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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.

Professional Affiliations:

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

Associate Veterinarian

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.

Professional Affiliations:

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


Office Manager

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 tripawd, Simba, to bone cancer when he was a year old. Because of this, Danielle is passionate in her involvement with pet cancer awareness events and has been a speaker for the annual Hot Diggity Dog Jog for Pet Cancer Awareness in Greenville, TX and is a committee member for Puppy Up Spring.


Lead Receptionist

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.



Born 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.



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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.


Inventory Manager; Certified Veterinary Assistant 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.

Madeleine “Maddy”

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.


Veterinary Assistant

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Veterinary Assistant

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Technician Assistant

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.


Technician Assistant

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Technician Assistant

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Kennel Assistant

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Kennel Assistant

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Kennel Assistant

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Cooter Boots the Cat

Cooter Boots

Clinic Cat

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!


3408 N. Shepherd Drive
Houston, Texas, 77018

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Monday-Friday: 7:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Sunday: Closed


Phone: 832-260-0945
Fax: (713) 678-0805



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