Craig Jones – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Craig Jones grew up on a farm west of Comanche, Oklahoma in the small town of Corum. Dr. Jones attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma on a rodeo scholarship and received a degree in Industrial Arts. Dr. Jones then received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1989 and began practicing veterinary medicine in a mixed practice in Espanola, New Mexico. In 1990, Dr. Jones came to Texas and began working as an associate at the Northside Animal Clinic. He became the sole owner when he purchased the practice from Dr. Owen in 1993. Dr. Jones is licensed to practice medicine in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, is a member of the Deans Developmental Advisory Board at the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association, the Johnson County Livestock Association, past member of the Johnson County Sheriffs Posse and is a member of the National Sporting Clays Association.
Dr. Jones has been married to Stephanie since 1994 and they have two daughters, Lauren and Lindsey. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Jones is an avid sporting clays shooter, enjoys hunting, fishing, NASCAR, and most of all telling his wife and children endless and pointless homilies. Throughout the years, the Jones family has owned a variety of pets including horses, cows, dogs, cats, chickens, pigs, goats, parakeets, rabbits, donkeys, water buffalo, and a pet possum with an effervescent personality. Dr. Jones yellow lab, ‘Junebug” is his newest pet and can be seen most days roaming around the practice as the official greeter.
Drs. Ty and Morgan Smallwood
Drs. Ty and Morgan Smallwood are 2017 graduates of the Oklahoma State University Center of Veterinary Health Sciences in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Prior to their move to Johnson County, the Smallwood’s worked for one year in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. The Smallwoods were married on March 31, 2018 in Stillwater.
Dr. Ty Smallwood grew up in Oklahoma as part of a large extended family of cattle raisers and still has a deep interest in the industry in addition to small animal surgery and medicine. Dr. Morgan Smallwood is originally from Belleville, Texas but went to Oklahoma State University as a member of the Equestrian team where she too received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. Dr. Morgan Smallwood loves internal medicine and the diagnosis and treatment of sick animals. In their free time, they both enjoy spending time outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and most importantly pulling for the Oklahoma State Cowboys! The Drs. Smallwood have a 4 year old German Shepherd named “Dungey” and a 1 year old cat named, “Frank”, whose name was inspired by the original OSU mascot , Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton.
Regina “Gina” Tribble
Regina “Gina” Tribble has worked at the Northside Animal Clinic twice, the first time as a kennel technician and a veterinary technician. This past year she was able to return and has worked as a veterinary technician and a receptionist. Because of her versatility and knowledge she is sometimes called “the jack of all trades” at the clinic because she is willing and able to jump in and help anywhere she is needed. She is kind, compassionate and has a huge heart. Gina’s greatest accomplishment and her biggest pride are her marriage of over twenty years and her three children. Gina says that one thing she would like to accomplish in her life is to gain the opportunity to open a sanctuary for geriatric dogs and cats to be able to live out their lives comfortably. What a heart! Gina is persistent and won’t give up on any challenge until she learns to get it done right. Gina and her family live in Covington with four dogs and three cats.
Although Patricia “Trish” Lamberth is our newest veterinary receptionist at the Northside Animal Clinic, she is certainly not new to the veterinary industry. Trish has worked as a veterinary receptionist for 13 years in North Carolina where she was born and raised. Trish moved to Texas for her husband’s job and the Northside Animal Clinic was blessed to get her to come to work with us. Trish has three children, Tiona (19), Jayden (12) and a stepson, Nickolas (19). She also has 2 four-legged children, chihuahuas named Fancy and Kibby. Trish brings extensive reception knowledge to the clinic and we are so very pleased to have her.
Dawn Miller, an Oklahoma native, moved to Cleburne in 2010 to help care for her aging mother. She now lives in Godley and is employed at the Northside Animal Clinic where she can frequently be found carrying around the small dogs and loving on them or playing ball with the larger dogs. Dawn is an absolute animal lover and has three dogs “Lucy”, a little spitfire Chihuahua, “Tara” and “Spencer”, two medium sized, mixed breed dogs who found Dawn several years ago. In addition, “Junebug”, Dr. Jones yellow labrador retriever, has adopted Dawn as her absolute favorite human. Dawn has one adult son, Micah, who lives in Oklahoma City.
John Francois Arenas was born in Bogota, Colombia where her studied Veterinary Medicine and is a licensed veterinarian in Colombia. Francois has lived in several countries including Colombia, Spain, Germany, and now the United States. Francois has been employed at the Northside Animal Clinic for 12 years and has too many official positions to have a title. Francois is our head technician/employee manager/employee trainer/translator. He has recently completed extensive ultrasound training and is now our ultrasound technician. He is really the “All around cowboy” of the practice and is more than willing to do anything asked of him. One of Francois’s biggest goals is to become licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the United States. When not working, Francois is not studying or working he can be found playing with his dog “Dude”, a great dane/lab mix or “Tex”, a boston terrier mix.
Jasmine Massey is our sassy little spit-fire who has lived in the Cleburne area for 2 years. She began her career at the Northside Animal Clinic in the kennel and has since moved into a veterinary technician role. She is engaged to be married to her high school sweetheart and has 5 four-legged babies. Jasmine is one of “those moms” who readily admits to having a favorite child, named, “Vader”. Jasmine is dependable, punctual, and funny. When not working, Jasmine says she loves spending time with her family in the outdoors camping.
Nanette Nelson moved to Cleburne 13 years ago with her two children, her daughter and her son who are now 27 and 19 years old, both of whom she is very proud. Nanette came to the Northside Animal Clinic from the human medicine side and is an extremely passionate caring individual, whether with animals, the elderly, or the disabled. Nanette says her biggest asset is her persistence because it keeps her moving forward, never staying in the same position, and never moving back. This persistence is evident in her constant drive to master something new each and every day. Nanette’s favorite quote is “when between a rock and a hard place you either push through it, around it, or over it- but get that rock out of the way and move on.” Nanette lives her live exactly this way and will let nothing stop her from doing what is right, what is honest and what is necessary. Nanette lives with her fiancé, a dog “Red”, her cat “Vendi” and “Blue”, an exceptionally mean parakeet.
Brianna, a Cleburne native, says that persistence is one of her greatest qualities because she refuses to give up no matter how hard life gets. Evidence of this is the fact that even though she became a mother at the young age of 17, she never gave up and was able to finish high school. Briana has two beautiful kids, Renya, age 4 and Rey, age 3, as well as, two four-legged babies named “Kiara”, a bull terrier, who Brianna loves like her own child and “Prince”, a Chihuahua, who wants to be held all the time. Briana spends her free time with her family at the park or if the kids get their say at Chuck-E-Cheese.
Tiona Leach moved to Cleburne from North Carolina in December of 2017 and came to work at the Northside Animal Clinic. With her extended experience in a kennel environment and her organizational skills akin to Martha Stewart, Tiona has transformed that area of the practice. After several months, a position became available and she has now moved into a technician role where she is a whirlwind of activity. Tiona is persistent, focused and a very fast learner – all qualities that make her an asset to the practice. Tiona rescued a 1 year old Chihuahua named “Dallas” who she loves even more that she loves anyone else in the world! In the future, Tiona would love to be able to travel extensively.
Morgan Myers is the mother of two beautiful babies, “Kitara”, a husky/German shepherd mix and a spunky wire-haired terrier mix named “Baxter”. Morgan was born and raised in Joshua and is married to Justin, a Hillsboro ISD English teacher. Although she grew up riding horses and barrel racing she now prefers a slower paced life curled up with her “babies” and a good book. You would never know her preference for a slower pace if you watched her at work because she is a consummate multitasker who is always busy accomplishing as much as she can every day. Morgan’s wittiness, compassion for animals, and her ability to learn very quickly make her an exceptional employee who is able to transition easily between tasks. Morgan completely agrees with Dr. Jones when he says that “the quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life” and she is determined to conquer every single obstacle that life puts in front of her.
Tanner Tilton can be found working at the Northside Animal Clinic every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon. Tanner’s jobs at the clinic vary widely and frequently include planning his next bull riding event (where he will be the rodeo clown), social outing, or inviting his clinic friends to the next Living Christmas Tree at Field Street Baptist Church. When not working on his social calendar, Tanner can frequently be found playing with the dogs in the kennel, outside in the barn working, or maybe even helping the staff restock supplies. Frequently you will hear Tanner long before you see him as he has an unbelievable talent for music and often makes instruments out of anything he can find- anything can become a drumstick and drum at a moments notice. Tanner moved to Johnson County in 2010 with his parents and two brothers. Tanner is the embodiment of his favorite quote “Livin’ the dream” with his sunny disposition, his smile, and frequent hugs. He seldom has a bad day and is a ray of sunshine when he walks into the office in the afternoons. Tanner grew up showing steers and says one of his proudest moments is making the sale at the Fort Worth Stock Show with his American Steer, “George Strait”. Tanner has an amazing affinity for animals and they, in turn, love him right back. He has three dogs – “Maggie” , a little dachshund who sleeps with Tanner, and “Killer”, and “Fonzi”, his outside dogs that found him one day. Tanner says his best compliment was having his name on the clinic marque as employee of the month.
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Gus Jones – Security
Gus Jones was born on September 11, 2010 in Joshua, Texas as part of Jeff and Paula Hall’s Dachshund Hall family. When Gus was 5 weeks old he got to go live with the Jones’ family and once he “grew up” became Head of Security for the Northside Animal Clinic. He is very friendly and loves to meet and greet anyone who comes into the clinic. Gus spends his days at the clinic performing a variety of tasks including barking, sleeping, trying to avoid “Junebug”, and meeting new friends (not necessarily in that order). In the evenings, Gus goes home with Dr. Jones or Stephanie and continues his security duties. Gus loves to spend time in the back yard making sure that no squirrels get in the trees. Gus has two human siblings, Lauren and Lindsey, who he loves dearly, and a canine sibling named “Junebug”, who he really doesn’t care about. If anyone ever wants to see Gus, he can usually be found at the clinic. Gus is currently working on writing his blog, which will be a compilation of his day-to-day life with a little information mixed in for his fellow pets.
“Junebug” was born on February 14, 2016 and was raised by a friend of Dr. Jones in Oklahoma. When she was 8 weeks old she got to come live in Texas with Dr. Jones, Stephanie, Lauren, Lindsey and that yappy little dog named “Gus”. Junebug is exceptionally well behaved and goes almost everywhere with her dad. They spend most of their days at the clinic and in the evening they usually take care of the showpigs, shoot sporting clays or hang out and watch TV. Junebug’s most favorite human, except her dad is her Aunt Dawn and she can frequently be seen following on Dawn’s heels helping clients and working.