Northside Animal Hospital's Dedicated Team
Our team of veterinary professionals is dedicated to delivering the best customer service and compassionate care to you and your pets.
Amanda Martinez — Hospital Manager
Amanda moved from Oakland, California to Waco over two years ago with her boyfriend. They have two Pitbull’s named Klarky and Nala, who are full of personality. In her free time, she enjoys hanging by the pool or relaxing under her oak tree.
She is also a big time Oakland Raiders fan, even when their record is horrible! Football season and fall is her favorite time of the year!
Debbie Bigham – Lead Client Care Specialist
Debbie has been with Northside Animal Hospital since 1985. She earned her Associates degree from MCC. Her husband, Robert, and her have been married since May 1987, but have known each other since they were eight years old. They have two children together – Breanne and Bo.
Debbie enjoys spending her time out of work with her family, especially with her grandson’s T.J. and Zander. She enjoys participating in annual cancer walks due to her own battle with breast cancer. Debbie is now a five year survivor! She and her husband currently share their house with three dogs and often says “It’s their house, they just let us live there.”
Breanne Melendez – Client Care Specialist
Breanne started working for Northside Animal Hospital when she was 15 years old. She graduated in 2011 from MCC with an Associate's Degree in Arts.
Breanne enjoys spending time with her husband Thomas and their 3 boys, T.J., Zander, and her newest addition Hayden.
LeAnne Sheppard – Lead Veterinary Technician
Since LeAnne was little, she always had a special place in her heart for four-legged animals. She decided to pursue her love for animals in college in the Veterinary Technician program. She currently is keeping busy with her seven dogs and two cats. She joined the Northside Animal team in 2014.
Pam Davidson, LVT – Licensed Veterinary Technician & Client Care Specialist
Pam graduated from Columbia State Community College in Columbia, Tennessee with a degree in veterinary technology in 1975. She and her husband moved to Waco in 1978, and shortly after in 1981 Pam started working for Dr. Jerry Stewart at Northside Animal Hospital.
Allison Neill – Veterinary Technician
Allison inherited her mother’s love of animals and her father’s athletic ability and quick wit, which have brought her to where she is today. After high school, she attended community college and received her A.A.S degree in Veterinary Technology. She felt an immediate connection to Northside Animal Hospital when she interviewed here. She felt the size and the people that work here where a great fit for her. Seven years later, she still feels the same way.
Allison contributes her longevity at the practice to her faithful clients with memorable dogs and cats, and the family-like atmosphere. When she is not at the hospital she spends her down time with her son, her dog and two cats. Allison also enjoys kayaking, fishing and exploring new swimming holes.
Ashley Shepherd – Veterinary Technician
Ashley is from the small logging community of Vernonia, Oregon. She and her husband Andrew moved to the Waco area in the beginning of May in 2016. They have five dogs, two cats, two horses and two goats. She began working at Northside Animal Hospital at the end of May in 2016, and we are so happy to have her as a part of the team.
Tamara McCrary – Veterinary Technician
Tammy was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to Waco at a young age. She has always had a love and interest for animals just like her mom. She has been with Northside Animal Hospital for 21 years and continues her love and care for clients and their pets.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her three children and pet Ball Python snake, Sly.
Gwen Gagne – Veterinary Technician
Gwen moved to Waco, TX one year ago to attend MCC’s Veterinary Technology program to study veterinary medicine. Growing up in a military family, she has no place she truly calls home, but she is a die-hard New England Patriots fan and loves the beaches of Florida.
Gwen currently lives with her boyfriend, their three cats, and enjoys going bowling in her free time.
Carol Culverhouse – Lead Kennel Attendant & Veterinary Technician
Carol has been married for 40 years to her husband Barry Sr., who is always a help with her foster and adoption pets. Carol and her husband have two children, Barry Jr. and Kathy Lee. She is also keeping busy with her three grandsons and five granddaughters.
Carol has worked in the animal field for many years. Her past experience includes working at the Waco Humane Society, the Animal Hospital of Waco, and LaVega Veterinarian Clinic. She has been with Northside Animal Hospital for two years and hopes to make this her last stop before retirement.
Shawney Varnnum - Kennel Attendant
Shawney was born in Globe, Arizona and moved to Texas. She is studying education to teach English abroad. She has always loved animals and volunteered at animal shelters before working at Northside in November 2017.
Shawney only has a cat, but plans on getting more once she has a place of her own.