Patti is an El Paso native. She has worked with animals for 9 years – 6 years as a jack-of-all-trades with the Humane Society of El Paso and 3 years as a receptionist at TLC Animal Hospital. Her interests include all types of animals (including reptiles), cooking/baking, movies, coffee, baseball and football (mostly baseball). She enjoys both veterinary medicine and psychology. She’s studied Education and Psychology before settling on Pre-Vet at EPCC. She has 7 dogs (Belle, Nani, Lulu, Kavik, Brewtus, Stella Bo Bella, and Harley Quinn), as well as several geckos (Hadley and Duckie).
Working at TLC Animal Hospital has been Samantha’s first foray into the veterinary field, but she has hit the ground running and greatly enjoys helping our furry patients and their families. She is an El Paso native, and enjoys reading, binge watching TV shows, and spending time with her family and dog (a poodle mix named Tomasa).
Cindy is a born and raised El Pasoan. She just recently started her career in the veterinary field after attending school to be a medical assistant. She has a soft spot for farm animals, hiking, horror movies, Halloween, and iced coffee. Cindy also enjoys spending quality time with her dog Juno (best Christmas present ever!), Bam the cat (a stray she rescued), and her kitten Sabrina that she adopted soon after starting at TLC.
Kayla is from Petoskey, Michigan. Prior to joining TLC Animal Hospital, she worked as a veterinary technician at a local veterinary clinic for 3 years. She also has 1 year experience with medical assisting, kennel work, and behavior testing at a humane society, as well as a variety of volunteer experience with large and small animals. She is working toward her technician license, and enjoys Parelli Natural Horsemanship, reading and watching sci fi and fantasy books/movies, and spending time with her daughter. Kayla grew up on a farm around horses, cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, dogs, and cats. She has experience working with rabbits, ferrets, turtles, chinchillas, and bearded dragons, so she is comfortable working with almost any animal. She is also a pet parent to several cats and dogs, most of which are failed fosters.
Megan carries the mantle of head technician at TLC Animal Hospital. She is originally from New Jersey and started working as a veterinary technician in 2003. She has many years of hospital management experience. Megan especially enjoys exotics, emergency medicine, preventive care, and challenges. Outside of work, she spends her time cooking (this includes fattening up her co-workers), decorating, exercising, dancing, and spending time with her family. She is the proud parent of 3 dogs (Fredo, Hector, and Jorge), 2 cats (Petter and Finn), and her son Mason – all of whom work to keep her on her toes.
Yvette is a proud El Pasoan with over 6 years of experience volunteering and working at veterinary practices. She is very passionate about pet care, with interests ranging from grooming to management. Yvette is certified in animal first aid and is pursuing a degree in Animal Health Science Management. She is the proud pet mom of 3 dogs, 2 ferrets, 1 bird, 3 turtles, and 1 tortoise.
Crystal was born and raised in El Paso. She completed the veterinary technician program at the Vet Tech Institute of Houston and has been working at TLC Animal Hospital ever since. She enjoys painting, photography, working out, and spending time with loved ones. Crystal’s pets include two pups (Snoop and Chloe) and a cat named Marley.
Jenna is also from El Paso. She has 3 years of veterinary experience and a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She enjoys working out and spending time with her dog, Zoe, and three cats: Benji, Gracie, and Gypsy.
Lauren is a native to El Paso. She has over 4 years of experience as a veterinary technician and a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She greatly enjoys working with animals, with a special interest in horses, small animals and exotics. Lauren is working toward entry into veterinary school. She enjoys working out, volleyball, and lavishing attention on her pets, Sugar and Emmy.
Elisa is originally from Los Angeles, CA and has 5 years of animal experience, 3 years of which she worked as a veterinary technician. She has some grooming experience and would like to expand her knowledge base on exotic pets. Elisa is the proud mom of three dogs (Buster, Rigo and Penny) and one cat (Boots).
Ashley is an El Paso native with 3 years of veterinary experience. She is a level 1 CVA and is especially interested in surgery. She enjoys catching up on the latest movies, hanging out with her family, and going green. Ashley has a sphynx kitten whose favorite activity is chair spinning, a rescued Chihuahua, a shepherd mix that loves to play fetch for hours, a professional sunbathing leopard gecko, and a hamster that likes to chase the cat and Chihuahua in his ball.
Jillian is originally from Torrance, CA and has 2 years of veterinary experience. She is a level 1 CVA and is certified in animal CPR. She is fascinated by all aspects of veterinary medicine. In her limited spare time she enjoys music, painting and reading. Jillian has a pup named Ollie who “is the Houdini of the house. He only does it to say hi to the people passing by. He’s pretty popular around the neighborhood.”
Isaiah is a native El Pasoan. He started his veterinary career volunteering in middle school and has held a level 1 CVA for 2 years. He is interested in exotic and small animal medicine. Isaiah’s other claim to fame is 8 years of experience as a percussionist. He’s the proud pet parent of 4 dogs, 2 snakes, 1 bearded dragon, and 1 chameleon – all of whom he loves equally.
Kevin is originally from Lewisburg, Tennessee. He has an Associate’s Degree in Biological Science from EPCC and completed the veterinary technician program at PIMA Medical Institute. Kevin is especially interested in dentistry and exotic animal medicine. He also enjoys cooking, camping, hiking, video games, and spending time with friends and family. He is the proud pet parent of a veritable zoo: 2 tarantulas, 3 snakes, 3 box turtles, 2 cats, 2 lizards, and one rescued pit bull. His goal is to obtain his LVT certification by the end of 2019.
In his words: “Before I came to live at TLC Animal Hospital, I used to live with one of their clients. I roamed the outdoors and was constantly a victim to mosquitoes (I have the scars to prove it as I’m highly allergic to mosquito bites). After many trips to the vet, I realized it was time to become my worst nightmare: an indoor cat. Luckily the humans at TLC Animal Hospital took me in; it was the least they could do. I now wander the clinic like John Wayne supervising all day. My other activities include eating whatever I can find, sneaking into empty carriers, and taking naps in the most inconvenient places. I will invade you and your pet’s personal space at times, so don’t be alarmed if you see me when you come to visit. Feel free to give me treats and scratch my belly. Just don’t tell the humans, it can be our little secret. PS: Don’t really give me treats. I’m on a strict diet and Bikini season is coming! Thanks!”
Simon started life at TLC Animal Hospital after being found as a stray at a local restaurant. He had severe dental disease, frost bite, and was skin and bones (only 4 pounds!). Despite his rough exterior, he definitely had a heart of gold, purring the entire car ride to the hospital. After having his wounds treated, several dental procedures, treatment for inflammatory bowel disease, and a brief bout of diabetes, Simon is now (finally!) happy and healthy. He’s great friends with Rocky, and they frequently engage in wrestling matches and competition for the best napping spots. Simon is shy, so he mostly hangs out with Rocky and the rest of the staff in the back. If you do see him, be sure not to give in to any begging for treats – he’s on a special diet.
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