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Dr. Maria Cartagena — affectionately known by staff and clients alike as simply "Dr. Maria" — is a proud graduate of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with a focus on mixed animal practice, and served one term as president of the Student Chapter for Veterinary Dentistry. Although she enjoys all aspects of general veterinary care, Dr. Maria is especially interested in veterinary dentistry, veterinary care for birds and exotics, and veterinary reproductive medicine. Her professional interests extend beyond veterinary medicine to include entrepreneurship, client education, and community outreach.
Dr. Maria is fluent in both English and Spanish. Dr. Maria moved to Houston at a young age and is an unabashedly proud Texan, although she has lived in three different countries during her lifetime and visited many others. She, her husband, and her two daughters are proud to call Galveston home. In fact, her second daughter is a true Galveston "BOI."
Dr. Maria is also the proud owner of three rescue cats, two praying mantises, and a fiercely loyal, two-legged rescue Chihuahua.
Dr. Diane Lewis is a proud Galveston-area native, which she has called her home for 30+ years. Her medical career began at the age of 17 when she joined Galveston Island Beach Patrol and worked in the emergency medical field for almost 13 years. She has also worked as an EMT, horse trainer, ranch hand, pet store manager, veterinary technician, photographer, and even amateur boxer.
Dr. Lewis earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, and completed her clinical training at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to earning her doctorate, Dr. Lewis also earned an Associate of Science in Photography, a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Equine Science, and a Master of Science in Biology and Biotechnology. She previously taught freshmen-level Biology and Botany at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Her passion for animal care was sparked at the age of 15 when she served as a full-time summer volunteer at the Habitat for Horses. In the past she has enjoyed competitive horse riding and training, in which she was personally mentored by the amazing Dr. Joe Goti and the late Brian Sumerall. During her time in St. Kitts (West Indies), Dr. Lewis served as a field research assistant for multiple conservation projects, including coral disease research, sea turtle conservation, and spotted eagle ray conservation.
As a mixed animal doctor, Dr. Lewis enjoys treating all species. She is happy to provide veterinary care for all your furry, feathered, or scaly loved ones.