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 in 1995, she moved to Kansas City and served as Director of Veterinary Services and Primary Surgeon for a large No-Kill Animal Shelter. Dr. Oesterling continues to provide assistance to lost and abandoned animals. Dr. Oesterling’s professional experience includes Veterinary Hospital Management, Exclusive Feline Practice, and pharmaceutical research and development for Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis). “Dr. O” is the consulting veterinarian for the Kendall County Animal Shelter and her column “Paws for Thought” is published every Tuesday in the Boerne Star. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, collecting beads, shooting trap, horseback riding, and she occasionally strums a guitar. She and her daughter, Celeste, share their home with four dogs and four cats.
Dr. Lura “Pepi” Klecka
Born and raised in San Antonio, Dr. Klecka graduated from MacArthur High School and received her Veterinary degree from Texas A&M in 1978. She spent 26 years as a practice owner and for the past several years has been doing relief work. Dr. Klecka has been with Heart of the Hills Veterinary Center for two years seeing clients and patients in partnership with Dr. Oesterling, and leads the practice when Dr. Oesterling is out of town. Dr. Kecka’s practice philosophy, skill, compassion and pleasant demeanor compliments and enhances the quality of medical care provided at our hospital. She has two daughters and two grandsons. Her favorite past times are to spend time with family and travel the world. Dr. Klecka has worked with Dr. Oesterling for three years.
Dr. Patricia Brannon
Dr. Trish Brannon was born in Missouri, but raised in Texas. After Graduating from Bouie High School in 1981, she attended Texas Tech University for her undergraduate studies, prior to being accepted to Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine where she obtained her DVM in 1988. She then moved to Lexington, KY for a surgical internship at Rood & Saddle Equine Hospital then moved to San Diego, CA and practiced there for 2 years. Dr. Trish returned home to Texas in 1992 and managed a small animal practices in Fort Worth and San Antonio. In 1994, she moved to her current residence in Fredericksburg, TX where she practices part time. She also manages her husband’s Angus cattle ranch doing herd health and artificial insemination. Four years ago she started working part time with Dr. O. Her favorite past times are to spend time with her daughter Kacie and sons Wyatt and Garrett. She has 5 border collies and 6 cats.
Laurie is Dr. Oesterling’s lead assistant and has been with our practice for three years. Laurie is with your pets during surgery and recovery and takes care of special orders for medications. A licensed veterinary technician with 19 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 exotic pets. Dr. Oesterling relies on Laurie to help with communication with clients and keeping the practice on track by keeping Dr. O apprised of new or innovative medical treatments/medications coming available. 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 needs.
Laura is our groomer, receptionist, and keeps things organized! She is also the holiday decorator. You will see her in every part of our hospital. She may greet you as the receptionist, then call to discuss how you would like your cat groomed, and another day, may assist in the exam rooms. With 22 years of experience, Laura is talented and extremely helpful. You can count on her to answer your questions about anything you may need and she has a wonderful sense of humor. Laura’s work history includes Equine Management at Triple H Equitherapy, an equestrian center for handicapped individuals, along with several years in small animal practice. 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 has been with our hospital for 2 years.
Christine joined our practice in the Spring of 2013 after moving here from California. During her first two years she worked part time assisting with surgical and dentistry procedures and remained with patients during postoperative recovery. Since then, she is now at the front desk and frequently steps in for examinations. She is a licensed veterinary technician with 30 years of experience and exceptional skills. You will find Christine to have endless patience and is kind as the day is long. Although she is not here often, she plays a vital role in helping us during busy times or when we have special cases that require extra care. She lives in Boerne with her husband, Shawn and daughter Jessie. They share their home with a rescue Yorkie mix, a Pyrenes mix, 2 cats and 6 chickens. Christine enjoys horseback riding in her spare time.
Sean joined the 4-h shotgun shooting program when he was ten then journeyed on to show chicken broilers at the Kendall County Junior Livestock Show for six years. Eventually, he co-formed the Veterinary Science and Public Speaking Clubs and served as President of both. He was inspired to become a veterinarian many years ago when he took his family dog, Jake, to the vet and heard all about the profession. He just turned 17 and has been at Heart of the Hills Veterinary Center since the age of 12 when he started “clinical” volunteer hours for 4-h. This past summer, he became a part time employee. . He isn’t here often because he’s plowing through senior year preparing to graduate and head off to college or he’s out hunting, golfing, going to the gym or hanging out with his dog, Hank. Sean says he enjoys working here because “Dr. O and the staff are very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. It is truly a joy and an incredible educational experience to spend time at Heart of the Hills Veterinary Center due to the extreme professionalism of Dr. Oesterling and her impressive team.”
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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 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.