Our Approach to Veterinary Care in Montgomery, Texas

Welcome to EVA-Woodforest Animal Hospital, your local veterinarian in Montgomery. We’re pleased to provide a wide variety of veterinary services for cats, dogs and horses in Montgomery and the surrounding areas.

We believe in nurturing the human-pet bond and creating a harmonious relationship between people and pets. You can expect to be greeted by a courteous receptionist, clean exam rooms, friendly doctors, and caring technicians. We appreciate the role we get to play in your pets’ health care.

Core Values

Integrity -" We adhere to a strong moral code, always doing what is right, regardless of whether anyone is watching. Our decisions are guided by a commitment to the well-being and best interests of all parties involved."

Respect - "Our team is committed to treating everyone - colleagues, clients, and patients - with the same level of respect and kindness that we would expect for ourselves."

Compassion - "We value the well-being of all people and animals and aim to treat everyone with openness, fairness, dignity, and caring"

Trust - "We will be honest, transparent, and have open communication between the veterinarian and their clients this is essential for establishing a strong and effective veterinarian-client-patient relationship.

Kindness - Is an integral part of our culture and identity of the profession, and it shapes the ethical standards and principles that guide our team. In how they approach their work, interact with clients and colleagues, and provide care to their patients.

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Dr. Francisco Alvarez

Dr. Francisco Alvarez, born and raised in Baytown, Texas, always harbored a deep desire to become a veterinarian. His passion for animals grew even stronger when he embarked on his veterinary journey at Baytown Animal Hospital as a kennel technician while attending Baytown Sterling High School. Witnessing the remarkable work of Dr. Christensen, a veterinarian, mentor, and friend, Dr. Alvarez was inspired by the selfless service and animal-saving efforts that Dr. Christensen provided to the community.

During his formative years at Baytown Animal Hospital, Dr. Alvarez had the privilege of being mentored by Dr. Christensen, who imparted valuable knowledge about veterinary medicine and the pursuit of higher education. Dr. Christensen's anecdotes about his experiences at Texas A&M University left an indelible mark on Dr. Alvarez. Fueled by this inspiration, Dr. Alvarez earned his undergraduate and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Texas A&M, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college. His exceptional resilience and determination in the face of adversity were recognized when he was bestowed with the prestigious Aggie Spirit Award.

After completing his veterinary education, Dr. Alvarez practiced in Bryan, Texas, for several years. However, in June 2020, the sudden and devastating loss of Dr. Christensen sent shockwaves through the Baytown community. With Baytown Animal Hospital facing the possibility of permanent closure without a successor, Dr. Alvarez understood the immense need and made the courageous decision to return to Baytown with his family and acquire the hospital. Dr. Alvarez's commitment to preserving the legacy of exceptional veterinary care earned him the esteemed title of PSI Practitioner of the Year in 2021. From his humble beginnings as a kennel technician, he has now become the proud owner of Baytown Animal Hospital, dedicated to providing his hometown with the highest quality veterinary care.

Dr. Alvarez's contributions extend beyond his veterinary practice. He actively serves as an advisor for the City of Baytown on the Animal Control Committee, advocating for the welfare of animals in the community. Additionally, he generously supports various school organizations within the Goose Creek CISD. At home, Dr. Alvarez, together with his wife Isabel and their children Andrew and Alyssa, shares their lives with three dogs (Chance, Aggie, and Sophie) and two cats (Kitty and Sushi). In his leisure time, he finds solace and joy in spending precious moments with his family, watching Aggie football, and immersing himself in outdoor activities like hiking and fishing.

Dr. Francisco Alvarez epitomizes a veterinarian driven by compassion, expertise, and an unwavering commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of animals and the community he serves.

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Dr. Melissa Hubble

Dr. Melissa Hubble is a native Texan, raised in the Hill Country, whose interest in animals started with the local 4-H club, rodeos and horse shows, and her own numerous pets.  After going to Texas A&M for many 4-H camps and events, she was determined to become an Aggie Vet from about the age of 10!  After graduating from Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, she was accepted to Texas A&M University and earned Animal Science, Veterinary Science, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees there.  She graduated in May of 2000 and joined Equine Veterinary Associates in Conroe, Texas that summer, working for Dr. Jim Schulze and Dr. Mark Haugland.  The practice was on FM 1488 at that time, and later moved to its current location in the fall of 2014.  It was an exclusively equine practice until Dr. Schulze added the small animal clinic, known then as Woodforest Veterinary Medical Center, in August of 2017.   

Because she was an equine-only veterinarian for so long, Dr. Hubble committed to re-learning companion animal medicine by attending continuing education meetings as well as shadowing friends and colleagues who were small animal veterinarians.  Some things have not changed since veterinary school, but many advancements have been made in diagnostics, medicine, surgical techniques, and preventative medicine that she has added to her knowledge and skills base.  She has taken an interest in ultrasound, radiology, and elective surgery, and supports the use of alternative medicine when applicable.  She has been most fulfilled by being some of her patients' lifelong vet, from the first foal exam or puppy & kitten vaccines to the moment they have to say goodbye, making that as peaceful and merciful as possible.  

Her husband, Jason, is a deputy for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, and also graduated from Texas A&M. They have two children, a daughter and a son who are 14 months apart, that keep them very busy outside of work with athletics, band, and Montgomery-Dobbin 4-H club projects.  Their own "farm" includes a horse, a small herd of meat goats, lots of laying chickens, two dogs and two cats.  When not working they try to go back to the Hill Country to visit family, go hunting or fishing, and spend time on the lake or river.  They have been members of this community for over 20 years now, and hope to see their children graduate from Lake Creek High School and become Aggies too someday! 

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Dr. Kelsey Williams

Dr. Kelsey Williams was born and raised in Willis, Texas. She knew since she was in middle school that she wanted to become a veterinarian to be able to help and be a voice for animals.

Dr. Williams earned an Animal Science degree and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University. While in college and after graduating with her Animal Science degree, she worked as a veterinary technician at Woodforest Veterinary Medical Center. Dr. Williams loves the community of Montgomery County and knew that after graduating veterinary school she wanted to continue to serve the people and animals in this area.

In Dr. Williams' free time, she loves spending time with her family, her fiancé Colton, and her sweet rescue puppies Molly and Harley. She also enjoys attending church, reading, and spending time outdoors. Dr. Williams looks forward to meeting and taking care of all of your furry family members!

Meet Our Dedicated Team

Crystal Barricklow

Head Veterinary Technician
Practice Owner

Crystal grew up in Kansas, and started riding racehorses in SC and TX in the late 90’s. She also studied Equine Science at Dodge City Community College. After riding racehorses for over 10 years, she worked for a referral veterinary pracitce near Austin and then in Hempstead before joining EVA. She currently trains and rides barrel horses and competes all over the state, along with her fiance, Donald. Besides horses, Crystal also has a soft spot for her Jack Russells and French Bulldogs.

Carol Jackson

Head Small Animal Tech
Practice Owner

Shannon Emerson

Assistant Practice Manager
Practice Owner

Missy Smith

Lead CSR
Practice Owner

Shauntel Patin

Vet Assistant
Practice Owner

Ashton Bradley

Vet Technician
Practice Owner

Kellie Dickerhoff

Vet assistant
Practice Owner

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