Megan, Natalie, Amber, Katy, Dr. Kaufman, Rachel, Linda, Grace
and the rest of our team are here to help.
Dr. Kaufman brings with him a broad background in science and medicine: DVM, Kansas State University, 1989. PhD, University of Minnesota, 1993 (Neuroscience). Previous clinic owner/veterinarian in Houston (West U Vet). Research and shelter medicine experience (NASA JSC, UTMB & HSPCA).
Amber has been an LVT (Licensed Veterinary Technician) for 18 years and has been with Startz Veterinary for 10 years. She loves assisting Dr K in surgery. She is our “go-to” gal for fear-aggressive dogs. Amber loves being a technician!
She is married, has two kids, an olde english bulldog named “Bruno”, a pug named “Pugsley”, a potbelly pig named “Sally”, along with several goats.
In her spare time she can be found in the show barn with her kids showing goats and lambs. She also likes to go to the beach and spend time with family whether it’s fishing, driving around in the jeep, or just sitting around the campfire.
Linda is our receptionist and has over 6 years experience in the veterinary field. She is a recent “empty-nester”, a mother to three kids: 19 yr old twins and and a 21 yr old. She has two dogs: Tucker and Chewy.
In her spare time she enjoys BBQ’ing and hanging out with friends. She also enjoys jeep outings with jeep clubs she belongs to.
Megan moved to Texas from Minnesota a year ago. She received her Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Duluth Business University in 2017. She loves the weather here and enjoys taking her dog, Frankie, on walks around the lake.
Heather is a Registered Veterinary Technician and our Practice Manager. She graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology in 2004. Heather loves client education and teaching.
She is married and has a son and daughter. She also has two three-legged cats, a dog named “Christmas Cupcake Lambert” (the happiest dog in the world) and 30 chickens!! Outside of work Heather is very devoted to her family, loves to read, and enjoys cooking with her husband.
As the Hospital Administrator Extraordinaire, Rachel pitches in wherever needed. With a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas A&M, College Station, and a Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology from The University of Texas Medical Branch, in Galveston, she is well suited to veterinary medicine. Her favorite aspects of the profession include building the Startz Veterinary team and working directly with clients to improve their animal’s health and well-being.
A busy mom to elementary-aged children, Rachel loves to spend free time at the river with her family and their dog, Bowie. When she’s not at the river’s edge, you can find Rachel practicing yoga, gardening, cooking, and reading.
Grace is a Certified Veterinary Assistant, Level I and works part time at Startz Veterinary. She is currently in school and actively participates in her local 4-H and equine drill time. All of her life, Grace has had an extreme love for animals. Her goal for the future is to attend Texas A&M and hopes to obtain a degree in Veterinary Medicine.
She has Quarter horse mare named Ginger whose favorite thing to do is run and a dog named Rex who prefers to never leave his bed!
Natalie attended Texas State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Her deep love for animals brought her to Startz Veterinary. She enjoys riding and caring for her two horses whenever she's not working. She has two cats who like to keep her company while pursuing her other hobby, reading. Natalie is a team player, eager to learn and help out whenever possible.
Katy comes to Startz Veterinary with many years of experience in the animal world. She graduated December 2017 from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Production and minors in both Wildlife Management and Biology. Katy is native to the area. When she's not at work you will find her exploring state parks with her dog, Bella, the Border Hound. She recently rescued a tiny, orange-tabby kitten named Cheeto. He keeps Katy and Bella on their toes when home. Katy also enjoys hunting, reading, and solving puzzles.
Bonus: Dr. Kaufman's Waffle recipe:
½ stick butter, melted
½ cup sour cream
Mix together, then add:
~2 cups flour
~1 cup milk
½ tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
A few tsps sugar
½ to 1 tsp baking powder
Mix to thick consistency, add water or flour as needed.
Cook up in your favorite waffle iron.
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