Our Practice

We are a full-service animal hospital providing comprehensive pet healthcare services in Carrollton, TX. Our veterinarians offer a wide variety of medical, surgical and dental and reproductive services. Our hospital has advanced equipment and technologies, including comprehensive in-house testing for accurate diagnosis, digital x-ray, surgical suite, dental suite, and a pharmacy. We are committed to providing quality care at every stage of your pet's life. From routine preventive care to early detection and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases, we have the expertise to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. We also serve clients in Coppell, Farmers Branch, Plano and Addison.

  • Dr. Kirk Esmond


    Dr. Kirk Esmond started working in Carrollton, TX upon graduation from Texas A&M University in 1987. He established Josey Ranch Pet Hospital in 1991. His love of medicine and dedication to his clients and patients has allowed for the rapid and continued growth of JRPH. Dr. Esmond prides himself on the quality level of progressive, state of the art medicine his office provides to 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 40 years. His interest in reproduction has spanned his 29 year professional career. He offers full diagnostic reproduction services for the dog and bitch. He affiliation with Zoetis led him to establish Canine Semen Freezing Center at JRPH in 1997. Dr. Esmond is currently employed by Zoetis as their reproductive technical consultant and the national trainer for all new semen freezing centers and he teachers Trans Cervical Insemination breeding techniques. JRPH is one of the top Zoetis freeze centers in the US.

    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. Dr. Esmond gives tours of Josey Ranch Pet Hospital to local schools and churches and has spoken at all grade levels within the local school system. He also enjoys speaking to local and all breed dog clubs and enjoyed speaking at the annual national conference for the Society for Theriogenology .

    Dr. Esmond currently lives in Argyle, TX with his partner of 24 years. In his spare time he raises registered Hampshire sheep and provides lambs to FFA and 4-H youth for exhibition at statewide and national market lamb shows. He enjoys traveling, yard work, maintaining his farm, his livestock, and cycling.

  • Dr. Melissa F. Cortiaus


    Dr. Cortiaus has been with Josey Ranch Pet Hospital since 2004. She was raised in Dallas and graduated from JJ Pearce High School in Richardson. She attended Texas A&M and graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. She has worked in the Dallas area since graduating in general small animal medicine and also worked at a local emergency clinic part time before starting a family.

    She enjoys surgery and medicine cases both and canine reproduction. She has been married to fellow veterinarian and classmate Dr. Bill Cortiaus since 1993 and they have two children, Lauryn and Austin. Lauryn will be attending SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) in Savannah Georgia in the fall. Go Bees! Austin attends Shepton High School in Plano. He is a Soccer player and is a member of the Shepton High School Marching Band. Go Stallions!

    Her family currently includes two shelties, two cats and a Chinchilla. In her spare time, Dr. Cortiaus competes in the sport of Canine Agility with her shelties. She also enjoys photography and scrap booking. And volunteers as a photographer with Shepton’s Band. She also enjoys reading and is a huge Outlander fan!

  • 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.

  • Dr. Jennifer Barnett


    Dr. Barnett was raised in Montgomery, TX and joined the JRPH family in 2019. She has always had a passion for animals and at 5 years old she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. She always kept two quotes from her dad in the back of her mind while she worked hard to pursue her dream; “you can do anything you put your mind to,” and “attitude is everything.”

    Upon graduation from high school, she attended Texas A&M University where in 2012 she earned a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences. During school and breaks she continued to expand her knowledge of animal care and medicine covering small animal, exotic, equine and food animal species. During this journey she would come to value the importance of client communication and education. Dr. Barnett later earned her M.S. in Biomedical Sciences at TAMU in 2015, before earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Texas A&M University in May 2019.

    She loves working with all types of animals and she enjoys learning about several specialties in veterinary medicine. Dr. Barnett has special interests in reproduction, preventative medicine, neurology and surgery. During her free time, Dr. Barnett enjoys spending time with her two dogs (Annabelle and Eli), caring for her exotic plant collection, singing, and dancing. She also enjoys art, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, gardening, and hanging out with family and friends.

  • Dr. Andrea Hesser


    Dr. Hesser joined Josey Ranch Pet Hospital in 2019. She is originally from Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Dr. Hesser then spent a year in breeder practice, after which she accepted a position at the University of California at Davis as the AKC Resident in Companion Animal Theriogenology. In 2016, she completed her residency and became a member of the American College of Theriogenologists. Since that time, she has been working as a reproduction specialist in private practice. She is passionate about reproductive medicine and surgery, but also neonatal care, breeding, and show dog general care.

    Dr. Hesser has been published in scientific journals as well as textbooks, regarding her interests in canine reproduction and neonatology. She has spoken locally, nationally, and internationally on various topics of canine reproduction to veterinarians, and speaks frequently for clients at local dog clubs as well as national specialties. She absolutely loves teaching veterinarians, students, and clients about canine reproduction.

    Most of Dr. Hesser’s free time is spent showing dogs, both of her own and for her long-time friends. Although her heart is in conformation shows, she also enjoys lure coursing and dock diving. Currently, Dr. Hesser’s personal dogs include a rottweiler bitch, Flower, as well as two whippets, Scarlett and Fin. Outside of dogs, she considers herself a foodie, a movie buff, and loves to watch Oklahoma State football (GO POKES!).

  • Tina, CVA II

    Practice Manager

    Tina has been with Josey Ranch Pet Hospital since August 1996. She worked as a Technician until she took over as Practice Manager in 2003. She and her husband have one daughter who is currently a college student at Texas A&M. Tina has 2 dogs, Murhphy and Mac and 2 cats, Mao and Little. In her spare time Tina likes to travel and spend time with her family.

  • Kelly, CVA I

    Vet Tech + Assistant Manager

    Kelly had been with Josey Ranch Pet Hospital since 2011. She started her career in the veterinary field in 2003 while still in high school. Kelly grew up in Ohio and moved to Texas in 2010. When not at work, Kelly and her husband can usually be found at either practice or a game for thier 2 children. Currently, they have a Doberman Pinscher named Elsa.

  • Ramiro, CVA II

    Veterinary Technician

    Ramiro was born in Puerto Rico. He moved to Texas in 2001. He has been Veterinary Technician since 2003. In his free time, Ramiro enjoys biking and hiking with his son Aiden and his four-legged son Drago.

  • Ashley

    Veterinary Technician

    Ashley is from Amarillo, Texas and moved to the DFW area in the summer of 2018. She graduated from West Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Animal Science in December of 2017 and is applying for a position in Texas A&M University’s DVM Class of 2024. Ashley has been in the veterinary field since junior high and has been a veterinary technician with Josey Ranch since June of 2018.

    She loves getting to work with and care for animals on a daily basis and can’t wait to get to vet school. Outside of work, she enjoys playing her guitar and exploring the outdoors. Her pup, Lila Mae, and her kitty, Tikky, are the absolute loves of her life.

  • Dona

    Veterinary Technician

    Dona started working in veterinary medicine in 1999 and has been a part of the Josey Ranch Pet Hospital team since 2012. She and her husband have two young sons who keep them busy, but whatever free time she has left is spent with her nose in a book, preferably with a latte to sip. Dona has two cats who wandered into their lives: adventurous Sir Digby Chicken Caesar and snuggly Peat.

  • Lidia, CVA I

    Veterinary Technician

    Lidia was born in Sacramento, California and moved to Dallas when she was 11. She became part of the JRPH staff in June of 2009 and graduated from R. L Turner High School in 2010. She is attending Brookhaven College for her basics and plans to transfer to Texas A & M for the rest of undergrad and vet school. She enjoys going to the movies with friends and hanging out with her 2 year old Lab/Pit Bull Mix, Kali.

  • Tosha, CVA I

    Veterinary Technician

    Tosha joined the Josey Ranch team in 2012. Previously she spent 8 years at a boarding and grooming facility. She has enjoyed working with animals since 2004 where she began her career with animals at a horse ranch. Outside of the clinic Tosha enjoys spending time with family/friends, fishing, painting, arts, and live music.

  • Melissa

    Veterinary Technician

    Melissa started her veterinary career in 2012 in Granbury TX. She joined Josey Ranch in September of 2015. Melissa has worked with both small and large animals in her career but enjoys small animal the most. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and son doing anything outdoors. She also has two rescue dogs Roxy and Layla.

  • Summer, CVA II

    Veterinary Technician

    Summer has been a vet tech since 2006 and she loves what she does. Summer has been married to her husband, Chris, since 2006 and they have a daughter named Audrey. They also have a yellow lab named Hef and chocolate lab named Halo. In her spare time, Summer likes to sew and bake for her family and loves doing woodworking and crafts.

  • Edwin

    Kennel Assistant

    Edwin has been working at Josey Ranch since 2014, caring for the animals that stay over and keeping the clinic clean. He especially likes seeing rescue animals get healthier and friendlier over their stay before going off to their foster homes. He comes home to his beloved dog Nova, who he also met at the clinic.

  • Hector

    Kennel Assistant

  • Michelle


    Michelle, a Buckeye in Longhorn country, grew up in Ohio and moved to Texas in 2001. After more than a decade in corporate America, she chose to follow her passion for animals to the action-packed world of veterinary service. She joined the Josey Ranch team in November 2016 and very much appreciates having a job which allows her to play with cats and dogs all day long.

    Outside the office, Michelle enjoys reading, crafting, baking, and spending time with her friends and furry family: silly Aussie, Molly; purr machine, Misty; and fearless adventure cat, Raisin.

  • Jessica, CVA I


    Jessica has been in the veterinary field since 2007. She has been married since 2009 and has three beautiful girls and a son. Jessica also shares her home with her cat, Pascal and her shepherd/husky mix, Shusky. Jessica has been with JRPH since 2012. She works both as a receptionist and a technician assistant. In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

  • Nan O’Leske


  • Laura Alfaro

    Technician Assistant

  • Julie


    Julie was born and raised in Illinois. Her first career was in the human healthcare field as an operating room technician. She then took this knowledge and pursued a career with horses, her first love, managing a horse boarding facility for 26 years. There she raised and showed Clydesdales, Belgians, Friesians and Scottish Terriers. In 2018 Julie and her Boston Terrier, Petunia, relocated to Texas to be near family. She joined the Josey Ranch team and enjoys working with the staff and clientele.

  • Meagan


    Meagan grew up in Dallas, TX and has been in the Veterinary field since 2015. She has experience in both Client Service Representative and Veterinary Technician. Her favorite part about her job is helping clients in any way possible, big or small. She has 6 dogs, a Sulcata Tortoise and a Hamster. In her free time she enjoys working with rescue organizations and spending time with family and friends. Meagan’s dream is to someday work at the Zoo with the exotics.