Meet Our Veterinarians and Team
As pet owners ourselves, we understand how important it is to know who will be caring for your beloved pet. We invite you to learn more about the people who make Animal Medical Center of the Village in Houston the best place to care for your pet or exotic animal. Click on the positions below to learn more about our team, and let us know if you have any questions.
Veterinarians in Houston
Dr. Dan Jordan, DVM
Dr. Jordan has practiced in the Houston area for over 30 years after earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1995, he moved his practice to central Houston to reach a larger, more diverse client base and opened Animal Medical Center of the Village.
In addition to providing top-notch care for domestic animals, he has a love for exotic animal and wildlife medicine. His passion began at a very young age when he recognized the need for expert exotic animal medical care. He witnessed the concern and heartbreak his mother experienced when she had searched unsuccessfully for an avian vet to treat her sick Amazon parrot. Dr. Jordan created a niche for his broad interests through combining dog and cat medicine with the emerging field of exotic medicine.
Both clients and staff agree that Dr. Jordan is a gifted doctor. His dedication and devotion to all animals is illustrated by the consistently exceptional, quality care they receive. Fundamental time tested basics woven together with the most current scientific research, pharmacology, and state of the art technology is the driving force behind Dr. Jordan’s veterinary practice.
Dr. Jordan’s profound understanding of veterinary medicine, his curiosity and aptitude to discover the root of any illness affecting your pet, compassionate treatment towards all his patients, and the gratitude he and his staff maintain in their relationship with AMCV clients and their pets are foundational to his practice.
Recognition and Awards:
- 2005: Named “Veterinarian of the Year in Exotic Medicine” by the Texas Medical Veterinary Association
- 2008: Awarded the “Nestle Purina Pet Care Award” by the American Animal Hospital Association
Professional Organization Memberships
- American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA)
- Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV)
- Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA)
- Harris County Veterinary Medical Association (HCVMA)
Dr. Sara Kaplan-Stein, DVM - Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Sara Kaplan-Stein is a Florida native from Gainesville who graduated from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. In addition to her doctorate, she received her master’s in public health. After graduation, Dr. Kaplan-Stein traveled to Tucson, AZ, where she completed a year-long small animal, exotic, and zoo animal medicine internship at Valley Animal Hospital and the Reid Park Zoo.
Enjoying all aspects of veterinary medicine from emergency to small animal, Dr. Kaplan-Stein has a special interest in avian and exotic medicine, as well as Zoonotic and different emerging diseases, making her a valuable member of Animal Avian Hospital team.
When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time with her horse, Sage. She also has two cats (Tiger & Littlefoot) and two miniature schnauzers (Winnie & Cappie). Dr Kaplan-Stein is a second generation veterinarian; her mother is a small animal veterinarian in Gainesville, FL, where her family also still resides.
Roger Zinn, CVPM - Practice Administrator
Growing up in Cypress, TX, Roger always had an immense interest in animals and the veterinary industry. For over 10 years, he’s been acquiring extensive experience in patient and client care, hospital administration, management, education, and public speaking. Currently, Roger shares his abilities and talents by overseeing the daily operations of Animal Medical Center of the Village in Houston. He is also an adjunct educator for a veterinary assistant program for the Houston Community College System and lectures for different pharmaceutical companies on various veterinary topics.
Roger studied Animal Science at Sul Ross State University and is also a graduate of Colorado State University’s College of Business – Veterinary Management Institute. Roger received his Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) designation this year, which, in the veterinary industry, is recognized as the sign of achievement in excellence. As a professional veterinary practice manager, Roger has met and attained compliance with the professional competency standards identified and adopted by the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association.
Working side by side with Dr. Jordan, his attention to detail, methodical organization, and dedication to the highest standards in patient care and veterinary medicine allows him to collaboratively guide the AMCV team. This foundation ensures that all patients receive quality compassionate care, clients concerns are met, and the standards of care that clients and their pets have experienced for over three decades remain consistent to the founding principles of Animal Medical Center of the Village.
Roger enjoys music, art, and the theatre, but mostly spends his time away from the hospital with his boxer, Haley, and cat, Chip.
Heather Williams, BS - Office Manager
Originally from Philadelphia, Heather moved to Houston in 2007 after traveling around the country for a few years working with animals. In all of her travels, the people here just made Houston feel like it could be home. Her background is in wildlife rehabilitation and zoo keeping (reptiles/amphibians and birds). She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in animal science and wildlife conservation.
When she’s not working, she has a passion for reading and home projects. She particularly loves HGTV and spending time with her four dogs (Cookie, Luca, Texas James, and Rocky) and two birds, a red-lored Amazon (Red Lord) and a budgie (Hamlin).
Client Care Specialists
Casey Jo joined our family originally in 2012.Taking a small hiatus in the fall of 2014, she has come back and rejoined our family. Casey Jo graduated from Sam Houston State University where she studied Animal Science. She has been in the veterinary industry now for almost 10 years getting her start working at the Houston Zoo as a Bird Keeper and volunteering in their education department. After a few years there she ventured away from the zoo and began working in veterinary clinics as a technician and customer services representative.
Katie has been in the veterinary customer service industry for almost 8 years. She started working in shelter medicine at the ASPCA before transitioning to general practice. She joined our AMCV family in 2015. Katie enjoys reading, anything music related, and traveling. She loves spending time with her husband and son. Her animal family includes 8 box turtles (“They keep multiply!”), a bearded dragon, a cat, and two dogs.
Tara has been in the veterinary industry for over 10 years working both in general and specialty practices. She joined our AMCV family in the spring of 2016. Tara graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Biology. She enjoys cooking, soccer, hockey, and spending time with her family and 2 dogs.
Animal Care Team
Melissa, LVT - Technical Supervisor
Melissa, originally from Cloverdale, IN, moved to Houston around eight years ago to pursue her passion of caring for all animals, and who knows better than a woman who has her own mini petting zoo at home. Her “zoo” includes four dogs, seven cats, two rabbits, a guinea pig, a chinchilla, an African grey, two cockatiels, a lovebird, two budgies, a sun conure, a Quaker, two leopard geckos, a Mali uromastyx, and a beta.
In high school, Melissa worked part time at her neighborhood vet clinic. She later attended Purdue University and graduated with an associate’s degree in veterinary technology in 2002. She worked in the corporate world for five years before following her compassionate, loving nature of animals and making her move to AMCV in 2007. Her favorite part of work is the opportunity to connect on-on-one with patients and owners.
When not working, she likes to watch movies, read, and garden. She also has a passion for cooking, which explains why she enjoys watching anything on The Food Network. When she wants to get away, Cozumel, Mexico is the place she finds most relaxing.
Kim joined our AMCV family in the spring of 2016. She is a graduate from the Vet Tech Institute obtaining her degree in Veterinary Technology. Kim has been in the veterinary industry for several years, developing her skills and knowledge. She joined our hospital due to her interest in exotic animals and has proved to be a wonderful addition to the team.
Patricia is originally from Venezuela, which is quite obvious when you meet her and hear her endearing accent. Patricia came to us in the Fall of 2015 as an intern from one of the local Veterinary Technology Programs due to her interest in exotic medicine. After spending several weeks with us, we ask her to join our family. Since then, she has graduated from the PIMA Institute with her degree in Veterinary Technology and passed her national exam. We are so proud of her. Patricia enjoys doing cosmetology and makeup in her spare time.
Alli joined the Animal Avian Hospital Team in 2013. Originally from Pittsburgh, Alli ventured to New York where she attended Syracuse University and received a Bachelor of International Business. For many years Alli worked in the business world until she found her place serving animals. Now she had been in the veterinary field for over 10 years. Her compassion and love for animal is truly extraordinary.
Alli shares her home with her beloved canine sidekick, Gypsy, and her cats, Pasha, Voodoo, Phoenix, Hunter and Piper. She loves classic rock, world culture, and above all… “Just living a dream”.
Jaime joined our AMCV family in the spring of 2016. She enjoys working with animals and has been in the veterinary industry for about 12 years. She loves spending time outdoors doing various activities with her family and friends.
Yolanda has been working in the veterinary industry for almost 8 years. She joined our AMCV family in fall of 2015. She is originally from Mexico City, but has been in Houston for more than 10 years. She has a strong love for animals and does an amazing job assisting in all areas of the hospital. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling back home to Mexico.
Skin & Hair Coat Specialist
Rachel, CPAe - Certified Pet Aesthetician
Rachel is a native Houstonian and joined our family in early 2016 as our Therapeutic Skin and Hair Specialist. In 2011 she completed the Professional Dog Styling course at Golden Paws, School of Dog Styling and started working full time as a stylist for companion animals. While working for a veterinary clinic in 2014, she decided to continue her education and become a Certified Pet Medical Aesthetician through Iv San Bernard, the leading manufacture of animal skin care products. In October 2016, Rachel completed her on-site training and testing at the ISB School located within Animal Health Services Veterinary Hospital in Cave Creek, Arizona and has become one of Houston’s first Certified Pet Aesthetician (CPAe). Rachel is excited to share her knowledge of the ISB products, specialized skin & coat therapies and ozonated hydro-massage baths.