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Management

  • Alicia Williams
    Senior Hospital Administrator


    Alicia graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University. She began working in veterinary medicine in Las Vegas, NV in 2002 as a receptionist and a veterinary assistant. She has worked in general practice, emergency and critical care and the Texas A&M small animal hospital intensive care unit. Alicia joined the surgery team at SLVS in 2010. She became the ICU Coordinator in 2011 and Director of Nursing in 2012. She enjoys backpacking and just having fun with her family which includes her red-tailed boa, “Lilith” and two crazy cats, “Mitz” and “Mew”.

  • Cicely Solanic - Alvarez
    Administrative Office Manager


    Originally from Monroe, Lousiana, in a family of 5 siblings, Cicely came to the Sugar Land area when she was 10.  She now lives in Rosenberg with her husband, 2 children and 4 dogs, Trace, Kona, Boss & Prince.  She loves spending her spare time coaching baseball and softball and fishing with her family at the Bay.

Diagnostic Imaging

  • Jennifer Carpenter
    Diagnostic Imaging Lead Technician


    Jennifer grew up in Katy, Texas, graduating from Taylor High School and attended the University of Houston. Starting at a general veterinary practice, she has worked in the veterinary field since 1999. She came to SLVS in January 2008, joining the Diagnostic Imaging section where she has climbed to head technician and manager of the section. In March 2012, she completed the studies and satisfied the requirements for Certificate of Completion in Advanced Imaging from the Academy of Veterinary Imaging. She enjoys all modalities but has a love for ultrasound. 

  • Sheila Beutell
    MRI Veterinary Technician


    Sheila worked in human Radiology for over 25 years after graduating from the University of Akron. After she retired, she started her career at SLVS at the beginning of 2008. Sheila has a love for all animals and is presently the MRI Technologist. She has had retired racers for over 22 years and is very involved with Greyhound Pets of America-Houston.

  • Tynalea Barretto
    Diagnostic Imaging Technician


    Tynalea Barretto graduated from Tomball College Veterinary technician program in 2003.  She went on to work in general practice before transitioning to working in emergency medicine.  She has enjoyed working in many different specialty areas over the years such as ophthalmology, surgery, and dentistry. Tynalea joined SLVS in 2016 in our Diagnostic Imaging section.  She has recently completed the Academy of Veterinary Imaging and now has a certificate of completion for abdomen ultrasound. She has recently taken responsibility for assisting in treating the I-131 cats. She is well experienced in working anxious cats and making them more comfortable. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.  

  • Maverick Pitts
    Diagnostic Imaging Technician


    Maverick graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Houston in 2016 with an Associates in Applied Science. Before he graduated he did a 2 month externship at SLVS where he rotated through the departments and fell in love with the Diagnostic Imaging section and was then hired onto their team shortly after. He grew up in Richmond, Texas where he has lived all his life. He currently only has one pet, a wirehaired terrier named Brittle that he raised from birth while he was in his schooling to become a vet tech as part of his education.

  • Megan Camus
    Diagnostic Imaging Technician


    Megan grew up in Austin, TX where she graduated from high school in 2011. She went on to graduate from Texas State University with honors where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies. Her first job was working in general practice as a kennel technician in Austin, TX in 2009. Megan recently moved to the Sugar Land area and is ready to learn and grow at SLVS. She has 3 pets of her own. A dog named Charlie and 2 cats named Meow Meow and Tigger.

  • Alison McGrath
    LVT
    Diagnostic Imaging Technician


    Alison has always had a passion for animals, even from a young age.  Eventually, this leads to the inevitable career path of becoming an LVT.  Alison recently graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at PIMA Medical Institute in February 2018, with honors.  Before graduating she did a 6-week externship with SLVS rotating through the different sections, this allowed her to experience what each section had to offer, and she quickly fell in love with Internal Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging.  In March 2018 Alison officially joined SLVS as a Diagnostic Imaging/Internal Medicine technician with hopes of complete her state board and becoming an LVT. In her spare time, Alison enjoys reading, watching movies, and traveling. Alison shares her household with her husband and 3 dogs: Luca, Hagrid, and Dublin

Emergency & Critical Care

  • Dr.
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • Ashley Wetz
    LVT, BAS
    Emergency and Critical Care Manager


    Ashley is an army brat and was born in Hawaii.  She moved throughout the US before settling in Houston.  She did an internship program in high school and fell in love with veterinary medicine.  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 since 2008.  Her family includes her husband, their dog 'Mo', horse 'Willie', and 2 kitties 'Ben and Jerry'.

  • Joshua Garcia
    LVT
    Veterinary Technician


    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.

  • Marie Amaya
    LVT
    Veterinary Technician


    Marie grew up and currently lives in Missouri City, Texas. She graduated from Blinn College Veterinary Technology Program in May 2016 and 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.

  • Shiela Riggins
    Veterinary Technician


    Shiela started her career in the emergency setting in 2005, starting as a 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.

  • Krystal Green
    Veterinary Technician


    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 from 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, hang out 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.

  • Tyler Hassell
    Veterinary Assistant


    Tyler grew up in Katy and now lives in College Station. He originally started as a shadow student before coming onboard as a team member in the Emergency & Critical Care section in the summer of 2014. While obtaining a degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University, Tyler would return to SLVS on the weekends and school holidays. Tyler is currently enrolled in Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2021 and is on his way to becoming a veterinarian.  During his time away from work and school, he enjoys spending time with his grandparents, getting lost on long drives, and trying new restaurants.  He has many pets at home, but his Chihuahua, Levi, is extra special.

     

  • Sheena Brock
    Veterinary Technician


    Born & raised in Alvin Tx. Sheena raised & showed Quarter horses until college. While in college she decided to go into Veterinary Medicine in 2007 & has worked in the field since. Sheena started at SLVS in November of 2012 in the Emergency and Critical Care Section. In her free time, she enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, camping, and attending rock concerts. She has 3 cats named Izzy, Piglet, & Pistol.

     

  • Stephanie Goodspeed
    Veterinary Technician


    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 includes her dogs Tadpole and Hazel, and her cats Spice and Polly.

  • Ashley Medellin
    Veterinary Technician


    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
    Veterinary Technician


    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.

  • Brian Herbert
    Veterinary Technician


    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.

Intensive Care

  • Katy Henderson
    ICU Manager


    Katy has been in the veterinary field since 2010 and joined the SLVS team in 2013. After much hard work, in 2015 she became the ICU Manager.  When not taking care of everyone else’s 4-legged babies, she spends her time with her 2 daughters, dogs and cat. Her daughters are active 4-H members which they raise show pigs. Her family usually spends time outdoors, in water recreation or volunteering.

  • Gerri Pritt
    LVT
    ICU Veterinary Technician


    Gerri grew up in the Houston area (mostly Kingwood) and graduated high school in 2009. She then graduated from the Vet Tech Institute in August of 2013 and became a licensed veterinary technician in March 2014. Gerri is currently attending Tarleton State University to get her Bachelors of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.  She has 1 cat, Lucy, and she is her world! Animals have always had a special place in Gerri’s heart and she couldn't imagine doing anything else. She spends her free time with family and friends.

  • Yvette Garza
    LVT
    ICU Veterinary Technician


    Yvette was born in South Texas (Rio Grande Valley), raised in Northern California, and Mexico.  She has always had a passion towards animals and shortly after graduation high school in The Valley she decided to move to Houston, and enroll in the Vet Tech Institute of Houston.  She recently graduated with her Associate of Applied Science Degree, and obtained her LVT in 2016. Yvette started working at SLVS in December of 2016 in our ICU section. Outside of work Yvette enjoys music, art, nature, and spending time with her boyfriend (Hayden) and 2 cats (Pickles and Ozzy).  Her dream/goal is to travel as much as life will allow her.

  • Malloy Rios
    LVT
    ICU Veterinary Technician


    Malloy grew up in Houston and graduated from high school in 2012. She attended the Vet Tech Institute of Houston in 2015 and fell in love with the world of veterinary medicine. She is now an LVT and began working with the incredible ICU team here at SLVS in September of 2017. One of her dreams is to work with the exotic animals at the Animal Kingdom theme park in Walt Disney World. Her hobbies include playing video games, collecting Disney merchandise, drawing, and spending time with her boyfriend and their dog, Brittle.

  • Gissel Rijo
    LVT
    ICU Veterinary Technician


    Gissel is a native Texan, born and raised in Aleif she graduated from Elsik High School in 2013.  Gissel then attended University of Texas at San Antonio for 2 years studying Biology. She then realized, that what she really wanted to work with animals, and quickly enrolled in Vet Tech Institute of Houston where she graduated in December 2018 (with a 4.0 GPA). Gissel performed her externship at SLVS and immediately fell in love with our ICU section, upon completion of her externship she was hired full time.

Internal Medicine

  • Dr.
    Emily Medici
    DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

    Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine

    Emily Medici, DVM, DACVIM came to SLVS in the summer of 2011.  She is originally from Baton Rouge, LA and received her DVM degree from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.  She practiced in a small animal private practice for two years before entering a small animal Internal Medicine residency at Oklahoma State University which she completed in 2009.  She practiced for two years in Kansas in a specialty clinic before deciding she missed the South.  Her areas of interest include endocrinology, infectious disease and gastroenterology.

    Memberships

    Harris County Veterinary Medical Association
    American Veterinary Medical Association
    American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

    Outside of work

    Emily lives in Sugar Land with her husband, son and daughter as well as a bulldog, boxer and feisty cat.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time her family, running, and watching sports, especially LSU.

  • Dr.
    Jennifer Garcia
    DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

    Dr. Garcia became part of the SLVS Internal team in 2011. She earned her DVM at Colorado State University,  and did her internship in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She brings with her a vast array of experience in the veterinary field, including working in private specialty practices, medical consulting, and medical writing. Her clinical interests include endocrinology, renal and hepatic diseases and endoscopy.

    Memberships

    American Veterinary Medical Association
    American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
    Society for Comparative Endocrinology
    American Medical Writers Association

    Outside of work

    Dr. Garcia enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and working as a medical writer and editor.  Despite the heat and mosquitos, she enjoys spending time outdoors, particularly in the Texas Hill Country whenever possible.

  • Kristina Brisson
    IM Lead Client Service Technician


    Kristina has known all her life that she wanted to work in the veterinary field and started as a junior in high school.  She worked at day practices as a technician and a receptionist and obtained her AAS at WCJC while working full time.  She joined the SLVS team in 2013 as a Client Care Specialist and moved to the Internal Medicine team in late 2013, where she is enjoying the relationships she is forming with patients and their owners. At home, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and their 4-legged babies, which include 2 dogs and a Russian Tortoise – which were all rescues, as well as movies, bicycling, and backyard grilling.

  • Nancy Valdez
    LVT
    IM Veterinary Technician


    Nancy has worked in the veterinary field for over 11 years, and obtained her RVT status from Lone Star College in 2004. She has lots of experience in general practice as well as emergency/critical care. Her main areas of interest include neonatal and geriatric care. Nancy enjoys spending her free time with   her 2-legged and 4-legged family members, and she loves all outdoor activities – especially camping and fishing.

  • Zoey Holtry
    LVT
    IM Veterinary Technician


    Zoey graduated from Blinn College and obtained her LVT in 2014. She joined the SLVS team in 2015 after working for 2 years at Texas A&M in the Small Animal Intensive Care Unit. She has a true passion for learning and making a difference in the critical care field. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, writing, playing video games, and watching sci-fi and fantasy TV shows. She shares her home in Angleton, TX with her boyfriend Jason, and their 3 rescue dogs (Sheldon Cooper, Lei Lei, and Shade) and her rambunctious cat Artemis.

  • Alison McGrath
    LVT
    IM Client Service Technician


    Alison has always had a passion for animals, even from a young age.  Eventually, this leads to the inevitable career path of becoming an LVT.  Alison recently graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at PIMA Medical Institute in February 2018, with honors.  Before graduating she did a 6-week externship with SLVS rotating through the different sections, this allowed her to experience what each section had to offer, and she quickly fell in love with Internal Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging.  In March 2018 Alison officially joined SLVS as a Diagnostic Imaging/Internal Medicine technician with hopes of complete her state board and becoming an LVT. In her spare time, Alison enjoys reading, watching movies, and traveling. Alison shares her household with her husband and 3 dogs: Luca, Hagrid, and Dublin

Neurology

  • Emily Davis
    DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

    Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Neurology.

    Dr. Emily Davis joined the staff at SLVS in 2014. She earned her BS in Biology with concentration in Cell Biology/Physiology from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, and her DVM from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing her internship at the University of Missouri, she completed a residency in medical and surgical Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  Her special interests include inflammatory brain diseases and seizure disorders.  Outside of work she enjoys cooking, gardening and college football (War Eagle!).

  • Samantha Kegge
    DVM,DACVIM (Neurology)

    Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

    Dr. Kegge joined the Neurology Section of Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists in 2016. She earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University in 1996. After working as an engineer for 2 years, she realized that veterinary medicine was her passion. She graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 (Summa cum Laude). She completed an internship at the University of Georgia and her neurology residency training at The Ohio State University and Tufts University. Dr. Kegge has worked at The Animal Medical Center in New York City, in private specialty practice, and as an independent veterinary neurology consultant in Houston.  Outside of Work, Dr. Kegge wrangles three young children and three cats with her lovely husband.

    Memberships:

    Harris County Veterinary Medical Association
    American Veterinary Medical Association
    American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

  • Tiffany Bartlett
    LVT
    Lead Neurology Veterinary Technician


    Tiffany joined SLVS in 2013 when she moved to back to Texas from Honolulu. Tiffany received her AAS from Vet Tech Institute Houston in 2011, obtained her LVT in 2011, and her BAS from Tarleton State University in 2018. Tiffany's professional passions include anesthesia, neurology, and marketing. She also enjoys sharing her passions with the veterinary community and has led several continuing education events. Tiffany is also a member of the Houston Veterinary Practice Managers Association. Outside of work Tiffany enjoys spending time with her husband Jared, their pets, various outdoor activities, traveling, and is an avid reader.

  • Jamie Kauffman
    Neurology Veterinary Technician


    Originally from New Jersey, Jamie moved to Houston in 2002. She has been working in veterinary medicine for almost 20 years and has been able to experience general practice as well as specialty. She joined the SLVS family in 2016 as a Client Care Specialist and is now a Client Service Technician in our Neurology Section. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing, the gun range, and spending time with her two children. Her household includes a cat (Tasha), an Argentine black and white tegu (Nella), three red-foot tortoises (Franklin, Breadareka, and Meow), a California kingsnake (99), a tarantula (Mr. Skinny Legs), and a beta fish (Floppy).  Jamie is active in the reptile community, helping with education, conservation, and relocation of venomous and native species of reptiles in the Houston and surrounding areas.

  • Cristina Granja
    Neurology Veterinary Technician


    Cristina began her career in veterinary medicine over 10 years ago, starting off in a small animal practice.  Cristina soon realized that she had a calling for more, making a transition into emergency vet medicine, and finally into specialty medicine.  Cristina joined the SLVS team in mid-2018 adding to the already amazing Neurology team. Cristina is originally from Quito, Ecuador and has had a passion for animal welfare from a very young age.  In her spare time, Cristina enjoys spending time with her family and her many pets as well as traveling the world to see all the beautiful animal in their natural habitats.

  • Deana Bruce
    Neurology 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.

Oncology

  • Andrew Novosad
    DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology)

    Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Oncology,  Oncology Section Head

    Dr. Novosad joined Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists in 2008. Prior to joining the SLVS team, he spent six years in private referral practice in the Dallas area.  He earned his DVM at Louisiana State University and completed his internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, and residency in Medical Oncology, at Animal Medical Center in New York City. His clinical interests include lymphoproliferative disorders, melanoma, and novel anti-cancer agents.  In 2017, Dr. Novosad became the first veterinary oncologist to receive the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice Clinical Referral and Consultation Award.  Outside of work, Dr. Novosad enjoys college football (Geaux Tigers!!!) and is an avid runner

    Memberships

    Executive Board Member, Harris County Veterinary Medical Association
    Scientific Advisory Council, Puccini Foundation
    Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
    Veterinary Cancer Society (VCS)
    Veterinary Cooperative Oncology Group (VCOG)
    VCS Oncology-Pathology Working Group (OPWG)
    American Veterinary Medical Association
    Texas Veterinary Medical Association
    Texas Veterinary Oncology Group
    Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice
    2007-2010: ACVIM Oncology Residency Training and Credentials Committee

  • Gwendolyn Fritz
    AVA
    Oncology Lead Technician & OSHA Safety Officer


    Gwen joined the SLVS team in 2011. She received her Associates of Arts Degree at Cy-Fair College and then went to the University of Houston and completed a BS in Anthropology. Her background in veterinary medicine includes over 10 years of experience in general practice, emergency and critical care, but her true calling is Oncology. Her special interests include biomedical equipment and repair. Her household includes “Pickles”, a chihuahua, “Moose”, a beagle and “Popcorn”, a cockatiel.

  • Christina Brandenburg
    LVT
    Oncology Veterinary Technician


    Christina joined the SLVS team in 2011. She received her Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, Texas and became a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in 2007. Her background in veterinary medicine includes over 10 years of experience in general practice and emergency and critical care. Christina started in our ICU department, but soon developed a passion for Medical Oncology. Her special interests include offshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, sewing, gardening, and cooking. Her household includes “Cheyenne” a fun-loving German Shepherd, “Zoë” a shepherd husky mix, and “Kora” an Australian Shepherd mix.

  • Amy Smith
    BS
    Oncology Veterinary Technician


    Amy joined the SLVS family in 2008 as a Client Care Specialist with the Emergency and Critical Care Department. Over the last 10 years, she has transitioned from ECC, to Specialty Medicine, to Management, and now focuses her time with the Oncology department. Outside of work, Amy loves playing ball with her Affenpinscher/Yorkshire Terrier Mix, Shelby; being lazy with her Miniature Schnauzer, Chuy; basking in the sun with her Bearded Dragon, Taki; crocheting with her daughter, Audrey; and checking out the music scene with her husband, Charles.

Radioiodine (I-131)

  • Dr.
    Emily Medici
    DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

    Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine

    Emily Medici, DVM, DACVIM came to SLVS in the summer of 2011.  She is originally from Baton Rouge, LA and received her DVM degree from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.  She practiced in a small animal private practice for two years before entering a small animal Internal Medicine residency at Oklahoma State University which she completed in 2009.  She practiced for two years in Kansas in a specialty clinic before deciding she missed the South.  Her areas of interest include endocrinology, infectious disease and gastroenterology.

    Memberships

    Harris County Veterinary Medical Association
    American Veterinary Medical Association
    American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

    Outside of work

    Emily lives in Sugar Land with her husband, son and daughter as well as a bulldog, boxer and feisty cat.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time her family, running, and watching sports, especially LSU.

  • Dr.
    Jennifer Garcia
    DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

    Dr. Garcia became part of the SLVS Internal team in 2011. She earned her DVM at Colorado State University,  and did her internship in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She brings with her a vast array of experience in the veterinary field, including working in private specialty practices, medical consulting, and medical writing. Her clinical interests include endocrinology, renal and hepatic diseases and endoscopy.

    Memberships

    American Veterinary Medical Association
    American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
    Society for Comparative Endocrinology
    American Medical Writers Association

    Outside of work

    Dr. Garcia enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and working as a medical writer and editor.  Despite the heat and mosquitos, she enjoys spending time outdoors, particularly in the Texas Hill Country whenever possible.

  • Dr.
    Charles B. Quick
    DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVR, RSO

    Dr. Charles B. Quick grew up in Houston, attended Strake Jesuit and Marian High Schools and entered Texas A&M University in 1967. He earned a B.S. in Veterinary Science in 1970 and his DVM in 1973. After one year as a radiology instructor at TAMU, he entered the residency program in diagnostic imaging atAuburn University and earned an MS in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery in 1976.

    Board Certified in 1977 by the College of Veterinary Radiology, Dr. Quick served on the teaching faculty as Assistant Professor atCornell University College of Veterinary Medicine until 1979, when he returned to Houston to establish Houston Veterinary Radiology Clinic, which became Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists in 2005. His interests are in diagnostic imaging, including radiology, ultrasound and CT, I-131 treatment of hyperthyroid cats and telemedicine.

    Memberships:

    Harris County Veterinary Medical Association
    Texas Veterinary Medical Association
    American Veterinary Medical Association
    American College of Veterinary Radiologists
    In 2014, Dr. Qick received the TAVP Clinical Referral and

    Consulting Award and you can read about it here.

    Outside of work:

    Dr. Quick enjoys spending time in the Texas Hill Country with his wife, Kay, and children and grandchildren. He stays busy when not at SLVS with motorcycling, bicycling, boating, rowing, skiing, photography, theatre and music

  • Jennifer Carpenter
    I-131 Radioiodine Lead Technician


    Jennifer grew up in Katy, Texas, graduating from Taylor High School and attended the University of Houston. Starting at a general veterinary practice, she has worked in the veterinary field since 1999. She came to SLVS in January 2008, joining the Diagnostic Imaging section where she has climbed to head technician and manager of the section. In March 2012, she completed the studies and satisfied the requirements for Certificate of Completion in Advanced Imaging from the Academy of Veterinary Imaging. She enjoys all modalities but has a love for ultrasound.  

  • Tynalea Barretto
    I-131 Radioiodine Technician


    Tynalea Barretto graduated from Tomball College Veterinary technician program in 2003.  She went on to work in general practice before transitioning to working in emergency medicine.  She has enjoyed working in many different specialty areas over the years such as ophthalmology, surgery, and dentistry. Tynalea joined SLVS in 2016 in our Diagnostic Imaging section.  She has recently completed the Academy of Veterinary Imaging and now has a certificate of completion for abdomen ultrasound. She has recently taken responsibility for assisting in treating the I-131 cats. She is well experienced in working anxious cats and making them more comfortable. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.  

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/Neurology Section Manager

    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.

  • Kristen Noto
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Latia Frazier
    Surgery Technician


    Latia is originally from Maryland but moved around due to her father being in the military. Following in her father's footsteps she joined the Marine Corps in 2011 and served 4 years. After leaving the military she went to Vet Tech Institute of Houston in 2015 and she received her Associates of Applied Science in 2017. Shortly after Latia started working at SLVS surgery department. She has a dachshund, Shi Tzu, and a Calico. She enjoys spending time with her son and her loving husband.


     

  • 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

  • Abbie Schall
    Surgery Technician


    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.

  • Matthew Jackson
    Surgery Technician

    Recently I moved to Texas and pursued a career in the veterinary field where I completed my degree at the vet tech institute of Houston. I am now a veterinarian technician in the surgery department at Sugar Land Veterinary Specialist. One of my core values is always putting your best foot forward and I believe Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists embraces that to its fullest. Outside of work I enjoy volunteering at the empty shelter project. In addition, I enjoy many adventures outdoors such as hiking and biking. My career goal is to make a difference in life and help those who have no voice.


  • Angelina Barrientos
    Surgery Technician


    Angelina first started her career with animals in 2016, working as a receptionist at an animal clinic in the heights. She always had a passion for animals which then motivated her to become a veterinarian technician assistant and started pet sitting. She moved to Missouri city and wanted a shorter commute, she applied at a few day practices in the area but God had better plans for her. She will start attending Cedar Valley for the next 2-3 years working on getting her associate's in veterinary technology. Outside of work, Angelina enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and two pups in their new house and also going to the gym and learning how to cook.   

Client Care

  • Billie Teague
    Lead Client Care Specialist


    Billie who is originally from Texas is the middle child of 5 siblings.  She attended school for medical assistant and worked shortly in the medical field, but soon realized that her true passion was working with animals.  Billie comes to SLVS with over 10 years of veterinary field experience and joined our team in July of 2016. Billie has one of the cutest teacup yorkies named Squintz who is periodically featured on our facebook page.  In her spare time, Billie enjoys cooking, working out, spending time with her husband and 5 kiddos, watching football (GO TEXANS), Basketball (Warriors), and Baseball (New York Yankees).

  • Adina Glorioso
    Client Care Specialist


    In 2016 Adina moved to Houston, Texas and began her career as a Client Care Specialist with SLVS from her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a child, she grew up on a farm caring for her family’s thoroughbred racehorses in addition to a collection of just about every animal you can imagine. Over the years she combined her love for animals with her extensive client service experience working at various primary care veterinary hospitals and eventually finding her passion working for several years as a Client Care Specialist at a veterinary emergency hospital. In her free time, Adina can be found loving on her dog Winston and her four cats King, Kitten, Kuster, and Kassidy

  • Erin Sziy
    IM Client Service Technician


    Erin is a native of Sugar Land and earned her BS in Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University.  She has several years’ experience in Research, Avian, and Exotic Medicine, and spent 3 years running a low-cost vaccination clinic for the local community.  She decided to return to the quality medicine of specialty in 2013, when she joined the SLVS team in ICU, providing specialized care of pets hospitalized by all Sections of the hospital.  She shares her life with 2 Amazon Parrots, 2 cats who were rescues, a German Shepherd (rescued and revived to a happy life) and her beloved husky-shepherd mix, Bentley (who was hit by . . . a Bentley).  Her passion is animal rescue, specifically baby and young kittens.

  • Dannette Harkins
    Client Care Specialist


    Dannette was born and raised in Iowa.  She recently moved to Texas from Denver, CO.  She has had the pleasure of traveling a lot and experienced animal medicine in various other states throughout the country.  She brings to the table over 9 years experience in the veterinary medicine field and joined the SLVS Team in May of 2018. Outside of work she loves music, the outdoors and watching Iowa Hawkeyes Football.  When at home she enjoys spending time with her fiance and two dogs, Zeke Allen and Simon Charles.

Equipment and Facilities

  • Tina Boone
    Inventory/Facilities Coordinator


    Tina served in the US Army in the 1990s and was stationed in Germany from 1992 – 1995, then served in the Reserves until 2004.  She began her career in veterinary medicine in San Antonio in 1995, moved to Killeen, then on to Houston where she gained experience in general practice and emergency facilities.  She joined the SLVS family on December 21, 2007, almost at the beginning, working in the Emergency-Critical Care, Surgery, and ICU Sections.  In July 2013, she became our full-time Inventory/Equipment/Facilities Coordinator.  Tina has numerous cute, furry friends in her household!

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Location

Specialty Hours

Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists

Monday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Emergency Hours (365 days/year, all holidays)

Monday:

24 Hours

Tuesday:

24 Hours

Wednesday:

24 Hours

Thursday:

24 Hours

Friday:

24 Hours

Saturday:

24 Hours

Sunday:

24 Hours