Meet our Veterinary Team

Ricardo A. Caballero, DVM

Medical Director, Veterinarian

Dr. Ricardo A. Caballero is a 1988 graduate. He passed his National Board exams at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and continued his training, education, and clinical experience at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, Indiana. He has worked in the greater Houston and Kingwood areas for several years caring for small animals.

Dr. Caballero has a diverse background in canine and feline veterinary medicine. He has strong interests in wellness care, as well as emergency medicine, critical care, laser surgery, cold laser therapy, and alternative herbal cancer therapy.
He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and an active member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical care society (VECCS). Dr. Caballero also holds additional memberships in the Harris County Veterinary Medicine Association (HCVMA), the Association of Feline Practitioners, and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA).

Dr. Caballero values his relationships with his clients and patients, and he treats each pet as if they were his own. Dr. Caballero looks forward to providing quality care for you and your four-legged family members.

James West, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. West is an Associate Veterinarian at Cypress Veterinary Hospital. He graduated from Texas A&M University of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 and came to work at Cypress Veterinary Hospital in early 2019.

He has a strong background in wellness and primary care with an interest in feline medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA), and Harris County Veterinary Medicine Association (HCVMA).

In his downtime, Dr. West appreciates reading, painting, and playing games with friends. He lives with his one cat, Tempest, who asks for more than enough attention from him.

Erin Richards, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Erin Richards is an associate veterinarian at Cypress Veterinary Hospital. She completed both her undergraduate and veterinary education at Texas A&M University, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in 2015 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. She joined the team at Cypress Veterinary Hospital in early 2020. Her professional interests include client education, feline medicine, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Richards currently resides in Cypress with her husband, a high school social studies teacher. Together they have two cats, Colonel Sanders and Tater Tot, and two dogs, Nellie and Rigby. In her spare time, she enjoys running, camping, spending time with her family in Katy, and cheering on the Aggies and Astros.

Gabriela Nieves, DVM


Photo and bio coming soon for Dr. Nieves!

Lauren Rubalcava

Practice Manager

Bio coming soon...

Angela, CVA

Front Office Manager

Angela began here in February of 2006 as a volunteer after graduating from Penn Foster and becoming a Certified Veterinary Assistant. She was hired in February 2006 and has worked her way to the position of Front Office Manager which she presently holds.

She has 3 children, 2 grandchildren, and five dogs, two of which were acquired from hurricane Ike. She loves her job, always has a smile and is compassionate for all of the pets and clients. During her free time, she enjoys her fitness class, yard work and going to lunch every Thursday with her mother.

Yvette Dupree

Office Manager

Yvette joined Cypress Veterinary Hospital in July 2020 as the Technician Supervisor. She has had years of technical experience in veterinary medicine including small animal medicine, large animal medicine, wildlife rehab, exotic animal medicine, and emergency medicine.
Yvette started in veterinary medicine as a volunteer for the Atlanta Wildlife Animal Rescue effort before continuing to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She met Dr. Delong, DVM at her local church and was hired for her first veterinary job as an equine technician. She knew she always loved working with animals but on her journey she found that she loved working with people as well. In her spare time Yvette loves spending time with her family including boyfriend Robert, daughter Nadine, son Nehemia and her rescue dog Rudy. Yvette loves to attend church, talk with her family in Atlanta and has a special fondness for her Aloe plants.

Alitzel Castro

Technician Supervisor

Pic and Bio coming soon!



Tiphanie is a customer service professional who brings years of experience from a wide array of industries to our front desk team. A Texas native, Tiphanie attended college and graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science which led her to work as a funeral services attendant where she gained valuable experience in helping people through difficult times with compassion and understanding. Tiphanie’s professional experience also includes time spent working at a canine training facility where she learned valuable skills and knowledge about animal behavior. Outside of work, Tiphanie enjoys playing video games, researching horror-genres of entertainment and folklore, and reading books like Stephen King’s The Shining, Linwood Barclay’s A Noise Downstairs, and Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train, as well as spending time with her cats, Ginger and Salem.

Favorite Quote: “This inhuman place creates human monsters.” -Stephen King, The Shining



Caile has four years of experience as a customer service representative for several local veterinary clinics before joining the CVH team. Caile has had horses and other animals all her life and she really enjoys working with different species. Her favorite animals to work on are exotics including monkeys, kangaroos, bearded dragons and other lizards.

Caile enjoys spending time with her daughter, especially outdoors. They love going to the pool and having fun adventures together like camping and riding four-wheelers.

Favorite Quote: "If you ain't first, you're last" - Ricky Bobby

Tania Workman


I have been in Houston since 2017 with my husband and son having moved from Louisiana. I have over 20 years experience in veterinary medicine. I started out as a veterinary assistant where I fell in love with animal medicine. After stepping away for several years to be a stay at home mom, I found my way back to the veterinary world and discovered my true passion is cultivating lasting relationships with pet parents througheducation, compassion and understanding. It its important to me that clients know that a friendly, familiar face will help during difficult and stressful times. I share my house with my husband, son (who is off at Texas A&M) and 2 cats Myshka and Phineas. In my free time I enjoy creating art, reading and gardening.

Britnee Doussan

Hospital Staff

Britnee has loved animals as far back as she remembers. Not growing up with pets, one would expect her to be apprehensive around animals. Never the case. A 5 year old Britnee was playing outside when she noticed a "puppy" being walked down the sidewalk. She started running full speed towards the snarling German Shepherd that was standing on his back feet with his hackles raised, screaming "Puppy! Puppy!". The owner pulled the leash back with all of his strength while Britnee's mom ran to get her. As soon as Britnee reached the dog, he smelled her and sat down, and Britnee was petting him and giggling. The owner and Brit's mother were both shocked. This led to her life-long nickname "Dog Whisperer".
Britnee has since worked in various fields, all with the same love for animals. She joined a local dog rescue group in 2012, where she fostered and adopted out a total of 32 dogs over 3 years. Of of the 32, most notably, was a litter of 9 puppies that had parvo. The vet at the time told her they would like not make it, and due to funds the rescue was choosing to euthanize the litter. Britnee refused and scooped the puppies up and attempted treatment at home, working 'round the clock with them for 10 days in her small bathroom, with 2 small children.
Every single puppy survived-- and you can meet one of them today, as Walter, Britnee's own dog, is a survivor! This rewarding experience helped Britnee realize that she had a gift and she chose to pursue her education as a veterinary technician. Britnee graduated at the top of her class with a 4.0 GPA in 2014. She has worked in a variety of settings as a technician, including ER/trauma, large animal, obstetrics, and general practice. Britnee joined AMC in 2019, bring along her vast knowledge, passion, experience, and critical thinking to provide a comprehensive level of care to her patients.

Rachel Cameron

Hospital Staff

Rachel joined Cypress Veterinary Hospital in October of 2019 as a veterinary technician after her graduation from LoneStar College in August of 2019. Growing up in Magnolia, Rachel always knew she wanted to work with pets. With the support of her parents, she started her journey by becoming a bather through PetSmart which over the 4 years prepared her to understand key aspects of pet restraint and behavior. Utilizing this knowledge and experience, Rachel transitioned to our hospital to hone the skills she learned through her education. She loves how friendly, helpful, patient, and knowledgeable her team is and is excited to advance her career.

Outside of work, Rachel enjoys listening to podcasts such as Welcome to Nightvale, reading books such as the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling, playing video games, watching YouTube, and spending time with her husband, Jeremy, and their 3 cats Hallow, Savannah, and Anastasia.

Favorite Quote: “If we are all worms, be a glow worm.” - Fortune Cookie

Angel Thomas

Hospital Staff

Angel joined Cypress Veterinary Hospital this year as one of our newest veterinary assistants. Angel’s love for animals started early in life as she was in charge of taking care of all the farm animals and personal pets her family had growing up, leading her to turn that passion into a career as a veterinary technician. Bringing over a year of experience from working at a local hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana, Angel is excited to expand her skills with the help of her caring, helpful, and passionate coworkers.
When not working, Angel enjoys listening to podcasts such as ‘Dr. No Sleep’, playing video games like Sims and Animal Crossing, and spending time working in her garden alongside her pets Bean, Ella, Leo, and Sobek.

Favorite Quote: “They say that the best blaze burns the brightest when circumstances are at their worst.” -Unknown

Anahi Sanchez

Hospital Staff

Anahi joined Cypress Veterinary Hospital after completing a 240hr externship with us as part of her course requirements with the Veterinary Technical Institute. Anahi began her career in animal health as a groomer to learn more about safe pet handling and understanding pet behavior. After graduating, she hopes to meld her experience as a groomer with her education to hone her skills as a technician with the help of her dynamic and determined co-workers.
When not at work, Anahi enjoys exploring all that Houston has to offer all while spending time with her family, and her pets: Ninja, Nayla, Benito, and Max.

Favorite Quote: “Not all distance is absence, and not all silence is forgetting.” -Unknown


Hospital Staff

Samantha joined the Cypress Veterinary Hospital team at the end of 2022 as one our newest veterinary technicians. Being practically born into the field, Sam grew up in the veterinary hospital alongside her Mom, who is a licensed veterinary technician. Professionally, Sam began working at a veterinary clinic right out of high school where she gained valuable experience across all aspects of the hospital including customer service, medical services, and even grooming! Bringing 3 and a half years of experience, Sam was excited to advance her skills by joining us and loves how we strive to provide the best care for our patients with great teamwork and communication.

An avid pet lover, Sam has 3 rescue cats of her own - Flynn, whom she bottle fed, Eugene, who was adopted at just 3 weeks old after the loss of both his eyes, and Darby, who was found in an engine. She’s also fostered pets in need after surgery. When not at work, she enjoys watching Netflix and documentaries on YouTube, painting animal portraits, and visiting antique shops in town.

Favorite Quote: “I’m not sure what to do with my hands.” - Ricky Bobby

Lauren Sisson

Hospital Staff

Lauren joined the Cypress Veterinary Hospital team as one of our newest veterinary technicians following her externship and recent graduation from the Veterinary Technical Institute of Houston.

When not at work, Lauren enjoys listening to true crime podcasts such as “And That’s Why We Drink”, “Murdery, Mystery, and Makeup” with Bailey Sarian, and “Serial Killers - A True Crime Podcast,” all while spending time relaxing with her family, tending to her plants, building Lego sets, and playing with Peanut - her dachshund/chihuahua mix!

Favorite Quote: “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.” - Dolly Parton

Esmeralda Acosta

Hospital Staff

Yes, I am the girl at the parties that is hanging out with the dog.
I have 10 years of customer service experience and recently changed over to the animal medical field, but I have always had a love for all animals. I've always had some sort of animal in my life. Currently, I have 2 dogs and a cat, a couple of sugar gliders, and some fancy mice. I briefly shadowed at an animal clinic after high school and was unable to continue with it.

When not at work I enjoy spending time with my family and all my creatures. I can't wait to meet you and your babies when you come ! Tootles!