Our Veterinarians

Dr. Rainer, DVM, MPH

Owner & Chief of Staff

From the town of Temple, the Wildflower Capital of Texas, Dr. Rainer is the leader of the practice, preserving Dr. Hadash’s 40+ year legacy. ‘Keeping veterinary ownership in the hands of veterinarians is incredibly important for our clients and their fur-babies, and I look forward to making a positive impact in our community.’

Dr. Rainer, born and raised in Temple, Texas, is married to Laurin and has two children, Adriel and Jace. They have two dogs, Gilly and Frankie; three cats, Gracie, Janet, and Boogie; and beef cattle. Dr. Rainer is an avid sports fan and enjoys all things Aggie while spending time with his family.

Dr. Aaron Rainer received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science in December 1998. He received a dual degree as a Master of Public Health and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University in May 2006.

He has strong interests in preventive medicine, internal medicine, surgery, mentorship, leadership, and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Rainer is the co-founder of Animal Emergency Center of Temple-Belton™ and Gig™, an innovative veterinary staffing concept. He also owns Fetch™ by Dr. Rainer, a mentorship and consulting platform for veterinarians and staff.

Dr. Rainer has held several professional leadership positions in the last decade, including the 2018 President of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) and its 4,400+ members and 4,000+ non-members. He remains the youngest president in the over 100 year storied history of TVMA. Dr. Rainer continues to play a vital role in developing, shaping, and implementing the strategic direction of veterinary medicine in Texas.

Professional highlight:

• 2008 Recent Graduate Practitioner of the Year

Other career achievements:

• 2014 12-Under-12 Young Alumni Spotlight (Texas A&M University)

• 2014 Rising Star Award (Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine)

• 2010 Emerging Leader Award (American Veterinary Medical Association)

• 2006 Buck Weirus Spirit Award (Texas A&M University) 

Dr Stephenson

Dr. Stephenson, DVM


Dr. Christine Stephenson graduated magna cum laude in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2010, before earning her DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.  While pursuing her formal education, she conducted innovative research in tissue engineering for a biotech firm, assisted in equine reproduction research, and helped map the GI biome at Texas A&M’s Gastrointestinal Laboratory. During Veterinary School she was an active foster with Aggie Feral Cat Alliance, a member of A&M Christian Fellowship, and Secretary for LGVMA.

Christine started her career as a primarily small animal practitioner. However, living out in Montgomery means seeing the occasional FFA cow, goat, or pig upon request.  Later she transitioned to mobile practice and house calls, before going into relief work in general practice and emergency medicine.

Dr. Stephenson’s professional interests include soft tissue surgery, trauma and emergency cases, internal medicine, dermatology, and preventative medicine. Christine is a competitive runner and avid athlete. She enjoys lifting weights, cycling, backpacking, live music, and anything outdoors. She can often be found fishing on Lake Conroe to relax after work.  Christine is also a member of the Army Reserves Veterinary Corps, where she is excited to put her skills to use serving her country as well.

Dr. Dantin, DVM


Dr. Sam is originally from a small town outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated with a degree in Biological Sciences from Louisiana State University in 2016, before earning her DVM from Louisiana State University in May of 2023. During her undergraduate career, she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and volunteered her time at local animal shelters. During her veterinary school career, Dr. Sam was a part of several clubs and held the titles of Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) Marketing Director, Social Chair for the Class of 2023, and student representative for Nutramax and Harbor. She was also inducted into the Phi Zeta Society during her time in vet school. She is interested in internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Sam likes traveling, trying new food and restaurants with her boyfriend, reading, thrifting, and being outdoors. After a long day at work, she likes to curl up with a good book and a glass of wine.


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