Dr. John Beach joined the MissionVet emergency team after practicing veterinary medicine throughout North Texas for 30 years. Dr. Beach has served in many different capacities — Medical Director, Practice Owner, and associate veterinarian. Outside of work, Dr. Beach enjoys cooking, art, travel, and fishing. He has always loved the hill country and is excited to spend his free time exploring it and the city alongside his Australian Shepherd, Bristol.
Dr. Ryan Birks graduated Cum Laude from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. After graduation, he completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. He then completed a one-year surgical internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists followed by a three-year small animal surgical residency at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Birks joined MissionVet in August of 2017 and has special interest in arthroscopic surgery, fracture repair, and laparoscopic surgery.
Dr. Contreary attended school close to home at Louisiana State University. After completing her dermatology residency at UC Davis, she moved to Texas to begin her practice. Her special interests include allergic skin and ear disease and cutaneous manifestations of systemic diseases.
She loves San Antonio and south Texas, and enjoys assisting area veterinarians, valued clients and beloved pets with all dermatology needs.
Dr. Cooper is a board-certified small animal neurologist, partner and Hospital Director at MissionVet Specialty & Emergency. She is a second generation veterinarian and graduated with her DVM from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at the University of Missouri, followed by a three-year Neurology/Neurosurgery residency at Texas A&M in 2012. Dr. Cooper was awarded the neurosurgery certificate in 2013. Dr. Cooper enjoys the surgical management of intervertebral disk disease as well as spinal malformations. She also has a passion for the treatment of inflammatory disease and seizure disorders. She has been part of MissionVet since its inception and continues to work toward staff development, expansion of services provided and community outreach.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, travel adventures and cooking.
Dr. Ashley Erbe completed both her undergraduate and veterinary curriculum at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Following graduation she completed a one year small animal rotating internship at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania. She has spent the last three years practicing emergency medicine at a private specialty hospital in New England. She is married to MissionVet surgeon, Dr. Ryan Birks, and in her free time, enjoys hiking, swimming, climbing, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Hannah Fore chose to become a veterinarian because it combined her love of animals with her interest in medical diagnostics. With a passion for emergency and critical care medicine, she enjoys working in the intensive care unit. Dr. Fore is particularly interested in wound management, toxicities, and urethral obstructions.
One of Dr. Fore’s favorite pastimes is attending St. Louis Cardinals baseball games with her husband. In addition to kickboxing and going to the movies, she enjoys spending time with her dogs, Lexi and Ozzie.
Dr. Harrigan was born and raised on the beautiful island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean.
She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph, in Ontario Canada in 2006. She then decided to leave the cold winters of the north and obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Virginia Tech in 2011.
She enjoys the city life and with her strong interest in emergency medicine, she practiced as an emergency clinician for years in the busy cities of Richmond, Virginia and Phoenix, Arizona.
Her personal interests include spending time in the gym and volunteer community work.
She also enjoys playing the violin and long motorcycle tours with her husband and little Chihuahuas, Natasha and Harley.
Dr. Megan Sutton Howard is an Aggie vet! She completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University and continued on to graduate from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She then completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Auburn University. After her internship, she returned to Texas A&M for her three-year residency in medical oncology under Dr. Claudia Barton and Dr. Heather Wilson-Robles. She has experience working with vets in a variety of specialties to offer the most comprehensive treatment to her patients. Her passion though, is spending time with her patients and their families to help them determine what is best for their pet and family.
In addition to her training in oncology, Dr. Howard has extensive training in diagnostic cytology which often allows her to give preliminary information at the time of the appointment.
Dr. Sutton Howard is originally from Houston and is excited to join the San Antonio community. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, three dogs and one cat. Her hobbies include water-skiing, painting, and baking.
Dr. Anna Ledoux is a native Texan. She graduated from Texas A&M in 2006 with a bachelors in Biomedical Science and in 2011 with a DVM. She has been in emergency medicine since graduation and lives in Austin with her three cats, retired racing greyhound, three legged dachshund, and a recently adopted greyhound puppy. In her free time, Dr. Ledoux enjoys CrossFit, running, and spending time with her church family.
Dr. Powers is a board-certified small animal neurologist. She joins MissionVet after serving as an associate neurologist at Seattle Veterinary Specialists. She attended Washington State University for undergrad and then continued at WSU College of Veterinary Medicine graduating with her DVM in 2011. Dr. Powers completed a rotating internship in 2012 and her neurology residency in 2015 both at Seattle Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Powers, her husband, their 3 kids and cat are excited for a warmer climate and more sunshine in their move to Texas! Their family enjoys spending time outdoors, good food and meeting new friends.
Dr. Powers has interest in managing neurosurgical spinal emergencies as well as chronic spinal disease. In addition she enjoys treating all aspects of brain disease including epilepsy management, brain tumors, degenerative, inflammatory and congenital brain conditions.
Dr. Grant Ramsey received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. After graduation, he completed a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, FL. Dr. Ramsey then moved to Houston for a 3-year residency program for small animal internal medicine at Gulf Coast Veterinary Internal Medicine, completing his residency in 2016. He enjoys running, meditating, and playing video games in his spare time.
Dr. Ramsey’s professional interests are endocrinology and hormonal disorders including diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease, as well as infectious disease including pneumonia, urinary tract infections, tick-borne illnesses and fungal disease.
Dr. Amy Robinson joined MissionVet when she and her family returned to the states after living abroad (her husband is in the military) for four years. She received her DVM from LSU and has worked emergency medicine all over the country – Louisiana, Colorado, Idaho and now Texas! She has special interest in toxicology and trauma. In her free time, she enjoys marathon running, IPO training GSD, spending time with her husband and 4 kids and traveling the world.
Dr. Ahmira Torres was born and raised in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in 2010, including a clinical year at the University of Florida. After graduation she completed a one year rotating internship at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She returned to the University of Florida and completed a three year internal medicine residency program. She obtained board-certification status in 2014.
Dr. Torres joined MissionVet after working at a four doctor specialty clinic focused only on internal medicine in Northern Virginia where she honed her skills in ultrasound imaging, endoscopies and laparoscopies among others for three years. Her special interests include autoimmune and gastrointestinal diseases. She is fluent in Spanish and happy to move to the San Antonio area with her family!
Dr. Tige Witsberger is a board-certified small animal surgeon and partner at MissionVet Specialty & Emergency. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. After graduation, Dr. Witsberger completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at the University of Missouri. He then completed his three-year small animal surgical residency at Texas A&M University in 2010. Dr. Witsberger stayed on at Texas A&M as a small animal surgery faculty member where he taught and performed orthopedic, soft tissue and neurologic surgery.
Dr. Witsberger has special interest in minimally invasive surgery including arthroscopy, laparoscopy and thoracoscopy as well as minimally invasive fracture repair. He also has interest in intervertebral disc disease and neurosurgery.