Meet Our Team
Dr. Nancy Christensen
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 three children, 2 dogs, and 2 cats – it's never a dull moment at their home. They love doing outdoor activities. When Dr. Christensen is away from the clinic you might find her with her family taking walks or riding bikes around Houston. The destination of these family outings is often one of the museums, the Hermann Park Railroad (the sons' favorite activity) or the Houston Zoo. Their daughter loves all creatures and is always asking for more animals - the latest request being that of a skunk! Let's hope Mom can escape that request.
Dr. Matthew Filip
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.
Dr. Meghan Tibbs
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: Mufasa, Sinclair and Peanut. She also enjoys yoga, the beach, antiquing, traveling, and going to see live music.
Dr. Erin Wilkens
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. These include a dog named Sherlock, and 3 cats - Po, Heidi, and Choco.
A native Houstonian, Rosie has been a member of the Cat Vet Clinic team since 2009. She spent five years living in Kansas City where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography and creative writing. As the Clinic Coordinator of CVC, Rosie is responsible for maintaining the constant evolution of the clinic, as well as organizing and encouraging the staff to grow; both as professionals and individuals. She spends her free time reading, gardening, and is a bon vivant for craft beers and robust coffees. Rosie has three dogs, three cats, and two bearded dragons at home, as well as a husband and teenage daughter.
Licensed Veterinary Technicians
Tami is originally from Round Rock, TX and graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Houston in 2009. Tami joined the CVC team in 2013, and shares her home with her two cats Maxwell and Mamba. In her spare time, Tami enjoys reading, snorkeling, and traveling as much as possible (especially on cruises). She has also participated in several 5K runs with fellow co-workers and looks forward to doing more!
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: Bobby and Dexter, and two dogs: Zoey and Murray. She also enjoys trying out new, healthy recipes, and attending live music shows with her boyfriend.
Heidi, LVT, ISFM AdvCertFB
Heidi has been a member of the Cat Vet Clinic team since 2014. She graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Houston and has recently completed an advanced feline behavior certification program through the International Society of Feline Medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, creative writing and drawing, and occasionally gaming with friends and family online. Heidi shares her home with her four cats: Dimitri, Max, Bones, and Honey.
Christina is from Bay City, TX and a recent graduate of the Vet Tech Institute of Houston. She completed her externship at the CVC and has been a member of the team since 2018. Christina is owned by her three cats: Pumpkin, Turbo, and Diana. When she has the time, Christina enjoys improving her art skills and developing new pieces with watercolors, pencils, and charcoal.
Kellie has been in the veterinary field since 2000 and completed a Veterinary Paramedic program through HCC in 2005. She joined the CVC team in 2008 and has been an integral part of the growth and development of the clinic. She spends her free time in performing arts and costume design as well as archery, rollerblading and cycling. Kellie shares her home with her three dogs: Merida, Izzy, and Norman, and her two cats Deadlie Nedlie and Joxer.
Alexia joined the CVC team in 2016 and is our resident bottle-baby expert with an extensive background in the Houston animal rescue field. When not at the clinic, Alexia shares her home with her 6 cats. In her remaining spare time, Alexia enjoys playing basketball and watching the Astros win!
Client Care Specialists
Ruth originates from Hustletown, TX and has been with CVC since 2014. She is a proud Sea Aggie of Texas A&M Galveston as a Marine Biology major. Ruth loves going to baseball games (or any Houston sporting events), baking sweet treats, and cooking authentic Mexican food. She is a mom to Romi, a border collie mix; and Oliver, a handsome grey tabby foster-fail.
Miranda joined the CVC team in 2018 and is excited to assist in your cat's healthcare. She is a Molecular Biology major and competitive powerlifter. When she is not manning the front desk, she can be found working on research projects for school, training for competitions in the gym, or at home with her dog Sadie, a Newfie/Lab mix, and her two cats Peach and Momo.