About

Our teams at both 121 Animal Hospital and Alma Animal Hospital want your pets to feel at home. Our friendly staff members are here to meet your pet’s needs.

Meet our 121 Animal Hospital Team

Ali Afkhami-Rohani, DVM

Ali Afkhami-Rohani, DVM

Practice owner and Medical Director

Dr. Ali is the practice owner of Alma Animal Hospital in Allen and 121 Animal Hospital in Frisco. Before moving to Dallas in 2002, he practiced for several years in the beautiful Windsor, Canada. He then started practicing at a very busy animal clinic in Garland for a couple of years, along with performing Veterinary relief work throughout the Dallas metroplex. In 2004, with the help of his brothers, Dr. Ali built and opened Alma Animal Hospital. Alma Animal Hospital is where Dr. Ali got to know many of his current clients and staff that would soon become both friends and family. Many years later, Dr. Ali and his brothers decided to grow and build another location. In 2011, 121 Animal Hospital was built so that he and his staff could offer their services in a broadened area. He is proud that both facilities employee friendly and caring staff that tirelessly practice high end care.

Dr. Ali is an accomplished veterinarian who can effectively treat and manage challenging cases. He is a skilled surgeon that is competent in both complicated and routine surgical procedures. Possessing the ability to perform orthopedic as well as soft tissue surgeries, he is a progressive practitioner, striving to provide top-notch veterinary care and client service. With his academic background, Dr. Ali loves to continue education and spends around 80 to 100 hours per year for CE, transferring newly developed methods and technologies to clients and their pets. He holds several certifications such as Regenerative Stem-Cell therapy, abdominal ultrasound, and echocardiographic examination. His medical interests are internal medicine, surgery, cardiology, and dentistry; but his passion is to perform ultrasounds and echo exams which can very challenging in the veterinary field.

Through all of this, he still keeps his outgoing and friendly personality and enjoys interacting and socializing with clients while highly caring for their pets. Personal hobbies include learning and playing music, outdoor activities, swimming, and traveling with his family.

Melissa Suarez, DVM

Melissa Suarez, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Melissa O. Suarez received her DVM from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She had also previously obtained a Bachelor’s of Science with a focus in Animal Science from LSU Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1999. She is a native from LaPlace, Louisiana, a small community located just outside of New Orleans. After graduating in 2005, she practiced three years in North Las Vegas, NV and then moved closer to home with her growing family to Allen, TX in 2008. She has been practicing in Texas ever since and enjoys free time with her husband, three children and two dogs (Gumbo and Beignet).

Dr. Suarez has great compassion for all of her patients. She enjoys all aspects of canine and feline medicine and surgery with a particular interest in challenging internal medicine cases, pain management, geriatric medicine and preventative medicine. She is also skilled in soft tissue surgery using blade and CO2 laser procedures. In February 2016, Dr. Suarez completed an extensive ultrasound training course and we are proud to offer this important diagnostic tool to our patients. She is an active and proud member of several national and local veterinary associations. Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys reading, cooking, being a mother to three beautiful children and spending time with her dogs.

Brittany Hickok, DVM

Brittany Hickok, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

After spending much of her childhood in McKinney, Dr. Brittany Hickok is returning to the DFW area.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science at Chapman University in Southern California.  After working as an overnight veterinary technician at an animal emergency hospital, she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M.  Her medical interests include internal medicine, cardiology, and diagnostic imaging.  Dr. Hickok is very happy to be joining the team at Alma Animal Hospital, where exceptional quality care is the standard for all of their patients.  
 
Dr. Hickok lives with her fiancé David, also a veterinarian who practices in the Dallas area.  They share their new home with Bubbles and Clover (both Jack Russell mixes), Klaus (a Yorkie mix), Samson (a Pitbull Terrier) and their two cats (Trig and Medley).  While not working, her interests include yoga, hiking, watching her tv shows, and of course spending time with her family and animals at home.

Carma Johnson

Carma Johnson

Office Management Team

Hi! My name is Carma, and I’ve worked with Dr. Ali since 2004. I started working in the kennel at Alma Animal Hospital just a few months after it opened, and gradually started learning more of the technician and reception areas as well. I currently help out at both facilities in all areas along with assisting any new employees as they get acquainted with everything. I enjoy working closely with our patients, as well as getting to know their stories and meeting their families. I’ve always had a soft spot for animals, which is why when we were younger, my sister and I would bring home any type of creature we thought was in need of assistance. I believe that pets have the ability to bring love into anyone’s heart, and it is up to us to ensure their well-being, just as they do for us. I understand that each one brought into the clinic is playing a very important role in someone’s life. My goal is to help create an environment at our hospitals that make all pets, clients and staff feel welcome. After all, we are all in this together.

Meet our Alma Animal Hospital Team

Ali Afkhami-Rohani, DVM

Ali Afkhami-Rohani, DVM

Practice owner and Medical Director

Dr. Ali is the practice owner of Alma Animal Hospital in Allen and 121 Animal Hospital in Frisco. Before moving to Dallas in 2002, he practiced for several years in the beautiful Windsor, Canada. He then started practicing at a very busy animal clinic in Garland for a couple of years, along with performing Veterinary relief work throughout the Dallas metroplex. In 2004, with the help of his brothers, Dr. Ali built and opened Alma Animal Hospital. Alma Animal Hospital is where Dr. Ali got to know many of his current clients and staff that would soon become both friends and family. Many years later, Dr. Ali and his brothers decided to grow and build another location. In 2011, 121 Animal Hospital was built so that he and his staff could offer their services in a broadened area. He is proud that both facilities employee friendly and caring staff that tirelessly practice high end care.

Dr. Ali is an accomplished veterinarian who can effectively treat and manage challenging cases. He is a skilled surgeon that is competent in both complicated and routine surgical procedures. Possessing the ability to perform orthopedic as well as soft tissue surgeries, he is a progressive practitioner, striving to provide top-notch veterinary care and client service. With his academic background, Dr. Ali loves to continue education and spends around 80 to 100 hours per year for CE, transferring newly developed methods and technologies to clients and their pets. He holds several certifications such as Regenerative Stem-Cell therapy, abdominal ultrasound, and echocardiographic examination. His medical interests are internal medicine, surgery, cardiology, and dentistry; but his passion is to perform ultrasounds and echo exams which can very challenging in the veterinary field.

Through all of this, he still keeps his outgoing and friendly personality and enjoys interacting and socializing with clients while highly caring for their pets. Personal hobbies include learning and playing music, outdoor activities, swimming, and traveling with his family.

Leah Atwood, DVM

Leah Atwood, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Leah Atwood graduated from Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences in 2008. Before joining the 121 Animal Hospital, she practiced at a high volume small animal clinic in Dallas, Texas for 7 years. She has a passion for preventive medicine and believes strongly in educating clients so that they may make the best medical decisions for their pet. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, clinical pathology, and internal medicine. Dr. Atwood lives with her husband Jason, son Ethan, her English bulldog Hemi, and 2 cats – Rusty and Dori. Her hobbies include spending time with her family and cooking.

Melissa Suarez, DVM

Melissa Suarez, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Melissa O. Suarez received her DVM from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She had also previously obtained a Bachelor’s of Science with a focus in Animal Science from LSU Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1999. She is a native from LaPlace, Louisiana, a small community located just outside of New Orleans. After graduating in 2005, she practiced three years in North Las Vegas, NV and then moved closer to home with her growing family to Allen, TX in 2008. She has been practicing in Texas ever since and enjoys free time with her husband, three children and two dogs (Gumbo and Beignet).

Dr. Suarez has great compassion for all of her patients. She enjoys all aspects of canine and feline medicine and surgery with a particular interest in challenging internal medicine cases, pain management, geriatric medicine and preventative medicine. She is also skilled in soft tissue surgery using blade and CO2 laser procedures. In February 2016, Dr. Suarez completed an extensive ultrasound training course and we are proud to offer this important diagnostic tool to our patients. She is an active and proud member of several national and local veterinary associations. Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys reading, cooking, being a mother to three beautiful children and spending time with her dogs.

Jacob Worthington, DVM

Jacob Worthington, DVM

Senior Associate Veterinarian & Medical Director Consultant

Dr. Jacob Worthington graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, and is a member of both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Dental Society. His professional interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, preventative medicine, and dentistry. He has a passion for helping pets live healthy, longer and pain free, especially through good dental care. Your pet’s health is his #1 priority and he believes that the better informed you are on what is happening with your pet, the better care decisions you are able to make for them.

Dr. Worthington lives in Allen, Texas with his wife Stacey, 3 children, Josh, Sam and Becky, and 2 Chihuahuas, Brady and GiGi. He is active in his church at Chase Oaks. Hobbies include playing with his kids, reading, camping, hiking, and computers.

Chris Drury

Chris Drury

Senior Veterinary Technician, Inventory & Equipment Regulator

My name is Chris and I was born and raised in Plano, Texas where I currently reside with my son and daughter. I have been with the Alma & 121 Animal Hospitals since February 2010. I have worked in the veterinary industry since middle school and have always had a great amount of satisfaction from caring for animals. I have several pets of my own, including a bloodhound mix, a terrier mix, two Chihuahuas and two cats. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing video games and watching movies.

Traci Smith

Traci Smith

Veterinary Technician

Hi my name is Traci Smith I was born and raised in the Houston area. I graded from the Vet Tech Institute of Houston in 2015. I have 3 pets a horse named Venti, a Guinea pig named Chandler and my new rescue puppy Leia. In my spare time I ride my horse and spend time with my mom. 

Kevin Gray

Kevin Gray

Lead Technician Assistant & Lead Patient Care Assistant

Kevin started working at Alma Animal Hospital and 121 Animal Hospital in the fall of 2014. He currently resides in McKinney with his 2 chickens, “Walker” and “Texas Ranger”! For a long time, Kevin has shown compassion for animals. At work, it is evident in his ability to earn their trust, while getting to know them and making them feel safe when they are away from home. Kevin also has a love form music, and in his off time, enjoys sculpting, spending time in the outdoors and camping.

Johnpaul Guerra

Johnpaul Guerra

Lead Boarding Care Attendant & Veterinary Technician Assistant

Hi! My name’s JP and I was born & (mostly) raised in Texas. I’ve loved caring for & interacting with animals my whole life, especially cats! When I’m not taking care of animals, I enjoy videogames, cooking, and playing the drums. I currently have one little fur baby, a cat named Eden, but I would love to see at least one more in my care. Though I’ve only been a part of this great team for little over a year, I can see a few more great ones ahead of me!

Christine Hipp

Christine Hipp

Client Care Representative

Hi, I’m Christine. I recently moved here from California with my husband, 2 horses, 4 dogs, 2 cats and a blue and gold macaw. We are enjoying our new Texas home.  I have worked in the veterinary field for four years in reception.

Samantha Paynton

Samantha Paynton

Client Care Representative

Hi, my name is Samantha and I have been working with Dr Ali since September 2015. I have loved all animals since as long as I can remember, and I am very happy to be at a place where I can work with that passion. I have two German Shepherd Dogs, Ace and Thor, who both love going on adventures with me. I am currently enrolled at UTD and will graduate in 2019 with a BS in Chemistry. 

Bethany Serrano

Bethany Serrano

Office Management Team

My name is Bethany Serrano and I have worked with Dr. Ali since November 2006. I am married to someone who understands and shares my love for animals and we have a son. I have always loved animals so being a technician made sense. Growing up I was blessed with parents who also loved them so there was never a shortage of pets in our house. We had everything from dogs, birds to even a goat. As an adult I continue to surround myself with animals. We currently have a Pit bull named Veda Bear, a mixed breed named Dirk Sandwich and a Yorkie mix named Tater Tot.

Carma Johnson

Carma Johnson

Office Management Team

Hi! My name is Carma, and I’ve worked with Dr. Ali since 2004. I started working in the kennel at Alma Animal Hospital just a few months after it opened, and gradually started learning more of the technician and reception areas as well. I currently help out at both facilities in all areas along with assisting any new employees as they get acquainted with everything. I enjoy working closely with our patients, as well as getting to know their stories and meeting their families. I’ve always had a soft spot for animals, which is why when we were younger, my sister and I would bring home any type of creature we thought was in need of assistance. I believe that pets have the ability to bring love into anyone’s heart, and it is up to us to ensure their well-being, just as they do for us. I understand that each one brought into the clinic is playing a very important role in someone’s life. My goal is to help create an environment at our hospitals that make all pets, clients and staff feel welcome. After all, we are all in this together.

Cindy Richards

Cindy Richards

Client Care Representative & Operations Support

Hello, my name is Cindy and I joined Alma Animal Hospital team in January of 2007. I was fortunate to have realized that my passion lies with caring for animals in need. My family consists of my husband, two wonderful children and our two rescued dogs named Clyde and Kota. In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching movies, traveling and spending time with my family.

Courtney Axton

Courtney Axton

Senior Receptionist & Client Accounting Operator

My name is Courtney Axton, and I am a receptionist at the Alma Animal Hospital location in Allen. I have worked with Dr. Ali since November of 2007. I have 12+ years experience in the veterinarian field, beginning as a technician then moving into reception and customer service. I have always had a love for animals and was lucky to have parents that felt the same way. Growing up we had horses, pigs, goats, dogs, and cats. Currently I have an 11 year old maltese named Vinnie, an 18 month old minature schnauzer named Reeci Rae, a 16 year old manx named Dr. Spock, and a 7 year old DSH named Ritzy Kitzy. In my spare time I enjoy reading and listening to rock n roll music.

Marcelo Arrechea

Marcelo Arrechea

Senior Pet Stylist

Animals are more than companions; they are part of our family and can only show their love by actions and the occasional argumentative bark. Taking care of family is always forefront in our days and priorities; you always want your animals to be as healthy as possible and to look as best as possible, for their happiness and your peace of mind.

My name is Marcelo and I have been working at Alma Animal Hospital for 8 years and have been a Groomer since 2005, with experience in grooming both dogs and cats.

My family, my pets and I moved from Argentina to the United States in 2004 and have been living in Allen, TX since then. My wife and I foster and work with the rescue group Society for Companion Animals; since most of our extended family are rescues we like to help as much as we can to find home to those who need them. Currently our house has more animals than humans, with three cats- Homeless, Bagira and Carolina- and five dogs –Kiara, Chocolate, Zorro, Angel and Hope- plus our human kids we have a full house! Please feel free to contact our location in Allen if you would like to schedule either a consultation or an appointment, I am always there in case you would like to meet and discuss anything related to your animals.