Board of Directors
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 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.
I am the General Manager of Circle Star Pet Resort; a company dedicated to the highest quality of care for pets. As General Manager, I am responsible for the management and maintenance of this beautiful 100 acre ranch. This includes finances, on-site management and customer care. My love and passion for animals drives me to make a home away from home atmosphere for all of our guests. Every one of our guests receives a Five Star Boarding and Training experience at Circle Star Pet Resort.
I decided to serve on the Pet Haven Board because I have often worried about what would happen to my seven dogs if anything were to happen to my husband and myself. Like most people, I don’t have relatives or friends who would be able to take on the needs of my animals. The idea that after I am gone, my pets will always have a safe, loving environment to live out the rest of their lives brings peace mind worth more than words can describe.
I graduated from Letourneau University for Business Management in 2004. I also received my license to broker insurance which I did for several years. I left the Insurance industries to utilize my management degree in 2007. I decided to broaden my spectrum of experience and branched out into the legal firms. I have managed 180 employees at a time but felt that I was never truly comfortable in a corporate environment. I would have never dreamed that all of my experience and knowledge would lead me to a career that nurtures my passion for animals.
I serve on the fellowship and youth team at Trinity Baptist Church in Tyler, TX. I love being a sponsor and assist in taking our youth group to church camps every year. I am also involved in a program called “My Bothers Keeper” which serves hundreds of homeless citizens in the Tyler city limits with necessities such as food and clothing. Although my family and I are heavily involved in local programs, we are not limited to them. I am very excited about our next mission trip into Piedras Negras which is located near the U.S. Mexico border.
Over the past 17 years I have become active in several organizations that support animal rights and rescues. I am Vice President of Circle Star K-9 Rescue. Our organization works with reputable dog rescues in the Dallas and East Texas area. We train rescue dogs, teaching them basic obedience and house manners with the idea that once these animals are adopted they will be more likely to stay in their forever homes. I am also a volunteer and foster mom for the English Bulldog Rescue of Houston and the Henderson County Human Society here in Athens, Texas. In addition to volunteering, I love to speak at local schools educating children on the proper care and safety of animals.
As a member of the Board of Directors of Pet Haven, this is my promise to you: I will take personal responsibility with your animals. I will ensure that your babies will be nothing less than a new family member. I will strive to always be compassionate and caring to your family members and to take the burden off of them in the care of your beloved pets.
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 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.