Integrative Services (Acupuncture and Herbal Consultation)
MICHELLE BAMMEL, DVM, CVA, CCRP is a native Texan and has lived in the San Antonio area since graduation from vet school in 2001. Dr. Bammel did her undergraduate studies at Baylor University and graduated cum laude from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.
Dr. Bammel is a firm believer in the power of knowledge and continuing education, and has a special interest in blending Western medicine and integrative therapies to achieve maximum pet health. She is an IVAS certified veterinary acupuncturist (CVA, 2009) and a University of Tennessee trained Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP, 2011). Additionally, she is currently pursuing her Masters in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine through the Chi Institute. She has received advanced training in acupuncture as well as Tui Na and TCVM based food therapy. Dr. Bammel loves to educate her clients on the value of prevention as the best means of eliminating illness and disease.
When not at work, Dr. Bammel enjoys spending time with her two-legged family and gardening. She has two sons that keep her hopping with all of their school and after-school activities. She has several four-legged family members including Jetta (a mix who is often seen roaming the hospital), Rosie (Pittie mix), Joey (Lhasa Apso mix), Brie (Great Pyrenees), and a stubborn kitty named T.C. who is the boss of the house.
Physical Therapist and Rehabilitation Director
NANCY D. DOYLE, MPT, attended Texas A&M University for three years, then completed her studies at UTMB Galveston to receive her Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree. She became licensed in Physical Therapy in 1996 and practiced for over six years in numerous facilities providing care to humans. She joined the Veterinary world in 2002 to create and develop the Rehabilitation program at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas, one of the first specialty animal rehabilitation practices in the nation. After developing the practice at GCVS for 16 years, Nancy relocated to the Texas hill country to establish the Rehabilitation practice at Allure Integrated Pet Specialists, finding new professional challenges and the joys of seamlessly combining her skills with equally talented individuals specializing in Eastern and Western treatments.
In her time away from work, Nancy is still focused on dogs! Nancy actively trains and competes with her personal dogs in multiple sports including agility, rally obedience, nosework, and conformation. This has given her unique insight into the demands our canine athletes experience and how to help them maintain top physical conditioning or return to sport post injury or surgery. She also has learned how to implement training techniques and apply theories of learning to help beloved family pets learn new tasks to maximize their happy participation in Rehabilitation.
DUSTY SPENCER, DVM Practice limited to Surgery. Graduated with her Bachelor's of Science in Biology from California State University, Chico, where she also worked on her Master's Degree in the same field. She graduated with her DVM in 2005, from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, after attending Texas A & M for her clinical studies. Dr. Spencer spent five years in Las Vegas practicing small animal medicine and surgery, as well as managing a hospital, before returning to her alma mater to teach Gross Anatomy to veterinary students for four years. Dr. Spencer has been practicing surgery exclusively since 2013, when she went on to complete two one-year-long surgical internships, before completing her three-year surgical residency at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Akron, Ohio. Although Dr. Spencer is capable of almost all specialty surgeries, her personal surgical interests include orthopedics (cruciate disease, minimally invasive fracture repair) & maxillofacial/trauma reconstruction. Dr. Spencer also enjoys veterinary research and currently has multiple research projects and scientific papers in different stage of completion. Outside of work Dr. Spencer loves to run, a hobby that she shares with her husband and daughter, and ride horses. They share their lives with a menagerie of pets at home, including a Sphinx cat and hound dogs. Someday she hopes to share her property with a couple of dromedary camels, her favorite animal.
KIM CHRISTY, DVM is originally from the East Coast, born and raised on a dairy farm in New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Mt. Holyoke College in 1993. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998, and then moved to Austin, Texas the same year.
Dr. Christy spent some time in general practice early on but quickly realized emergency and critical care medicine and surgery were her true passions. By 2004 she owned and operated what would become the first 24 hour veterinary emergency clinic in the Greater Austin area. In 2011, she sold the clinic and went into a year long sabbatical/retirement, but returned to emergency practice in 2013.
Dr. Christy has a chihuahua named Dottie, who was a parvo rescue patient 15 years ago. In her time off, she enjoys traveling on tour with her partner who is a musician. She also enjoys running, biking, guitar, and exploring the World.
Integrative Services (Chiropractic Care)
TERESA FRANSIK, DVM is a passionate believer in the health and wellness of people and their pets. She was trained as a traditional veterinarian and graduated from Texas A & M College of Veterinary Medicine. After an incident in 1998 with her beloved dachshund, Becky, she quickly discovered the value of chiropractic medicine when her own personal Chiropractor eliminated Becky's severe neck pain. At the time, the laws of Texas would not allow for chiropractic adjustments of pets by veterinarians; however, years later when Dr Michelle Bammel suggested that she go back to school to get certified in Animal Chiropractic by AVCA, Dr Fransik was all in.
Dr Fransik loves helping her patients by providing gentle and accurate manipulation therapies of chiropractic adjustments and myofascial release to provide immediate and long-term release of muscle tension and pain. Her patients love to come in for their regular adjustments. She is also currently working on her certification as a Veterinary Food therapist through the Chi Institute, focusing on weight loss in overweight and obese pets.
Dr Fransik loves to hike with her husband, David. Since Texas does not have large elevation changes, they spend most of their time training for their next big hike in a new and beautiful location. She is also currently training to become a Certified Life and Weight Loss Coach.