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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 / Owner

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. Meghan Harris / Associate Veterinarian


Dr. Meghan Harris was born in Williamsburg, Virginia. She began her career in veterinary medicine during a mentorship in high school and she has been dedicated to caring and treating animals ever since. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Virginia Tech before attending St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine, and then spent a clinical year at NC State Veterinary School.  After graduating in 2012, she worked at a practice in Virginia before moving to Houston in 2014.

Dr. Alex Brenk / Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Alex Brenk was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She’s lived in Oklahoma and Alaska but has been in Texas since high school. She received her undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology from Texas A&M University where she worked in a research lab studying addiction. She when on to attend veterinary school at Texas A&M University and graduated in 2016.

Our Management Team

Dorian Strickland / Hospital Administrator

Dorian has been in Veterinary Practice Management since 1996 and joined us at CPVH in March 2012. He has managed Emergency Clinics and General Practices with both private- and corporate-owned facilities. He currently leads a local Veterinary Management Group as well when he mentors to other practice managers.

Dorian returned to school and received his B.B.A. with an emphasis in Marketing in 2007 from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.

Haley Greenway / Office Manager

Haley joined Claws & Paws in March 2014. Haley has previously worked at another local veterinary practice, after relocating to Pearland from New York City in 2008. She was born and raised on the southwest coast of Oregon, moved to Brooklyn, N.Y. in 2003 and finally to Pearland in 2008 with her long-time boyfriend, Sean.

Haley decided that the “corporate world” just wasn’t for her. She is the Office Manager for Claws & Paws and is very excited about adding her client service expertise to the Claws & Paws team.

Our Receptionist Team

Wendy Hoppens / Lead Receptionist

endy 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.

Hailey Miranda / Receptionist

Hailey was born and raised in Fresno, Texas and went to Dulles High School in Sugar Land, Texas.

Hailey has always been passionate about animals and animal care as well as helping people. She was in several groups to help disabled teens as well as other students throughout her high school career. She is dedicated to making pet care easily and readily available to all owners as well as their pets and turned to veterinary reception to achieve this.

Our Technician Team

Stephanie Harnish, R.V.T. / Lead Techncian

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.

Kristen Hicks / Veterinary 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”.

Emily Wallace, L.V.T. / Veterinary Technician

Emily Wallace is a Pearland native. She acquired most of her education in Pearland Independent School District, but she graduated from Clear Springs High School. After high school, she attended Alvin Community College (ACC) where she earned her associate’s degree.

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.

Lisa McMaster / Veterinary Technician

Lisa has been a Veterinary Technician since 1990. While going to school to learn animal science, she worked at The Los Angeles Zoo as a keeper, and as a dog groomer.

She has three great kids- Jade, Niko, and Callisto, as well as three wonderful step-kids- Gabriel, Chloe, and Kira.

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 Hughes / 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.

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.

Ty Crabb / Kennel Technician

Ty was born in Longview Texas and lived on a horse farm for 12 years and learned how to ride horses at two years old. She moved to Pearland at the age of twelve and ended up going through ninth and tenth grade. Her freshman year was at Turner High School as part of the first freshman class at that school.

Our Support Team

Christina Strickland / Client Relations

Christina began working at Claws & Paws in February 2009. She began her veterinary career in 1997, in Southern Maryland, working in wildlife, veterinary emergency, avian and exotics practices. Christina made the leap to Texas in 1998 only to move on to Seattle, Washington in mid-2000. After giving birth to her lovely Daughter, Christina and her family made the journey back to Texas, where she has been living happily ever since.

Laura Ward / Technician Assistant

Laura Ward joined Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® in September 2018 as one of our Technician Assistants. She is responsible for helping us keep supplies stocked, the hospital clean and any other jobs that need to be tackled.

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