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Dr. Ben Kyzar

Our Veterinarians

Dr. Ben Kyzar, Veterinarian, Practice Owner

Dr. Kyzar is the son of an Army Veterinarian who moved to San Antonio when he was 13 years old after living in over a dozen cities around the world. His passion for helping family pets started in middle school while working for Dr. Eric Lange who was a great teacher and mentor to him. Dr. Kyzar founded Community Pet Health Center in August of 2006 to help families and their pets with personalized attention. He has a wonderful wife, three great kids and a cool cat named "Tiger Woods" and a terrific dog name "Toblerone."


Dr. Sarah Izard, Veterinarian

Dr. Sarah Izard received her veterinary degree from Oklahoma State University in 2002 after graduating from Trinity University in 1998. She strives to create a quality relationship with her clients and their pets focusing on communication. Professionally, she has a special interest in Internal Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and playing soccer with friends.


Dr. Sarah Denum, Veterinarian

Born and raised in Houston Texas. As a youth Dr. Denum was active in Girl Scouts, sports, and Future Farmers of America. Her desire to become a Veterinarian started at a young age anfd continued through her college education at the University of Texas and her veterinary education at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Denum's dream of becoming a Veterinarian and helping animals is enhanced by the caring and supportive staff at Community Pet Health Center. Sarah is married to her childhood sweetheart Ernest Padilla and they love to travel with their yellow Labrador Zac.

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Our Veterinary Technicians

Rhonda, Head Veterinary Technician

Rhonda, a native of South Dakota, grew up on a farm where her love of animals flourished. Her leisure time was spent training and showing horses and dogs. To finance her activities, she assisted her father and local Veterinarian in treating livestock where she discovered her love of Veterinary Medicine. A licensed technician since 1988, Rhonda is experienced in both traditional and alternative medicine. She has a special interest in feline medicine and behavior.


Marchell, Veterinary Technician

Marchell was raised riding and showing Arabian horses that her family owned. As there was frequently a Veterinarian caring for the horse's medical needs, she enjoyed the opportunities she had to watch the Veterinarians at work. After high school, she worked as a technician for a local veterinarian for 3 ½ years. Marchell joined the team at Community Pet Health Center when they opened in August of 2006. She is married with two sons. Her family has two Great Danes and three cats.


Melissa, Veterinary Technician

Melissa has been working in the veterinary field as a technician since 2007. She has an Associate’s Degree in Science, an Associate’s Degree in Computer Animation, and Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She took a brief period to go and work in a lab at the Health Science Center; it was there that she learned she could not get the fulfillment she needed, and that helping animals is her real passion.



Alex, Veterinary Technician

Alex started working with animals with Dr. Eric Lange in 1998. She loved working with animals and received her Veterinary Assistant Certificate from Animal Behavior College. She has Max, a Dachshund mix and Hailey, her Husky.



Pat, Veterinary Technician

Pat moved back to her hometown, San Antonio, after living in Baltimore, Maryland for 18 years. She has 2 dogs, a German Shephard and a Beagle. As far back as she can remember, she has always had some type of pet. Returning to San Antonio, she decided on a career change from Senior Healthcare to pet care. She has received her certificate from Ashworth College of Animal Care Specialist. This plus Kennel and Technician experience has offered an opportunity of providing pet care by being a pet sitter on her off time. Working at CPHC, she is committed to provide care and compassion for all animals alike.

Our Receptionists

Carey, Head Receptionist

Carey began working in the veterinary field in 2002. She loves being a receptionist and getting to know all the clients and their pets. In addition to being a receptionist, she also manages inventory, accounts receivable and accounts payable. She and her son, Benjamin, currently reside with her mother, Claudia. They have four dogs and two cats.


Sharon, Receptionist

One of our "Golden Girls" team, has an extensive background in the fields of animal pharmaceuticals and neutraceuticals, regulatory compliance and law. Most importantly, though, she is a champion for animal protection laws. Along with her husband Chris, she has a full house of animals and cares for many others in unfortunate circumstances. Sharon and Chris have a deep abiding love for their four children and grandson, Aidan, as well as their furry and feathered friends.


Jan, Receptionist

Jan grew up in a military family of eight children. She has traveled the world and has lived from California to Maine and exotic places, including Okinawa, Japan, and Spain. She understands traveling and moving with pets. She and her husband, Harold, currently have two cats, two dogs, a feather-plucking bird, named Dakota, two aquariums and an outdoor pond with fish. All of the pets have been rescued. She teaches Sunday school and plays piano at church. She has worked in the veterinary field for fourteen years. Her unofficial title is Director of First Impressions. She values client relationships, and her goal is client satisfaction.


Joanne, Receptionist

Joanne moved from California to San Antonio 20 years ago. She has been married for 47 years to her terrific husband, has two amazing children, wonderful in-laws, three grandchildren, and one great granddaughter, who is the love of her life. She has been the "mommy" to 13 four legged and 1 two legged (bird) babies. Her backgrounds is in the Administrative field, and she had worked for a veterinarian for over 5 years prior to retirement. She loves to garden, cook and attempts to bake. She enjoys doing projects around the house. SR. Ben Kyzar and his staff have been taken care of her pets for over 10 years, and after deciding to come out of retirement, she is thrilled to be part of this wonderful, caring staff. She hopes that she is a positive addition, and looks forward to getting to know the clients and their precious "babies".

Our Kennel Technicians

Kayleigh, Kennel Technician

Kayleigh, originally from Harlingen, Texas, mostly grew up in San Antonio. She graduated in 2016 from James Madison High School. While attending, she was part of the FFA, where she raised and snowed swine and also was involved in the Guide Dog Program. When she was a sophomore, she started volunteering here at CPHC in 2014 and got hired the summer of 2015. Being involved in FFA and volunteering at CPHC has shown her that she truly has love and passion for animals and cares for building relationships with clients and their furry children.


Jazmin, Kennel Technician

Jazmin graduated from Robert E. Lee High School (Class of 2012) She was involved in the CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) program in high school. She has 4 furry kids; Lily, Leo, D.D. and Juliett (Julie).

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