Our Reception Team

Below are the individuals that make up our Reception team. These are the first people you see when you bring your baby in to see us. They are the best in the business at what they do, and we are confident you’ll love them as much as we do.

WendyWendy 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. Read more…

Christina Strickland

Client Relations Specialist

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. Read more..

Alan-Mansfield ThumbnailAlan Mansfield


Alan’s official hire date will never be forgotten as it was on September 11, 2001.  He was still in attendance of Pearland High School when he joined our team as one of our Kennel Technicians and eventually one of our fabulous receptionists, over the course of several promotions and a path of heightened responsibilities. Read more…

Karen - ThumbnailKaren Ellis


Karen was born and raised in Pasadena, Texas and graduated from Sam Rayburn High School in 2004. Following that, she attended the Texas School of Massage, where she graduated in 2005. Karen grew up with animals and has been an animal lover from the a very young age. Read more…

Robin Williams


Robin began working for Claws & Paws as a Veterinary Technician on March 5, 2007. In March, 2017, after a short hiatus from Claws & Paws, Robin returned to her home away from home. Read more…