Veterinarians & Staff
James Peterson, DVM
Dr. Peterson founded Hill Country Animal Hospital in May of 1999, with the goal of bringing a full service, state-of-the-art animal hospital to Helotes and Northwest San Antonio. “I am very proud of the incredible team of doctors and staff we have here at Hill Country, as well as the wonderful clients who allow us to provide the best care for their pets.”
Dr. Peterson graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. He began his veterinary career in emergency medicine, and says this high level of medical care helped to shape the level of care he has always wanted to provide for his patients. Asked what he enjoys most about being a veterinarian, Dr. Peterson says “I enjoy the variety of veterinary medicine, the relationships formed with our clients, and I enjoy the business of veterinary practice. My job is different and exciting every day.”
Dr. Peterson is a long standing member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association. He and his wife Kelly have 2 children, and provide a home for four dogs, two cats and a rescued pet goat.
Dr. Stephanie Krick
Associate veterinarian Dr. Stephanie Krick grew up with Vizslas, a sporting breed known for loyal companionship, and learned from an early age the important role pets play in contributing to one’s happiness and well-being. She grew up near Reading, Pennsylvania and served as a veterinary receptionist and veterinary technician for several years prior to attending veterinary school.
Dr. Krick received her B.S. in Biology from Messiah College in Pennsylvania in 2002 where she was a member of the college’s honors program. She then continued on to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and received her VMD in 2007. Dr. Krick practiced in Pennsylvania for five years prior to moving to Texas. Today, she enjoys soft tissue surgery and the unique challenges of feline medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Krick reports that what she finds most rewarding about her career is “contributing to the happiness of my clients by keeping their four-legged family members healthy. “ She enjoys the challenges and rewards of diagnosing and treating her patients.
Dr. Krick is married to a veterinarian and has one daughter. They share their home with Nash, a Brittany, Wyatt, a mixed breed rescued from San Antonio, and four cats, Lucy, Jenga, Avril and Hopkins. She enjoys indoor cycling, yoga and spending time with her family.
Jessica Shanne Rooker, DVM
Dr. Jessica Rooker grew up on a rural dairy farm in Manson, North Carolina. She was exposed to typical farm chores such as milking cows and driving tractors, but could be found in the pastures making friends with all the farm cats, dogs, ducks, and even green snakes. This environment predestined her career to a lifetime of helping animals.
Dr. Rooker attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where she double majored in Biology and Animal Science, with a minor in Genetics. She graduated in 2002 with Summa Cum Laude and valedictorian honors. In her free time, she enjoyed intramural basketball and was a member of several clubs, including President of the Biology club. She earned her veterinary degree at NCSU Veterinary College in 2007. Her previous veterinary experience entailed working in rural SE Georgia, where she was also a guest lecturer for ATF dog handlers.
These days Dr. Rooker primarily focuses on small animal companion medicine with particular interest in internal medicine, dentistry, and dermatology. She is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Away from work, Dr. Rooker can be found either at the gym, partaking in an outdoor adventure, or taking it easy baking in the company of her cats Pearl and Olive Oil.
Ana Macias, DVM
Associate veterinarian Ana Macias joined the team at Hill Country Animal Hospital in April of 2016. Dr. Macias is a native of Texas and grew up surrounded by animals on her family’s farm. “When our veterinarian performed a farm call to deliver a calf I knew that’s what I wanted to do when I grew up,” she says. Dr. Macias appreciates the variety in her work. “Every day is different with different types of cases.”
Dr. Macias attended Texas A&M University for her undergraduate degree in biomedical science and graduated cum laude. She went on to attend the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine for her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and her professional interests include internal medicine and preventative medicine.
Dr. Macias and her husband Matt share their home with two children and two beagles, Pickles and Gracie Lou. When she’s not working, she enjoys crafting and spending time with her family.
Human Resources/Financial Manager
Human Resources and Financial Manager Deb Carter has been with Hill Country Animal Hospital since July 2002. Deb has more than 25 years experience in the human resources and financial fields.
“The atmosphere here is great,” she says of why she enjoys her work so much. “We have a very caring and professional staff and our clients want the very best for their pets, which we are able to provide them.”
Deb is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association, and the Society of Human Resources Management.
She has 3 Chihuahuas named Jackie, Jacie and JJ. Her interests include scrapbooking and reading. She loves spending time with her family, especially her two grandsons.
Lisa Christie joined Hill Country Animal Hospital in May of 2007 after being in the animal and veterinary field since 1991. In addition to her years of experience she has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences with a minor in Criminal Justice.
“My favorite thing about our hospital is the level of service that we provide to our clients and the level of care and attention we provide for our patients,” she says. “I am proud that we go out of our way to go the extra mile for our clients when we have the opportunity. It says a lot that we consider so many of our clients to be extended family members of our hospital and that we genuinely care about them.”
Lisa is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, Veterinary Hospital Managers Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. She also has a special interest in feline behavior and low stress handling. Her family of rescues includes a Border Collie mix named Frankie, an Australian Koolie mix named Daphne, and cats George, Rocky, Vinny, Tyler and Charlotte. Lisa is an avid reader and loves baking, gardening, shopping and spending time with her husband.
CVA Nurse Coordinator
Jill is a Veterinary Nurse and our Nurse Coordinator who has been with Hill Country Animal Hospital since October of 2001. She began working in the animal care field in 1997 and is a Certified Veterinary Assistant through the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. She also completed extensive training in ultrasonography and now provides that much needed service to our patients. This allows our doctors to get needed information on their patients in a timely fashion with less cost to our clients.
“I like that we are a progressive hospital that stays on top of the latest medical advances,” she says. “We keep our equipment updated to provide the best quality of care and we also have wonderful doctors and support staff to work with.
She has a Pembroke Corgi at home named Mason. Her interests include camping and spending time with her husband and kids.
Client Relations Specialists
Cynthia is a Client Relations Specialist who has been with Hill Country Animal Hospital since September 2007 and began her career in the veterinary field in 2005.
A fast learner and very good multitasker, she says, “I love that we always work to perform our best care, medicine and customer service for our patients and clients each and every day.” Cynthia uses her experience at Hill Country Animal Hospital to train new Client Relations Specialists learn how to do the job.
Cynthia has a domestic shorthair cat named Cody, 2 rescue dogs, Boss and Nelson and a rabbit named Charlie. She likes to spend her free time swimming and with her husband trying to keep up with her kids.
Beverly has been a member of the client relations team at Hill Country Animal Hospital since November 2014. Her job responsibilities include greeting clients, answering phones, processing payments and ensuring that our clients receive top notch service with a smile. Beverly says that her opportunity to interact with clients and their pets on a daily basis is her favorite part of her position. At home she cares for three Catahoula mix breed dogs named Kalli, Brownie and Kalicita. In her free time Beverly enjoys being with her husband and three children, but when she’s not with them she can be found reading a good book, cooking or baking.
Kelly has been a Client Relations Specialist at Hill Country Animal Hospital since February of 2016. She has a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She enjoys getting to know people and their pets.
“I like working at Hill Country Animal Hospital because we offer great service and care to our clients and their pets,” says Kelly.
Kelly’s pets include a border collie named Sasha, Rottweiler mixes named Cersei and Sarj, a cat named Louie and a rabbit named Wrigley. She enjoys watching TV and movies, traveling and sleeping in her free time.
Donia is certified in animal care through the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and has been with Hill Country Animal Hospital since 2005. She began working in animal care during high school in 1995 and trained here at the Hospital for her certification. She also has certification as an Emergency Medical Technician.
“We practice the highest quality of medicine here at the Hospital,” she says. “I also enjoy my coworkers, and that my supervisor, practice managers and the practice owner have been very accommodating to me as a working mother.”
Donia has two cats at home named Hotshot and Frances. Even though the activity she loves most is being an involved mommy, she also enjoys camping, fishing, reading and fun festivals.
Veterinary Nurse Stephanie has been with Hill Country Animal Hospital since October of 2008, but began her career in animal care in 2000. She also has an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and has completed her certification work to become a Certified Veterinary Assistant.
“I love working at Hill Country Animal Hospital because it is like home to me. My coworkers make it that much more interesting and fun because they share the same interests as me. Also, a lot of our clients are long-term and that makes me feel good knowing they love coming back and entrusting us with their pets.”
At home, Stephanie has a rescued Poodle named Emmy and two Labrador Retrievers named Sadie and Jim. Her interests include working out, cooking, gambling, and spending time with her family.
Veterinary Nurse Julia brings a sense of humor and a positive attitude to all the tasks she performs at Hill Country Animal Hospital. These responsibilities include assisting the doctors with appointments, administering vaccines and medications, performing laboratory work and taking x-rays. Julia also manages the hospital’s inventory and is responsible for ordering supplies and medications. She has been a team member since December of 2011 and shows her love animals and concern for their owners in the care she provides every day.
“I like working with doctors and the staff because we make a great team!” Julia said about why she enjoys working at Hill Country so much. “Everyone brings unique qualities to the workplace and we all seem to work together very well.”
Julia has three dogs, a Dachshund/Chihuahua mix named Salley, a Long-haired Chihuahua named Jersey, a Chihuahua named Hunney and a guinea pig named Oreo. She enjoys working out, walking and geo caching.
As a quick learner and a very organized individual, Rocky stays on top of her various responsibilities as one of our veterinary nurses. Rocky joined our staff in September 2012.
“I really enjoy working here because all of my co-workers are 100% dedicated to providing the best care for pets and their owners,” she said. “It’s amazing to see how many of our clients will go above and beyond for their pets.”
Rocky has three dogs, Sadie, Princess and Dutchess. Rocky loves spending time with her son, Thomas, but she also enjoys taking family trips to the river or park, shooting pool or just relaxing at home on her days off.
Veterinary nurse Alyssa joined Hill Country Animal Hospital in December 2013 after working as a veterinary nurse and receptionist at two other hospitals over four years. A graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Biomedical Science, Alyssa’s duties as a veterinary nurse include educating clients, drawing blood, taking x-rays, and assisting with various lab procedures. Alyssa’s favorite part of her job is forming relationships with long-term clients and getting to watch pets grown from “puppy and kitten to elder.”
Alyssa has three dogs. Ace is a German Shepherd, Pennie is a mini Dachshund and Groot is a “Heinz 57.” In her free time she enjoys reading, taking her dogs to the park, watching movies and spending time with her son, Asher.
Helping the veterinarians with pet examinations and taking care of the pets are Amanda’s favorite part of her job as a veterinary nurse. Her positive attitude and her eagerness to help pets and their families make her a natural in her position. Amanda has been on the Hill Country team since 2012 and has completed her certification to become a Certified Veterinary Assistant from the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.
“I like working at Hill Country Animal Hospital because I enjoy our clients and the working environment,” she said. “Our staff makes everyone feel at home and I like that caring feeling.” Amanda takes special interest in dentistry and loves helping our patients have sparkling clean teeth!
In her free time, Amanda enjoys riding her Harley Davidson with her husband, playing with 3 dogs, reading books and even writing from time to time.
Interacting with our clients is Jasmine’s favorite aspect of her Veterinary Nurse job. Jasmine is currently enrolled in an online college to complete her A.A.A in Veterinary Technology. She joined our staff in September of 2012.
“We have great clients here at Hill Country Animal Hospital,” Jasmine said. “They are friendly and willing to do everything possible to keep their pets healthy.”
In her free time, Jasmine enjoys reading, hiking, fishing, camping, and playing video games. Jasmine shares her home with a Labrador Retriever mix named Nova, and two cats named Solstice and Sadr.
Veterinary Nurse Taylor joined the Hill Country Animal Hospital team in August of 2016. Taylor is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University where she double majored in Animal Science (Pre-Vet) and Biology, minoring in Chemistry.
“I enjoy working at Hill Country Animal Hospital because of the great team work we all have. Everyone from the receptionists, to the nurses to the doctors, works to facilitate that team spirit,” she says. “The fact that Hill Country Animal Hospital is AAHA accredited is also a huge plus for me as well.”
Taylor has 3 Rottweilers named Aldo, Bela and Fraulein and a Great Dane named Athena. When not at work, she can be found exercising, scrapbooking, reading, and binge watching Netflix.
Celeste has worked at Hill Country Animal Hospital since March of 2017. Celeste works as a veterinary nurse where she helps the doctors with patient care by running lab tests, seeing appointments, filling prescriptions and all the other things that accomplish the hospital’s goal of providing exceptional patient care. Working with the patients is her favorite part of the job.
Celeste has 7 years of veterinary experience and feels that her positive attitude is one of her best attributes. She has an Associate’s Degree in Ag Science and shares her home with 3 dogs; Max a 7 year old mixed breed, Hera an 8 year old German Shepherd, Roxy a 3 year old Rottweiler, and 2 cats; 5 year old Mr. Moo and 3 year old Coco.
According to Celeste, “Everyone at this clinic works great together. The teamwork is amazing and clients are treated like family. Low stress handling is practiced here which means that patients leave the hospital with a good experience.” When Celeste is not working, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding and trying new food.
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