Doctors & Staff


Dr. Steve Hotchkiss is the President and Owner of Veterinary Health Care Concepts, a unique full-service business that provides pets and their owners exceptional medical care and luxury resort services. Dr. Hotchkiss received his B.S. and Doctorate degrees from Texas A&M and has been in private practice in Fort Worth ever since. In 1994, Dr. Hotchkiss purchased Hulen Hills Animal Hospital from its previous owner and set out to create a state-of-the-art veterinary facility staffed with a well-trained, caring and professional team of doctors, nurses and support personnel. He is a skilled orthopedic surgeon who performs many advanced procedures including TPLOs, Hemilaminectomies, and fracture repairs. In 2001, Dr. Hotchkiss served as the President of the Tarrant County Veterinary Medical Association. From 2008 – 2010 he was a reporter for Veterinary News Network, a national group of veterinarians and media journalists who worked together to produce news stories about current issues and advances in animal medicine. He also served as the head of the American Society of Veterinary Journalists, an organization committed to improving the quality of veterinary medical information delivered in the public media. He and his wife, Lisa, have three beautiful children – Brooke, Luke and Macy; a Papillon named Milkshake; and a Border Collie named Lucy. Dr. Hotchkiss and his family reside in Fort Worth, TX, but split their time at their ranch in Stephenville.

 After graduating from Texas A&M in 1998, Dr. Tricia Earley spent eight years practicing in Austin where she was honored as the Veterinarian of the Year in 2005. During that time, she also served as a Veterinary Correspondent for KXAN news, a local NBC affiliate. At KXAN, Dr. Earley hosted a monthly “Ask the Vet” segment, which provided information to the public regarding animal healthcare. Dr. Early serves as Country Living Magazine’s “Ask a Country Vet” animal expert, answering nationwide readers’ questions about all animal-related topics on a monthly basis. Since joining our team in 2007, Dr. Earley has attended numerous advanced-diagnostic seminars and has become an extremely skilled ultrasonographer. Aside from partnering with our own team of doctors, she has also become an integral partner for our referring veterinarians as her skills have helped diagnose kidney and bladder stones, tumors, cancer and other diseases in their clients’ pets. Her diagnosis have helped so many pets throughout North Texas get on the right treatment plan and course for healing. Dr. Earley is caring, compassionate, and believes that good communication is the cornerstone of any quality client relationship. This opinion is shared by her husband, Robert, who is the CEO of JPS Health Network. The Earleys have a beautiful daughter named Bryce, two lovable Lakeland Terriers, Joe and Patsy, a giant Great Pyrenees mix named Owen, five Clydesdale horses, a flock of chickens, and a hive of 20,000 honeybees! The Earleys reside on Old Chestnut Farm, a 65-acre plot on the outskirts of Fort Worth, where they relish the simple life.

mikeprofilepic3Dr. Mike Nigliazzo joined our team as an associate veterinarian in June 2000 after graduating from Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Nigliazzo is a native Texan. He grew up on a farm in Navasota, Texas, where his parents are now retired and raise cattle. He has an identical twin brother named Zack, who is attending Seminary in Dallas. Throughout his many years at Hulen Hills, Dr. Nigliazzo has developed a special interest in dentistry, dermatology, and internal medicine. Dr. Nigliazzo’s clients become especially bonded to him and they appreciate the special care and attention he offers. He is especially skilled at educating clients about their pet’s disease or illness. He is generous with his time, listens carefully to his clients, and shares his veterinary knowledge at a level that’s easy to understand. He and his wife Sarah reside in Aledo. They are the proud parents of a Labrador Retriever named Parker, Bailey their Maltese, Noah, their handsome young son, and their lovely daughter Addy, who is the apple of her daddy’s eye.

Dr. P final1Dr. Pleimann received her veterinary degree in 2006 from the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, she completed an internship at the Equine Sports Medicine & Surgery Center in Weatherford, TX. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Pleimann joined our Metro West Emergency Veterinary Center team in 2007. After a five year stint working emergency shifts, Dr. Pleimann transitioned to the day-time staff and now enjoys splitting her time between appointments with clients, whom Dr. Pleimann partners with through all phases of their pets’ life journeys, and overseeing the care of our hospitalized patients. Dr. Pleimann is focused and determined, a perfect combination during high-pressure situations. She especially enjoys managing complicated DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis) cases, and performing life-saving GDV surgeries on dogs suffering from sudden bloat. Dr. Pleimann has completed advanced diagnostic training, and is one of our hospital’s skilled ultrasonographers. Her skills in this area allow us to diagnose disease and other health problems quickly and efficiently. Dr. Pleimann grew up just outside St. Louis where she showed American Quarter Horses at events throughout Missouri and Illinois. Her compassion for animals led her to work at an animal hospital in her hometown as a teenager, and eventually to studying Animal Science in college. In her spare time, Dr. Pleimann and her fiancé enjoy working on their new home in Fort Worth’s Tanglewood neighborhood. Above all else, she is mom to Morgan, a beautiful toddler who Dr. Pleimann thinks is growing up too fast!

Dr. Kate Eichholtz received her veterinary degree in 1980 from the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine. She has over 30 years of experience, including solid stints doing emergency and critical care work throughout the United States. Dr. Running has extensive radio and TV experience, including hosting many radio programs and serving as the veterinary talent and health expert for “People and Pets” which aired nationwide on CNN. She is also a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) at the Chi Institute and the University of South China. Dr. Running is the co-author of “Horse Health and Nutrition for Dummies” and in her spare time raises cutting horses at her beautiful ranch in Tolar, Texas.

Dr. StoneDr. Preston Stone joined us after a successful stint working for a very busy veterinary clinic in Allen, Texas. Although he’s the newest member of our team, Dr. Stone has already developed a loyal following of clients who appreciate the great effort he makes to connect with them and to provide the best veterinary care for their pets. He is a proud graduate of Clemson University, where he studied animal science and was an offensive lineman on the gridiron for the Fighting Tigers. Dr. Stone earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M. He stays busy seeing patients throughout the week, including Wednesday nights until 10 p.m. Dr. Stone’s off-hours availability has been a big hit for clients who find it challenging to juggle work, school, children, and pets between 9 – 5. In addition to regular appointments, he oversees the treatment of hospitalized patients who are sick or injured and require special care. With these critical cases, Dr. Stone dedicates much of his time making sure worried clients are well informed about their pet’s condition and are cared for, too. Born and raised in Arlington, Texas, Dr. Stone has wanted to be a veterinarian as long as he can remember. His passion grew during countless trips to the family farm in South Carolina. Dr. Stone and his wife Erin live in south Fort Worth where they enjoy working on their new home, landscaping, and enjoying good eats around town. Rounding out his family are two handsome labs, Tillman and Graham, and Quarter Horses, Sahren and Jiggy.

Dr. John Beach is a long-time fixture in Fort Worth’s veterinary community. Dr. Beach earned his undergrad and Doctorate degrees from Purdue University. He has practiced veterinary medicine throughout North Texas for 30 years, earning a loyal client base who appreciates his desire to protect, celebrate, and enhance the owner-pet bond. Dr. Beach has served in many different capacities — Medical Director, Practice Owner, and associate veterinarian. Currently, Dr. Beach primarily works emergency shifts, providing urgent care to sick or injured pets; However, he is also available for wellness and vaccine appointments so he can continue to partner with clients through all phases of their pets’ lives. Dr. Beach enjoys complicated internal medicine and ophthalmology cases.  He is one of the few veterinarians in town certified to evaluate the integrity of canine hips through the PennHIP test, a superior, scientific method to evaluate dogs for their susceptibility to develop hip dysplasia. Using this method, Dr. Beach can screen for hip looseness on dogs as young as 4 months of age. Dr. Beach has been taking care of animals most of his life. In fact, he was only 11 when he “bondoed” the cracked shell of a box turtle, an experience that peeked his interest in becoming a vet one day. Dr. Beach enjoys cooking, art, travel, and fishing. Dr. Beach serves on the elder board at New River Fellowship and is also active in the church’s ministry program. He resides in Weatherford, TX, with Bristol, his Australian Shepherd.