Veterinarians

Dr. Randal Bennett
DVM/Owner of Quitman Animal Clinic

Randal  Bennett

Dr. Bennett is originally from Oregon and Washington State. He was raised on a cattle ranch where he developed an interest in veterinary medicine. He attended Blue Mountain and Oregon State Universities and was a 1984 graduate of LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Bennett purchased the practice from Dr. Joe Dawson’s Estate in June 1999.

Dr. Bennett is a member of the Quitman City Council, the Quitman Development Corp., the Kiwanis, and the Quitman First United Methodist Church. His hobbies include piloting his Cessna 172 and running a registered Angus ranch, Raven Angus. He lives in East Texas with his wife, Vanessa; his children Monica, Adam, and Neal; grandchildren Bailey and Riley; and his animal companions, Abba the neutered male Abyssinian cat and Belle the Boston Terrier.

Dr. Bennett’s veterinary experience:

  • Shamrock Veterinary Hospital/Great Plains Breeders Service — General Practice 1984-85
  • Lone Star Hereford, Resident Veterinarian, Asst Ranch Manager 1985-90
  • Texas Animal Health Commission, herd epidemiology 1990-92
  • Veterinary Biologic Systems Analysis, Nutrition Diagnostics 1992-94
  • Relief Veterinarian 1994-96
  • Quitman Animal Clinic 1996-present

Dr. Elizabeth Kappus
Associate DVM

Elizabeth Kappus

Dr. Kappus grew up in southern Arkansas where rodeo and working at the local veterinary clinic were a huge part of her life. Dr. Kappus developed an interest in veterinary medicine at an early age as she watched her grandfather (a retired veterinarian) care for the family's horses and dogs. She received her Bachelors in Animal Science in 2005 from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and her DVM from Louisiana State University in 2009. Dr. Kappus was first employed in south Louisiana as an ambulatory equine veterinarian. After having her son, Gage, she switched from full time equine practice to small animal practice. Dr. Kappus was employed at Wexler Animal Hospital in Lafayette, La until moving to Quitman in 2013.

 

Dr. Kappus has been married to her husband Mike since 2006 and they have one son, Gage and one daughter Gentry. Milly, a miniature dachshund and Jett, a Shetland sheepdog are their family pets. Dr. Kappus enjoys all aspects of practice, with a special interest in internal medicine, wound care, and diagnostic ultrasound

Dr. Jeremy Smith
DVM/Owner of Quitman Animal Clinic

Jeremy  Smith

Dr. Smith grew up in nearby Emory and graduated from Rains High School. He then received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Texas A & M University-Commerce (formerly East Texas State University). He was accepted to Texas A & M University College of Veterinary Medicine in College Station in 1999. After graduation from veterinary school, he began working at Quitman Animal Clinic in 2003. He and his family now consider Quitman home.

Dr. Smith has been married to his lovely wife Jessica since 1999. They have three daughters, Jessie, Hannah, and Sarah. He also has two grandchildren Micah and Paisley. Dr. Smith and his family are active members of Sand Springs Baptist Church. Dr. Smith enjoys all aspects of practice, but he especially enjoys orthopedic surgery and equine medicine and surgery.

 

Dr. Michael Miller
Associate DVM

Michael  Miller

Dr. Miller joined Quitman Animal Clinic in June of 2013. He grew up in nearby Gilmer, TX. Working with his family's cattle and horses sparked his interest in veterinary medicine. After graduating from Union Hill High School, Dr. Miller earned his Bachelors' Degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University. Dr. Miller graduated Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. He returned home after graduation and spent his first two year practicing in Pittsburg, TX. June of 2016 he married the love of his life, Elizabeth Jackson.

Dr. Miller's professional interests include dentistry (for which he has completed specialty training at the prestigious Colorado Pet Dental Training with Dr. Tony Woodward), cattle medicine, small animal reproduction, and assisting with Canine Behavior Training; offered here at Quitman Animal Clinic. Outside of work, his hobbies include restoring his '78 Trans Am, hunting, fishing, and being an active member at New Beginning Baptist Church in Gilmer, TX. He currently resides in Gilmer with his wife Elizabeth, Red Heeler, "Cash", their two cats "Bertie" and "Bandit" (Elizabeth's luggage she brought into the marriage).

Dr. Katie Kimberlin
Associate DVM

Katie Kimberlin

We are very excited to introduce Dr. Katie Kimberlin! She is the newest member of our professional staff. She has spent a good portion of her life in a veterinary clinic working with her father, Dr. Larry Kimberlin, from kennel help all the up to the front staff and everything in between! 

Growing up in Greenville, TX, Dr. Kimberlin enjoyed tennis and equestrian jumping. Since graduating from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, she has felt very much at home here in Quitman along with her Australian Shepherd Khloe. Serving the clients and patients of Quitman Animal Clinic has become her passion. 

Dr. Kimberlin enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but has a particular interest in small animal surgery, equine dentistry, and dermatology! 

Staff

Taylor Abernathy, CVA 2
Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 2

Taylor  Abernathy

Hey y’all this is Tay Tay I’m married to my best friend, the cattle baron Bubba Abernathy. We just had our first daughter August 2015, sweet little Lola Kay! My husband and I enjoy team roping and traveling together with our friends. We also provide registered Hereford cows for kids in FFA and we love to show our Brafords at regional shows. Other things I enjoy are my 3 dogs and my brood mares. But my absolute favorite thing in the world is the adrenaline rush I get when Bubba and I are flying 90 miles an hour across the pasture to rope a wild bull!!

Kimberly Barnes, CVA 1
Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 1

Kimberly Barnes

I am origionally from the small town of Haworth, Oklahoma. I have currently resided in Quitman. TX for the last two years. My hobbies are cooking, fishing and reading. I started working at Quitman Animal Clinic in August 2015. I am currently a CVA I, working towards my CVA II.

Melissa Bashioum, CVA 3
Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 3

Melissa Bashioum

I have been with Quitman Animal Clinic since September 2008, with the hope of many more years to come. The love of being around animals and helping take care of them inspires me, especially the satisfaction I get when I’ve made someone happy by helping their loved one feelbetter. My mom says I have always wanted to work with animals, from the time I was a little girl. Short story about me: We had just moved to the area when one of my cats got sick. I took him to the vet and that’s how I met Dr. Bennett and the gang at Quitman. He really took his time talking with us and since we were new to the area that meant a lot. 

Now I am part of the Quitman Animal Clinic family and enjoy my job each and every day. I live with Wyatt, my son (he loves lizards, frogs, snakes). We love to go fishing, boating, and hunting, and just being outside together. I like to be outdoors, and also enjoy shooting at the range. My pets are: Cats Furby, Fuzzy Fishstick, and Firecracker; Dogs Camo and Maxx; show pigs and a goat.

 

Katelyn Bradley, CVA 2
Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 2

Katelyn Bradley

I'm from Winnsboro and have lived there my entire life. I started working at Quitman Animal Clinic October 2013, but was a long time client before that. I am currently a CVA II, working toward CVA III. I'm also attending Cedar Valley Community College to obtain my LVT. 

I enjoy raising Polled Herefords with my sister. I attend many shows throughout the year, but the best part is seeing the new calves born every spring. I also have 2 horses, Smidgen and Koal. I participate in trail riding the most but do a little bit of everything, and I always have my dog Ginger, who accompanies me everywhere I go.

Jennifer Council, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jennifer Council

I graduated Vet Tech school in 2011 and then began working as a technician at Quitman Animal Clinic in the fall of 2011. I love being a part of our Quitman Animal Clinic family and it is a joy being in a position to serve others.
    
At home, I have a wonderful husband, JC, and two beautiful kids, Faith and Ranger. Plus a few critters. My favorite things to do are riding horses, four-wheeling, reading and family time.

Jessie Croney, CVA 2
Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 2

Jessie Croney

I've lived in Quitman since 2003 and was hired at Quitman Animal Clinic July 2012. I'm a 'jack of all trades' here at the clinic.  Some days you'll find me answering phones and others I'm helping in the back. I'm currently working towards my CVA III.

I married my high school sweetheart, Jonah June of 2014. We have one son, Micah born in 2013 and one daughter Paisley born in 2016. We also have a four legged baby named Avery who loves retrieving ducks and playing with her humans! On my down time i enjoy hunting alongside my husband, shopping and spending time with my kiddos!

Amanda Hooks, CVA 2
Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 2

Amanda  Hooks

Hi, my name is Amanda Hooks. I am a 2007 graduate of Quitman High School. I served 6 years in the Texas Army National Guard. I have worked at Quitman Animal Clinic since June 24, 2013.

I enjoy trying new foods and spending time with my family. I have an amazing daughter, Savannah, born July 2014. She is the light of my life. We have 1 dog and 1 cat. Sissy a Pitbull mix and Sammi our black adorable cat. 

Britton Valenzuela, CVA 1
Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 1

Britton Valenzuela

I have lived in Winnsboro all my life until building a house in Scroggins in 2013. I married my husband in September of 2013 after dating for 5 years. We have 4 dogs and 2 horses. 

My husband and I are very involved in our church and spend most of our time at church or spending time fellow-shipping with family and friends. I also enjoy hunting, reading, and horseback riding. 

I have been with Quitman Animal Clinic since December of 2012. I am currently working towards becoming a CVA I. 

Ashley Wallace, CVA 2
Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 2

Ashley Wallace

I was born and raised in Alba, Texas. I started working at Quitman Animal Clinic September 2012, but I've had the privilege of working as a technician for 15 years. I just recently became a CVA III.

I have one daughter and two sons. I also have three dogs; "Copper", "Festis" and "Gracie". We also have one cat named "Camo". When I'm not working, I like to spend time with my kids and watching their sports. If we're not on the court or in the field, you can find us at the lake!

Courtney Bradley, CVA 2
Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 2

Courtney Bradley

I am from and currently live in Winnsboro. I started working at Quitman Animal Clinic in October 2013; working as a technician. I am currently a CVA level 2.

I attend college classes at Cedar Valley Community College where I'm taking courses to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. 

My hobbies include raising and selling registered Polled Herefords accompanied by my sister. Also I own two horses Patches and Friday, where I enjoy trail riding with my friends and family.

Mark Cassimatis
Practice Manager

Mark  Cassimatis

I am married to my best friend, Kristen, and we have six four legged "children": our two horses Angel and Dixie; three dogs Wesley Ben, Violet Rose and Lydia; and one very high maintenance cat named Feed Me Feed Me Now or FMFMN for short! Kristen and I are wild about our Rocky Mountain Horse "Angel" - she is the smartest horse in the world (but a little aloof)! Dixie, our Tennessee Walking Horse, is quite the opposite - she is a 1,200 pound "lap" horse! She needs to be coddled, petted and otherwise stroked.

Kristen and I love shooting guns, and training/riding horses. It is the whole reason we moved to East Texas. We are thrilled to be living among the oaks and pines on sandy soil. In my "off-time" I enjoy teaching CHL class at the Turkey Hill Sportsman Club.

I am so excited to be a part of Quitman Animal Clinic. Dr. Bennett and all the staff practice the high quality medicine that I have grown accustomed to while working with my father-in-law. I am thankful to be serving everyone and their pets here in Quitman as the Practice Manager.

Angela Barncord, CVA 3
Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 3

Angela  Barncord

I was born in New Mexico at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamagordo, and have lived all over the world — Military Brat! In 2003 I worked at Ft. Bliss Veterinary Treatment Facility and knew this was what I wanted to do. I moved to East Texas in 2005 and was hired at Quitman Animal Clinic. I am a CVA III— working towards my LVT.

I have a wonderful husband, Danial, and two daughters, Katerina and Nicolle. We have multiple pets. I love spending time with family, going to my parents, reading, cross stitching, walking the dogs, and dancing.

Brenda Caldwell, CVA 2
Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 2

Brenda  Caldwell

I have worked in the animal field for over ten years, including three years working with exotic animals such as ring-tailed lemurs, zebra, elk, tapers, and wild cats. For three years I ran a kennel, worked with cattle and horses, and helped in surgery with the boss. I have always loved animals and grew up knowing I would work in this field — I have been at Quitman Animal Clinic since 2005 and I love my job! I am a CVA II Certified Tech, and am working on CVA III.

I have a wonderful husband, Joe; two daughters, Rachel, 25 years old and Lacy, 19 yrs old; and a grandson, born in July 2009. A firefighter for the past nine years, I hold an array of certifications including First Responder, NIMS, and CPR. I believe that “if you stop learning you stop living”. I enjoy riding motorcycles, long walks, fishing, dirt track racing, and being outside with family, friends, and animals. I have 9 cats, 3 dogs, 3 horses, and several tropical fish.

Colo Santos
Veterinary Technician/Barn Manager

Colo  Santos

I have been with Quitman Animal Clinic since 1983. I enjoy working with both small and large animals, but can usually be found in the barn wearing my ball cap. I am married with a son, Nestor, and we reside on a small farm north of town.

Misty Fielden, CVA 2
Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 2

Misty  Fielden

I have been an employee with the Quitman Animal Clinic since November of 2004. My primary position is either at the front desk receptionist or working in the back. I'm currently working on my CVA III. I live in Winnsboro with my daughter, MaKayla. My huge love for pets started as a child and inspired me to work where I am today. In college I focused my studies on Animal Health, working at a dairy to pay for gas and expenses. 

Soon after college I went to work for Pilgrim Pride Corporate as a Laboratory Technician. There, I worked quality assurance on raw chicken products and byproducts, as well analyzing specimens for e-coli and salmonella. My time in the corporate world and my studies in college helped increase my interest in the animal health field and I'm proud to be where I am today.

Juan Perales
Veterinary Technician

Juan  Perales

I have been with Quitman Animal Clinic since 1978, starting as Dr. Dawson’s second hand. I work with both small and large animals, but have a special interest in small animal anesthesia and dentistry. I am married with three children. You will easily recognize me by my starched shirt and black cowboy hat!

Jamie Reed, CVA 2
Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 2

Jamie  Reed

I have been employed with Quitman Animal Clinic since 1986 after moving here from Jacksonville, TX. Being a part of Quitman Animal Clinic has been one of the most wonderful additions to my life. One of my favorite things about working here is getting to know the people and their pets. Dr.Dawson would be proud to see how the clinic has grown and prospered.

 

I love spending time with my four-legged babies. Currently, I have 4 dogs. I also enjoy reading, reality TV, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. I especially love to vacation in tropical places — Puerto Rico is my favorite so far!