Only the BEst
Our team is dedicated to the care of your companion animals.
Dr. Ben Kyzar
Veterinarian, Practice Owner
Dr. Sarah Izard
Having worked at CPHC since 2012, Dr. Sarah Izard has long enjoyed being a part of the special bond between San Antonian pets and their human family. She relishes the challenge of investigating internal medicine cases, figuring out why an animal is unwell, and helping them feel better. Dr. Izard earned her veterinary degree from Oklahoma State University in 2002 after graduating from Trinity University in 1998. Outside of work, she can be found on the soccer pitch or hanging out with her family, which includes four cats (who have only 14 legs between them) and two dogs, both of whom were rescued through SNIPSA.
Dr. Sarah Denum
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, and interested in animals from a young age, Dr. Sarah Denum graduated with a bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin before getting a DVM from Oklahoma State University. She is passionate about promoting a high quality of life for the pets of San Antonio and has been working at Community Pet Health Center since 2015. Dr. Denum enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, particularly her yellow labrador, Zac. A typical lab, Zac likes to swim, play fetch, and lay on the bed.
Dr. Chris Rivera
Due to her father’s long career in the Army, Dr. Rivera was born and raised overseas until she moved to San Antonio at the age of 13. Her interest in veterinary medicine began in high school with her first job as a kennel technician here at CPHC. After high school, Dr. Rivera went on to earn both an undergraduate and veterinary degree from Texas A&M University before returning home to CPHC. Throughout the years, Dr. Kyzar has encouraged her journey in becoming a veterinarian and continues to be a great mentor. Dr. Rivera has a passion for small mammals, improving her Spanish, and educating clients about all things pet related. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys traveling, reading, and painting. She also shares her home and snacks with a spunky old cat named Amber and her young mixed breed dog named Lyla.
Since Dr. Kyzar opened CPHC in 2006, Allison has enjoyed working behind the scenes to foster a successful veterinary practice. She graduated with a B.S. in Nutritional Science from Texas A&M and followed with an M.A. in Business Administration from UIW. Allison enjoys jogging, shopping, and spending time with her family.
Front Desk and Inventory Manager
Carey has been working in the veterinary field since 2002 and brought her administrative talents to CPHC in 2006. She loves helping families keep their “fur-babies” healthy so that they can enjoy long, happy lives together. She counts needlework and reading among her hobbies and is often in the company of her Yorkshire Terriers. Blink, Melody, and Digby all share the same sire and are of similar age, and even though Blink and Melody are littermates, Digby is their favorite.
Seeing the smile on a pet parent’s face when their furry companion receives the special care they deserve has kept Marchell working at CPHC since it opened in 2006. After many years as a veterinary technician, she now serves the practice as a receptionist and loves being a part of providing the best care possible to pets in the Alamo City. She revels in the company of her husband and two sons, and four felines are in the family: Cinnamon (the outdoor champion), Briskette (the grump who sleeps next to mama’s head), Daisy (the shy, sweet one), and Cara (the tripod lover of everything and everyone).
Born and raised in Texas, Lori and her partner Mike enjoy living on the shore of Canyon Lake. She has been an animal lover from the start, dragging strays home as a child. She has one daughter and 3 four-legged Grandbabies. Her and Mike have 1 Chihuahua, 4 cats and 10 chickens. Lori’s enjoyed a long career in customer service and loves meeting people and their pets.
Heather has been working at CPHC since 2018 and loves getting to know the pets of San Antonio. She has two rescued “littles,” Thor the terrier/dachshund and Piper the Chihuahua.
Head Veterinary Technician
Working with animals was a childhood dream for Melissa and she considers it a privilege to do so today. Her passion for pets led her to a bachelor’s degree in Biology and starting a career as a veterinary technician in 2007, joining Community Pet Health Center in 2012. She is a pet parent to five cats and a corgi.
Holly joined the animal hospital in 2019 after getting an associate’s degree in animal science. She has a Siamese cat named Ting Ting and three dogs.
Kristin started at CPHC in 2020. She has a registered therapy pitbull named Bob, who is also a blood donor.
Mayra has been working at CPHC since 2019. She is attending Palo Alto College and has three cats and a dog.
Shelley is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at San Juan College and started at CPHC in 2019. She has four dogs.