Our Team

Meet the caring and compassionate veterinary care team of West Houston Veterinary Medical Associates in Houston! We’re pleased to provide exceptional veterinary care for your pets! Call us at (281) 493-4712 or contact us to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

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Dr. Mark Gochenour | Co-Medical Director

Dr. Gochenour, “Dr. G”, received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M in 1977, and started WHVMA 41 years ago. Mark always wanted to be a veterinarian, saving the local wildlife and strays growing up. His vision of the future of veterinary medicine in prevention and wellness care makes him our leader in continuing to improve the quality of life for our patients through his creation of the Free Vaccines for Life and Healthy Pets for Life program.

He regularly attends continuing education meetings, ultrasound seminars, and performs all of our ultrasound and echocardiogram diagnostics. If your pet needs any of these procedures, you can observe through the glass walls of the special procedures room, and even see what’s going on at the same time through our second monitor!

Dr G has an English golden retriever named Misha, 5 cats, Britta, Kitty Gaga, Tripod Bob, and Miss Priss. He also enjoys multiple sports activities; from baseball and basketball to cycling which keeps him busy in his free time.

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Dr. Randy Tonking | Co-Medical Director

An Aggie through and through, our Dr. Tonking graduated class of 1981, and is our other owner of WHVMA. The outpatient area is a buzz with the high energy “Dr. T” emits while seeing our patients and taking care of their families. He always has a smile on his face and a greeting for our clients and their pet family members.

Extending the quality of life for our canine and feline friends has always been at the forefront for Dr. Tonking, and he enjoys taking time with his clients as well as their pets.

When not enjoying the latest Aggie football game, Dr. T enjoys visiting his two sons Blaine and Reid and his grandchildren. Dr. T is also very proud of his sons for serving our country.

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Dr. Mallory Preston | Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Mallory Preston is a 2019 graduate of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to veterinary school, she studied zoology and evolutionary biology at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.

Dr. Preston grew up working at her father’s veterinary practice in Lubbock, Texas, where she learned to care for companion and exotic animals and rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife.

Dr. Preston’s professional interests include dermatology, hospice care, and internal medicine. She is Fear Free certified and uses positive reinforcement and medication to put even the most anxious animals at ease.

In her free time, Dr. Preston enjoys salsa dancing, live music and comedy shows, interior design, and cooking. She also volunteers extensively for a non-profit organization called Not One More Vet that provides mental health support, education, and resources to veterinary professionals.

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Dr. Thane Boyce | Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Boyce grew up in Muncie, Indiana, as the son of a small animal veterinarian. Growing up his family had cats, dogs, and horses. This experience showed him the importance of helping animals, he realized it can bring joy into people’s lives. He attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate coursework and then graduated from Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020.

Dr. Boyce enjoys fostering the human-animal bond between owners and their pets and especially loves talking to new pet owners about that exciting experience.

He and his wife have two cats, Iris and Ruthie, who rule the house. In his free time, Dr. Boyce enjoys a variety of hobbies including hiking, camping, cooking, and home improvement projects.

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Liat Zilkha | Associate Veterinarian

Dr Zilkha was born in Israel and raised in Houston. She has over 30 years of experience in the veterinary profession. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005.

Dr Zilkha has extensive experience treating dogs suffering from Canine Distemper, a deadly viral disease which occurs primarily in young un-vaccinated or under-vaccinated dogs and puppies. Her other veterinary interests include dentistry, client education, and internal medicine.

Dr Zilkha is an active member of the Harris County Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Outside of the vet clinic Dr Zilkha enjoys outdoor activities, DIY home projects, and spending time with her family, including her two daughters Maya and Jordan. She is thrilled to be a member of the West Houston Veterinary Medical Associates team!

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Annette VerHoeven | Clinic Director

Annette was born in Long Island, New York, but most of her childhood and upbringing took place in Denmark. In fact, after graduating college, she held residencies in places like Austria and Germany.

As a child, her dream job was to be a professional translator for the United Nations, which would be fitting considering she speaks multiple languages.

Annette is known for possessing a strong inner drive, and an innate source of energy and motivation. She prides herself in her constant desire to learn, which pushes her to work harder.

When not working, Annette can be found rescuing animals. She specifically spends her time working with the Chow Chow Rescue.

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Tim Bell | Kennel Manager

Tim is our kennel manager and has been with WHVMA since November of 1990. His mild manner and great smile keep us laughing, and his love of pets shows through in every aspect of animal care. Tim always makes sure to keep our pet resort running smoothly, making our patients stay as much like home as possible.

Need to check on your pet while they're boarding with us? You can call and speak to Tim personally, and get the news on how your pet is doing!

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Zach Greenwood | Nurse Manager

As a son of a USAF Sargent, Zach has grown up living all over the globe. He began his Veterinarian Technician career in 1998 at Greater Houston Veterinary Specialists, and has also worked at places like Veterinary Emergency Referral Group and Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists Diagnostic Imaging.

Zach's dream career as a child was to be a part of United State's military branch. He is known to be an efficient multitasker in all areas of veterinary medicine, and has a FastScan Certification as well as an American Association for Laboratory Animals Certification, too.

When not caring after pets, he can be found volunteering at youth sports organizations, or playing joker!

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Emily Alford | Administrative Assistant

Emily is 24 years old, born and raised in Houston, Texas. After being given an opportunity to join the marketing team for a restaurant located in Pasadena, TX, her passion for hospitality and community involvement really began.

Her passion for animal has ALWAYS existed. Growing up Emily had multiple family members working in the vet industry and those who were firefighters. Her dream job as a child was to be a firefighter, but a traumatizing death of a family member changed her course. Emily was in the Army for three years, but when offered to work with WHVMA after returning home, she finally feels like she belongs in a industry which could not be more perfect.

Emily has a knack for thriving in stressful situations. Multitasking, problem solving, quick thinking, and level-headedness are strengths. She has a great sense of humor and can make light of any situation. While attending a seminar at LSU, Emily was voted, "most likely to succeed.

Emily strives to support her team, both professional and personally. This job means the world to her and feels it is an important time to be kind in this world.

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Nathan Silver | Veterinarian Assistant

Nathan was born in California, where he graduated Galt High School in 2010. He pursued education for two years at San Joaquin Delta College. Then, in 2012 joined the United States Navy where he served for over 8 years as a mechanic and on submarines. Some of the locations he served in include Hawaii, California, and Washington.

Nathan moved to Texas after completing his time serving in the Navy, and is currently attending the Vet Tech Institute of Houston, where he plans to graduate by August 2022.

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Kaylee George | Client Service Specialist

Kaylee grew up in Baytown, Texas most of her life. She went to Robert E Lee high school and graduated in 2018. Kaylee was accepted into Texas A&M University and Blinn where she wanted to pursue Vet Medicine, however due to hurricane Harvey flooding out the local clinic, she could not reach her intern hours. Kaylee stayed close to home and attended Lee College to get her biology degree.

When she was younger, Kaylee always knew that she would work with animals. Her grandpa owned a local pet store so she was always around animals. Kaylee was very interested in becoming someone in medical treatment and almost went through with nursing programs.

Kaylee is known for handling difficult situations in a calm collective manner. She often talks with clients to make sure that they get the best experience possible. Kaylee always sees the situation through clients' perspectives and makes sure their visit with the clinic is smooth and easy. Kaylee can also accomplish work and multitask in high volume clinic times while keeping calm and making sure jobs are done correctly.

When not working, Kaylee can be found socializing with friends, spending time at local shelters, and at home with her fur babies. She is often found helping neighbors and friends with animal care and helping any strays that she finds near her home.

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Cherry Buske | Grooming

Cherry is our Pet Stylist and has been at WHVMA since June of 2000. With over 25 years of grooming experience, Cherry makes our dogs and cats look great, either with styling or haircuts!

Cherry was born and raised in the Philippines, but has also lived in Singapore and California. She loves to share stories from back home. Cherry also loves helping our neighborhood animal pets in need. She has been rescuing and adopting local pets for the past 4 years and although it takes a great amount of time, she enjoys it as a labor of love.

When not spending time making your pets look fabulous and with her vast four-legged family at home, she enjoys visiting her family all over the U.S.

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TATIANNA HERRERA | KENNEL TECHNICIAN

Tatianna was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where she received her high school diploma in 2020.

Ever since she was a child, she has been wanting to pursue her dream career as a veterinarian. As our kennel technician, not only is Tatianna known for being reliable, but for her outstanding pet-care as well.

When Tatianna is not working, she can be found attending academic classes- or studying for them!

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ALYSSA AGUILAR | KENNEL TECHNICIAN

Alyssa was born and raised in Houston, TX. She is currently working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Art to complement her current Associate's Degree in Fine Arts- and even hopes to pursue another Associate's Degree in Accounting.

Growing up, Alyssa had almost too many career goals to choose from, with hopes of becoming a teacher, an astronaut, or even a veterinarian. Her passion for animals has now been translated into her job as our Kennel Technician and we are excited to have her on the team.

In her free time, Alyssa enjoys watching TV with her cat and dogs, but she can also be found playing video games!

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Alison Scott | Patient Advocate and Nurse

Alison was raised in Sugarland, Texas, but completed her high school education in Cypress, where she also attended veterinarian technician classes at Lonestar Community College.

She knew since she was a child that she wanted to be involved in helping veterinarians in their hard work. Alison has now been in the veterinarian field for almost 15 years! She is known for her great client communication skills and proper medicinal protocol, such as drawing blood and placing IV catheters.

In her free time, Alison likes to spend her time volunteering for Texas Adaptive Aquatics (TAA), but also enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, and dancing!

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Breyn Pulcher | Receptionist

Breyn has been all about animals for as long as she can remember, and has always been an advocate for the fur babies that don't have a voice.

As a child, her dream job was to become a marine biologist. She is known for her punctuality, multitasking abilities, and most importantly keeping a positive and fun environment with her energetic personality! Breyn is also known for giving back to the community, in 2016 she raised over $6,500 for breast cancer awareness.

When not at work, Breyn can be found creating different kinds of arts, such as painting, or resin crafting.

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