Dr. Melinda Striyle grew up in Kansas City, KS and knew from the age of five that she wanted to work with animals. She got her first job as a kennel assistant right out of high school later earned her DVM from Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. After practicing in Lake Havasu, AZ for several years, Dr. Striyle met her husband and relocated to Phoenix in 1999. She has been working at 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital ever since.

In 2007, she bought the practice and, in her tenure, has guided it through a transformation from a No-Lo practice with a challenging culture to a profitable practice where the team truly enjoys working together. She attributes much of this transformation to her relationship with Blue Heron Consulting. The practice became AAHA accredited in 2009 and became a preceptor hospital for Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017.

Dr. Striyle is a member of Veterinary Management Groups (VMG) and enjoys serving various roles in the group, including their Excomm Chair position of VMG 42. She also is passionate about giving back to the profession by teaching veterinary students at Midwestern in surgery and communications labs, as well as mentoring veterinary students. She also mentors associate veterinarians and support staff at 43rd AAH through one-on-one sessions as well as group learning at their weekly team meetings.

Dr. Striyle married her best friend, Gary, over 20 years ago and together they have one son, Gage and, of course, several pets. In her free time, Dr. Striyle enjoys spending time with her boys traveling, building Lego models and attending school and sports activities. She also is an avid runner and embraces being at the “back of the pack” during races.