Your Houston Veterinarians

Wall of Fame

Meet Dr. Vining

Dr. Vining has recently retired! Congratulations Dr. Vining! A 1976 graduate of the Texas A & M School of Veterinary Medicine. He is a native Houstonian. He has practiced his entire career at Meyerland Animal Clinic. Early on, he fell in love with Labrador Retrievers and now has four – one male and three females. These are his 9th thru 12th Labradors. He also has two sweet cats live with the dogs.

In addition to veterinary medicine Dr. Vining has many other interests including art, antiques, and gemstones. When not playing with his dogs, he can usually be found riding country roads on his bicycle with his partner of 20 years.

Meet Dr. Karen Werner

Dr. Karen Werner has worked at Meyerland Animal Clinic for over 39 years and became half owner in 1982, with Dr. Vining. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1980 and immediately moved to Houston in order to practice here. She enjoys seeing both dogs and cats, and currently owns four cats and a Pug. Her interests include managing skin infections, feline behavioral problems, endocrine diseases and dentistry. Dr Werner is a strong advocate for good pain control for all pets who need assistance. She also especially enjoys seeing generations of the same families as they grow up and obtain their own new pets.

Meet The Doctors

Meet Dr. Zeph Moss

Dr. Moss has had the pleasure of practiving at Meyerland Animal Clinic for his entire career. Dr. Moss graduated from Texas A & M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. A native Houstonian, Dr. Moss decided to come back to the Houston area to practice after college.

Shortly after graduation, he met his wife Amy, a local corporate attorney at Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, and they were married in 2000. They are proud parents of a daughter in high school and a son in middle school. They added to their family with a beautiful Brittany named Ponyo Natasha Moss (the kids picked the name).

Outside of the office, Dr. Moss enjoys running marathons, cooking, coaching his children’s Odyssey of the Mind teams, and rooting for the Astros. Dr. Moss has a special focus on ultrasound, surgery, and internal medicine. Dr. Moss is happy to have served the Houston community for over 20 years and is looking forward to continuing his practice at Meyerland Animal Clinic.

Meet Dr. Christina White

Dr. Christina White was born and raised in Olympia, Washington. Despite this, she has been allowed into the state of Texas and loves it here! From a young age, Dr. White knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian; she graduated in 2012 from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (Go Cougs!). Dr. White began her career at Meyerland Animal Clinic and has been thankful she made the cross country move ever since. Dr. White has a special interest in feline medicine, internal medicine and behavior. She particularly enjoys forming relationships with clients and patients and helping to strengthen the human-animal bond.

In her spare time, Dr. White is mostly at the disposal of her three very demanding cats: Mitten, Roni, and Astro. Attempting to rectify the ongoing injustices in their lives is a full time job. When her cats give her permission, Dr. White also enjoys running, gardening, and cooking.

Meet Dr. Steven Rabinowitz

Dr. Rabinowitz is a 2012 graduate of the Tufts' Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine located in North Grafton, Massachusetts. He is a native New Yorker and moved down south in the summer of 2012 to join Meyerland Animal Clinic. Dr. Rabinowitz is married to his beautiful wife Tova and has 3 children Rena, Naava, and Samson. Although, the Rabinowitz family misses the fall foliage of the northeast, it’s their dog, Yodels, a 100lb Bernese Mountain Dog, who really misses the cold weather. Since moving to Houston, the Rabinowitz family has been warmly welcomed by the Jewish community, with Dr. Rabinowitz serving on the board of the Young Israel of Houston and acting as a key member in spearheading its recent expansion.

Dr. Rabinowitz finds all aspects of veterinary medicine fascinating but is particularly interested in dentistry and dermatology. He especially likes to spend his time educating clients so that preventative care is understood, leading to happy and healthy pets! Compassion and care are two words that Dr. Rabinowitz brings to every appointment. He firmly believes that it is a veterinarian’s job to take into consideration both you and your pet’s best interests, in each and every exam.

Meet Dr. Sarah Pella

Dr. Sarah Pella graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2016. She has a special interest in surgery, neurology, and internal medicine.

Dr. Pella was very active during veterinary school, serving as president for both the Student Chapter of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and Veterinary Students as One in Culture & Ethnicity. She also completed an outside course in Diversity and inclusion in Veterinary Medicine through Purdue University and spent more than a week in Haiti treating over 800 animals.

During her last year of veterinary school, she received the Veterinary Cancer Society Award for Proficiency in Clinical Oncology.

She is a member of Harris County Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and American Veterinary Medical Association. She completed the Power of 10 program through TVMA and now serves on the Wellness Committee.

She met her husband, Dr. Justin Pella, in veterinary school. They have two children, (Liam and Andie Marie), an Australian Shepherd (Arya), and a Miniature Dachshund (Anastasia). Dr. Pella enjoys camping and hiking with her family, cooking with her husband, running, and reading.

Meet Dr. Peyton Hughes

Dr. Peyton Hughes graduated with honors from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2019. Originally from the small town of Kirbyville, she is excited to be back in her home state of Texas. Dr. Hughes enjoys all facets of veterinary medicine with particular interest in internal medicine and clinical pathology. She enjoys client interaction and education, and is excited to build relationships with the pet owners of the Meyerland community. Dr. Hughes is Fear Free Certified and hopes to make each pet’s visit to the veterinary clinic a positive experience.

In her spare time Dr. Hughes enjoys attending sporting events and lifting weights, as well as relaxing at home watching television with her pup. She has a pitbull mix, Reese, that she rescued during the Louisiana flood of 2016 after he was brought to the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital by a Good Samaritan for treatment.

Meet Dr. Sarah Chellappan

Dr. Sarah Chellappan graduated from Ross University of Veterinary Medicine in January 2011. Her areas of interest include reproduction, internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, brachycephalic surgery and dermatology.

Dr. Chellappan and her husband Dr. Atassi are native Houstonians. They are the parents of a beautiful baby boy named Adam and a french bulldog named Olivia. In addition to being a vet Dr. Chellappan loves traveling, cooking, outdoor activities, and spending time with family.

Meet Dr. Dr. Lori M. Teller

Dr. Lori Teller is a graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (TAMU CVM), and she is a board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Canine and Feline Practice. She has worked at Meyerland Animal Clinic for many years, starting at the age of 12, and continuing after graduation from veterinary school. Recently Dr. Teller joined the faculty at TAMU CVM as the Clinical Associate Professor of Telehealth. Dr. Teller has special interests in internal medicine cases, particularly those regarding GI diseases and autoimmune problems. She also greatly enjoys cytology as a diagnostic tool for lumps and bumps and working with senior animals to alleviate pain as they age. She is also very passionate about telemedicine and the role it can play in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Teller has been very involved in the veterinary profession and is a Past-President of both the Harris County and Texas Veterinary Medical Associations and was a recipient of the TVMA's Recent Graduate of the Year Award in 1995 as well as the President’s Award in 2007, 2009 and 2016. She has served on several committees and task forces for the American Veterinary Medical Association, including the Animal Welfare Committee, and has also served in the AVMA’s House of Delegates. She currently serves on the AVMA Board of Directors from District VIII and chairs the AVMA’s State Advocacy Committee. In addition, she is a Trustee for the TVMA’s VPAC and helps to raise awareness and funds for political causes important to veterinary medicine.

Dr. Teller has also served as the Chair of the Board of Certification for the American Society of Veterinary Journalists and was a founding Board member of the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative. She was named one of 14 Veterinarians to Watch in 2014 by Veterinary Practice News, and she has a monthly radio spot on Houston’s NPR radio station where she highlights the importance of veterinary care for dogs and cats. She serves as a mentor to many veterinary students, recent graduates, and young leaders, helping them navigate the complicated world of veterinary medicine and life beyond the boundaries of work.

Outside of the veterinary world, Dr. Teller was a founder and a Board Trustee for The Gateway Academy, a high school for students with learning differences and special needs in Houston, and she was recognized as an "Everyday Hero" by 740 KTRH for her volunteer work in the prevention of child abuse. She married her high school sweetheart, Dr. Craig Teller, and they have one son and several pets. In her spare time, Dr. Teller loves to hang out with her friends and family, exercise, read, and travel extensively to places where she can explore new things by day and enjoy great wine and food by night. She's also a sucker for chocolate chip cookies, corny jokes, and puppy breath.

Meet Dr. Aileen Harkness

Dr. Aileen Harkness graduated from Western University College of Veterinary Medicine in southern California in May 2020. She is a Houston native and is enthusiastic to be back in her hometown providing the best possible care for pets and educating clients. Her interests include feline medicine, infectious disease, and alternative/complementary medicine. She is Fear-Free certified and hopes to promote the mental and physical well-being every pet feels when visiting the clinic.

Dr. Harkness and her husband Canon have three foster fail goofball cats named Steve, Shere Khan and JD. On her off days you can find her fishing on the beach, attempting to develop her green thumb in the garden, or birdwatching with her cats.