Meet Our Team

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Alexis Willingham, DVM

Veterinarian, Practice Owner

Dr. Willingham grew up on a dairy farm in the North East Texas town of Sulphur Springs, where she was exposed to veterinary medicine at an early age.  Both of her parents and her younger sister have been in the veterinary profession.  She also has a sister that is involved in canine genetics research.  Through vet school, she had the opportunity to do a summer rotation in Ghana, West Africa, setting up an animal welfare society and was able to complete her externship at a veterinary practice in Orbost, Australia.  After graduating from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, she worked several years in a mixed animal practice north of Denton taking care of both large and small animals followed by a small animal practice in Little Elm.  She and her husband, Joe, now live in Prosper with their three young boys.  Dr. Willingham's veterinary interests include internal medicine, soft-tissue surgery, and endocrinology.  She is also passionate about the importance of preventative medicine, feline medicine, and senior pet health.

Pets:   Nim - Female Maine Coon born in 2015

             Sherlock - Male Maine Coon born in 2015

             Rubie Roo - Female Border Collie born in 2016

             Razzle - Male Border Collie Mix born in 2018

Favorite Quotes:

"There are no ordinary cats."  ~Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

"No one appreciates the very special genius of our conversation as a dog does."  ~Christopher Marley

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Staci R. Dennis, DVM, DABVP (canine & feline practice)

Veterinarian

Dr. Staci Dennis moved back to north Texas in April 2018 to join Prosper Trail Animal Hospital.  Originally from Wichita Falls, she studied and practiced veterinary medicine in College Station for 20 years.  She graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science in 2002 and from the veterinary medical program in 2007.  In 2015, she completed one of her personal and professional goals of becoming certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) specializing in canine and feline practice.  Her veterinary interest include wound management, internal medicine, ophthalmology, ultrasound, and soft tissue surgery.  In her spare time, she loves to go on the fun adventures that her husband is always planning for the family.  She is married to her true love, Brady, and they live in Prosper with their two young daughters.

Pets:  Bentley - Male Boston/ Boxer mix born in 2005 (Dr. Dennis' best friend)  

            Gracie - Female Feline born in 2007

            Solo - Male Terrier "Terror" Mix born in 2017

            Nugget - Male Golden Retriever born in 2020

            Muffin - Female Hedgehog born in 2020

Favorite Quotes:

"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog."  ~Sidney Jeanne Seward

"Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me, let me be singing when the evening comes."  ~Matt Redman

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Heather Larson, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Larson is a Southern California native.  She left the West Coast to attend Texas A&M University, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Sciences in 2003 and subsequent Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.  Her career with veterinary medicine has transitioned from equine medicine to small animal practice and occasionally a mix of both.  She has had an opportunity to with with a number of non-profit organizations along the way, fostering her passion for rescue animal health and welfare.  Dr. Larson's professional interests include soft tissue surgery, diagnostic imaging, and preventative medicine.  In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding and spending time outdoors with her husband, Tom, and their two children.

Pets:   Higgins - Male Basset Hound Mix born in 2012

             Klaus - Gelding Holstiner horse born in 2015

Favorite Quote:

"No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle."  ~Winston Churchill

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Alex

Official Greeter - In Training

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Stevie

Official Greeter - In Training

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Amanda

Office Manager

Amanda has been with the PTAH Team since the doors opened in June 2013 and has worked with Dr. Willingham since 2006.  Having worked in the animal industry since 1999, she has done it all from summer kennel assistant, bather, receptionist, technician, and since 2009 office manager.  Amanda really enjoys working with both clients and their pets and uses all of her past experience to make PTAH a great place for our patients, their owners, and the staff.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Texas Tech University in 2005 and now lives in Carrollton with her husband, Brandon, and their two little boys, Colton and Cameron.

Pets:  Riley - Male Boxer Mix born in 2009

            Dach - Male Long Haired Dachshund born in 2015

Favorite Quotes:

"Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are."  ~Unknown

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Nicole

Head Veterinary Technician

Nicole has been with the PTAH Team since February 2014 and has worked with Dr. Willingham since 2008.  She started working in the animal industry in 2000.  Her favorite place to be is up in the mountains.  Her hobbies are riding her horses with her daughter and hiking with her dogs.  Nicole grew up in the Prosper/ Celina area and has enjoyed watching the community grow.  She lives in Celina with her husband and family.

Pets:  Big Jack - Gelding Paint Horse born in 2003

            Danny - Mare Quarter Horse born in 2007

            Wyatt (Retired Narcotic Police Dog) - Male Pit Bull born in 2011

            Sammie - Female DSH born in 2013

            Gunner - Male Golden Retriever born in 2014

            Ripr (Retired Bomb Dog) - Male Shepard born in 2014

Favorite Quotes:

"Life is like a camera.  Focus on what's important.  Capture the good times.  Develop from the negatives and if things don't work out take another shot!"  ~Unknown

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Sherrie

Head Veterinary Receptionist

Sherrie has been with the PTAH Team since June 2014 and has worked with Dr. Willingham since 2007 when she started working in the animal industry.  Sherrie grew up in Little Elm where she currently lives with her husband.  She has three grown daughters and one adorable grandson.  She enjoys reading, fishing, and watching movies during her off time.

Pets:  Harley Quinn - Female Bobtail born in 2015

            Padme - Female Great Pyrenees born in 2019

            Anakin - Male Chihuahua born in 2019

Favorite Quotes:

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."  ~Roger Caras

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Courtnee

Veterinary Technician

Courtnee has been with the PTAH Team since August 2016.  Courtnee is from Little Elm, TX where she has lived her whole life.  Her passion for animals started when she was 11 and bottle fed her pride and joy, her husky mix Bugaboo, for three weeks when her dog mom got sick.  Her hobbies are taking her dogs for walks, riding horses at her Aunt's, and spending time with friends and family.

Pets:  Bugaboo - Female Husky Mix born in 2009

            Finn Rey - Male Golden Retriever born in 2016

Favorite Quotes:

"Dogs are like potato chips; you can never have just one."  ~Unknown

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Natalie

Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Student

Natalie has been with the PTAH Team since June 2016.  She has lived in Texas for as long as she can remember!  Natalie graduated from Oklahoma State with a BS in Animal Science in May 2020 and is currently attend vet school at OSU.  She enjoys traveling, spending time outside and baking during her free time.

Pets:  Phoebe - Female Golden Retriever born in 2020

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Hannah

Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Receptionist

Hannah has been with the PTAH Team since September 2017.  She was born and raised in Las Vegas and currently lives in Frisco.  She spent her high school years interning at her local animal shelter and fostering litters of kittens.  When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, miles and going to see the newest movies.

Pets:  Jewel - Female Tabby born in 2014

            Booker - Male Tabby born in 2017

            Lottie - Female Golden Retriever born in 2020

Favorite Quote:

"Promise me you'll always remember:  You're braver than you believe, you're stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."  ~ A. A. Milne

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Taylor

Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Student

Taylor has been with the PTAH Team since May 2018.

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Pets:  Jarvis - Male DSH born in 2017

            Jameson - Male Blue Heeler born in 2019

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Dejone

Veterinary Technician

DJ has been with the PTAH Team since June 2019.  She has lived in Texas all her life, and currently lives in Allen with her husband.  She has been in the animal industry since 2014 working in shelters, daycares, and hospitals, whish has sparked her passion in caring for animals.  Outside of work she likes to read while cuddled up with her pets or doing crafts to soak up her free time.

Pets:  Duke - Male Beagle mix born in 2014

            Ash - Male Retriever mix born in 2017

            Aries - Male Tabby born in 2018

            Nidra - Female Tuxedo born in 2018

            Kah - Female Python born in 2018

Favorite Quote:

"Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it."  ~ Lewis Carroll

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Melissa

Veterinary Technician

Melissa has been with the PTAH Team since July 2019.  She was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Texas.  In June of 2019, she relocated with her family to Anna, Texas.  She started working in the animal field in 2016 and she received her veterinary technician certification in January of 2018.  She hopes to continue her education further by receiving her associates degree and become a licensed veterinary technician.  In her spare time, you'll find her at the motocross tracks riding dirt bikes with her family.

Pets:  Daisy - Female Dachshund born in 2011

            Marshall - Male Dachshund born in 2017

Favorite Quote:

"No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile."  ~ Unknown

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Hope

Kennel Technician, Student

Hope has been with the PTAH Team since March 2020.  She has always loved animals and has always known that she wants to be a Veterinarian.  Hope is currently taking veterinary classes offered at her high school, as well as other honor classes they off such as AP biology and anatomy & physiology.  Outside of work, Hope enjoys relaxing on the beach and spending time with her friends.

Pets:  Violet - Female Yorkie born in 2014

Favorite Quote:

"Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just illusions."  ~ Micheal Jordan

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Sara

Veterinary Receptionist

Sara has been with the PTAH Team since August 2020.  Sara lives in McKinney with her husband and three kids.  In her spare time, Sara enjoys being outdoors and hanging out with friends and family.

Pets:  Beyonce - Female Long Haired Dachshund born in 2012

            Zoey - Female DLH born in 2014

            Fiona - Female Tabby born in 2016

            Emmy - Female Pit Bull born in 2017

            Iris - Female Golden Retriever born in 2020

Favorite Quote:

"Handle every stressful situation like a dog.  If you can't eat or play with it, just pee on it and walk away."  ~ Prashant Ahire