Dr. Melanie Aschenberg
Dr. Melanie Aschenberg received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M in 2008. She also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Biology. She worked in day practice after graduating from Texas A&M prior to coming to Airport Freeway Animal Emergency Clinic in 2013. Dr. Aschenberg has a special interest in internal medicine, clinical pathology as well as client education and preventative medicine.
When not working, Dr. Aschenberg enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs. She and her family count four adorable Shih Tzus as part of their family. Potter (perfect Potter), named for Harry Potter, is 9 years old; Binky (the smallest of the bunch but full of personality) is 6 years old’ Bandit (the troublemaker of the gang) and Bella (the princess of the group) are both 4 years old. Her other interests include cooking, gardening and reading. Originally from Germany, she enjoys traveling and visiting relatives when possible.
Dr. Trudy Smith
Dr. Trudy Smith is an associate veterinarian at AFAEH. She has worked here full time since 2007. She was born and raised in the DFW metroplex and chose to return “home” after graduation from vet school. Dr Smith always had an interest in animals and veterinary medicine growing up. She started working at a local vet clinic in high school in the kennel, worked her way up to a technician and continued as a technician through college. She was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M in 1998 and graduated in May 2001.
Dr. Smith married the love of her life a week after graduation, had her first son in 2004 and was surprised with identical twin boys in 2007. She started working in emergency medicine in 2003 to challenge herself, continue working as a full time veterinarian, and also have a flexible schedule that would allow her to fulfill her desire to be a “hands-on mom” and spend as much time as possible with her beautiful family.
The Smiths moved onto 50 acres east of Dallas in 2009. Dr. Smith continues to commute into Euless because she loves her job and the people she works with. She has a long haired dachshund named Frauline that has been with her since her first year of vet school. She also has a young Australian cattle dog mix named Jack that was adopted from the Irving animal shelter. While Frauline enjoys quiet time in the house, Jack enjoys running after the boys outside and is her husband’s closest companion while he works outdoors. Dr Smith enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and jogging. Her goal is to provide the best and most compassionate medicine possible for all her patients and clients.
Dr. John Johnson
Dr. John Johnson was born in Dallas, Texas but moved to southwest Oklahoma when he was 5 years old. Growing up on a small family farm in Marlow, Oklahoma led him in the direction of becoming a Veterinarian. After graduating from Central High School in 1987, John attended and graduated “Cum Laude” from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. There, he received a bachelor’s degree in both Biology and Biochemistry.
John was accepted into the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in the spring of 1993. He graduated from Veterinary School in 1997. John was on the Presidents Honor Roll and graduated in the top 15% of his Veterinary class. After graduating from Veterinary school, he moved to Ardmore, Oklahoma and worked in mixed animal practice for 3 years. He joined Airport Freeway Animal Emergency Clinic in August of 2000. At that time, the emergency clinic was owned by a group of about 30 local Veterinarians. After practicing emergency medicine for 2 years, John knew this was what he wanted to do for the rest of his Veterinary career. So, he purchased the emergency clinic from the group of Veterinarians and has been the owner since.
John lives on a small ranch in Alvord, Texas, about 1 hour outside of Fort Worth, with his wife Jennifer and 3 children. When not practicing veterinary medicine, John enjoys spending time with his children and coaching little league baseball. They enjoy spending time outdoors, riding Harley Davidson motorcycles, dirt bikes, 4-wheelers, playing baseball, pretty much being “ornery” most of the time. They have 2 Rottweilers, Piper and Bindi, a Boston Terrier named Turbo and a Boston Terrier puppy named Suey.
Dr. Colette Levasseur
Dr. Colette Levasseur was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. Following her graduation from the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 1991, she practiced small animal medicine in Canada until 1999. She then decided to pursue her passion for emergency medicine and successfully completed a one year internship in advanced critical care and internal medicine at a small animal referral practice in California. Colette then completed a three year residency in emergency medicine and critical care in Texas before relocating to Massachusetts.
Colette has special interests in small animal surgery, pediatrics and radiology. She lives with her four cats named Chandler, Tahoe, Coquette and Abelene, and a poodle named Merlin. When she isn’t helping sick pets, Colette enjoys long distance cycling, hiking and endurance swimming.
Dr. Janel Hawkins
Dr. Hawkins was born and raised on a small family farm in upstate New York. She received her undergraduate degree in NY while working full time as a veterinary technician. She moved to St. Kitts in the West Indies after her acceptance into veterinary school at Ross University School of Vet Med and finished her clinical year of vet school at Texas A&M. Her new found love of the south and red dirt music were enough to entice her to stay in the great state of Texas after graduation.
She started her career as a veterinarian working in a mixed animal practice and joined the team at AFAEH in the May of 2013. She has always had a passion for emergency medicine and enjoys working with all creatures, especially exotic and wildlife medicine (particularly tiger conservation). Her Texas family consists of her charming collie mix Delilah, and two furious felines, Kodabear and Tuscaloosa. Outside of work she spends her time trail running with Delilah and exploring the metroplex.