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Texas Specialty Veterinary Services, PLLC provides veterinary practitioners in the Texas Hill Country, San Antonio, and South Central Texas region the opportunity to offer greater value-added surgical services to their practice, by providing in-house veterinary specialty surgical Services including orthopedics and soft tissue procedures. Our goal is to provide your customers with practical surgical alternatives within your veterinary hospital that deliver positive outcomes.

San Antonio Team

Dr. Justin Harper, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS-LA

Dr. Justin Harper, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS-LA

Owner/Surgeon

A graduate of Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Harper completed an internship in Littleton, Colorado and surgical residency program at Auburn University in large animal surgery. After returning to the Texas Hill Country, Dr. Harper had the unique opportunity to undergo additional training for small animal surgery in South Texas under the direction of Dr. Andy Baker (small animal surgeon of 40 years), Dr. Don Hulse (Texas A&M University) and others. During this time he realized the need for specialty surgical services to be offered in-house to veterinarians and their clients. In addition to being board certified in large animal surgery, Dr. Harper began completing requirements for dual certification in small animal surgery. Due to the demand of surgical services to the practices TSVS currently serve, Dr. Harper has put the dual certification process on hold. TSVS currently performs over 800 surgeries a year at veterinary practices for their pet owners including TPLO, fracture repair, other orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries.

Dr. Michelle Franklin, DVM, Limited to the Practice of Surgery

Dr. Michelle Franklin, DVM, Limited to the Practice of Surgery

Associate Surgeon

Dr. Michelle Franklin is originally from New Mexico. She attended veterinary school at Colorado State University from 1994-1998. She began her veterinary career working in a mixed animal practice in New Mexico. Following her time in private practice, she joined the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Army serving numerous tours, including overseas. While in the Army, Dr. Franklin completed her small animal surgical residency training at Oklahoma State University in 2008. After completing her residency, she spent another five years in the Army as a veterinary surgeon. She was Chief of Surgery for the Military Working Dog Hospital, Lackland AFB. Since 2013, she has been working for Texas Specialty Veterinary Services.

Dr. Linda Lew, DVM

Dr. Linda Lew, DVM

Associate Surgeon

Dr. Linda Lew is originally from Canada. She graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, completed an internship at the University of Prince Edward Island, and a residency and concurrent Master of Science degree in small animal surgery at the University of Saskatchewan. She stayed at the University of Saskatchewan as a lecturer before going to a referral practice in Chicago. She then joined a multispecialty referral hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she remained for more than 18 years. Linda is Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She is experienced with both soft tissue and orthopedic procedures. In addition to authoring several articles and chapters, she also lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of surgical topics.
Kristina Kiefer, DVM, PhD, CCRP, DACVSMR

Kristina Kiefer, DVM, PhD, CCRP, DACVSMR

Associate Surgeon

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Kristina Kiefer is a Minnesota native, who attended veterinary school at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 2006. She completed a rotating internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, in New Jersey, and a surgical specialty internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Hospital, in Texas. She then returned to the University of Minnesota, where she completed a surgical residency and a Ph.D. in Veterinary Regenerative Medicine.

Throughout her training and career, she has also had a strong interest in working dogs and sports medicine. She has worked on the vet team of several dog sled races, providing care for the canine athletes. With this experience and her strong research background in regenerative medicine, she also went on to specialize in sports medicine and rehabilitation for small animals.

She spent several years working at the University of Minnesota as an Assistant Professor in Small Animal Surgery. She transitioned to providing relief work for surgical and sports medicine services worldwide, supporting specialty hospitals and veterinary teaching hospitals while they provide the best care they can to their patients.

Her favorite free-time activities include any excuse to be outside, time with her dogs, and reading. Huge karma points for sharing your favorite books!

Kim Barrier

Kim Barrier

CCRVN

Kim has been around animals all her life. She grew up taking care of horses, livestock, and domestic animals. Previously, Kim worked on the human side of medicine for over 15 years. Her love and passion for animals motivated her to make a career change in Veterinary Medicine.

Kim joined Texas Specialty Veterinary Services in November 2011. After years of being on the road with Dr. Harper doing mobile surgery, Kim decided to get certified in canine rehabilitation. In November 2019, with support and help from Dr. Harper, Kim made that dream come true. Kim is now certified in Canine Rehabilitation and in January 2020 started Texas Specialty Veterinary Services Rehabilitation and Conditioning. Kim now does mobile rehabilitation, going to the client’s home or Veterinary clinic to do in-house Rehabilitation. Kim still plans on retiring when Dr. Harper does.

When Kim is not on the road she enjoys time with her Husband Brad, camping, hiking, and running. Kim has two children Jordan(26) and Taylor (24), and a brand new grandbaby on the way. Kim has 4 dogs and 2 cats.

Donna Dockery

Donna Dockery

Lead Technician and Client Services Coordinator

Born and raised in Texas, Donna developed a love for animals early. Her family raised German Shepherds, Dobermans, and rode horses. These days, she spends her time working in the yard or riding motorcycles with her husband and friends. Having worked in a variety of positions over the years, she enjoys a support position in the veterinary field most. She joined Dr. Harper’s team in November 2015.

She has two children, Erin and Justin, and three grandchildren- Legasi, Eryka, and Samuel. She lives in Bulverde with her husband Daniel and their dog, Goose.

Cody Kotara

Cody Kotara

Veterinary Surgical Technician

Cody was born and raised in San Antonio. He graduated from Churchill Highschool in 2015 and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of the Incarnate Word in 2019 graduating with honors. Cody is currently pursuing veterinary school at Texas A&M. He previously worked in a small animal practice for 6 years before starting with TSVS. He loves being able to participate in surgeries, help patients live a more active life, and learn the fundamentals and mechanics of surgery through this amazing opportunity.
Erin Pressler

Erin Pressler

Practice Integrator

Erin grew up in San Antonio and is the youngest of 4 sisters. Her love of animals began at a young age when she tried to nurse back to health an injured baby bird who had fallen from the tree. So, I guess you could say she was destined to work for a veterinary surgeon, right?

Erin started as a kennel technician at a small animal practice in San Antonio. She quickly fell in love with the animals, job, and culture of veterinary medicine. She has been in the animal industry for 10 years now and loves it more every day. While Erin enjoys the surgery and medicine aspect of the job, she also enjoys engaging with clients, Dr’s and their staff!

She has been married to Kyle for 9 years. They have two beautiful daughters, Kyndal and Emma. Erin has two dogs and 4 cats… but if you ask Erin, she would have 20 more cats if Kyle allowed it.

Madison Merrill

Madison Merrill

Veterinary Surgical Technician

Madison graduated from Tarleton State University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She started her career as an equine rehabilitation and conditioning tech, focusing on wellness techniques and performance. During her time as an equine tech, Madison starting her own business as a Certified Magna Wave PEMF Practitioner to further improve the healing process. Madison was born and raised in Texas! She grew up riding horses and barrel racing. Madison spends her free time training and going on adventures with her Golden Retrievers, Aspen, and Briggs! Madison joined the TSVS team in October of 2020 to make a difference in her love of animals.
Daisy Cazares

Daisy Cazares

Veterinary Surgical Technician

I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. I graduated from Palo Alto College with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. I’ve been in the veterinary medicine field for about 6 years. I started off as a kennel technician and worked my way up! As a young girl, my parents always had dogs, cats, goats and chickens around the house. I always had the love and desire to help them grow. When I’m not at work, I like to spend my day outdoors with friends and family. I have 4 dogs- a Labrador Retriever mix, a Pitbull mix, a Jack Russell Terrier and a long hair Chihuahua.

RGV Team

Dr. Michael Dosal

Dr. Michael Dosal

Owner/Lead Veterinarian

After growing up in Minnesota, Dr. Dosal moved further north for his undergraduate studies attending the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota. While finishing his undergraduate degree, Dr. Dosal and his wife became heavily involved in animal rescue efforts on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. Dr. Dosal and his wife (Dr. Lauren Dosal) were both accepted to and graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.

After graduation, Dr. Dosal spent a year in England completing a surgical internship in orthopedic and neurosurgery under world-renowned surgeon Noel Fitzpatrick. Dr. Dosal has a keen interest in research and participated in developing multiple novel surgical techniques and implant designs that utilized cutting-edge technologies like CT reconstruction imaging and CAD software to manufacture bespoke 3D-printed titanium implants. His many hours of research efforts and manuscript writing were recently rewarded when one of the papers he collaborated on with his colleagues was published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA).

After returning to the sates, Dr. Dosal spent the next two and half years under surgeon Dr. Justin Harper’s supervision, where he honed his craft in small animal surgery. While Dr. Dosal continues to absorb mentorship from Dr. Harper, especially on unique and challenging cases, he has become a well-rounded surgical practitioner in his own right, performing various orthopedic and soft tissue procedures during his time with TSVS in San Antonio. He has a passion for non-profit work and enjoys helping with TSVS cases at the San Antonio Humane Society and on his own time at the Animal Defense League of Texas.

Dr. Justin Harper, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS-LA

Dr. Justin Harper, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS-LA

Owner/Surgeon

A graduate of Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Harper completed an internship in Littleton, Colorado and surgical residency program at Auburn University in large animal surgery. After returning to the Texas Hill Country, Dr. Harper had the unique opportunity to undergo additional training for small animal surgery in South Texas under the direction of Dr. Andy Baker (small animal surgeon of 40 years), Dr. Don Hulse (Texas A&M University) and others. During this time he realized the need for specialty surgical services to be offered in-house to veterinarians and their clients. In addition to being board certified in large animal surgery, Dr. Harper began completing requirements for dual certification in small animal surgery. Due to the demand of surgical services to the practices TSVS currently serve, Dr. Harper has put the dual certification process on hold. TSVS currently performs over 800 surgeries a year at veterinary practices for their pet owners including TPLO, fracture repair, other orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries.

Samantha Zuniga

Samantha Zuniga

Veterinary Surgical Technician

Samantha was born and raised in the RGV and is currently seeking to become a licensed veterinary technician. She is also pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. Her passion has led her to volunteer at a local animal shelter and the local zoo. She previously worked at a small animal hospital for 5 years before joining TSVS. Samantha joined TSVS because of her interest in surgery and love for helping animals. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her dog, Jean.