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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.

In the third grade, young Dr. Aswad drew a picture of herself as a veterinarian treating a dog. Her mother knew she would follow her dream, and actually saved the picture and had it framed as a graduation gift 16 years later! Now Dr. Aswad cares for animals every day as an Associate Veterinarian at The WellPet Center.

After studying Animal Science for her undergrad at Texas A&M, Dr. Aswad was accepted into the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with her DVM degree in 2010. She moved back to Katy with her husband to start her family and begin working as a veterinarian.

Dr. Aswad especially enjoys internal medicine and surgery—contrary to popular belief, it’s often the fastest and simplest way to resolve certain problems, she says. She also feels that dermatology is especially important because so many of the pets she sees have skin problems.

Dr. Aswad lives with her husband, Jacob, who is a project manager for a commercial construction company. They have a nine-year-old German shepherd mix named Pearl. Outside of work, Dr. Aswad loves baking and decorating cakes—she even took a cake-decorating course in school! She loves crafts and always has a project in the works and has also been getting into photography more recently.

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!

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.

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.