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Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists

1515 Lake Pointe Parkway 
Sugar Land, TX 77478

Dr. Jill Odle, DVM, ECC Chief of StaffDr. Jill Odle, DVM, ECC Chief of Staff

Dr. Odle is a native Texan who grew up in Pearland. She attended Texas A&M University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science in 2002 and her Veterinary Medicine degree in 2007. She has spent the past 7 years practicing in and around Atlanta, GA in small animal general practice and emergency medicine. Deciding to move back to the homeland earlier this year, she has also decided to make emergency medicine her full time career. The best thing she brought back with her from Georgia is her wonderful husband, Aaron. They live in the Westbury area of Houston with their beautiful daughter, 3 dogs and 1 cat. They enjoy traveling, crossfit, anything outdoors with the dogs, and watching college football – GIG ‘EM AGGIES!

Dr. Amanda Shotts

Amanda Shotts, DVM

Dr. Amanda Shotts is a native Texan, she was born in Houston and raised in the Fort Worth area. She attended Texas A&M University and earned her Bachelor's in Biomedical Sciences in 2009 and Veterinary Degree in 2013. Upon graduation, she completed a rotating Internship in Spring, TX and developed a passion for emergency Medicine. She has practiced in emergency medicine since completing her internship throughout the Houston area. Dr. Shotts met her husband in 2008 during a Microbiology class and they married while attending veterinary school in 2012. They are now both emergency doctors and stay busy with their young daughter, 3 cats, and 1 dog. Dr. Shotts’ hobbies include: reading, running, cycling, and raising a very active toddler.

Kent Oakley, DVM 

Born and raised in Kansas, Dr. Oakley graduated veterinary school from Kansas State University.  After practicing in the snow and cold Dr. Oakley and his wife Rebekah to California where we lived for 10 years.  We moved to Texas with our cat and four dogs to be closer to family but still be away from the snow. Dr. Oakley join the SLVS Emergency and Critical Care section in late 2013.

Carissa Blair, DVM

Dr. Blair joined SLVS in October of 2016. Prior to joining us, she worked as an emergency clinician at North Houston Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Blair graduated in 2006 and started her veterinary career at as an emergency equine practitioner. She decided to transition to general small animal medicine in 2008. Although she enjoyed general practice, Dr. Blair found the most exciting and challenging part of medicine was healing sick or critically injured pets. In 2013 Dr. Blair became a small animal emergency and critical care clinician. This where she found her true calling by helping pets in their biggest time of need.  In her offtime Dr. Blair likes to spend time with her husband, her three cats named Hurley, Sophie, and Lily, and her dog named Gromit. She also enjoys reading, rug hooking, and watching many sports from football to racing sports including Moto GP, Isle of Man TT, and Formula 1 racing.



Doctorate: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science Suma Cum Laude, Texas A&M Commerce

Leah Taylor, DVM

Dr. Taylor was born and raised in South Dakota.  She received her undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Colorado and her Veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota.   After graduation, she practiced in a general practice setting for several years in California before undertaking a year of specialty training in Emergency and Critical Care on the East Coast.   She continued her interest in Emergency Medicine here at SLVS. She currently lives in Houston with her husband, daughter, and 18 year old cat, Simon. In her free time, she enjoys reading, riding her bike, and going to movies.  

Diane McGee, DVM 

Dr. Diane McGee earned both her bachelor’s degree in biomedical science and doctor of veterinary medicine at Texas A&M University. She has practiced Veterinary Emergency Medicine since that time. Since 1994, she has worked alongside veterinary specialists in various emergency medicine and specialty hospitals in New Mexico and Texas. Her past experiences include practicing medicine at El Abrigado Animal hospital in New Mexico, El Paso Animal Emergency and the Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin. She worked for five years at the Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas, where she was an emergency doctor and hospitalist for a 24-hour emergency and critical care facility. There she was responsible for coordinating patient care among multiple specialists, including internists, cardiologists, surgeons, ophthalmologists, and dermatologists. Most recently she provided triage and patient care in the Critical Care Department at another local specialty and emergency hospital. Dr. McGee recently returned to SLVS in 2018 to expand the emergency department to provide daytime emergency care. Her specific areas of interest include toxicology, infectious disease, endocrine disease and gastroenterology.

Emergency & Critical Care Support Staff

Ashley Wheelock, LVT, ECC Assistant Manager

Ashley Wheelock, LVT, ECC Assistant Manager

Ashley graduated with her AAS in Veterinary Technology in 2010 from Vet Tech Institute and her BAS from Tarleton State University in 2016.  She has worked in both exotics and small animal practice, and she joined the SLVS team in December of 2010. Ashley has a special interest in Emergency and Critical Care and has been working as an emergency technician for the past 8 years.  Her furry family includes a dog, horse, and three cats.

Joshua Garcia, LVT, Training Manager/ECC Section ManagerJoshua Garcia, LVT, 

Josh grew up in Sugar Land, Texas, graduating from Stephen F. Austin High School in 2001. Josh immediately enlisted in the Marines and served a 5 year active term. After serving in the military Josh worked as an electrician before going to the Vet Tech Institute of Houston. Josh joined the SLVS team in May of 2013. He has one mixed breed shepherd and an Irish Wolfhound. Josh enjoys watching movies and spending time with his 2 beautiful daughters and wife.

Shiela Riggins, ECC Veterinary Technician

Shiela Riggins, ECC Veterinary Technician

Shiela started her career in the emergency setting in 2005, starting as kennel assistant while training to be a technician.  She joined our team in 2013 and brought her vast knowledge in critical care and deep compassion for our patients.

Shiela loves to spend quality time with her family – both 2- and 4-legged ones!  She is married, with 2 daughters, a dog, and 2 cats.

Deana Bruce, ECC Veterinary TechnicianDeana Bruce, ECC Veterinary Technician

Deana is from Alvin, TX. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She has been at SLVS since May 2013. She has worked in general practice, emergency and ICU as well as at a shelter. Deana has a Shepherd mix named Chaser, a Labrador named, J.J., and a cat named, Cosmo. She likes hanging out with my friends and family and being active outdoors.

Tyler Hassell, ECC Veterinary AssistantTyler Hassell, ECC Veterinary Assistant

Tyler grew up in Katy, Texas, graduated from Taylor High School, and is currently a student at Texas A&M University studying Animal Science.  After graduation, he plans to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M.  He joined SLVS as a shadow student in the Summer of 2014 and started working soon after as a Technician Assistant. His family includes 2 cats, 4 dogs and various small critters. In his free time he can be found outdoors with his grandfather, or in the stands of Kyle Field at an A&M football game.


Sheena Brock- ECC Veterinary TechnicianSheena Brock- ECC Veterinary Technician

Stephanie Goodspeed

Stephanie is a native Houstonian who has been working in a veterinary setting since 2001 starting as a kennel assistant and working her way up to become a veterinary technician.  Stephanie has worked in both small and mixed animal practices and loves working with large animals. She joined the SLVS Emergency and Critical Care team in June 2016 as a Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Kansas State University in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science.  She is currently working on obtaining her LVT as well as her Associated degree in Biology. When not busy studying or working she enjoys hanging out with her family which include her dogs Tadpole and Hazel, and her cats Spice and Polly.

Marie Amaya, LVT

Marie grew up and currently lives in Missouri City, Texas. She graduated from Blinn College Veterinary Technology Program in May 2016 ans started working at SLVS in June 2016 with our Emergency and Critical Care Section. She has 2 Catahoula Leopard Dogs named Booger Wayne and Rougarou. Three American Quarter Horses named Miss Reba, Gunner and Clifford. She enjoys trail riding and rodeo events such as barrel racing and roping. She has worked in small animal general practice for 8 years. She loves to learn and is working towards her VTS in Emergency in Critical Care.

Brian Herbert

Brian, a Sugar Land native, moved from Chicago in 1995.  He graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School, and attended the University of Houston after graduation.  Brian is a recent graduate from the Vet Tech Institute of Houston, where he found his passion for emergency medicine after volunteering and shadowing shifts at SLVS and various animal hospitals in Houston.  Brian started his career with SLVS in early 2018 in the Emergency and Critical Care section.  When Brian isn't studying for his state boards in August, he can be found at the dog park with either his Labrador, Enzo, his Golden Retriever, Roscoe, or at the barn with his Quarter Horse, Sam.

Krystal Green

Krystal was born in Key West, Florida and was a Navy brat for 15 years before settling down in Houston, TX.  She attended A&M University, and received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Biomedical Sciences, and she plans on applying to veterinary school in the summer of 2018.  Krystal knew form a young age that she wanted to work with animals, even helping her grandparents with the animals on their farm.  Krystal has worked in the veterinary field since she was 15 years old, starting out as a kennel tech, and eventually working her way to SLVS Emergency and Critical Care section in early 2016.  Outside of work Krystal loves to bake, go for a run, country dancing, hangout with friends and family, attend Texas A&M football games, and volunteer at the Houston Rodeo.  She currently has 2 dogs, both labs named Sadie and Sienna.

Ashley Medellin

Ashley is born and raised in Richmond, Texas. After receiving her Associates in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Vet Tech Institute of Houston in 2017, she accepted an externship here at SLVS. While externing, she developed a keen interest in the Emergency section and now is part of the wonderful Emergency and Critical Care team. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, fishing, and spending time with her family. She has a 3 year old orange tabby named, Pumpkin and a 12 year old border collie mix named, Oreo.

Raven Moore

Raven grew up in Kansas City, Missouri but has made Houston her home. She graduated from University of Houston in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts. Halfway through her undergrad career she began pursuing her passion for animals and medicine. She started as a kennel technician and quickly worked her way up to a veterinary technician. Her goal is to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M. She began working for SLVS to increase her knowledge of the field and hopes to learn as much as she can before beginning vet school. She adores her three dogs, Opie, Titan, and Kirby but her cat Leia is the love of her life.

Bethany Jensen

Bethany grew up in Richmond, TX and graduated from Travis High School in 2009. She then went on to graduate with her BS in Animal Production in 2013 from Tarleton State University and her AAS from The Vet Tech Institute of Houston in 2016. Bethany has been a veterinary technician for the past four years and has a true passion for Critical Care and Emergency. She has experience in Critical Care, ICU and General Practice. She has recently joined the SLVS team and is so excited to improve her knowledge and skill in the field. In her spare time Bethany enjoys being a therapeutic riding instructor and teaching the disabled community how to horseback ride! Her furry family includes 3 dogs and 1 cat that was rescued during Hurricane Harvey.