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

Fear-Free Certified
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 undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in Biomedical Sciences. She then returned to Texas A&M University to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

In her free time, Dr. Decker enjoys spending time with family and friends including her 4-legged furry friends: Isabella and Ava. She is excited to be a part of the Country Friends Family once again.

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 Certified, Elite Status
Education: Texas A&M University

Dr. Robin Westwood graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a bachelors 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 January 2007 and then took the big jump from veterinarian to a 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, gardening, reading, learning new things, challenges and spending time with God.

She is active with the Girl Scouts of America and the United Methodist Church Royse City. 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).

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Anna Stewart, DVM

Anna Stewart, DVM

Bio coming soon!

Hospital Manager

Rhonda Hampton

Rhonda Hampton

Fear-Free Certified
Education: Texas Woman’s University, Bachelor’s Degree

Rhonda was adopted into the North Texas area 25 years ago and loves living and working here because of the good people and variety of cultures and opportunities. She shares a blended family with her husband, Jeff, and they have a total of 6 children with three of them married with their own children. If you ask her what the best thing in life is she’ll quickly start talking about her grandchildren (loves being a Nana!). Rhonda has two “cattens” (cats who act like kittens), Binx and Lovey, and hopes to have more fur babies in the future.

Currently Rhonda is a graduate student and if/when there is any extra time she takes a weekend to go spend time with her grandbabies!

Rhonda loves being a part of the Country Friends family, “It’s an amazing team who focuses on best medicine and exceptional experiences motivated by our love for animals. 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

Nicole

Nicole

Client Care Advocate

CVA I and Fear-Free Certified

Nicole is here to solve your pet’s problems. With her 4 years here, Nicole has an extensive Client Service Representative and Veterinary Technician experience.

Her human family includes husband Lance and 4-year-old son, Lincoln. Her fur family consists of Frank the Frenchie, Harley the bulldog, and Donald and Maggie, both cats. She is known for her love of running!

Cynthia

Cynthia

Office Manager

Cynthia grew up in Texas and loves the fall and winter weather. She has a baby girl and fantastic husband, a dog, and two 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 their own way, and I love getting to know each of them!”

Lisa

Lisa

Fear-Free Certified, Level III

Lisa has 19 years of experience in client service- and we’re happy to add that 6 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 and looks forward to gathering at church on Sundays.

Nikki

Nikki

Fear-Free Certified, Level II

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 baby Maltipoos, Remi and Gracie.

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

Amanda

Amanda

Amanda has been in Texas for the past 15 years and enjoys stores that other states don’t have.

She has two dogs that are her children, 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 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.”

Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Kelsey

Kelsey

Treatment Team Manager

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 four dogs, four cats, and four 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

Traci

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 currently looking forward to pursuing her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Nutrition over the next few years. Traci recently joined the Texan A&M Veterinary Emergency Team- something she feels very passionate about.

In her free time, Traci enjoys following Houston Astros and Texans, knitting, and possibly creating something new in the kitchen.

Her kiddos are Cheyanne, who is working on a Music major at UNT, Brad, who recently joined the Navy, and Nick, who is active in choir and theater classes. Traci also has three dogs, two lizards, two tarantulas, and one snake.

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

Amber

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 two fur children, Itsy, a 10-year-old Chihuahua, and Captain Jack Sparrow, a 9-year-old cat who is spoiled rotten!

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 families!”

Jenny

Jenny

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. Jenny has an interest in wildlife and would one day like to become a game warden!

Veterinary Technicians

Ashley R.

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

Brandi

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

Brandi has been in animal services for 8 years, 4 and ½ of which has 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 three cats (all three of those cats came home with her from Country Friends)! If she finds “free time,” Brandi enjoys the creation process in a variety of arts and crafts.

Ashley D.

Ashley D.

CVA II
Fear-Free Certified

Bio coming soon!

Michelle

Michelle

CVA I
Inventory Manager
Fear-Free 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 moving into a management position of 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.

Michelle is married to Andrew and has a home filled with love and furry pals. She and Andrew love to go mudding, recently upgrading their machine – and if you’ve ever wanted to know something about it she’d be the right one to ask!

Candice

Candice

Fear-Free Certified

Candice is a 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.”

Veterinary Assistants

Jessie

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.”

Libby

Libby

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!”

Ashlee

Ashlee

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!”

Savannah C.

Savannah C.

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. 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.”

Kaia

Kaia

Bio coming soon!

Megan

Megan

Bio coming soon!

Savannah W.

Savannah W.

Savannah has called Texas “home” since birth. She loved how Texans know how to cook!

Savannah spends time with family and friends and loves to shop. At Country Friends, she likes giving baths and spending one-on-one time with the pets she cares for. She is considering further schooling in veterinary medicine and says that “I like Country Friends’ atmosphere- it’s not like other jobs have been.”

Specialists We Work With

Pre-Arranged Appointments Are Necessary
Trudy Smith, DVM

Trudy Smith, DVM

Specialist in Acupuncture and Whole Food Therapy
Education: Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Smith graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She’s practiced in general medicine and has years of ER and critical care experience. Her focus as a specialist for Country Friends is holistic medicine. Dr. Smith attended the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida, and became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in Oct of 2018. She is certified in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Food Therapy and can develop homemade diets to treat a variety of conditions. Dr. Smith is working through the Traditional Chinese Veterinary Herbal certification as well as Chinese Massage Therapy certification.

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

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