Support Staff

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Danielle Andrade

Office Manager 

Danielle has been with Washington Heights Veterinary Clinic since 2012. She graduated from the University of Houston with a dual major in Biophysics/Biochemistry and Chemistry. She has since returned to school and is working towards her nurse anesthetist degree. Danielle has spent a majority of her professional career in customer service. She strives to provide knowledgeable, compassionate, and quality care to patients and their owners. What she finds most rewarding about the years she has spent at WHVC are the many wonderful relationships she has formed with the people we serve. She strives to ensure that every experience you have with us is an outstanding one. In her free time, Danielle enjoys running, biking, and traveling.

Veterinary Technicians

Kathryn McLemore, LVT, VTS (Clinical Practice – Canine/Feline)
Lead Veterinary Technician

Kathy has been a member of our team since December 2013. She graduated from Tomball College of Veterinary Technician Program in 1997. Kathy was one of the founding members of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice.

She received her Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in canine and feline medicine. In her free time, Kathy enjoys hiking, cycling, cross fit, and adventure races. She also volunteers on the GateKeepers Committee for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Kathy has two dogs, named Daisy May and Spike, and a cat named Budda Boo.

Dawn Currey
Dawn has been with us since we opened in February of 2009; her visit and skill set helped us open the practice. She has been a veterinary technician since 2000.  She has two dogs, Ripley and Lola, and a kitty named Tawdry. Her lifelong passion has been taking care of sick and injured animals.

Chava Septien
Chava is from Querataro City, Mexico. He has a doctor of veterinary medicine from the University of Querataro. From 1991 to 1994 he worked as a veterinarian in Mexico, focusing on reproduction in dairy cows. He moved to the United States in 1994. Since then he has been working with small animals. His work ranged from kennel attendant, to technician, technician manager, and administrator. Outside of work he enjoys mountain biking, lifting weights, running, cycling, tennis, soccer, hiking, reading, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and watching movies.

Patricia Olmos, LVT
Patricia graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Houston in 2011. She has been a part of the WHVC team since 2013. She enjoys working at WHVC because she feels everyone is easy to work with and is very compassionate with everyone that walks through the door, especially those on four legs. She has a Chihuahua named Milkyway and she enjoys fishing with her husband in her free time.

Samantha Fitzgerald
Sam has worked as a Veterinarian Technician for over 8 years for Animal Hospitals in Houston and Bryan, TX. She has received numerous commendations and accreditations and has a true passion for what she does. She has helped foster over a dozen dogs while keeping her own pack including a Great Dane named Duke, a German Shepherd / Husky mix named Sasha, two cats named Agitha & Archer and her husband Amos Fitzgerald. While relatively new to the practice we look forward to a long career with her.

Deisy Rodriguez
Deisy loves the instant satisfaction she feels from helping a pet and it’s family feel better. She joined the veterinary industry in 2016 after graduating from the Vet Tech Institute and shortly joined our team after. She currently has three dogs of her own so she can truly understand how important it is to want our pets to be healthy.

Veterinary Assistants

Jennifer Russo
Jennifer has worked in the veterinary industry since 2005 and she has always had a fondness for animals. Her favorite dog breeds include Newfoundlands and Pomeranians… she loves all cat breeds! She is affectionately referred to as our resident “cat lady” and was promoted to lead veterinary assistant due to her clear love of our patients and experience caring for them.

She graduated from high school in Alaska, where she lived for five years. She attended the University of St. Thomas and Houston Community College, and earned her Associates of Arts degree in 2008. She attended the College of the Mainland in Texas City where she was an active member of the Theater Department. She’s been in Houston since 2002 and currently lives in the Heights with her two cats. Along with caring for animals, Jennifer loves reading, listening to music, following the Houston Rockets, and supporting local theater and music.

Karen Cucci
Karen has worked in the veterinary industry for over 10 years. She has an unconditional love for animals and it shows in the way she cares for our patients. It has been a lifelong dream of hers to work with animals. She has one dog, a toy poodle named Isabel. Her other passion is painting. She also likes to read, watch movies, and spend time with her family and friends.

Luis Perez
Luis has lived in Houston for over 25 years. He has worked with animals for about 20 years. A large portion of his animal experience prior to working with WHVC was acquired at the Houston Zoo – he is a former Zookeeper! Luis has a wealth of knowledge of different animal types and always has a positive attitude when he’s at WHVC.

Chris Ramirez
Having been born and raised in Houston, Chris realized he had a special affection for animals at the very young age of 5. He has always been especially fond of Pit Bulls. In his free time, you can find Chris listening to ZZ top, or eating at any of this favorite Mexican restaurants. He is also a die-hard Rockets fan. He enjoys working at WHVC because of the level of professionalism.

Kristyne Valentine
Kristyne joined us in 2016. She has two cats, Tuffy and Axel, and lives with five chihuahuas and two other cats – so 9 animals total! She was born and raised in Houston. She received her Bachelor’s Degree at Sam Houston State University in May 2016. She hopes to continue her education by attending veterinary school to receive her DVM and Masters of Science in Wildlife Conservation. Outside of working with all the adorable animals at our clinic, she enjoys watching Netflix, reading, and swimming in her pool!

Vicente Tristan
Born and raised in Houston, caring for animals has been in his life since he was a kid. He joined our team as an assistant and is passionate about keeping our hospital a safe and caring environment for your pet. He has a kitten named Lily and enjoys drawing in during his free time.


Client Service Representatives

Lynnette Pope
Lead Client Service Representative 

Lynnette has a background in the legal profession but decided to combine her passion of helping people with her passion for helping animals and join us at WHVC in 2015; she has a genuine love of all things critter. She has a B.S. in the Administration of Criminal Justice and achieved her Paralegal Certification from the Center for Advanced Legal Studies.

Lynnette is thrilled with the opportunity to observe and learn the practice of veterinary medicine from such a committed and knowledgeable staff, and she is eager to learn. Her goal is to ether start a non-profit or align with an existing one to combat the horror of dog fighting still intrinsic in a number of our communities.

When not running a soup kitchen for all the neighborhood strays, she is busy with her funky crew of aging and spirited Pit Bulls. She loves a long Harley ride on a beautiful day. She also values spending time with good friends and eating great food!

Nominique Martinez
Nominique has always had a passion for helping and taking care of animals. Nominique also works as a veterinary assistant here, to satisfy her need for hands-on pet care. In her spare time, she volunteers at a no-kill pet rescue shelter. She has several rescue pets at home. She enjoys coming to work every day to see all the animals’ smiling faces!

Gabrielle Davis
Gabrielle joined our team to further her passion for animals and desire to expand her knowledge about various animals and opportunities to help them in times of need and to maintain optimal wellness. She grew up with the exciting opportunity to help join her Mother on occasion in a veterinary clinic where her passion began.