Our Staff






Our Staff

James M. Baggs, DVM

A native of West Texas, Dr. Baggs was reared on and around ranches and animals of all sizes and types. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture Degree from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2001. In 2006, he graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University. Before moving back to Bryan to take over West Villa Maria Veterinary Clinic in 2007, Dr. Baggs practiced large and small animal medicine near Corpus Christi, Texas. In addition, Dr. Baggs is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennie, and their three children (Jarrett, Jackson, & Jessie).

Professional Memberships: American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA), Brazos Valley Veterinary Medical Association (BVVMA), and the Veterinary Orthopedic Society.

Kristen Norris, CVPM

Kristen has been an important member of the West Brazos family for more than ten years. She started as a technician during her undergrad years and now has a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M. Kristen acts as both technician and practice manager, providing compassionate care to both pets and owners. As our resident reptile enthusiast she has taught the staff a great deal about reptiles and is the main reason Dr. Baggs has been seeing reptiles for the past several years. When not at the office Kristen enjoys working on her mini zoo at home and spending time with her two children Luke and Lexi.

Bailey S.

‘Almost’ Dr. Bailey has been with West Brazos Animal Clinic for many years. She is currently finishing vet school at TAMU and is looking forward to her career as a veterinarian. Her goal is to become a mixed animal practitioner. When not in school Bailey enjoys hunting, fishing and hanging with friends and family. Something interesting about Bailey is her time spent abroad in Australia and that she can snowboard and ski! After class Bailey has a fantastic three-legged study buddy named Kitty who is obsessed with stealing and eating bread.


Teresa or TEA as we call her in the clinic has been our beloved lead receptionist extraordinaire for several years now. Teresa is a former Corps Cadet from the TAMU class of 2009! When she isn’t in the clinic Teresa enjoys working out, running, reading and watching TV. Teresa is also a pretty fantastic cook and enjoys cooking for others. At the end of a long day Teresa enjoys cuddling up with her big fluffy malamute Luna and she cross-eyed kitty Ally.


Marisa or Marrishka as we call her around the clinic is a current Animal Science major at Texas A&M. In her free time she enjoys painting, spontaneous road trips, and collecting plants. Marisa also enjoys music festivals and listening to all genres of music. Recently Marisa added two adorable kittens to her family named Beerus and Queso! Something interesting about Marisa is that her knees are about 90 years old and sound like popping bubble wrap when she picks up patients. She has also started powerlifting which will be a fantastic skill to have with some of our giant breed patients 😉


Ashley is a 2020 TAMU graduate who majored in Biomedical Science and Entomology. She is also starting her journey through vet school at Texas A&M and is looking forward to her career as a veterinarian focusing on care for exotics and birds. In her free time Ashley enjoys hunting, fishing, painting and taxidermy. At the clinic Ashley is our exotics guru and takes a special interest in all things birds and reptiles. Ashley has her own personal zoo including Kevin the prairie dog, Cosmo the coatimundi, Worm and Noodle the ferrets and Blue the coon hound. Ashley also has several reptiles including those that she rehabilitates and adopts in conjunction with a local rescue.


Shelby is a 2021 A&M graduate majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. Her interests include horseback riding, painting, roller-skating, reading and playing with her dogs. Something interesting about Shelby is her artistic tattoos including a t-rex! As our surgical technician Shelby helps organize our morning surgeries, monitor your pets during surgery and make sure that the mornings at West Brazos Animal Center go smoothly. Shelby has three wonderful dogs named Rory, Whitney and Dallas and a sassy kitty named Toulouse.


Jonathan is a graduate of Texas A&M majoring in Biomedical Sciences, and will be starting at A&M Veterinary School this fall.  In his free time he enjoys disc golf, ultimate frisbee, reading, and spending time outdoors. As an avid outdoorsman Jonathan especially enjoys hiking and spending time exploring new areas. Because he spends so much time in class, exploring the outdoors and playing disc golf, his perfect pet is his betta fish Finley.


Kyndra joined the WBAC family in 2021 after moving to the area from San Antonio. Kyndra brightens up the clinic with her cheerful and animated energy. In her spare time Kyndra loves to spend time with her two goofy dachshunds Nixon and Constantine. Kyndra is also currently working towards becoming a Licenced Veterinary Technician


Lisa is our newest receptionist, moving here from Kansas. Although new to WBAC, Lisa has been working with animals for many years including working at an animal shelter and working at a dog training  and boarding facility. Lisa enjoys hiking, swimming, spending time with family and traveling. Something very interesting about Lisa is that she enjoys cultivating golden oyster mushrooms!


Leila is a senior Microbiology major at Texas A&M.  She plans to go to veterinary school, specializing in Animal Sonography.  Leila is a Certified Veterinary Assistant who speaks French, Spanish, English, and a bit of Chinese.  She enjoys spending time with her three golden retrievers named Sammy, Tanner and Callie, and she has a betta fish named Murphy.