Meet the Team atLake Area Animal Clinic

At Lake Area Animal Clinic in Buchanan Dam, TX, we’re a community of passionate animal lovers committed to delivering the highest standard of care for your furry companion. Whether it’s a routine check-up or a special moment of concern, we strive to create a tail-wagging experience for both you and your beloved pet.

Your Trusted Veterinary Team inBuchanan Dam, TX

Dr. Scott  M. Pollard

Dr. Scott M. Pollard

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Pollard grew up in Brenham, Texas playing baseball and eating Blue Bell ice cream. He did his undergraduate work at Texas A&M University and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. He practiced in Seguin, Texas for 10 years before relocating to the Texas Hill Country and Buchanan Dam in 1996. He enjoys orthopedic and soft tissue surgery as well as preventative medicine. He is married to Darlene and they have two sons, Jacob and Jesse. Scott is an active member of Hill Country Fellowship and loves to fish, hunt, coach baseball and eat his wife’s Cajun cooking. His favorite slogan is “Gig Em” and his favorite scripture is Joshua 1:9.

Dr. Mike Culpepper

Dr. Mike Culpepper

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Culpepper grew up in San Juan, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. He attended Texas A&M University where he received his B.S. degree in 1983. He graduated cum laude from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. He worked for 13 years in the Spring-Woodlands area north of Houston prior to moving to Llano in 2004. His professional interests include internal medicine and preventative medicine. He has three girls: twins Sarah & Allison and Kadie. He enjoys hunting, fishing and woodworking.

Melanie Gomez

Melanie Gomez

Practice Manager + Lead Vet Tech

How long have you been practicing?
• Jan 2006
Where did you go to school?
• Burnet High School
What do you pride yourself in when it comes to veterinary medicine and/or taking care of your patients?
• Providing quality care/medicine to every patient we see and a fun work environment for my staff which helps keep morale up!
What do you like to do in your free time?
• Cheering on my son at his football and baseball games!

Chelsea Cline Crabtree

Chelsea Cline Crabtree

Veterinary Tech

How long have you been practicing?
• 5 years
Where did you go to school?
• Burnet High School
What do you pride yourself in when it comes to veterinary medicine and/or taking care of your patients?
• Knowing that I have done all that I can to help provide knowledge and proper care to a client.
What do you like to do in your free time?
• Full-time mom and wife. Drawing when possible, archery, and fishing. Love the outdoors, abstract art, and spending time with family.

Alex Barry

Alex Barry

Veterinary Tech

How long have you been practicing?
• Since May of 2022
Where did you go to school?
• Burnet High School
What do you pride yourself in when it comes to veterinary medicine and/or taking care of your patients?
• Knowing that I am a comforting presence for both animals and worried owners.
What do you like to do in your free time?
• I enjoy playing slow-pitch softball and spending time with my family and friends.

Tori Shaw

Tori Shaw

Veterinary Tech

How long have you been practicing?
• Since October of 2022
Where did you go to school?
• Tarleton State
What do you pride yourself in when it comes to veterinary medicine and/or taking care of your patients?
• Taking care of our patients along with the owners, and being able to learn new things and share that knowledge with the owners.
What do you like to do in your free time?
• I enjoy working on the ranch, crafts, DIY projects, and spending time with my husband and kids.

Ebby Ischy

Ebby Ischy

Receptionist

How long have you been practicing?
• Since June of 2023
Where did you go to school?
• Burnet High School
What do you pride yourself in when it comes to veterinary medicine and/or taking care of your patients?
• The relief from clients, when our techs and doctors are able to help their pets feel their best again.
What do you like to do in your free time?
• I enjoy crafts, baking, DIY projects, and spending time with my 5 dogs.