Kaye Wigginton, D.V.M.
Dr. Kaye Wigginton is originally from Virginia. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. Dr. Wigginton settled in Texas after graduating from Ross School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992.
Opening her own hospital for the care of small companion animals was her overall goal, and building Parkside Animal Hospital in 2000 was the realization of that long time dream. Her centering principal is ‘what is best for the patient’.
Dr. Wigginton enjoys travel with her husband John and their two children.
Their busy household includes St. Kitt’s Island dogs “Ting” and “Carib” and 2 tabbies “Chloe” and “Jet”.
Rita Ruple, D.V.M.
Dr. Ruple grew up in Beaumont, TX, but has lived in Yambu, Saudi Arabia as a child and has traveled extensively including Jordan, Egypt, Hong Kong and various European countries.
Dr. Ruple graduated from Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science. After graduation from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University in 2006, she began her career with Parkside Animal Hospital. Dr. Ruple serves as the Medical Director for Little Orphan Angels Cat Rescue. While her main practice is small animals, she has in the past worked with exotic hoofstock (such as deer).
She enjoys fishing and computer games, horseback riding and photography! Dr. Ruple lives in Keller with her husband Clinton and twins Noah and Eli. They share their home with 2 cats, “Ivan” and “Mango” and a miniature dachshund, “Duncan”.
Linzee Prill, D.V.M.
Dr. Linzee Prill graduated from Decatur High School and attended Tarleton State University during under-graduate studies before graduating from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006.
Experience in mixed animal practice as well as emergency and critical care, Dr. Prill has special interests in internal medicine and geriatric medicine.
Dr. Prill shares her home with her husband, Travis; heeler or heeler-mix dogs: Blue, Ears and Shorty, Millie a cocker spaniel and two horses. She enjoys agility training her dogs, riding horses, working out and remodeling houses.
Lisa Walsh, D.V.M.
Dr. Lisa Walsh originates from Dodge City, Kansas. She played basketball for 2 years at Dodge City Community College before attending Kansas State University, where she graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. After graduation, Dr. Walsh practiced in Illinois and Virginia before moving to Texas in 2009.
She enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine, but has a particular interest in educating pet owners about preventative medicine so their pets can live longer and healthier lives.
Dr. Walsh lives in Keller with her husband, 2 daughters, a pack of chihuahuas, and a budgie named Doggy. She enjoys gardening, being active and Starbucks!
Jared Nichols, D.V.M.
Dr. Nichols went into college thinking he was going to be a chemical engineer; however after taking a job at a veterinary hospital, he discovered his true calling. He will say it sounds cheesy and he can’t explain it but it’s true. Once he saw the world of veterinary medicine he knew he had to be a part of it. “It just felt right.” While he’d always loved animals, he also found a compassion for people and intrigue for medicine. “Working with living creatures was so much more challenging and felt so much more fulfilling than studying flow rates through pipes and chemical reactions.” With that he changed his major and set his sights on veterinary school. He continued to work at the veterinary hospital for 5 years while completing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Nichols then attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine graduating in 2016.
After graduation, Dr. Nichols spent 2 years in Oklahoma at mixed animal and exotic pet medicine practices performing general and emergency medicine and surgeries. Growing up with cows, sheep, pigs and chickens contributed to his overall experience as well. Joining our team in 2018, we like to say Dr. Nichols got here as fast as he could.
With a special interest in surgery, internal medicine, and family veterinary practice, Dr. Nichols’ goal is to know all his clients and their pets individually. “I want to be there for clients through all stages of their pet’s lives; to stick with them through routine stuff and the hard stuff.” This exemplifies our practice philosophy completely.
Dr. Nichols shares his home with Gentry, his energetic German Shepherd, and Chico, his lazy Chihuahua. He enjoys spending his spare time with his friends and family, at the lake or beach, at beer or wine tastings, working out, or going to the movie theater.
Misty Mendes, D.V.M.
At very young age Dr. Mendes knew that she wanted to care for animals. From spending summers on her grandparent’s farm, bringing home strays, to pretending to diagnose and treat her actual pets and stuffed animals, she knew helping animals was her destiny. As soon as she was old enough she worked in a kennel at her local vet clinic. She became a technician and loved it so much she continued working there over every school vacation and summer break. Dr. Mendes is a 2004 Graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.
Not everyone understands how you feel about animals; that special bond between you and your best friend. Dr. Mendes does. Her goal is to make sure your pet receives the best possible compassionate care so they can live a happy, long life with you and your family. “Every day I get to see the joy in the faces of families when I tell them their pet is healthy or when we can work together to fix their ailments. I love what I do and I am so grateful to be a part of this wonderful profession surrounded by animals and people that love them.”
Dr. Mendes was born in Saginaw, Texas and after graduation she knew she wanted to come back to serve this community. She is married to her husband Dave who is the “computer guy” and while he takes care of the mechanical side, she is in charge of caring for the furry side. She has a dog, Henry, a goofy, loveable German Shorthaired Pointer adopted from Texas Sporting Breed Rescue. In her free time she enjoys gardening, growing both vegetables and flowers, scuba diving and relaxing on her porch while watching the hummingbirds come to the feeder. Dr. Mendes loves being part of the Bonds Ranch AMC team and is eager to help you and your pets.
Ludy Callahan, LVT – Practice Manager
Ludy holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California Davis in Animal Science and has been in the veterinary field since 1988. After working almost every position, she became a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) in 1993. Later in 1999, she focused on practice management joining the Parkside team in 2008. She loves teaching technical skills and working with our clients and patients in addition to her management duties.
Often seen with a French Bulldog in tow, Ludy, also has a Bull Mastiff, a mutt, a Pitty, and 2 cats. She lives on a small farm with her husband, 2 sons, a small herd of American Bison, 9 horses and of course chickens.
Client Service Representatives:
From arranging the schedule, coordinating communication between the Doctors and other support staff and making sure that your questions and concerns are addressed, the Parkside Client Service Representatives make sure your experience in our hospital is a great one and strive to greet every client and pet with a smile. We want you to feel welcomed in our Hospital.
Becky – Lead Client Service Representative
Chris – Client Service Representative
Nancy – Administrative Assistant
While Nancy is occasionally seen in the reception area, she is Parkside’s able Administrative Assistant.
Our technicians are highly skilled and trained to assist our doctors in every aspect of your pet’s care. They are nurses, surgical technicians, dental hygienists, radiology technicians, nutritional counselors, laboratory techs, pharmacy techs, educators, pet holders and pet snugglers all rolled into our super vet techs. You and your pet will in the best hands.