Get to know our team!
Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Center for Veterinary Pain Management and Rehabilitation! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!
Meet Our Veterinarians & Staff
Dr. Rick Wall, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRP, CMTPT
Owner / Veterinarian
A 1979 graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Wall is the medical director of Animal Clinics of The Woodlands and the Center for Veterinary Pain Management and Rehabilitation. Following an initial career in equine medicine, Dr. Wall opened Animal Clinic at Cochran’s Crossing located in The Woodlands, TX, in 1995. This was to be the first of three primary veterinary care locations that now form Animal Clinics of The Woodlands. In 2004, Dr. Wall opened the Center for Veterinary Pain Management and Rehabilitation. He is certified in canine rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee and a board-certified specialist in sports medicine and rehabilitation.
Dr. Wall's Certifications and Professional Associations
- Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner–University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
- Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist – Myopain Seminars, Bethesda, MD
- Member–International Academy of Veterinary Pain Management (IVAPM)
- 2019 President – Texas Veterinary Medical Association
Dr. Carrie Giordano, DVM, CVPP
Carrie Giordano practiced as an LVT in El Paso, Texas for 17 years before receiving her DVM from Texas A&M University in 2005. She has been practicing small animal medicine and surgery at The Animal Clinics of The Woodlands since 2005. Dr. Giordano earned her CVPP as part of the inaugural class of Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioners from the International Veterinary Association of Pain Management. She has served on the IVAPM board of directors and chaired the Credentialing Committee for several years. She has chaired the Animal Welfare Committee for the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and plays an active role in the local VMA with an interest in animal welfare and organizing CE.
Dr. Giordano and her husband, Paul, share their home with two dogs, six cats, and many birds, ducks and box turtles. In addition to her love for animals, she also has a love of music. She can often be found enjoying the music scene in and around Houston.
Dr. Giordano’s passion for animal welfare inspired her to donate her time to the recovery effort after Hurricane Harvey. Her expertise and knowledge were utilized in the medical care of displaced pets housed by local animal shelters and animal welfare organizations after the hurricane.
Kari Koudelka LVT, CCRP, VTS-(physical rehabilitation)
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Kari Koudelka graduated with her AAS degree in Veterinary Technology from Tomball College in 2004. Following graduation, Kari began working in rehabilitation for Dr. Richard Wall. Since that time, she has been director of rehabilitation and the head rehabilitation technician for the Center for Veterinary Pain Management and Rehabilitation in The Woodlands, Texas. She achieved her certification as a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner (CCRP) through the University of Tennessee’s Canine Rehabilitation program in 2005. In 2007, she completed courses in Traditional Chinese Medicine for Veterinary Technicians at the Chi Institute in Florida. Since 2012, Kari has helped Dr. Wall as a staff member for the Canine Myofascial Trigger Point Course through MyoPain Seminars. Kari has also been involved with the creation of a VTS—or Veterinary Technician Specialty—in physical rehabilitation and served on the organizing committee where she served as president, then as executive director of the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians (APRVT). She has also served as a founding technician and technician liaison board member for the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians. Kari has written peer-reviewed articles for Veterinary Team Brief and contributed to the textbook Pain Management for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses. She is active on the advisory committee for the Veterinary Technology program at Tomball College and works with their internship program as a specialty practice. In March 2017, She was honored as the 2017 Veterinary Technician of the Year from the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA).
When Kari is not focusing her talents and expertise in the field of veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation, she enjoys working out, outdoor activities, and spending time with friends. Most importantly, she enjoys spending downtime with her two dachshunds, Alfie and Francisco, and her terrier mix, Kip.
Megan Carlson LVT, CCRP (pending)
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Megan is a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), and has been with the Animal Clinics of the Woodlands since 2014. She graduated and received her AAS degree from the Lonestar Veterinary Technology Program. In 2011, Megan graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University (Whoop!) Megan is currently taking online courses with the University of Tennessee to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP). She has enjoyed working closely with Dr. Wall and Kari at the Center for Pain Management and Rehabilitation Center and is passionate about educating clients on the overall health of their pets. In Megan’s personal time, she loves hiking and camping with her husband and their two spoiled pups, Charles and Buddy. When they are not being active, she enjoys cuddling up with her sweet cat Jovie.
Sharon Hessong, CVA3
Certified Veterinary Assistant III
Sharon was born and raised in Houston and has been in the veterinary profession for more than 30 years. She has worked here at The Animal Clinics of The Woodlands and Center for Veterinary Pain Management for the last 16 years. Each patient is special to her, and she treats each patient as if they were her own. Sharon’s professional interests include emergency medicine and assisting in the rehabilitation of animals. Sharon has her Certified Veterinary Assistant Level III certificate and is working toward her Licensed Veterinary Technician degree. Outside of work, Sharon enjoys spending time with her boyfriend Scott and her 2 dogs, a dachshund named Miller and a lab/beagle mix named Harley. She also enjoys going to the beach, fishing, and watching baseball.