Meet Our Team

Dr. Leslie Bauer
Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine and Feline Practice)
Senior Veterinarian, Emergency Department
Medical Director

Dr. Leslie Bauer earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Georgia in 2002. She completed a small animal internship at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School prior to starting work at the Emergency Pet Clinic in 2003. In 2009, Dr. Bauer became certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in Canine and Feline Medicine. She is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist from the Chi Institute in Florida.

Emergency medicine has always been a passion for Dr. Bauer. She enjoys the variety and stimulation of not always knowing what will walk in the door brings next. She enjoys passing on that knowledge and experience to younger veterinarians through the Emergency Pet Clinic’s internship program. Dr. Bauer is the current medical director of the Emergency Pet Clinic and is proud to help provide a positive working environment for other like-minded veterinarians who like to work nights, weekends and holidays.

In her spare time, Dr. Bauer enjoys skiing, beer tasting, geocaching, and gardening. She shares her home with 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a husband.

Dr. Tracy Gati
Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine and Feline Practice)
Senior Veterinarian, Emergency Department
ER Academy Intern Supervisor

Dr. Tracy Gati is a staff veterinarian and the co-coordinator of the internship program at the Emergency Pet Clinic. She had been a valued member of the EPC team since 2010. Dr. Gati attended the University of Mississippi and Louisiana State University for her undergraduate studies and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University in 2003. Though she proud to hail from Louisiana she considers herself a converted Texan and loves calling San Antonio home.

Dr. Gati decided to become a veterinarian when she was taking an elective in comparative anatomy at the age of 16. She has a special love for feline medicine and enjoys the challenges cats often present as patients. Emergency medicine has been her love since she began her career and she could not imagine doing anything else. Dr. Gati says, “the emergency veterinarian is a rare breed that feeds off the adrenaline of fast-paced decision making and the unpredictable nature of what is going to walk in the door next. I love going to work knowing that in the next few hours I will have the opportunity to save an animals life.”

Outside of work, Dr. Gati is kept busy by her husband, 2 children, black cat and yellow lab, Cornbread. She is a Brownie Troop leader, homeroom mom, and volunteer extraordinaire for various groups at her children’s school and her church. In her spare time, when she finds some, she enjoys reading, walking and going to the movies.

Dr. Alex Weston
Senior Veterinarian, Emergency Department

Dr. Weston has been a veterinarian with Emergency Pet Clinic since 2015. Dr. Weston obtained a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from University of California, Davis and Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. After graduating veterinary school, she and her husband were seeking to continue their adventures in a new, exciting, and warm region of the U.S. and San Antonio immediately caught their eye. They have resided here happily ever since; so much so, that they extended their family with the birth of a son, Bruce in October 2019.

When asked why she loves the veterinarian industry, Dr. Weston said: “As a child, I have always had a profound love and fascination for animals of all types that lead me to a career where i could devote my life to helping them. Whether they are furry, scaled, or feathered, in veterinary medicine, the diversity of cases and disease processes we see every day is always interesting and constantly keeping me on my toes.”

She has a passion for emergency medicine because, despite the strenuous nature, there is deep gratification in saving lives and helping to bring compassion and care to animals during their hour of greatest need. She also has a passion for exotic animal species and is continuously being amazed when learning about their unique abilities, characteristics and the challenges they present in medicine.

Outside of veterinary medicine, she and her husband, Gary share a home with 3 cats as well as a red tail boa constrictor. She is inspired by the natural world and always seeks out ways to spend time with exotic wildlife through activities such as world travel and scuba diving. Aside from spending quality time with pets and listening to her husband’s British voice, she also enjoys movies, mud runs, and martial arts.

Dr. Christina Holmes
Veterinarian, Emergency Department

Dr. Christina Holmes attended Texas Tech University and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Animal Science in 2007. After graduation, she pursued other interests and took her a few years before getting back into the veterinary field. Dr. Holmes attended Texas A&M and graduated Cum Laude with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. At A&M she was awarded the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Award for Proficiency in Primary Care, an award given to one student from each school per year. She did an emergency internship with Emergency Pet Clinic and loved it so much she decided to put down roots in San Antonio. Dr. Holmes is an associate emergency veterinarian has been with the practice since 2016.

Dr. Holmes is a member of the AVMA and VECCS (Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society). Being an emergency veterinarian, she has a special interest in emergency surgeries and management of critical cases. Emergency cesarean is among one of her favorite surgeries as it is rewarding to see the mom go home with a new litter of puppies.

Dr. Holmes shares her home with a yellow Labrador named Riley and a cat, Munchkin, who rule the house. Her husband, Andrew, is very supportive of the long and strange hours emergency veterinarians have. She also has a son, Braden, who was born during her first year of vet school. When not working, she likes spending time outdoors with her family. She also enjoys traveling with Andrew and has a bucket list that includes places in the states and around the world.

Dr. April Lee Bailey
Veterinarian, Emergency Department

Raised in the small town of Leesburg, Georgia, Dr. Bailey’s love for animals started at a young age when she convinced her dad to get a family dog. However, it wasn’t until she began working at a small animal practice during her undergraduate degree that Dr. Bailey found her love for animals combining with a passion for veterinary medicine. So when an opportunity to attend veterinary school in California came to fruition, Dr. Bailey and her black lab, Belle, traveled across the country to spend the next four years. It was in California that Dr. Bailey earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from Western University of Health Sciences in 2018.

Originally born and raised in the South, Dr. Bailey wanted to find a place more like home to practice veterinary medicine and she found that comfort here in San Antonio, Texas. After graduation, Dr. Bailey joined us at EPC and is thrilled to serve the clients and pets of this great city. Dr. Bailey believes it is truly a blessing to be able to make the difference in the lives of others by helping them and their pets in some of their most critical and frightening times.

In her free time, Dr. Bailey can be found enjoying the outdoors with Belle and friends, spending time with family, exploring San Antonio, or two-stepping at the local dancehalls.

Dr. Alesha Rimmelin
Veterinarian, Emergency Department

Dr. Alesha Rimmelin attended Arizona State University where she earned a degree in English, intending to become a lawyer. After college, however, she started volunteering at an animal shelter in Houston and fell in love with the work and the patients, and decided to make a career out of her newfound passion. She attended Texas A&M University for veterinary school where she graduated with honors.

Dr. Rimmelin enjoys having to think on her feet and finds plenty of opportunity to do so in the ER setting. She aims to make an emergency for you and your pet seem a little less scary and has a passion for being there for people in those (often overwhelming) situations.

Dr. Rimmelin is a native Texan and a lifelong Spurs fan. When not at work, she enjoys gardening, listening to True Crime podcasts, and eating at any of the many amazing San Antonio restaurants. She has a dog named George and a cat named Greg, and she and her husband have a goal of hiking in every national park in the USA.

Dr. Emily Alnutt
Veterinarian, Emergency Department

Dr. Emily Alnutt grew up in Pennsylvania in a home filled with every imaginable type of pet; from horses, goats, and poultry to deer, pocket pets, and reptiles, so developed a passion for caring for all types of animals early in life. She received Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-veterinary Sciences at University of Arizona. She attended Ross University and spent her clinical year at Colorado State University graduating with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.

She is very excited to continue her career in Texas and for the chance to work in emergency medicine. Dr Alnutt is thrilled to be able to live in the beautiful city of San Antonio. She now lives with 2 cool island cats adopted in St Kitts, Rusty and Boudica, and spends her free time hiking and working towards a master’s in public health degree online.

Dr. Karin Hinkle
Veterinarian, Practice Limited to Ultrasound and Echocardiograms

Dr. Karin Hinkle received her veterinary degree from Texas A&M in 1996 followed by a small animal internship at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. Returning to Texas she entered small animal private practice where she became interested in diagnostic veterinary ultrasound and began taking ultrasound courses at The Academy of Veterinary Imaging. She has had the opportunity to instruct other veterinarians in the use of ultrasound through The Academy of Veterinary Imaging and during her position at the Department of Defense training veterinarians in the Army. Most recently, she trained under and worked for a board certified radiologist performing mobile veterinary ultrasound services for veterinary clinics in the San Antonio, Boerne, and New Braunfels area.

Dr. Lauren Chadwick
Veterinarian, Emergency Department

Dr. Lauren Chadwick was born and raised in Texas and grew up with a variety of animals. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since a young age. She attended Texas A&M University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science. She decided she wanted to travel after graduating from A&M and went across the pond to University College Dublin in Ireland to attend veterinary school.

While in veterinary school, she discovered her passion for emergency medicine. She worked at a clinic in England before deciding to join Emergency Pet Clinic and move back to her home city, San Antonio, to be closer to family.

Dr. Chadwick enjoys traveling to other countries, hiking, cooking, wine tasting, and spending time with her husband. She is an avid gym-goer and has competed in a fitness competition in the past. She has recently become involved in real estate and enjoys learning about and developing this skill.

Dr. Sam Seramur
Veterinarian, Emergency Department

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Seramur is a lifelong fan of beer, cheese, and the Green Bay Packers. After earning his B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota in 2009, Dr. Seramur moved to Seattle to initially pursue a PhD in microbiology. While looking at PhD programs in the Seattle area, Dr. Seramur took a job at the Woodland Park Zoo to pay the bills. It was there that serendipity inspired him to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. One fateful morning while making a daily visit to his friend Chai, one of the resident Asian Elephants, she became upset and used her trunk to point towards the neighboring exhibit. Following her direction, Dr. Seramur discovered an injured hummingbird had crashed into the neighboring exhibit window. At that moment, he had realized Chai enlisted his help to care for the injured hummingbird. After bringing the hummingbird to the zoo veterinarian and watching him revive the bird, it dawned on him that a career in veterinary medicine was the only path that made sense for him. He recently graduated from Washington State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020.

Dr. Seramur is beyond excited to join the EPC team. He is drawn to emergency medicine because he enjoys being a calming presence and helping pets and their families through their times of crisis however he can. Alongside emergency medicine, Dr. Seramur is passionate about cultivating skills in surgery and servant leadership. He believes practicing veterinary medicine with emotional intelligence is of paramount importance in order to meet clients where they’re at through empathy, understanding, and positivity.

When outside of the clinic, Dr. Seramur loves bicycling and bicycle touring. So far, his longest journey on two wheels was a round trip from Seattle to San Francisco. He enjoys trying new recipes, sculpting with wire, standup comedy, live music, learning fiscal responsibility, and hanging out with his 2 year old cattle dog, Mac.

Dr. Caroline Baer
Veterinarian, Emergency Department

Dr Baer joins us from Washington State. It is her first time living in a state other than her home, Washington, which is quite a bit cooler and rainier than here! She attended undergrad and vet school at Washington State University, and was highly involved in their shelter medicine, behavior, and surgical training programs. She is a devoted outdoors- person and run away to the woods any chance I get. She moved to San Antonio with her ridiculously cute three legged cat, Jasper, whose main pleasure in life is waking her up for food and following her from room to room for snuggles. Dr Baer is so excited to serve the pets and people of San Antonio at EPC and to learn and grow at this amazing clinic.

Michelle Crothers-Hines
BS AAS LVT, Practice Manager

Michelle was well on her way to becoming a pediatric psychiatrist when she finally realized her true passion was working in the field of veterinary medicine. She started working as a veterinary technician while attending the University of Missouri at Columbia (Mizzou), where she obtained her bachelor’s in biology with a minor in animal science. After graduation she moved into research where she managed a lab in the department of veterinary pathobiology at Mizzou’s college of veterinary medicine. During her tenure she was first author on two publications. In 2007 she moved back to Texas and was looking for a new challenge. Enter the Emergency Pet Clinic (EPC), and the adrenaline pumping excitement of emergency and critical care medicine. While working overnights at EPC she matriculated with her degree in veterinary technology from Palo Alto College and became a licensed veterinary technician (LVT). In 2011 the lure of budgets, spreadsheets and team building brought her back into management, when she took over the role of practice manager. She is active in the veterinary community as well, as a member of the Texas veterinary medical association (TVMA) she sits on their paraprofessional committee and is also a member of the veterinary emergency and critical care society (VECCS).

Outside of work she is happily married to her college sweetheart, and they share a home with some bearded dragons, while waiting for the next Great Dane to enter their lives. She also enjoys some quiet time as she is an avid yarn hoarder and enjoys knitting and crocheting. Together with her husband they both enjoy scuba diving, traveling, anime, and trips to the range like most Texans.