MEET OUR TEAM
Garden Oaks Veterinary Clinic is proud to provide your pets with exceptional attention and care. Our staff is committed to excellence!
Dr. Stephen K. Chmaitelli
Chief Veterinary Officer
Education: Texas A&M, Class of 2000
Hometown: Houston, TX
Pets: Jersey (Rough Collie) & Ebbets (Labrador Retriever)
Dr. Chmaitelli (or “Dr. C”) is the owner and Chief Veterinary Officer at GOVC. He graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, and then spent time working in Large Animal and Equine Hospitals before opening his first practice in East Texas. He eventually sold his first practice to move back to his hometown of Houston, where he established GOVC in 2015.
Dr. Chmaitelli founded GOVC with the intent of creating a “different” veterinary experience by providing a modern, clean facility and taking time to educate clients and become partners in their pet’s health. It was also important to Dr. C that GOVC set a standard of excellence and become accredited with the American Animal Hospital Association, which we achieved in December 2016.
Along with GOVC, he owns A to Z Exotics & Capture, which provides services to African Game ranches across the state. Dr. C is very passionate about being involved in the community, and he currently serves on the City of Houston Animal Shelter Advisory Committee & the Texas Veterinary Medical Association Government Relations Committee. He was also elected as the Harris County Representative to the Board of Directors.
Dr. C loves helping our patients live happy, comfortable lives and has a special interest in internal medicine, diagnostics, and dermatology. He has two dogs, a rough collie named Jersey and a labrador named Ebbets. When he’s not at GOVC, Dr. C enjoys playing piano, guitar, singing, and attending Astros games. He also recently retired from playing semi-pro rugby for Houston United and now assists with coaching.
American Veterinary Medical Association, Member
Texas Veterinary Medical Association, Chairman for Harris County on the Board of Directors
Texas Veterinary Medical Association, Government Relations Committee
City of Houston, Animal Shelter Advisory Committee
Dr. Brandon Cornel Day
Education: Louisiana State University, Class of 2018
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Pets: Kyle (Beagle) & Louie (Shitzu Mix)
Dr. Brandon Day, a NOLA native, has traveled to Texas in pursuit of following his childhood dream of caring for animals. He grew up in a household filled with joy, laughter, and drool that only German Shepherds are known to bring. His commitment to fostering healthy human-animal bonds paved the way for him to become a veterinarian. He graduated from Louisiana State University with Bachelor’s in Animal Science and went on to obtain his Associate’s in Veterinary Technology. After strengthening his skillsets as a Veterinary Technician, Dr. Day was later accepted into the LSU College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with his Doctorate’s in 2018.
In June 2019, Dr. Day made the move to Houston from Baton Rouge to join our team at Garden Oaks Veterinary Clinic. He is excited to work under the mentorship of Dr. Chmaitelli and looks forward to building relationships with our clients and patients in this new journey.
Outside of being a veterinarian and pet lover, Dr. Day enjoys spending time on the basketball court, and sports are usually the topic of most conversations (he will always be a Pelicans and Saints fan, no matter the distance!). He loves to travel and values health and fitness.
American Veterinary Medical Association, Member
Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, Member
National Association of Black Veterinarians, Member
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, Diversity Committee Member
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Member
Dr. Carolyn Benedetto
Education: Louisiana State University
Hometown: Crowley, LA
Pets: Ophelia (Scottish Terrier Mix) & Zoey (Retriever Mix)
Dr. Benedetto graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and is passionate about physical rehabilitation and finding innovative ways to make patients comfortable and calm during their visits. She enjoys working with elderly patients and improving their quality of life through management of chronic conditions such as arthritis and dental disease.
Dr. Benedetto’s lifelong love for animals started when she grew up in Crowley, Louisiana with dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, fish and horses. She currently has two rescue dogs, a Scottie mutt, Ophelia, and a retriever mutt, Zoey. During Dr. Benedetto’s long process of healing Zoey (severely broken leg, a bladder infection, cancer, and heartworm disease), she realized how crucial rehabilitation and acupuncture were and worked towards obtaining both certifications. She became acupuncture certified from the from the Curacore Integrative Medicine Center of Colorado and is currently working on her canine rehabilitation certification from the University of TN.
During her free time, Dr. Benedetto can be found enjoying the outdoors with her family and pups in addition to painting, yoga, and trying new restaurants with her family.
Sarah is a Chicago native, currently pursuing her license in veterinary technology. She is a fur-mom to three dogs and five cats. In her spare time, Sarah likes to go hiking with her dogs or go thrifting. Sarah’s ultimate goal in life is to own her own personal “petting zoo.”
Jennifer grew up in San Antonio, Texas before she made her way to College Station to attend Texas A&M, where she graduated in 2010. She has a passion for animals ever since she can remember. From growing up with dogs and a cat to petsitting when she first moved to Houston, she now has a Cavapoo puppy named Chip to call her own. Jennifer actually started bringing Chip to GOVC as a client first before she became part of the team. Outside of the clinic, Jennifer likes to take Chip to the dog park, enjoys photography, and loves spending time with friends.
Lead Technician; Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
Since he was a child, Adam always had a passion to one day work with animals of all shapes, sizes and species. Adam was previously a dance choreographer for 5 years, and he left to pursue animal medicine. He graduated from Vet Tech Institute in 2015 and went on to pass his state boards to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. He started his journey with animal medicine in laboratory research and emergency critical care. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies and hanging out with friends.
Training & Development Supervisor; Certified Veterinary Assistant
Madeleine is a native Houstonian with a passion for animal medicine. Outside of work, this Purdue grad spends her time swimming, going to pub trivia, and reading on the couch with her 3 animals. She has 1 cat, Maxi, and 2 Labradors, Joey and Daisy. She hopes to buy a big house one day and open her arms to many more rescue labs.
Photo and bio coming soon!
Marissa was born and raised in Houston and graduated from PIMA Institute. When Marissa was young, her grandpa took her to the zoo on a regular basis, and her love and passion for our furry friends only grew. While she attended PIMA, she completed her externship at our hospital and quickly became part of the permanent GOVC family even after graduation. Marissa has 3 dogs, a ferret, and a cat. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts and taking her dogs to the park.
Photo and bio coming soon!
Andy was born and raised in Houston. He is currently attending nursing school at University of St. Thomas for Nursing. Although Andy is pursuing human medicine, he still loves caring for animals. Andy has one miniature dachshund named Oliver. In his spare time from the clinic and school, Andy enjoys playing guitar, attend car shows, play sports and take Oliver to trails.
Kathryn is a born and bred Houstonian who takes great pride in her Lone Star state. Awhile back she ventured forth to matriculate at Colorado State University, but soon returned with a Bachelors in Animal Science and an Artificial Insemination Certificate tucked in her saddlebag. Kathryn quickly found a way to put her degree and love for all things furry and four-legged to good use by volunteering at massive rabbit spay/neuter events alongside veterinary technicians and rabbit rescue volunteers from across the state. Although the focus of her education and background is livestock, Kathryn equally enjoys caring for the smaller creatures that tend to occupy our hearts and homes. She has two hoppers of her own: a Mini Rex who (sometimes) answers to Harvey and a Holland Lop who doesn’t answer to anything, but nonetheless goes by the name of Liesl. When not herding rabbits, she enjoys two-stepping and listening to live music. Kathryn has also been known to pick a little guitar herself when the mood strikes her. She fancies boots, buckles and cold milk from a cow, but don’t get her started on the relative merits of the American made pick-up truck, for that is serious business amigo.
Cooter Boots joined the GOVC family shortly after we opened in 2015. He was a kitten and had just been rescued by another veterinarian along with the rest of his litter (who all received Dukes of Hazard names). Cooter Boots quickly made himself at home at the clinic. He works hard every day making sure that papers are promptly knocked off tables, cords and bags are chewed, and that no box is left empty.
Cooter Boots found his calling in 2019 when the team recreated The Lion King Challenge, and he finally received the attention and recognition he deserves. When he’s not letting curiosity get the best of him or making insta-famous videos, you can find him sleeping in the doctor’s office or laying in his litter box. He also loves wearing clothes (although he will deny it if you ask him). We don’t quite know what we would do without him!
Garden Oaks Veterinary Clinic is conveniently located for many Houston, TX residents. We hope you’ll give our veterinary hospital the opportunity to shower your pets with the love and care they deserve!