Making sure your pet’s future is safe is a solemn responsibility. Circle Star Pet Haven is governed by a distinguished group of medical doctors, veterinarians and business professionals with a strong love for animals. Only the Board of Directors have access to the funds. At the first of each year, the Board of Directors transfers only the amount required to care for each pet for the year into the operating account. The Board will convene if an animal requires urgent care or a major medical procedure.

Vicki Cooper Nourse is the Founder of Circle Star Pet Haven and the sole owner of Circle Star Ranch. In the event of her disability or death, the ownership of Circle Star Pet Haven business and property will transfer to the Board of Directors who, along with their successors, will operate Circle Star Pet Haven in perpetuity. Additionally Circle Star Pet Haven is supported by Circle Star Pet Resort, a high end pet boarding and training facility.

The Circle Star Pet Haven Board Members are:

David K. Teegarden, MD

I’m Dr. Teegarden, the former President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics in Tyler, Texas, an integrated health system of 300 clinicians and five hospitals.

I received my undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University and my Doctor of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch.  I hold a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas, where I am an adjunct professor, teaching courses in Motivational Leadership, Coaching as a Leadership Style, and Strategic Management of Healthcare Organizations.  My training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology were completed at the Mayo Clinic and Baylor University Medical Center.  I served as Chief of Gastroenterology in the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research at Brooke Army Medical Center and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. 

I’m the Past President of the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association, a member of the Board of Trustees at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University and The Board of Development at The University of Texas Medical Branch. I’m  a member of numerous professional societies and associations.

My clinical and administrative career spans more than 40 years.  My current interests include leadership strategies for healthcare organizations and coaching healthcare leaders and team. I”m a founder and Principal of E3 Leadership Group and is a certified executive coach. 

From early childhood, my dogs were my best friends and constant companions. Even today in retirement, those relationships remain unchanged with my two rescued labs. I feel a strong commitment to be a part of an organization that ensures the lifelong well-being of animals and gives comfort to their guardians knowing their pets will be well cared for. Circle Star Pet Haven and it's cutting edge, visionary leadership and professionalism is THAT institution.

Heidi McKellar, MD: Mom, doctor, dog lover.

Here’s a picture of me about age 3, holding a Boston Terrier puppy on my lap, in absolute heaven. And that, says my husband sarcastically, is when the obsession began. Surprisingly, I did not become a vet, but studied Philosophy and religion and ended up a doctor. I received my BA in Philosophy from Smith College in Northampton, MA. My training at UTHSC Houston was followed by residency at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. After a stint at Stanford University, where I was faculty for GI malignancies I trained on the initial Cyberknife Radiosurgical tool developed by Dr John Adler. I returned to East Texas after 9/11 and have been the Director of the Cyberknife of Texas since 2007 and the Medical Director of the ETMC Cancer Institute since 2009. I am board certified in Radiation Oncology and Hospice and palliative care. I met Vicki through her mother whom I cared for in 2008.  

Having met a kindred spirit, I became fast friends with Vicki and have trained under her guidance at Circle Star and most recently with the Mirror Method which she also brought to the East Texas area. I have fostered dogs of terminal patients, re-located dogs, saved, rescued and loved dogs of nearly every breed and mix. I am honored to be asked to serve on the Board of Pet Haven and believe that Vicki Cooper Nourse has envisioned a program that will bring comfort and well being to many animal lovers.

Bryan Ramsey, DVM

Hi. My name is Dr. Bryan Ramsey and I’m a veterinarian and owner of South Tyler Animal Clinic. I earned my degree in veterinary medicine from Texas A&M in 1999 and have been in private practice since that time. The first ten years of my practice included equine and some exotic animal medicine but today is limited to companion animals. I have served as Past President of the East Texas Veterinary Medical Association, Board Member of the Animal Emergency Clinic, and am a member of several professional associations.

I understand and appreciate the bond people share with their pets and strive to provide the very best care for my patients. I believe this is best achieved by putting forth substantial effort in patient care, being compassionate, and aggressively pursuing post-graduate education as the field of veterinary medicine is ever-changing. I am excited about the possibilities Pet Haven will provide for many pets, including my patients.

When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my wife and three children and our two miniature Schnauzers—Dixie and Artie.

Francisco Herrera

My name is Francisco Herrera; I am a Ranch Manager at Circle Star Pet Resort. I originated from Michinelas, Mexico where I was raised on a dairy farm. As a Program Analysis student at ITCI, my imagination often took me outside the classroom to the outdoors. It wasn’t long before my love of animals and ranch life prompted me to follow my heart to Texas.

In 2006 I was given the responsibility of running a large dairy in Edom, Texas. This included the management of three employees, landscaping, breeding, and care for over 500 cows. In this position I had the ability to take care of these animals and improve their quality of life. This has always been something I enjoy; I personally have 70 cows, 2 bulls, and 2 rescues dogs.

In February of 2011, I started working at Circle Star Pet Resort. I love working with animals. I am in charge of keeping the 100 acre grounds and buildings well maintained. I am able to use my creativity and design skills to form naturally beautiful surroundings. Circle Star Pet Resort has become a second family for not only me but also for my beautiful wife of fourteen years and our two sons.

Over the last 12 years I have become involved with several organizations that help with animals in need. Circle Star K-9 Rescue, the SPCA and Save a Life are a few of my favorites. I am also a member of the Lady of Guadalupe church in Tyler, Texas and volunteer for missions to Mexico City.

As a Circle Star Pet Haven board member I am proud to be a part of something so unique and needed in the world for animals. I will be helping with guardianship of animals that otherwise would be left homeless after the loss of their owners. I want to make a difference in this world and show my boys that with hard work, honesty and a kind heart you can achieve great things.


Jennifer McCollough

Jennifer McCollough is a Temple, Texas native and a 2001 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. As a midshipman, she was captain of the women’s cycling team, competed in several Ironman world championships, and completed internships at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and the Astronaut Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. After graduation, she embarked on a career as a naval aviator flying the MH-60S helicopter, completing three deployments to the Middle East on various ships and with the U.S. Marine Corps in Fallujah, Iraq. Between deployments, she orchestrated a cross-country mission following Hurricane Katrina rescuing indigenous personnel and delivering food, water, and supplies throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. During her deployment to Iraq, Jennifer volunteered for missions outside the wire assisting in the Iraqi Women’s Engagement Program supporting Iraqi women in rebuilding their communities. One of her concurrent duties on the “ground” was seven collective years as the command legal officer.  During her last two years on active-duty, Jennifer was a part-time law student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California where she graduated in 2013. During law school, she served as an intern both in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California with U.S. District Judges Anthony J. Battaglia and Roger T. Benitez, and with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Jennifer is currently serving as a law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.  (903) 469-4320

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