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.
Amanda Doty, DVM
As a young girl Dr. Amanda Doty participated in 4H from the time she was 8 years old until she was 18. She knew then that she wanted to do something in the animal profession. Dr. Doty grew up in the San Antonio area and attended and played softball for St. Mary’s University her freshman year. She then went on to attend Texas A&M University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology. And finally, she graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.
Dr. Doty practiced at a hospital in Odessa before joining Hill Country Animal Hospital in July of 2018. Dr. Doty’s professional interests include pet nutrition and dermatology.
Dr. Doty shares her home with husband, Reid and dog Laramie who is a black Lab/Border Collie mix. Dr. Doty’s hobbies include working out, reading and traveling.
Miriam Lovell, DVM
Associate veterinarian, Dr. Miriam Lovell graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. She then spent 8 years in the US Army treating military working dogs and pets of military members. In addition to working at Hill Country Animal Hospital she also serves in the US Army Reserves.
Dr. Lovell’s big interests in the veterinary field include stress free handling of dogs and cats, dermatology, behavior and internal medicine.
Dr. Lovell shares her home with her husband, 2 furry children and 2 human children. She met her husband Will while attending school at A&M. She calls him an Aggie computer engineer. Together they are mom and dad to 4 year Audrey and 1 year old Archer.
Stephanie Krick, VMD
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.
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.
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
Helping clients establish care for their pets and understand the processes involved is what Crystal does in her position as a Client Relations Specialist. Crystal has 5 years experience in the veterinary field working previously as a Client Care Coordinator and a Lab Coordinator.
Crystal is always willing to learn new things, whether it is about a client, or a medical procedure. She always keeps the welfare of the pet in mind and treats them like family. Her favorite part of her job is being able to watch puppies and kittens grow up!
Crystal enjoys the fact that Hill Country Animal Hospital is a “small” practice because it feels like family. “You become familiar with the regular clients and patients and in a way become part of their family too. It’s a very tight community.”
Crystal enjoys time with her human kiddos, Bailey and Jack as well as her fur babies, Roadie and Moose. She also enjoys running 5K’s, spending time at the pool, and barbecuing with family.
Client Relations Specialist, Kristi says that her favorite part of the job is meeting and helping clients and their pets. Kristi joined the Hill Country Animal Hospital team in July of 2017 and brought her ten plus years of customer service with her. This is Kristi’s first job in the veterinary field and she is already at the top of her game!
Kristi appreciates how much her co-workers have helped her learn and grow in her position as a CRS. She thinks that the clients are great too! Kristi likes to spend her free time with her husband and two sons. Kristi and her family like being outdoors, swimming, watching her sons play baseball, or going to the river with their Golden doodle Zoey in tow. She also enjoys supporting her hometown teams, Kansas City Royals and the Kansas City Chiefs!
Ashley lists two unique attributes as being a good listener and being a fast learner. Ashley has been with HCAH since April 2018 and has proven both to be true in her time here. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and has done fabulous assimilation into her new veterinary career. Ashley's favorite part of her job is meeting all the pets and their pet parents. Ashley goes on to say that "We go above and beyond to make sure pets are happy and healthy."
Ashley has a special interest in feline health and behavior which stems from caring for her own two cats Katie and Lemon. Ashley will be expanding her family in March of 2020, as for her spare time she likes to spend it with her husband. She also enjoys scrapbooking and watching movies.
Client Relations Coordinator
Cynthia is our Client Relations Coordinator and has been with Hill Country Animal Hospital since September 2007. As a coordinator Cynthia supervises the Client Relations Staff and is the supervisory liaison between clients and the hospital. She 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 their kids.
Social Media Director
Client Relations Specialist, Vergie came to Hill Country from outside the veterinary world. She had some experience from a veterinary hospital but that was many years ago. Vergie has worked hard to learn what she needed to learn in order to become an asset to Hill Country Animal Hospital.
The part of the job she likes most is helping animals and clients in need. She has an empathetic nature and passion for animals. Vergie likes that the staff at Hill Country is well trained and “they really seem to truly care about the pets’ well-being.” She also likes that the staff is helpful to each other and knowledgeable when clients ask for help.
Vergie has 1 cat, Davie and 2 dogs, a German Shepherd Dog named Rosie and a Red Heeler mix named Chalupa Batman (CB). Vergie loves taking Rosie places with her and training Rosie. She loves spending time with and cooking for her husband and their friends.
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.
"I love the teamwork! I also appreciate the high standard of care that is inherent in an AAHA Accredited hospital."
Deangela "Dee" is a licensed veterinary nurse with 14 years of experience from all over the world. She has an Associate's in Veterinary Technician from Penn Foster. She is currently registered in Maryland and this year has recently become licensed in Texas. Along with 10 years of experience in the ICU/ER Dee is also Silver Level Certified in Low-Stress Handling. Dee volunteered in a military veterinary hospital while being stationed in England and has a great interest in animal behavior.
"I would love to help people and their pets before the problems cause the pet to end up in a rescue or worse."
Dee has a 2yr old Chihuahua named Maggie and a 10yr old Cat name Julius. In her free time, she loves to explore the city and sew. She even likes to dabble in glass jewelry making.
Mary Beth joined the Hill Country team in November of 2018. She brought with her almost two years of experience and a wonderful, positive and helpful personality. Her job responsibilities include educating clients and caring for pets like they are her own. She says that “meeting new people, caring for pets and giving lots of snuggles” are her favorite parts of the job.
Mary Beth loves working at Hill Country Animal Hospital because “everyone is so helpful and patient. HCAH is like one big family, and I love that. It is a very positive atmosphere that I am grateful for. It makes coming to work even more enjoyable.”
Mary Beth has 3 pittie mixes, Jax, Harley, and Clyde. Mary Beth enjoys boating, fishing, going to the beach; basically anything related to the water. She is a big sports fan with some of her favorite teams being the St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans. Mary Beth and her husband love trying out new restaurants and seeing local sights like Fredericksburg.
Veterinary Nurse Rebekah has been in the veterinary field for 4 years and joined the Hill Country team in August of 2018. When asked about her favorite part of the job, Rebekah says she likes assisting in surgeries, performing dental cleanings and preparing and reading cytology.
Rebekah says she likes working at Hill Country Animal Hospital "because of the team atmosphere and the care everyone gives the patients and clients. The whole staff is caring and always willing to help each other out.” Rebekah herself is very helpful and is determined to continue learning and growing.
Rebekah has an 8 year old Siamese cat named Puma and a Pit Bull mix dog named JoJo. When not at work Rebekah enjoys spending time with her children. She also likes running, hiking, soccer and Pilates.
Rosa has been at Hill Country Animal Hospital since August 2019. Rosa has an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. She comes with 7 years of veterinary technician experience. She is licensed in Michigan, Ohio and as of 2020 Texas.
Rosa loves that Hill Country Animal Hospital strives to provide excellent care for all animals. She likes that we practice low-stress handling and that everyone works as a team.
When Rosa is at home she cares for 3 pets of her own. Brutus is a 3yr old Golden Mix, Rory a 3 yr old Domestic Short-hair and Paws a 7yr old Maine Coon. In her free time, she loves watching Ohio State football and playing video games. She loves to run 1/2 marathons and being outdoors.
Melina started at Hill Country Animal Hospital in February of 2018. Melina loves getting to see and love on all the doggies and kitties that walk through the door. Melina is currently enrolled in school for her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
Melina likes how organized Hill Country Animal Hospital is and how everyone is always willing to help. She also likes that her fellow staff members are always willing to teach her how to do things that help her get her job done.
Melina likes spending time with her fiancé, their five dogs and 1 turtle. She likes going to movies and taking her dogs to the park. Melina also likes to try new foods.
Elisangela "Ellie" has been at Hill Country Animal Hospital since April 2019. She has been in the veterinary field for a year. Ellie is currently working on her Bachelor's in Animal Science. She was previously the Grand Ambassador for Purina Pro Plan.
" I enjoy working at this hospital because I am able to challenge myself with new obstacles and increase my knowledge to be a better technician. I'm able to give the pets the best of me."
Ellie does not currently have any fur babies, but she will be expanding with a human baby in September 2020. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband. She likes to bake and volunteer with animal-related activities.
CVA, Nurse Coordinator
Veterinary Nurse Coordinator 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.
Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), Laura joined the Hill Country team in February of 2019. Laura came to Hill Country Animal Hospital with almost 10 years of experience as well as an Associate’s Degree of Occupational Science in Veterinary Technology.
Laura is committed to the veterinary field and enjoys the variety of tasks involved in being a veterinary technician. Laura is also licensed in Nevada and Washington and has practiced in both states. When asked why Laura enjoys working at Hill Country Animal Hospital she cites the professionalism, the teamwork, communication and elevated standard of care here.
Laura has 2 rescue dogs, Ben an 11 year old Beagle mix and Jake a 7 year old Border Collie mix. When not working, Laura enjoys music, movies, sporting events and exploring Texas.
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.
Social Media Manager
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 grow 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.
Being so thoughtful and generous we were very happy to welcome Erica to our team. Erica comes to HCAH with 5+ years of veterinary experience. She is a trained veterinary surgical technician and pharmacy technician.
Erica is certified in billing and coding. She is also Fear Free Certified and has a passion for educating our pet parents.
"I enjoy teaching and educating owners. I enjoy bettering the well being of pets & watching them grow.
Erica has 2 sphynx cats. Both males and littermates, one name Bennie and the other Otis. In her free time, she loves to cook, sew, wine tasting and racquetball.
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.
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