Our Practice & Core Values
Over the years, the primary message we hear from our clients is, “We want the best quality of life, not quantity.”
Our focus is to ensure that the best quality of life is maintained for as long as possible through the remainder of your dog or cat’s life. Our expertise, compassion and knowledge keeps the patient’s experience at the forefront of our diagnostics and treatment plans.
Your pet’s treatment plan may include multiple specialities, including medical oncologist, surgeon, and radiation oncologist. Our entire team collaborates with you, the pet owner, and you primary care veterinarian to provide a personalized approach to achieving the best possible outcome for our patients.
Dr. Melissa Parsons-Doherty, DVM, DACVIM ( Oncology)
Dr. Parsons-Doherty has been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine since 2013. She is Canadian and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island , Canada. She completed a Rotating Internship in Medicine and Surgery in New Jersey at Garden State Veterinary Specialists, and a Medical Oncology Internship at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. She completed a Residency in Medical Oncology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
After completing her training in the United States, she returned to Canada to the Ontario Veterinary College where she worked and taught at the Animal Cancer Center before being drawn back to the heat of the south. She has made her home in Houston with her husband, two German Shepherds and five cats. She recently took the leap to establish the first Veterinary Speciality hospital in the Houston area dedicated to the care of dogs and cats with cancer, and is excited to welcome you at the Pearland location.
Dr. Elaine Caplan, DVM, DACVS, DABVP, CVA, CVC, CCRT
ACVM Founding Fellow, Surgical Oncology
Dr. Caplan earned her BA in Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. She then received her BS in Veterinary Science and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Texas A and M University. She completed an internship and residency at the Animal Medical Center in NYC. Dr. Caplan completed Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and Certification in Veterinary Chiropractic from the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr Caplan became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She was a surgical instructor at Iowa State University College of Veterinary medicine and completed a 2-year Surgical Oncology fellowship at University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Cancer Care Clinic.
She is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. Dr. Caplan founded Capital Area Veterinary Specialists in Austin Texas. She was on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and Executive Board of the Veterinary Cancer Society. Dr. Caplan was an author of book chapters in a variety of Veterinary Textbooks. Her special interests include oncologic surgery, reconstruction, general and orthopedic surgery, pain management, and integrative therapies. She loves water sports, traveling, and spending time with family, friends and pets.
What can my Oncology Technician assist me with?
Our oncology technicians are the staff members that assist and care for your pet while here. They administer chemotherapy and assist with your pets over all care. This includes filling medication, aspirates alongside Dr. Parson-Doherty, assisting in procedures/surgeries and running lab work and anesthesia. With the continued education provided, our staff stays current on practice techniques to provide the best care for our patients.
Irene Garcia, LVT, Oncology Technician
Irene graduated from Vet Tech Institute of Houston in May 2013 and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) in December 2013. She lives in Pearland with her husband and son and four fur babies. She has a red Doberman named Cassius, a German Shepherd named Marcie and two kitties named Ellie and June. In her free time, she likes to explore new restaurants around the Houston area.
Melissa Carter, Team Lead, Oncology Technician
Melissa has an Associates of Applied Science, EMT Certification, and is currently working on finishing her LVT licensing. Melissa has been working in Veterinary Medicine for over 18 years. Some of her interests include Internal Medicine, Oncology, Sonography, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine. Melissa is a mother and has an Australian Shepherd named Bailey, 3 horses and a cat named Snowflake. In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, riding horses and spending time outdoors.
Bailey Post, Oncology Technician
Bailey Post is an Arizona native who just recently moved to Texas. Bailey has been working in Veterinary Medicine for over three years. Prior to her coming and joining our team, she worked at a small animal clinic and at a large animal clinic as an equine technician. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors of Science, and an emphasis in Veterinary Medicine. She has an Alaskan Malamute named Cinch and a Siamese kittie named Little Bit. She enjoys roping, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with her family and friends. Bailey will soon be applying to veterinary school in hopes of becoming a mixed animal veterinarian.
Katie, LVT, Oncology Technician
Katie graduated from Vet Tech Institute of Houston in 2012 and went on to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has been working in general practice for the past 10 years, and is excited to begin this new chapter of her career in veterinary oncology. Katie lives in Seabrook with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and a variety of fish. She enjoys her weekends with family spending time at the beach, camping, and going to church.
Shonagh Bass, RVT, Oncology Technician
Shonagh is a California native who just recently moved to Spring , Texas. Shonagh has been working in veterinary medicine for 29 years. Prior to coming to our team she worked for a veterinary oncologist for 4 years. Most of her career has been spent in general practice. She has a Bachelors in Art and is a registered veterinary technician in California. She has two dachshund mixes named Anya and Cami. In her free time she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, exercising, and traveling.
What can our Client Service Coordinator offer you?
Our client service coordinator is your “go to person” for scheduling, payments, and any questions you may have. She is our front desk staff here at PACRC who is happy to assist you in any way possible. Have questions? Don’t hesitate to ask! She has the knowledge to be able to answer any questions you may have with the help of our Oncologist Dr. Parsons-Doherty.
Anamaria Perez, Client Service Coordinator
Ana has over 18 years of experience in animal welfare. She has worked in Veterinary Medicine for 11 years and was previously at the Houston SPCA for 8 years. She has fostered over 300 kittens and is proud to say she is a crazy cat lady. She shares her home with many fur and feathered babies, 3 dogs (Benny, Indie, and Canie), 4 cats (Joey, Ty, Ou Mé and Isabela) and a very big Moluccan Cockatoo named Ladybug. In her free time, she likes to travel and explore the trails in and around the city.