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Denise Smith, DVM
Dr. Denise Smith is a general practitioner and Medical Director of Main Street Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Smith, who opened the practice in 1988, grew up in Dallas, Texas, and says there was never a question in her mind about her future career. Becoming a veterinarian was her goal since elementary school!
After receiving her Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University in 1983, Dr. Smith stayed at Texas A&M to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. She is certified to perform ultrasound examinations.
Dr. Smith has been married to her husband Avery more than 25 years. Their eldest daughter, Amy, is studying international business at Baylor University. The Smiths also have three daughters adopted from China. April likes to play piano while Lilly prefers the violin; the youngest, Betty, is still deciding what her hobby will be. The family's four-legged friends are Sara, an American Eskimo, and cats Buttercup, Calvin, Coach and Chanel.
Dr. Smith says she is addicted to the Food Network and enjoys cooking, hiking through the New Mexico forestland and gardening. She hopes to someday work with the Christian Veterinary Association and help animals in third world countries.
Susan Bates Brashear, DVM
General practitioner Dr. Susan Bates Brashear began working at Main Street Veterinary Hospital in 2003. She was raised in El Dorado, Arkansas, and received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Abilene Christian University in 1999. In 2003, Dr. Brashear was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University. Her professional interests include dermatology, ophthalmology, exotic pet medicine and pain management.
Dr. Brashear is the exotics contributor at the Mark Francis Museum of Veterinary History in Austin, Texas. Her studies at Louisiana State had an emphasis on avian, exotic, zoo and aquarium medicine, and she held externships at the Baton Rouge Zoo and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. She also participated in a clerkship at Sea World in Orlando, Florida.
Dr. Brashear is married to Clint Brashear, also a veterinarian. They recently welcomed their first child, a girl, into their family. Dr. Brashear counts reading, scrapbooking, traveling, gourmet cooking, photography and scuba diving among her favorite pastimes. She and her husband share their home with Doc, a Shih Tzu who is a certified therapy dog; Belle, a Cockatiel with special needs; and Callaway, a young Maine Coon mix.
Jennifer Fite Tuttle, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Fite Tuttle joined the Main Street Veterinary Hospital team in February, 2015. She grew up in the San Diego area and graduated from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Tuttle has a Master’s Degree in Psychology.
A general practitioner, Dr. Tuttle's veterinary interests include feline medicine, senior and geriatric medicine, hospice, and end-of-life care. She says, “I have always thought being a veterinarian is my calling. It is such a privilege to be able to care for people’s beloved pets.”
Dr. Tuttle and her husband, Troy, recently celebrated the arrival of their first child, beloved daughter Hannah. They share their home with 3 cats and are looking forward to adopting a dog in the near future.
Meredith Ford Brassette, DVM
A Lake Charles, Louisiana native, Dr. Meredith Ford Brassette joined the Main Street Veterinary Hospital team as a general practitioner in September 2013. "I've always loved animals, and I've wanted to go into medicine as far back as I can remember," she said. "I like being there for those who need a voice."
Dr. Ford Brassette graduated from Louisiana State University with bachelor's degrees in both animal science and psychology. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Her professional interests include dermatology, internal medicine, and behavior. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Ford Brassette shares her home with her husband, Kevin, who is a mechanical engineer, and their pets, Edgar (domestic shorthair), Bronwyn (Welsh Corgi), and Sadie (Border Collie mix). In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband and pets.
Jessica Johnson, DVM
Heidi Lobprise, DVM, Diplomate AVDC
Dr. Heidi Lobprise is a Veterinary Dentist that has been a member of the Main Street Veterinary Hospital medical staff since April of 2010. Born in Gary, Indiana, she grew up in Orlando, Florida and then Richardson, Texas, where she graduated from Richardson High School.
Dr. Lobprise says that she knew from age seven that she wanted to spend her life as a veterinarian simply because she has always loved animals. She began her journey toward her current career at Texas A&M University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science in 1981. Concurrent to earning her undergraduate degree, she enrolled in Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979 and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. Her areas of special professional focus include dentistry and senior care. She is also a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC.)
Dr. Lobprise and her significant other, Joe Kautz, a gunsmith, have a Greyhound named Blade and two cats named Ella and Spot. Dr. Lobprise’s daughter Holly, who is in her early twenties, teaches English in Shanghai, China. Dr. Lobprise’s interests include cycling, hiking, and reading.