Dr. Lara Curtis, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Dr. Curtis grew up in Washington State and knew from a young age that she wanted to become a veterinarian. She attended Washington State University where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience and was accepted early admission to WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. It was not until her senior year of veterinary school that she found her passion for clinical veterinary neurology. Following graduation, she completed a rotating internship in Northeast Ohio, but quickly returned to her home in the Pacific Northwest for a specialty internship in Neurology that led to a Neurology residency in Seattle. In 2019, she moved to Austin, TX, and has loved calling Austin her home ever since. Her passions within Neurology include immune-mediated diseases of the central nervous system as well as working with other specialists such as veterinary rehabilitationists and acupuncturists to provide well-rounded care for diseases of the neurologic system.
Dr. Curtis lives in Austin with her dog, Reggie, and her cat, Lupin. Besides veterinary medicine, Dr. Curtis enjoys the food scene of Austin, Green Bay Packer football, and exploring the Hill Country of Texas.
Integrative Services (Acupuncture and Herbal Consultation)
MICHELLE BAMMEL, DVM, CVA, CCRP
Dr. Bammel is a native Texan and has lived and practiced in the San Antonio area since graduation from veterinary school. Dr. Bammel completed 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). She has completed all of her training courses at Chi University to qualify for their master’s degree and is currently working to complete her thesis for a final master’s degree designation. Dr. Bammel loves sharing what she learns in her studies with her clients to educate them on the value of prevention as the best means of avoiding illness and disease.
When not at work, Dr. Bammel enjoys spending time with her two-legged family and gardening. She has been married to her husband, Clint, for 13 years and they have two sons that keep her bustling with all of their school and after-school activities. Her family is completed with the four-legged children that include four dogs that range from 7 pounds to 87 pounds, one cat, and one bearded dragon.
Physical Therapist and Rehabilitation Director
NANCY D. DOYLE, MPT
Nancy Doyle 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.
Integrative Services (Chiropractic Care)
TERESA FRANSIK, DVM
Dr. Fransik 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.
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.
Kaylin Rackley, DVM
Dr. Rackley grew up in central Texas before heading to Colorado State University, where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. She then completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Rackley currently lives in Schertz with her husband and three dogs- a Labrador, an Aussie, and a German Shepherd mix. She loves to do anything outside, especially camping, gardening, and even SCUBA diving. A little known fact about Dr. Rackley is that she grew up with several horses and has big dreams of returning to her equestrian roots.
Dr. Rackley enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Medicine, but especially loves connecting and bonding with clients over their beloved pets. The human-animal bond is so beautiful and is a critical part of effective pet care. She is also passionate about emergency medicine and providing critical support to people and animals when the unexpected happens.
Kirstin Hossalla, DVM
Kirstin Hossalla is a 2010 Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine graduate who has always had a passion for animals as well as medicine. She has worked in emergency medicine as well as general practice and has a particular interest in surgery, shelter medicine, and felines (but dogs are near and dear to her heart too). She treats her patients as she would her own and does all she can to help you make educated and thoughtful decisions in your pet’s health. She loves dancing, music festivals, succulents, and she is learning aerial silks in her free time! She shares life with a plethora of animals, including a San Antonio street dog Mama Bear, 3 legged foster fail Pinot, bottle baby adult cat Dumplings, Landa Park cat Wasabi, and parvo survivor Toffee-Butt.
Haley Jatzlau, DVM, cVMA
Dr. Haley Jatzlau is a 2020 graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in Lexington, Texas and pursued both her Bachelor’s and Doctorate degrees from Texas A&M and a Master’s Degree in Animal Science from Sul Ross State University. She completed an equine veterinary internship after graduation and is a certified veterinary acupuncturist. Dr. Jatzlau loves all species, both large and small, and feels that it is an absolute blessing to care for your furry family members.
Her extracurricular activities include growing a registered Beefmaster cow-calf operation, learning how to rope, attempting to keep succulents alive, margaritas, Texas Aggie Football, and loving on her fur babies- Gus, Lucy, Tibby, and Squish Kitty.
Dr. Maria Lara de Los Angeles Guiterrez
Dr. Lara grew up in Mexico City where she studied at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and obtained her degree as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced in Mexico for 3 years before finding her love of emergency medicine. After earning her credentials in the U.S., she resumed her practice of medicine. Dr. Lara currently lives in New Braunfels with her Golden Retriever, Mila, and her rescue cat. In her spare time, she likes to play tennis, spend time with her friends, and her adoptive Texas family. A little known fact about Dr. Lara is that she can not only fix animals, but also is skilled in repairing computers. She is even building one from scratch!!
Dr. Lara is a TRUE generalist. She loves every type of emergency case and is taking Continuing Education as fast as they’re being offered to further her knowledge.
Dr. Mariah Skiles
Dr. Skiles grew up in Northwestern Ohio before completing her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University. She then went to the Vet Tech Institute in Fort Wayne, IN and became a Registered Veterinary Technician. After falling in love with the career, she went back to The Ohio State University to complete her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and has been working in the ER sector ever since.
I has 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Emma and Oakley, three cats, Scarlett, Luci, and Ivy, and a rabbit, Penelope. She spends her time with her pets, friends, and family. A fun fact about Dr. Skiles is that she has 13 nieces and nephews.
Her favorite part of emergency medicine is the variety of cases that are seen. She loves being kept on her toes by the variety ER provides. There is never a dull moment.