Dr. Donnie Jung grew up on a ranch in Harper, Texas, where his family raised sheep, cattle, and pigs. The winding Pedernales river provided the perfect backdrop for him to learn how to appreciate nature, ranching, and the abundant hill country wildlife.
Donnie Jung attended Texas A&M University and received a BS in Animal Science in 1982 and Veterinary Science in 1984. Accepted into the School of Veterinary Medicine at TAMU, he found himself in the same class as his future wife, Margaret. Graduating with a doctorate in 1986, Dr. Jung gained practical experience at a large animal practice in Fredericksburg and then moved to a small animal practice in Austin. In 1988, Dr. Jung and his wife opened Highland Lakes Veterinary Clinic in Marble Falls.
Equally as important as the animals are the clients that Dr. Jung has met over the last 25 years. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and he strives to provide quality medicine and customer service to his clients and their pets. Dr. Jung truly enjoys his clients' friendship and works to help strengthen the bond between them and their pets by providing the best care possible to his patients. Practicing quality medicine helps to ensure a long and pain-free life for his patients.
Outside of the practice, Dr. Jung enjoys ranching, white-tail deer hunting, and spending time with his family. He also loves country music and sings in a band that plays at church festivals, weddings, and dances. He has also recorded several CD's over the years. However, Dr. Jung's major interests are his three children, his wife Margaret, and his faith in God.
Dr. Kelly Krobot joined HLVC in July, 2012, but she isn’t a stranger around here. She first worked with us as Dr. Brandenberger before getting married to her husband Keith. They subsequently moved to San Antonio for a couple of years. Dr. Krobot enjoyed San Antonio but was glad for the opportunity to move back to the Texas Hill Country where many of her relatives live. She grew up in Hallettsville on her family’s farm and cattle operation but also has deep roots in this region. A member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, her family was one of the first families to settle in Fredericksburg . Dr. Krobot attended Texas A&M University and graduated in 2004 Magna Cum Laude receiving her Bachelor of Science degrees in Animal Science and Biomedical Science. She was accepted into Texas A&M’s School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with Cum Laude honors in 2008. She enjoys internal medicine and surgery.Gardening and camping are two of Dr. Krobot’s favorite pastimes, but she and her husband are currently adding another interest as they are both learning how to kayak. Dr. Krobot and her husband also attend the local Lutheran Church. The Krobots have two children, Will & Elizabeth.
Dr. Katie Jung grew up here in Marble Falls, getting lots of exposure to the art of Veterinary Medicine as she spent time visiting the clinic & occasionally assisting her dad with emergencies. It didn't take long for her to realize she had inherited her parents' passion of caring for animals. She graduated from Texas A&M University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences & Minor in Animal Science in 2013. She graduated from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine with Magna Cum Laude honors in 2017. Her greatest Veterinay interest is internal medicine, but she enjoys the great variety that comes with this profession and loves that she is able to serve others in the commuity by caring for their animals. Outside veterinary medicine, Dr. Jung most enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys doing anything that involves the great outdoors (most notably hunting and fishing), reading, and finding ways to grow her catholic faith. Dr. Jung owns a dog, Frances, and a cat Taz, both of whom were patients she adopted in her first year as a Veterinarian. They also love to join her for daytime (or evening) walks.
Dr. Tom Pierce grew up in Abilene, TX. He attended Texas Tech University where he earned a B.S. in Animal Science, then went on to the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1995. Dr. Pierce practiced in East Texas for 23 years, 10 of which spent in his own practice in Emory, TX. His passions are hunting and fishing, although he spends the majority of his time off helping his family with their various projects. He and his wife Kim have three adult children-Marshall, Rachel and Katie. It has been a dream of the Pierces to live in the Texas Hill Country, so they are very excited about this new opportunity.
Paula Burress is our office manager and has been at Highland Lakes Veterinary Clinic since February 1998. She and her husband, Jeff, live outside of Lampasas where he manages the Bar-H-Bar Ranch. Camping and exploring the Lincoln National Forest mountain ranges on horseback in New Mexico has been a favorite family tradition and pastime for the last 20 years. Paula also enjoys finding antiques, crafting, and gardening. She also competes locally in team penning and cattle sorting with her daughter, Codie. Paula is a proud Grandma of Wyatt.
Michelle Lindholm is the assistant office manager and lead receptionist. Michelle has watched our practice grow over the years, as she has also been with us since Feb. 1998. She and her family are native to Marble Falls and the Highland Lakes area. Her husband Scooter, is the superintendent of water and wastewater for the city of Lago Vista. She and Scooter have enjoyed participating in chili cook-offs but her greatest pastime is enjoying her two grandsons, Maddox & Mason.
Sherri Adler is one of our receptionists. She has been with Highland Lakes Veterinary Clinic since 2009. A graduate of Southwest Texas State University, Sherri has a BS in education. She relocated from Dallas six years ago to enjoy the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Sherri enjoys entertaining and spending time with family and friends. In her spare time she enjoys pet sitting; however, we enjoy her Texas Caviar!
David McCollum has been a veterinary technician at HLVC since 2002. David grew up in Houston but finished high school in Johnson City when his family relocated in 1992. David likes dentistry and has become proficient in dental prophies and dental radiographs. He enjoys taking continuing education courses that improve his knowledge and skills in veterinary dentistry. David met his wife, Linda, in Marble Falls and they were married in 2003. He values his family time with his wife and his daughter, Katelynn. His family is rounded out with two dogs and two cats. David likes to hunt and fish, but most of his free time is spent working and riding on his "near-vintage" pro-circuit motocross racing bike. He owns a 1993 Yamaha YZ 250 that he keeps in working order and rides on a regular basis.
Melissa Buchholz is a Johnson City native. A 2001 graduate of Sul Ross' veterinary technology program, Melissa has been with HLVC since March of 2002.She has two adopted pets, Shadow the Pomeranian and Kitler the Cat. Melissa likes art and creates original mosaics.She enjoys family and outings to the family ranch.
Morgen Toussaint was born in Round Rock, Texas and graduated from Burnet High School. She started with us by volunteering in the summer of 2010, but soon became an integral part of us as a veterinary technician in October 2010. Morgen has become proficient in ultrasonography. She is a baseball enthusiast and loves going to Round Rock Express and Texas Ranger games. Along with baseball she enjoys reading, hunting, Texas A&M football, and her yellow Labrador, Windy, Chocolate Labrador, Luke, and Black Labrador, Ember.
Taylor Nesrsta - Willis was born in Marble Falls and graduated from Marble Falls High School. She moved to College Station and graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Human Resources in 2015. After graduating, she moved back to the Texas hill country and joined our clinic team as a receptionist in May 2016. Her husband Cody is an RN at The Baylor Scott and White hospital here in Horseshoe Bay, TX. In addition to riding her best friends’ horses, Taylor delights in her four-legged best friend, Cooper, a dachshund.
Trisha Watson is originally from Odessa, Texas, but has lived in Florida as well. She graduated from Wolfson High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Trisha returned to the Texas hill country in September 2012, and started working with us as a veterinary technician in April of 2016. She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Jody, and their three dogs Leia, Buddy and Cricket. Some of her hobbies include putting together puzzles, playing video games with Jody, and hiking on trails and in caverns.
Paige Konarik has been with us as a Veterinary Technician since August 2015. As a high school graduate of Burnet, she moved back to the area after attending college at Angelo State University and graduating with a Bachelor in Biology in 2012. She and daughter Kinsley delight in spending time outdoors and any place around the water. They love being close by their family and getting together often. Paige also enjoys being active, and working on photography capturing images of family and friends. Hurley the Great Dane and Sadie the Mini Australian Sheppard complete the family.
Monique Kirk has been a member of our team as a Veterinary Technician since June 2016. She grew up in the hill country and graduated from Marble Falls High School. Monique then completed her Paralegal degree from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. She appreciates the arts, traveling, and studying the history of novel places. She also loves animals of all kinds, and has 6 dogs and 5 cats. She is loving spending time with her beautiful daughter Alexandria.
Leah Thigpen is a receptionist that joined Highland Lakes Veterinary Clinic Dec 2018. She moved to Marble Falls from Devine, TX in 2006 and now resides in Spicewood, TX. She started her career in a Veterinary practice in Lytle, TX in 2004. She has been a technician as well as a receptionist with 3 other Veterinary clinics before joining Highland Lakes Veterinary Clinic. Leah is also certified to run Coggins tests and has her CVA1. She loves spending time with her husband and family outdoors, swimming, kayaking, horseback riding, and anything with animals. Lean currently has 2 Chihuahua's, TinkerBelle and Cheroke, along with 2 cats Luna and Pache.
Carrie Jones has been working with us since June of 2018 as a receptionist. She grew up in Austin, TX and graduated from Texas A&M University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology. She now enjoys spending time with her Lab mix Layla. Carrie also enjoys volunteering in the community and being outdoors. She is pursuing a degree in nursing.
Kimberly Arias is a native of Marble Falls and started working with our team in June of 2018. She is planning on attending Palo Alto in San Antonio to become a certified Veterinary Technician. Kimberly enjoys playing and watching soccer and basketball. Kimberly loves spending time with her family and beloved Chihuahua Peanut.