Dr. Kent Julius
Dr. Kent Julius, owner and founder of Legacy Veterinary Hospital, received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois in 1999. During veterinary school he worked as a research assistant grant program that involved trapping and releasing wildlife near swine farms to determine the spread of viruses. He also served as a research assistant in the U of I Toxicology Lab for three years. After graduation he worked for at the largest veterinary hospital in Carrollton. He then joined a three-doctor small animal hospital in Coppell for two years before opening Legacy Veterinary Hospital. He also served as a relief veterinarian at the Fort Worth Zoo for 3 years.
Dr. Julius is a Frisco resident and a member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, Dallas County Veterinary Medical Association, Collin County Veterinary Medical Association, and the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. He completes more than double the required yearly continued education hours. His special interests include surgery and preventative medicine.
“When I grew up, we had all kinds of animals. We had dogs, cats, horses, cattle, and then we had wildlife that we would rehab. So I had all kinds of opportunities to take care of pets. I felt compassion for them when they couldn’t help themselves. It really made me want to figure out how could I make them better because they just provided so much happiness to me. Their simplicity, the way they think, the way these animals think, and just, “I always want to be happy, I want to play, and I want to have fun. And I want to love you.” That’s kind of their attitude and to me that, just as a kid, I thought I want to be able to help these things. I want to know how to help them, I want to know how to fix them, I want to know what’s wrong so I could make their lives better.
Dr. Erin Kelley
Dr. Erin Kelley earned her bachelor of science degree in Biomedical Science at Texas A and M University in 2005, and her Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A and M University in 2009. She graduated summa cum laude for both degrees.
She worked for 4 years at a 24 hr, 7 day a week clinic in Frisco where she enjoyed emergency work, surgery, and the ability to help manage her patient’s health in wellness, sickness, and emergent situations. She was named clinician of the year in 2012. In 2013 she worked in a clinic in Allen where she expanded her dental care.
When Dr. Kelley has time away from work, she can be found hiking down a trail with her three rescue dogs-Rayne, Blake, and Cade. She also enjoys spending time riding, developing skills and reaching goals with her young rescue Clydesdale cross, Bella.
“I think I got involved with working with animals because when I was young, I had a neighbor, who was a businesswoman. She’d go out of town, and she’d let me take me care of her dogs. I went on so many adventures down this local river with those two dogs. They were like my best friends. They kept me safe from water moccasins, and from strangers, and things like that. It was just a really close friendship that I had with those two dogs.
I think that’s where my love for animals started. Then just the friendship that you can have with animals. I think it involved to being able to help other people with their friendships with their animals, and just became a very rewarding process of getting to help not only animals that can’t help themselves, but the humans that have the bonds with the animals that can’t help themselves. When you help an animal, you get to help the human too.
The reason I chose to work at Legacy Veterinary Hospital is because it’s very organized and it has standards. We meet, as doctors, every week talking about how we’re going to make things better. Then there’s also the challenge among us doctors as far as to make each other better and to work as a team. I like that.
I also like that we get to teach people and help contribute to the techs and the receptionist life, and making them understand the veterinary world better.”
Dr. Jessica Cohen
Dr. Jessica Cohen graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009 with a degree in veterinary medicine. Following graduation she completed an intensive 1 year internship at The 6666 Ranch in Guthrie Texas, then was in mixed animal private practice for about 2 years. Dr. Cohen then went on to pursue a residency in Theriogenology at Oklahoma State University, which she completed in 2014. Dr. Cohen is eligible for Diplomat status with the American College of Theriogenologists and is excited to be able to offer her services to the DFW area.
“I’ve always wanted to work with animals. I was that little girl who at five years old if you asked me what I wanted to be, I wanted to be a veterinarian, and my answer never changed when I was growing up. I started out from a really young age just crazy about all kinds of animals, and I would collect all the information I could get on animals. I still have these books at home, stacks of books just telling you about all the different kind of animals in the world. I would always catch animals and bring them home, like animals you’re not supposed to have in pets. They became my pets. It as an adventure for my parents, I guess.
I loved working at Legacy Vet Hospital. I love working with the people here. I think that everybody genuinely is very caring and honest and genuinely dedicated to doing the best that they can and getting the animals the best care that they can. I think that we all are passionate about the animal industry and hopefully that shows in the services that we offer and the work that we do here.”
The biggest thing that I’m proud of with Legacy Veterinary Hospital is the fact that everything that we do makes the animal’s lives better and as a result of that, it helps the people that own these animals, specifically their kids. I really like to know that everything we do, from the littlest thing like a nail trim or a haircut to saving their life or an emergency, we’re helping that animal. Then in turn, it helps the people that own those animals and helps their family.”
Dr. Andy Martin
Dr. Andy Martin was born and raised in St. Louis, MO until the age of 11 at which point his family moved to Shreveport, LA. All his life he was surrounded by family pets which included: hamsters, gerbils, parakeets, cats, dogs and horses. After pursuing a curriculum to become a music teacher, Dr. Martin realized his call was to care for animals as a veterinarian.
Dr. Martin attended Centenary College and Louisiana State University in Shreveport for his undergraduate studies and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University in the summer of 1994. Geaux Tigers!! After graduation, Dr. Martin came to Texas and found his place here at Lovers Lane Animal Hospital which he later bought and changed the name to Lovers Lane Animal Medical Center with his co-owner, Dr. Lon Hays. Since moving his family to Frisco in 2012, he has started laying down professional roots by joining Legacy Veterinary Hospital on a part time basis.
While in high school, Dr. Martin met his future wife whom he married in 1991. They have been blessed with two daughters Brindan and Mallory and their son Jared who are all active in sports and or choir. Dr. Martin enjoys nature walks and playing guitar. Currently their furry children include Louie and Moe, their playful cats, Jane who is a crazy Bichon, and the 2 Big Lug Boxers, Dallas and Buster.
Dr. Roisin Ryder
Dr. Roisin Ryder, BSc BVMS MRCVS hails from Toronto, Canada. She is relatively new to the DFW area, moving here this year with her husband and miniature schnauzer, ‘Cappie’ (short for Captain because of his beard). Dr. Ryder graduated from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia in 2010 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Biology and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. As a new graduate, Dr. Ryder worked as a mixed practice veterinarian in Margaret River, Australia before moving home to practice small animal medicine in Toronto. After 3 years working as the lead veterinarian at a small animal clinic in Toronto, she completed a surgical internship at the world renowned Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey, UK in 2014.
“I’m Dr. Ryder here at Legacy Vet Hospital. I’m one of the associate vets. I like working with animals because they’re so different to us in so many ways but also so similar. They’re such innocent beings. I find, around myself, they really calm me. I just love being an advocate for something that’s so innocent.
I like working at Legacy Vet Hospital because all of our clients care so much about their pets. They’re such an important part of their lives and we get to foster that love and care that they have with that animal and make sure they have them around as long as possible. The staff here just all care about everybody’s pets as much as they are their own. Everybody loves coming into work and is happy to be here.”