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Meet the Staff

Dr. Tamara Oesterling

Dr. Tamara Oesterling is a native Texan and attended Texas A&M University. After completion of her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University in 1995, she moved to Kansas City. There she served as Director of Veterinary Services and primary surgeon for a large No-Kill shelter. Dr. Oesterling continues to provide assistance to lost and abandoned animals through donations of time and services.

Dr. Oesterling’s professional experience also includes three years of hospital management, four years in Feline Practice, three years in pharmaceutical research and development for Pfizer Animal Health, and has been a guest lecturer for the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists.

She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Dr. Oesterling mentors students for the Boerne, Texas 4H veterinary Science Program, and her column, Paws for Thought, is published every Tuesday in the Boerne Star. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, shooting trap, and horseback riding. She has 3 dogs and 5 cats of her own.

Dr. Lura "Pepi" Klecka

Born and raised in San Antonio, Dr. Klecka graduated from MacArthur High School, and went on to attend TAMU Veterinary School ('78). She has spent 26 years as a veterinary practice owner, and 9 years doing relief work in and around San Antonio. She is a member of AVMA, TVMA and VMABC. She has two daughters and two grandsons, and enjoys spending time with family and traveling the world.


Laurie is Dr. Oesterling’s lead assistant and has been with our practice for two years. Laurie is usually with your pets during surgery and recovery and takes care of special orders for medications. A licensed veterinary technician with 18 years of experience, Laurie brings exceptional skill and knowledge to you and your pets. She is certified in Veterinary Dentistry and worked in emergency medicine for 10 years. Laurie also has experience with Wildlife Rehabilitation and exotics. Originally from San Antonio (She and Laura attended high school together), she now lives in Bandera with 4 dogs, 3 cats and several Chickens. Laurie will help you with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s diet, medications, behavior or other medical needs.


Laura is our newest employee who you will see in every part of our hospital. She may greet you as the receptionist then call you later to discuss how you would like your cat groomed and on another day, she may assist you in the exam room. With 22 years of experience, Laura has many talents and is extremely helpful. Part of her work history includes three years of barn management for Triple H Equitherapy which is an equestrian center for handicapped individuals. Laura and her husband, Les, live in River Mountain Ranch with one horse, two cats, a Border Collie and a Mini Aussie named Flea. Laura also has a wonderful sense of humor.

Phyllis - Canine Behavior Consultant

Phyllis is a professional dog trainer and owner of the local Bark Busters organization. She has three grandchildren and shares her home her dog Tara, and a cat named Mystery. In her spare time, she enjoys wine, live music, kayaking, hiking, and scuba diving. Reach Phyllis by phone at 830-336-4663, by email at, or online at


Tank found his way to our clinic in May of 2010 at 6 weeks old. He won his way into our hearts and hasn't left since!


Xena and her four sisters were left on our doorstep in September of 2009. Her siblings were adopted out to other homes and Xena stayed as a clinic cat. She is a prowler and is frequently seen dashing across the property in quick pursuit of small creatures.

Tinker Belle

Tinker is an Umbrella Cockatoo born in 2003. She came to live at Heart of the Hills Vet Center in February 2012. She has a lot to say and can be very demanding at times. She gets into a lot of trouble which makes for good stories for Dr. Oesterling's Newspaper Column. A very tame and friendly Parrot who gives "kisses" and is happy to meet anyone, espcially children.