Terry E. Ford, DVM
Growing up in the Dallas neighborhood of Lake Highlands, Terry was always collecting animals: horses, cows, raccoons, roosters and dogs. He constantly built and disassembled items, marveling at the internal mechanics and physics. He worked in the kennel for White Rock Animal Clinic from the time he was fourteen, given responsibilities and privileges beyond the scope of his job. His love of horses led him to join the high school rodeo team, and to work as a wrangler at summer camps and on cattle ranches. He was never without a dog by his side.
Intending to study engineering at Texas A&M University, in 1976, he decided to answer the call of veterinary medicine and enrolled in Animal Sciences instead.
Graduating Magna Cum Laude, he was accepted by Texas A&M Veterinary School into the class of 1984. Upon graduation, he married and began to practice in Carrollton where he honed his surgical skills, combining his love of engineering and animal experience. Four years later he founded North Dallas Veterinary Hospital.
After hours, Terry enjoys tennis, photography and spending time with his wife and two sons. Coincidentally, while both sons attend Texas A&M, one son is majoring in engineering while the other is pursuing a degree in Animal Sciences!
Dr. Ford’s Team
Denise Hudson, DVM
Dr. Hudson grew up in DeSoto, just south of Dallas. She attended Texas A&M University for both undergraduate and veterinary school; so she is a true Aggie! Dr. Hudson graduated vet school in 2003 and has been a team member at North Dallas Vet ever since.
She is a wife and mother to 2 wonderful young children as well as a pet parent to Elsa, a wonder mutt.
Dr. Hudson has a special medical interest in soft tissue surgery and neurology.
Dr. Hudson’s Team
Dave F. Washatka, DVM
Dr. Washatka was born and raised in Cadott, Wisconsin (population 1,247-no really!!). He attended the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Nuclear Engineering and graduated from Texas A & M Veterinary in 2000. Dr. Washatka lives with his wife, Danielle and their Rottweilers- Guinnes, Ty Webb, and Rosie along with Pandora, their cat.
When asked about his special medical interests, Dr. Washatka responded “Internal medicine is fun; but there is nothing like a nice case of chronic diarrhea”
In his spare time, he enjoys home improvement, brewing beer, running, motorcycling, skiing and even a little Scuba diving.
Dr. Washatka’s Team
Dr. Sara Nichols
Dr. Nichols grew up in Mesquite, TX before attending the University of Texas at Dallas for undergraduate school and Texas A&M University for veterinary school where she graduated in 2014. She has enjoyed the busy lifestyle of an emergency medicine veterinarian near Philadelphia, PA, but she is so excited to return home to the great state of Texas! Dr. Nichols’s special interests include emergency medicine and feline medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, crafting, and spending time with her wonderful husband, Blake, her mixed breed dog, Peanut, and mischievous kitties, Leah and Xena.
Dr. Nichols’ Team
Dr. Tracy Hughes
Dr. Hughes grew up across North Texas in Flower Mound, Lewisville, and Plano. Her love of showing goats in high school led her to attend Tarleton State University for a degree in Animal Science. She graduated from veterinary school at Texas A&M University in 2017.
Dr. Hughes has a special interest in theriogenology (reproduction). In her spare time, she enjoys reading and long hikes with her two German Shepherds, Jasper and Lina.
Dr. Hughes’ Team
Dr. Jennifer Lukowski – New associate veterinarian
Dr. Lukowski grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She spent 6 years working in the financial industry in Chicago while completing her BS in Biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2006, Dr. Lukowski graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, she moved to upstate New York where she practiced small animal medicine for 8 years.
In her free time, she worked at a local shelter as well as two local feline rescue group spay/neuter clinics. Dr. Lukowski’s profession interests include canine and feline internal medicine, nutrition and geriatric medicine. Dr.Lukowski enjoys the outdoors and antiquing. Dr. Lukowksi relocated to Dallas in 2014 to be closer to her two nieces, Lauren and Kate. She shares her home with four cats, Simon, Harley, Stewie and Harry Potter; a Chihuahua named Dobby; a guinea pig named Oliver and a leopard gecko named Hermoine.