Meet Our Amazing Care Team at Lacombe Veterinary Hospital!
Billie Zeller, DVM
Dr. Zeller grew up in Metairie, Louisiana where her love of large animals shined through the city landscape by visiting a local neighborhood petting zoo daily to interact with the horses and goats. She studied animal sciences at Louisiana Tech University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in 2002. She then attended Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2007. After graduation, Dr. Zeller spent 3 years as an equine veterinarian in Florida. The charm of Louisiana called her back where she then began practicing at a high volume mixed animal practice in Central Louisiana. She then accepted an opportunity to move back home to south Louisiana in 2013 and has practiced mixed animal medicine and emergency medicine since. Dr. Zeller loves every aspect of veterinary medicine and enjoys not only helping the animals but also their human caregivers. In her spare time, she enjoys taking care of her menagerie of animals including horses, ducks, dogs, cats, chickens, peacocks, turkeys, pigs, goats, turtles and tortoises. She also enjoys exercise and spending time with her family, friends, and DJ.
Mayra Rabalais Business Practice Manager. Has over 20 years of experience in office administration, medical billing, customer service and management. Mayra has six fur babies at home, a husband and two kids that keep her busy when she is not at the clinic. Mayra joined the team in 2020.
Melissa has been in veterinary medicine for sixteen years. She has had the privilege since day 1 to assist Dr. Zeller to make her dream hospital thrive! Melissa has both large animal and small animal fur-babies at home. On her time off she enjoys spending time with family, rodeoing with her son, and fitness.
She has been a member of Lacombe for 9 years and in the customer service field for 37 years. She has a Masters in healthcare management. 2 years ago she transferred to Lacombe Veterinary as a receptionist from the human medical field.
She was born and raised in Lacombe and has been here 38 years. Her family’s roots are very deep in this small town, we’ve been here well over a century. She attended school at St. Margaret Mary in Slidell and graduated from Fontainebleau High in Mandeville. She earned my Associates of Mathematics in Accounting and a Certificate of Knowledge in Business Administration from Louisiana Tech. She studied Radiology for 3 years at Delgado in New Orleans. She earned a degree in Welding and certifications in NCCER and OSHA at Baton Rouge Community College. She loves animals and has had a passion for animal care since she was a little girl. She used to drive my parents crazy because she would bring home ALL the strays. She has had 22 dogs and 8 cats in her life. She started working at Lacombe Veterinary Hospital 13 months ago and absolutely loves the people she works alongside. She is a single mother of two children, four dogs and a cat.
She recently retired after 21 years as the Facilities Manager for a Church & School in New Orleans and wanted to be closer to home in Mandeville allowing more time for my family and her 4 legged crew. She met Dr. Zeller when looking for a Veterinarian for her foster dogs. She loved her knowledge and compassion for animals and was not ready to fully retire. She always wanted to work with animals, so when she learned of an opening at her clinic I quickly applied. She has since been enjoying the camaraderie of her coworkers along with learning and working with animals at Lacombe Veterinary Hospital.
Layla is from South Mississippi/Louisiana. Her family had originally originated in Lacombe, LA. She has helped the family business throughout the years Crabbing for Pearsons Seafood in Bayou Lacombe driving commercial Crab boats. In 2018 she had rooted back into the small town of Lacombe with her family and met her now fiancé. Not very long after she had found her love for Veterinary medicine when she started working at St. Tammany Parish Dept. of Animal Services in 2018. She currently has 2 dogs Lady Bleu and Buster and also 2 cats Berlioz and Gatspy. On her time off She likes spending time with her Family, Fiancé, and friends. She also likes to go fishing, hunting, crabbing, axe throwing and likes plant shopping!!
Molly Blackwell, born and raised on the Northshore, joined the veterinarian team at LVH as veterinary technician two years ago.
Like most of us here, Molly knew at a young age she wanted to work with animals. Molly’s been in the animal world for roughly 10 -11 years, whether it was volunteering with local animal rescue organizations, working as a technician at other local clinics, and helping out source animals for transport to new homes. Molly believes in being the voice for the voiceless- helping those who can’t help themselves. When Molly takes time off of her busy work schedule,you will find her enjoying family time with her husband Michael, two boys Wyatt and Sawyer, and her crazy rescue pups Duke Lee, Bambi Jane, and Chole Agnes.
She enjoys spending time outdoors with close friends and family. She lives with her boyfriend and with 3 dogs and 4 cats. She recently started over at Lacombe Veterinary Hospital and loves getting to know each and every patient! She has worked in veterinary medicine since she was 18 years old, starting as a kennel tech where she fell in love with Veterinary Medicine. She also enjoys gardening and has a bit of a green thumb.
Juanita goes by Nita. She was raised on a farm in Folsom, Louisiana. She has loved animals her whole life. Her first friend was a cow on her family farm that she named Chocolate Milk… He was brown and white. She is a mother of three now but still has animal best friends. She has 2 dogs and one hamster .. Smalls,Nova and Finagin. She enjoys watching documentaries and going to the lake.