Meet Reata

Michael W. Conaway, DVM

Chief Medical Officer
An experienced equine veterinarian, Dr. Conaway has been caring for Southern Arizona horses since 1978. He grew up with horses in Scottsdale, Arizona and decided to become an equine veterinarian at an early age. Dr. Conaway received both a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Animal Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Science with honors from Washington State University. He stayed at Washington State University to receive his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine with honors in 1978.

Returning to Arizona, he and his wife settled in a small house near the University of Arizona and founded Reata Equine. Dr. Conaway and Barbara have resided in Tucson since. They have two children; their oldest, Jessica, is an attorney in Seattle and their youngest, John, recently obtained his MBA and lives in Seattle also.

Dr. Conaway’s special interests include equine foot problems, equine reproduction, infertility problems, lameness, and laminitis.

Dr. Conaway strongly believes in the importance of education. He taught equine science for many years at Pima Community College, writes health care articles published on the blog here, attends veterinary conferences regularly, mentors recent veterinary graduates through Reata’s internship program and gives educational seminars to local horse owners throughout the year.

Ann M. Pearson, DVM

Dr. Ann Pearson joined the Reata Equine Veterinary Group in August of 2007. She received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University in 1989 and holds a Masters Degree in Animal Science and Nutrition. While at Purdue, she received the prestigious Large Animal Medicine and Surgery Award, presented to the student showing the most promise in large animal practice. Dr. Pearson has been practicing in Southern Arizona since 1999. Prior to coming to Tucson, she worked in both small and large animal veterinary medicine, including an equine practice in Lexington, Kentucky.

Dr. Pearson has a special interest in equine acupuncture, equine dentistry, oral surgery and emergency medicine. On the personal side, she is an avid horsewoman. She enjoys riding dressage and is a member of the Tucson Dressage Society. Dr. Pearson and her three boys live on the east side of Tucson.

Jonathan Henrichs, DVM

Dr. Jonathan Henrichs first joined the Reata family in January of 2017. After two years working as an assistant in the practice, he moved away for four years to attend Washington State University, where he earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine with honors in 2022. Dr. Henrichs is originally from Michigan where he grew up surrounded by a wide variety of animals from a young age. Before he first joined Reata, Dr. Henrichs earned his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in 2011. Afterward, he spent the following five years working as a draft horse farmer, wrangler, and horse trainer on ranches and farms across the United States. During vet school, he took advantage of opportunities to work in the University's emergency equine surgery service, care for working horses and mules in the Andes mountains of Peru, and research the safety of equine pain medications. He enjoys all aspects of equine practice and is an active member of the Southern Arizona Equine Health Symposium. He lives outside Vail with his wife, Danielle, and their family.

Charlene, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician/Operations Manager
Charlene is a Tucson native and has been with Reata Equine as a veterinary technician since 1992. In 1997 she moved to Rifle, CO and attended Colorado Mountain College earning her Veterinary Technology Degree. After graduation, she returned to Reata Equine as a certified veterinary technician and has loved every minute of it. She is head technician and is the person that makes sure everything gets done.

Brenda, CVT, VTS

Hospital Administrator
Brenda earned her AS and BS degrees in Veterinary Technology from San Juan College and St. Petersburg College. She is a credentialed technician with a specialty in neurology and over 30 years of experience in the veterinary field. She has been the practice manager for both small animal general practices and large specialty/emergency practices. She is originally from Texas and has lived in Tucson, Northern California, and South Florida over the years; she was very excited to move back to Tucson and join Reata in 2022. She is also an instructor for the Veterinary Technology Long Distance Learning Program with San Juan College. Brenda is currently owned by two cats, Menace, a sleek black “panther,” and Mystral, a little tuxedo kitty with 23 toes!

Earl, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician
After 25 years building houses, Earl made a drastic career change. In 2014 Earl received his veterinary technician degree, and became a Certified Veterinary Technician. Even though he has no horses of his own, he cannot escape the equine bug. Both his parents were on the professional rodeo circuit, and his father was an equine surgeon. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and their dozen or so dogs.

Sara, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician
Sara was born and raised in southern Arizona. She graduated from the Pima Community College Veterinary Technician Program with Honors in 2022 and became a Certified Veterinary Technician. She has been working in a small animal practice for seven years and is excited to work in a mixed animal practice. At home, she has two cats, two dogs, two turtles, and two beautiful daughters. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, working on cars with her husband, and traveling.


Client Services Coordinator
Danielle is originally from Devon, England, but permanently relocated to the United States five years ago and became a US citizen in November of 2021. Prior to working at Reata, Danielle worked as a patient services coordinator for the large animal department at the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Her four years at WSU gave Danielle extensive insight into the veterinary world and the experience needed to coordinate the day-to-day operations of a veterinary hospital.

Briana, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician
Briana was born and raised in Tucson and grew up with horses and goats. After attending PMI's Veterinary Technician Program in 2019, she became a Certified Veterinary Technician and has worked with large animals ever since. Along with being a Veterinary Medical Laser Safety Officer, she also teaches the large animal courses for Pima Community College's Veterinary Technology Program. 

Briana is actively involved in the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians (AAEVT) and National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). Education of technicians and technician students is something she has become quite passionate about.


Veterinary Technician
Joe is originally from Cave Creek, Arizona. After spending many years traveling the country and cowboying throughout the western US, he recently moved to the east side of Tucson with his wife, daughter, three horses, and three dogs. Joe has experience working as an equine veterinary technician, farrier, and western performance horse trainer. He's also experienced in leading packing and guiding trips. Joe is very excited to be a part of the Reata team and looks forward to continuing his education in veterinary medicine.

Taking Care of your Horse's Health

Reata Equine Veterinary Group is proud to offer equine VACCINATIONS, dentistry, preventative care, high scale laminitis therapy, lameness treatments, podiatry services, stall-side diagnostics, reproduction services, emergency services with all-mobile diagnostic equipment, emergency colic treatment, regenerative medicine and pre-purchase exams for horse owners and trainers in Tucson, Arivaca, Amado, Nogales, Rio Rico, Green Valley, Sahuarita, Sonoita, Sierra Vista, Three Points, Benson, St. David, Tombstone, Bisbee, Palominas, Hereford, Douglas, Wilcox, Dragoon, Mammoth, Oracle, Casa Grande, Corona De Tucson, and the surrounding areas.

Reata Equine Veterinary

Reata Equine Veterinary Group is a full-service mobile equine-only veterinary practice in Southern Arizona dedicated to providing the best medical and wellness care for your horse.

Horse ownership is a joy

24/7 Emergency Services

If you call the office with an emergency during regular hours our friendly staff will listen to your emergency and provide immediate help. If the emergency happens after hours, call (520) 749-1446 and the answering machine will connect you to the veterinarian on call so that you receive the help you need.

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