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.
Codee Hurst
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Codee Hurst
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, North Houston Veterinary Specialist
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
Paige Kail
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Paige Kail
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Paige Kail’s favorite emergency cases include gastric dilatation volvulus, “your pet ate what?" foreign body removals, lacerations, polytrauma and management of diabetic ketoacidosis.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. Kail enjoys yoga, cooking and family time. She and her husband have two dogs, a Vizsla and a miniature dachshund, who they enjoy hiking with.
Curry Keoughan
DVM, DACVS-LA
Surgery
Curry Keoughan
DVM, DACVS-LA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-LA
Surgery
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Dr. Curry Keoughan became interested in orthopedics and surgery in middle school and still considers orthopedic surgery his favorite. Board certified in large animal surgery, he has received extensive training in the field, been a clinical instructor at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and worked around the world to include being the equine veterinarian for the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, and a senior surgeon in Singapore. Dr. Keoughan is currently in a small animal surgery fellowship.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Large Animal
  • Residency, Large Animal Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science, Nova Scotia Agriculture College, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada
Dr. Keoughan enjoys sailing, reading, renovating his house and building things. He and his wife, who is also a veterinarian, have three daughters and one son. The family has three dogs, Roxy, Sandy and Lady, and cats Halo and Tinsyl.
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.
Dr. Courtney Meason-Smith is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Courtney Meason-Smith
PhD, DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Courtney Meason-Smith
PhD, DVM
Veterinarian Associate
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Dr. Courtney Meason-Smith is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. With her combined doctorate in pathobiology, she has a specific clinical interest in canine allergic skin conditions with secondary fungal infections.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Veterinary Pathobiology, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul MN
Dr. Meason-Smith’s hobbies include cooking, gardening and home brewing. She and her husband have one daughter and two dogs.
Justin Payne
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Justin Payne
DVM, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
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Dr. Justin Payne is one of the cofounders of North Houston Veterinary Services.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Bachelor of Science, Auburn University, AL
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.
Laurie Stephens
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Laurie Stephens
DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
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Dr. Laurie Stephens' particular clinical interests include sepsis, anaphylaxis, polytrauma, and severe gastrointestinal disease.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • 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.

Technicians (VTS)

Amanda Wolfingbarger
LVT, VTS (ECC)
Critical Care
Amanda Wolfingbarger
LVT, VTS (ECC)
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency & Critical Care)
Critical Care
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Amanda loves that the veterinary industry is continually pushing for higher standards of care, like low stress handling of patients. She says that emergency medicine fits her perfectly, and she loves one-on-one intensive nursing care. Some of her favorite cases to treat include sepsis, parvovirus, feline urinary obstructions and mechanical ventilator patients. She loves being outdoors with her husband and two rescued dogs. The family also includes a cat.