Our Careteam


Lead Veterinary Technician

Ever since she can remember, Penny has wanted to better the lives of pets. For her, helping a living creature who shows unconditional love at all times is one of the greatest joys in life! She’s proud to care for animals every day here at North Star Animal Hospital.

Penny is a San Antonio native and began her veterinary journey as a kennel assistant. After working as a Veterinary Technician in emergency medicine for five years, she signed on at a specialty center for animals, where she developed her focus in ophthalmology. From there, Penny served with a local rescue group for three years, helping to manage large spay-and-neuter events for many communities in and around San Antonio.

Having worked with Dr. Youseff previously, Penny jumped at the chance to work alongside him again. She joined the North Star Animal Hospital team in May of 2015, and particularly loves exotic pet care and client education. Being a witness to the interactions between people and their pets is especially rewarding for her!

Penny and her husband, who serves in the U.S. Army National Guard and works at the San Antonio Food Bank, have two young children: Aiden and Addison. They share their home with one rescued pet, Mischa. When she isn’t spending time with her family or tending to pets’ needs here at the hospital, Penny enjoys playing sand volleyball and reading good novels. She’s also currently working on her Master’s degree in social work at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

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Julie’s first pet was a hamster—small as the critter was, she taught Julie the true power of loving a pet. Taking care of her hamster made Julie value animals deeply, and she’s always wanted to help others’ four-legged companions as well. She gets to do just that as a member of the North Star Animal Hospital team!

Originally from Elizabeth, New Jersey, Julie began her animal-care career alongside her aunt at a veterinary ophthalmologist’s office. After stints in other animal clinics, she started looking for a new position and came across North Star Animal Hospital. Now, Julie is a proud member of the clinic team and couldn’t be happier! Her favorite part of the job is interacting with loving pet owners on a daily basis.

In her time away from the hospital, Julie enjoys reading and enjoying the company of her wonderful daughter. She’s trying to squeeze in as much time as she can before her daughter hits the “too cool for mom” stage!

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Veterinary Technician

An animal owner herself, Elizabeth knows exactly how much pets mean to the families of San Antonio. She’s wanted to help improve the lives of pets for as long as she can remember! Elizabeth is proud to serve as a Veterinary Technician with the North Star Animal Hospital team.

A Houston native, Elizabeth worked in a practice there for three years following her undergraduate studies in biology and chemistry. After that, she moved here to San Antonio, where she is currently enrolled in a program to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Elizabeth joined the North Star Animal Hospital family in March of 2016, and has particular interests in radiograph diagnostics and client education. She absolutely loves imparting helpful knowledge to brand-new pet owners!

In her time away from work, Elizabeth enjoys working out in her Zumba class and spending time with her own pets at home. She lives with an Australian shepherd, Spot, who enjoys doing tricks for his daily dental treat; Sasha the Siberian husky, who can play for hours before she’s tired out; and a young Chihuahua/terrier mix named Bambi who tucks himself under the covers at night.

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Pet Stylist

Colby was raised on a small ranch right outside of Schulenburg, Texas. Colby was constantly surrounded by cattle, dogs, and cats. Her favorite memories were of her grandmother teaching her how to bottle feeding calves. Many experiences since then have molded her into the perfect certified groomer for the North Star Animal Hospital Team.

Colby started in the industry as a grooming apprentice in a mobile grooming unit at fourteen. Determined to broaden her horizons and become the best groomer she could be she applied to a grooming school in Bellaire, Texas. She was hired on immediately after graduation at a corporate grooming salon. She grew rapidly into her skills and precision under the guidance of some of the best groomers in San Antonio. Colby’s passion for her clients and their pets aided in the decision to move on to new adventures.

In her time away from the hospital’s groom room, Colby is a foodie with a passion for learning about different techniques for grooming. Her favorite activity is attending grooming conventions and participating in seminars at least twice a year. Keeping herself current in the grooming industry and meeting top groomers in the nation is a dream come true!

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