Our vets.

Jonathan Blakely

DVM, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal

Surgery
On the job

Dr. Jonathan Blakely likes all aspects of surgery. His particular clinical interest is orthopedics, especially treating fractures.

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, South Texas Veterinary Specialists, Stone Oak
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Texas A&M University, College Station
Off duty

Dr. Blakely’s favorite pastime is spending time with his wife and kids. He also enjoys playing music, including guitar, banjo and the flute.

Bradley Book

DVM, DACVECC, DABVP (Canine & Feline Practice)
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care

Critical Care
On the job

Dr. Bradley Book enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.

Education
  • Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine & Feline Practice)
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, South Texas Veterinary Specialists, San Antonio
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
Off duty

Dr. Book spends his free time with his two children and their pets, golden retriever Trout, and cat Rover.

Walter Burghardt

DVM, PhD, DACVB
Board Certified in Veterinary Behavioral Medicine

Behavioral Medicine
On the job

Dr. Walter Burghardt has over 35 years of veterinary behavioral medicine experience treating dogs, cats and exotics. His particular clinical interest is treating behavioral problems that strain the bond between pet and owner.

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Biopsychology, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Master of Arts, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
  • Bachelor of Arts, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
Off duty

Dr. Burghardt is married with three grown sons. His favorite pastimes include flying, bicycling, traveling and hiking. He loves dogs, cats and tropical fish.

Oscar Carballo

DVM
On the job

Dr. Oscar Carballo Jr. is a resident in our surgical service. He enjoys all aspects of surgery but has a particular interest in orthopedic and minimally invasive procedures.

Education
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, San Antonio, TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Florida International University, Miami
Off duty

Dr. Carballo enjoys mountain bike riding, scuba diving, working out, spending time with family, traveling and fishing. He has a chocolate lab named Shamus.

Monica Chwala

DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine
On the job

Dr. Monica Chwala’s clinical interests include the treatment of immune-mediated and infectious diseases, endocrine disorders, liver and kidney/urinary diseases, gastrointestinal disease and respiratory disease. She particularly enjoys the use of minimally invasive procedures to examine and treat many conditions, like urinary incontinence or stones.

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Associate of Applied Science, Veterinary Technology, Fox College, Tinley Park IL
  • Bachelor of Science, Finance, Economics, University of Illinois, Normal
Off duty

Dr. Chwala loves new experiences and adventures, meeting people, good food, horseback riding and sports. She has two Weimaraners, Lexy and Addie.

James T. Giles III

DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal

Surgery
On the job

A retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, Dr. James Giles enjoys arthroscopy and laparoscopy and is particularly interested in orthopedic and neurologic conditions in working dogs, especially surgical management of degenerative lumbosacral stenosis. While serving as a military veterinary surgeon, he became experienced in performing endodontic repairs and advanced dentistry. He also introduced the use of negative pressure wound therapy for use in military working dogs and treated the first dogs in combat with this modality.

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Master of Science, Veterinary Biomedical Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Off duty

Dr. Giles’ wife is also a veterinarian, and they have two children. His favorite pastimes include outdoor activities, endurance fitness events and traveling. The family pets are Lucy, a golden doodle, and Mia, a poodle.

Geoff Hennig

DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal

Surgery
On the job

Dr. Geoff Hennig was a production artist with a focus on biological and medical illustration before attending veterinary school. He has served on the surgical faculty at Louisiana State University as a visiting assistant professor. His research interests have been principally in the area of canine orthopedic diseases including the effects of injectable local anesthetics on cartilage health.

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Master of Science, Veterinary Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St Kitts & Nevis, West Indies

Katelyn Hickman

DVM

Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Katelyn Hickman is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. She is dedicated to providing excellent medical care for patients in an emergency setting. Her interests include stabilizing and managing trauma patients, as well as ophthalmology and neurology.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Off duty

Dr. Hickman enjoys kayaking, pyrography and hiking with her dog, Miss Lemon Drop.

Sarah K. Israel

DVM, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal

Surgery
On the job

Dr. Sarah Israel enjoys all aspects of surgery with a particular interest in joint replacement surgery, minimally invasive orthopedics and arthroscopy. She is an American College of Veterinary Surgeons founding fellow in joint replacement surgery (JRS).

Learn more about Dr. Sarah Israel and the surgeries she performs in San Antonio, TX.

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station

Ericka Jaramillo

DVM
On the job

Like most surgery residents, Dr. Jaramillo loves all aspects of surgery. She has a strong background in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Her special interests include joint replacement surgery, thoracic surgery and neurosurgery.

Education
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Pet Hospital, Stone Oak, TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, Norwalk, CT
  • Clinical Rotation, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
Off duty

During her time off, you’ll find Dr. Jaramillo outdoors with her daughter, spouse and rambunctious pit bull, Thor.

Stephanie Kennedy

DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine
On the job

Dr. Stephanie Kennedy has more than 12 years of experience in veterinary medicine, including work with the U.S. Army Veterinary Corp. She enjoys all aspects of internal medicine but is especially interested in the evaluation of gastrointestinal disease, immune-mediated disease, infectious diseases and endocrine disorders.

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Off duty

Dr. Kennedy’s favorite hobbies include traveling the world, hiking, scuba diving, experiencing new adventures and meeting new people.

Kate Kingsley

BVetMed, MRCVS
On the job

Dr. Kate Kingsley is an intern in our surgery service.

Education
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Pet Hospital, Maitland, FL
  • Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, University of London, England
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station

Amanda Marie Marin

DVM

Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Amanda Marin enjoys all that emergency medicine has to offer with a special interest in wound management and client education.

Education
  • Clinical Rotation, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station
Off duty

Away from work, Dr. Marin enjoys weight lifting and outdoor activities such as kayaking and hiking. She has a cat named Norman.

Kevin McLaughlin

DVM
On the job

Dr. Kevin McLaughlin is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. He is most interested in cardiology.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Off duty

Dr. McLaughlin is originally from New Jersey and was part of the inaugural DVM class at the University of Arizona. In his free time, he enjoys reading and exploring the city.

Coby Ney

DVM
On the job

Dr. Coby Ney is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. His clinical interests include critical care, sepsis and treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Bachelor of Science, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Off duty

In his free time, Dr. Ney enjoys reading, playing games (video and board), puzzles and playing with his dog (Wade).

Nicole Palermo

DVM

Emergency Medicine
On the job

Dr. Nicole Palermo is interested in all emergency conditions and procedures, including lacerations and minor wound care, blunt trauma stabilization, anaphylaxis, effusive conditions (pericardial, pleural, peritoneal), urethral obstructions, and diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).

Education
  • Clinical Rotation, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
Off duty

Dr. Palermo is married and has two lovely daughters and two wonderful dogs. She enjoys outings with family, exploring the outdoors, beach vacations, music, movies, soccer, and other sporting events.

Skye Samson

DVM

Emergency Medicine
Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Montana Western, Dillon
Off duty

Dr. Samson enjoys hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, horseback riding, dog training and falconry.

Stephen Spence

MVB
On the job

Dr. Stephen Spence has a strong interest in a wide range of surgeries, especially neurologic, soft tissue and orthopedic procedures. He’s passionate about treating neurologic conditions like intervertebral disc disease, orthopedic conditions like cranial cruciate ligament rupture, patellar luxation, arthroscopic treatment for elbow/shoulder conditions, fracture management and soft tissue procedures like mass excisions and thoracic/abdominal surgery.

Education
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Pet Hospital, San Antonio, TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, San Antonio, TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Animal Specialty Group, Los Angeles, CA
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Bachelor of Science, Pre-Veterinary Animal Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Off duty

Dr. Spence enjoys traveling, SCUBA diving, Star Wars and spending time with his wife, three kids and two dogs: a French Bulldog named Padme and a Pitbull/Australian Shepherd mix named Finn.

Publications & Articles

Catherine Strey

DVM

Critical Care
On the job

Dr. Catherine Strey enjoys all aspects of critical care medicine.

Education
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, San Antonio, TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, San Antonio, TX
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station

Whitney Vickery

DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)
Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine
On the job

Dr. Whitney Vickery is deeply passionate about her clinical work, particularly nephrology and endourology. She finds great satisfaction in performing minimally invasive procedures to remove stones or treat ectopic ureters. Her interests also extend to endocrinology, feline medicine, critical care, and infectious diseases. Dr. Vickery values the collaborative relationship with pet parents, working together to achieve the best outcomes for their beloved animals.

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Master of Science, Veterinary Clinical Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Internship, First Year Graduate Veterinary Education, US Army Veterinary Corps, Fort Carson, CO
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN
Off duty

Outside of her professional life, Dr. Vickery is a loving wife and mother to three awesome kids. Her family includes two cats, Pippin and Henri, and a military working dog “washout” named Betti. Dr. Vickery’s hobbies include baking, gardening, and reading, with a particular fondness for fantasy and sci-fi, especially the Lord of the Rings series.

Publications and articles

Katheryn Wolfe

DVM, DVSc, DACVIM (Neurology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Neurology

Neurology
Neurosurgery
On the job

Dr. Katheryn Wolfe continues to be fascinated by the field of Neurology, especially seizure disorders and inflammatory conditions like meningoencephalitis/meningomyelitis. She strives for answers to the tough questions: Why does this occur? What triggers this condition? Do genetic or environmental factors play a role?

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Science, Neurology & Neurosurgery, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Emergency, Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Charlotte, NC
  • Internship, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, TX
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, George Washington University, Washington D.C.
  • US Air Force Academy
Off duty

Dr. Wolfe loves spending time with her two kids and three dogs: Watson, Skye and Roo. Her hobbies include swimming, cycling, running (triathlons) and traveling.