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Meet Our Team

Veterinarians

Nancy Christensen

Dr. Nancy Christensen
Medical Director

Dr. Nancy Christensen, a native Houstonian and graduate of Lamar High School, completed her undergraduate degree at Tulane University. Ties to Houston brought her back to the city where she pursued her dream of becoming a veterinarian.  Dr. Christensen completed her DVM from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Dr. Christensen has a long history with the Cat Veterinary Clinic. As a child, she and her mother would bring their family cats to see Dr. Pennings, the original owner of the clinic. Later on, she worked as a full-time vet technician for Dr. Runté at the clinic and got to know many of the patients who would eventually become her patients as a veterinarian. Dr. Christensen loves the relationship she builds with her patients and their owners.

Dr. Christensen is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and Harris County Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Christensen and her husband have a daughter, two sons, and a houseful of animals. The family enjoys outdoor adventures and often walk or bike together. Dr. C loves to throw baseballs with her sons and going on runs with her daughter. In her rare moments of quiet time, she enjoys early morning devotion time with a warm cup of coffee.

Matthew Filip

Dr. Matthew Filip
Associate Veterinarian

After seven years of school in College Station, Dr. Matthew Filip returned to his hometown in 2003 with a doctorate degree from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. His decision to focus specifically on cats was largely influenced by his admiration for feline vets involved in his training. Ever since he has never regretted the decision to work in a small clinic far away from the howling of beagles and teeth of chihuahuas.

With his focus narrowed to one species, he has been able to explore an interest in what he considers the most common problems affecting cats, especially dentistry and dietary management. He hopes that before he retires, he will see a decline in the incidence of the leading illness affecting older cats - chronic progressive kidney dysfunction - and believes that proper preventative care and dentistry will accomplish that goal.

Dr. Filip resides in nearby Timbergrove with his wife Amanda, his daughter Anna, his sons William and James, their dog and two cats.  He enjoys cooking vegetarian meals, reading on his Kindle, and playing strategy-based board and card games.

Meghan Tibbs

Dr. Meghan Tibbs
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Meghan Tibbs was born and raised in central Illinois.  After completing her bachelor's degree at Eastern Illinois University, she headed to the sunshine state where she received her veterinary degree from the University of Florida.  She has furthered her training by becoming certified in small animal acupuncture through the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Tibbs is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association.  Her favorite aspect of feline patient care is finding a good balance between the family and their pet by discovering ways to keep medication to a minimum, while still providing a good quality of life. She feels it's important to manage chronic diseases with as little stress as possible.

When Dr. Tibbs is not at the Cat Veterinary Clinic caring for her patients, she is spending her time with her own cats: Peanut, Jelly and Mojo.  She also enjoys yoga, the beach, antiquing, traveling, and going to see live music.

Erin Wilkens

Dr. Erin Wilkens
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Erin Wilkens was born and raised in Marshall, a small town in Northeast Texas.  She went to undergraduate school at the University of Texas at Tyler where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Biology.  After graduation, she was employed by 2 different wineries before pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.  She longed for a more challenging and satisfying career and had always kept the thought of becoming a veterinarian in the back of her mind. Upon starting vet school at Texas A&M, she discovered a love for working with cats. Growing up she had always enjoyed having cats as pets, but now she saw them on a whole new level.  She noticed, when compared to dogs, cats were often misunderstood and the treatment options were more limited.  She decided she wanted to become more knowledgeable about cats so she could share that knowledge with other cat owners.

Dr. Wilkens is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association, and Texas Veterinary Medical Association.  She enjoys educating clients on common diseases and internal medicine cases.

Outside of the Cat Clinic, Dr. Wilkens loves to garden, refinish old furniture, and visit Texas wineries.  Dr. Wilkens and her husband Kevin have 4 wonderful fur babies at home - a dog named Sherlock, and 3 cats Po, Heidi, and Choco - as well as two beautiful children. 

Amber Nava

Dr. Amber Nava
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Amber Nava was born and raised in El Paso, TX and received her B.S. in biomedical science and entomology from Texas A&M University. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018, she worked in a feline-only specialty hospital in San Antonio, TX for over two years before moving back to Bryan/College Station, TX to work with a small animal and exotics/pocket pets clinic. She moved to Houston, TX and was a surgery instructor for the Veterinary Tech Institute of Houston before happily finding herself back to her passion for working with cats at the Cat Vet Clinic in 2022. Dr. Nava enjoys creating a feline friendly environment for every type of cat and is a certified Cat Friendly Veterinarian through the American Association of Feline Practitioners. 

Dr. Nava is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, Harris County Veterinary Medical Association and Texas Veterinary Medical Association. 

Dr. Nava enjoys reading, puzzling, dance classes, and hanging out with her two cats, Kini and Bumper.

Hospital Manager

Melissa, CVPM
CVPM

Melissa joined Cat Veterinary Clinic in April of 2023 as the new Hospital Manager. She has been in the Veterinary Industry for 23 years. Melissa is currently working on completing her MBA through the University of Houston's Bauer School of Business. She is credentialed as a Veterinary Practice Manager and enjoys leading her new Hospital Team! Melissa is also a proud US Army Veteran. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, team roping, and being outdoors. 

Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Christie, LVT

Christie, LVT
LVT/Lead Veterinary Technician

Christie graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Houston and has been part of the CVC family since 2013. Her previous work at an emergency veterinary hospital makes her experience a great asset for our busy clinic. When not working, Christie spends time hanging out with her two cats and dog: Bobby, Dexter and Murray. She also enjoys trying out new, healthy recipes, and attending live music shows with her boyfriend.

Christina, LVT

Christina, LVT
LVT/Lead Diagnostic Technician

Christina graduated from Vet Tech Insitute in 2018 after completing her externship here at CVC. It was from there that she knew her passion was for feline-focused care and she has been part of the CVC family ever since! Christina shares her home with 7 cats and in her free time enjoys improving her art skills, trying new foods, and learning new things.

Taylor, LVT

Taylor, LVT
LVT/Lead Veterinary Technician

Taylor joined our team in 2020 and has been dedicated to the care and comfort of our patients. 

Taylor shares her life with her daughter as well as her dog and three cats. In her free time, Taylor enjoys caring for her houseplants, improving her crochet skills, and treasure hunting at thrift stores.

Mariel, LVT

Mariel, LVT
LVT/Lead Surgery Technician

Mariel has been dedicated to her career as a Veterinary Technician for the past five years. She brings years of experience and passion to the Cat Veterinary Clinic and has been providing our feline friends with top-notch care since she joined the CVC team in 2022! Beyond her professional role, Mariel is involved in rescue work including rescuing and fostering neglected animals, which is how she ended up with 7 cats and 1 ferret! During her free time, she enjoys reading horror books, watching movies/tv shows, and traveling.

Veterinary Technicians

Michelle
Veterinary Technician

Bio Coming Soon!

Sonya

Sonya
Veterinary Technician

Sonya is originally from Wisconsin, but took a leap and joined our clinic in 2022! Sonya has always had a great love for animals. After obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Sonya continued to gain experience caring for animals of all kinds. Sonya is Fear Free Certified and provides our patients with constant TLC! In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her three cats, Katsu, Booger, and Rubert. She also enjoys trying to figure out how to garden in South Texas, and spending as much time as possible on the beaches in Maui!

JoAnn
Veterinary Technician

Joann was born and raised in Texas. She currently lives in Rosenberg with her four dogs and Calico cat. Joann is currently attending The Vet Tech Institute to obtain her degree as a Veterinary Technician and earn her license. Joann joined our team in 2023 as the next step in her Veterinary Technician career, and we are so glad she did!

Veterinary Assistants

Carmen

Carmen
Veterinary Assistant

Carmen joined our team in August of 2022 and is a true asset in assisting our Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians with the medical needs of our patients. Carmen has two cats at home, Toulouse and O'Malley, as well as her pup Winry Rockbell. In her free time, Carmen enjoys video games, The Ninja Turtles, and reading Manga.

Client Service Representatives

Ellis
Client Service Representative

Bio Coming Soon!

Esmeralda
Client Service Representative

Bio Coming Soon!

Gabrielle

Gabrielle
Lead Client Service Representative

Gabrielle has been a veterinary receptionist for several years and joined our team in early 2020. Gabrielle's favorite color is hunter green and she enjoys classical mythology and breakfast foods (but not for breakfast). 

Additional Team

Abigail

Abigail
Housekeeping

Abigail joined our team in early 2020 and has been an integral part of keeping our facilities in top shape! She shares her home with her 3 cats, Peanut, Precious and Oreo, and loves cooking delicious foods and spending time with family.