Meet Our Team

585163e760f8c_jim225x300.jpg Jim Gearhart, DVM, Owner

Years in Practice: 42

Education: Texas A&M

Dr. Gearhart was born and raised here in the lower valley of El Paso. He graduated from Ramona Grade School, Ysleta High School and Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree in 1970 and with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1973. He has enjoyed the practice of veterinary care for all the furry family members of our clients for the last 39 years. He has two cats named Beamer and Fuzzball. His family and our pets is his greatest pleasure.

Melissa Christiansen, DVM IMG_1086.jpg

Years in practice: 3

Education: Washington State University

Dr. Melissa Christiansen was born and raised in New Mexico. She attended New Mexico State University where she received a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science in 2010. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 at Washington State University. Dr. Christiansen is a proud Army wife to her husband Thomas. Together they have three fur babies, Domino the Lab/Border Collie mix, Fancy the Pit/Hound mix, and Lilly the Australian shepherd. Her passion in veterinary medicine includes surgery, dentistry and the human-animal bond.

April Salazar, DVM

Years in practice: 12

Education: Texas A&M University

Dr. Salazar is originally from Baytown, Texas, however she has moved several times following her husband's career in the Army. She grew up on a Quarter horse breeding farm and spent her free time barrel racing. Dr. Salazar attended Texas A&M's college of veterinary medicine in 2005. She has experience at an equine surgery hospital as an ambulatory practice owner and as a small animal relief veterinarian. Dr. Salazar's family includes her husband Ralph and their sons, Grady (eight years old) and Garrett (six years old). The entire family loves to be outdoors, hiking, fishing, camping and riding horses. Dr. Salazar's husband is a Major in the Army and they are looking forward to a long duty station at Ft. Bliss. The Salazar's four-legged family members include three horses, Vista, Lil Guy and Kenzie; two goats, Hope and Chessie; Double, the bearded dragon and a mixed breed dog named Bella.



Kit Cat, Office Security

Years in Practice: 3

Education: Adobe Animal Hospital

Kit Cat was born in El Paso, Texas. She has been part of the Adobe Animal Hospital team for 3 years. She enjoys spending her time lounging around and snacking on her food throughout the day. She enjoys meeting new people and getting to know the patients. Kit Cat has a great personality and offers the staff and clients lots of love and emotional support. She has hopes of continuing to remain here with the staff at Adobe and looks forward to meeting you and your pets very soon.

Russ Bristow, Office Manager

Years in Practice: 26

Russell Bristow was born and raised in El Paso Texas and graduated from Ysleta high school. Russ has been an essential part of Adobe Animal Hospital for 26 years now.


Lucille Serna, Senior Technician

Years in Practice: 7

Lucille was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She graduated from Montwood High School. She loves being around animals and helping to make their quality of life better. Lucille has three dogs named Roxanne, Bella and Lily. Lucille and the rest of Adobe Animal Hospital look forward to meeting you and taking care of your loved animals!

Crystal.jpgCrystal Collins, Reception

Years in Practice: 7

Crystal was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She graduated from Hanks High School. She has always had a love for animals and has a pitbull named Snow. She enjoy spending time with her son and family, as well as friends.

Shandy De La Luz, Reception

Years in practice: 13

Shandy is one of our receptionist here at Adobe Animal Hospital and has been with the clinic for about 1 year now. Shandy was born in El Paso Texas and has lots of experience working with animals.

fred-576x1024.jpgFred Nunez,

Years in Practice: 17

Fred was born in El Paso, Texas. He graduated from Austin High School. He has three dogs Rhino, Knuckles, and Marla the Queen. He enjoys spending time with his better half (also in the vet field, at another clinic) and the rest of his family, Samantha, Carlos, and little Eddie. He enjoys all aspects of the veterinary field and is here to assist you in caring for your furry, scaled and feathered kids.

duron-225x300.jpgPaola Duron, Technician

Years in Practice: 9

Paola was born in Delicias, Chih, Mexico. Graduated from PIMA Medical in Albuquerque, NM in 2005 with Veterinary Assistant Certification. She has been a dedicated and compassionate Vet tech for 8 years. She has 2 pets, a Pitbull/Labrador mix named Camille, and a fat happy cat named Shay who once was a feral. She is proud to be part of the Adobe Animal Hospital staff in providing the best care for your pets.

josh.jpgJosh Bailey, Technician

Years in Practice: 9

Josh Bailey was born in El Paso Texas and has been with Adobe Animal Hospital for several years. Josh studies Biology at El Paso Community College. Josh has a loving Labrador Retriever and is gaining experience in the veterinary field for future work with animals and biology.

Elisa Suliveres, Technician

Years in practice: 1

Elisa was born in Las Angeles California and has been with Adobe Animal Hospital for 5 months. Elisa is currently attending Penn foster College in pursuit of an Associates degree as a veterinary technician. She has three dogs, Sammy, Penny and Ollie. She also has two cats, Kitty and Boots. Elisa is passionate about all aspects of veterinary medicine and enjoys helping all of our furry friends on a daily basis.

Hector Lara, Technician

Years in practice: 10

Hector was born in Ciudad Juarez and completed Veterinary school in Mexico in 2008. He is currently working towards becoming licensed in the United States. Hector has a pit-bull rescue named Thor.

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