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Dr. Tucker is both anxious and excited as he continues his pursuit of establishing, owning, and operating a veterinary clinic that meets his standards of pet and client care. As a local Frisco resident, he embarks upon this journey with the utmost pride in providing only the very best in veterinary medicine to his clients, family, and neighbors.
Dr. Tucker graduated from Plano East Senior High School in 1994. Undergraduate studies were completed at Texas Tech University and he is happy to declare himself a dedicated Red Raider. While attending school in Lubbock, he met his wife Lisa, who is also the practice administrator here at Frisco West. They graduated in 1998 and returned to Dallas where they began teaching in the south Dallas suburb of Duncanville. College Station came calling one year later and Dr. Tucker and Lisa headed south to begin veterinary school over the summer of 1999. After four great years in Aggieland Dr. Tucker graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors and returned to the north Dallas area with Lisa and their young daughter Alexis.
Dr. Tucker was fortunate to practice in a progressive small animal practice in Plano where he was able to grow as a practitioner and foster the mindset of becoming a veterinary clinic owner himself.
After six and a half years, Dr. Tucker felt the time was right to pursue his dream and bring Frisco West Animal Medical Center to the community in which he resides.
The Tucker family includes Chris, Lisa, Alexis (15), Reid (13), two Shih Tzu's named Riggs and Axel, one Lhasa mix named Oliver, two fish, two leopard geckos, one pacman frog, two chameleons, one skink, and one anole. Life for the Tuckers is like that of most Frisco residents, busy with school, sports, birthday parties, business, teaching, and life in general. With all that life entails, the Tuckers pride themselves on being able to focus on those things that are most important, primarily just spending time together. Their favorite activities are boating and water sports any time the sun is shining. Dr. Tucker’s other interests include golf, running, and college football.
Dr. Burgin grew up in Scurry, Texas. Being surrounded by horses, cattle and family pets fostered an interest in the care of animals at an early age. He completed his Bachelors of Science degree from Texas
Tech University in 2006. During that time, he had the honor of serving as the university’s official mascot, the Masked Rider, for his senior year. Dr. Burgin then attended the Texas A&M University College of
Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2010 along with his wife, Beth. They started their veterinary careers together at a mixed animal practice in Temple, Texas.
Since moving back home to the DFW metroplex in 2011, Dr. Burgin owned and operated an ambulatory equine dental service while continuing to develop his skills as a small animal practitioner. His favorite part of being a veterinarian is interacting with clients and teaming with them to reach their desired health goals for each pet. He believes that client education and being able to effectively communicate a plan are the cornerstones of serving each client well. Dr. Burgin became certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture in 2014 and has enjoyed incorporating this age-old technique to help improve his patient’s quality of life and mobility in their senior years. When Dr. Burgin is not at the clinic, he loves to spend time with his wife, Beth, his sons, Joshua and Jordan, and two Golden Retrievers, Molly and Macey. The Burgins enjoy spending their free time being involved with their church, traveling, watching and playing baseball, swimming, and riding horses.
Lisa Tucker - Practice Administrator (pictured with Riggs, Axel and Sydney)
Lisa is loving her career as the practice administrator at Frisco West. She taught 3rd grade for 15 years and loved every second of it, but was ready for a change as this is her family's business. She grew up in Duncanville where her parents still reside to this day in the house she grew up in. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in early childhood education. She met her husband, Dr. Tucker, while attending college in Lubbock. She has two kids: Alexis (15) and Reid (13) as well as three dogs: Oliver, Axel and Riggs. Her spare time is spent chauffeuring her children to and from their sporting events as well as all their social activities. She also enjoys being at the lake, vacationing and spending time with her family and friends.
Ashley Turner - Practice Manager (pictured with Harley)
Ashley has been in the veterinary field since 2004 and a part of Frisco West since 2010. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in animal science and still enjoys visiting Lubbock to this day. Ashley is an active member of VHMA (Veterinary Hospital Managers Association), VPMD (Veterinary Practice Managers of Dallas) and NAVTA (National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America). Ashley has two sons, Wyatt (8) and Wesley (4). They have 1 dachshund (Harley), 1 Corgidor (Shorty), and 1 cat (Whiskey). In her free time she loves traveling, being pool side, spending time with family, friends and watching red raider football!
Kim - Client Care Coordinator (pictured with Lucy)
Kim joined the Frisco West team July 2013, and is the go to for scheduling and organization. Kim loves working with the public, and enjoys getting to know the clients and their pets that walk through the door each and every day. Her household includes her daughters Caroline (18) and Lily (16). In her free time she is either cheering on her daughter at Wakeland or visiting her other daughter at Steven F. Austin State University.
Paula - Client Care Coordinator (pictured with Angel)
Paula has been with Frisco West since July 2017. She has been in the veterinary field since 2006. She has a passion for the siberian husky breed and has two of her own named Kira and Shadow. She and her husband have two sons, Matt and Brett, who both graduated from Wakeland High School. In her free time she enjoys reading and working on her family tree.
Erica - Client Care Coordinator (pictured with Mylo)
Erica has been with Frisco West since September of 2017. She has been in the veterinary field since 2008 in both the client care coordinator and technician departments. She also ran her own pet sitting business for many years, and still pet sits from time to time. She grew up in Idabel, Oklahoma where she started riding and tending to horses at the young age of 3! She attended the University of Oklahoma and still attends many football games in Norman every year. Her and her husband, Josh, have 3 dogs, Wrigley, Chase, and Ween, who are all rescues! In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading, watching baseball, and most of all college football!
Amanda - Veterinary Technician (pictured with Cooper and Rosie)
Amanda joined Frisco West in September 2013 and has been working in the veterinary industry since 1996. She started out as a kennel assistant and has worked her way up to a veterinary technician. She has a true compassion for all animals and their well being. Amanda has been married to her husband and best friend, Tony, for 7 years and has 2 daughters Abbi (14) and Micah (12). Together they enjoy camping, traveling, and spending time as a family. They share their home with Leroy (a Great Dane), Cooper (a German Shepherd), Bodie (a German Shepherd), Rosie (a Chihuahua), Eddie Bad Dog (Chihuahua mix) and cats Speedy and Dee. As well as: 20 chickens, 4 horses, 4 mini donkeys, a sheep, a guinea fowl, and a rabbit.
Ashley - Veterinary Technician (pictured with Lucy)
Ashley joined Frisco West in November of 2016. Ashley was in the veterinary science program in high school which began her passion for veterinary medicine. Ashley has been in the veterinary field since 2007. Ashley grew up in Ohio and is a huge Ohio State Buckeye fan. Ashley attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She has three pets: one dog name Lily (pomapoo), 2 cats named Duke and Kitty. When not at work she loves to travel, spend time with friends/family, play sports, and pretty much anything outdoors.
Kayla - Veterinary Technician (pictured with Lucas)
Kayla joined the Frisco West team in June of 2017. She is currently attending school at the University of North Texas and will be graduating in May of 2018. She hopes to attend veterinary school after graduating from UNT.
Kayla's crew includes a Basenji mix named Lucas and two cats named Jane and Jazz. In her free time she enjoys singing and volunteering at the animal shelter.
Heather - Veterinary Technician (pictured with Eddie Bad Dog)
Heather became a part of the Frisco West team in October of 2017. She comes to us with an extensive background in veterinary medicine. She has worked in general practice, specialty and emergency veterinary medicine since 1994. Heather has a passion for veterinary phlebotomy and procedures. Heather and her husband have two sons, three cats, and two dogs who keep them very busy. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, singing and anything political.
Zach - Veterinary Technician (pictured with Keki)
Zach has been with Frisco West Animal Medical Center since November 2017. He has been in the veterinary field since 2004. He enjoys anesthesia cases as well as client education. He and his daughter have a shih Tzu named Chubbs. With his free time he enjoys playing hockey and spending time with his friends and family.
Kandy - Groomer (pictured with Babe, Mister and Reason)
Kandy Farley has been a part of the Frisco West Animal Medical Center team since February of 2010. She has been in the grooming industry since 1998 and has been actively grooming for the past 15 years. She truly enjoys working with animals and helping them to look and feel their best.
The Farley household includes Kandy, Mister (Blue Heeler mix), Poppi (Jack Russell Terrier), BleuBelle (Rat Terrier), 3 turtles, and 2 birds. Outside of Frisco West, Kandy uses her spare time to ride horses and go western dancing.
Jon - Kennel Technician (pictured with Coco)
Jon joined the Frisco West team in August of 2016. Jon has 4 dogs that fill his personal life with a lot of joy. Jon graduated from Liberty High School in 2011. Jon's passion is to ensure the animals are comfortable and enjoying their stay here at Frisco West. Jon also loves helping assist any way he can around the hospital. With his spare time, Jon is constantly listening to music by Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.
Lorna - Kennel Technician (pictured with Zoe)
Lorna began here in February of 2017. For the past 3 years, she has worked for a rescue called Second Chance SPCA, where she enjoys rescuing and adopting out animals. She has 5 pets of her own: 1 pitbull named Bane and four cats (Anthony, Enzo, Katana and Valkyrie). She graduated from the Art Institute with a degree in Graphic Design, and in her spare time, is building her pet photography business. She also loves the Food Network, music and funky printed socks.
Kacie - Kennel Technician (pictured with Romo and Morgan)
Kacie joined the Frisco West team in November of 2016. She is currently a sophomore at Wakeland High School and is excited to begin looking at colleges. She has two dogs named Romo and Morgan. In her free time, she loves playing sand volleyball and spending time with family and friends. Her constant smile and compassion towards the animals here at Frisco West make her a true asset.
Tucker- Kennel Technician (pictured with Reilly)
Tucker has been with the Frisco West team since December 2014. He is a Junior at Wakeland High School who runs for their cross country team and plays for Frisco lacrosse. He has three younger siblings and two dogs at home. He loves to go hunting and hang out with friends in his free time. We are lucky to have Tucker doing his student internship with us this school year as well as helping in kennel part time. The patients are lucky to have him around as he truly enjoys helping them out.
Alex - Kennel Technician (pictured with Oliver, Riggs, and Axel)
Alex has been a part of Frisco West since 2017. She is a sophomore at Wakeland High School. In her free time she likes to hang out with friends, play cards and relax in her eno (hammock) . Alex would love to one day become a wildlife photographer and work for a wildlife sanctuary. Alex is going to follow in her family's footsteps and one day attend Texas Tech University. Alex has three dogs, two chameleons, 2 leopard geckos, one brown anole, a skink lizard, and one Argentinian horned frog.
Payton- Kennel Technician (pictured with Andie)
Payton has been with the Frisco West crew since July 2017. She is a Junior at Wakeland High School who also plays varsity soccer for them. Payton has a lab mix named Scout who keeps her busy when at home. Payton loves to hang out with friends and family during her free time. Payton previously helped her older brother, Austin, when he worked here as a kennel technician in high school. We are excited to have Payton here as she is always so helpful with all the patients.