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Town East Galloway Animal Clinic

Town East Galloway Animal Clinic is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Mesquite, TX. The professional and courteous staff at Town East Galloway Animal Clinic seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients.

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Town East Galloway Animal Clinic strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Mesquite and surrounding areas.

Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find our more information about how Town East Galloway Animal Clinic can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

2860 North Galloway Ave.
Mesquite,TX 75150
Phone: 972-613-9871
Fax: 972-613-4969
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Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM- Noon
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Joseph & Michelle Quinn, DVM

Dr. Joe established TEGAC in 1991 with Dr. Chelly joining in the practice soon after. They have enjoyed growing the practice and serving the area in various capacities with Dr. Joe being a Sunnyvale school board member and volunteer middle school football coach. Dr. Chelly is on the Board of Directors of Search One Rescue Team, is a founder of Sunnyvale Raider Pride Booster Club and served on the Mesquite Animal Shelter committee. She also became certified as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in 2015 and added certification in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture in 2018. Both give their time to the service dogs of Canine Companions for Independence by performing physicals and PennHIP X-rays to ensure their soundness prior to being placed. The Quinn’s have three grown children - Clay (married to Caley Work), Jill (now married to Tanner Tutle), and Josh - all with careers or studying to serve in human health fields. Their four-legged family includes Cooper, a golden retriever- Dr. Chelly's running buddy. They enjoy travel, hiking, skiing and pretty much anything outdoors.
Education: Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Education: Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine


Leah Lobnitz, DVM

Dr. Leah Marie Lobnitz grew up in Sunnyvale, Texas. She is a graduate of Sunnyvale Junior High and North Mesquite High School. She earned a Biology degree from Morehead State University in Kentucky, which she attended on a tennis scholarship. She continued on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University in 2015. Dr. Leah loves reading, anything pertaining to the great outdoors, and spending time with her family. She has three dogs, Ady Gil (pictured), Gem, & Tily and a one-eyed cat, Pirate. She has been a member of the TEGAC family since 2009. She looks forward to meeting you and caring for your furry loved ones.

Education: Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine


Christina Gietema, DVM

Dr. Christina Gietema grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she also played volleyball for the Lady Mocs. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2017. Shortly after graduating veterinary school, she got married and then moved to Texas. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants and traveling with her husband, Thomas. She also enjoys relaxing at home with her two fur babies who both turned 15 this year! Penny is a red/white mixed breed dog, and Snowy is a white short-haired cat. Dr. Christina is excited to join the TEGAC family and looks forward to meeting you and getting to know your furry friends.

Education: University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine


Stephanie Smothers, DVM

Dr. Stephanie Smothers grew up in Grapevine, TX. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2012 with a double-major in Entomology and Biomedical Sciences. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She is married to Tyler who is an 8th grade history teacher in Mesquite at ACNEW. She and her husband share her home with a yorkiepoo named Daisy, a tortoiseshell named Marble, a three-legged tabby named Oliver, a Russian tortoise named Tortellini, and a blue-eyed Husky named Lily. Her special interests include: preventative medicine and soft tissue surgery. Dr.Stephanie is looking forward to meeting your fur babies and giving them great medical care!

Education: Texas A&M University in 2012, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 from Kansas State 2016


Lauren Merrell

Lauren Merrell serves as the Practice Manager for Town East Galloway Animal Clinic and Creek Crossing Animal Clinic. She has a Doberman, Cody, and a Dachshund, Ethyl, that join her at work most days. Lauren has always been passionate about veterinary medicine and customer service which makes this her dream job! If you ever have any concerns, please reach out to Lauren.

Education: M.Ed. Southwestern Oklahoma State University


Mindy Hambleton

Mindy Hambleton became a full-time groomer for TEGAC in 1991 after completing VTI Grooming School the year prior. Mindy loves making the dogs look and feel great. Mindy does a great job reading the dogs and making sure they are not anxious while getting groomed. At home she has three dogs; Rex, Chloe, Prince as well as a cat, Kitty.

Education: VTI Grooming School


Jo Carlin

Jo is the office manager for TEGAC and has been a part of the team since 1991, resulting in 30 years in the veterinary industry. She loves both the animals and people and has an amazing memory when it comes to remembering clients and their pets. She attended and graduated from Cooke County College. She has lots of fur babies at home including Carly and JC as well as her cats, Lucy, Ty, Alister, Gonzo, and Heathcliff. Her grandaughter, Violet, also recently started living with her full-time which keeps her young.


Janna McConn

Janna McConn joined the TEGAC team in March of 1997 as a kennel technician but chose to become a receptionist pretty quickly. She appreciates that there is never a dull moment in the veterinary industry, every day is different and there is never a dull moment. Janna received a Bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. She currently shares her home with a stray dog, Hazey.  

Education: University of Kansas


Carrie Clark

Carrie is a licensed veterinary technician. She graduated from Cedar Valley College in 1997 with an Associates of Veterinary Technology. She has known the Quinn's since 1995. She is married, has a two legged son, Carson and has fur babies at home. One is a lab mix named Casey and the other is a boxed named Linux. She currently works primarily as a receptionist but also helps out as a technician too. "I love working with animals and getting to know all of our wonderful clients!"  

Education: Licensed Veterinary Technician Cedar Valley Community College


Michelle Cardenas

Michelle started working at TEGAC in 2010. Her favorite part about being a receptionist at TEGAC is meeting new people and seeing all of the pets. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1992. She has one dog, Baby Boy, who lives up to his name.

staff member veronicaVeronica Robles

Veronica joined the TEGAC family in October of 2016. She is currently attending Cedar Valley to become a registered veterinary technician so she can work hands on with animals everyday. She is married and has a daughter, Harue. She also has four fur babies, Bruno, Mia, Pilaf and Shu-Shu. She is passionate about serving animals and loves meeting them each day at work. Her hobbies include drawing and cuddling with her fur babies.


Melody Dyson

Mel began working at TEGAC as a veterinary technician in 2009. She really enjoys working with the animals and helping educate people to ensure they can take the best possible care of their pets. Mel received an Associates degree in business from Midwestern State University. One of Mel's greatest strengths is easing the anxiety of both the pet and the owner by providing strong patient care. At home she has two dogs: Cedar and Rosie.


Jessica Stewart

Jessica joined TEGAC in the fall of 2013. Before moving to the Dallas area, she worked as a technician in San Antonio. Jessica is often referred to as the cat whisperer because cats respond really well to her.  Jessica has a three dogs and two cats at home as well as a son, Daylyn and daughter, Saige.


Courtney Brown

Courtney joined TEGAC in 2014. She was born and raised in Dallas, Tx. She graduated from Texas State University in 2012 with an Bachelors of Animal Science degree but knew small animals are more her thing. Her favorite part about being a technician at TEGAC is ensuring all animals are treated as if they are her own and helping clients do what’s best for their pets. At home Courtney has 3 furbabies: Chocolate Chip (lab mix), Bentley (mini dachshund), and Lyzah (dachshund).

Years in Practice: 6


Katie Browning

Katie is a technician at Town East Galloway Animal Clinic and has been a part of of the family for the past 14 years. However, you will only find her at the clinic part of the week as she is also a stay at home mom to her two kiddos, Emry and Henry. Other that her two legged babies, Katie also cares for her two ducks, and her dogs including:  Phillie, Vinny, Hank, Buddy and Penny. Katie loves working with animals and feels that she is doing exactly what she has been called to do. Katie does a great job of listening to the owners and being sympathetic to the pets.

staffimgChelsey Bryant

Chelsey joined our team in March 2016. She has been working in this field for a year and a half before joining our practice. She is currently CVA certified but is working towards vet school to specialize in dermatology. She has a Blue Lacy named Lea and a Shar Pei mix named Sirius Black at home. Both pets have anxiety issues but since implementing Fear Free tactics, Chelsey has noticed a difference by making her pets and others feel safer about their visit to TEGAC.


Shivani Patel

Shivani Patel joined Town East Galloway Animal Clinic in August of 2016. Her goal is to become a licensed veterinary technician. She loves working with animals and has a Beagle/Terrier mix at home. Outside of work, she stays busy with her four year old daughter.

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Brooke Tafur

Brooke joined TEGAC the summer of 2016 as a kennel technician but recently moved into the role as a veterinary technician assistant. Brooke does a great job making sure all of the pets in her care feel at home and get lots of love. She is very detail oriented and keeps the kennels clean and smelling great. Her goal is to gain experience and become a licensed veterinary assistant. In her free time, she loves to go hiking with her boyfriend and lab Duke.


Cassie Franks

Cassie Franks was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She has a loving husband and two handsome little boys. She has had her dental assisting license for a little over four years but realized her passion is helping animals. She loves dogs and riding horses. She plans on attending school to become a veterinary technician.


Alison Garcia

Alison is a veterinary technician assistant and is the one who holds your best friend while they are here.  She loves helping make the animals feel better while they are here.   Alison is passionate about her job and also has two dogs at home.  It is her goal to treat each animal that she encounters as one of her own.


Aubrey McGaugh

Aubrey McGaugh was born and raised in Arlington, TX.  She is very passionate about animals and is working on becoming a certified veterinary technician and wants to work in wildlife rehabilitation.  When she isn't dragging her husband to different zoos around Texas she enjoys spending time with her large family and exploring the great outdoors.  Aubrey has two dogs, two rabbits and one cat at home. 



Rachel has been working at TEGAC for over a year now, her hope is to finish my degree as a veterinary technician. Rachel has always loved being around animals and helping in whatever way possible to make them feel better. 
In her spare time she loves being at home surrounded by her own 4 legged children and doing rescue work to help out the animals in need of homes. 


Kevin Harris

Kevin joined Town East Galloway Animal Clinic in August of 2015. Since joining TEGAC, he has brought with him his great sense of humor and contagious smile. He takes pride in making sure all of the animals are well cared for and get lots of attention. He is known as the birthday king because he believes everyone's birthday should be a huge celebration.


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