Our Story

Dr. Matt and Dr. Shelly Gomulak both have had a passion for animal care since they were small children. Veterinary medicine was the only career they considered pursuing.

They both grew up in the country with household pets, horses and livestock to keep them busy. Shelly has been rescuing stray and abandoned animals since she can remember and had parents that supported her efforts with kindness and understanding.

Her involvement with Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter was a natural turn of events and Independence helps with the health care and spay and neuter of shelter animals free of charge.

Matt spent his summers in Texas in his late teens and early twenties starting reining colts in Pilot Point, TX. He enjoys every aspect of horse care from training young stock to difficult medical procedures. When offered the opportunity to work as a veterinarian in this horse heavy state, he jumped at the chance.

Shelly and Matt have been living and caring for animals in Texas now for 18 years. Starting their own practice was a leap of faith. With three young children and one on the way, it was a gamble at the very least. With hard work, diligence and a lot of compassion, their practice is now thriving and in its twelfth year of operation. Our work is our play because we love what we do.

Independence Equine & Small Animal Clinic Team

Dr. Shelly Gomulak
Dr. Shelly Gomulak
Owner / DVM
Dr. Matt Gomulak
Dr. Matt Gomulak
Owner / DVM
Diana Garrison
Diana Garrison
Practice Manager
Jean Dumovich
Jean Dumovich
Reception Supervisor
Shannon Campbell
Shannon Campbell
Receptionist & Equine Vet Assistant
Victor Ramirez
Victor Ramirez
Equine Vet Tech
Renee Rigsby
Renee Rigsby
Technician Team Lead
Amanda Williams
Amanda Williams
Receptionist
Mandi Brown
Mandi Brown
Veterinary Technician
Brooke Lewis
Brooke Lewis
Receptionist
Jonathan Van Tassel
Jonathan Van Tassel
Assistant Vet Tech
Sierra Jones
Sierra Jones
Receptionist & Assistant Vet Technician
Gala Knoll
Gala Knoll
Receptionist
Courtney Keathley
Courtney Keathley
Veterinary Technician
Teresa Hedrick
Teresa Hedrick
Inventory Manager & Vet Tech