Meet The Staff

Dr Alan Hallman, did his undergraduate work at the University of Wyoming. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1985. Dr Hallman opened Star Valley Veterinary Clinic in May of 1985. He has two children, Rand and Sage, and resides in Star Valley

Dr Hallman has been a consulting veterinarian for the Payson Humane Society of Central Arizona, the Payson Rodeo, the Payson Zoo, the Payson Natural Resources Committee, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. He donates his time working on wildlife projects throughout out Arizona and other states.

Sled dog medicine is a passion and he has been a trail vet on sled dog races in Alaska and Canada since 1994, including the 1000 mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race, the 1000 mile Iditarod, and the Copper Basin 300 sled dog race. He served as the Yukon Quest Head Veterinarian in 1996,1997, and 2011.  He is also a life member of the International Sled Dog Medical Association.  His involvement with sled dogs has given him a greater appreciation of canine nutrition, bio-mechanics, exercise, physiology, and their tremendous desire to run.

Dr. Hallman has given sled dog presentations to many groups including school, civic, and church groups, and in 2011 gave a presentation to the Harvard Travellers Club in Boston.

Dr Hallman’s personal interests include spending time with his children, hiking, travel, photography and volunteer work.

Honey Hanewinckel, CVT, is a native of Arizona, born and raised in Phoenix, until she moved to Payson, in the summer of 1989.  Realizing her passion for animals early in life allowed her to pursue a career in animal medicine.  Honey has been employed with Star Valley Veterinary Clinic since February 1998 and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in August 2001.  She is currently the book-keeper, but has always enjoyed helping clients and their family members achieve great veterinary care, especially in all aspects of surgical and dental care.

While working at Star Valley Veterinary Clinic, Honey graduated Payson High School in 1999, held the title of Payson Pro Rodeo Queen in 1999 and 2000,  and received an Associates Degree in Business Arts in 2007.  Honey married her husband Jon in April 2006 and they have three children: David 8, Amitee 5 and Kealli 3 year old.  She enjoys reading, camping, and spending time with her family. 

Debbie Carl, I moved to Strawberry, Arizona in July of 2004, when my father was diagnosed with cancer to assist him with his business, and quickly fell in love with the beauty of the rim country.  I graduated from Central Arizona College in August of 2003 as a Certified Office Information Specialist and have experience working in various office settings. I started working at Star Valley Veterinary Clinic as a receptionist in September of 2012 and love working with the staff, animals and great clientele that we have. I am now Office Manager.

I am blessed with three wonderful children: a son and twin girls as well as two dogs and three cats. I love the outdoors and spending time with my family. My interests include church, running, hiking and exploring new areas of the rim country.

I love working with people and have always had a great love for animals and that is why I am excited to be a part of the Star Valley Veterinary Clinic team.

Susan Starr,  I have worked for Star Valley Veterinary Clinic since 2007, and have been a CVT since Febuary 2009.  I received my Associates Degree in Veterinary Technician Science from Mesa Community College, and my Bachelors and Masters degree in Business from University of Phoenix.  I teach Accounting at Gila Community College.

I have a menagerie at my home: five dogs named Ringo, Toulouse, Wiley, Sparky and Idy;  a 13 year old three legged cat named Willow; and an African Grey parrot named Zamis.  All the animals get along – it’s a rather uproarious life, especially with with a Blue Tick coonhound howling in the background while the parrot is singing “I Feel Good” by James Brown.

I volunteer with Tonto Rim Search and Rescue and I am the Dog Team Leader. Both Ringo and Toulouse are two of our SAR dogs, and we train twice weekly.  Along with my SAR activities, I enjoy reading, cooking, painting, music and anything political or topical.  And teaching my parrot new phases and songs.

Lisa S. Dixon, I have been a Certified Veterinary Technician at Star Valley Veterinary Clinic since August 2008. I am now Lead Certified Veterinary Technician. I began my veterinary career in the valley in a small animal practice in1994.  I became certified in 2002 and then worked in a large orthopedic/speciality   practice from 2004-2010.   My favorite areas of interest are abdominal and orthopedic surgery.  I have lived in Arizona since 1977 and in Payson since 2008.  I share my home with my husband Eron, daughter Shelby and three dogs Hannah, Angus & Ellie Mae.  I enjoy horseback riding, hiking, and spending time with my family.

 Welcome Krissy Dawes.krissieI was born in Payson and my love of animals started at birth.  Growing up with many animals, they have always been my passion.  At age nine I started competing in equine 4-H and included FFA once in high school.  Also, while in school, I was employed at Star Valley Veterinary Clinic.  Upon graduation I attended Central Arizona College then went to work for Southwest Equine Hospital.

In 1996 I moved to Colorado for 14 years and tried my hand at many different things, but my heart always pulled me back to the animals.  Once back in Payson, I worked at the Humane Society of Central Arizona as a tech.  At that time we worked very closely with Star Valley Vet and my rapport grew with the wonderful staff.  In February, 2015 I came back to work at Star Valley Vet, where it all started.

I share my home with my significant other, Justin and three daughters, Paislee, Hailey and Chancie.  We spend most of our time taking care of three horses, Mia, Frita and Kory; three dogs, Cricket, Bella and Macey; Peanut Butter the rabbit, Bob the fish and twenty chickens.  In my spare time I love to bake, camp, horseback riding and just being outdoors.

Kaitlin Righter

I was born and raised in Phoenix and moved to Payson about three years ago where I graduated at Payson High School and began attending Gila Community College.

I have since been attending a College online in order to become a Certified Veterinary Technician while enjoying the cool Payson weather and small town atmosphere.

I am a lifelong animal lover and have had the amazing opportunity of growing up in a home that allowed me to find that special bond you can have with your pets. I greatly enjoy working with all kinds of animals and have been focused on a career that allows me to do that for many years. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for horses, and have a passion for trail riding and training.

Dr. Hallman and the lovely staff at Star Valley Veterinary Clinic have given me the opportunity to work as a Veterinary Assistant while I pursue my degree and complete my Externships.

I’m so excited to begin my Veterinary career here at Star Valley Veterinary Clinic and accomplish my dream of working with animals.


Hello I’m Jonathan.

Hello I’m Jonathan.  I’ve been coming up to Payson since I was a kid.  My parents officially moved up here in 1997 and I’m a 2000 graduate of Payson High School. I became a full time resident in 2009. For the past few years I’ve been thinking about going back to college to pursue a career working with animals. I’ve been a client here since 2012 and always appreciated the excellent care that the staff gave to my dog Vinnie and my mom’s dog Suki. I feel like it’s a great honor that Dr. Hallman and the rest of the staff have trusted me and taken me under their wings to teach me and allow me to grow.