Melissa (Vogeler) Barrow, DVM
Veterinarian & Owner
About Dr. (Vogeler) Barrow
Melissa (Vogeler) Barrow, DVM received her Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!) and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University. She purchased Bluebonnet Animal Hospital, formerly South Lamar Animal Hospital, in the Fall of 2012. Her professional interests include dentistry, dermatology, and preventative medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four kids!
Kabita Deka, DVM
Veterinarian & South Lamar Medical Director
About Dr. Deka
I started working at Bluebonnet once weekly at the end of 2015. Eventually, I decided to become a full-time employee at the beginning of 2017 (after having the pleasure of working with such amazing people). I’m the only non-Aggie in the building and went to veterinary school in Alabama. After graduation, I decided to move to Austin to start something new. I grew up in a small town in North Louisiana where there was nothing to do except eating good southern food. My main interests in veterinary medicine include surgery and internal medicine. In my free time, I enjoy running, most outdoor sports activities, traveling, eating, spending time with friends/family, and of course, being with my main squeezes – my chocolate lab (Cosby) and my handsome kitty (Romeo).
Kelly Hopkins, DVM
Veterinarian & Riverside Medical Director
About Dr. Hopkins
Dr. Kelly Hopkins received her Bachelor’s in Biology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. She went on to Texas A&M to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree then spent 5 years practicing at a small animal practice in Dallas, TX. She was excited to return home to Austin in 2019 to set up roots. Her professional interests include surgery, dentistry, ultrasound, cardiology, and preventative medicine. Dr. Hopkins has a goofy rescue pug and kitty who are best buddies. Outside of work, she loves traveling, hiking, and trying new restaurants!
Cheryl York, DVM
About Dr. York
Ana Michel, DVM
About Dr. Michel
Dr. Ana Michel graduated with honors from Oklahoma State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and biochemistry & molecular biology. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University in 2014.
Dr. Michel enjoys providing individualized, compassionate care for a variety of pets. She is dedicated to educating the public about preventative care and loves to help owners understand their pet’s medical conditions and daily needs. She is constantly learning new things at continuing education seminars locally and nationally and particularly enjoys soft tissue surgery and dentistry.
Originally from Dallas, Dr. Michel lives in southwest Austin with her husband and their one-year-old daughter. Other family members include Finn, a husky mix rescued as a puppy, and Faith, a quarter horse mare.
When not focused on pets and their people, Dr. Michel enjoys playing music (piano, guitar, singing) with her family and friends. Her other interests include gardening, horseback riding, hiking around Austin, cooking, and reading.
Heather Dunn, DVM
About Dr. Dunn
Heather Dunn completed her Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. She has practiced in both Massachusetts and Texas. Her professional interests are Internal Medicine, Preventative Care, and senior patient care. Dr. Dunn has a passion for cats and is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners. When she is not working, Dr. Dunn enjoys gardening, vegetarian cooking, and spending time with her husband, Pomeranian, and three cats.
Leah Vela, DVM
About Dr. Vela
Dr. Vela is originally from the Houston area and graduated from University of Texas for her undergraduate degree in nutritional sciences. She then went to Midwestern to complete her veterinary degree, and worked in emergency medicine after graduation. She is ecstatic to get back to the Austin area where she feels is home. Her professional interests include nutrition, behavior, and dental care. Her personal interests, outside of work, include being outdoors, cooking, painting, and spending time with friends and family. Dr. Vela has three pets, 1 cat named Jefe, and 2 dogs named Chiquita and Jerome.
Laurie Dulaney, DVM
About Dr. Dulaney
Rachael Moghaddam, DVM
About Dr. Moghaddam
Erin Lake, DVM
About Dr. Lake
Dr. Lake grew up in Round Rock, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science with a minor in Biochemistry from Texas State University and her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Ross University.
Growing up, Dr. Lake always had a love for animals and her family pets inspired her to pursue veterinary medicine. Her goal is to help clients understand their pets’ medical conditions and treatments. She wants them to feel informed and empowered to make decisions for their pet.
Her special interests include brachycephalics especially pugs, dermatology, dentistry, senior and preventative healthcare. When she is not taking care of patients, she enjoys rock climbing with her husband and spending time with friends & family.
Michelle Gilbertson, DVM
About Dr. Gilbertson
Jonathon Miller, DVM
About Dr. Miller
Dr. Jonathon Miller graduated with honors from Louisiana State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science with dual minors in biology and chemistry. He went on to receive his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University in 2014.
After graduating, Dr. Miller moved to the Austin area with his wife and began practicing in the Burnet area. Since then, he has continued to practice in the north and central Austin areas with experience ranging from overnight critical care to routine wellness visits. Though he is comfortable providing care in almost all situations, his primary interests include soft tissue surgery and dentistry. He is always in pursuit of more knowledge and expanding his skills with regard to these interests as well as a general practice.
When not providing care to those patients great and small, Dr. Miller spends time with his wife and their newborn son. He enjoys running with his two dogs Oddball and Looney Tunes, as well as rock climbing, obstacle course racing, and reading. Recently, though not a professional cinephile, he has spent more time at home watching movies with his wife while they both care for their adorable son.
Director of Client Experience
Meet our Office Manager! Francisco (Frankie) has been with Bluebonnet since it opened eight years ago. He has three cats (Duncan, Khaleesi, and Reyna) and is originally from Santa Fe, NM. He enjoys all of what Central Texas has to offer, but fishing is his number one hobby. If you’ve been to our clinic before, you’ve likely been met at the front with one of his smiles!
Fun Fact: He designed and created some of the awesome artwork in the lobby and exam rooms.
Director of Operations
He has one handsome dog and two sweet cats and enjoys hiking, camping, and serving the Austin area.
Circle C Practice Manager
Tara has been working at Bluebonnet Animal Hospital since February 2015. She has special interests in staff development and training, providing client education, and working with pets with special health and behavioral needs. She is a Level 3 Certified Fear Free Veterinary Professional and holds a certification in small animal CPR and Advanced Life Support. In her free time, she enjoys spending time hiking, trying new foods, and attending concerts. She and her husband share their home with their son, a pack of rescued chihuahuas, and a leopard gecko.
Riverside Practice Manager
Originally from Laredo, Tx. Christopher joined Bluebonnet Animal Hospital in 2019. He has over fifteen years of experience in the veterinary field. During this time, he has excelled in training new veterinary technicians, nurturing client relationships, and maintaining a stress-free environment for clients and patients. Christopher is passionate about client education, surgical assistance, and rehabilitation. During his free time, Christopher enjoys spending time with his wife, his 2 playful dogs (Liska and Crom), and his independent cat (Pickles).
Lamar Practice Manager
Bailey, who is originally from Iowa, has been working with a variety of animals since 2018. After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2020, she made her way up to Austin. Bailey is Level 3 Fear Free Certified and is working towards obtaining her licensure in Veterinary Technology. She is passionate about connecting with people and learning more about their pets. In her spare time, Bailey enjoys spending time with family and her cat Leo, going to the gym, and running!
Riverside Assistant Manager