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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.

Meet our Veterinary Oncologist

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 patients to the Pearland and The Woodlands locations!

Dr. Carlos H de M Souza
DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology), Diplomate ACVS; ACVS Fellow of Surgical Oncology

Dr. Carlos graduated in Veterinary Medicine from Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro in 1987. He completed an internship at Wheaton Animal Hospital in Kensington, MD in 1993-1994. Further qualifications include a Master of Science in Surgery from Universidade Federal Fluminense (1994-1996). He worked as a Small Animal Surgeon and Hospital Director at Instituto Nacional de Proteção Animal (1994-2001).

Dr. Carlos pursued residencies in Oncology and Surgery at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2001-2004) and the University of Tennessee (2004-2008). He held academic positions at The University of Missouri-Columbia and The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Outside of work, Dr. Carlos enjoys music, food, travel, and spending time with his wife and daughter. They have a cat named “Magelli”. He also played the tenor saxophone in a band called Dishwater Blond, performing at the Bonaroo Festival in 2005.

Dr. Christopher Robinson
DVM – Medical Oncologist

Dr. Christopher Robinson received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 2018. He then completed a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at BluePearl in Sandy Springs, Georgia in 2019. He completed a Small Animal Medical Oncology Internship as well as a Small Animal Medical Oncology Residency at Louisiana State University in 2023.

Dr. Christopher Robinson recently moved to Houston from Savannah, Georgia to join the teams at both Pearland and The Woodlands Animal Cancer and Referral Centers. Outside of work, Dr. Christopher Robinson enjoys watching as well as playing soccer, hiking, reading, and exploring the new city.

Dr. Katie Kaiser
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Medical Oncology)

Dr. Katie Kaiser (Stroda) was born in the vibrant city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Geaux Tigers!). Her journey in the field of veterinary medicine has been marked by a profound commitment to patient care, extensive education, and a passion for advancing the understanding and treatment of cancer in companion animals. Dr. Kaiser completed her undergraduate studies and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University. She then completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. After her internship, she attended Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Cancer Center Medical Oncology Residency Program, a global hub for cutting-edge veterinary oncology. Here, Dr. Kaiser dedicated three years to a medical oncology residency and also earned her Master’s degree in Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Dr. Kaiser became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Veterinary Medical Oncology in 2017 after her residency, which underscores her commitment to upholding the highest standards in her practice and ensures that her patients receive the best possible care.

Recognizing that each patient is unique, Dr. Kaiser takes a personalized approach to care, tailoring treatment plans to both the patient’s medical needs and the owner’s preferences. Her emphasis on quality of life involves not only medical considerations but also a deep understanding of the emotional bond between pets and their owners. Dr. Kaiser also has a keen interest in cytology.

Outside the clinic, Dr. Kaiser finds joy in the company of her three dogs, friends, and growing family. She also enjoys painting, reading, trying new local restaurants, and exploring new destinations through travel.

 

Jeremy Kinn

Jeremy Kinn

Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Jeremy obtained his RDMS (Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer) in 2012 after graduating from Bellevue College and has been performing skilled veterinary ultrasounds ever since. He became an independent contractor in 2018 and provided mobile ultrasound services to clinics within the pacific northwest. Post-2020, Jeremy realized that Houston is home and has returned.  His goal is to provide friendly, accurate, and compassionate ultrasound services.

 

Melissa Carter

Melissa Carter

Practice Manager – Both Pearland and The Woodlands location

Melissa Carter has been in the veterinary industry for a little over 10 years. She started out by obtaining her CVA (Certified Veterinary Assistant) Certification with Animal Behavior College. Continued her education and further obtained her CVPM (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager) Certification through the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association in 2020. In Aug of 2021 she finished her schooling at Platt College and later obtained her RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) License in California.

She recently moved back home to Texas after being away in Los Angeles for the past 11 years. She loves spending time with her family (proud mama of two beautiful girls), traveling, good food, and all her furry babies.

 

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.

Cristina Martinez

Cristina Martinez

Lead Surgery Oncology Technician

Cristina is a Houston native with 2 Bull Terriers, Corazon and Beluga.  She has been working as a Veterinary Technician for 9 years, with a special interest in Surgery, Anesthesia, and Patient Care. She has also worked with a Neurology specialty team as well as general practice hospitals over the years.  In her spare time, Cristina enjoys discovering the diverse art scene here in Houston.

Taylor Pierpoline

Taylor Pierpoline

Lead Oncology Technician

Taylor has been in the veterinary field for over 6 years.  She has experience in General Practice, Oncology, and Integrative Oncology. Taylor has her associate’s degree in Applied Sciences and is working towards her LVT.  She has rescued a golden retriever named Kyla. On her time off, she enjoys cooking, baking, playing board games, and spending time with friends and family.  Oncology is her passion. Being able to form bonds with people and help their pets, is one of her favorite things about her job.

Jaclyn Oden-Peace

Jaclyn Oden-Peace

Specialty Oncology Technician

Jaclyn is a NAVTA Approved Veterinary Assistant who graduated from Ross Medical Center in Huntsville, Alabama. She worked over a year and half in General Practice before being called back home to Houston to pursue a career in Specialty Medicine. Her love for working with animals began in 2015 at Pearland Barkway where she worked as a Grooming bather. Her beautiful Labrador mix named Abby is her pride and joy. She enjoys music, theater arts and trying new restaurants with her significant other. She is so excited to be in a field that extends compassion to all God’s creatures and cannot wait to get to know the amazing clients and patients that cross paths with PACRC.

Jenny Eversole

Jenny Eversole

Specialty Oncology Technician

Jenny grew up in a very small rural town and knew she wanted to work with animals at a very young age. She has been in the veterinary field going on 12 years. She has worked with small and large animals and sometimes even raccoons and baby bobcats. Jenny has experience in surgery, emergency, and general practice. She has always had an interest in specialty medicine. In her free time, she enjoys watching her son play baseball, she loves to BBQ and spend time with family and friends. She has one dog (Tatum) and 2 cats (Baso and Bevo) and a lot of niece and nephew furry pets. The best part of this profession is getting to interact with the clients and help their babies in their time of need.

Tabatha Gunz

Tabatha Gunz

Specialty Oncology Technician

Tabatha was born and raised in the local area and spent her summers working on a horse farm nearby as a teenager. At 18, she started in the Veterinary industry as a kennel assistant and worked her way to lead surgery technician (general practice) over the last 8 years. Tabatha has had a special interest in switching to a specialty and was very happy when oncology found her, as she gets to be a part of the improvement of the quality of life for our pets and providing support for pet owners in need. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym, spending time with her family, and swimming with her son. She and her fiancé are big foodies, and love going on vacation just to try new restaurants or dishes they’ve never tried before. She is a mom to 2 dogs (Sam, 7 months and Harley, 10 years) and 2 cats (Kevin, 2 years and Jayden, 18 years.)

Alexandra Canales

Alexandra Canales

Specialty Oncology Technician

Alexandra (Alex) has had 6 years of experience as a Veterinary Technician in general practice. She is from Pasadena, Texas, and is a proud graduate from the University of Houston. Her love for dogs and cats has driven her career in oncology at PACRC. She has three dogs and a cat of her own, which she loves deeply. Her fur babies include a German Shepherd named Gracie, a Belgian Malinois named Leia, a Mixed breed pup named Barry, and a calico cat named Sammy. She is a devoted and loving mother and wife. Her family is her motivation to keep growing in knowledge. She wants to help care for animals in need every day. Her hobbies are reading, exercising, painting, and cooking. She enjoys all things Disney, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and The Office!

Shelby Rue

Shelby Rue

Specialty Oncology Technician

Shelby is a licensed veterinary technician (LVT) with an Associate in Veterinary Technology. She has been working in the veterinary field for 12 years with experience in small animal, exotics, wildlife, and large animal medicine. For the last 6 years, she was the Lead LVT at a multi-doctor practice. In addition to Lead LVT, she also was in charge of laboratory diagnostics, aiding in various diagnostic procedures, and testing. Shelby enjoys studying aquatic microbial ecology where she explores different bodies of water for new microbes. As a Woodlands local, she enjoys being on the lake or outdoors with her husband, two daughters, four dogs, and even sometimes her one cat.

Loremi Garcia

Loremi Garcia

Lead ICU Technician

Loremi is an LVT (Licensed Veterinary Technician) that graduated in 2014 with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology from the Vet Tech Institute of Houston. She has worked in the Veterinary field going on 9 years, with 7 years of that in specialty clinics. She loves Emergency and Critical care, which along with her experience, is what we felt made her the perfect candidate for the lead ICU technician of The Woodlands location. She is a proud mom of two girls and 3 dogs. She prides herself on being a “social butterfly” and enjoys dancing.

Amber Acerra

Amber Acerra

Specialty Surgical Technician

Amber has been in the veterinary field since 2010. She completed her Veterinary Assistant Certification through work in Douglas Oaks Animal Hospital back in 2015. She continued to work with all types of animals and exotics. She is currently pursuing her certification in Sonography at Lone Star College. At home she has a sassy Frenchie puppy named Remy. Outside of work she is a Master Herbalist and loves doing yoga.

Jen Doerfler

Jen Doerfler

Specialty Surgical Technician

Jen is originally from Ohio, but Houston has been her home for over 20 years. She graduated from Lonestar College – Tomball in 2006 with an AAS in Veterinary Technology and obtained her LVT license that same year. Her special interest is in surgery and anesthesia. Jen shares her home with a Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix named Piper and another Pomeranian named Aspen. She also has three cats – Eclipse, Dexter and Bootstrap Bill. Her hobbies include playing video games, watching hockey, cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes football team, and attending car meets with her fabulous 2002 Camaro Z28. She also loves to collect vintage Coca-Cola.

Prima Starrbey

Prima Starrbey

Specialty Surgical Technician

Prima has been in Veterinary medicine for 16 years. For the past 7 years, she worked primarily in Anesthesia and Surgery Departments at several specialty hospitals. She truly enjoys this field of veterinary medicine and loves how rewarding the work is. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and playing videogames with her son.

Catherine Dietz

Catherine Dietz

Specialty Surgical Technician

Catherine is an LVT (Licensed Veterinary Technician) who graduated from Lone Star College with her AAS in Veterinary Technology. She has worked in the field of Veterinary Medicine for 6 years and has experience in both specialty and general practice. She has always had a special interest in surgery, anesthesia, and specialty medicine. Catherine and her husband Jordan have a chocolate English Lab who loves hunting named Bear, two shepherd mix rescues Faye and Auggie, and a cat named Scout. In her free time, Catherine enjoys working on remodeling projects with her husband, going on outdoor adventures, gardening, and a good book.

Amanda Welch

Amanda Welch

Critical Care Specialty Veterinary Technician

Amanda has been in the Veterinary field for about 18 years. She started in General practice for 5 years and then quickly fell in love with Emergency and Critical Care medicine, which she’s done now for 13 years. She loves giving a voice to those who cannot tell you where/why it hurts and staying with them throughout their stay. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Associate of Applied Science, AAS, in Veterinary Technology from Lonestar College. She also received her VTCert/VPPCert in Transfusion Medicine. She has a Pitbull puppy named Layla, 2 Australian Shepherds (Gracie & Dixie) and a horse named Jr. In her spare time, she likes to be with family/friends, watch sports, be outdoors and go hiking.

Jane Budde

Jane Budde

Overnight ICU Technician

Jane has 4 years of experience working in small animal general practice. She graduated with an Associate of Applied Science, in Veterinary Technology at Lone Star College and earned her LVT shortly after. During her time with Animal Clinics of the Woodlands, she was particularly drawn to the compassionate nursing and treatment of hospitalized animals. She adores senior pets and strives to improve the comfort of patients in her care. At home, she has a tabby cat named Ravioli and a “pocket-size” Pyrenees named Luna. She likes to spend her free time at the gym, reading, hiking, and playing board games with friends and family.

 

What can the Veterinary Assistants help me with?

Our Veterinary Assistants work behind the scenes to keep the clinic going on a daily basis. They have many responsibilities like keeping the clinic clean, walking animals as needed, and restocking supplies throughout the day. They do all of the feeding, grooming, bathing, and helping to administer medications. Veterinary Assistants work hand in hand with the Technicians and Veterinarians to ensure the patients receive the care and attention they need.

Victoria Camacho

Victoria Camacho

Assistant Inventory Manager and Lead Veterinary Assistant

Victoria has worked in the animal industry since 2008.  Her love of animals began a journey of working for grooming salons, doggie daycares, and shelters.  She has also enjoyed pet sitting with her favorite patients.  She spent 8 years working at a General Practice.   Her four-legged family includes 2 Shepherds that she rescued from the streets of Houston. She loves to travel with her fur babies Amora and Zeus.  She comes from a foodie family that enjoys cooking and watching football, UFC, and basketball.

Dzidzielia Portillo

Dzidzielia Portillo

Specialty Veterinary Assistant

Dzidzielia’s love for animals began at a very young age. At 7 years old, she knew she wanted to become a veterinarian. She’s owned a variety of animals including dogs, parakeets, guinea pigs and a chameleon. Now she has a sassy mini dachshund named Pearl. Her experience in the animal field started at a doggy daycare, then onto general practice. Dzidzielia earned her Associates of Science degree at Lone Star College and is currently finishing prerequisites to transfer into the biomedical program at Texas A&M University. Her hobbies include playing video games, painting, and reading.

Jose Parra

Jose Parra

Specialty Veterinary Assistant

Jose began his journey in the pet industry as a bather in a grooming shop. His love for pets grew, and he knew there was so much more to learn. He continued his journey working in boarding, daycare, and training facilities until he transferred to a Veterinary Assistant role at a general practice. This is when he realized he enjoyed learning about vet medicine. The change to this field fueled the desire to help animals more and continue to grow. He decided to join Oncology because of the fulfillment that comes with helping pets and their owners. He now lives in Pearland with his significant other and their four pets, two dogs named Blake and Sally, and two cats named Bernie and Lucy. This native Texan enjoys going to Houston Texans games and cheering for any home team. He also likes discovering new restaurants.

Crystal Velez

Crystal Velez

Specialty Veterinary Assistant

Crystal knew from a very young age that she wanted to work with animals. Her love and fascination with all animals made veterinary medicine a perfect fit. She decided to jump into the Veterinary field at a general practice clinic. There she was a kennel assistant for two years. She now shares her home with two dogs, Bear – a German Shepherd, a Dachshund mix that is 7 years old, and Panther – a German Shepherd, a Lab mix that is 3 years old. Crystal and her fiancé are big-time foodies. They love to try new local restaurants. They have also just started to enjoy hiking when traveling. You can also find Crystal playing video games, baking, and watching her favorite Texans and Astros play!

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

Anamaria Perez

Client Service Representative

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.

Tiffany Blackburn

Tiffany Blackburn

Client Service Representative

Tiffany started her career in Veterinary Medicine at a general practice in 2008. After 6 years, she decided to move on to specialty medicine. In July of 2014, Tiffany became a part of North Houston Veterinary Specialists, which would later become Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners. She ran the Emergency/Surgery/Internal Medicine front desk of the hospital. Two years later she moved over to become the Oncology receptionist.  She enjoys spending time with family, including her sweet Golden Retriever mix named Travis and other family four-legged dogs. She also enjoys spending time with her 2 horses, 2 donkeys, 4 goats, and many ducks, geese, and chickens. She enjoys watching baseball, football, and hockey.

Cayla Gourdin

Cayla Gourdin

Client Service Representative

Cayla started her career in Veterinary Medicine 4 years ago at an emergency vet / general practice hospital in Austin Texas. Cayla has just started in the oncology/ specialty side of veterinary medicine and is excited to learn more information to help clients and patients in any way that she can. She has two pets at home, a crazy calico cat named Kitter and a sweet, super lazy Lab/Great Dane mix named William. In her free time Cayla likes to paint, go to music festivals, and generally be outside doing activities like camping, boating, and paddleboarding.