Bissonnet Southampton Veterinary Clinic

2028 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005



Taffi S. Tippit, D.V.M.


Dr. Taffi S. Tippit founded Bissonnet/Southampton Veterinary Clinic in 1981. Today she is the owner, administrator, and chief medical/surgical officer of an award-winning practice distinguished for excellence in the field of small animal health. Her goals are to advance patient care, to serve her community by making better the lives of animals and their owners, and to provide a clinic environment where veterinary medicine can be practiced with skill, sensitivity, and optimal outcomes. Because she believes that children benefit from loving and caring for animals, her daughter and son continuously have a variety of wonderful creatures in their lives.


Dr. Tippit graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. Her Bachelor of Science degree, presented with summa cum laude honors, is also from Texas A&M, where she was a member of honor societies and campus organizations.


Ivy Empel Frank, D.V.M., Associate Veterinarian


Dr. Ivy Frank was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She was exposed to veterinary medicine at a very early age as an assistant in her father's veterinary practice.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Georgia. She also received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia.


Dr. Frank has been an associate veterinarian at BSHVC since 2002. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Steven, her girls, Hailey Jane, Madelyn, Lila and Charlee. She is an avid college football fan (especially for the Georgia Bulldogs). She also enjoys horseback riding, hiking, reading, eating chocolate and playing flag football.


Erica Desai, D.V.M., Associate Veterinarian


Dr. Desai was born and raised in Houston , Texas.  She received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Texas A&M University (WHOOP!)  Upon graduation in 2005, Dr. Desai practiced in Dallas, Texas.  During her time there, she developed a keen interest in client education and preventative care.  In 2010 she joined a progressive small animal practice in Atlanta, GA where she honed her skills in internal medicine and dentistry. 


Dr. Desai is thrilled to be permanently back in the Lone Star State!  She is living proof that 'you can take the gal out of Texas, but you can't take Texas out of the gal!'  Dr. Desai and her husband, Nilesh, live in Sugar Land with their 2 daughters, Shefali and Maya.  In her spare time, she enjoys working out, traveling, and discovering new restaurants in Houston.  Dr. Desai's philosophy about practicing veterinary medicine is as follows: be patient, be practical, and be personal!