What Love Deserves

A team of excellence.

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What Love Deserves

A team of excellence.

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Thorough. Careful. Talented. This is a team of driven veterinary professionals united by one mission: take care of your pet the way we would take care of our own. Every single time.

Click on each team members bio to learn more about us!

DOCTORS

Dr. John Samon

Elite Fear Free Certified Professional

Pronouns: He/Him

Dr. Samon received his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science in 1992, Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science in 1994, and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (Cum Laude) from Texas A&M in 1997

He is a lifetime member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners

Dr. Samon enjoys playing chess, fishing, and being on Lake Travis

Why did you get into the veterinary field?
I have been interested in the medical field from a young age. Veterinary medicine combined my love of medicine, the outdoors, and animals.

What are your special interests within veterinary medicine?
I enjoy seeing generations of families come through our hospital. My special interests also include surgery, geriatric care and pain management.

Dr. Christine McCoy

Elite Fear Free Certified Professional

Pronouns: She/Her

Dr. McCoy received her Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009

She is a member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association

On her time off she enjoys yoga and stand-up paddle boarding

Why did you get into the veterinary field?
I got into this industry to help people by helping their pets. I enjoy building relationships over time.

What are your special interests within veterinary medicine?
My passion is to treat my patients with food as medicine, alone or in conjunction with traditional veterinary treatment. I am also interested in studying metabolic disease in dogs.

Dr. Kimberly Sabo

Fear Free Certified Professional

Pronouns: She/Her

Dr. Sabo received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Michigan State University and a certification from the Production Animal Scholars Program. Dr. Sabo graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State in 2012. After graduation Dr. Sabo completed an internship in small animal emergency and critical care

She is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association

In her free time Dr. Sabo plays ultimate frisbee competitively

Why did you get into the veterinary field?
I spent my summers with my uncle on his dairy farm. I have always loved cows and becoming a vet was a way that I could help them. Shortly after graduation I transitioned to small animal veterinary medicine but I am so happy my journey has landed me here.

What are your special interests within veterinary medicine?
I love using ultrasonography as a diagnostic tool! I am also trained in acupuncture and am very excited to offer this service to my patients.

Dr. Leahanne Alexander

Fear Free Certified Professional

Pronouns: She/Her

Dr. Alexander obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology at Texas A&M University, then attended The Ohio State University, where she earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Alexander is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association

In her few free minutes, she can be found dreaming up her perfect garden, or practicing nail art techniques

Why did you get into the veterinary field?
I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian from a young age. An early affinity for animals and a love of problem solving made my choice of career an easy one.

What are your special interests within veterinary medicine?
My special interests include behavior, dentistry, and empowering owners to be an active part of their pet’s medical care.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

–Anatole France

LEADERSHIP

Dana

Hospital Administrator, Elite Fear Free Certified Professional

Pronouns: She/Her

Why did you get into the veterinary field?
I got into the industry to help make a difference in the lives of animals. I started in the kennels in high school and quickly realized my passion was for nursing hospitalized patients back to good health. Now I enjoy helping make a difference in the lives of the team members who care for the patients. This way, I can have a positive effect on so many more patients than I ever could have on my own. I still get excited to see a recovering patient walk out of the hospital after being cared for by our phenomenal team.

What are your special interests within veterinary medicine?
My special interests are in: team member growth, innovation, leadership, and shaking up the old “norms” of veterinary management.

Kim

Operations Manager, Fear Free Certified Professional

Pronouns: She/Her

Why did you get into the veterinary field?
I entered the veterinary field because I believe that our pets deserve compassionate care in the form of continuous medical and behavioral therapy.

What are your special interests within veterinary medicine?
My main focus is to make sure the hospital has all of the medications and supplies needed in order to give the best possible care to our patients. I also maintain the hospital grounds, making sure everything is safe and clean for everyone who visits. When needed I will step in and assist my team with any task required.

“Cats are angels with fur.”

– Sark

VETERINARY TECHNICIANS

Toni

Lead Surgery Technician, Elite Fear Free Certified Professional

Pronouns: She/Her

Why did you get into the veterinary field?
I decided to become a veterinary nurse to satisfy my love for science and animals combined. I have been at Star of Texas Veterinary Hospital since 2017.

What are your special interests within veterinary medicine?
My favorite position in the hospital is surgery/anesthesia..I enjoy training new technicians and being a part of our hospital’s employee health and wellness committee. I’m also very proud of the elite fear free certification I earned in 2020.

Toni is certified in echocardiograms and assists our doctors in performing these.

Meredith

Lead Technician, Fear Free Certified Professional

Pronouns: She/Her

Why did you get into the veterinary field?
I wanted to do something that gave me purpose and fulfillment. I had always enjoyed animals and after getting my foot in the door at a hospital I was hooked. Ever since, I have strived to be the best and most knowledgeable technician I can be.

What are your special interests within veterinary medicine?
I am passionate about critical care and taking care of hospitalized patients. I enjoy navigating stressful situations and complex care.

Maribel

Fear Free Certified Professional

Pronouns: She/Her

Why did you get into the veterinary field?
Since I was a child, I always knew I wanted to work with animals and be a voice for them in their time of need. As soon as I turned 19 I started working in animal hospitals and 22 years later I’m still doing what I love.

What are your special interests within veterinary medicine?
I enjoy dentistry, surgery, phlebotomy, and developing relationships with my furry patients.

Holley

In-House Behavior Counselor, Elite Fear Free Certified Professional

Pronouns: They/Them

Why did you get into the veterinary field?
Like most who find their way into this industry, I have wanted to work with animals since I was young. From the moment I stepped into the industry, I knew this would be my life’s work.

What are your special interests within veterinary medicine?
My passion lies at the crossroads of behavior and veterinary medicine. I am here for the patients who are misunderstood, nervous, or reactive. I work to build a foundation of trust with these pets so that they can receive the outstanding patient care they deserve.

Holley is a Fear Free Certified Technician, Fear Free Certified Trainer and Puppy Start Right Instructor. Their current services include behavior consultations, victory visits, pet selection counseling, and puppy classes.

Tessa

Fear Free Certified Professional

Coming Soon!

Elizabeth

Fear Free Certified Professional

Pronouns: She/Her

Why did you get into the veterinary field?
My interest in exotic animals is the reason I got into the animal industry in the first place! I have a degree in wildlife biology and am currently becoming a licensed technician.

What are your special interests within veterinary medicine?
I love combining my passions of animals and education. My special interests at Star of Texas are cats (I love their sass!) and exotics. I love that I get to help pets, learn new things constantly, and provide education to clients.

“Lots of people talk to animals…. Not very many listen, though…. That’s the problem.”

– Benjamin Hoff

CLIENT CARE SPECIALISTS

Rebekkah

Lead Client Care Specialist, Elite Fear Free Certified Professional

Pronouns: She/Her

Why did you get into the veterinary field?
I got into the Veterinary industry to advocate for those who can’t speak our language and my love for animals led me to Star of Texas in 2015. Over the years, I have worked with many clients and their pets which helped me build heart-filling relationships with them and blossom into an empathetic and compassionate member of this hospital.

What are your special interests within veterinary medicine?
I am a mental health advocate with a B.A. in Psychology. Listening to client’s needs and making sure they are addressed, respectfully, is my passion.

Mars

Marketing Manager, Fear Free Certified Professional

Pronouns: She/Her

Why did you get into the veterinary field?
I have always been drawn to the natural sciences and found a lot of gratification working with animals. My fascination with the two led me towards studying wildlife biology in college and provided plenty of insight to confidently start working in veterinary medicine.

What are your special interests within veterinary medicine?
Combining my love of graphic design and veterinary medicine. Meeting new people and conversing with new clients. Knowing the joy and significance that a pet’s love can bring into a person’s life, I love knowing I am helping pet parent’s experience companionship and joy for as long as possible.

Lou

Client Care Specialist, Fear Free Certified Professional

Coming Soon!

Samantha

Client Care Specialist, Fear Free Certified Professional

Pronouns: She/Her

Why did you get into the veterinary field?
I got into the veterinary field because I have had a passion for animals ever since I was a kid. To be able to understand a different language (dog and cat behavior) and help them when they are the most vulnerable is heartwarming. I can’t see myself doing anything that doesn’t involve animals.

What are your special interests within veterinary medicine?
My special interest is heartworm education. Even though heartworms are common in Texas, not everyone knows how they are transmitted or their severity. Shining a light on this serious disease and seeing the recognition on a client’s face that I have taught them something new is always a good feeling.

Elyssa

Client Care Specialist, Fear Free Certified Professional

Coming Soon!

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

–Martin Buber

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN ASSISTANTS