Meet Our Team

 

At Mellina Animal Hospital, we have a team of professional veterinarians who will be sure to care for your pet properly.

 

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Our team of professionals

We asked our team some questions…

DR. J. SCOTT MELLINA

DVM

Get to Know Dr. Mellina

1. How long have you been at Mellina Animal Hospital or in the veterinary profession?
I graduated from Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in 1978. Upon graduation, I immediately drove to Alaska and started practicing veterinary medicine right away in Fairbanks at a very busy small animal hospital. I gained a lot of experience in medicine and surgery rapidly. Located in central Alaska, there was no place to send cases for consultation or help, so we “did it all.” I can recall performing multiple surgeries with textbooks open for reference. It was quite an experience. After two years in Fairbanks enjoying the Alaska experience, I returned to Fort Worth and started my own veterinary hospital purchasing Ward Animal Hospital, a practice started in 1940. The practice was located several blocks south of where we are now on Lancaster. I moved into the present location on 6th street in 1986.

I have worked with many different species over the years, including helping a raptor rehabilitation organization caring for hawks, owls, even an eagle, and some songbirds. Our goal was to rehabilitate and release back to the wild. We successfully released multitudes of birds into their native habitat. I now focus pretty much on dogs and cats only.

I have been involved in state veterinary organizations for many years. I served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) and as Chairman of VPac of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) as well. I also had a role on the Disaster Preparedness and Governance committees. I served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation (TVMF), ultimately becoming President, serving six years in that role. I am still on the board to this day. I also serve on the board of a local veterinary foundation, Fort Worth/Tarrant County Animal Foundation, with a mission to support veterinary research. I have been President twice of the Tarrant County Veterinary Medical Association. I enjoy staying involved in regulatory veterinary activities such as these.

2. What do you pride yourself in when it comes to your job and/or taking care of your patients?
I try to look at the whole picture and the complete health of the pet. I enjoy talking to owners educating them on the proper care for disease prevention and total health. I am proud that I have been helping pet owners for over 40 years now.

3. What do you do in your free time?
I enjoy bicycling, golfing, fishing, and hiking—my wife, Natalie, and I have hiked across the Grand Canyon several times. I also enjoy visiting and working the family ranch in Colorado, a peaceful retreat south of Pagosa Springs on the San Juan River.

4. Favorite quotes or sayings?
“If I had my life to do over again, I’d pick more daisies” – Nadine Stair
“Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it so the other half may reach you.”

5. What animal would you be and why?
Donkey; stubborn at times, can carry heavy weight, moves at their own pace, likes to eat, and will work for food.

DR. MEGAN KELLEHER

DVM

Get to Know Dr. Kelleher

1. How long have you been at Mellina Animal Hospital or in the veterinary profession?
After attending Texas Christian University for my undergraduate degree, I returned to my home state to attend veterinary school at Kansas State University and graduated in 2007. After living and practicing in New York, my husband and I found our way back to Fort Worth. I have been working part-time at Mellina Animal Hospital since 2018.

2. What do you pride yourself in when it comes to your job and/or taking care of your patients?
I love being a veterinarian, and I strive to be an advocate for my patients while also effectively communicating with pet owners.

3. What do you do in your free time?
Right now, most of my free time is spent chasing my three small children. We also love Texas Christian University sporting events, enjoying time at the lake, and spending time with extended family.

4. Favorite quotes or sayings?
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

5. What animal would you be and why?
A Labrador retriever; usually happy, likes to be around people, and loves to eat!

Dr. Steve Willis

DVM

Get to Know Dr. Willis

1. How long have you been at Mellina Animal Hospital or in the veterinary profession?
I have worked at Mellina Animal Hospital as a veterinarian since October of 2019. This is my second time working here. I worked summers and Christmas breaks as a veterinary student from 1984 to 1987. I graduated from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. I worked at Handley Animal Hospital in East Fort Worth from 1988 to 1998. I owned my own practice in Flower Mound from 1999 to 2016. I worked at Safari Veterinary Care Center in League City, Texas, from 2016 to 2019. Coming back to Mellina Animal Hospital is like coming home. Dr. Mellina had the most significant influence on my professional career. His influence has carried over into every aspect of my career. It is great to be 60 years old and still have a hero. I have always said if I ever grow up, I want to be like Dr. Mellina. Of course, I have never grown up…

2. What do you pride yourself in when it comes to your job and/or taking care of your patients?
I pride myself on always offering the best that veterinary medicine has and explaining its benefits. Then let the clients decide. It is their family member, and they know them better than I do. I also try to remember that veterinary medicine is both an animal and human profession. What people will do for their pets is truly wondrous. Relationships are the most crucial thing in veterinary medicine. I have clients that have come to see me at three different practices, sometimes from long distances. I have taken care of pets for two to three generations of several families. That is something to be proud of.

I also pride myself on practicing what I preach. I do the same things with my pets that I ask my clients to do, including brushing their teeth. My pets are family members, and I want to have them live as long and happy a life as possible. Even though I am a veterinarian, my dogs and cats have the same issues my client’s pets experience—these range from skin and ear disease through heart and kidney trouble to cancer. I want to satisfy myself, knowing that I have done everything possible to make their lives as long and as good as possible. These experiences can be used to help guide my clients in their decisions. I can also freely answer the common question of “what would you do if this was your dog or cat?”

Clients today are smart and want to know how to take care of their four-legged family members. I take a lot of pride in educating clients on how to prevent illness. Above all, I take pride in letting people know I genuinely care about their dog or cat. I am convinced that clients don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

3. What do you do in your free time?
My passion is Texas A&M football. My dad took us to my first Aggie game (according to mom) when I was a babe in arms in 1961. My first memory of a game was 1965. I have been to 330 games all over the country (since 1966, that I can directly recall).

I have had a strong interest in model railroading most of my life and have been continually active in the hobby since 1975. I have built five layouts. The most recent layout encompassed almost the entire upstairs of our home in Lewisville, made from 2005 – 2016. It included advanced electronics, detailed structures, and rolling stock, and hand-painted backdrops that allowed me to depict railroading on the West slope of the Continental Divide in Colorado in the fall of 1956. Through this hobby, I have learned about carpentry, electronics, geology, and vegetation. I have conducted an extensive study of America’s structures, vehicles, clothing, lifestyle, and culture in the 1950s. Most of all, the hobby has allowed me to meet many people who have become lifelong friends. My veterinary skills have been advanced by mastering the skills necessary to build highly detailed models. My goal is to recreate a (hopefully) better layout soon once a suitable home has been found. In the interim, I continue to build models for the next great endeavor.

If that is not enough, I also like to travel to Colorado to study the area of the railroad I model traverses. I also want to see most of Texas. Then, I also hope to see most of the United States.

4. Favorite Quotes?
“Love your clients so much that they would be afraid to leave for fear of a harsher world outside your door. “ – Mark Opperman

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I am going to be happy in it.’’ – Groucho Marx

“Every day when I wake up, I listen and sniff the air. If I don’t hear sobbing or smell flowers, I know it’s okay to get up.”

5. Favorite Sayings
I want to live forever. So far, so good.
Diagnose before you treat.
At the end of the business day: Did we do some good today?
My dad told me that when we get over 60, the first thing we lose is our memory. I asked him what the second thing was that we lost. He said he couldn’t remember.
My wife said she wanted to marry a man who would listen to her and remember what she said. She didn’t want that at all.
20 years from now, how important will this thing you are stressed about be to you?
When everyone around you is angry or upset, hide in a corner and throw chocolate.
When you are stressed, pet a cat. It will probably make you feel better. It will make the cat feel good. For the cat, that is good enough.
A veterinarian has the world’s coolest job. We get to play with other people’s pets for a living.
A wise man once said…

6. What animal would you be and why?
I could be either a cat or a dog. Cats are independent thinkers, meticulous, clean, intuitive, and focused on objectives. I also want to learn to have a nap like my cat eventually. He looks so happy. Dogs have many attributes I admire. They are loyal and intelligent (German shepherds). They are always excited and want to share that happiness with those around them (golden retrievers and boxers). They always want to make you happy (Australian shepherds). They can make you laugh (French bulldogs). Those are all admirable traits. I have often thought that if I could learn these traits and learn to use my eyes as a dog does, I could accomplish great things!

NATALIE MELLINA

Hospital Director

Get to Know Natalie

1. How long have you been at Mellina Animal Hospital or in the veterinary profession?
I have spent 25 years in the veterinary profession – all at Mellina Animal Hospital.

2. What do you pride yourself in when it comes to your job and/or taking care of your patients?
It is very humbling to know we have clients that have trusted us with their pets from the time they are puppies/kittens all the way to their “silver” years. To be able to play with puppies (with that puppy breath) and kittens when they are learning to play with toys is a joy. To “hold them” on their journey beyond this one is a privilege and blessing even with the difficulties that come with it. It makes me proud when clients trust us that much.

3. What do you do in your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my husband. Whether it is taking a drive or training and riding in the HHH bike ride in Wichita Falls or hiking across the Grand Canyon, I enjoy working out and reading. I love our dogs. They make my heart smile.

4. Favorite quotes or sayings?
“Define the moment or the moment will define you.” – Roy McAvoy ( Kevin Costner), Tin Cup

5. What animal would you be and why?
If I could be any animal, I would be a wolf. The white wolf is difficult to understand with the complexity and thoughts of its mind. It is adaptable to changes and NOT a fan of others’ loud and boastfulness in the pack. The black wolf can turn its weaknesses into its strengths, is passionate, and is fearless to what lies before them. They are resilient and compassionate. The gray wolf is protective of the ones they love, level-headed, and one of the most faithful animals to their mates.

Extra: God is my Lord and Savior, and my husband is my best friend this side of heaven.

Liz Meyer, CVT

Practice Manager

Get to Know Liz

1. How long have you been at Mellina Animal Hospital or in the veterinary profession?
I have spent 10 years at Mellina Animal Hospital and 16 years in the veterinary profession overall.

2. What do you pride yourself in when it comes to your job and/or taking care of your patients?
I pride myself on the compassion I give to my patients and their families.

3. What do you do in your free time?
In my free time, I garden/work in the yard with my son helping. I also enjoy hiking, running, reading, and traveling.

4. Favorite quotes or sayings?
“There is a sunrise and sunset every day, and you can choose to be there for it. You can put yourself in the way of beauty.” 

5. What animal would you be and why?
I would be an elephant – peaceful, strong, and a good leader. They stay in small groups but extremely loyal to those around them.

Dominique Lopez

Hospital Assistant

Get to Know Dominique

1. How long have you been at Mellina Animal Hospital or in the veterinary profession?
I have been in the veterinary profession for five years.

2. What do you pride yourself in when it comes to your job and/or taking care of your patients?
I take great pride in being able to make a small change in patients’ lives, whether it be by simply walking them, giving them their daily medications, or just being a source of comfort.

3. What do you do in your free time?
I love to go to the gym and going places with my little 2-year-old! He likes hiking, just like me.

4. Favorite quotes or sayings?
“The day you give up on your dream could be the day before your dream comes true.”

5. What animal would you be and why?
I would be a chicken. Although fragile they are extremely protective of their own and rather smart if taught well. Did you know you can walk a chicken on a leash? Or even show them how to overcome obstacle courses? Not to mention I can imitate a chicken’s cluck rather impressively!

Cory Rogers

Technician/Hospital Assistant

Get to Know Cory

1. How long have you been at Mellina Animal Hospital or in the veterinary profession?
I have worked at Mellina Animal Hospital for about eight years.

2. What do you pride yourself in when it comes to your job and/or taking care of your patients?
I don’t let the hustle and bustle of this line of work get to me. I keep cool under pressure.

3. What do you do in your free time?
I read, draw and tinker with things. When I’m not doing those things, I play video games and board games with friends.

4. Favorite quotes or sayings?
“There is no one as dangerous as he or she who has nothing to lose” – Rebecca Solnit

5. What animal would you be and why?
I would be a turtle. They have a hard shell with soft innards.

Sherry Nunemaker

Inventory Technician/Office Assistant

Get to Know Sherry

1. How long have you been at Mellina Animal Hospital or in the veterinary profession?
I have been in the veterinary medicine field for over 28 years, with 9 of those years being spent at Mellina Animal Hospital.

2. What do you pride yourself in when it comes to your job and/or taking care of your patients?
I am a result-oriented person.

3. What do you do in your free time?
In my free time, I like to nap, camp, and hike.

4. Favorite quotes or sayings?
“People who know better do better.” – Maya Angelou

5. What animal would you be and why?
Dachshund – I also bark for no reason, I am not easy to train, and I have intervertebral disc disease.

Chandra Trujillo

Receptionist/Lab Assistant

Get to Know Chandra

1. How long have you been at Mellina Animal Hospital or in the veterinary profession?
I have been at Mellina Animal Hospital for two years. Overall, I have spent five years in the veterinary profession.

2. What do you pride yourself in when it comes to your job and/or taking care of your patients?
I am very proud that I have found this career. I love being with the patients and seeing them leave feeling better. Caring for our client’s babies is the best feeling ever.

3. What do you do in your free time?
I spend time with my two beautiful daughters, Lena and Hannah. We love the outdoors or just playing board games, being with our family.

4. Favorite quotes or sayings?
“Smile; it makes people wonder what you are thinking.” 🙂

5. What animal would you be and why?
Elephant – Big, graceful, excellent memory. Oh, and scared of mice!

Extra: I truly believe that God puts you where you are needed. I am so blessed that he has me here at Mellina Animal Hospital. My co-workers are the best. They are my family.

Amy Gonzalez, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Get to Know Amy

1. How long have you been at Mellina Animal Hospital or in the veterinary profession?
I have spent twelve years in the veterinary medicine field.

2. What do you pride yourself in when it comes to your job and/or taking care of your patients?
I feel like I have gotten better at sensing when they need a different approach when not eating or in pain or uncomfortable.

3. What do you do in your free time?
I love to nap, read, workout and skate.

4. Favorite quotes or sayings?
“What day is it, and what are we doing.”

5. What animal would you be and why?
Cats – I love them, and they love me.

Cole Venable

Laboratory Technician/Technician Assistant

Get to Know Cole

1. How long have you been at Mellina Animal Hospital or in the veterinary profession?
I have been on the team here at Mellina Animal Hospital for one year but have spent three years in the veterinary medicine field overall.

2. What do you pride yourself in when it comes to your job and/or taking care of your patients?
I pride myself on giving our patients the best care possible.

3. What do you do in your free time?
When I am not working, I like to hang out with friends and family, binge-watch Netflix & walk my dog, Shiner.

4. Favorite quotes or sayings?
“Wherever you go, there you are.”

5. What animal would you be and why?
If I were an animal, I would be an owl because I am good at seeing the big picture.

Katie Smith

Receptionist

Get to Know Katie

1. How long have you been at Mellina Animal Hospital or in the veterinary profession?
I have been at Mellina Animal Hospital for two years and in the veterinary profession for a little over eight years.

2. What do you pride yourself in when it comes to your job and/or taking care of your patients?
I pride myself on the compassion I have for the patients and their owners.

3. What do you do in your free time?
I like spending time with family, playing video games, and reading.

4. Favorite quotes or sayings?
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

5. What animal would you be and why?
I would be a goat – headstrong, motivated, gentle, and quiet.

Mary Catherine Yager

Receptionist

Get to Know Mary
1. How long have you been at Mellina Animal Hospital or in the veterinary profession?
I have been with Mellina Animal Hospital for about 2 months. I also volunteered with Mellina Animal Hospital for several summers while in school.

2. What do you pride yourself in when it comes to your job and/or taking care of your patients?
I love that some of the clients have been coming to this hospital for 30 plus years. This shows me how much the clients love Mellina and trust us with their babies. This gives me pride, knowing I am a part of a clinic that truly cares for both clients and patients.

3. What do you do in your free time?
I spend time making art or crafting, but if it is a nice day, you can find me on a walk, at the pool, or taking a nap in a hammock!  And of course, I hang out with my awesome cat Poppy.

4. Favorite quotes or sayings?
“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily or have edges or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out, and you get loose in the joints and very shabby, but these things don’t matter at all because once you are real, you can’t be ugly except to people who don’t understand.”
– The Velveteen Rabbit

5. What animal would you be and why?
A house cat because I like to nap and snuggle.

Cristie Peters

Animal Caregiver

Get to Know Cristie

1. How long have you been at Mellina Animal Hospital or in the veterinary profession?
I have been on the staff at Mellina Animal Hospital for a little bit over a year.

2. What do you pride yourself in when it comes to your job and/or taking care of your patients?
I pride myself on the smiles on the pet’s faces as we help them live a long and happy life!

3. What do you do in your free time?
I love to read in my free time.

4. Favorite quotes or sayings?
“Bright and sunny.”

5. What animal would you be and why?
All cats and dogs, their communication is so fun and funny.

Extra: The love of animals is joyous and freeing.

Kirsten Jacobs

Kennel Assistant

Get to Know Kirsten
1. How long have you been at Mellina Animal Hospital or in the veterinary profession?
I have been with MAH for only a couple of months, but I have over 600 volunteer hours at a clinic back in high school.

2. What do you pride yourself in when it comes to your job and/or taking care of your patients?
I pride myself on being eager to learn how to properly take care of the animals, as well as improving on handling them.

3. What do you do in your free time?
Spending time with my niece and nephews.

4. Favorite quotes or sayings?
“It be like that sometimes.”

5. What animal would you be and why?
A piggy because I snort when I laugh.

LENA Trujillo

Kennel Assistant

Get to Know Lena

1. How long have you been at Mellina Animal Hospital or in the veterinary profession?
I have been working with Mellina Animal Hospital for about 2 months.

2. What do you pride yourself in when it comes to your job and/or taking care of your patients?
The baths and the older dogs that come in. I like to take care of them.

3. What do you do in your free time?
Draw and listen to music.

4. Favorite quotes or sayings?
“During your life, never stop dreaming. No one can take away your dream.”
– Tupac

5. What animal would you be and why?

A sheep – reason.. I am lead by the one true shepherd