, and Australian Shepherd, Huckleberry. They all love the outdoors, including their backyard chickens and weekend fishing trips.

Dr. Debra Davison was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her undergraduate degrees at California State University Chico in Economics and History. She has lived in Colorado for the past 15 years. She is a 2008 graduate from Colorado State University’s Veterinary School where she also received her Master’s in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2007.

Her masters focused on stem cell research and its application in cancer treatment. She entered private practice working in Longmont, CO. She then joined South Mesa in January of 2014 to do both general practice and to help with reproduction services. While she enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine she is drawn to reproduction, surgery, oncology and internal medicine.

Dr. Davison lives in Fort Collins with her husband, child, three dogs and two gerbils.

Dr. Ayazi was born and raised in southern California. She knew that she wanted to be an “animal doctor” since she was 5. She moved to Colorado in pursuit of attending veterinary school and obtained a Bachelor’s in Biological Science, Master’s in Toxicology, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. Dr. Ayazi has a really strong love for dogs and is passionate about being a general practitioner. As a general practioner, she loves that everyday she has the opportunity to build long lasting relationships with both her patients and their owners.

In her free time Dr. Ayazi enjoys all the outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer, especially those that she can share with her dog Kodiak.


These team members have the important job of making sure that our clients are taken care of, whether it is scheduling an appointment, making reminder calls, assisting with food and prescription orders, or handling any concerns or questions that clients may have. These staff members take great pride in providing excellent service and care to our clients and their pets.

Certified Veterinary Technicians
At South Mesa, we have several Certified Technicians on staff, most of whom have worked in the field for over ten years. They have achieved certification through intense education and training with continued education throughout their careers. They are responsible for all aspects of patient care, including anesthesia monitoring and recovery, treatment of hospitalized patients, performing laboratory tests, taking x-rays, and assisting doctors with exams and procedures. These technicians are an integral part of our team, and their skills allow our doctors to practice the highest quality of medicine.

Veterinary Assistants
These team members are a diverse group of people who have the common bond of a love for animals and a desire to work in the veterinary field. At South Mesa, our veterinary and technician assistants are responsible for assisting with animal handling, walking and feeding hospitalized pets, maintaining equipment, and helping other team members wherever they are needed. We truly value these staff members for their compassion and dedication to animals.