Dr. Shana Buchanan

Veterinarian, Owner

Growing up with her loving dachshund Fritz by her side, Dr. Buchanan decided she wanted to be a veterinarian at a young age and never looked back. She excelled in science and math during high school and worked hard throughout her collegiate career, and now she’s both a licensed Veterinarian and the Owner of Bridgeway Animal Clinic, Lakeway Animal Medical & Surgical Clinic, and Western Hills Animal Medical & Surgical Clinic! She practices at all three clinics.

Dr. Buchanan was born and raised in a small Texas town and grew up around all of her cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and great-grandparents. She is of Cajun and German heritage and has an older brother who she remains close to despite their age difference.

Dr. Buchanan received her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M. Afterward, she was accepted into veterinary school and started only ten days after graduating with her undergraduate degree. She also has an MBA degree that she completed in 2007 which she got to manage her own clinic. In addition, Dr. Buchanan is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture, Veterinary Chiropractic, and Veterinary Chinese Herbal medication!

As a veterinarian, Dr. Buchanan’s favorite things about her job are alternative medicine, client education, and interacting with pets daily. She was inspired to learn acupuncture after seeing a cocker spaniel regain complete range of motion in her neck after only a few acupuncture treatments.

Dr. Buchanan’s husband is also a veterinarian and enjoys interacting with their two children. Dr. Buchanan’s daughter has a contagious laugh and makes astounding observations, and her son is a rough-and-tumble boy who smiles and laughs from sun up to sun down. When she’s not caring for animals or spending time with her family, Dr. Buchanan enjoys reading, exercising, and sewing.


Dr. Lara Schwab

Lead Veterinarian, Chief of Staff

Lara Schwab grew up in Boerne, Texas, on a ranch where her family raised and showed Appaloosa horses. When the family moved to Plano, Texas, Lara worked for a small animal veterinarian which solidified her desire to become a veterinary professional herself. Now she serves clients and their pets regularly as Lead Veterinarian and Chief of Staff at Lakeway Animal Medical & Surgical Clinic!

Dr. Schwab attended Texas A&M University as a Biomedical Sciences major from 1994 to 1997. She was accepted early into Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with her DVM in 2001. After working at several Texas animal hospitals, she moved from the Dallas/Fort Worth area to be closer to her extended family, joining the team at Lakeway Animal Medical and Surgical Clinic.

Dermatology, soft-tissue surgery, dentistry, and internal medicine are Dr. Schwab’s professional interests. She loves the challenges and methodical work involved in getting a great final result. She also likes educating clients so they can take care of their pets as best as they can!

Lara lives with her husband Ryan, who enjoys fabricating off-road buggies and rock crawling with his 4X4 Jeep. They have two young children: Claire, their daughter, loves dancing and is very compassionate towards other people and animals. Noah, Lara’s son, loves cars, trucks, and danger. He has a strong personality but also loves to snuggle.

In her spare time, Dr. Schwab likes to spend time with her family—she’s continually amazed when she sees her, and her husband’s mannerisms appear in her children! She also likes rock crawling in the family 4X4 and horseback riding.