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Meet Our Staff

Chief Happiness Officer


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.


Dr. Daniel Kainer

Daniel Kainer

Education: Texas A&M University

Pets: Phoenix (English Lab) and Belle (Chihuahua Mix)

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 30 years, and is a local favorite!  (Best Boss EVER!)

Dr. Dominika Steakley

Dominika Steakley

Education: Texas A&M University

Pets: Riley (Shepherd Mix), Yoshi (Dachshund Mix), Bowser and Jeffrey (Cats)

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.  She has a Doberman/Shepherd mix named Riley born in a cemetery in Birmingham, and a 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

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.


Customer Service Representative/Vet Assistant

Customer Service Representative


Pets: "Rukkus" and "Ruby", Berger Picard Dogs

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

Customer Service Representative


Isabel joined Kainer Veterinary Hospital in July of 2017.  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.

Office Manager

Education: Schreiner University, Stephen F. Austin State University

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, CVA
Administrative Assistant

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.


Sharon, CVA
Veterinary Assistant

Janel, LVT
Veterinary Technician

Melissa, CVA
Veterinary Assistant

Amanda, CVA
Veterinary Assistant

Buffy, CVA
Head Veterinary Assistant

Education: Colorado Mountain College, Penn Foster 

Pets: 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!