Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Our Veterinarian

Dr. D'Lynn Thompson </br>DVM  photo

Dr. D'Lynn Thompson

Dr. Thompson graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1991 and has practiced in San Antonio since 1992. Dr. Thompson completed post-doctoral training for physical rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee in 2004, and she also completed the acupuncture certification training with IVAS in 2011. Dr. Thompson has utilized acupuncture and physical rehabilitation in her practice since 2001. Her special interests include integrative medicine, acupuncture, physical rehabilitation and laser therapy. Dr. Thompson is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Her favorite hobby is dog agility competitions. (photo credit: Larry Ross with LifeStyle Photo and Video)

Our Staff

Mariah Murphy  </br> Office Manager  photo

Mariah Murphy
Office Manager

Mariah joined Healing Hands in June 2018 as a Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Texas State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science in 2016 where she gained experience with large animals such as cattle. Mariah has over 9 years of experience in the veterinary field and has worked primarily in small animals practices. She enjoys being able to help our patients and see their improvements after treatment and rehabilitation. At home, Mariah lives with her fiance and their two dogs; Peanut – a 4 year old Chiweenie and Jessie – a 1 year old Blue Heeler mix. Outside of work, she enjoys being outside and spending time with her family and fur babies.

David Lafountain </br>Technician Supervisor/Technician photo

David Lafountain
Technician Supervisor/Technician

David started with Healing Hands in February 2019 and is our Veterinary Technician Supervisor. Dave has had a career in the veterinary field for over 26 years and utilizes his vast knowledge to educate our technical staff. Dave has a variety of experience under his belt ranging from working in small animal general practice, emergency hospitals, spay/neuter clinics, and even experience with livestock and exotics. What Dave enjoys most about his career is educating clients on all aspects of their pets’ health to try and help prolong their pets’ time with their family. At home Dave has 2 dogs- Sebastian and Champ, and 3 cats-Rebel, Pumpkin and Shadow. Outside of work he enjoys playing darts, fishing, hiking and camping, kayaking and watching the music shows at SeaWorld and Six Flags.

Shayla Hughes </br>Client Relations Specialist photo

Shayla Hughes
Client Relations Specialist

Shayla started with Healing Hands in December 2014 and works part time as one of our client service representatives. She currently has an Associate’s Degree and is working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Shayla has over 10 years of experience in veterinary medicine and has worked in small animal practice as well as rescues, shelters, and spay/neuter assistance clinics. She enjoys working with animals and being able to meet new patients and clients. At home Shayla has Sambucca- 8 year old Chow Chow/Lab mix, and two snakes, a Banana Morph Ball Python and a Honduran Milk snake. In her downtime, she enjoys reading, bike riding, and enjoying the outdoors.

Samantha Grisenbeck   </br>Veterinary Technician photo

Samantha Grisenbeck
Veterinary Technician

Samantha joined the Healing Hands staff in October 2018. She is our resident “cat whisperer” for our feline patients. She has two years of college under her belt and is currently enrolled in school to complete a degree in Biology and is planning on completing the necessary requirements to obtain her CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician) certification and Canine Rehabilitation Certification. Sam has five years of experience in the field of veterinary medicine and has worked with shelters, rescues, and currently works with the San Antonio Zoo teaching continuing education. She truly enjoys working in this field and helping animals in any way she can and assisting pets feel their best through treatment and rehabilitation. Sam has a feline companion at home, a grey tabby named Dr. Seuss aka “Doc”. During her down time she enjoys drawing and painting.

Amber Garcia </br>Veterinary Assistant photo

Amber Garcia
Veterinary Assistant

Amber joined the Healing Hands staff in April of 2019. She is currently still attending Northwest Vista College where she is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Amber enjoys working with animals and building relationships with our clients and their pets. She has two pets at home, a Blue Heeler named Dakota and a Golden Retriever named Iris. Amber’s hobbies include exercising, reading, walking/playing with her dogs and enjoying time with her friends.

Lisa Berletch </br> Client Relations Specialist photo

Lisa Berletch
Client Relations Specialist

Lisa joined the Healing Hands team in October 2018. She is currently our veterinary assistant and is training to become a technician. Lisa also helps back up our Client Services team. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Math and Science Education. Lisa has 3 years of experience in the field which she obtained working as a kennel technician, receptionist, and veterinary assistant. Lisa enjoys working at Healing Hands assisting with rehabilitation, seeing improvement in our patients, and building relationships with both the clients and their pets. Lisa has two pets at home, her 4 year old Shetland Sheep dog named Dizzy and a 4 year old Crested Gecko named Tsunami.

Marcia Kenny </br>LVT- Veterinary Technician   photo

Marcia Kenny
LVT- Veterinary Technician

Marcia is our licensed veterinary technician who started in August of 2019. She has had a total of 18 years of veterinary medicine experience, 11 of those working in emergency clinics and 7 years at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. Marcia’s favorite thing about working here at Healing Hands is getting to interact with both the clients and the pets and getting to experience the science behind making pets feel better with our rehabilitation. Marcia has 3 dogs at home; Kevin Hart a 3 year old dachshund mix, Chester a 4 year old Chihuahua mix, and Willie Nelson a 7 month old Aussie/Heeler mix. Outside of work Marcia enjoys traveling, hiking and running.

Allison Jimenez</br>Client Relations Specialist  photo

Allison Jimenez
Client Relations Specialist

Allison is our client relations specialist who started in November of 2019. She has an associate degree in Applied Science and has been in the veterinary field for about 10 years. Allison started out in the emergency field as a receptionist, who was then trained to be a veterinary technician. Allison enjoys working with our clients and patients here at Healing Hands and being able to see and help with the patient’s recovery. At home Allison has a 2 year old domestic long haired grey cat named Fetty, and a 2 year old French Bulldog/Pug named Brooke. She enjoys spending time with her husband and kids outside of work. Allison takes pleasure in fishing, camping, cooking and decorating cakes/cupcakes.

Cecilia Montes</br>Veterinary Assistant  photo

Cecilia Montes
Veterinary Assistant

Cecilia is our newest technician assistant who started in November of 2019. She previously worked at Vetco for 1 ½ years as the clinic lead of their mobile vaccine clinic. What she likes most about working here at Healing Hands is being able to help pets be happy and healthy. She lives with 2 dogs at home; Daisy a 3 year old beagle and Zoey a 3 year old Italian Greyhound mix. Outside of work she likes hiking, playing video games and watching The Office.

Patti Fluegel </br> Rehab Technician  photo

Patti Fluegel
Rehab Technician

Patti joined our team in the beginning of December and has been a fantastic addition to our rehab department. Patti realized her love for canine rehab after taking her own dog in for therapy in 2012, where soon after she began volunteering at the same rehab facility. She wasn't able to pursue school at that time and went on to work as a veterinary assistant while being trained as a technician on the job. While learning valuable information about the veterinary field and gaining vast experience working in general practice, it was felt that she was missing out on a passion she had grown to love, working in rehab. Patti went on and graduated from New England Institute of Technology with an Associate Degree of Science in Veterinary Technology. She went on to pursue her education at the University of Tennessee in Canine Rehabilitation. Patti worked as a rehab therapist at The Canine Joint in Massachusetts since 2014, taking one year off to pursue an interest in working with an orthopedic surgeon at the MSPCA Angell Medical Center in Boston. She ended up helping them open their new rehab facility and continued to gain valuable experience working with emergency patients that needed physical rehab. In addition, Patti volunteers for the Humane Society of the United States as well as the ASPCA working with the Animal Rescue Team and has assisted in setting up shelters for the Disaster Animal Response Team. She is as passionate about her canine patients as she is coming home to her family including her two dogs Jewels and Coco.

Healing Hands Veterinary Hospital

15503 Babcock Road

San Antonio,TX 78255

For general information, questions, appointment requests, call us at: (210) 372-9955

Emergency: 210-737-7373
Fax: (210) 372-9960

CLOSED on Thanksgiving, November 28th
CLOSED on Saturday, November 30th
Open 8 am-12 pm on Christmas Eve, December 24th
CLOSED on Christmas Day, December 25th
Open 8 am-12 pm on New Year’s Eve, December 31st
CLOSED on New Years Day, January 1st


Monday 7:00am - 6:30pm

Tuesday 7:00am - 6:30pm

Wednesday 7:00am - 6:30pm

Thursday 7:00am - 6:30pm

Friday 7:00am - 6:30pm

Saturday 8:00am - 1:00pm

Sunday Closed