Our team is passionate about pet care and dedicated to taking the absolute best care of your furry best friend.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Dr. Christine Stephenson
    Associate Veterinarian

    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.

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  • Ashlyn Coronie

    I always grew up with cats in my household, that is where my love for animals started. At abut age 20 I got my first dog, She and I were inseparable! My fur baby gave me new obstetrical and love for animals.

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  • Naomi Cruz Anaya
    Kennel Technician

    Grew up in New Waverly, TX. After High School graduation moved to Denton, TX for 2 1/2- 3 years and moved back home.

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