Only the BEst
Our team is dedicated to the care of your companion animals.
Dr. Ben Kyzar
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, a cool cat named Tiger Woods and a terrific dog named Toblerone.
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.
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.
Jamie started working in Community Pet Health Center in 2022. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is being able to visit with the clients and she really loves taking care of animals. In her spare time, Jamie walks with her dog, She also likes reading books and spending time with her kids and husband.
She is also a fur parent and takes care of her Shihtzu named Pepper Potts, 3 cats named Donuts, Apollo, and Bobbie Jo. All of them are rescued from vet clinics she had worked with over the years.
Jenna started working in Community Pet Health Center in 2022. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is being able to build relationships with the families and their pets. In her spare time, Jenna is rescuing dogs off the streets.
She has 5 dogs named Ginny (Pit), Anu (Basenji), Alfie (Lab/Pit mix, Foster), Kora (Sheperd Mix) and Misa (Black Lab).
Head Veterinary Technician
Dorian has been at Community Pet Health Center since 2022. She was graduated with Master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Biology. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is being able to learn in evaluating/treat pet maladies. In her spare time, Dorian spends time with her family. She loves to shoot pool, hiking, painting, cooking and reading.
Dorian has several cats, 3 rescued dogs, 7 Guinea pigs, 3 Budgies (parakeets). She has also a menagerie of small shrimp/fish /African & South American Cichlids
Mayra has been working at CPHC since 2019. She is attending Palo Alto College and has three cats and a dog.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Jamie has been at Community Pet Center since the beginning of 2021. She enjoys being able to help pets grow up healthy and strong, but also helping them in their healing as they become ill. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys reading, mountain biking, video games and listening to music.
Jamie is the proud pet-mom to two rescue dogs, Nommers and Goofy, as well as four cats, Skittles, Gray, Pumpkin and Dori.
Shelley is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at San Juan College and started at CPHC in 2019. She has four dogs.
Meet Avin! He went to school in Canada, and Prep School in New York, and left the colder climates for San Antonio! He’s been working with us at Community Pet Health Center since November 2020. Avin’s favorite part of working in veterinary medicine is saving the lives of pets. In his spare time, when he’s not caring for his cat, Cardamom, he enjoys working with handicapped people, stargazing, taking wildlife photos and being a Hippotherapy Instructor. This therapy is often used with children with Autism or other speech/communication disorders and introduces them to horses, to help teach movement and provide sensory input.
Austyn started working in Community Pet Health Center in 2022. His favorite part of veterinary medicine is getting the opportunity to be hands on. In his spare time, Austyn loves to relax in his bed while watching TV.