Meet Our Staff

Meet the friendly staff at Shelley Drive Animal Clinic!

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  • Michael Maris

    I graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University in August 1973. I started practicing at Shelley Drive Animal Clinic on August 15, 1973, joining Dr. Arnold at the time. Away from the clinic, I enjoy fishing and I am the president of the Lone Star Fly Fishers.

    Years in Practice: 49

    Education: Texas A&M University

    Interests: Interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and bulldogs.

  • Kathy Carlson

    As a kid growing up in rural Kansas, I always had an assortment of livestock and pets, all much to my mother's dismay. I started working in a local veterinary practice when I was 17 and have worked in one ever since. After graduating from Kansas State University in 1984, I followed my husband, Dr. Jon Carlson, to Texas and was very fortunate to be able to come to work in Tyler with Dr. Arnold and Dr. Maris in February of 1986, where I have stayed and been able to develop my special interest in feline medicine.

    When I am not working, I enjoy my horses, my French bulldogs, and my old cat, going to movies and watching K-State football and Cardinals baseball.

    Years in Practice: 36

    Education: Kansas State University

  • Jon Carlson

    I grew up in a small town in central Kansas. I have always enjoyed outdoor activities including athletic sports, fishing, and hunting. After graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, I moved to Texas and started working in a busy mixed animal practice in Quitman.

    My wife, Kathy Carlson, started working here at Shelley Drive in the spring of 1986 and I joined her here in the summer of 1989. I enjoy working here at Shelley Drive. We work hard to offer the best veterinary medicine has for our patients. We are also blessed to have great clients who want the best for their four-legged family members.

    Years in Practice: 33

    Education: Kansas State University

  • Justin Twomey

    I was born in Virginia but moved to Texas as quick as I could by the age of one. I have lived in Tyler ever since then except for the 7 years I spent in College Station. I attended Whitehouse High School and I graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University in May of 2008.

    My veterinary career started at Flint Veterinary Clinic as a technician for 4 years and as a doctor for 3 years. I came to Shelley Drive Animal Clinic in March 2011. When not in the clinic, I enjoy watching and playing sports including football, basketball, volleyball, golf, and frisbee. I also enjoy building and working with computers, photography, and spending time with family and friends. I met my beautiful wife in church in 2018 and we have a Golden Retriever and a new Goldendoodle puppy!

    Years in Practice: 11

    Education: Texas A&M University

  • Noor Faisal

    Howdy!  :)  My name is Noor, and I am very excited to join the amazing team at Shelley Drive Animal Clinic.  Growing up, I always imagined becoming a veterinarian one day.  I completed my bachelors degree at Texas A&M University - Commerce in Biological Sciences with a minor in Animal Science.  I attended Texas A&M University - College of Veterinary Medicine to complete my veterinary training and graduated in May of 2022.  I am very happy to be back in East Texas with my mom, my brother, our 11 spoiled, precious dogs and 5 snobby cats!  Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my animals and listening to podcasts and audiobooks.  In practice, my areas of interest include preventative medicine, diagnostic imaging, and surgery. I look forward to meeting and working with all the wonderful patients and clients at Shelley Drive!

  • Kristin Blaise
    Head Veterinary Technician

    Years in practice: 24

    Education: Purdue University and SUNY Oswego

  • Ginnie Jeske
    Veterinary Technician

    Ginnie started as a shadowing student while still in junior high.  She works when her schedule allows, usually in between her classes, studying and her extra research projects that she participates in at UT Tyler.  She is currently in the process of applying to Vet School.

    Years in Practice: 9 years

    Education: University of Texas at Tyler

  • Lizzie Maker
    Veterinary Technician

    I was in the Career and Technology Center Veterinary Technician Program. That is how I got introduced to the Shelley Drive Animal Clinic family. I started as a shadow student for a few months during the school year. As summer was approaching I was offered a position to be a technician. Ever since then I have loved working with this amazing group of people that I call family!

    (Dryden Johnson (right) is also pictured with Lizzie.  Dryden is a former employee of Shelley Drive Animal Clinic and recently started school at Oklahoma Sate University College of Veterinary Medicine - Class of 2024!)

    Years in practice: 6 years

  • Alicia Jackson
    Veterinary Technician

    Alicia began as a shadow student while in the Veterinary Technician Program at Tyler Junior College.  After graduation, she became a part of our team.

    Years in Practice: 4 years

    Education: Tyler Junior College - Veterinary Technician Program

  • Sammie Day
    Head Receptionist

    Sammie has worked at Shelley Drive for the past 30 years. She loves working and taking care of the animals. Over the past 30 years, she has enjoyed working with great doctors and making great friends. She lives in Whitehouse with her husband, Tommy, and their multitude of pets. She enjoys the outdoors, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

    Years in practice: 30

  • Cristina Rosa

    I am 25 years old and have always loved animals and dreamed about working in a veterinary clinic. When my father passed away in 2011 that determination to work in this field became even stronger.  In 2015, I started to get my certification for Veterinary Assistant through Animal Behavior College and that is how I met the Shelley Drive team!  I graduated in 2016 and started looking for a job in the veterinary field and was hired part-time.  That summer, I was offered a full time job and I took the opportunity.  By the end of 2016, I finished my Associates in Business/Management and have now dedicated my time to Shelley Drive! 

    In my free time I love to read and write, spend time with my family and play with my German Shepherd, Kuma!

  • Beslyn Winn

    Years in practice: 4

  • Brooke Jones

    I have always been passionate about animals and was ecstatic when I was able to start working as a Veterinary Assistant in 2008.  I absolutely love building relationships with clients and the pets they call family.  I look forward to the opportunity to continue building on my experience and knowledge of Veterinary Medicine at Shelley Drive Animal Clinic.  My hobbies include fishing, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

  • Jessica Salamina
    Kennel Manager

    I joined the Shelley Drive family in November of 2018 as the kennel manager.  I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the team as well as getting to know your sweet fur babies.

    Though I'm new to Shelley Drive, I am by no means a stranger to animals or vet medicine.  I started working at my first veterinary clinic when I was 16 years old.  In 2014, I began working at the Tyler Animal Emergency Clinic as a technician and still work there part time.

    I have lived in the east Texas area all my life and plan on staying here for many years to come.  In my spare time I love going to the movies, hanging out with family and friends, watching football, and loving on my 3 dogs and kitty.  I also love to travel for mission trips and spending time with my sweet fiancé.  

    Years in practice: 5

  • Courtney Burkett
    Kennel Assistant

    Years in practice: 15

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Shelley Drive Animal Clinic


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