Veterinarians & Support Staff

Steve Byers, DVM

Owner

Dr. Steve Byers has owned and practiced veterinary medicine at Companion Animal Hospital since February 1995. Originally from Wichita, he attended Kansas State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1993. After college, Dr. Byers attended Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. Dr. Byers is professionally interested in surgery and he greatly enjoys making a difference in an animal’s life.

Dr. Byers is married to Dr. Tammy Truesdell, who is a co-owner and practicing veterinarian at Companion Animal Hospital. In his free time, he enjoys raising and showing horses, volunteering at his church and coaching little league football and baseball.

Tammy Truesdell, DVM

Owner

Dr. Tammy Truesdell has owned and practiced veterinary medicine at Companion Animal Hospital since February 1995. She hails from Wichita and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wichita State University in 1988. Dr. Truesdell earned Cum laude honors with departmental honors in biology. After college, she attended Kansas State University College Veterinary Medicine where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. Dr. Truesdell is a member of the American Society of Veterinary Behaviorists.

At home, Dr. Truesdell and her husband, Dr. Steve Byers, have two cats named Harry and Si. They have eight children—four of whom are in college and four of whom are still at home and active in sports, horse showing and church. In her free time, Dr. Truesdell enjoys raising and showing horses and volunteering at church.

Kayd Byers, DVM

Dr. Byers joined Companion Animal Hospital after graduating from KSU College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2018, graduating with honors (Magna Cum Laude). He is the son of doctors, and owners Steve Byers and Tammy Truesdell. Dr. Kayd Byers has a strong interest in internal medicine and surgery and strives to provide top of the line care for all his patients.

Dr. Byers is married , and currently lives in the Wichita area. His wife and he have a small heard of animals at home.

Some of his activities outside of work consist of; being with family, watching movies, and running/weight lifting.

Destiny Byers

Office Manager

Destiny joined the Companion Animal Hospital team in 2011. She moved away for two years while her husband, Dr. Kayd Byers, completed his first years of veterinary medicine. When she rejoined our team, she became the manager of our Maize location. She is proud to be apart of a low stress veterinary clinic that allows her the time to get to know each individual patient and their family.

When Destiny is not at work she spends time with her own animals, which consists of, five cats, four dogs ( two chihuahuas, a jack Russell terrier, and a golden retriever) two rats, an African grey parrot, a horse, two axolotls and four chickens.

Her hobbies and interests include: traveling to new places, jamming out at concerts, and all things Disney related.

Estella Meraz

Lead Veterinary Technician/Dog Trainer

I have worked at Companion Animal Hospital since August 2002. I graduated from Colby Community College with an Associate degree in Veterinary Technology in 2017 and I am a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner. Recently, as of 2020, I also became an evaluator for Canine Good Citizen and low-stress certified. I am also a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild and the Pet Professional Alliance of Wichita. I enjoy working at Companion Animal Hospital because it is a low-stress and force-free veterinary office that goes along with my beliefs in dog training. At home, I have a boxer mix named Omar, three daughters, and one son. My daughter Reyna just started college at Pratt with a scholarship for soccer. Soledad is in high school and she loves to bake. Alysia is in middle school and also plays competitive soccer. My son Julian is 6 years old and spoiled rotten.

Sarah Schuetz

Kennel Technician

Sarah became a member of our family in 2018. She was born and raised in Wichita. She grew up with hunting dogs and has loved animals as long as she can remember. Sarah received her associates in liberal arts in 2009. She plans on continuing her education in the future. She believes she has found her life’s calling by joining the Companion team.

She has a small family of her own consisting of one cat named Percy Cat and a Chihuahua named Franklin.

In her spare time, she is a Mary Kay consultant and enjoys watching college athletics, cheering on KU. Other hobbies include: playing pool, going to concerts, bowling, and watching movies.

Brenna Kreutziger

Kennel Technician

I started working at this clinic as a kennel technician in 2015. Since then, I have also learned the roles of the daycare worker, receptionist, and veterinary technician assistant. I have also had experience working with exotic animals, both here and in a zoo abroad. I love this field and have aspired to be a veterinarian since I was very young. I will be graduating from Wichita State University this year with a bachelor’s degree in biology with a focus on pre-veterinary practice. I will soon be applying to vet school in hopes of working with large exotic animals, such as my favorite, the hippopotamus, in my future. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family and being outdoors. I also volunteer at Murdock House Farm Sanctuary and provide for my own animals (a cat, snake, and chinchilla).

Trinity

Kennel Technician

Bio coming soon!

Madison

Kennel Technician

Bio coming soon!

Stephanie Burnett

Lead Receptionist

In January of 2020, I began working at Companion Animal Hospital as the lead receptionist. I have 13 years of experience working in customer service and six years of experience as a vet clinic receptionist prior to working here. I chose the vet field because it allows me to interact with both the animals and their owners. I have strong people skills as well as patience and compassion that allow me to enjoy both aspects of the job. Outside of work, I love spending time with my husband and my six-year-old son. We enjoy crafting, fishing, and watching Netflix as well as much other fun, family activities.