Our Veterinarians

Dr. Walter
Owner, Veterinarian
From the time she was three years old, Dr. Walter remembers being deeply bonded to her dogs, cats, and horse. The unconditional love that these pets shared with her inspired her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine!

Dr. Walter was raised in Pearland, Texas. She truly learned the veterinary profession from the ground up—she started as a kennel assistant, then worked her way up to a Veterinary Assistant position and eventually a Veterinary Technician. All the while, she worked in a horse barn while attending college. She graduated from Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 1999, and soon after joined Stafford Oaks Veterinary Hospital as an associate Veterinarian. Dr. Walter fell in love with the pets and clients of Stafford Oaks Veterinary Hospital, so much that she jumped on the opportunity to purchase the practice in 2009.

Dr. Walter enjoys seeing new puppies and discussing the joys of puppyhood with pet parents. She also likes treating pets for allergic skin diseases since it is a common problem for pets in her area of the country.

At home, Dr. Walter lives with her high-school sweetheart husband, Robert, and their large family. They have four children: Bobby, Logan, Hayden, and Brooklyn. They also have three cats, Morris, Braveheart, and Kirby, as well as two dogs, mastiff Lola and a rescue named Blacky.

Dr. Walter is an avid Crossfit exercise fanatic, having even obtained her level-one trainer certificate! She likes cooking with her whole family and is always looking for new recipes to try. Gardening is Dr. Walter’s favorite form of relaxation.
Dr. Puksta
Associate Veterinarian
From a young age, Dr. Puksta recognized that there are advances being made every day in animal care and longevity, and she wanted to be a part of it! After obtaining a degree in Psychology, she went back to school to achieve her degree in Biology and attend Veterinary School. She has now worked at Stafford Oaks Veterinary Hospital as an Associate Veterinarian for nine years.

Dr. Puksta grew up in Oregon. She attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and then went to Louisiana State University for her clinical rotations. She started practicing veterinary medicine in Washington State before moving to the area for her husband’s job.

Pain and arthritis treatment and therapies are Dr. Puksta’s “hobbies” within the veterinary medicine world. She also particularly likes rehabbing turtles!

Dr. Puksta’s husband Josh is a transmission lineman. They have a 12 year old daughter named Kierra, four dogs (including 2 spoiled frenchies), and a cat. The family loves the outdoors and stays active by hiking, camping, traveling, riding UTVs, and swimming
Dr. Brady
Associate Veterinarian
Born and raised in Southwest Houston, Dr. Brady attended Texas A&M to receive his degree and doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He worked at Stafford Oaks Veterinary Hospital as a Technician while in college, then returned to the clinic as an Associate Veterinarian in 1988 and has been helping animals here for 29 years!

Dr. Brady is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. He’s been a huge influence on the “common sense at an affordable price” philosophy at Stafford Oaks! He enjoys diagnosing animal diseases, discussing pet care with owners, and general practice work.

At home, Dr. Brady lives with his wife Laurie, a school teacher, and their black Labrador Scratch. In his spare time, he competes in fishing tournaments and recently won the JP Griffon Memorial Fishing Tournament that raised over a quarter million dollars for education scholarshpis! Dr. Brady also plays softball every Tuesday—even though his team is the “old guys” team competing in a “young guys” league, he has a lot of fun and loves playing!
Dr. Pella
Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Pella, like most veterinary professionals, has adored the company of animals ever since he was very young. He’s also been fascinated by puzzles and science since his earliest days. What better way to combine his keen problem-solving skills, a love for the sciences, and a passion for pets than by working as a veterinarian? Dr. Pella helps animals and the people who care for them every day as one of Stafford Oaks Veterinary Hospital’s Associate Veterinarians.

Originally from Lake Jackson, Texas, Dr. Pella attended Texas A&M University to study biomedical sciences, graduating with honors and moving back home to start working at a local veterinary clinic. Next, he moved to Colorado for a time before gaining acceptance to veterinary school back in Texas—Dr. Pella spent the next several years earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine before graduating in the spring of 2016 and settling in Houston.

Here at the hospital, Dr. Pella makes it his mission to treat each and every visiting patient as if they were his very own. His favorite part of his job is getting to know both clients and their beloved companions—he knows that the incredible human-animal bond is what’s truly at the heart of the veterinary profession!

Dr. Pella and his wife, Sarah—a veterinarian herself who Dr. Pella met during his veterinary school years!—have a young son, Liam, and four dogs. Rowan and Arya are both feisty Australian shepherds; Ana the dachshund considers herself the boss of the house; and Waffles the foster-failure Black Mouth Cur prides himself on being Liam’s favorite.

Away from work, Dr. Pella can be found spending quality time with his family, camping and hiking in the great outdoors, chopping firewood, and working on his 1977 Jeep CJ5. He’s also active in the Rotary Club and in the Texas Veterinary Medical Association’s Power of 10 group, a leadership training program for recent veterinary graduates.
Dr. Brown
Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Ayla Brown was nine years old on vacation in South Padre Island, Texas, when she first realized that she wanted to become a veterinarian. She found a Monarch butterfly unable to fly, and immediately brought the creature back indoors to nurse it back to full health. Young Dr. Brown made sugar water for the butterfly to eat and watched over it as it regained its strength. After a few hours, she watched her patient fly away. At that moment, Dr. Brown knew exactly what she wanted to do for the rest of her life!

Dr. Brown was born in Flower Mound, Texas, but grew up in Sugar Land. She started working here at Stafford Oaks Veterinary Hospital as a Technician Assistant while she was in high school, and then moved on to study animal science at Texas Tech University. Next, Dr. Brown gained acceptance to Oklahoma State University’s veterinary program and earned her Doctorate in May of 2019. Now, she’s thrilled to return to where it all started—right here at Stafford Oaks Veterinary Hospital—as an Associate Veterinarian!

Medically, Dr. Brown is passionate about surgical procedures and working with large-animal and exotic patients. Most of all, she loves to work closely with her clients to solve behavioral problems through a better understanding of the pet’s needs. Dr. Brown is especially proud to have received the World Animal Care Foundation Award in 2019 for her understanding of and appreciation for the human-animal bond.

When she’s not at work, Dr. Brown enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and exploring the great outdoors by scuba diving, rock-climbing, hiking, wakeboarding, or skiing. She has four pets of her own at home: A dog named Tina who runs the house; Charlie Brown the Chiweenie; Dexter, a cat who tends to act more like a dog; and a pet fish named Butters.