Dr. Kaufman brings with him a broad background in science and medicine: DVM, Kansas State University, 1989. PhD, University of Minnesota, 1993 (Neuroscience). Previous clinic owner/veterinarian in Houston (West U Vet). Research and shelter medicine experience (NASA JSC, UTMB & HSPCA).
Dr. McGee graduated from Texas A&M University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and in 2013 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After vet school Dr. McGee worked in Southeast Texas for 8 years before coming to Canyon Lake. She and her husband are loving raising their daughter and German Shepherd in the hill county! Her hobbies include spending time with family, making stained glass art, and traveling. Special interests: small animal rehabilitation and ultrasound
Amber has been an LVT (Licensed Veterinary Technician) for 18 years and has been with Startz Veterinary for 10 years. She loves assisting Dr K in surgery. She is our “go-to” gal for fear-aggressive dogs. Amber loves being a technician!
She is married, has two kids, an olde english bulldog named “Bruno”, a pug named “Pugsley”, a potbelly pig named “Sally”, along with several goats.
In her spare time she can be found in the show barn with her kids showing goats and lambs. She also likes to go to the beach and spend time with family whether it’s fishing, driving around in the jeep, or just sitting around the campfire.
Brittany has always had a passion for helping animals, she studied Animal Science at Texas State and has two years of veterinary experience. At home she has one dog, Copper (beagle), and two adopted cats, Oliver and Jasper. When she’s not at the clinic you can find her enjoying car events, fishing, or spending time with her fiancé and family.
Taylor has two years experience as a Veterinary assistant and three years as a dog trainer. She aspires to be a veterinarian! Taylor enjoys traveling and is a crime junkie fanatic. In her free time, you can find her chasing her 2-year-old toddler or relaxing with her two dogs and husband. Her husband is active duty army so they are always traveling to new places.
A Texas Native, Marli, was raised in rural NE Texas where she grew up on her family's ranch. From a young age animals brought her joy, unexpected blessings, and a strong desire to not only take care of them but also work with them. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her daughter and two fur pups. She enjoys many outdoor activities: riding ATVs, hunting, fishing, shooting skeet, and family barbecues.
Marissa brings 12 years of customer service experience with her. When she isn’t greeting our clients and giving their fur babies some love and affection you can find her at home with her own. Marissa has two dogs named Jackson(3) and Chester(10), as well as a cat named Nala(9). She spends as much time as possible with her son, soon to be husband, and her family. She enjoys cooking, painting, and watching the sunrise with a nice cup of coffee.
Matt is a native Texan who recently moved back after living out West. He has been a friend to animals since he was young. Matt enjoys exploring the outdoors with his family. They like fishing, catching turtles, snakes, other creepy-crawlies, and collecting bones of all sorts. He is an artist by nature. He paints, draws, builds incredible sculptures with his finds and cooks a mean gumbo! He is our 'go-to' guy for projects; he does it all.
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As the Hospital Administrator Extraordinaire, Rachel pitches in wherever needed. With a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas A&M, College Station, and a Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology from The University of Texas Medical Branch, in Galveston, she is well suited to veterinary medicine. Her favorite aspects of the profession include building the Startz Veterinary team and working directly with clients to improve their animal’s health and well-being.
A busy mom to school-aged children, Rachel loves to spend free time at the river with her family and their dog, Bowie. When she’s not at the river’s edge, you can find Rachel practicing yoga, gardening, cooking, and reading.
Bonus: Dr. Kaufman's Waffle recipe:
½ stick butter, melted