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Our Doctors

Dr. Taylor Marchman

Taylor Marchman

Dr. Taylor Marchman is the 5th generation of his family to be born and raised in Waxahachie, Texas. He is a 2002 graduate of Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Marchman's home was jokingly referred to as "the zoo" when he was growing up  due to the number of pets that he and his family had. He knew from a very early age that his love of and compassion for animals would lead him into the veterinary field. He is especially interested in dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, the treatment of allergies, and soft tissue surgery.

When he is not at home with his two cats Ed and Darryl, Dr. Marchman loves to spend time with friends and family, especially enjoying all of the live music and arts that Austin has to offer.

He feels that, at Westlake, our doctors work together on cases and you have the benefit of several minds as opposed to just one. Also, our proactive instead of reactive approach to medicine goes a long way to helping pets live longer, healthier lives.

 

Dr. Angela Asbury

Dr. Angela Asbury

Dr. Angela Asbury is a Michigan native who graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. She joined the team at Westlake Animal Hospital in 1994.

Her desire to combine her love of people and their pets along with her passion for medicine led her to pursue a veterinary career. She practices with a special interest in internal medicine and “end-of-life”/hospice care.

Dr. Asbury comes from a large Greek family and lives with her husband and two daughters as well as their pets, Mickey, the beagle; Pele, the Chihuahua; and three cats, Saturn, Claude, and Mouse.

When she’s not at work, you can find her spending time with her family and close friends, participating in a form of horse riding called dressage, sailing the lakes of northern Michigan, or going for a run.

She feels that a multi-doctor approach to medicine and patient care and a special understanding of the human–animal bond is what makes Westlake Animal Hospital special.

Dr. Ashley Opyt

Dr. Ashley Opyt

Dr. Ashley Opyt was born in raised in Austin and is a 2012 graduate of Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined our team in 2014.

She decided to become a veterinarian based on her love of animals and her interest in biology and medicine. She has a special interest in emergency medicine and the management of chronic disease.

Dr. Opyt shares her home with a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Sam and a black Lab named Johnny. Her time off is filled with her love of dock diving with her dogs and her passion for reading.

She believes that Westlake’s dedication to providing the highest quality medicine to the pets that we treat makes this an exceptional place to practice.

Dr. Brent Rains

Dr. Brent Rains

Dr. Brent Rains hails from Rio Vista, Texas. He is a 1998 graduate of Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and joined our team in 2001.

His interests in biology and medicine coupled with the enjoyment he gets from helping people and solving problems is what led him to the veterinary field.

Dr. Rains has a special interest in brachycephalic airway syndrome and dentistry. He, his wife, and their daughter share their home with three cats: Lilly, Fluff Muffin, and Mr. Fluffy Pants.

Dr. Amy Thomason

Dr. Amy Thomason

Dr. Amy Thomason is a native Austinite and a 2007 graduate from Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined our team in 2011.

The challenge of medicine and her marvel at the strength of the bond between humans and their pets drove her to trade in a career in marketing for her dream of practicing veterinary medicine. She is very interested in dentistry, internal medicine, and wellness care.

Dr. Thomason lives with her husband and their German shorthaired pointer, Riley, as well as two horses, Gabby and Isabelle. Her days away from the hospital are spent with her family and friends, participating in competitive horse riding, and painting.

She is inspired by Westlake’s team approach to quality medicine and our excellent staff.

Dr. Ian Voelzel

Dr. Ian Voelzel

Dr. Ian Voelzel is from Austin and graduated from Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. From 2002 to 2003, he did a small animal rotating internship at Oklahoma State College of Veterinary Medicine. From 2003 to 2004, he did a small animal surgical internship at Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, and from 2004 to 2005, he was an instructor of elective surgery at Washington State College of Veterinary Medicine. He joined our team as a veterinarian in 2007 but began his relationship with the hospital as a Westlake High School student, working in our boarding kennel.

Being a veterinarian has been his calling for as long as he can remember, and he has been driven by his desire to extend the joy that people receive from the bond they have with their pets. His special interests include orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and critical care.

He enjoys life with his family and his black Lab, Rio; his yellow Lab, Tucker; and his Chihuahua, CB. Anywhere in the great outdoors—hunting, fishing, or at a college football game—is where you will find Dr. Voelzel when he isn’t caring for your pets. 

He believes that Westlake’s cooperative approach to medicine amongst doctors, staff, and specialists allows us to offer high quality, advanced medical care to our patients.

Dr. Barbara Wensel

Dr. Barbara Wensel

Dr. Barbara Wensel is originally from Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University in 1977. She joined our team in 1985. She grew up watching her father practice veterinarian medicine and knew that she wanted to follow in his footsteps. She is especially interested in the preventive care side of medicine. 

Dr. Wensel has four cats: BW, Herz, Zipper, and Mr. Gray. She is very active in the community and spends much of her free time volunteering for Meals on Wheels and at The Paramount Theater. 

She believes that Westlake’s kind and caring staff and a team of doctors that work together are the components that better the quality of life and the health of our patients.

Dr. Kristina Miller

Dr. Kristina Miller

Kristina has had an interest in veterinary medicine since before she was old enough to spell those words. It was a long journey to actualize that dream, and she ultimately developed a passion for the field of emergency medicine because it is both challenging and rewarding. Dr. Miller graduated magna cum laude with a doctorate degree from St. George's University in Grenada. Following graduation she elected to pursue an additional year of training, completing a small animal emergency focused internship at a specialty practice in Tucson, AZ.

Our Management Team

Annika
Hospital Administrator

Annika

Joined our team in 2013.

Keeley
Operations Manager

Beau
Operations Manager

Beau

Joined the team in 2014.

Our Veterinary Technicians

Melissa

Melissa

Joined the team in 2008.

Nicole

Rhonda

Justina

Justina

Brazit

Angela

Angela

Joined our team in 2014.

Chris

Chris

Joined the team in 2001.

Esteban

Esteban

Joined our team in 2013.

Bri

Bri

Joined the team in 2014.

Natasha

Natasha

Joined the team in 2012.

Signe

Signe

Joined our team in 1992.

Tina

Tina

Joined the team in 2011.

Jerome

Jerome

Joined the team in 2014.

Our Hospital Assistants

Erika

Erika

Joined the team in 2004.

Gina

Gina

Joined the team in 2014.

Summer

Andrew

Our Kennel Team

Amanda
Groomer

Amanda

Hi! My name is Amanda, I am from San Antonio, TX, 27 years old, and a US Navy Veteran. I am a proud pet parent of my beagle mix rescue pooch Maggie, and bearded dragon, Reptar! My favorite place in the world is New Orleans, because of their food and culture. My hobbies would have to be baking and photography. After I separated I wanted to work with animals. I have been pampering pets for a little over 4 years and I take pride in making sure my clients are healthy and happy! 

Debbie P.

Debbie P.

Joined our team in 2000.

Our Customer Service Representatives

Caryn

Caryn

Joined the team in 1998.

Debbie B.

Debbie B.

Joined the team in 2004.

Lillian

Lillian

Joined the team in 2013.

Sharen

Sharen

Joined our team in 2006.

Teresa

  • AAHA Accredited
  • Petly
  • AAFP
  • Cat Friendly Practice
What Our Clients Are Saying...

You’re the best! Why would I go anywhere else?! — Susan P.

Kind, courteous staff and vets who really care about your pet’s health and well being. — Shannon J.

Exceptional veterinarians, receptionists, and technicians. — Jack M.

I have depended on Westlake Animal Hospital to care for my pets for many years. Everything you have done for them has been a tremendous help in keeping them healthy and taking care of them when they have been sick. — Edie M.

The staff is amazing! My dog fell ill one hour before closing on the day before a holiday. They went above and beyond to stay late to see my dog. I cannot thank them enough for the care and piece of mind. — Julie S.

Dr. Marchman always treats me as if my dog is his ONLY patient, and I appreciate that. He listens to my concerns. Thank you. — Dana K.

As always, we appreciate the immediate response to our concerns. The available vet was kind, clear, and patient. — Steve M.

Always a pleasure. Max seemed to hate the vet before I started coming to Westlake Animal Hospital. Your staff is kind and courteous, and above all, great with Max! — Anonymous