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Meet our Veterinarians

Our veterinarians and staff have accrued decades of experience when it comes to delivering exceptional, personalized pet care. That’s why pet owners from Katy, West Houston, Fulshear and across the state of Texas come to us when they need access to reliable care.

Meet 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.

Dr. Thurmond grew up outside of the San Antonio and Dallas areas, then moved to New Mexico during high school. In 1991 he graduated from New Mexico State University with degrees in Animal Science and Business Administration in Finance. He then went on to receive his DVM from the College of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University in 1995. He opened The WellPet Center to offer compassionate care to the animals of the Katy, Fulshear, and Richmond communities.

Client education is an area that Dr. Thurmond especially enjoys. He also likes dermatology, as nothing seems to make a pet and their owner happier than when the itching and licking stops!

Dr. Thurmond met his wife Kim during their last year of undergraduate studies in New Mexico. They have two children; their daughter Kennedy is entering high school and their son Kaden is entering the 5th grade. They have a blonde Saluki mix named Dancer and a long-haired mini-dachshund named Bongo. During the warmer months they keep around eight show rabbits and a goat.

Outside of work Dr. Thurmond is an avid sports fan. His favorite teams are the Texans and the Astros, and he enjoys playing golf when he has the time. He also enjoys coaching his son’s church sports league.

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!

Dr. Ping grew up in Fort Bend County and received his undergraduate and veterinary degrees at Texas A&M University. Since 1995, he’s been practicing small animal medicine in the area. In early 2015, Dr. Ping joined The WellPet Center family as Partner and a full-time Veterinarian. His professional interests include dermatology and internal medicine; both require investigative work, and Dr. Ping loves putting together the puzzle to make a pet feel better!

Dr. Ping’s wife, Amy, is a talented landscape designer who works in Fort Bend. They have two sons, Tyler and Trevor, one of whom is pursuing his own veterinary career path at Texas A&M University. The family is rounded out by two dogs named Dottie and Zoey.

The Pings enjoy traveling and spending time together at the coast as a family. Dr. Ping particularly enjoys golfing and spending time in his elaborate home garden.

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 | The WellPet Center

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.

Dr. Hessell | The WellPet Center

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.

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.

Carly has enjoyed the company of animals ever since she was a little girl, and always knew that she would love a career in the veterinary profession. Her passion for pets simply never quit! Carly is now the Front Office Manager here at The WellPet Center.

Carly is originally from Oklahoma and also lived in Louisiana before settling in the Lone Star State. She began working in her local veterinary clinic when she was only 19 years old, starting as a kennel worker and working her way up to Veterinary Technician and Surgical Technician positions. Carly then moved into reception work and eventually became the manager! Now, she’s happy to work alongside a compassionate and talented team of professionals here at The WellPet Center to provide the highest possible quality of veterinary care.At home, Carly lives with her husband, Ryan, and their two children, Dylan and Addison. As a family, they enjoy going out with friends, visiting the zoo, catching movies, shopping, and spending time with their own pets at home. The furry side of her family includes a rescued pug named Tator (pictured above).

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.

Born in eastern Texas, Sarah moved to Fort Bend County with her family as a young child and has been here ever since. She attended the Vet Tech Institute in Houston to receive her veterinary technology degree, and is particularly passionate about client education, vaccinations, and other preventative care measures. Sarah also loves to help out with surgeries.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys crafting and restoring furniture, hunting and fishing, cooking, boating, and spending time with family and friends. She has a rescued Catahoula Leopard, Flinn, as well as two horses who are a huge part of her life.

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!

Kim attended Lonestar Community College to get her Associates of Science and then attended the Vet Tech Institute to become a certified Technician. As a veterinary professional, Kim especially enjoys dental work because she loves seeing the before and after pictures! She also likes performing radiographs, vaccines, and parasite screenings.

Kim is the middle child in her family—she has an older sister and a younger brother. She has an Australian Shepherd mix named The Dude, after the character in the movie The Big Lebowski. In her spare time, Kim likes outdoor activities like fishing, running, camping, and bicycling. She still helps her grandfather with his cattle on the weekends!

Penny worked in the human medical field for years before realizing that her true passion was with animals. Her hope is for clients and patients to leave the hospital feeling as comfortable and satisfied as she did when she brought her own pets to the center.

Penny is thankful for her two grown daughters, her dog and grandkitty.

Nina has always loved animals and appreciates every chance she gets to help them feel better. Her emphasis is placed on the development of the client/patient relationship and effective client communication.

Nina and her husband live with both their cat and dog.

She enjoys and appreciates her life for all that it is.

Trevor B | The WellPet Center

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.

Heather always told herself growing up that she wanted to work with animals. Becoming a veterinary assistant was a natural fit for her. She started her career working at an animal shelter, eventually moving her way up to the medical side of the field which she loves.

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.

Amber has always been passionate about caring for animals and truly loves what she does working in the field of veterinary medicine. She comes to the animal hospital each day looking forward to improving pet’s quality of life providing excellence in patient care and educating clients in proper pet health care.

She shares her time at home with her daughter, fiancé, three cats, dog and bearded dragon.

Amber wakes up each morning with the intention of making each day matter so that she knows that she’s made a difference for the better in someone’s life. She holds the adage, “When you die, will it matter that you have lived?,” especially close.

Migsabet has found balance as a veterinary assistant between her career and her passion of constantly making a difference in every pet and pet owner that she gets to cross paths with on a daily basis. She loves and embraces the challenges and experiences that each new day brings never ceasing in the pursuit of new learning opportunities.

She hopes that each patient leaves the hospital having had a pleasant and positive experience.

Migsabet family is made of her mom, dad, sister, brother and dog.

Mother Teresa’s words have always helped her navigate life’s obstacles, “It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.”

Hillary enjoys working with animals and being able to help them. It is her goal to help each patient as much as possible so that they leave the hospital knowing that they received the best service possible.

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.

The WellPet Center Veterinary Hospital receptionist Kendra spent her childhood in both Jennings, Louisiana and Houston, Texas. Once she graduated from Sanford Brown College, she began to look around for a job in the veterinary industry. From an early age, Kendra loved pets and has owned many animals in her life. One of her fondest memories was delivering a litter of puppies in the garage with her father. Ever since then she has known that a job in pet care was the right option for her.

The Jobs Kendra Handles at The WellPet Center

Kendra is the first face that clients see when they walk into the door at The WellPet Center Veterinary Hospital. She provides each client and their animals with the best possible customer service. Kendra enjoys the fact that clients create a bond with her based on the level of care she provides them.

What is Kendra Passionate About?

Aside from her fur babies, Sassy, Gypsy and Harley, Kendra is passionate about running and exercise.  She also enjoys curling up on the couch with her dogs and watching television. Some of the biggest accomplishments in Kendra’s life have been graduating with honors on the Dean’s list, which took a lot of work and devotion. She hopes to one day own an animal shelter where she can help to care for animals who are without a home.

Sarah loves animals and the people that love them. Being able to see them everyday and making them feel welcome makes her happy. She hopes that every patient enters the hospital feeling welcomed and confident that they are in good hands.

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.

Jessica loves the opportunity to help animals and their owners. She hopes that every client leaves the hospital feeling as though their pet was treated as if it were her own.

She enjoys time spent with family including her parents, two sisters, two cats and her boyfriend.

Jessica believes that it is impossible to ever have too many cats.

Erica has always held a deep passion for animals, feeling deep inside that animal health care has been her calling. She is appreciative for the opportunity to continue her career caring for animals.

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.

Madison became a veterinary assistant because of her love for animals. In the future, she would like to work in the medical field. She’s recognized that she can significantly improve other’s days by taking excellent care of their pet.

Her home is filled by her mom, dad, sister, two dogs, two cats, two rats and two fish.

Madison has found that when you are no longer able to change a situation, you are challenged to change yourself.

Animals bring out the very best version of Amanda. They are a constant joy in her life and always bring a smile to her face. She looks at it as a privilege to have the opportunity to care for their well-being on a daily basis.

Amanda strives to create a stress-free environment for all of those visiting The WellPet Center. Despite what the circumstances might be she always strives to share her calming effect with each patient and their families.

She also enjoys time spent with her mom, dad and three brothers; including time with her mom’s pom, and, her dad’s dog and bird. Amanda’s dog, Teddy Bear, is never far away.

Whenever possible Amanda finds a way to pray more and worry less.

Jasmine loves all animals both big and small. She has always wanted to work in the veterinary environment. Jasmine looks forward to one day becoming a veterinary technician.

She always makes herself accessible to answer any questions that clients might have. It is her goal to satisfy every patient and to ensure their parents are comfortable for them to be cared for by the WellPet team.

Her cat, Pumba, is Jasmine’s daily alarm clock walking across her face each morning at 5:30am reminding her that it is time for him to be fed.

Jasmine encourages community by living through the notion that strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events and weak minds discuss people.

Kaitlen joined the team to gain valuable hands-on experience with animals as well as to learn and gain more experience in the animal field at large. She hopes in the future to be working in conservation and saving endangered species.

She values how each pet that she crosses paths with has the ability to teach her something new. In return, she works to provide the best experience possible to each individual animal during their visit.

Kaitlen lives with her mom, dad and hedgehog. Her older sister and husband have a Sheltie.

Her solace is found in understanding that even though you can’t control what happens, you can control your attitude toward what happens.

Janelly always told herself growing up that she wanted to work with animals. When she came across the opportunity to begin working at The WellPet Center she knew that it would be a perfect fit.

She wants nothing more than for each patient to walk out happy and to always feel welcomed coming back.

Janelly lives at home with her mom, dad and two brothers. They are in search of a new furry friend to add to their family.