Meet Our Talented Veterinary Team in Belton
Kasandra Hill, DVM, Clinical Medical Director
Dr. Hill joined Belton Small Animal Clinic in August 2014. She grew up in a small town in Southwest Kansas and spent many summers at her grandparents' farm in the panhandle of Oklahoma. Dr. Hill gained a lot of experience working side-by-side with her grandpa while raising cattle and harvesting wheat.
Dr. Hill attended Clarendon College for one year to play volleyball and then transferred to Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU). Here, she continued to play volleyball and graduated with a degree in Biology. SWOSU is also where she met her wonderful future husband, Jason. After graduation, Jason returned to Arlington to start his career in coaching/teaching and Dr. Hill attended veterinary school at Kansas State University. Upon graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Hill joined her husband in Arlington. After two years in Arlington, Jason transferred to Moody High School, where he is coaching football, and Kasandra joined BSAC.
Dr. Hill's special interests in veterinary medicine include soft tissue surgery and ophthalmology. The Hills have a Border Collie mix named Molly Bean and they just added Dexter Dog, a Lab mix who was abandoned, to their family. Dr. Hill and her husband have one son, Augustus Roy, and just welcomed daughter, Charlotte Rose, to their family.
Dr. Hill enjoys being outdoors, going to the lake, and watching her husband coach at the high school football games.
Linda M. Hankins, DVM
Dr. Hankins joined Belton Small Animal Clinic in 1997. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Texas A&M University in 1994. After graduating, she spent three years at the Animal Clinic in Galveston. Dr. Hankins grew up wanting to become a veterinarian, applying for her first job when she was eight years old, only to be told to come back when she was sixteen. At fifteen, Dr. Hankins started her career at a veterinary practice.
Veterinary practice allows one to utilize the love of animals and problem solving while building long lasting relationships with the pets and their families. It also allows for a variety of experiences including education of owners, internal medicine, radiology, anesthesiology, and surgery.
Dr. Hankins enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and playing cards. She shares her home with Haynie the cat, Dexter, a Jack Russell Terrier, and she has small herds of cows, goats and black antelope that she shares with her brother Kelly and sister-in-law Lizzy.
Dr. Hankins is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, the North Central Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and is a Board Member of After Hours Veterinary Services. She is also involved in the community through Foundation United Methodist Church.
Erin Dunkelberger, DVM
Dr. Dunkelberger joined Belton Small Animal Clinic in 2018. She is a native Texan, growing up in Houston, TX. She completed her undergraduate work in Biology at Texas A&M University. She then went to Manhattan, Kansas, where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University.
Dr. Dunkelberger’s professional interests include preventative care for all life stages, especially welcoming new family members into the home, and has budding interests in many other fields. Dr. Dunkelberger enjoys fishing, hiking, photography, and spending time with her family and their dogs, Bailey and Louie.
Brandi Roberts, DVM
Dr. Roberts joined BSAC in August 2018. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Angelo State University. While in San Angelo, she met her husband, Travis. Together, they attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Ready to settle down into small town life, they accepted positions in the central Texas area and live with their two horses and miniature dachshund. Dr. Roberts’ professional interests include surgery, cytology and wound management. While not working, the Roberts enjoy any outside activity, crafts, DIY projects and reading.
Kelli Franks, DVM
Dr. Franks joined Belton Small Animal Clinic in 2020. She grew up in North Carolina but her family is from LaGrange, Texas. She completed her undergraduate work in Animal Science at Texas A&M University. She continued on with Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
Dr. Franks’ professional interests include dermatology, cardiology and internal medicine, but she has a growing appreciation of many veterinary fields. Dr. Franks enjoys going on runs with her dog, Remy, hiking, fishing and spending time with her family.
Vanessa Hart, DVM
Dr. Vanessa Hart joined Belton Small Animal Clinic in July 2020. She grew up in Michigan and completed her bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Michigan. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Hart’s professional interests include dermatology, ophthalmology, and wound management. In her free time Dr. Hart enjoys training for triathlons, hiking, and spending time with her husband and cat Walle.