Dr. Leanne Parker is the owner, president, and head veterinarian of AM/PM Animal Hospital. In 1994, Dr. Parker graduated from Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine with the honor of magna cum laude. Her years of experience in combination with her compassionate nature and leadership qualities guide our hospital team in offering outstanding care to clients and their pets.
Her career in veterinary medicine began on the Texas Gulf Coast in 1994. After moving to Austin in 1996, Dr. Parker soon became the lead associate veterinarian at AM/PM Animal Hospital. Several years later, in 2002, she purchased the practice and has been dedicated to its growth and success ever since.
Dr. Parker realized she wanted to work with animals at a young age. She recalls, “My family’s dachshund had several serious illnesses when I was a child. I remember feeling so powerless and wanting to be able to help him. When he would come home from the vet, he was like new again and I thought, ‘what a great profession!’ What could be better than caring for pets all day and helping them get healthy? It seemed like an amazing job to me and it is.”
Before attending veterinary school, in 1990, Dr. Parker earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical science with the honor of summa cum laude from Texas A&M University. While working towards her degree, she proudly received the Gathright Award for two consecutive years for earning the highest grade point average in her major.
With the dream of becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Parker started working with the kennel staff at a local veterinary hospital for her first job. One of the technicians sensed her enthusiasm and quickly took her under her wing. Dr. Parker explains, “She helped me learn how to run tests, prepare for surgery, and so much else. It was so interesting and she made everything fun to learn.”
An avid volunteer, Dr. Parker volunteers her time with PALS (Pets Assisting the Lives of Seniors) and she also supplies donations to support Austin Pets Alive. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and has professional interests in internal medicine and dermatology.
At home, Dr. Parker and her husband, Owen, share a home with their sweet canine companion, Darby. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and traveling.
Our in-house bookworm and Practice Manager, Jessica is one of the most essential people in the place. As if being a Senior Veterinary Medic wasn’t hard enough, she has the responsibility of hiring and training all new medics. But it definitely does not end there, she also helps, supports and guides the staff as a whole, is the inventory guru, all general medic duties and the most excellent patient care. As soon as she earned her Associate’s Degree she jumped right into the vet world and has been working hard for over a decade. From a kennel tech to her current boss lady role, she is one of the most knowledgeable and passionate people in the hospital. She fell in love with emergency animal medicine very quickly, she says “I could not see myself doing anything else. The relationships I get to build with the patients are priceless”.
At home, Jessica has a crazy blue-eyed dog named “Sadie”. As aforementioned, Jessica is an avid reader that devours one book right after the other. She is a great mom who values spending time with her family and watching her sons grow into little men. Her mom skills come in handy at the hospital too.
Dr. Kelcie Theis is an Associate Veterinarian at AM/PM Animal Hospital. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, and received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas. Dr. Theis went on to pursue her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama. She graduated with magna cum laude honors, a reflection of her love for veterinary medicine and drive to serve her clients and their pets with the most skilled and dependable hands.
Dr. Theis has areas of professional interest in emergency medicine, internal medicine, and Theriogenology.
Dr. Theis has over ten years of experience working in the veterinary field, and has worked in every hospital role. She started out as a kennel technician and worked her way up to being a veterinary assistant; next, she attended veterinary school, and finally achieved her career goal of being a veterinarian. At AM/PM Animal Hospital, Dr. Theis is grateful for the community vibe and the willingness of everyone to fill multiple roles to get the job done.
Outside of the hospital environment, she enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, thrifting, and water activities, like paddle boarding, kayaking, and boating. She is also a fan of trying new restaurants and, presently, El Alma and Juiceland are her top picks in Austin.
Dr. Theis favors the Shih Tzu breed, bird dogs, and nice cats. Her first forever friends were a black Labrador named Bailey and a Parakeet named Casper. Currently, she has a German Shorthaired Pointer named Scout, who despite her size, can squeeze into any space or bed no matter how small.
Originally from Houston, TX and Southern California, Dr. Krista Boyles is excited to join the AM/PM Animal Hospital Team in Austin, TX! Dr. Boyles earned her undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University, and went onto receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the Veterinary School at University of California, Davis in May 2019. Her areas of professional interest include soft tissue surgery, emergency medicine, and internal medicine. Dr. Boyles has worked in the veterinary field for over 8 years. Her roles in the clinic included an internship, kennel attendant, veterinary assistant, and now a veterinarian.
Dr. Boyles currently lives in Austin, TX with her partner in crime, cat Millie. Growing up in Texas and California, she considers herself a true hybrid between the two states. When she isn’t practicing veterinary medicine, she enjoys adventuring around Austin and discovering Tex Mex restaurants! She also enjoys running, yoga, DIY projects, and checking out new local breweries. She says that although she loves cats, especially fluffy long-haired kitties, she also has a weakness for dog breeds that end in -oodle!
Dr. Lisa Pocernich is an Associate Veterinarian at AM/PM Animal Hospital. She began working in the veterinary industry in 1999, and graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 from the University of Wisconsin’s Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Her areas of professional interest include feline medicine, surgery, internal medicine, and preventative care. Dr. Pocernich says the best part about working in veterinary medicine is building long-term relationships with the animals and her clients, while being able to treat pets during all life stages.
Originally from a small town in Northern Wisconsin, Dr. Pocernich currently resides in South Austin with her spouse, six cats, and chihuaua. When she is not practicing veterinary medicine, she enjoys traveling, reading, and gardening. A fun fact about Dr. Pocernich is that she has undergraduate degrees in both Political Science and Women’s studies.
Vanessa is way more than just a good head of hair, she is AM/PM Animal Hospital's very own Communications Manager, and she has been working her way up to big dog status with AM/PM since 2007. As Communications Manager, Vanessa wears many hats. When she isn’t creating and sharing social media posts, working on website pop-ups, or guiding our media efforts, Vanessa is training and teaching new Veterinary Assistants. Under her guidance, V.A's have thrived, become more confident employees, and even moved up in the chain to become Veterinary Medics. In addition, Vanessa also works tirelessly to make sure the interior of the hospital is clean and functional for our clients and staff.
The total love for animals is a lifestyle and if you ask Vanessa how many pets she has, her response is, "We have 2… Actually 4… 5… 6, we definitely have 6 animals. My husband just says it's too many". Her family consists of 1 husband Damian, 2 children, a bichon named "Miss Tina Tula", a pitbull named "Cash", 2 senior cats named "Mae" and "Lux", and a younger kitty named "Leeloo." With so much to do at work and all that love waiting for her at home, it is only natural that her favorite things to do are hang out with her family, listen to vinyl, and paint at her house on her free time. Enjoy that relax time, Vane, you deserve it!
Oh Tammy, our silly Inventory Specialist & Lead Technician is a bit of the shy sort until she is not. Tammy Archer Bole works extra hard both here and other veterinary practices and has a sassy funny personality and a cool middle name. Tammy has been working in the animal field for over seven years and has been with us since July of 2016 and we could not be more pleased. She has worked out in Silicon Valley at the Humane Society, in many general vet practices but her favorite by far is emergency hospitals.
She does have two adorable dogs who own her heart, a Havanese pair named “Banksy” and “Lolly” who are both 6 years old. Her little ones are a big part of her free time. They often go out to the dog park and generally just enjoy the sunlight together since Tammy doesn’t get to see much of it with her shifts. Just give this girl some coffee, good tunes, sitting lakeside with her pups and it’s a good time for her.
Janice obtained an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology in 2012. She has professional interests in ophthalmology, intensive care, and large animal medicine.
As an Austin native, one of Janice’s favorite parts about working at AM/PM Animal Hospital is forming positive relationships with clients and their pets. She also enjoys working on tricky cases, and seeing a patient’s condition improve and knowing she helped him or her to regain their health and happiness. To her, this is the most rewarding experience of all.
Janice shares a home with her two children, along with Lulu, a senior Chihuahua, and Share Bear, a hamster. A few of Janice’s favorite things include dancing, listening to music, and the Red Golden Retriever breed. If you’re in town and looking for good Mexican food and even better margaritas, Janice highly recommends visiting Jardin Corona. You won’t be disappointed!
Liz was born and raised in the Austin area and has worked in the veterinary field for 5 1/2 years. Her hobbies include watercolor painting, playing piano and weightlifting. She has 2 pets: Jack, a Domestic Short Hair cat and Fonzi, a poodle. Her favorite food is breakfast food and her favorite restaurant is KC Donuts. Yummy!
She says the best part about working in the veterinary field is helping to keep animals healthy and happy.
Crys, was born and raised in Austin and now resides in S. Austin with her boyfriend and 4 furchildren. They include Siberia, a 14 year-old Siameese/Domestic Short Hair mix, Eevee, a 10 year-old Lemon Beagle, Gaston, a 8 year-old Miniature Poodle mix and Moana, a 4 year-old Black Tri Australian Shepherd. Crys has worked in the veterinarian field for 3.5 years and is enrolled in the Penn Foster College's Veterinary Tech Associates program to become certified.
Her hobbies include reading, hiking, working out, walking her dogs, Disney movies, playing board games, lifting weights and trying to become Wonder Woman! That list just impressed us and tired us out all in one reading.
Zach Dittrich is a Vet Tech at AM/PM Animal Hospital! Zach has been in the veterinary field for just over a year. He has a background in counterterrorism through the US Army and is continuing a criminal justice degree online. Zach also is a certified combative instructor and was an assistant bomb dog handler in the Army. Zach currently lives in Austin but grew up in Guam and moved stateside in high school. In his free time, Zach loves eating seafood, building and painting models, and practicing combatives, which is a military form of martial arts. Zach has two cats who adore cuddling named Batman and Beans.
Jackie is a Vet Tech at AM/PM Animal Hospital. She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Jackie is originally from San Antonio but now lives in South Austin. Her hobbies include playing the piano, painting, reading, watching anime and dog walking. She also volunteers at the Austin food bank. She has 2 cats, Meliodas, an orange tabby and Bonkers, a Russian Blue. Jackie says the best part about working at AM/PM is the lovely team, solid teamwork and the opportunities for professional growth.
Lexi is a Veterinary Assistant at AM/PM Animal Hospital. She graduated from school for Veterinary Assisting in 2019 and specializes in patient care. She really enjoys the working environment at AM/PM Animal Hospital, and loves that her coworkers are sweet, kindhearted, and compassionate about animals and each other.
After growing up in many different areas of the country, Lexi moved to Austin in February 2020. She shares her home with her fiancé and their two dogs, a Pit bull Boxer mix named Ryder, and a Doberman Pinscher named Nipsey. Outside of the hospital, Lexi enjoys hiking, swimming, relaxing at home, playing with her dogs, and trying new food in the area.
Pati Monlina Bonilla is a Veterinary Assistant at AM/PM Animal Hospital! Pati attended the University of Texas before she decided to change tracks to pursue a career in the veterinary field. Pati transferred to Texas State University to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She has been working in the field for about six months. Pati was born in Bogota, Colombia but moved to Austin when I was 11 years old. She still lives in Austin with her boyfriend and her two dogs named Bruno and Sofia. In her free time, Pati loves going hiking with her dogs and swimming out in nature. She enjoys being active through the gym, and skating, and trying new restaurants.
Cayla is a Receptionist at AM/PM Animal Hospital. She is originally from Colorado, and has lived in Austin, TX for five years. When she is not welcoming clients and their pets to AM/PM, Cayla enjoys music festivals, painting, and eating at her favorite restaurant, Magnolia Cafe. Cayla’s fur babies include William, a Great Dane, and Kitter, a Calico cat.
Vimlin, also known as Bam, is a Receptionist here at AM/PM Animal Hospital. Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, Bam graduated from the University of Hawaii and moved to Austin, TX for both work and family. She is new to the veterinary field and her specialties include customer care and keeping both clients and staff laughing with her dry humor. She enjoys working with the team at AM/PM and learning new things hands-on around the hospital. Additionally, she enjoys guiding pet parents when it comes to taking care of their pet’s health.
Bam shares her home in Austin with her husband and two cats, Kona and Hilo, who enjoy wreaking havoc and destroying the non-toxic houseplants. She enjoys the great outdoors, especially anywhere in or around water, and likes to swim and attempt to surf. At home, you can find her baking new recipes! Bam enjoys all types of food but will always have a special place in her heart for Thai food.
Lety is a Client Service Representative at AM/PM Animal Hospital. Lety's interests are dog training and will be attending Penn Foster. She came back to Austin 8 years ago and enjoys anything having to do with dogs, training, walking her dogs and working out. She is also trained in jiu-jitsu and Krav Maga. Lety shares her home with her forever fosters Buster Brown, Hansen Wilson, Rozie Belle (seniors), all 3 are horse coat Sharpeis. She also have the litter me, my mom and sister helped rescue. They are Sharpei mixes Lucy, Romeo, Lucas, Koda, Gizmo and Pudge (juniors). Lety says the best part about working at AMPM are her coworkers, "They have been very helpful, kind and willing to show me the ropes in the vet field". She also volunteers for a dog rescue providing transport to their forever homes.
Located in the South Lamar neighborhood in South Austin. Directly off of US-290 between Bluebonnet and Oltorf.