Surgery

  • Dr.
    Loretta Bubenik-Angapen
    DVM, MS, DACVS

    Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Surgery

    Dr. Bubenik joined Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists in 2008. Prior to joining our team, she was a tenured professor in small animal surgery at Louisiana State University from 2002-2008. She has published articles and book chapters on many topics in veterinary surgery including neurologic, orthopedic, minimally invasive and general surgery, as well as topics in pain management and surgical nursing. Throughout her professional career, she has mentored 8 residents, 3 fellows and many interns and students. She has been board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons 2002. Outside of work Dr. Bubenik enjoys gardening, participating in community service work both locally and internationally, and spending time with her beautiful children and wonderful husband!

    Memberships

    Harris County Veterinary Medical Association
    American Veterinary Medical Association
    Society for Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery
    PennHIP Certification
    Christian Veterinary Mission

  • Dr.
    J. Matt Sherwood
    DVM, MS, DACVS-SA

    After completing a bachelor's degree at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, he went on to receive his DVM from Kansas State University (1999), graduating with honors on both occasions. Following graduation from veterinary school, he completed a one-year internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, then worked in general practice in Tomball, Texas enjoying a nearly 11-year career. Dr. Sherwood then went on to complete a three-year surgical residency at the Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center with completion of this dual program in 2014. During his residency, he completed a Master of Science degree with a clinical prospective study evaluating dextrose prolotherapy for treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs. Dr. Sherwood completed his surgical residency and began working at VCA Oso Creek in August 2014. He then achieved board certification and Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 2016.

    Dr. Sherwood particularly enjoys the challenges of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in canine athletes. He has a special interest in both internal and external fixation of fractures, cranial cruciate ligament disease, tibial plateau leveling osteotomy, neurosurgery, and minimally invasive orthopedics.

    When not working, Dr. Sherwood enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children as well as attending church, running, cycling, fly-fishing and duck hunting.

    Scientific Publications and Scholarly Works:

    Occurrence and Clinicopathologic Features of Splenic Neoplasia Based on Body Weight: 325 Dogs (2003-2013). J. Matt Sherwood, DVM, MS, April Durant, DVM, DACVS-SA, Emily Klocke, DVM, DACVS-SA, Mary Lynn Higginbotham, DVM, MS, DACVIM, (Oncology), Elizabeth M. Thompson, DVM, Hsin-Yi Weng, BVM, MPH, PhD, Heather A. Towle Millard, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, July/August 2016, Volume 52, Issue 4.

    Prospective Evaluation of Intra-Articular Dextrose Prolotherapy for Treatment of Osteoarthritis in Dogs. J. Matt Sherwood DVM, MS, James K. Roush, DVM, MS, DACVS, Laura J. Armbrust, DVM, DACVR, Walter C. Renberg, DVM, MS, DACVS. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, May/June 2017, Volume 53, Issue 3.

  • Robyn Watts
    RVT, Surgery Manager & Director of Nursing

    Robyn Watts is a graduate of the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, CO. She received her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology in December of 1998. She is a nationally certified veterinary technician and also holds state certification in MD.  She has a long career in the veterinary specialty field. She held the head surgical technician position for 8 years at Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists in Maryland. She then continued her career at the University of Pennsylvania’s Matthew J. Ryan Small Animal Hospital where she specialized in small animal anesthesia.  She has hosted/taught many CE courses in the Houston area on CPCR and anesthesia practices. She has also done volunteer work with Pets on Wheels, VetPets Therapy Associations, and World Vets.  She represented SLVS as part of the Best Friends team in Nicaragua during world rabies day and helped with anesthesia during the weeklong trip for free spay and neuters on over 500 patients.   In her free time, she enjoys outdoor adventures, traveling, and many creative endeavors.  Whenever possible her family and dogs, Ember and 5/8, travel with her on her outdoor adventures all over the country. 


  • Amy Gordon
    LVT, Surgery/Neurology Equipment and Instrument Technician


    Amy graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in biomedical science and obtained her AAS in veterinary technology from Kirkwood Community College in Iowa.  She completed a year-long internship at Animal Medical Center of NYC and joined their staff afterward to coordinate their OR surgical suites.  In 2010, she came home to Texas and joined the SLVS family.  Her special interest is orthopedic and minimally-invasive surgery.  In her spare time, she trains for triathlons, spends time outdoors, attends Aggie games, and relaxes with Martia the Martian, her cat.

  • Ryan Kutzler
    LVT
    Surgery Technician


    Ryan Kutzler is a graduate of the Lonestar Tomball Veterinary Technology program. He graduated in 2005 and is licensed in the state of Texas. Ryan has had a long-standing career in the Cypress, Waller, and Houston area.  He has focused primarily on general practice and Emergency medicine and picked up as much surgery experience as possible. He worked at a local Animal Hospital for 6 years and has been involved in Emergency medicine for a total of 5 years. Ryan was an instructor at the Vet Tech Institute of Houston and also worked with the research animals at Baylor College of Medicine. When Ryan is not working he is often attending local LVT continuing education, at the dog park, or movies with his friends and family. Brutus, a 75 lb pitbull mutt, lets Ryan sleep in his bed most of the time. Ryan cannot believe his luck to be a part of the SLVS team.

  • Abbie Schall
    Surgery Technician


    Growing up, her step-father was an animal control officer in Fort Bend County. Abbie spent most of her weekends and evenings volunteering to clean kennels at the shelter or rehabilitating wildlife and discarded or injured reptiles (particularly iguanas). As an adult, and after spending approximately 10 years working in human and animal welfare, she decided to pursue a career as a veterinary technician after her cat Schrodinger survived hepatic lipidosis. Abbie graduated from Cedar Valley College's Distance Education Veterinary Technician Program in 2017 with an Associate of Applied Science. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, reading, spending time with any one of her six cats, and playing board games.

  • Kenley Hunt
    LVT
    Surgery Technician


    Kenley started her career working with animals in 2013, working as a volunteer and then kennel technician at an animal shelter in Katy, TX. She then attended the Vet Tech Institute of Houston and graduated with an Associate's of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology in August 2016. She joined SLVS as an extern and joined the surgery/neurology department soon after. Kenley has always had a passion for animals and is pursuing a life-long career in the field. Outside of work, Kenley enjoys exploring Houston and spending time outdoors- especially with her black labrador retriever, June.

  • Linda Batiste
    Surgery Technician


    Linda was born and raised in Montego-Bay, Jamaica. She is proud and exuberant to represent her country in the veterinary field. Linda started out in the hospitality and marketing field working for multiple travel companies, and even owning her own travel agency at one point. Linda has had full exposure to animals her entire life, and had a life changing experience with an abused dog in 2006.  This experience influence Linda’s decision to work within the veterinary industry to further help pets in need. Full steam ahead Linda enrolled and graduated from Vet Tech Institute of Houston in 2011 earning her Associate in Applied Science degree. Always showing an interest in fast paced high intensity work environments, and after being exposed to veterinary trauma during her externship.  Linda fell in love with being able to not only experience saving a pets life, but also being able to experience God’s great miracles that she still cannot explain. Never losing sight of the story behind every client and patient has changed Linda’s perspective on life. When not at work Linda enjoys spending time with her family Christopher (son) and Morgan (daughter). Her beloved pets include a Bully named Brick House (Brick), Olde English Bulldog named Geist, and a pot bellied pig named Ms. Mini.  Linda also enjoys music, cooking Caribbean food, and traveling

  • Matthew Jackson
    Surgery Technician

    Matthew recently moved to Texas where he completed his AAS degree at the Vet Tech Institute of Houston. He is now a veterinary technician in the surgery department at Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists. One of his core values is always putting your best foot forward and he believes Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists embraces that to its' fullest. Outside of work, he enjoys volunteering at the empty shelter project. In addition, he enjoys many adventures outdoors such as hiking and biking. Matthew's career goal is to make a difference in life and help those who have no voice.


  • Victoria Day
    LVT
    Surgery Technician


    From a young age, Victoria knew her passion in life would be in some way involved with animals. Originally she intended to go to school and pursue becoming a DVM, but after a summer internship at a veterinary hospital in Kerrville, Texas where she worked very closely with the technicians, she realized her calling. Victoria graduated from Schreiner University in 2014 with a Bachelors Degree in Biology and graduated Valedictorian from the Vet Tech Institute in Houston in 2016 with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. While in school at the Vet Tech Institute, Victoria's passion for surgery and anesthesia was kindled. Victoria started her career as an Operating Room Technician with Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, where her passion for surgery and anesthesia only grew. She hopes to one day acquire her VTS in surgery and anesthesia. Victoria is very excited to be apart of the SLVS surgery team.

  • Jennifer Baines
    Instrumentation and OR Technician

    Jennifer was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Growing up with dogs she has always had compassion for animals. In 2007 she began working for a Boarding and Daycare facility, where her passion to develop and learn more about veterinary medicine grew. She then moved to veterinary hospitals as a Veterinary Assistant. She loved having a chance to work with Veterinarians and build bonds with clients and their furry family members. When not working she enjoys quiet time at home reading, engaging on social media, shopping, and DIY crafts. Jennifer has 3 beautiful children and, believe it or not, is a proud grandmother of 2. Her family also includes a Pit-bull named Dado and cat named Python.

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