Our Technician Team

Below are the individuals that make up our Technician, Veterinary Assistant and Kennel team. These are the individuals who care for you and your pets when you visit us. We’re so glad to have all of them on our team. Caring for your pets is something none of them take lightly.

GerryGerry Thornton

Lead Technician

Gerry is one of the longest term staff members at at Claws & Paws and is one of the two lead technicians. She began working at Claws & Paws on February 2, 1998. We’ve lost count of the number of years that she has been working as a Technician altogether, but it is 20+ years. Read more…

KristenKristen Hicks

Veterinary Technician

Kristen was born and raised in Pearland and is a graduate of Pearland High School. After graduation she attended the Veterinary Technician Institute where she graduated in 2012.

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

Chesare - ThumbnailChesare Sosa

Veterinary Technician

Chesare’ (pronounced like Desiree, but with a Ch) was born in California but raised in south Texas.  Working with animals has always been a dream of hers, which began in 2005. She has worked with a wide variety of animals, ranging from tigers and sea turtles to dogs and cats. Read more…

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Veterinary Technician

Emily Renick 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 associates degree. Read more…

Stephanie Harnish

Veterinary Technician

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. Read more…

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. Read More…

jessy-thumbnailJessy Pugh

Lead Kennel Technician

A native of Texas, Jessy Pugh was born and raised in Alvin Texas. In fact, she has lived her entire life in the small town of Alvin. She is an Alvin High School graduated, class of 2009.

A life-long lover of animals, she currently has a beautiful, young Pitbull, named “Nola”. Read more…

kenneth-125-x-125Kenneth Hill

Kennel Technician / 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. Read more…

Jessica Birdsong

Kennel Technician

Jessica is a Pearland High School Class of 2013 graduate who has a Great Dane named “Moose.” Two Golden-Doodles, a Terrier mix, and a German Shorthaired Pointer. Jessica has always loved animals. Because she tries to bring home (rescue) as many animals as she can, her dad affectionately calls her Ellie Mae Clampett. Read more…

Lindsay Diekman

Extern

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. Read more…

Brooke Russell

Kennel Technician

Brooke was born and raised right here in Pearland, Texas. She graduated from Pearland High School in 2013 and was recently accepted into Sam Houston State University’s Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program. Read more…