Meet Our Team

Team member Dr. David Paterson with two large black and white dogs

David Peterson, DVM

Dr. Peterson has been the owner, manager, Kings Creek Animal Hospital since May of 2010 when he purchased the practice from his Grandfather, Hans Peterson D.V.M.

Dr. Peterson graduated from Kaufman High School in 1997 and received his Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M in 2001. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. After graduation he completed an internship in emergency medicine in Houston. He practiced for 3 more years at various emergency clinics in Houston and Sugar Land before returning to take over Kings Creek.

He had always wanted to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps in becoming a veterinarian. He could see the respect that the community gave him and wanted to help animals like he did. His favorite thing about working with animals is helping them live longer, healthier and more comfortable lives.

His professional interests include practicing high quality, progressive medicine and surgery. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and the Dallas Veterinary Medical Association.

His family consists of his wife Amy, and two children named Hans and Daniel. He also has 4 dogs (Diesel, Cherry, Wolfe and Shiner), 2 cats (Athena and Lone Star), and a saltwater fish tank.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, woodworking, Camaro restoration, training his Golden Retriever, and taking care of his saltwater fish tank. Shiner, his golden retriever passed as a Started Retriever in the UKC hunt test.

Team member Carolyn sitting next to a large black and white dog


Office Manager

Carolyn is the Office Manager at Kings Creek Animal Hospital and has been with us since February 2011. She was born in Dallas, TX and moved to several towns in the Dallas area before her parents moved to Irving, TX where she lived until 1981. She attended Draughon’s Business College where she earned her degree as an Executive Secretary.

She started in the veterinary industry due to her son, Dr Peterson, taking over the hospital from his Grandfather and he asked Carolyn to step in and help him manage the practice.

Her family consists of her husband who she has been married to since 1975 in Irving, her three children, ten grandchildren that range from 3 years old to 24 years old.

When she’s not at the hospital, Carolyn loves being a wife, mother, and a grandmother. She loves spending time with her family as much as possible. She is also active at her church, and loves to shop.

Team member Strawberry sitting next to a large tan and black German Shepherd

Strawberry Long

Head Technician

Strawberry Long is the Head Technician for Kings Creek Animal Hospital and has been here since March of 2012.  She has been training dogs and teaching people to train their dogs for over 20 years.

Team member Charli sitting with a large tan and white dog


Veterinary Technician

Charli has been with Kings Creek Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician for 3 years. She has a bachelors degree in Animal Science which she received from Tarleton State University. She grew up not too far from Kaufman.

Charlii has always wanted to work with animals in some way and when she did, she learned that she loved it and decided to make a career out of it. Her favorite thing about working with animals is seeing them go from sick to being healthy.

Her furry family consists of a chihuahua named Smalls, and a quarter horse named Sloan. When she’s not at the hospital, she enjoys riding horses, working with cows and being with family.

Patty Boren

Veterinary Technician

Patty has been a veterinary technician at Kings Creek Animal Hospital for 2 years. She was raised in and has worked in Dallas all of her life. She decided to escape to the small country life and has been living in Terrell for the last 20 years.

She has been in animal welfare for 20+ years and sits on the board of a 501(c)3 animal rescue. She hung up her “corporate hat” and decided to work with animals full time – a job that’s meaningful and rewarding at the same time.

Her family consists of her husband Shawn, two dogs Sarah & Annalee, and two cats JD & Betsy.

She’s currently pursuing her degree as a licensed vet tech at Cedar Valley College.

Tosha Holland

Front Office Administrative

Tosha is our front office administrative and has been with us for 4 weeks. She moved to Kaufman 8 years ago to work in the city. She began working in the veterinary industry to be close to home and loves working with people and animals.

In her family, she has Hunter, Bella, and Bengi. She enjoys dirt track races and being around family and animals.

Catherine Hopkins


Catherine is a Receptionist at Kings Creek Animal Hospital. She has an associates degree in Business. She enjoys working in the veterinary industry because of all the new things that she learns about animals.

Her family consists of her husband and kids, 5 dogs (Bog John, Lilly, Minnie, Rosie & Roy), 1 cat (Savannah), chickens and a horse names Dreamer.

Melissa Pickrom


Melissa has been a receptionist with Kings Creek since September of 2018. She’s spent most of her life and grew up in the area.

Her love of dogs is what got her to join the veterinary industry.

Her family consists of her fiance Andrew, and their yorkie (and clinic mascot!) named Adaline.

In her free time she loves to cook/bake, travel and spend time relaxing at home with her dog.

Belinda Stuart


Belinda has been a receptionist with Kings Creek for 2 ½ years now. She wanted to get away from the “city and traffic” life and that’s what had her move to Kaufman.

She began working in the veterinary industry because of her love for animals and getting to love on them.

Her family consists of her husband Alex, 3 dogs (Dixie, Bandit, Hansel) and 3 cats (Daisy, Bonnie & Clyde).

When she’s not at the hospital, Belinda enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and gardening.

Kim Weber

Kennel Tech

Kim has been a kennel tech at our hospital since December, 2019. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business with a focus in IT and an associate’s degree in education. Her son is a senior at Kaufmann High School and had moved here to be closer to him. When she lived in New Orleans, she owned her own printing and digital marketing business.

After moving here to Kaufman, TX, she wanted a change and started volunteering at Kings Creek Animal Hospital since her son worked here all the time. After a short amount of time, Kim realized that this place gave her so much more than she could ever give to it. The animals gave her a sense of inspiration and the people and coworkers provided a calm yet structured environment.

Her family consists of her son, Kalen, as well as his father, Lance, and our pets, Daisy and Maverick.

While she loves to try all new and exciting things, she is passionate about people, animals, and helping any way she can from small to big things. It is her goal in life and the legacy she wants to leave behind. She wants to be a leader, mentor, and someone people can dependent upon. She loves to lead by example!