According to legend and a bit of local folklore, Phoenix, Arizona gets its name from pioneer Darrell Duppa, who built one of the oldest homes in Phoenix in 1870. Duppa named the location after the mythical Phoenix’s rebirth from the ashes, as the city was reborn from the ruins and canals of the Hohokams. Phoenix is now the United States’ 6th largest city with a population of over 1.4 million. Visitation to Phoenix, Arizona is on the rise, with counts exceeding 16 million visitors each year.
Cave Creek Equine Surgical and Diagnostic Imaging Center is a Phoenix, Arizona-based equine hospital founded in 2002, Dr. F. Ross Rich provided direct ownership and direction to the Center from the outset. The facility is located on five acres just north of the Carefree Highway and offers medical and surgical services for horses, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of sports-related horse athlete problems and future young horse athlete analysis. The focus in on orthopedic and respiratory issues. However, Cave Creek also provides soft-tissue focus. The clinic offers equine MRI, digital ultrasound and radiography, nuclear scintigraphy, treadmill video-endoscopy, gastroscopy, lameness examination and slow motion video evaluation among other equine veterinary services. Cave Creek Equine Surgical and Diagnostic Imaging Center employs three Arizona licensed veterinary doctors, five veterinary nurses, as well as two regular barn staff members and office support. Dr. Martin Vidal assumed ownership as of 2015. Dr. Vidal is involved on the Veterinary and Research Committees of the American Endurance Ride Chapter, and on-top of this is an FEI veterinarian for the endurance discipline. The Cave Creek Equine Surgical and Diagnostic Imaging Center Doctors have collaborated on research corresponding to stem cell research and have provided direct aid in in advancing the understanding of equine stem cell biology. The application methods made possible by regenerative therapy are phenomenal, including tendon and ligament injuries in the horse.