Shelbi grew up surrounded by animals. She always had a tremendous passion for cats. After graduating from the Vet Tech Institute of Houston with an Associates Degree, her first choice was Memorial Cat Hospital for her externship. She has three cats and one dog. She likes to play the guitar in her spare time and hang out with friends and family. She comes from a very large family and they are all a big part of her life. She says “It’s such a pleasure to work here and I couldn’t be happier.”
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Registered Veterinary Technician
Shelley graduated from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in 1988 with an Associates Degree as a Veterinary Medical Technician. She first worked for Memorial Cat Hospital from November of 1996 until March of 1998, when she "retired" to spend time with her children. We are happy that Shelly rejoined our team part time in May of 2004. She has been married to her husband Tom for 22 years. They have a daughter Lauren going into college and a teenage son, Christopher. They share their home in The Woodlands, Texas with 3 cats and 2 dogs.
Lisa is originally from California and moved to Colorado Springs in 2010 where she went to school for Medical Assisting. She later moved to Central Texas where she found her love for Veterinary medicine. Lisa has been a technician since 2012 and joined our team in October of 2017. Lisa has been with her partner for 5 years. They have a 3 year old daughter named Elise and one cat named Alexis.
Katherine (Kat) graduated from the Vet Tech Institute with her Associates Degree of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology in 2012. Working with animals is one of the best decisions she has ever made in her life. She has been with the Memorial Cat Hospital family since May 2017. She lives in Richmond with her significant other and their 2 year old son, Rylie. Kat has a lab mix named Trigger and two cats named Charlie and Reptar.
Amy grew up in a family full of Veterinarians and a household filled with pets. She knew from a young age she wanted to work with animals. That dream came true here at Memorial Cat Hospital in 2005. After a few years, Amy moved to Austin gaining 8 more years of experience as a technician. After returning to Houston, Amy came home to MCH and couldn’t be more excited! She lives with her significant other and 9 year old daughter. Amy enjoys spending time with her family, heading to the beach and playing with her four furry ones-Sunny, Gizmo, Royal, and Wilson.
Animal Care Technician
Susan taught for St. Francis Episcopal and Chapelwood Methodist School for 35 years. She is a native Houstonian and has been married to Danny for 47 years. The Parker household includes eight pampered felines and a human daughter, Jordan, who is in graduate school at the University of St. Thomas. Jordan has worked at MCH off and on from age 16 to now. Susan loves working with cats and kids, and thinks it doesn’t get any better than this!
Teresa has worked on and off at Memorial Cat Hospital for almost a decade. She left the clinic family in 2008 to rear her twin boys and then left again to rear her daughter; always returning to the clinic family to take care of us! Teresa has owned cats and several exotic pets. Her household now includes Amelia the Sphynx.
Claudia graduated from Pima Medical Institute in Houston Texas February of 2017 as a veterinary assistant. She recently joined the Memorial Cat Hospital team in March, but has been a valued team member and really loves what she does. On her free time she enjoys going to the gym, spending time with friends and family, and playing video games where she hopes one day, she can stream video games online for viewers and make it big! Claudia currently has a pet cat named Teemo, who is currently 2 years old. She has taught him tricks such as: sit, lay, stand, and shake! Who says you can’t train a cat?! “One of my passions in life has been with animals. I love what I do at Memorial Cat Hospital and the amount of bonding I’ve done with the cats that stay and visit with us! I’ll always do my best to do what is best for our patients! I’d treat them as I would for Teemo, with patience and kindness.”
I'm your typical crazed animal lover. I have a certification in animal control in the state of Texas and as well as a grooming certification. I love animals so much whenever I have the time I'll go to shelters like BARC or ASPCA to volunteer. For most of my life I've been riding and training horses so as well in my free time I enjoy going to the barn and jump crazy 4 foot courses, to me it is the perfect adrenaline rush. When I'm not working and at home usually a typical day for me consists of swimming, playing tennis, or reading books. From time to time I'll give myself a break and pig out and binge watch movies. I didn't grow up in Texas, I was raised in 6 states since my mom moves around a lot because she works for the government. Moving to Houston to start my "adult" life and to focus on my career, I plan on staying at Memorial Cat Hospital for a long time, I have the best job with the best people and getting to know and taking care of the cats that come here. I couldn't ask for anything better. Down the line I consider continuing my education at the Vet Tech of institute in Houston, or maybe even marine biology.
Samantha - Lead Receptionist
Samantha graduated form Texas A&M University at Galveston in 2011 with a degree in Marine Biology and Marine Fisheries. She grew up with a passion for animals of all shapes and sizes, and has a particular soft spot for Orange Tabby cats. She has always been interested in veterinary medicine, but cemented her love for it when she started working in client relations in 2007. She loves getting to talk to clients about their pets and to help provide them with information to keep their pets happy and healthy! She is looking forward to joining the Memorial Cat Hospital team and meeting everyone so she can help provide exceptional care to their furbabies. In her down time, she loves to cuddle with her kitties – Romulus, Remus, Jake, Lance and Noodle, and her Chihuahua Mako. She also loves to spend time reading, crafting (knitting, sewing, drawing), or playing video games. She also regularly attends local comic book/anime conventions and the Texas Renaissance Festival.
Soraiya is a Dallas-born barbecue lover who has worked in veterinary medicine for the past five years. Although she moved to Houston more than a decade ago, she has never given up on her home team, and is a dedicated fan of the Cowboys. She puts the same energy into caring for your animals, and is a proud mom to two rescue kittens.
She already enjoyed working with animals, but has been delighted to work with cat’s full time. She is committed to ensuring that your pets get the not only the best attention, but also compassionate affection. You can usually find Soraiya giving the clinic cats some extra love.
Alex was born in Houston, Texas, and graduated from Rice University with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology. After spending some time doing animal care internships with the Houston Zoo and a big cat sanctuary in Dallas, Alex joined the Memorial Cat Hospital team in the summer of 2018. When not working, Alex enjoys a wide range of activities including reading, writing, watching TV series/movies, gardening, cooking, dabbling in various art mediums, and training her family’s two Maine coon cats!
Chenelle, originally from Canada, has loved cats her entire life. She proved it when she flew Muddy and Missi over 9000 miles with her to live in South Africa and again when she sent her husband to Dallas to adopt Mash, a little stray who lost his leg when struck by a car. She joined Memorial Cat Hospital as a receptionist in March 2018 and is now also responsible for international travel health certificates. When she’s not helping you at MCH, you might find her either birding, biking, travelling or relaxing at the beach.