Dr. Steven Cox and Crystal Cox

Dr. Steven Cox was born and raised in Marshall, Texas. His childhood pastime was hunting, fishing, and playing baseball. Dr. Cox earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management from Texas A&M University in 2006. Since 2005, Dr. Cox has worked in the field of Veterinary Medicine as a technician of both small and large animals as well as serving in other capacities such as whitetail deer management. In 2014, Dr. Cox graduated cum laude with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Texas A&M University. He worked passionately for over three years before acquiring Floerke Veterinary Clinic in Taft, Texas, now known as Cross Point Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Cox particularly enjoys sharing his passion with others by educating them about their pets and livestock. He welcomes questions and conversation any time! He also encourages youth to visit the vet clinic and become involved in their pet’s care. Occasionally, he can be found serving the community by giving presentations on veterinary medicine at schools and other local events.

Dr. and Mrs. Cox met while attending school at Texas A&M. They married in 2007 and now have two children, Caden and Carlee. Caden is enjoys baseball, rodeos, swimming, hunting, fishing, and reading funny books. Carlee loves soccer, tumbling, school, and playing with her friends. Both are a lover of animals and relish at a chance to be up at the clinic!

Crystal Cox serves as our Human Resources/Practice Manager. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. Crystal graduated from Texas A&M University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, minoring in Business Administration. She also earned her Master of Education degree in Counseling from Sam Houston State University. Crystal provides counseling and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults part time in the Beeville area.

Dr. and Mrs. Cox enjoy playing 42 dominoes, listening to live country music, spending time with family and friends, Aggie sports, and serving in their community. The Cox Family have a love for the Lord and a strong desire to serve and love people. Crystal’s guiding philosophy is “Count your Blessings, and in ALL things find Joy”. Dr. Cox’s favorite saying is by Texas Country artist, Aaron Watson, “If you ain’t makin your Mama and Jesus happy, you shouldn’t be doin it.” The Cox’s are excited about the opportunity to serve in the Taft/Portland area and look forward to the growth and changes to come!

Dr. Donald Barnett

Dr. Barnett was born and raised in Adkins, Texas. He started working with animals at a young age and attributes his years of showing cattle as the reason for developing an interest in becoming a Veterinarian. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 2008, and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2012, both from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Barnett joined the Cross Point Veterinary Team in May of 2017. He has been an incredible asset to our team with his efficiency and attitude. Dr. Barnett may not like to smile for pictures, but don’t let that fool you…his heart and passion for Veterinary medicine is evident the moment you interact with him.

Dr. Barnett is married to Lauren and they have a fun-loving boy and girl. Lauren is a leader in their church’s MOMs group and realtor with MGM Realty in Beeville. Dr. Barnett enjoys hunting, fishing, Aggie Football and Basketball. Dr. Barnett believes that family comes first and was attracted to Cross Point Veterinary Clinic because of this. Dr. Barnett enjoys working for a family-oriented business that values their employees and is excited to be an integral part of CPVC’s future.



Mersaidez Casarez

Mersaidez serves as one of our kind-hearted Customer Service Representatives as well as a valued Veterinary Technician. She has a smile that can be heard through her voice.  One of her early days here was spent at our 2019 annual rabies clinic. She jumped right in, winning the love and admiration of not only our staff but our clients as well.

Mersaidez was born in Victoria, Texas and grew up in Portland. She graduated from Gregory Portland High School in 2017.  Mersaidez is a very dedicated and hardworking employee.  She has worked at McAlister’s Deli for four years before she joined our CPVC team.

One of her true loves is spending time with family and friends, playing sports or working out. She excels at providing great customer service wherever she is and thoroughly enjoys being able to provide quality medical care to the fur babies that come in. She is also our very own CPVC kickball master!


Renee Cullen

Renee’ currently serves as our wonderful Financial Administrator. She joined the Cross Point family in January 2018.  Renee’ was born in Houston and resided in Buda, Texas for 35 years.   She and her husband owned a construction company in the Austin area where she managed the secretary side of the business. They retired from that business and moved here two years ago to be close to family.  Renee’ is an asset to Cross Point Veterinary Clinic with her positive attitude and clerical skills.

Renee’ and her husband, Frank, have 2 grown children who are both married and 4 awesome grandchildren, 2 boys and 2 girls. They have one fur-baby dog, Zack, whom they adore. They attended Christian Life Church in Austin, belong to the Usher Team there, and enjoyed playing 42 dominoes with friends and family.  Renee’ also enjoyed playing Canasta with a group of friends, arts and crafts projects, quilting, and HGTV.  They are settling into this area and hope to join in the same kind of livelihood as they had over the past years before relocating here.   Above all, family and especially grandchildren, are at the top of the list!

Renee’ feels blessed to work for Cross Point Veterinary Clinic on several levels; the enjoyment to be part of the team, as well as the ability to use her clerical skills to help grow and prosper the Clinic.  Seeing the efforts of the staff making a difference to the community gives her great satisfaction, not to mention seeing all the different pets that come into the Clinic.


Lara Kusch

Lara joined the Cross Point Veterinary Clinic as one of our wonderful Customer Service Representatives.  She has a bubbly personality that radiates through the office.  Lara grew up in Loyola Beach and Riviera, TX where she graduated from High School. She also graduated from Cosmetology school in Austin, Texas.

Lara began her working career at the age of 15 working at her aunt’s store.  She has styled hair for over 16 years and takes great pride in the relationships that were built and maintained while providing care to her clientele.  Lara has two amazing sons Reese and Avery and one fur baby named Cash. She enjoys fishing, listening to music, and watching live bands. Lara’s favorite quote that she strives to live by is, “peace and love to all.”

Lara was drawn to the Cross Point Veterinary Clinic’s positive atmosphere.  She loves that the clinic is a faith-driven and a family business.  Cross Point Veterinary Clinic is blessed to have Lara as part of our team.



Lyndsey Smith

Lyndsey is our outstanding Lead Veterinary Technician and truly has a heart for serving others. She grew up in Sinton but graduated from Gregory-Portland High School. Lyndsey started coursework at SFA and has completed schooling for level 1 CVA. Cross Point Veterinary Clinic is blessed by her dedication and work ethic as well as her ability to lead our technicians in a positive and caring manner.

Lyndsey has worked in the Veterinary field since she was 16 years old. She started as a kennel technician and quickly promoted to a Veterinary Technician. Lyndsey joined the CPVC family in March of 2017. She has a beautiful daughter, Charlotte, who loves animals.

Lyndsey and Charlotte stay heavily involved with Sinton FFA, county stock show, and Booster Clubs. They are active in their church and enjoy hunting, fishing, raising animals for the local livestock show, and going to the lake with friends and family. Lyndsey is happy to be a part of a tight-knit and very family-oriented environment where her co-workers feel like family and friends.


Jacki Whitmire

Jacki is our valued Lead Customer Service Representative who joined the Cross Point family in May of 2018. Jacki is from Corpus Christi, TX and grew up in the Anaville area. She graduated from Tuloso-Midway High School and attended Del Mar College. With her previous work experience in a small animal veterinary clinic, as well as her extensive background in an office/clerical environment, Jacki contributes immensely to the value of our team.
Jacki is a proud mom of two young gentlemen, Joshua Michael and Christopher Chase. She has a strong desire to serve others through disaster relief efforts, volunteering for church events, Special Olympics, and American Red Cross. While the act of serving others in her community brings her much joy, Jacki finds no greater joy than her family – whether they are spending time together, watching sports together, racing cars, riding motorcycles, or engaging in other fun activities with one another.
Jacki was drawn to the family atmosphere and kindness she felt at CPVC, even as an applicant. She looks forward to growing with her work family and helping to contribute to the excellence of the practice and service to the clients, patients, and fellow team members. Jacki’s favorite quote is by Henry Ford, “obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal!”