Meet our Veterinarians
Our team of veterinarians and veterinary staff have accrued decades of experience when it comes to delivering exceptional, personalized pet health care. That’s why pet owners from Katy, West Houston, Fulshear and across the state of Texas come to our animal hospital when they need access to reliable veterinary care.
Learn more about our team of veterinarians and staff and don’t forget to say hello when you see us next!
When he was five years old, Dr. Thurmond went on a hunting trip in the West Texas mountains. His father found him behind their truck whispering for the deer to run away! From that point on it was clear what Dr. Thurmond would do for a career. Now he cares for animals regularly as the Head Veterinarian and Owner of The WellPet Center.
Practicing veterinary medicine runs in Dr. Bryan Ping’s family—both his uncle and grandfather were veterinarians. Having grown up surrounded by animals of all kinds, only one choice made sense for Dr. Ping. Veterinary medicine is truly his calling!
From the time that she can remember Dr. Aswad has always worked towards the goal of becoming a veterinarian. When she was eight, Dr. Aswad created a drawing depicting her future aspirations. As a surprise graduation gift from veterinary school, her parents re-gifted this drawing to her 20 years later.
Dr. Aswad loves her life working as a veterinarian greeting each day with enthusiasm on her way to work. She is grateful for the opportunity to help pets develop and grow from the time that they are young throughout their lifespan, well into their senior years. Her cornerstone is the bond that develops over time with both the pet and their owner.
Dr. Aswad provides comprehensive education to each client on their pet’s condition so that they can fully understand the problem and the ins and outs of potential treatments. She emphasizes that if a condition is fully understood, including the significance of treatment options and follow-up, that these long-term conditions can be better tended to providing the best possible long-term outcome for the pet. Dr. Aswad focuses on making each visit as low stress as possible, creating a friendly environment that is full of positive reinforcement minimizing potential pet anxiety.
She and her husband have a daughter, son and a Golden Retriever.
Dr. Aswad treats each patient as if they were her own pet. Her approach to veterinary care involves recommending the best plan for testing/treatment while also remaining realistic in the possible outcomes associated with different treatment options. She educates each client individually on all possible outcomes so that collectively, a solution is found that (hopefully) makes everyone happy.
Dr. Bowling grew up in a small town where there wasn’t always a veterinarian available to help when needed. This instilled in her a compassion for pet owners and their loved ones. Dr. Bowling has always been enamored by the complexity of living things and how they function.
Her goal is for each client to leave fully understanding their pet’s situation with their health and that they trust her as their doctor.
Dr. Bowling’s family includes her husband, Jeremiah, and her cat, Trixie. She met her husband at Texas A&M at the Dixie Chicken while meeting with friends to play dominos. Her cat Trixie was a stray she found in College Station. Trixie enjoys being obnoxious, has a catnip problem and does tricks for treats.
Dr. Bowling adheres to the Golden Rule of always treating people the way that you want to be treated. Kindness is contagious.
From the age of 3 years old, Dr. Hessell knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian and her dream never changed. She always loved and enjoyed being around all types of animals.
She lives with her husband, Ken, whom she met while attending undergraduate school at Michigan State University. They have two daughters; Madison age 16 and MacKenzie age 13. They also have an English Bulldog named Bentley, a French Bulldog named Harlie, two cats named Sparty and Bruno and two rats named Piper and Maizy.
Dr. Hessell strives to provide the best quality of veterinary care while forming long-term relationships and friendships. She relocated to Texas with her family from Michigan in the summer of 2016 for her husband’s job. She worked at her previous clinic for 20 years specializing in small mammals.
Dr. Hessel’s philosophy is very simple; make every day count.
As a young child, Dr. Jessica Rivera grew up visiting and helping animals on her grandparents’ farm. At the age of 12 years, she witnessed a live birth on her uncle’s farm and it was then she knew veterinary medicine was her calling. It has been a passion of hers ever since, and she is grateful God chose her to care for His furry creatures, every day is a blessing. She loves medicine, problem solving and educating clients, but most importantly she loves helping pets and people.
Dr. Rivera’s goal with every visit is to listen and meet the needs of the pet and client. She has a passion for internal medicine specifically, geriatric medicine. Her goal is to make the patient as comfortable as possible while providing the utmost quality of care.
Dr. Rivera lives with her husband, Victor Porras, Jr. also a graduate of Texas A&M University. Victor owns and runs his own law firm. They have two children, Eliana their four year old daughter and Alexander their one year old son.
In her freetime, Dr. Rivera enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, crafting, fishing and reading.
It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me. Galatians 2:20.
Graduate of Texas A&M in 2011 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
Graduate of Texas A&M in 2006 with a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
Graduate team leader for the Michael E. DeBakey Cardiovascular Research Program
Graduate of Texas A&M in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science.
Meet our Staff
When she was nine years old, Kandis’s grandfather (a veterinarian himself) encouraged young Kandis to ask a vet at a new clinic in town if she needed help. The next day, Kandis was walking dogs, cleaning cages, and doing whatever was needed of her. By 14 years of age she was assisting with surgeries, examinations, and performing lab work!
Originally from Cameron, Texas, Kandis attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville to start working on her Bachelors of Business Administration in Management. She now lives in Katy and is attending the University of Houston-Victoria to finish up her degree. At The WellPet Center, Kandis wears many hats, from Vet Tech to Receptionist to Hospital and Practice Manager! Kandis enjoys being outdoors, fishing with her husband Waylon, and cheering on the Houston Texans and Astros. Kandis has a cat named Charlie that she rescued when he was two days old, and a cat named Sox that adopted her and her husband recently.
Sarah has always had a special place in her heart for animals. As a Veterinary Technician here at The WellPet Center, she gets to improve the quality of life for pets and their owners on a daily basis! Sarah is also the Technician Supervisor, she feels truly lucky to be a part of the team.
Ever since she was a little girl growing up in Katy, Kim has helped her grandfather with his cattle. She loved being around the animals and knew she wanted to work with them for a career. She pursued her dream and is now a registered Veterinary Technician at The WellPet Center!
Penny is thankful for her two grown daughters, her dog and grandkitty.
Nina and her husband live with both their cat and dog.
She enjoys and appreciates her life for all that it is.
Trevor P. was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He works at The WellPet Center Veterinary Hospital as a veterinary technician. His love of animals and a desire to help them overcome the illnesses they have inspired him to take on a job with our veterinary hospital. Since Trevor was young, he loved caring for animals and watching his father, who is a veterinarian, work with sick dogs and cats. He has been around animals all of his life and loves learning about how to properly care for them while he works.
What Does Trevor P. Do at The WellPet Center?
According to Trevor, his job is to keep the animals he treats healthy and happy until their owners arrive to pick them up. Trevor assists in a variety of tasks at The WellPet Center like vaccinations and routine animal checkups.
What is Trevor P. Passionate About?
Family is very important to Trevor. As previously mentioned his dad is a veterinarian and his mother is a landscape designer. Trevor also has a brother who is attending Texas A&M and hopes to become a veterinarian as well. Aside from a love of his family, Trevor also enjoys working out and watching movies in his spare time.
She aims to ensure the best care possible for both the patient and their owners.
Heather lives with her husband, two sons and their furbaby.
She lives at home with her mom, stepdad, sister and their cat.
Kayla is the receptionist at The WellPet Center Veterinary Hospital. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Kayla moved to Texas about four years ago. She says the reason why she chose a job at The WellPet Center is because she has always been drawn to the energy animals have. An animal’s loyalty and devotion to their owner is something that has always intrigued and inspired Kayla. Her job allows her to give back to the animals she loves on a daily basis. Three years ago, Kayla started her animal care journey as a vet assistant at another animal hospital. The atmosphere of the animal hospital and the amount of knowledge she gained helped her realize she had chosen the right profession.
Kayla’s Work Day
On a typical day, you can find Kayla answering questions both on the phone and in person. When a pet owner needs to know something, the first place they turn is to Kayla. She greets each of the customers with a warm and friendly smile and always has plenty of delicious treats to give to the animals who visit The WellPet Center.
What Does Kayla Enjoy Outside of Work?
Kayla loves animals and has three dogs of her own. Jasper, Vee and Khaleesi are Kayla’s whole world and she takes every opportunity she can to spoil them. Aside from caring for her fur babies, she loves exploring the outdoors and running.
Currently, Sarah, her husband and their daughter are in the search of the perfect furry friend to add to their family.
Sarah has found that it’s always best to look on the bright side of life.
She places emphasis on excellent customer service, superior animal care and a warm and friendly experience.
At home you can find her with her fiancé, three little boys, dog, two ferrets and a bearded dragon.
Erica’s life philosophy is simply to live, laugh and love hard.