Meet Our Team

A team of Fear-Free Professionals

The people that make Dogwood special are a unique blend of passionate animal lovers, kind souls and fear-free certified professionals.

Dr. Lindsay Riddick
Dr. Lindsay Riddick
Fear-Free Certified

Born and raised in Columbia, Missouri, Dr. Lindsay Riddick was always surrounded by a montage of animals thanks to her animal loving parents. Her childhood was spent with a large variety of pets, both domestic and exotic. She became a veterinarian because it was just part of who she has always been, an animal care giver. After practicing at other clinics in central Texas, which were sold to large corporations, Dr. Riddick had a vision of creating a clinic of her own that was warm, welcoming and truly geared towards quality individualized patient care.

Dr. Riddick’s passion is to keep veterinary care high quality and personable. She understands the importance of getting to know every animal she sees and believes that developing a bond with the patient and its human counterpart is a highly effective tool for creating a tailored, long term health care plan. Dr. Riddick’s experience has taught her that a low stress atmosphere that keeps morale and comradery high is a key element in creating a healthy and happy environment for the pets and their people. Dr. Riddick dedicates Dogwood Animal Clinic to all the special animals, both past and present, that have been such an integral part of her life. She shares her life with her husband Charles, her two very special dogs, Ferdinand and Rumple, and her American Saddlebred, Joker.

Dr. Libby Rees
Fear-Free Certified

Dr. Libby Rees was born and raised in Louisiana. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she could remember. She grew up riding horses and competing in Hunter/Jumpers. Horses were not the only animals she adored, she raised pigs for 4-H, bottle-fed and raised orphaned calves, and always had a personal dog in addition to her family's Chocolate labs. She attended LSU school of veterinary medicine and after graduation decided to practice equine medicine. After 8 years, she expanded into small animal medicine where she began working at Emancipet. After a few years at Emancipet, she met Dr. Riddick at Dogwood Animal clinic and fell in love with the mission and values of the clinic.  In her free time, she hikes with her two dogs, Theo and Dr. Pancakes, and spends most of her time making sure they are living their best lives!

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Dr. David Allman
Surgeon

Meet Dr. David Allman. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, he attended the University of Texas at Austin as an undergraduate student before heading off to Aggieland for veterinary school. During his 4 years at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Allman realized his passion for veterinary surgery and committed to pursuing surgical specialization. By starting a mobile specialty surgery practice here in Austin, Texas, Dr. Allman is able to provide complicated surgical procedures to many pets that would not otherwise be able to receive specialty care. Outside of the operating room, Dr. Allman can be found enjoying the great outdoors, and exploring Austin with his wife, Summer. Occasionally, Dr. Allman is able to participate in the sport of golf where his patience and precision are tested before heading back to the surgical suite on Monday.

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Shelby Steindorff
Technician | Fear-Free Certified

Shelby was born in Houston, Texas and spent part of her childhood in Starkville, Mississippi where she fell in love with Mississippi State Football, Cowbells, and Bully. She started her veterinary journey at the age of 16 working as an assistant vet tech for a summer job. She has had a passion for animals her entire life and has the dream of one day owning enough land to give every animal she finds a forever home. She is a fur mom to three cats, Dexter, Hanna, and Khaleesi, along with Wheeler Hamlet the Hamster. During her free time she loves spending time with “the kiddos”, going to the lake, relaxing by the pool, and cheering on her Bulldogs.

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Desiree Castillo
Technician | Fear-Free Certified

Born and raised in Austin, Texas. Desiree’s passion for animals started at 4 years old when she got her first Chihuahua. She made her way into the vet tech field working at a non profit clinic 2 years ago to gain experience. She then came across Dogwood Animal Clinic and loved the environment and the passion her peers had for animals. Her little fur family consists of 3 chihuahuas (Bbies, Emma and Bella) and 4 cats(Jasper, Pumpkin, Emani, and Blossom.) Her favorite hobby is taking Hip Hop dance classes down at ballet Austin. Being a veterinary technician requires a lot of compassion and patience and Desiree’s arms are full of it!

Caleb Alverson
Receptionist

Caleb was born and raised in the Houston, Texas area. He has worked with animals since he was 16, starting with his first job at an exotic pet store. When he moved to Austin in 2011 he joined the Veterinary Assistant program at Austin Community College.


He and his wife, Lauren, have always had a bit of a zoo at home. They currently have a chihuahua mix named Tilki, a domestic short-haired cat named Gussie, a 3-legged flame point siamese named Moody, and a leopard gecko named Toothless. He spends his free time playing video games, watching anime and sports, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. Caleb is definitely known as the guy who shows up at a party and spends the whole night hanging out with your dog or cat in the corner. He also apologizes in advance if he remembers your dog’s name and face before your own.

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Anastacia Rodriguez
Technician | Fear-Free Certified

Anastacia was born and raised in the Austin, Texas area. She has always had a passion for animals. In 2019 Anastacia started volunteering at a small animal shelter in Lockhart, Texas, where she decided working with animals is what she wanted to do. Her first official veterinarian technician position was at a nonprofit clinic, where she gained primary techniques. Just this year, 2022, Anastacia found her home here at Dogwood as a veterinarian technician. “I love working at Dogwood, because of the environment, ‘Dogs are people too’.” Anastacia has 2 dogs, Daphne and Caine, and 2 cats, Frances and Carmello. In her free time she likes to volunteer at the Lockhart Animal Shelter.

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Kendra Morganto
Receptionist

Kendra was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where she grew up in a house full of dogs and cats and developed a love of animals from a young age.  She worked at a vet clinic in Dallas from 2016-2019 and moved to Austin in 2021.  Kendra is in school to become an occupational therapist assistant and is excited to be working in a vet clinic again.  In her free time, Kendra enjoys crafting, making jewelry, as well as playing board games and video games.

a woman holding a small dog in her arms
Shelby Steindorff
Technician | Fear-Free Certified

Shelby was born in Houston, Texas and spent part of her childhood in Starkville, Mississippi where she fell in love with Mississippi State Football, Cowbells, and Bully. She started her veterinary journey at the age of 16 working as an assistant vet tech for a summer job. She has had a passion for animals her entire life and has the dream of one day owning enough land to give every animal she finds a forever home. She is a fur mom to three cats, Dexter, Hanna, and Khaleesi, along with Wheeler Hamlet the Hamster. During her free time she loves spending time with “the kiddos”, going to the lake, relaxing by the pool, and cheering on her Bulldogs.

a woman in scrubs holding a stethoscope
Desiree Castillo
Technician | Fear-Free Certified

Born and raised in Austin, Texas. Desiree’s passion for animals started at 4 years old when she got her first Chihuahua. She made her way into the vet tech field working at a non profit clinic 2 years ago to gain experience. She then came across Dogwood Animal Clinic and loved the environment and the passion her peers had for animals. Her little fur family consists of 3 chihuahuas (Bbies, Emma and Bella) and 4 cats(Jasper, Pumpkin, Emani, and Blossom.) Her favorite hobby is taking Hip Hop dance classes down at ballet Austin. Being a veterinary technician requires a lot of compassion and patience and Desiree’s arms are full of it!

Caleb Alverson
Receptionist

Caleb was born and raised in the Houston, Texas area. He has worked with animals since he was 16, starting with his first job at an exotic pet store. When he moved to Austin in 2011 he joined the Veterinary Assistant program at Austin Community College.


He and his wife, Lauren, have always had a bit of a zoo at home. They currently have a chihuahua mix named Tilki, a domestic short-haired cat named Gussie, a 3-legged flame point siamese named Moody, and a leopard gecko named Toothless. He spends his free time playing video games, watching anime and sports, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. Caleb is definitely known as the guy who shows up at a party and spends the whole night hanging out with your dog or cat in the corner. He also apologizes in advance if he remembers your dog’s name and face before your own.

a woman in scrubs petting a brown and white dog
Anastacia Rodriguez
Technician | Fear-Free Certified

Anastacia was born and raised in the Austin, Texas area. She has always had a passion for animals. In 2019 Anastacia started volunteering at a small animal shelter in Lockhart, Texas, where she decided working with animals is what she wanted to do. Her first official veterinarian technician position was at a nonprofit clinic, where she gained primary techniques. Just this year, 2022, Anastacia found her home here at Dogwood as a veterinarian technician. “I love working at Dogwood, because of the environment, ‘Dogs are people too’.” Anastacia has 2 dogs, Daphne and Caine, and 2 cats, Frances and Carmello. In her free time she likes to volunteer at the Lockhart Animal Shelter.

a woman sitting at a table with a flower in front of her
Kendra Morganto
Receptionist

Kendra was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where she grew up in a house full of dogs and cats and developed a love of animals from a young age.  She worked at a vet clinic in Dallas from 2016-2019 and moved to Austin in 2021.  Kendra is in school to become an occupational therapist assistant and is excited to be working in a vet clinic again.  In her free time, Kendra enjoys crafting, making jewelry, as well as playing board games and video games.