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Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists
281-491-7800

1515 Lake Pointe Parkway 
Sugar Land, TX 77478

Team

Management

Alicia Williams, Hospital Administrator

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

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.

Tanya Bouchard, Marketing and Social Media Coordinator

Tanya Kathleen, Marketing and Social Media Coordinator

Originally from Baytown, Tanya earned her Associates Degree in Emergency Medical Technology, Paramedic II. She worked as a paramedic for several years, but then realized her true passion was working with animals in specialty veterinary medicine. With over 20 years of veterinary experience, she has worked as a technician in emergency, neurology, ICU, and internal medicine and has been with the SLVS family since 2010. In late 2014 she transferred from the technical side of veterinary medicine to become the SLVS Marketing and Social Media Coordinator. She lives with her 4 rescue dogs, Molly (Poodle/Schnauzer mix), Mia (Spitz mix), Maddie (Shih Tzu), and Bella (Italian Greyhound). She is also a mentor with the Houston Amputee Society and the American Amputee Society. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, and attending Sci-Fi & comic book conventions. She is also an active member with the 501st Legion which is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization that raises money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as various other charities.


Diagnostic Imaging

Jennifer Carpenter, Diagnostic Imaging Lead TechnicianJennifer Carpenter, Diagnostic Imaging Lead Technician

Jennifer grew up in Katy, Texas, graduating from Taylor High School and attended 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. She is launching mobile ultrasound, a new service offered by Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists.

Sheila Beutell, MRI Veterinary TechnicianSheila 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 in 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.


Emergency & Critical Care

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.

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

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.

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.

Shiela Riggins, ECC Veterinary TechnicianShiela 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 Technician

Deana 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 Technician

Sheena Brock- ECC Veterinary Technician


Intensive Care

Katy Henderson, ICU Section Coordinator

Katy Henderson, ICU Section Coordinator

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 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.


Internal Medicine

Emily Medici, DVM, Diplomate ACVIMEmily 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

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.

Jennifer Garcia, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

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

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 Client Service TechnicianKristina 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 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.

Lauren Quong, IM Client Service TechnicianLauren Quong, IM Client Service Technician

Originally from the Bay Area in California, Lauren moved to Houston in 2004 to attend Rice University. She began working in veterinary medicine as a receptionist in 2008 at a small animal and avian/exotic practice. Since 2009, she has been working in specialty medicine, which is where her real passion for veterinary medicine lies. Lauren joined the SLVS Internal Medicine team in 2010. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys camping, playing the cello, and spending time with her furry family, which includes her lab mixes, Jolie and Ranger, and her cat, Shostie.

Nancy Valdez, LVT, IM Veterinary TechnicianNancy 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.

Janet Otto, LVT, IM Client Service TechnicianJanet Otto, LVT, IM Client Service Technician

Originally from Angleton, Janet joined the SLVS team in 2011.  She received her AAS degree in Animal Science from the Veterinary Technician Institute of Houston in 10/2010, and became an RVT in 5/2011.  During her short stint in general practice medicine, it became clear to her that her true calling was specialty medicine.  At SLVS, she became an accomplished member of the Surgery Team, then transferred to Internal Medicine to obtain a well-rounded experience.  Her household includes a small but feisty Miniature Schnauzer (Schotzy) and Tesla, a shy Lab mix.

Zoey Holtry- LVT, IM Veterinary TechnicianZoey 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.


Neurology

Emily Davis, DVM, DACVIM (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)

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, Surgery/ Neurology Veterinary TechnicianTiffany Bartlett, LVT, Lead Neurology Veterinary Technician 

A Houston native, Tiffany graduated from Alief Hastings HS in 2007, and attended Houston Community College for 2 years.  She then transferred to Veterinary Technician Institute and earned her AAS in Veterinary Technology in 2011.  She became a registered vet tech later that year.  She worked as an ICU/Emergency Technician in Houston and in Kailua, Oahu, where she and her husband came to love the area’s recreation and culture.  Wanting to move to a higher level in veterinary medicine, they returned to Houston in July 2013, and Tiffany joined our SLVS family.  They live in Richmond with their love-able “old lady” Cristina, a 10-year boxer.

Miranda Garza, Surgery/Neurology Veterinary Technician

Miranda Garza, Surgery/Neurology Veterinary Technician

Miranda graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2014 with her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science. Her dream has always been to become a veterinarian and she is still working hard to obtain that goal. Miranda started out as a large animal veterinary technician in 2014 and is now proud to be a part of the SLVS team as of 2016. Her pets include 3 dogs, 3 reptiles, and a small tank of fish. Miranda enjoys almost anything outdoors in her free time, as long as there are no bugs.   


Oncology

Andrew Novosad, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (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. His clinical interests include melanoma, novel anti-cancer agents, lymphoproliferative disorders, and mammary gland tumors. 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. He is an Executive Board Member of the Harris County Veterinary association.

Memberships

Outside of Work : College football (Geaux tigers!!!), golf, running.

Gwendolyn Fritz, Oncology Lead Technician & OSHA Safety Officer

Gwendolyn Fritz, 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 TechnicianChristina 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.


Radioiodine (I-131)

Emily Medici, DVM, Diplomate ACVIMEmily 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

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.

Jennifer Garcia, DVM, Diplomate ACVIMJennifer 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

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.

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:

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


Surgery

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!

Memberships

  • 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.

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 Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology in December of 1998. She is a nationally certified veterinary technician and also 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 and VetPets Therapy Associations. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing and surfing. When she can, her dog Ember goes along with her to camp, 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.


Client Care

Mary Worrest, Emergency, Client Care

As a child, Mary always had a pet of some kind, whether a dog, hamster, fish, or an ant farm. Through the years, in different management positions, she has acquired valuable knowledge in client care.  She began working in veterinary medicine in 2009 as a receptionist for Brazos Bend Animal Hospital, and enjoys working with people to help provide the best care possible for their pets.  Mary lives in Richmond and has several pets, including dogs, cats, turtles, and a Fish Named Gertrude.

Erin Sziy, Client Care SpecialistErin Sziy, Client Care Specialist

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.

Soraiya Ali – Client Care Specialist

Soraiya is from Dallas, Tx and started her career in veterinary medicine as a technician in 2013. She started here at SLVS as a Client Care Specialist as part of our front office staff in 2015. Soraiya has an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice, but found that her true passion was working with animals. She has a Pomeranian Mix “Dojo” and a Calico cat “Chewy”. Her hobbies in her spare time are anything involving comics, music, and football.


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!