Dr. Melanie Aschenberg – DVM
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 – DVM
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 – DVM
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 – DVM
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 – DVM
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.
Lee Rodriguez – Veterinary Technician
Lee has been a veterinary technician since 1998. He entered the veterinary field straight out of high school and has a special interest in critical care. Lee has thoroughly enjoyed working with animals and is always excited to take on new and trying cases. Although working with sick pets is difficult, nothing makes Lee more proud than nursing injured pets back to health and sending them home to a happy and relieved family.
In addition to the joy of helping to heal sick pets, Lee genuinely enjoys communicating with and educating pet owners so they can keep their pets happy and healthy. Lee recently adopted a Chihuahua mix with a broken leg and named her Bambi. Dr Smith amputated the injured leg and Bambi has healed remarkably. She gets around as well as any young, healthy four legged dog and loves to run. Lee loves his life, his family at home and his family at work!
Mary Rainey – Veterinary Technician
Mary was born and raised on a farm in Illinois. Her family always had dogs, cats and cattle on the farm. Her love of animals and medicine brought her to the field of veterinary technology. She went to a two-year junior college and moved to Phoenix, where she lived and worked in veterinary medicine for 17 years. Mary has been a veterinary technician since 1984 and can’t think of any other job she would rather do.
After her nephew, Paul, was born Mary decided to move to Grapevine so she could be near him. When not at work Mary likes to hike, work out at the gym and go to her nephews’ baseball games. In addition to her physical activities, Mary is an avid reader. In fact, if there was a “Readers Anonymous” club, she could very possibly be the president! Mary is also very involved with her church and partakes in both community charity efforts and mission trips. She has two cats named Rose and Marie who take up more space on her bed than she does. Her human family consists of a sister who lives in Phoenix, and a sister, brother-in-law and nephew who reside in Grapevine.
Mindy Griffis – Registered Veterinary Technician
Mindy received her RVT (registered veterinary technician) degree from Tomball College. She has wanted to work with animals since she was a little girl and loves the physical and technical aspects of her job. She finds the fast pace of veterinary medicine and the daily patient and client interactions to be both challenging and fulfilling. As a veterinary technician, Mindy performs many tasks, from diagnostics to surgery prep and assistance, to anesthesiology, client education, personal patient care and much more.
Mindy has three dogs: a goofy, playful golden retriever she got when he was six weeks old named Ringo; a hyperactive German shepherd mix named Sophie-Marie; and a slightly skittish, but very loving, pitbull/basset/wire haired terrier mix named Scrappy. When Mindy is not at work, she enjoys being outdoors, working out, going to the dog park and spending time with family and friends.
Debbie Pena – Veterinary Technician
Like many technicians Debbie started as a kennel technician, or as she likes to call it “a glorified pooper-scooper”. In 2002, she moved from Dallas to Austin and landed a job in a large dog boarding facility. Four months later she accepted her first job as a veterinary technician. In 2009, she relocated to the DFW area and began working in emergency medicine. To date, Debbie has worked in veterinary ophthalmology, orthopedics, general daytime practice and critical care.
Debbie joined the crew at AFAEH in June 2011 and thoroughly enjoys patient care, puppies, kitties, client education, and learning about new treatment protocols. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and hopes to specialize in pediatric respiratory care with an emphasis on Cystic Fibrosis.
Debbie has a very large, wonderful family with sisters and a brother spread between DFW, Houston (her hometown) and Virginia. Her four legged family consists of Melvin, a “foster” she has had since 2007, and Kitty Opal, a calico she rescued in July of 2012. When Debbie is not at work, she enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, and playing with her adorable, extremely active nephew, Dominic.
Linda Hawks – Registered Veterinary Technician
Linda was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Texas in 1976 to attend college. She graduated from the AMT program at Cedar Valley and went on to pass her board exams to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Emergency medicine has always been her passion but she has also worked with exotics (in a zoo) and in equine surgery. Linda has worked at AFAEH for 10 years.
Continuing education has always been very important to Linda, so she has completed several online classes in the field of emergency and critical care, and is currently a member of VECCS (Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society). Linda has three daughters and four grandchildren. She lives 3.5 miles from a paved road with dogs named Lucy and Ram, cats named Dipstick, Maggie and Sabersaw, Tucker the horse, and six chickens named Ashley, Lulu, Ruby, Midnight, Lisa and Harley. Some of Linda’s interests include woodworking, yard work and spending time with her grandchildren.
Amanda Davis – Veterinary Technician
Amanda was born and raised on a farm in Burleson, TX. She grew up with many dogs, cats, horses and cattle. She spent her childhood days helping out with all the family pets. Her first job was as a kennel technician; she knew working with animals was her passion because of the happiness she felt from helping to care for pets. Amanda became a veterinary technician in 2011 while working at a daytime practice.
Amanda joined the team here at AFAEH in 2012 and thoroughly enjoys critical care medicine. She loves the fast pace, client interaction and building trusting relationships with her patients, but mostly she enjoys nursing sick pets back to health and sending them home to loving homes. This environment allows Amanda to learn and increase her technical skills daily.
Amanda has several pets of her own: a dachshund named Kayden, shih tzu named Miloh and a chameleon named Lima. During her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her “fur babies”, family and friends.
Morgan Damm – Veterinary Technician
Morgan has been with AFAEH since June 2013 and has worked in veterinary medicine since August 2009. In 2011 Morgan married her high school sweetheart whom she met while attending Trinity H.S. She has a deep love of animals that started when, as a child, she helped take care of the goats and cows on her grandpa’s farm. Morgan has a small herd of nine animals at home, all of which are rescues: two dogs (Bella and Luna), five cats (William Roger, Finley, Alister and Fiona) and two ferrets (Pan and Iris).
Morgan has many interests she would like to pursue in the future but for now is perfectly content with caring for your beloved furry family members.