Dr. Shana Buchanan
Growing up with her loving dachshund Fritz by her side, Dr. Buchanan decided she wanted to be a veterinarian at a young age and never looked back. She excelled in science and math during high school and worked hard throughout her collegiate career, and now she’s both a licensed Veterinarian and the Owner of Bridgeway Animal Clinic, Lakeway Animal Medical & Surgical Clinic, and Western Hills Animal Medical & Surgical Clinic! She practices at all three clinics.
Dr. Buchanan was born and raised in a small Texas town and grew up around all of her cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and great-grandparents. She is of Cajun and German heritage and has an older brother who she remains close to despite their age difference.
Dr. Buchanan received her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M. Afterward, she was accepted into veterinary school and started only ten days after graduating with her undergraduate degree. She also has an MBA degree that she completed in 2007 which she got to manage her own clinic. In addition, Dr. Buchanan is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture, Veterinary Chiropractic, and Veterinary Chinese Herbal medication!
As a veterinarian, Dr. Buchanan’s favorite things about her job are alternative medicine, client education, and interacting with pets daily. She was inspired to learn acupuncture after seeing a cocker spaniel regain complete range of motion in her neck after only a few acupuncture treatments.
Dr. Buchanan’s husband is also a veterinarian and enjoys interacting with their two children. Dr. Buchanan’s daughter has a contagious laugh and makes astounding observations, and her son is a rough-and-tumble boy who smiles and laughs from sun up to sun down. When she’s not caring for animals or spending time with her family, Dr. Buchanan enjoys reading, exercising, and sewing.
Dr. Ron Hendrick
Born in Freeport Texas. A graduate of Purdue University. He had his own practice in Pampa, Tx for 25 years prior to moving back to Houston with his wife and family. He has been active in Spring Chamber of Commerce and is a member of Memorial Baptist Church and choir. He initiated and led the Second Tuesday Networking Luncheon for 5 years in Spring, TX.
During that time, business leaders, well-known speakers & coaches, including 6 published authors, came to speak to help local business and networkers gain confidence in their communication skills, both in networking and in their businesses.
An avid book reader and gardener, he loves to sing, cook and dance to country-western music.He came out of retirement to join us in making Treashwig Veterinary Clinic the beautiful, caring clinic it will be. His motto:’ I enjoy helping people to keep their pets healthy and to live long lives.
Dr. James Kaaz
When he was in the 10th grade, Dr. Kaaz was involved in the Future Farmers of America organization, and he realized a career in veterinary medicine was his true passion. He never considered anything else, and his journey led him all the way to his current position as the primary Veterinarian at Western Hills Animal Medical & Surgical Clinic!
Dr. Kaaz grew up in Spring, Texas. During high school and eventually college, he worked at veterinary hospitals to gain experience. After high school, he went to Texas A&M for both his undergraduate studies and veterinary school. He worked at practices in Oklahoma for 11 years before coming back to Texas and working as a staff surgeon in Kerrville. The desire to be closer to his family motivated Dr. Kaaz to move to Montgomery, where he joined the Western Hills team in 2009.
Surgery is Dr. Kaaz’s favorite part of veterinary medicine. He loves coming up with creative solutions to challenging cases and says his knack for fixing things translates well into surgical skills.
Dr. Kaaz is married to his best friend, Courtney. Their oldest son, Kade, is a musician. Tanner is the second oldest and plays guitar and is very active in church while he finishes school. Seth plays the saxophone and is learning to play the guitar. He also plays football and basketball. Jenna participates in basketball, swim team, and Girl Scouts. Stephanie is learning gymnastics and loves to ride her pony in parades and around the house. A true animal lover, she loves to help her mommy and grandma feed and take care of chickens, ducks, horses, dogs, and cats.
The family has two dogs, a horse, a pony, and two cats. Zeus, a Pug, is always getting into trouble. Honey, a mix breed, is a fierce protector of the home. Biscuit is their affectionate indoor cat, and Monk prefers the freedom of outdoor life, for better or worse. Both cats were adopted and treated for problems, and have become members of the Kaaz family.
When he has time between work and his family, Dr. Kaaz enjoys fishing, working in the yard, and cheering on the Texas A&M football team.
Dr. Lara Schwab
Lara Schwab grew up in Boerne, Texas, on a ranch where her family raised and showed Appaloosa horses. When the family moved to Plano, Texas, Lara worked for a small animal veterinarian which solidified her desire to become a veterinary professional herself. Now she serves clients and their pets regularly as Lead Veterinarian and Chief of Staff at Lakeway Animal Medical & Surgical Clinic!
Dr. Schwab attended Texas A&M University as a Biomedical Sciences major from 1994 to 1997. She was accepted early into Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with her DVM in 2001. After working at several Texas animal hospitals, she moved from the Dallas/Fort Worth area to be closer to her extended family, joining the team at Lakeway Animal Medical and Surgical Clinic.
Dermatology, soft-tissue surgery, dentistry, and internal medicine are Dr. Schwab’s professional interests. She loves the challenges and methodical work involved in getting a great final result. She also likes educating clients so they can take care of their pets as best as they can!
Lara lives with her husband Ryan, who enjoys fabricating off-road buggies and rock crawling with his 4X4 Jeep. They have two young children: Claire, their daughter, loves dancing and is very compassionate towards other people and animals. Noah, Lara’s son, loves cars, trucks, and danger. He has a strong personality but also loves to snuggle.
In her spare time, Dr. Schwab likes to spend time with her family—she’s continually amazed when she sees her, and her husband’s mannerisms appear in her children! She also likes rock crawling in the family 4X4 and horseback riding.
Dr. Christine Stephenson
Christine Stephenson took an unconventional path to her veterinary medicine degree. Graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University, Christine enjoyed her challenging curriculum. She planned to become a researcher or enroll in medical school but changed her mind after shadowing or working for many medical doctors. Instead, Christine decided to enter the veterinary medicine field. She knows she made the right decision, as she loves the diverse patients and intriguing cases she encounters each week!
Born in Arlington, Texas, Christine spent her early years as a dog lover. When her family finally added a feline family member, Christine found that cats had their own distinctive appeal. During her high school years, Christine competed on the volleyball and track teams, sharing the experience with her sister. On many weekends, Christine would roll out her bicycle or lace up her rollerblades, always eager to be outdoors with her family.