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Meet Our Staff

Phoenix
Chief Happiness Officer

Phoenix

Education: Obedience School

Hometown: The Woodlands, TX

Born on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th), Phoenix is always the life of the party!

Phoenix enjoys sniffing anything and everything, playing in his kiddie pool, and meeting new people and pets. He takes his duties very seriously: spreading happiness, companionship, and unconditional love to all his good buddies.

Batman
Doorman

Batman

Batman was adopted from the Montgomery County Animal Shelter in December of 2017.  He loves coming to work with his mom, Taylor.  Shelter pets are wonderful companions.  Kainer Veterinary Hospital provides a no-cost initial examination to cats and dogs adopted from shelters and rescues with proper documentation.

Veterinarians

Dr. Daniel Kainer
DVM

Daniel Kainer

Education: Texas A&M University

Pets: Phoenix (English Lab) and Tanner (Golden Retriever)

Texas A&M Class of ’87 and ’91.  Dr. Kainer volunteers at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M.  He is also trained in veterinary acupuncture, laser therapy, and veterinary chiropractic.  Dr. Kainer has been caring for The Woodlands area pets for over 27 years, and is a local favorite!  (Best Boss EVER!)

Dr. Dominika Steakley
DVM

Dominika Steakley

Education: Texas A&M University

Pets: Sydney (Pitbull Mix), Riley (Shepherd Mix), Yoshi (Dachshund Mix)

Dr. Steakley joined Kainer Veterinary Hospital in March of 2015. Her family, originally from Poland, came to the United States in 1981 and moved to The Woodlands in 1988. Her love of animals was apparent at an early age, decorating her room with every animal photo she could cut out of her father’s National Geographic magazine when he wasn’t looking. One day while rummaging through the mail, she found an advertisement for horseback riding lessons. She spent the next 8 years learning to ride and competing in horse shows. She even convinced her parents to drive her to the Houston Humane Society with barn cats to be spayed and neutered. At the price of $10 per cat, she payed for the surgeries herself and let them recover in her bedroom before releasing them back to the barn.

Dr. Steakley attended  Texas A&M for her undergraduate studies in Biomedical Science while working part time for the Texas A&M Large Animal Clinic and Small Animal GI Lab.  She was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M after two years of undergraduate work.  After receiving her medical degree in 2003, she took a position at a small animal clinic in Dallas, Love Field Pet Hospital, where she worked for six years.  Then in 2009 she moved to Springville, Alabama with her husband Roger, who was born and raised in Gadsden, Al.  She took a position at Riverview Animal Clinic in Birmingham and worked there for the next 5 years.  In August of 2010, they had their first child, Alexander Steakley.

In 2014, Dr. Steakley was homesick for Texas, and relocated her family back to the Spring area.  Her son attends French Elementary in Klein ISD.  She has a 10 year old Pit-bull/Boxer named Sydney rescued from the streets of Dallas, a Doberman/Shepherd mix named Riley born in a cemetery in Birmingham, and a 6 month Dachshund/shepherd mix named Yoshi who was adopted from Operation Pets Alive in The Woodlands.  Dr. Steakley is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.   She looks forward to a long future serving all of her clients in the community  and their 4-legged family members.   She plans on never leaving Texas again!

Dr. Jason Strecker
DVM

Jason Strecker

Education: Louisiana State University

Pets: Obi & B.B (Schnauzer Mixes)

Dr. Strecker has been a Magnolia resident working with Kainer Veterinary Hospital since 2003.  He is a native Louisianan and graduated from LSU SVM in 1999.  Dr. Strecker is an avid outdoorsman and is very active in local Scout troops.  His family includes two Schnauzer Mixes from a local rescue group.

Reception

Charlie
Customer Service Representative

Charlie

Pets: "B" - American Bulldog

Charlie has over 40 years experience in the veterinary field.  She has known Dr. Kainer for 23 years, and has worked at Kainer Veterinary Hospital since 2003.  Charlie enjoys spending time outdoors (especially at the beach!) and loves spending time at home with her husband, Benny, and her American Bulldog, “B”.  Charlie and Benny have lived in this area for over 30 years.

Isabel
Customer Service Representative

Isabel

Isabel joined Kainer Veterinary Hospital in July of 2017.  She was able to move to The Woodlands last year with her sister, and has enjoyed living in the area.  Isabel is very family-oriented.  She loves to travel and make new happy memories, as well as new friends.  Isabel has a beautiful, friendly smile, and is always willing to lend a helping hand.  She plans on pursuing a career in Criminal Justice.

Taylor
Customer Service Representative

Taylor

Education: Lone Star College

Pets: Batman - Mixed Breed, Lucy - Chihuahua

Taylor has lived in the area for 25 years, and started working for Dr. Kainer in 2007.  She left Kainer Vet in 2009 to raise her children.  We were very happy when Taylor returned to Kainer Vet in 2017.  She resides in Spring with her 3 children and 2 dogs.  She enjoys running and spending time outdoors.

Susan
Office Manager

Susan

Education: Schreiner University, Stephen F. Austin State University

Pets: Gracie (Chihuahua Mix)

Growing up in the Texas Hill Country, Susan has always enjoyed being outdoors. She began working at Kainer Veterinary Hospital as a receptionist in 2003.  Her duties now include Office Manager, IT support, HR, Landscaping, Laundress, and clinic “Mom”. Susan and her husband have been residents of The Woodlands for over 20 years.

Lianna
Administrative Assistant

Lianna

Education: Lone Star College

Pets: Sunny (Domestic Longhair), Shade (Domestic Shorthair)

Working with Kainer Veterinary Hospital since 2010, Lianna has established herself as the resident Crazy Cat Lady.  When she is not at work, Lianna enjoys arts and crafts, long walks outdoors, and spending time with her two cats, Sunny and Shade.

Technicians

Buffy, CVA
Veterinary Technician

Buffy, CVA

Education: Colorado Mountain College, Penn Foster 

Pets: Sprocket (Shepherd Mix), Thor (German Shepherd)

Buffy grew up in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. She has always had an innate understanding of animals. Buffy brings a wealth of valuable experience to Kainer Vet: she has been an EMT, Bodyguard, Gym owner, and Ranch Manager, as well as being an outstanding Veterinary Technician.  We were very fortunate when Buffy joined Kainer Veterinary Hospital in 2009!

Maegen , LVT
Veterinary Technician

Jeremy, CVA
Veterinary Technician

Justin, CVA
Veterinary Assistant

Justin, CVA

Education: Lone Star College

Pets: Zeus (Boxer), Nico (Domestic Mediumhair), Cooper (Beagle Mix)

Justin is originally from Billings, Montana, and eventually moved to Texas because of his father’s job in the oil industry. He has stayed in Texas since then and we wouldn’t want it any other way. Justin attended Magnolia High School and is currently studying at Lone Star College, with a plan to transfer to Sam Houston State University to major in animal science. He currently owns a four-year-old brindle boxer named Zeus, an eleven-month-old marble tabby named Nico, and a fourteen-week-old beagle mix named Cooper. Justin’s family has always had a fondness for the boxer breed, and has had many over the years. He has also had cats for most of his life, so it was no surprise to any of his family when he got another furry baby. Cooper was brought into the clinic as a stray, and Justin was immediately drawn in by his cuteness, eagerly adopting the puppy into his family. In his free time, Justin enjoys walking his pups at Burroughs Park with his girlfriend. He is also an avid gamer who rotates his attention between games on nearly every console and his gaming computer.

Katie, CVA
Veterinary Assistant

Katie, CVA

Katie joined Kainer Veterinary Hospital in February of 2017.  She has been a wonderful addition to our staff – friendly, hardworking and dependable.  She has always had a passion for helping animals.  In high school she studied veterinary assisting and was in FFA all four years.  She even raised a lamb named “Memphis”!  She is looking forward to gaining more valuable experience at Kainer Vet and beginning her training to become a licensed veterinary technician.

Barbie
Veterinary Assistant

Barbie

Born and raised in New England on a small dry heifer and produce farm, Barbie has a strong work ethic and a love for animals that was instilled at a young age.   In later years her passion for horses lead to a career in riding instruction and retraining off track Thoroughbreds to compete in eventing, polo, and many other equestrian activities. 

Her love of animals large and small has lead to 25 years in the veterinary industry, working with a variety of species.  She has worked with a variety of species in mixed animal practice, an equine surgical hospital, and a small animal emergency and specialty hospital.  She has also been active with the USEF and FEI drug screening programs, and will be attending the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo as an FEI Testing Technician.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her pets CC( Boxer), Hannah (Am Staff), Argo (Doberman), and Charlie Brown (Appendix QH) all rescues.  She volunteers with rescues and local shelters, and is currently fostering Mama Cici (Boxer) for a local rescue.  Mama recently whelped, and is now healthy enough to undergo heartworm treatment.   Barbie and her husband, Richard, recently moved to the Houston area from the Upstate of South Carolina, and are anxious to enjoy all that Texas has to offer.