You’re Going to Love Our Staff

Meet the Doctors and staff at Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital®. We love bonding with our patients and enjoy seeing them on each visit. Since we know your furry babies and get to spend time with them, we think it is important for you to learn a little bit about each of the staff members here, so that you know who we are.

If you’d like to know more about the people taking care of your pet, please take some time to read through some of the biographies of each team member below. We continue to work to improve ourselves by continuing to take advantage of educational opportunities. Our staff attends hours of training each year and we are constantly increasing our experience and knowledge as a whole.


Our Doctors


Dr. Julie Wickel / Veterinarian / Medical Team Leader

Dr. Wickel graduated from Texas A&M University in 1991 and practiced at two other area hospitals before opening Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® in 1997. She is a member of the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, American Veterinary Medical Association and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. She is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist.

Dr. Ruth Lindsey / Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Ruth Lindsey was born in Houston and moved with her family to a farm in Richmond Texas as a teenager. Caring for the myriad of animals on the farm (horses, cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, and a javelina! in addition to dogs, cats and smaller critters) nurtured her interest in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Annelise Nicoletti / Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Nicoletti is a graduate of Kansas State University and joined us as of October 1st. We are excited that she has joined the Claws & Paws family and she can’t wait to meet each of you and your babies.

Many clients have asked us to search for a veterinarian that can see exotic pets, such as Ball Pythons. We listened and we are excited that Dr. Nicoletti has a special interest in exotic pets.


Our Receptionist Team


Wendy Hoppens / Lead Receptionist

Wendy is our Lead Receptionists and she began working with Claws & Paws on September 14, 2000. If you have ever called or visited our hospital, chances are good that you have already met Wendy. What you probably discovered is that Wendy is easy-going, friendly, professional and compassionate.

Trent Boyd / Receptionist

Trent is a member of our excellent receptionist team. He began working at Claws & Paws full-time in May 2002. Trent initially started as a volunteer in 1998 and soon after began part-time employment while attending Texas A&M University (of which he is now a proud graduate).

Robin Williams / Receptionist

Robin began working for Claws & Paws as a Veterinary Technician on March 5, 2007.

Robin started working in the animal care profession, first at the SPCA and then for eight years at Austin & Associates Animal Clinic in Texas City.

Mira Gevorkyan / Receptionist

Mira joined Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital in June 2019 after relocating from southern California. Mira is excited about her journey, not only to Texas, but also her new adventure as a receptionist at Claws & Paws.


Our Technician Team


Kristen Hicks /Lead Technician

Kristen was born in Houston Texas and moved to Pearland when she was about seven years old. She graduated from Pearland High School in 2008. She took some time off after high school to spend time with family and raise her son.

Kristen has one son, Julian who was born in 2007 and also has one Bichon Frise, “Francois”.

Stephanie Harnish, R.V.T.

Stephanie was born in Gainesville, Florida. Being the daughter of an Army Warrant Officer, she moved around but grew up in El Paso, Texas.

Since military life was what she knew growing up and seemed to be in her blood (both her sister and brother were also in the Armed Forces), she joined the Navy after college, and was ultimately stationed in Japan.

Kenneth Hill / Veterinary Assistant

Born in Houston, Texas on January 7th, Kenneth enjoyed traveling the U.S. working the pipeline. Towards the end of his traveling job, he found a puppy on the side of the highway. It was discovered the mother had already passed away. He took in the puppy and adopted him.

Lindsay Diekman, L.V.T. / Veterinary Technician

Lindsay started an externship here at Claws & Paws in March, 2017 and is so excited to start her career in the veterinary field. She is a 2017 graduate of the Veterinary Technician Institute in Houston and performed academically as one of the top in her class.

Jeanette Lamoureaux / Veterinary Technician

Jeanette was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Pearland beginning in elementary school. Her love for animals began in Junior High while volunteering at the Pearland Animal Control, wanting to bring anything and everything home. She has worked in the veterinary medicine field since 2006, beginning as a kennel technician.

Kaitlyn Rhodes / Veterinary Technician

Kaitlyn was born in Houston Texas and raised in League City. She is a 2011 graduate of Clear Creek High School. She attended the Vet Tech Institute of Houston and graduated in 2016. She is currently working towards her veterinary technician license. Kaitlyn joined Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® Veterinary Technician team in September 2018.

Jessy Pugh / Kennel Technician

Jessy has lived in Alvin her entire life. She is a 2009 Alvin High School graduate. She is a proud mom to two awesome kids, Leila and Dominic and a fur-baby name Nola Leigh. Jessy eventually plans to return to college to earn her Associates in Applied Science.

Maria Gutierrez

Bio Coming Soon!

Nicholas Landrum / Kennel Technician

Nick Landrum is a Kennel Technician who started working with Claws & Paws in June of 2018. Nick is currently in college student studying Engineering Design- Graphics at San Jacinto College. Nick’s expected graduation is Spring 2019.


Our Support Team


Isabelle Campos / Client Liaison

Isabelle joined the Claws & Paws family in August 2019. She moved from Texas, coming all the way from North Carolina, where she worked as a receptionist in a veterinary practice there. Isabelle is originally from Southern California, but has lived coast to coast the decade prior to moving to Texas due to her husband being in the Army.

Calvin Hill / Hospital Attendant

Bio coming soon, Check back.