Steven Guzmán, DVM

Owner & Veterinarian

Dr. Guzmán graduated from Texas A&M University in 2013 and has practiced mixed animal medicine since. Raised in nearby Manor, TX, he enjoyed raising a variety of animals including dogs, cats, and a family dairy cow.

He and his wife Kassi live on a farm with their children and Blue Heeler, Tally, and enjoy spending time with family and friends. While not at the clinic, Dr. Guzmán enjoys boating, hunting, fishing and serving at their church.

Nicole Benard, DVM


Dr. Benard completed her undergraduate and veterinary schooling at Texas A&M. Growing up in Central Texas, she has lived and worked on small farms with a menagerie of animals: from cats, dogs, goats, horses, backyard birds and a parrot, to fish, toads, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and a turtle!

She is certified in Fear Free handling and is currently working towards becoming certified in veterinary acupuncture.

When not at the clinic or busy entertaining her cats at home, Dr. Benard spends most of her time rock climbing, running, hiking, and making up new recipes. She enjoys volunteering with Christian Veterinary Missions and hopes to continue with them in the future!

Abby Malthaner, DVM


Practice Manager

John was born and raised in the area, and after living in Colorado, and then northern Arizona, for the last several years, he is very excited to be back home again! With 40 years of leadership and management experience, John is thrilled to be joining the team at Deep Roots. He has two daughters, two kittens, and the world’s best therapy dog that keeps him busy! His favorite quote is by James Herriot, and says, “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” He is looking forward to providing the clients and pets at Deep Roots Animal Clinic with exceptional service and care!


Veterinary Technician Assistant

Hannah was born and raised in the Austin area and moved to San Marcos to attend college at Texas State University. She recently joined the veterinary field after switching from a major in business management to a major in animal science. She and her significant other have a handsome cat named Leo, 2 parakeets named Elestia and Elenia, and their newest addition, a puppy named Ophelia. Hannah is eager to learn and grow as a technician assistant on the Deep Roots team!

In her free time, she enjoys reading, finding new shows to watch, cuddling up with her cat, going on hikes in the park with her significant other and puppy, and cooking with her roommate.


Veterinary Technician Assistant

Trysta was born in Austin and has lived in Kyle most of her life. She grew up on a farm with her family of four and her animals. Growing up around dogs, cats, goats, lambs, horses, donkeys, cows, chickens, and ducks has been a contributing factor in her growing love for animals. Throughout high school she raised and showed goats and sheep for 4H and FFA. It has always been her dream to work with animals both large and small. Going forward she plans on furthering her education to fulfill her dream of becoming a veterinarian.

In her free time, Trysta enjoys spending time with friends and family. There is never a dull moment on the farm, and she enjoys spending time caring for all her amazing animals


Customer Service Representative

Madison grew up in Miami, Florida, but recently relocated to San Marcos, Texas in the summer of 2020. Growing up she always had a huge spot in her heart for all animals! Though she is new to working in the veterinary field, she is excited to be a part of the Deep Roots family and enjoys learning new things about veterinary care every day. She is working towards a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is pondering the idea of working with therapy animals once she graduates.

When not behind the front desk or doing schoolwork, you can find her at the gym or napping. She enjoys going to the river and exploring the city she is growing to love and call home!


Emily was born and raised in Wylie, Texas but recently moved to San Marcos to explore new things. She grew up surrounded by animals and always wanted to be in the veterinary field. Now she lives with her do Paco and her cat Levi. When not at work she enjoys spending time with friends and family


Chris lives on a small farm in the country and enjoys tending to his seasonal crops and raising chickens. He enjoys shooting and tinkering with aquaponic systems and can usually be found in the backyard creating custom soil mixes for different plants. His dogs, cats, goats, chickens and soon-to-be sheep make up the bulk of the farm family, but more are joining every day!


Rachel was born in south Austin and from a very young age, she was known as the neighborhood nurse. She loved taking care of anything that was sick or injured. She even spent her allowance on her own first aid kit.

While in high school, she succeeded in journalism, becoming a first place UIL champion during her junior year.

She has been in veterinary medicine for over fifteen years and has enjoyed bonding with both people and pets throughout her career.

During her free time, she crafts vigorously, gardens passionately, sings karaoke terribly and enjoys playing with her young daughter.


Valerie was born and raised in Virginia and moved to Texas in the spring of 2023. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2017. She is in the process of obtaining her Master’s degree in Veterinary Forensic Science and hopes to apply to veterinary school soon!
When Valerie is not working or doing her schoolwork, she enjoys exploring Texas and spending time with her family and her cat, Kono, and hopes to bring her dog, Macy, out here to be a Texas girl eventually!