Meet Our Veterinarians & Support Team

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.

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.

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 many other fun, family activities.

Emily Igo, Daycare Attendant

I started working at this clinic in July of 2019 as the daycare worker. During my time here, I graduated from the Animal Behavioral College to become a certified dog trainer and took over that role. In the past, I have showed dogs in 4H and attended three years of veterinary technician school. I am also low stress certified. I chose to work at a vet clinic because I love working with dogs; it has always been my true passion. Sometimes it feels as though this clinic chose me; I feel truly blessed to work here. After a day of work, I like to play with my Labrador, Honey, and read books. However, there is always work to do at home as well.

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).