4826 E. Stagecoach Road, Killeen, TX 76542

Meet Our Veterinary Team

Twila, Practice Manager/Technician

Twila joined Stagecoach Pet Hospital in April 2016. She is originally from Salado, Texas where she grew up with a love for animals. She started her career as a nurse but soon realized she was working on the wrong species so in 1983 she started in the veterinary field, beginning with large and small animals. She worked with cats, dogs, horses and cattle for several years while learning about exotics and wildlife rehabilitation. This lead to an opportunity working at the Ft. Worth Zoo with the exotics. After 5 years in the zoo setting, Twila decided a medical setting with small animals was what she preferred the most. Twila remains very passionate about animal rehabilitation but found her perfect place at Stagecoach Pet Hospital.

Twila has been happily married with 3 beautiful children and 5 wonderful grandchildren. Her 4 legged children consists of 2 horses, 5 dogs, 2 cats, chickens, 3 pigs, a fish, 1 bearded dragon and whatever special needs animal the Lord blesses her with at the time.

Margarita, Assistant

Margarita was born and raised in Puerto Rico, from a family that always had dogs, cats and farm animals. From a very young age, she knew and understood her love for animals.

In January of 2019, Margarita took a Veterinary Assistant course at Central Texas College. She then began volunteering with us in March and received a position here shortly after. Although she has not worked very long in this industry, Margarita has had experience with small animals for over 40 years.

When Margarita is not working with us, she helps a friend with his Puerto Rican Paso Fino horses, a task that keeps her connected to her roots.

Margarita lives in the outskirts of Killeen with her husband of 34 years, two dogs, a cockatiel, discus fishes, and a betta fish called Gammaliel.

Kathleen, Receptionist

Kathleen joined Stagecoach Pet Hospital in April of 2019 as a receptionist. She was born and raised in Florida but relocated to Texas due to her husband being stationed at Fort Hood. She has 3 fur babies of her own, Paisley, Nani and Mirri. She enjoys playing with her 3 dogs and exploring new places with her husband and friends.

Faith, Assistant

Faith joined Stagecoach Pet Hospital in May of 2018 as a volunteer and now works with us a veterinary assistant. Faith was born in Temple, Texas but has lived in Harker Heights the majority of her life. Faith graduated from Harker Heights School in 2019 and earned her CVA certificate through the Killeen Career Center. She has been involved in pet adoption events and small animal skillathons. She has raised rabbits for auctions and shows, and currently owns 14 of her own. She enjoys hiking and working here at Stagecoach Pet Hospital with her awesome coworkers.

Doug, Veterinary Technician

Doug joined the Stagecoach family in March of 2019. He was born on Fort Hood and has lived in Texas, Germany, and California throughout his life. Doug graduated at Harker Heights High School in 2004 and has attended Central Texas College and The University of Texas. He got his start in the veterinary field back in 2002 at Killeen Veterinary Clinic with Dr. Buckley. Doug currently lives with two Great Pyrenees, two Shelties, a Persian, a Maine Coon, and several turtles.

Kelsea, Lead Technician

Kelsea was born and raised in California. Her husband is a helicopter pilot in the United States Army and they are stationed here at Fort Hood. Kelsea was an active member of 4-H from age 8-18 years. During those 10 years of raising pigs and cattle, it allowed Kelsea to learn the true meaning of responsibility and gain a hard work-ethic while increasing her love and passion for animals. She has been in the veterinary field for 3 1/2 years now and her love for veterinary medicine grows daily. Kelsea is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technician Program through Penn Foster and on the road to becoming an RVT. Kelsea loves spending time with my family, her 2 dogs, Sequoia and Stella and her cat, Willow. Kelsea loves the outdoors and DIY projects.

Anastasia, Veterinary Technician

Anastasia joined Stagecoach Pet Hospital in July of 2017 as a technician. She was born and raised in Killeen, Texas. Anastasia graduated from Harker Heights High School in June of 2016. She has been volunteering since 2015 for her veterinary program. Anastasia is currently enrolled at Central Texas College, and hopes to pursue the veterinary medicine field at A&M University. During her free time, she enjoys reading, drawing, watching movies and spending time with her two sweet cats, Tiger and Angel.

Kara, Veterinary Technician

Kara joined Stagecoach Pet Hospital in September of 2017 as a technician. She was born and raised in Chandler, Arizona. Kara graduated Pina Medical Insitute in Mesa, Arizona in July of 2017. She moved to Texas with husband, after graduating tech school. She enjoys spending time with her two cats, panda and winston, and her dog, Minnie.

Jeunet Lloyd, Assistant

Jeunet joined Stagecoach Pet Hospital in August of 2018 after interning from the high school career center program. She graduated from Shoemaker High School in June 2018. As a senior in High school Jeunet did many activities such as FFA. She showed rabbits, judged poultry, she also participated in shot clinics and adopting events. Jeunet was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Her goal in life is to become a veterinarian and then build her own animal shelter. Jeunet recently rehomed a chocolate lab named Scooby. She has two rabbits and a bearded dragon.

Sam, Lead Receptionist

Samantha joined the SPH Family in August of 2017. She was born in Iowa and lived as an Army Brat in Alaska. Then in 1994 she rode The Alaskan Highway and didn’t stop until she got all the way to Texas. Samantha lives in Killeen with her husband Patrick. Her fur babies consist of two mini daschunds named Daisy and Duke, and one really bad Bassett Hound named Flash.

Loving animals all her life led her to working at veterinary hospitals since 2015. Growing up she enjoyed playing volleyball and softball. After high school she went to school for cosmetology and did hair for eleven years.

Samantha still likes sports but nowadays it’s watching them. She loves camping, traveling and trying new things.

Denise, Receptionist

Denise joined Stagecoach Pet Hospital in October of 2017, after relocating to Texas from Reno, Nevada. She has been in the veterinary field for the past 20 years. She has experience with large animals, small animals, and even exotics. Denise has 4 daughters, 3 grandchildren, and multiple fur babies.

Merrilyn Brissette, Receptionist

Merrilyn grew up in Molena, Georgia and joined Stagecoach Pet Hospital in March of 2018 after retiring from the United States Army. Merrilyn is currently a student at Walden University where she is obtaining her Doctorates Degree in Business Administration. She is an Honors Graduate from Grantham University with a Masters Degree in Business Administration, an Honors Graduate from American InterContinental with both a Bachelor and an Associates Degrees in Business Management, and has an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Atlanta.

Merrilyn is the proud mother of two sons, the perfect daughter in law, four cats, a Red Nose Pit Bull, and 23 pet snakes of various breeds, which makes Stagecoach Pet Hospital her perfect home away from home.

McKaley, Receptionist

McKaley Badgett was born in Texas and moved around for most of her childhood before attending Texas A&M University. She graduated in December 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. There, she met her husband who is now an Armor Officer in the United States Army and is stationed at Fort Hood. McKaley loves to be around animals, calligraphy projects, baking cookies, and playing with her Goldendoodle named Presley.

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History:

Brandy, a 6 year old female spayed Chihuahua presented to Stagecoach Pet Hospital for examination of several bruises on her belly.  Brandy is eating and drinking well. 

 

Examination:

Brandy has a normal heartrate, respiratory rate, and body temperature. Several areas of bruising are noted on her abdomen. Brandy also has petechial (small red lesions) on her gumline in her mouth. 

 

Diagnostics:

Brandy had several blood tests performed.  The complete blood count showed that Brandy had a very low platelet count. 

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Stagecoach Pet Hospital is dedicated to providing the utmost care for your beloved family member, with our state of
the art lab equipment, digital radiographs, surgeries, and medicine.

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