Dr. Lisa L. Piña is proud to call herself a native Houstonian., She was raised in the neighborhood of Oak Forest and then moved to Sugar Land, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Saint Thomas and graduated from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary medicine in 2010. She had the fortunate opportunity of joining Heights Veterinary Clinic a month after graduation and has felt privileged to continue to be a part of this wonderful, continually growing practice since then. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, from preventative care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine and surgery. Don’t be surprised to see Dr. Pina try to walk off with your new kitten or puppy while you wait in the lobby for your pet’s visit; all her four-legged children (Mikey, Marlena, Scrappy Coco and Stella Hotsauce) are full grown. In August 2013, she and her husband welcomed their first son, who they lovingly call Chuy. You may occasionally see Chuy in the lobby trying to sneak a quick visit with Dr. Mom or to greet your family pet. Dr. Pina resides in the GO/OF neighborhood; work, home and play are very close to each other so be sure to say hi to her and her family if you see them out and about. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, crafting, and chasing her children.
Dr. Alan Herron was born in Indiana and went to Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. After one year in private practice he completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical School,and then was the Thomas -Astor Resident in Pathology at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He was a Professor of Pathology at University of Miami School of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Baylor College of Medicine. He is currently a part time employee at the Heights Veterinary Clinic and especially enjoys working with medical cases and cancer biology. He has been married since 1979 to his wife Mary . They have three adult children and five grandchildren. They have two pet Silky Terriers.
Dr. David Gordon was born and raised in the great state of Nebraska, living in Omaha with his family. His lifelong love of animals began at a young age and was fostered by volunteering and working at one of the top zoo facilities in the country, Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha. He was able to gain experience with a variety of animals including raising a penguin chick for his Eagle Scout project.
Dr Gordon attended Kansas State University for his undergraduate with a major in Animal Sciences and Industry and he continued his education at the Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine graduating in 2012 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. In August 2016, he joined the Heights Veterinary Clinic team bringing a passion for internal medicine, preventative care and exotics.
Dr. Gordon and his wife Sarah share their home with quite a menagerie including Instagram famous Abby the Frenchton (www.instagram.com/rudi_and_abby) and Daisy the beagle, two cats (Franklin and Ellie), Monty the Python, a couple of geckos and many freshwater aquariums. On the weekends you can usually find the Gordons out in Galveston enjoying the beach year-round or watching one of their favorite sports teams.
Dr. Hernan Bracho joined out team in August of 2016. He became a veterinarian because he was able to merge his two loves…animals and medicine. His goal with every patient visit is to provide the highest quality care possible and to guide the patient and their family through the continuum of care. His family is made up of his girlfriend, DeAnna, and three pets, Nemi, Dinamita and Mac. His philosophy is “Every journey begins with a single step.”
Claudia Onassis joined HVC in January 2016 as office manager. Claudia grew up in Chicago and has had a lifelong dream of working with animals. She became a veterinary assistant in 2005 and completed her CVA III (Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 3) in 2013. She has a special interest in emergency medicine and exotic pets. Her free time is spent with her husband, and her pets. They have a cat named Piper a pet snake named Dot and a tarantula.
Krystal Law joined HVC in April of 2015 as Practice Manager. She has extensive experience in veterinary medicine and hospital management. First as a LVT or licensed veterinary technician and then as a hospital manager. In August of 2016, she added “CVPM” to her credentials. The Certified Veterinary Practice Manager achievement is the industry’s highest credential for practice management professionals, demonstrating the experience and knowledge and committed to the pursuit of excellence in veterinary practice.
She has been in the Houston area her entire life and has worked in general practice, emergency and specialty veterinary medicine. When she is not busy here at Heights helping pets and pet families behind the scenes, she is spending time with her hubby, two daughters and 3 dogs.
Dr. Kenneth H. Williams, former owner and Medical Director of Heights Veterinary Clinic is a 1971 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. Immediately after graduation, Dr. Williams served 2½ years in the military before coming to work at Heights Veterinary Clinic in March of 1974. He purchased the clinic in January of 1975 and has guided the clinic’s growth since that time. Dr. Williams is a native of the Heights and possesses encyclopedic knowledge of the area. He has even been known to conduct tours of historic Heights landmarks on weekends (for a nominal fee).
Dr. Williams retired in 2013. Although he retired physically, his legacy of HVC lives on. Our practice was built on the strong foundation of medicine and family which has continued on just as Dr. Williams left it. He now enjoys his full time job as Grandpa.