Our Doctors

Dr. Elizabeth Ashbaugh

Dr. Ashbaugh was born and grew up in Austin, Texas. She attended The University of Texas in Austin where she studied music and chemistry. She then attended Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. While at Texas A&M, she participated in research and publications that focused on the genetics and biological control of the Red Imported Fire Ant in Texas.

After veterinary school, Dr. Ashbaugh moved to Colorado and pursued a small animal internship and Emergency and Critical Care residency at Wheat Ridge Veterinary Specialty.  Once completed, she knew she wanted to move back to Texas (shoveling snow is a lot of work!!).  Dr. Ashbaugh practiced as an emergency veterinarian and managed an emergency department for 8 years before being led in a different path.  In 2015, she moved into general veterinary medicine.  Since that time, she has found a new love for her patients and their humans.   Her professional interests include senior wellness care, internal medicine with complex case management and, of course, emergency medicine and surgery.  She loves client education and, be careful or she will talk with you for hours.  Dr. Ashbaugh has published papers in such topics of Smoke Inhalation in Dogs, Toxicities of Dogs, Intestinal Foreign Bodies and Nasal Disease. 

Dr. Ashbaugh is married with one very active little boy.  She is active in volunteer work with her church.  She is passionate about music and has been a musician for over 20 years—she and her husband met in music school at UT.  She enjoys adventures with her family, especially if they involve wide-open spaces such as Big Bend.  Besides a budding small ninja (aka 8-yr boy), Dr. Ashbaugh has a golden retriever named Bella Boo and they are all in the service of a demanding, spoiled tabby name Mau Man.

Dr. Stephanie King

Dr. Stephanie King relocated from Seattle to the Lone Star State, in April of 2016 with her husband and 2 little girls. She received her doctorate from University of Illinois in 2006 and practiced in Danville, IL for several years before relocating to Washington. While in Seattle, Dr. King practiced at a feline focused hospital as well as a fear free/cat friendly hospital. Her special interests are feline medicine, dentistry and senior quality of life care.

Her family shares their home with 2 super senior cats (Kaci and Rocky) and a very energetic german shorthaired pointer (Penny.) In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and working on agility training with her pup.

Dr. Tim Skupin

A native of West Texas, Dr. Skupin’s first career was as a software engineer.  After a decade or so, he returned to school, and received a DVM from Texas A&M University.  After working in vet clinics and emergency rooms throughout the Austin area, Dr. Skupin founded Avery Ranch Animal Hospital in 2005, where he is still the medical director.  Dr. Skupin is heavily involved with Christian Veterinary Mission, and frequently works in Central Asia, helping various people groups boost their livestock production.  He is married, and has two daughters at Pepperdine University.

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