Dr. Carol Stevens, born and raised in Michigan is a 2008 graduate of the Michigan State University with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Albion College. Growing up with four-legged creatures as siblings (she is an only child), her interests in the veterinary field started at an early age. She was bound to become a veterinarian long before she could spell what she wanted to be when she grew up.

Dr. Carol Stevens’ 13 + years experience working with animals include work as a client care representative, veterinary assisting and as a veterinarian beginning 2008. She decided to explore beyond Michigan winters and completed her internship rotation at Las Vegas Specialty Practice with concentration on veterinary oncology. She has since remained as a general practitioner. Her interests include alternative medicine and has completed training in food therapy and acupuncture. She traveled to Europe, visited 5 veterinary universities and explored global concepts in public health. Dr. Carol Stevens has also served with the Habitat for Humanity Appalachian Project. She has trained for long distance races and has participated in local philanthropic events. Dr. Carol Stevens furry family includes 2 cats, Jameson & Rue. She enjoys traveling and exploring.



Dr. Michael J. Joyner hails from New Castle, Indiana. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at Purdue University and is a graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. A leader in the veterinary profession, Dr. Michael Joyner holds a degree from Purdue University Veterinary Management Institute (1994).

He served as Chairman of the Board of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) in 1998 and as TVMA president in 2003. He has served as the Texas representative to the Southwest Veterinary Symposium, the treasurer of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and the president of the North Central Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Michael Joyner organizes veterinary continuing education seminars for the North Central Texas district.

As a community leader, Dr. Michael Joyner served twice as Chairman of the Killeen Crime Stoppers. He also worked with the local Humane Society and Second Chance Animal Shelters. Dr. Michael Joyner was a two-time facilitator for Financial Peace University at First Baptist Church in Belton.

Dr. Michael Joyner currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Killeen After Hours Veterinary Services and the Temple-Belton Animal Emergency Center. He is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the states of Texas, Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri.



Angus came to East Lake Veterinary Center as a patient after an accident nearly claimed his life. His positive outlook contributed to a speedy recovery. Before long he was entertaining our feline guests in exchange for room and board. (He insists on earning his keep). Angus makes his rounds & purrs to help rid the staff of stress energy.

Angus officially serves as the Stress Prevention Manager at East Lake Veterinary Center. He regularly sneaks out the backyard where canine guests take their outside breaks. He inspects the grounds to ensure cleanliness is up to his feline standards. From time to time Angus lays on top of freshly folded towels. He claims he is just making sure everything is clean and fluffy. He only wants the best for our canine and feline guests. His special talents include staying calm, relaxing and finding joy in simple things. Oh what a life!



Julia graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas, with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and obtained her MBA in Healthcare Management from UT Tyler. She joined East Lake Veterinary Center Spring of 2012 as a technician and inventory manager. Her family includes a rescue canine named Ducky and Goose, a gray cat rescued from the street. Julia likes to travel both for volunteer work and pleasure. She has been to several overseas medical missions trips.

For pleasure, she has visited Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and all over North America. While living in Dallas, she discovered how much she enjoys the performing arts specifically musical plays. She goes to  New York and Chicago with some regularity, and returns to Dallas to see Broadway musicals. Julia has seen over 85 plays on stage, and counting. Looking at the Playbills she has collected and cataloged, there’s enough invested in them to pay for a semester of graduate school.



Originally from California, Tasha lived most of her life in Arizona. In 2010, she moved to Texas to be closer to family and joined East Lake Veterinary Center shortly thereafter. Tasha now considers herself a naturalized Texan which she claims surprised even her. She never expected to enjoy living in the Lone Star State but after the first year, she is convinced everything IS bigger and better in Texas.

Tasha specially likes going to the lake on her days off and thoroughly enjoys the beaches of South Padre Islands with her family.  She is full of energy, is naturally vivacious, genuinely enjoys helping pet parents, and taking care of animals. Her furry family is made up of 4 cats, including a 16 year old Siamese named Max, 2 dogs, a guinea pig and an Umbrella Cockatoo. Working with her will make you feel like you are side by side with the Energizer Bunny. She just keeps going and going and going.



Sydney completed her Certified Veterinary Assistant course and received certification through the Killeen Independent School District Veterinary assistant Program. She is currently working on obtaining her Associate’s Degree to become a licensed veterinary technician.

Sydney first became interested in veterinary health care after watching the ASPCA commercial. Seeing the sad faces and the conditions of the pets made her want to do something to help the helpless creatures have a second chance at life.

When not in school or at work, Sydney likes to dance and participates in dance competitions. She also plays soccer with her pet Chihuahua-Terrier mix dog named Oreo.



Born and raised a Texan, Kristiana grew up with animals and knew she wanted to work in the veterinary field since age five. As a high school student, she volunteered at local veterinary clinics while taking courses in veterinary medicine and participating in FFA projects. She placed third in the 2009 Texas State Science Fair with her project on Canine Hemodynamics. She is studying veterinary technology, with a long term goal of becoming a veterinarian. Kristiana and her four year old son live with 6 cats, two dogs, and a house rabbit.



Kaytlyn was born in Wyoming, raised in Texas, and graduated High School in Kansas. She spent time in Europe working at the US Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany. Kaytlyn has a poodle named Kermit and a cat named Zazzles.

In 2013, Katyln decided she to work with animals full-time and took a position with a grooming salon. where she learned the basics of bathing and grooming different dog breeds. She attended The Merryfield School of Pet Grooming, taught by the top names in competition grooming and AKC dog show judges.  After graduating, Kaytlyn worked with show dogs and handlers. She is a member of  the International Dog Groomers Association of America, the International Society of Canine Cosmetologist, and the National Cat Groomers Institute of America. Kaytlyn is currently pursuing a degree in Organismal Biology.



Lindsay and her husband were both born in Chicago, but met in Austin. They moved to Killeen where they share their home with 5 dogs; a pitbull mix, named Tye, a Catahoula named Gunther, a Chihuahua mix named Webster, a Chinese crested named Khali, and a Doberman named Violet.

Lindsay has worked in the veterinary field for almost 10 years, but has been around dogs her entire life. When not working she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, marathon watching TV shows, crocheting, and going to dog shows.