Meet Our Highly Experienced
And Top Rated Vets

Dr. Kirk Esmond

Dr. Kirk Esmond established the Josey Ranch Pet Hospital in December 1991. Kirk had previously worked in Carrollton since he graduated from Texas A&M University. Dr. Esmond’s love of medicine and dedication to his clients and patients has allowed for the rapid growth and expansion of JRPH. He prides himself on the quality level of progressive, state of the art medicine his office provides the community.

He received his B.S. in Animal Science from TAMU in 1983, his B.S. in Veterinary Science in 1985, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1987. Dr. Esmond developed his strong interest in veterinary medicine early in his childhood from his involvement with 4-H livestock and with family pets.

He has been involved in some capacity with the breeding and showing of AKC registered dogs for the last 30 years. His interest in reproduction has spanned his 23 year professional career. He is affiliated with Synbiotics Reproduction Corp and since 1997 has operated a Canine Semen Freezing Center here at JRPH.

Dr. Esmond is currently a member of the Dallas County Veterinary Medical Association, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinarian Medical Association and the Society for Theriogenology (SFT). He attends the annual continuing education symposium for the SFT to further his knowledge and interest in reproduction. He is an owner and current board member of both the North Texas Pet Emergency Clinic and The DFW North Emergency Animal Clinic He is the current assistant secretary of NTEPC board of directors and vice president of DFWNEAC board of directors. Dr. Esmond gives tours of his hospital to local schools and churches and has spoken at all grade levels within our school system. He also enjoys speaking to local and all breed dog clubs. He has also spoken at the annual national conference for the Society for Theriogenology .

Dr. Esmond currently lives in Bartonville with his partner of 18 years. In his spare time he raises sheep and provides lambs to FFA and 4-H youth for exhibition at statewide market lamb shows. He enjoys traveling, yard work, his livestock, and cycling. He has two cats, a dog, a pot-bellied pig, 2 goats and about 12 sheep.

Dr. Melissa F. Cortiaus

Dr. Melissa F. Cortiaus Dr. Cortiaus was born in San Jose, California and raised in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson in 1986. After graduation, she attended Texas A&M and was accepted into the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989 after 3 years of undergraduate study. She received a B.S. in Veterinary Science in 1991 and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1993.

She developed a strong interest in animals and veterinary medicine at a young age and has worked in a veterinary clinic since the age of 15. She married veterinary school classmate William (Bill) Cortiaus in 1993 and has lived in Carrollton since 1995. Before joining the staff at Josey Ranch Pet Hospital, she worked at Preston Forest Animal Clinic for 10 years. She also worked part-time at the Emergency Animal Clinic in Dallas for 6 years.

Dr. Cortiaus is a member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Dallas County Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Academy of Veterinary Practitioners, and Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. She continues to strive to keep current on her profession and obtains more than 50 hours of continuing education every year.

Her other interests include reading, scrap booking, cross stitching and other arts and crafts. She also competes in Agility with one of her shelties. Dr. Cortiaus and her husband have two children: Lauryn was born in December of 2000 and Austin was born in February 2004. Their family also includes four shelties and two cats.

Dr. Shannon Baber

Dr. Shannon Baber was born in Lakenheath, England, raised in Omaha, Nebraska and Plano, Texas. She received her undergraduate degrees from Texas A&M University: a B.S. in Biomedical Science in 1995; a B.S. in Veterinary Science in 1997, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in May 2000. She has also worked for the College of Veterinary Medicine while attending vet school in the clinical pathology department.

Dr. Baber began her professional career practicing here in May 2000 until her husband was transferred to Maryland in October 2004. Her family has since returned to the metroplex and she resumed her practice here at JRPH. She has developed a strong interest in veterinary dentistry as well as pain management and internal medicine.

Her outside interests include skiing, traveling, yoga and music. She also stays busy keeping up with her son and daughter.

She is a current member of TVMA; DCVMA; AVMA; AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) and the International Veterinary Association of Pain Management. Dr. Baber lives in Frisco with her husband, Chris, her two children, and her dog, Abend.

Dr. Calhoun

Dr. Alison Calhoun

Dr. Alison Calhoun was born and raised in Plano, Texas. She obtained her bachelor�s degree from the University of Kansas and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Midwestern University in Phoenix, Arizona (Yes, the one vet at Josey Ranch that’s not an Aggie!)

Dr. Calhoun has always loved animals, but it wasn’t until college when she started volunteering at the local animal shelter that she decided that caring for animals was her calling. She then was a veterinary assistant for two years prior to attending veterinary school, and is happy to finally be back in the Dallas area after living all over the U.S. for the past ten years.

Dr. Calhoun has a special interest in internal medicine, clinical pathology, dentistry, and preventative medicine. Client education is extremely important to Dr. Calhoun, and she enjoys spending time with clients addressing their questions and concerns in order to ensure their four-legged companions are happy and healthy.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband (John), dogs (Charlee and Remington), and cat (Delilah). She also loves going to concerts, sporting events (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!) and watching The Office reruns. Come stop by Josey Ranch Pet Hospital and say hello to our newest team member!