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.
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
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: Kasey, Isabella, and Ava. She is excited to be a part of the Country Friends Family once again.
Rhonda Phillips, DVM
Education: Oklahoma State University
Dr. Rhonda Phillips graduated from Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 and moved to Texas following her graduation. Currently, she is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Dallas Veterinary Medical Association, and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.
In 1991 Dr. Rhonda moved to Royse City, continuing to work in Dallas and the surrounding areas, until she built a large enough clientele to pay the bills and dedicate herself solely to Country Friends Veterinary Clinic- which she founded in 1996 from the living room of her 1,000 sq ft home (now the current CFVC “office” space).
In 2013 she sold the practice to Dr. Robin Westwood but continues to practice one day a week doing surgery and relief work when a fellow doctor has scheduled time off.
Selling the practice opened up the opportunity for Dr. Rhonda to dive in to other adventures which include: offering her expertise in helping out other veterinary colleagues with relief, spending 10 years (so far!) with Patriot Paws Service Dogs in their veterinary care as well as being a board member, 24 years with the City of Royse City Animal Shelter, as well as being on the Animal Advisory Board. She is also one of the founders of Royse City Paws, a non-profit organization that supports the Royse City Animal Shelter and other patients in need. She volunteers with IN SYNC Exotics Wildlife Sanctuary where she lends a hand performing surgery and treatment on some of the “big” cats.
Dr. Rhonda has served her community by being a Board member of the Royse City Independent School District (12 years), a founding board member of the Royse City ISD Education Foundation Board, and volunteering with youth ministries for decades. Dr. Rhonda attends The Quest church in Royse City.
Her other favorite pastimes are spending time with her family, being outside on the tractor, and (of course) her menagerie of personal animals including Dudley the donkey, 2 goats, multiple ducks, 3 dogs, and 2 cats (all adopted)!
Dr. Rhonda is married to Pete and has 4 wonderful children, Ryon and Kourtney (daughter-in-law) Phillips, Colby, and Maggie Black.
Dr. Rhonda truly loves the veterinary profession for the people she meets and the patients she treats!
Check out Dr. Rhonda’s feature in Royse City Herald Banner for her amazing contributions to our community!
Robin Westwood, DVM
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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Trudy Smith, DVM
Acupuncture and Whole Food Therapy
Education: Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine
Growing up in Plano, Dr. Trudy Smith is a native of North Texas and is happily married to her best friend, Will, living in Caddo Mills with their three sons, Clayton, Grant, and Wyatt. Fur family members include a Red Heeler, Jack, a Boston Terrier, Ruby, with 7 chickens and 2 ducks!
Dr. Smith graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She’s practiced in general medicine for 2 years, has 14 years of ER and critical care experience and is now focusing on preventative and holistic medicine. To pursue this goal Dr. Smith attended the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida, and became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in Oct of 2018. She is also certified in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Food Therapy and can develop homemade diets to treat a variety of conditions. For her next venture into holistic medicine, Dr. Smith is now working through the Traditional Chinese Veterinary Herbal certification and also plans to gain the Chinese Massage Therapy certification for pets in 2020.
In her free time Dr. Smith enjoys gardening, running, cooking, and reading.
Her goal in veterinarian medicine is to help families keep their pets out of the emergency room as much as possible and giving furry family members a great quality of life. Country Friends is very excited to welcome her to the Country Friends Family!
Aubrey Berridge, DVM
Dr. Aubrey is a Southern California native and graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She relocated to Illinois after graduation to be closer to family and spent several years running her own mobile horse practice. She eventually transitioned to small animal medicine, which she has been enjoying for the past decade.
Dr. Aubrey moved to Northeast Texas and joined CFVC in January 2020. “This clinic feels like home,” she says. “I’m so grateful to have found a perfect fit of highly-skilled people who I really enjoy working and laughing with, and the clients here at CFVC are terrific.”
Dr. Aubrey enjoys preventive and internal medicine, soft-tissue surgery, and most of all, interacting with clients.
Away from the clinic, Dr. Aubrey spends time reading, hiking, biking, skiing, and spending time with her family and two Brussels Griffons (Cooper and Wicket).
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
Client Care Advocate
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!
Lisa has 16 years of experience in client service- and we’re happy to add that 3 of those years she’s been here with us at Country Friends!
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 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.
Kelsey can’t remember a time when she didn’t love animals- she refers to it as a passion. She attended Cedar Valley College in Dallas, TX, and received her Associates in Applied Science. Kelsey then took the national and state board exams to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2016. Kelsey is part of a family of four as she has two sons. She also has 5 horses, 6 dogs, and four cats, which she kind of likes. Barrel racing has been a part of Kelsey’s life for 18 years, beginning when she was just 6 years old. She’s won two Championship Saddles – such an incredible accomplishment!
Fear-Free 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.”
Client Care Advocate
Alicia, born and raised in Texas, is married with a family that is a combination of two sons, two Chihuahuas (Nacho and Queso), their pit mix (Mater), and one cat, Armadillo.
Alicia plays many roles here at Country Friends and may be at the front desk to welcome you in, may be on the phone to help with prescriptions, you may meet her in the exam room, and she may even be in boarding/grooming to assist in animal care. Country Friends appreciates her willingness to fill in wherever she is needed! She wants you to know that she’s been here for years because, “Country Friends is the best place with the best people!”
Hobbies include video games, scrapbooking, sewing, and being at the lake.
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!
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.
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!
CVA, Level II
Jody loves puzzles, video games, good books, and trying to make the best of any and all bad situations, “faith is a very heavily included ingredient!”
“It’s pretty evident to just about anyone that I work with… I just love what I’m doing. The people, pets, and the multitude of occasions that arise, along with the abundant opportunities, allow us to come together and shine! We will, we will rock you! (and we’re not afraid to show it!)”
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.”
Jessica’s hobbies include spending time with family and friends, eating good food, and shopping for her daughter and pets.
When asked, Jessica said she likes Country Friends Veterinary Clinic because of the help we provide to help them be healthy and happy. She also loves that she’s already developed some friendships with some of our client families.
Hali, born and raised in this area, married her high school sweetheart five years ago. They have two boys, a Boxer and Poodle, their princess, Lacie who is a Chihuahua, and Indy, a cockatiel.
When asked about her grooming and working at Country Friends Hali answered, “Earlier I had discovered an unexpected talent grooming animals. Country Friends is providing the avenue to gain further experience- providing service in this way is living the dream!”
Daredeth (Dee Dee)
In her spare time Dee Dee enjoys “Shameless” on Netflix and being around friends.
Dee Dee said that she loves being at Country Friends because of her love for the animals and the people she works with!
When she’s not chasing tots, Rian relaxes with a good book or she works on one of her many ongoing illustrations.
When asked about what she likes about working at Country Friends, Rian replied, “I love the challenge. Working here gives me so many opportunities to learn and experience new things.”
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”