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Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists

1515 Lake Pointe Parkway 
Sugar Land, TX 77478

Loretta Bubenik-Angapen, DVM, MS, DACVS

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!


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

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.

Surgery Support Staff

Robyn Watts, RVT, Surgery/Neurology Section ManagerRobyn Watts, RVT, Surgery/Neurology Section Manager

Robyn Watts is a graduate of the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, CO. She received her ASS Degree in Veterinary Technology in December of 1998. She is a RVT holds state certifications in MD, NV and PA. 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 also done volunteer work with Pets on Wheels, VetPets Therapy Associations and World Vets. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing and traveling. When she can, her dogs Ember & 5/8 goes along with her to camp, hike, paddle board, and kayak.

Prudence Sun, LVT, Surgery/Neurology Veterinary TechnicianPrudence Sun, LVT, Surgery/Neurology Veterinary Technician

Prudence received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Vet Tech Institute Houston in August 2014. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice University. Prudence joined SLVS as a surgery technician in 2014. In her spare time, Prudence enjoys dancing and spending time with her husband and their houseful of pets: Peaches the cat, Jeeves the red-eared slider, Toby the dog, Gherkin the American bullfrog, Eleanor and Cassandra the rats, Hank the bearded dragon; and last but not least, Frankie the budgie.

Kristen Garding LVT, Surgery/Neurology Veterinary TechnicianKristen Garding LVT, Surgery/Neurology Veterinary Technician

Kristen is from Richmond, TX and joined the SLVS Surgery Section in October 2014. She attended Texas A&M University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Leadership and Development, as well as obtaining her Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology at the Vet Tech Institute of Houston in 2013. She has a mixed breed dog named Ruby, a cat named Jax, and 10 horses. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, being outdoors and being involved in competitions with her horses.

Amy Gordon, LVT, Surgery/Neurology Equipment and Instrument TechnicianAmy 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 afterwards 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

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

Growing up, my step-father was an animal control officer in Fort Bend County. I spent most of my 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, I decided to pursue a career as a veterinary technician after my cat Schrodinger survived hepatic lipidosis. I graduated from Cedar Valley College's Distance Education Veterinary Technician Program in 2017 with an Associate of Applied Science. In my free time, I enjoy knitting, reading, spending time with any one of my six cats, and playing board games.  

Kenley Hunt

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

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