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 OfficerEducation: Texas A&M, Class of 2000
Hometown: Houston, TX
Pets: Jersey (Rough Collie) & Ebbets (Labrador Retriever)
Dr. Chmaitelli, a Houston native, spent ample time at his grandfather’s ranch as a young boy, where he was tasked with feeding and medical treatments for the cattle. These responsibilities and experiences put him on a lifelong path
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
Education: Austin College, Class of 2012
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Pets: Codega (Border Collie Mix) & Calliope (Pit/Boxer Mix)
Danielle is a Dallas native who simply couldn’t imagine her life without animals. After college, she began working in veterinary ophthalmology and spent her weekends as a dog trainer. Danielle moved here from Dallas to work for Team GOVC when we opened in May 2015. There is a special place in her heart for dogs with disabilities and those undergoing cancer treatment after she lost her golden
Jodi is an Aggie, a wife and mother to two amazing girls. The first eleven years of her career, she taught computer to kids from 4th through 8th grades. When she transitioned into reception at GOVC, she brought her computer nerdiness with her and began “Googlifying” everything she could. After a failed attempt at rehoming two adorable kittens who had been abandoned, she couldn’t bear to separate them so she brought them home to share their joy with her family. She enjoys working with the GOVC team and is thankful for the amazing pets she has the opportunity to know in every stage of their lives.
ReceptionistSarah is a Chicago native, currently pursuing her license in veterinary technology. She is a fur-mom to 3 dogs and 5 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”.
ReceptionistJennifer 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.
ReceptionistBorn and raised in Houston, Texas, Jesseka attended Texas A&M Corpus Christi to attain her BS in Biology. Ever since childhood, Jesseka has always had a passion for animals. She currently has 2 cats, Batman and Pepper, and a dog named Ghost. In her free time, Jesseka loves outdoor activities such as fishing and kayaking.
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.
Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA II)Xena was raised here in Houston, and she has 3 four-legged friends: a Lab-mix named Dex, a Doberman named Pierre, and a cat named Wednesday. In her spare time, Xena enjoys trying new restaurants with friends and family as well as taking her pups to the dog park and biking trails. She adores working with all animals, both large and small, and she hopes to eventually become a licensed veterinary technician.
Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA I)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.
Veterinary AssistantBio coming soon!
Technician AssistantVictoria was born and raised here in Houston. Before working at GOVC, Victoria moved to Honduras in October 2016 to get her Dive Master’s Certification for scuba diving. She joined our team in January 2018 as a Kennel Assistant. When she’s not working at GOVC, Victoria likes to scuba dive, bike ride, and cuddle with her cat, Cartman. One day she plans to attend Texas A&M Galveston to get her Master’s Degree in Marine Biology.
Technician AssistantMarissa 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.
Kennel AssistantBio coming soon!
Clinic CatBio coming soon!
Serving the pets of Houston with high-quality medicine and relationship-centered care.
Garden Oaks Veterinary Clinic is conveniently located for many Houston, TX residents, we hope you’ll give our animal and veterinary hospital the opportunity to shower your pets with the love and care they deserve!