Our Veterinarians

Jenna Ashton
DVM, MS, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Jenna Ashton
DVM, MS, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
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Dr. Jenna Ashton likes problem solving and diagnosing challenging cases. Her favorite are renal and gastrointestinal, and she enjoys ultrasounds and endoscopy.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Hospital Center, CO
  • Master of Science, Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Ashton loves traveling, yoga and outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, backpacking and paddle boarding. She’s also a Florida Gators football fan.
Nathan Bodnar
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Nathan Bodnar
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Nathan Bodnar has a passion for treating animal toxicities and trauma cases.
  • Internship, Emergency & Critical Care, Dove Lewis Animal Hospital, Portland OR
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Studies, University of Victoria and the University of Alberta
Dr. Bodnar’s favorite pastime is spending time with his wife, three daughters, five dogs and two cats. He also enjoys swimming, running and cooking.
Brooke Clark
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Brooke Clark
DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
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Dr. Brooke Clark enjoys all aspects of emergency and critical care medicine.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. Clark enjoys time with her husband, two children and black lab Skiff. She also enjoys fitness, water sports, hiking and attending her family’s large reunions.
Nicole Garcia Stickney
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Nicole Garcia Stickney
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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A fan of both the medicine and surgical aspects of emergency medicine, Dr. Nicole Garcia Stickney particularly enjoys managing wounds and emergency surgical procedures.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, MissionVet Specialty & Emergency Hospital, San Antonio TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Texas A & M University, College Station
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A & M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Texas A & M University, College Station
Dr. Garcia Stickney stays busy with her husband and two kids. She also enjoys singing, hiking and working out. The family pets include Scartlett, a redtick/redbone coonhound, Obi, a long-haired dachshund, cats Riley and Milo, bearded dragon Henrietta, and Oscar the rat.
Christina Gentry
DVM, DACVD
Dermatology
Christina Gentry
DVM, DACVD
Board Certified in Veterinary Dermatology
Dermatology
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Dr. Christina Gentry likes the striking clinical presentations in dermatology and that a number of internal diseases can be diagnosed through skin lesions. Her favorite procedures are intradermal allergy testing and video otoscopy. She also enjoys diagnosing and treating sterile nodular diseases and cutaneous auto-immune diseases and finds working up feline skin diseases particularly gratifying.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology
  • Residency, Dermatology, Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado, Englewood
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station Bachelor of Science, Genetics, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. Gentry enjoys hiking, baking and gardening. She and her husband have one daughter and a number of pets: Corgi/German shepherd mix Bonnie Parker, Corgi/Australian shepherd mix Charlie Chaplin, bichon frise Ben Franklin, and cats Amelia Earhart and Josephine.
Lindsey Harvey
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Lindsey Harvey
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Toxicity and respiratory disease are two of Dr. Harvey's favorite types of cases to treat.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Science, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Dr. Harvey volunteers her time with a number of conservation organizations around the country and has worked with many big cat sanctuaries. She enjoys reading, cooking, baking, running and traveling. Lily is her lab mix.
Laura Hinton
DVM, DACVS
Surgery
Laura Hinton
DVM, DACVS
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
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Dr. Laura Hinton is particularly interested in surgical oncology, thoracoscopy, laparoscopy and orthopedic conditions such as fractures, stifle disease, hip dysplasia and total hip replacements.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Auburn University, AL Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. Hinton is a frequent volunteer at her church. She enjoys sports, both playing and watching, gardening, running, cycling and good barbecues. Reading fiction is a secret luxury for her as well as family time with her husband, son and daughter. Family pets include a can and an Australian shepherd.
Elise Jemmott
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Elise Jemmott
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Elise Jemmott considers the arrival of a critical patient at 3:00am an adrenaline rush. She is most drawn to cases of parvovirus puppies, head trauma, anaphylaxis and immune-mediated hemolytic anemia.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, North Houston Veterinary Specialists, Spring TX
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. Jemmott lives and breathes Texas Aggie sports, especially football. She also enjoys camping, fishing and horseback riding. Hallie Berry is her mixed breed dog, and Rio is her cat.
Angela MacFarlane
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Angela MacFarlane
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Angela MacFarlane finds emergency medicine exciting and is glad to be able to treat patients in emergency situations.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Central Texas Veterinary Specialty Center, Austin
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, University of Houston, TX
Dr. MacFarlane’s favorite pastimes include reading mystery novels and hanging out by the pool with her husband, two children and pets: Italian greyhound Jasmine, Baby the boxer, chocolate lab Beluga, Strawberry Sparkles the orange and white cat, and small terrier Pip.
Alice McDonald
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Alice McDonald
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Originally from northwest Houston, Dr. McDonald was happy to return to the area. During veterinary school, she worked in the anesthesia department of the university’s teaching hospital.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Science, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. McDonald enjoys eating Tex-Mex, baking, reading, knitting and most activities that give her an excuse to be outdoors.
Aimee Rome
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Aimee Rome
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Aimee Rome's clinical interests include anaphylaxis, toxicities and endocrine diseases.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, North Houston Veterinary Specialists, Spring TX
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Houston, TX
Dr. Rome’s favorite pastimes include drawing, painting and playing video games, at which she admits to being very competitive. She has a houseful of pets: Goffin cockatoo Leo, mixed breed dog Callie, and cats Binx and Ellie.
Marilyn Rumbaugh
DVM, MS, DACVS-LA
Veterinarian Associate
Marilyn Rumbaugh
DVM, MS, DACVS-LA
Veterinarian Associate
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A board-certified large animal surgeon, Dr. Marilyn Rumbaugh is now part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Large Animal
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Master of Science, Veterinary Physiology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Dr. Rumbaugh’s hobbies include horseback riding and CrossFit. She has four dogs and two horses.
Rebecca Salazar
DVM, DACVAA
Anesthesiology & Pain Management
Rebecca Salazar
DVM, DACVAA
Board Certified in Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia
Anesthesiology & Pain Management
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Prior to coming to BluePearl, Dr. Rebecca Salazar was an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Oklahoma State University. Her particular clinical interests include novel approaches to providing analgesia; to include peripheral nerve blocks, epidural catheters and tailor-made analgesic plans for surgical, oncologic, trauma and internal medicine patients.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia Residency, Anesthesiology and Analgesia, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Heart of Texas Veterinary Specialty Center, Round Rock
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. Salazar likes all outdoor activities as well as traveling and spending time with her family and two dogs: John Wayne, her beagle, and Sinclaire, her King Charles cavalier.
Kathryn Salcetti
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kathryn Salcetti
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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When it comes to emergency cases, Dr. Kathryn Salcetti thinks “the weirder, the better.” Her particular clinical interests include toxicities, hypoglycemia and acute abdomens.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Houston TX
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. Salcetti enjoys weightlifting, yoga, racquetball step aerobics, travel, baking and gardening. Aedan and Charlie are her Siamese mix cats.
Matthew Schmidt
DVM, DABVP (Canine & Feline Practice)
Emergency Medicine
Matthew Schmidt
DVM, DABVP (Canine & Feline Practice)
Board Certified Veterinary Practitioner (Canine & Feline Practice)
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Matthew Schmidt's particular clinical interests include gastroenterology, endocrine disease, calcium disorders, liver disease and others.
  • Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine and Feline Practice)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. Schmidt has been an active volunteer with a wildlife refuge and enjoys golf, fishing, church and family activities. His family includes his wife, four children and three dogs.
Kara Sessums
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Kara Sessums
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Neurology
Neurology, Neurosurgery
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Dr. Kara Sessums' particular clinical interests include refractory epilepsy, brain tumors and any spinal surgery, and she is excited about medical advances in the field including new treatments for granulomatous meningoencephalitis and new chemotherapy protocols for brain tumors.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Residency, Neurology & Neurosurgery, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Internship, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, TX
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station
An avid runner, Dr. Sessums runs marathons, ultramarathons and triathlons of all distance. She and her daughter have two cats, two dogs and two hermit crabs.
Laurie Stephens
DVM
Critical Care
Laurie Stephens
DVM
Critical Care
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Dr. Laurie Stephens' particular clinical interests include sepsis, anaphylaxis, polytrauma, and severe gastrointestinal disease.
  • Residency, Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville TX
Dr. Stephens enjoys working out, cooking and time with her husband and two boys. The family has a standard poodle named Frederic and a Rhodesian ridgeback/black mouth cur mix named Dutch.