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Meet Our Team

Working together to take care of your pet.

Meet our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

CFVC Doctors will strive to provide extraordinary veterinary medical care by building individual relationships with our clients, their pets and our staff. We will focus our medical plans on the current needs of the family. We will work to maintain a high level of current medical education in order to provide complete client and community knowledge for the best life for their pet and public health. We also pledge to look for areas in the clinic and community to give back.

Veterinarians

APPOINTMENT
Barbara Braziel, DVM

Barbara Braziel, DVM

Education: SUNY College Environmental Science & Forestry, Oklahoma State University

Dr. Barbara Braziel’s undergraduate degree is from SUNY College Environmental Science & Forestry in wildlife Biology & Forestry. After retiring from the Dallas Police Department, she returned to school to receive her veterinary degree from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Braziel lives with her husband Curtis and all of their many furred and feathered children in Cooper. She actively donates her time to several rescues treating heartworm disease and she also volunteers with CASA, a Court Appointed Special Advocate or guardian dedicated to America’s most vulnerable children, speaking up for their best interests.

Kristen Decker, DVM

Kristen Decker, DVM

Fear-Free Certified, Level II
Education: Texas A&M University

Dr. Kristen Decker received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in December 2008. In 2009 she returned to Texas A&M to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2013.

Dr. Decker grew up in the Union Valley area and attended the Royse City ISD schools. She was first employed by Country Friends when she was in high school and worked during her school breaks until halfway through veterinary school. She returned to Country Friends in 2015 and has enjoyed being a part of the family ever since.

In her free time, Dr. Decker enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending church, playing recreational sports, traveling, and reading. She has 2 four-legged friends: Addie, an American Cocker Spaniel, and Ava, a rescue Border Collie mix. She recently completed a Certificate of Ministry through Highlands College out of Birmingham, Alabama.

Rhonda Phillips, DVM

Rhonda Phillips, DVM

Education: Oklahoma State University

Dr. Rhonda Phillips (Black) better known as “Dr. Rhonda” graduated from Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988.

She is the most senior veterinarian on staff and the founder of Country Friends Veterinary Clinic, established in 1996. Dr. Rhonda now practices part-time at Country Friends Veterinary Clinic performing surgery which is her passion.

Her other passions include volunteering with Patriot Paws Service Dogs (12 yrs), Royse City Animal Shelter (25 yrs), Royse City Paws (5 yrs), and Collin College’s Veterinary Technology Program (6 yrs).

She serves on multiple community and professional boards and is involved with other church and community outreach programs. Her mission and motto in her professional career have been to “Care for people through the care of their pets” as well as to “Think of and treat other’s pets as she would her own”.

She enjoys time with her family, reading, construction projects, working outside on the tractor, and caring for her rescue animals which include her donkey (Dudley), four goats, two sheep, geese, ducks, roosters, dog “Tug”, and two cats Abby and Simba!

Robin Westwood, DVM

Robin Westwood, DVM

Fear-Free Elite Certified, Level III
Education: Texas A&M University

Dr. Robin Westwood graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a bachelor’s in veterinary science and in 1998 with her doctorate in Veterinary medicine. She has enjoyed being around animals her entire life and knew when she was in 6th grade that she would be a veterinarian. Since graduating from high school she has been in and around veterinary medicine in some way shape or form. She has worked every job in a veterinary hospital from receptionist, kennel attendant, and veterinary technician to finally veterinarian and practice owner. She is married to her college sweetheart Craig, a Plano firefighter, and mom to her 4 daughters. Her passion has always been animals but in the last 15 years, she has realized she has a passion for people as well. Dr. Robin Westwood joined the staff of CFVC in January 2007 and then took the big jump from a veterinarian to veterinary business owner in 2013 when she became the proud owner of Country Friends Veterinary Clinic. It has been an endeavor filled with change, challenges, fear, excitement, and never a dull moment. She enjoys spending time with her family, teaching and learning from her girls, being a wife to Craig, being outdoors in the quiet of nature riding and eventing on her trusty steed, Romeo, gardening, reading, learning new things, problem-solving, and spending time with God.

She is active with the United States Eventing Association and the Lakepoint Rockwall Church. Her memberships include Dallas County Medical Association (DCVMA), Texas State Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA).

Anna Stewart, DVM

Anna Stewart, DVM

Fear Free, Level II
Education: University of Missouri

Dr. Anna Stewart was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. She has always loved animals and developed a passion for medicine as she spent time working in veterinary clinics while obtaining her bachelor’s degree at the University of Arkansas. She obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri in 2013. Her favorite part of practicing medicine is creating relationships with clients and their pets. She loves to help owners foster a happy and healthy environment where their pets can thrive. There is also nothing more rewarding than having an animal come in sick and sending them home happy and healthy!

Dr. Stewart and her husband Ryan have a daughter and a Catahoula mix named Auggie. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, anything outdoors, reading, baking and traveling.

Audrey Richardson, DVM

Audrey Richardson, DVM

Education: Oklahoma State College
Fear-Free Certified

Dr. Richardson graduated from Oklahoma State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. She had her introduction to veterinary medicine in high school, volunteering at Country Friends. Eventually, she came on staff and worked at the clinic for several years during college. After veterinary school, she worked at a general practice near Austin, TX. Additionally, she volunteered to do spays/neuters at the local shelter. She sees dogs and cats but will also occasionally see exotic pets as well.

During her off time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and hiking. She also has a passion for traveling and seeing new places. She has 2 dogs, a Jack Russell Terrier and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. They are both very active and love traveling as well.

Hospital Manager

Rhonda Hampton, MSHRM

Rhonda Hampton, MSHRM

Education: Tarleton State University
Fear-Free Certified

Rhonda moved into the North Texas area 27 years ago and loves living and working here- y’all are good people! She shares a blended family with her husband, Jeff, and they have a total of 6 adult children with 5 little grands and counting! If you ask her what the best thing going on is, she’ll quickly start talking about those sweet littles.

Having been a pet foster parent for both cats and dogs Rhonda loves sharing how amazing the human-animal bond is. Autumn, our clinic cat, loves spending time getting loved on and she has chosen Rhonda as her person. Rhonda loves to travel, and learn, and has recently taken to rockhounding.

Rhonda loves being a part of the Country Friends family, and said, “We’re an amazing team! We focus on the best medicine and exceptional experiences motivated by our love for animals and their families. We’re all here for you, and as the Hospital Manager, I want you to know that we truly have a passion for pets and people!”

Client Care Team

Cynthia, Office Supervisor

Cynthia, Office Supervisor

Fear-Free Certified, Level II
Client Service Representative Certified

Cynthia grew up in Texas and loves the fall and winter weather. She has a toddler, TWO on the way, a fantastic husband, a dog, and three kitty cats.

We’re not sure how she has extra time, but when she does, she enjoys mystery novels and spending time with her family.

Cynthia loves how family-oriented CFVC is! She also added, “I have grown up around many kinds of animals and love all of them for their individual personalities. Every pet is unique in its own way, and I love getting to know each of them!”

Lisa

Lisa

Fear-Free Elite Certified, Level III
Client Service Representative Certified

Lisa has 19 years of experience in client service- and we’re happy to add that 7 of those years she’s been here with us at Country Friends! (We love that so many of our clients and their pets are known by her)

She has always been a part of this community and loves her life here. She is married to Steve, and together their family includes Steve’s son, two horses, a dog (Bella), and Sasha, their cat. When Lisa is not here, she loves spending time with her family and friends.

Nikki

Nikki

Fear-Free Certified, Level III
Client Service Representative Certified

Nikki says she got a ride to Texas about 13 years ago and has never wanted to live anywhere else (her southern accent fits right in)! She’s married and has two children (who are also married) and two fur babies Maltipoos, Remi, and Gracie.

When asked about Country Friends Nikki said, “Country Friends are my family.” Nikki loves spending time with her family and getting away to the beach.

Amanda

Amanda

Fear-Free Certified

Amanda has been in Texas for the past 15 years and loves the different opportunities that are available here.

She is a single mother to two dogs and a cat, and if she’s not at school or CFVC, she cherishes time with her family.

Amanda was interested in joining the CFVC family because of her initial interest in the medical field, and now that she’s here, she said, “I love being able to build connections with the pets that come in as well as how the staff feels like family here.”

Merci

Merci

Fear-Free Certified
Client Service Representative Certified

Merci started her animal healthcare journey back in Beaufort, SC where she and her husband were stationed. They moved back to Texas after three years with their three dogs and two cats. Merci’s husband is currently in school, and she works both as a CSR and in the National Guard, here in Texas.

Merci hopes to further her career in the animal industry. She loves photography and her friends and family.

Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Kelsey, LVT

Kelsey, LVT

Treatment Team Supervisor
Fear-Free Elite Certified, Level III

Kelsey has lived in Texas since 2012 and loves the country the most in this big state.
Keeping things fair, she has many dogs, cats, and horses (she loves barrel racing!), and her little boy, Hudson.

Kelsey has said that what she appreciates most about working at CFVC is how Dr. Westwood treats her employees like family. She is passionate about the medical side of all that she does.

Traci, LVT

Traci, LVT

Fear-Free Elite Certified, Level III

Traci comes from South Texas, graduated with her technician degree in 2014, and earned her title of LVT here at Country Friends. She’s looking forward to finishing her bachelor’s degree in 2023, in Veterinary Technology at Tarleton State University.

In her free time, Traci enjoys following Houston Astros and Texans, knitting, and possibly creating something new in the kitchen. Traci also has three dogs, and multiple creatures including three dogs, snakes, lizards, tarantulas, and sugar gliders.

Thinking of the future, Traci says, “Eventually Clint and I would like to own our own pet boarding facility, sports bar around the area, or maybe both so we can spend more time traveling.”

Amber, LVT

Amber, LVT

Fear-Free Certified

Born in Corsicana, Texas, Amber has lived in the great state of Texas from day one. In 2014 she graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Houston.

Amber is the mother of two wonderful daughters. Her family also includes three fur children, Itsy, a 10-year-old Chihuahua, and Captain Jack Sparrow, a 9-year-old cat who is spoiled rotten, and Percies Octavious, a 12-year-old Shi Tzu who is her shadow and a huge momma’s boy.

Her hobbies consist of reading a good book or getting outside and getting her hands dirty.

Amber loves being a member of the CFVC family! She shares that she has never worked at a clinic with such compassion for animals and people alike! “I thank God Almighty every day for my home and work for families!”

Jenny, LVT

Jenny, LVT

Fear-Free Certified

Jenny graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries. She went to Cedar Valley College to obtain her technician’s license. She has worked with exotics, large, and small animals.

In her free time, Jenny enjoys riding horses and focuses on three-day eventing. She has two horses, two dogs, three cats, three chickens, a snake, and a mini donkey.

Juana, LVT

Juana, LVT

Bio coming soon!

Veterinary Technicians

Ashley R., CVA II

Ashley R., CVA II

Ashley, who grew up in Terrell, is the mom of two girls, 1 Basset Hound, and two Savannah cats. Ashley has her certification in Surgical Technology (for people) but chose to come to Country Friends in 2014 to enter in the veterinary field. She loves shopping and Rae Dunn pottery!

Brandi CVA III

Brandi CVA III

Fear-Free Certified, Level II
Team Leader and Machine and Equipment Manager

Brandi has been in animal services for 10+ years, eight of which have been here with Country Friends. Her interest in animal care stems from her compassion and passion for animal advocacy. Most recently Brandi has accepted the position within the clinic of Machines, Equipment, and Maintenance Supervisor and we are so grateful for her skills in keeping our important medical resources running smoothly! In the future, Brandi is looking forward to obtaining additional certifications. Brandi adds, “Country Friends has a family atmosphere.”

Brandi is married to BJ and together they have their daughter Lydia, two dogs, and four cats (three of those cats came home with her from Country Friends and one was a stray rescue). If she finds “free time,” Brandi enjoys the creation process in a variety of arts and crafts.

Ashley D., B.S., CVA II

Ashley D., B.S., CVA II

Fear-Free Elite Certified, Level III
Team Leader

Ashley owns three cats, two dogs but is also the proud owner of a hedgehog and bearded dragon- she loves working with exotics.

Ashley’s bachelor’s degree is in Animal Science, and she is currently working on becoming a licensed technician (LVT). She plans on furthering her education in vet med by applying to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine school to become a DVM.

Michelle, , CVA I

Michelle, , CVA I

Inventory Manager
Fear-Free Elite Certified, Level III
Pet Nutrition Coach Certification

Michelle started her animal career in 2000 at a no-kill shelter. She worked her way up within the shelter and while there, accumulated experience and expertise in being an adoption agent, ICU nurse, and intake Animal Control Officer. Eventually, Michelle took an opportunity to work in an animal hospital as a Veterinarian Assistant for 8 years then moved into a management position at a boarding facility. Her experience also includes being an overnight ICU nurse and being employed at a low-cost spay/neuter and vaccine clinic as well as being an inventory manager- all of this working in three different states and with over 50 different veterinarians. Michelle loves emergency medicine and animal behavior and nutrition.

Candice

Candice

Fear-Free Certified, Level II

Candice is born and raised in Texas gal. She’s a true blue fan of the Cowboys and enjoys watching the games with her family (Husband, two sons and one daughter)! Candice also loves nature, sitting outside in the evenings with the lamps and listening to nature.

When asked about Country Friends Candice replied, “I love working here because we are appreciated for our hard work. We’re also like family, all of us, the employees, the fur-babies, and clients also.”

Libby, CVA I

Libby, CVA I

Fear-Free Certified

Libby is from a military family and has lived in many locations but has called Texas home since 2012. She’s currently studying Vet Med at A&M University-Commerce and has had a passion for animals as early as she can remember!

Her pet family includes Buckeye and Zeus (pups) and her cat, Kitty.

Libby enjoys spending time with friends and family, crafting (painting, embroidering, and crocheting which finds to be very relaxing), hiking, camping (anything outdoorsy or adventurous), and learning new things.

“Everyone at Country Friends is so kind and it’s a great learning environment! I feel very welcomed and so grateful to be here and to be given this opportunity to start my career path!”

Savannah, CVA I

Savannah, CVA I

Fear-Free Certified

Texas has been Savannah’s home her entire life. She loves the variety found here- beaches, deserts, hills, valleys, and sometimes snow!

Savannah was recently married and built a tiny house with her husband. Together they have an Australian Cattle dog named Honey and a Beagle named Beans. She loves singing at her church!

Savannah said, “We have a lot of fun at Country Friends, and everyone cares so much about each cat and dog, making sure that their visit is Fear Free and enjoyable. I love learning new things, getting help, and being a part of some pretty cool things.”

“Everyone at Country Friends is so kind and it’s a great learning environment! I feel very welcomed and so grateful to be here and to be given this opportunity to start my career path!”

Veterinary Assistants

Jessie, CVA I

Jessie, CVA I

Fear-Free Certified

Jessie was born and raised in Texas and is now doing the same with her little girl and their three pets.

Jessie is in school working to become licensed as a Technician (LVT). She loves to spend time getting together with family and friends (eating good food, dancing, and shopping for her babies- pets and daughter).

Jessie says that “at Country Friends, we are just a big family—whether you are a client, patient, or co-worker. We all care about your pets! My passion in veterinary medicine is simply the care and relationship between us and both client and patient. The more comfortable people feel with a clinic/hospital, the more they will come back for preventative care.”

Ashlee, CVA I

Ashlee, CVA I

Ashlee is a born and raised Texan that has spent most of her life here in Hunt County and has always had pets in the family- in fact, they have had horses, chickens, reptiles, cats and lots of dogs sharing space on their 10-acre property. All of these furry and non-furry pets have been rescued and now they lovingly refer to their land as “The Last Chance Ranch.”

Ashlee has enjoyed sports and playing several instruments when she played in the school band and now travels when possible, gardening, and collecting plants. She likes to believe that she has a green thumb- but admits that is far from the truth!

She’s always had a big heart helping animals so it is only natural that she found her spot here at Country Friends. Whether Ashlee’s working at CFVC or bringing her pets in for check-ups this place will always be close to her heart and as she said, “the team here is amazing and cares so much about our fur babies and their well-being. I’m more than happy and proud to say that I work at such an amazing clinic!”

Kaia, CVA I

Kaia, CVA I

Bio coming soon!

Megan

Megan

Megan is a senior at Royse City High School who enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with friends, and family, as well as being outdoors. She has lived in Royse City her whole life but will be leaving to attend college at Texas A&M in the fall of 2023 to pursue a career as a criminal psychologist or a medically related type of career. Megan has always had a love for animals, as she has grown up around many different species, from reptiles, birds, cattle, and more common ones such as dogs and cats.

The CFVC clinic has always worked its hardest to care for the clients and their pets by creating a welcoming environment. The team is amazing with problem-solving and teamwork, making it an extremely positive working environment.

Laney

Laney

Laney has been born and raised in Texas. She graduated from Royse City High School and is now in school to be a licensed technician (LVT). She then has the goal to continue her education to become a farrier in addition to equine dentistry school. Laney showed animals and was very active in FFA throughout her HS years.

Laney has two dogs, a black lab, and a Great Pyrenees. She also loves to travel with her family.

Laney loves working at CFVC. She said, “We are like one big family, we care about each animal that comes into the clinic. I love the learning opportunities that I have here!”

Ally

Ally

Ally has lived in Texas her whole life and she does not plan on living anywhere else! She is a senior at Royse City High School who is going to graduate not only with a high school diploma but also an associate’s degree in Science/Multidisciplinary. Some of her favorite hobbies are hanging out with friends and family, working out, going to work, tanning, and shopping! She has a dog named Miley and a cat named Lucy who she considers “her baby”.

She has wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember, and she plans to accomplish this dream of hers by attending Texas A&M University Veterinarian School. Ally loves Country Friends because it is filled with people who have a passion and purpose for what they do on a day-to-day basis. They make sure every pet is taken care of and she would not want to gain experience from any other group of people!

Pet Care AdvoCATe

APPOINTMENT
Autumn

Autumn

Clinic Cat

A life-long resident of Rockwall County, Texas, Autumn started her life with three legs and a deformed fourth (lovingly referred to as “Chicken Wing”). It was love at first sight when Dr. Robin Westwood met Autumn and immediately she was brought in as a part of our Country Friends Veterinary Clinic team!

Autumn has the highest of standards in pet care- she advocates for vaccines, having pets spayed and neutered, and regular health exams for preventative care. She believes in keeping things pawsitive!

Currently Autumn is enrolled in Purrr College where she is studying the latest strategies in manipulating humans to become an expurrrt in the field with an emphasis on training other clinic cats in the following CATegories: “Treats and Other Important Necessities”, “Paws to Training Humans” and “Ruling the World for Dummies”

Contact Country Friends Veterinary Clinic today!

Find Us

6961 Interstate Hwy 30 West
Royse City, Texas, 75189
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Our Hours

Mon: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Tues: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Wed: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Thurs: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Fri: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Sat & Sun: Closed

We are closed M-F 12:30-2pm for lunch/admin.

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Call or Text: 972-636-9562
Fax: 972-636-9592
Email: general@cfvc.net

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