Sunil Vasanjee, BVSc, MS, DACVS
Prior to joining the Heart of Texas Dr. Vasanjee spent almost 8 years at Louisiana State University (LSU), where his last position was as Assistant Professor of Surgery. Before becoming a faculty member at LSU, Dr. Vasanjee completed a rigorous surgical residency, two surgical fellowships, an internship and a Masters degree, all at LSU. He was trained by some of the top surgeons in the country and utilized state of the art techniques and equipment. Dr. Vasanjee has published literature in peer reviewed journals related to cranial cruciate ligament rupture, hip dysplasia, liver surgery, vascular surgery and avian surgery. Dr. Vasanjee has in the past and will continue to collaborate with other board certified specialists in other fields to ensure our patients are receiving the most current and the most appropriate treatment.
Dr. Vasanjee lives in Round Rock with his wife and two children. They have one adopted Shih Tzu, Plex. Dr. Vasanjee is thrilled to be part of the HOT VSC and is honored to be able to make his skills available to the greater Austin and surrounding areas.
Meighan Daly, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Meighan Daly DeHart graduated with honors from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, continued on after graduation to an internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists, and then completed a medical oncology residency at
Dr. Daly’s areas of special interest include feline oncology, complementary and alternative therapies in conjunction with traditional oncology therapies, and clinical trials. She is an active volunteer in the
Cheryl Wood, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Wood received her DVM from Oklahoma State University in 2008. Her one-year rotating small animal internship was completed at VCA Mission Animal Referral and Emergency Center in Mission, KS. She was then accepted into a small animal medicine residency with BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Overland Park, KS. She finished her residency in 2012 and passed her board-certifying exams shortly thereafter. Her professional interests include gastrointestinal disease, hypoalbuminemia, and management of chronic renal disease.
Dr. Wood’s other interests include cooking, wine tastings, and riding horses. She lives in Austin with her husband and her three dogs- Roxy, Maverick, and Zooey.
Crystal Hoh, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Crystal Hoh is a native Texan who graduated with honors from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She then completed an internship at Louisiana State University and finished specialty training and Internal Medicine board certification in 2010 with a residency and master’s degree at the University of Illinois.
After becoming board certified, Dr. Hoh practiced at a busy specialty hospital in Kansas City, KS for six years before finally returning home to Texas and joining the HOT VSC. As an internal medicine specialist, Dr. Hoh understands the importance of collaboration with other specialists as well as with primary veterinarians to provide the best patient care possible.
Her professional interests include feline medicine, infectious diseases, immune-mediated disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, and conditions where minimally invasive interventional procedures can be performed to enhance quality of life while minimizing patient stress or discomfort.
Dr. Hoh enjoys exploring shaded parks with her two Cavalier King Charles spaniels, tasting local cuisine, listening to live music, and cuddling with her three cats. Her return to Texas also brings her back to family and after having most recently lived in Kansas, she wholeheartedly agrees that “there’s no place like home.
Katie Meier, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Meier is board-certified in cardiology and the owner of Austin Heart Vet. She graduated from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She completed a year-long rotating post graduate internship at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her residency in Cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital in 2006.
Dr. Meier has special interest in arrhythmia diagnosis and management, congenital heart disease, and long term management of congestive heart failure.
Chris Kunze, DVM, DACVR
Dr. Kunze received his DVM from Kansas State University in 2000. Upon completion of a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Virginia Tech University, he was accepted as a diagnostic imaging resident at Texas A&M University. In 2004, Dr. Kunze finished his residency training and passed the American College of Veterinary Radiology’s board-certifying examinations, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (DAVCR). Dr. Kunze founded Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging of Texas in 2005.
During his free time, Dr. Kunze stays busy enjoying the Austin area with his wife and son. The family can often be found trying to avoid sunburns while water skiing on Lake Austin. He also enjoys backpacking and mountain climbing in southwestern Colorado and Eastern Utah.
Winnie Lo, DVM, DACVR
Dr. Lo grew up in Houston. Her career path to veterinary radiology had some detours. When she was younger and more naïve, she thought she wanted to be an engineer, and thus graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in chemical engineering. However, after several years of working for a large pharmaceutical company, she saw the light and decided that being a veterinarian is really what she wanted to be when she grew up. So off to veterinary school she went, graduating from the University of California, Davis in 2003. She decided to pursue specialty training in diagnostic imaging and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2008 during the final year of a four-year radiology residency at UC Davis. Dr. Lo loves diagnostic imaging because it uses non-invasive methods to advance the diagnostic process (and plus, the images are beautiful). For her final detour before returning to her home state of Texas, she spent 4 months at Murdoch University in Western Australia as a clinical instructor in the radiology department.
Dr. Lo joined Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging of Texas in 2010. Since then, she has enjoyed outdoor gems in and around Austin such as Barton Creek, Town Lake, and others. She also likes exploring the city’s restaurants.
Kristina Miller, DVM
Kristina has had an interest in veterinary medicine since before she was old enough to spell those words. It was a long journey to actualize that dream, and she ultimately developed a passion for the field of emergency medicine because it is both challenging and rewarding. Dr. Miller earned a B.A. in sociology and international relations from St. Edwards University in Austin. After testing the corporate world in her respective field and finding no satisfaction, she found fulfillment as a veterinary technician at a local small animal hospital. After two years there she set out to pursue her life's dream of becoming a veterinarian. She graduated magna cum laude with a doctorate degree from St. George's University in Grenada. Following graduation she elected to pursue an additional year of training, completing a small animal emergency focused internship at a specialty practice in Tucson, AZ. Now settled back in Austin, emergency medicine continues to be her passion and the patients are her heart. When she's not at work you can find her staying active, being outside or cuddling with her neurotic nine year old pit-bull rescue, Jolee.
Jill Kirschenbaum, DVM
Dr. Jill Kirschenbaum was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago. She started working in the veterinary field at age 16 as a kennel assistant and has never looked back. She received both her undergraduate and doctorate from the University of Illinois.
After graduation from veterinary school she went to work at a 24-hour veterinary practice in Arizona for 3 years prior to joining HOTVSC in September of 2016. Dr. Kirschenbaum really enjoys the rigors of emergency medicine and has a heard time imagining doing anything else.
She shares her home with her various pets: Sheldon (poodle mix), Simba (cat), Frankie (rabbit), and Pepe (Bearded Dragon). In her spare time she enjoys, traveling, trying new restaurants, and exploring Austin.
Shelley Pasternak, DVM
Erin Schran, DVM
Dr. Erin Schran was born and raised in Beavercreek, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) and then attained her veterinary degree from Michigan State University. After graduating, she completed a year long, rotating small animal internship at a specialty hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina.
She practiced in the Dallas area prior to moving to Austin in 2014, where she was an overnight emergency doctor. Dr. Schran joined the Heart of Texas Emergency team in November 2015. She enjoys the challenges and surprises of emergency & critical care.
She shares her home with her two dogs, Darby (a golden-border collie mix) and Keller (a deaf border collie) & two cats, Crash & Thunder. In her spare time, Dr. Schran loves to be active outside. She also plays competitive ultimate frisbee (she currently plays for a nationally ranked team based out of Austin).
Hilary Chambers, DVM
Hilary first got into the veterinary field at the age of 15 when she started as a kennel technician. She earned her B.S. in Biomedical Science at Texas A&M while holding a full time veterinary technician position. She received her doctorate degree from Ross University and pursued an additional year of training, completing a small animal emergency focused internship in Phoenix, Arizona. She moved to the Austin area where she continues to work in the emergency field, which is her true calling.
In her free time Hilary enjoys spending time with her fiancé Bryan exploring the Austin area, whether it be fishing in the nearby lakes, hiking or skeet shooting. They also enjoy staying active with their 7 year old Rottweiler mix, Keno.
Catherine Cuddihy, DVM
Dr Cuddihy was born in Australia and grew up in DC, Seattle and Washington. She has been with the Heart of Texas Emergency team since January 2010. She attended Oberlin College for her undergraduate and went on to attend Washington State University for her doctorate. Dr Cuddihy’s professional interest include both emergency and internal medicine
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jonny, 3 dogs and 5 cats as well as gardening.
Amy Birdwell, DVM
Dr. Amy Birdwell is a lifelong Texas native. Prior to her career as a veterinarian, she earned a degree in engineering from Rice University and worked as an engineer for Texas Instruments for five years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A & M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After veterinary school she completed an additional internship at VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center in San Diego. In 2011, she completed a course in veterinary acupuncture and uses this method to help pets. She has recently completed her certification in Chinese herbal medicine (CVCH), which involves over 150 hours of continuing education, as well as review by a certified veterinarian of three acupuncture and herbal cases. More importantly, this gives her more options to treat patients when Western medicine has reached it's limits, especially with chronic conditions or if pets experience side effects from medications. When Dr. Birdwell is not treating animals, she enjoys reading and swimming, as well as spending time with husband Jason, daughter Emma, son William, dog Baby Girl and their 3 cats Jingles, Yoda and Jack
Elena Lee, DVM, CCRT
Veterinary Acupuncturist & Rehabilitation
Dr. Lee is trained to perform both rehabilitation and acupuncture for our animal companions. She attended the University of Texas at Austin for undergraduate studies and then graduated from Texas A &M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Pain control was Dr. Lee’s main reason for pursuing further post-graduate training in rehabilitation and acupuncture in order to add another tool to help her patients.
She shares her home with one brown tabby cat. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking and practicing Brazilian jiu jitsu.
Jodi has been with the Heart of Texas Veterinary Specialty Center since the day it opened in 2009. Prior to that she worked for 3 years in the veterinary field. Jodi has 2 family dogs at home. In her spare time Jodi loves to read, watch movies and spend time with family.
Priscilla has been with The Heart Of Texas since its doors opened and when it was known by a different name. 21 years experience allows her to prepare for multitasking and juggling the many demands of managing a busy hospita. Her husband and two boys share their home with a pit-bull named Aries, a dachshund named Berlin, and two cats named Tyler and Buddah. The family enjoys sharing time by attending their sons' sporting events. She is a Texas native.
Client Service & Support
Lead Customer Service Representative (CSR)
Ellen has worked in the human medical industry for many years. Prior to joining the Heart of Texas Veterinary Team this year, Ellen worked at a veterinary clinic in Austin for 3 years. She and her husband live in Round Rock with their 3 dogs Marla, Ollie and Greta, and 5 cats, Eddy, Magic, Beau, Jane and Frank and one horse, Wizard. In her free time she enjoys taking long walks with her husband and their dogs, riding Wizard, playing with their cats, and playing with their 2 year old Grandson, Brady.
Customer Service Representative
Martha, her husband, and five children share their home with a little pug named Myla. She and her family are originally from Mississippi and moved to Texas in 2012. She joined the Customer Service Representative team in 2013 and this is her first position in the veterinary field. She enjoys spending time with her family and the passion that the doctors here have for their work and, as a result, appreciates being a part of this team.
Customer Service Representative
Stephanie has a 6 year old daughter named Naveah and a fiance named Greg. She also has 2 dogs, a cat and a fish. In her spare time she enjoys vacations, reading, camping, concerts and boating. Stephanie was born in Panama and has lived all over the world, but she calls Texas her home.
Customer Service Representative
Genea has been working in the vet field since she was 15 years old. She started working in day practice for 11 years and has been a receptionist in emergency animal care for 6 years. She loves what she does and could not imagine doing any other occupation! Genea is married with two little girls. She has four fur babies Layla a 15 year old standard poodle, Bailey is a 13 year old miniature poodle, Lucy is a 3 year old labradoodle, and Keeva is a 2 year old standard poodle. They keep her busy with their energy and are truly the best dogs! Genea also has a 1 year old guinea pig named Rolo. On her time away from work she is usually outdoors with her family spending time at the park or just having fun and making memories.
Customer Service Representative
Customer Service Representative
Sue has been a veterinary CSR for fifteen years. Her family includes her husband Rick, daughter Anne, and two rescue cats, Molly and Maddie. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crocheting, and crosstitch. A Cleveland, Ohio native, she is also an Indians fan.
Facilities and OSHA Manager
Sarai has been a technician assistant with The Heart Of Texas team since November of 2013 and has been in the veterinary field for just over a year. Her home includes her three children, a rabbit named Skylight, two dogs named Scarlet and Lincoln, a horse named Tommy, and two cats named Simon and Sweety Pie. She was born in Dallas but has called Austin home for twenty-six years.
Amy Nordin, AAS, LVT
Lead Oncology Technician
She has been a part of the team at The Heart Of Texas since 2011. She now has been a part of the oncology team for 2 years. She loves to draw, read, and spend time with family. She and her 7 year old son Cadeyn share their home with Tango and Karson, Meowskey, Dinner pie ,their four cats. She is a born and raised
Kendra is the newest member of the Oncology team as of April of 2016. She grew up in veterinary clinics and has spent the last 10 years working in general practice in San Marcos and Austin. She has one Siamese cat, Sherman. She majored in chemistry and is passionate about science education and approaching learning as a life-long pursuit. In her spare time she is an amateur photographer and avid gamer. She is a Texas native but has also spent time living in Stockholm, Sweden.
Kristie Thompson, AAS, LVT
Lead Internal Medicine Technician
Shortly after high school, Kristie decided to move to Colorado to attend the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology and graduated in 2003. After graduation, she returned to her family in Texas and has been with The Heart Of Texas team since 2011. Kristie enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters participating in outdoor activities such as hiking. They share their home with three cats named Hercules, Thor, and Snoball Achilles Kitten. There is also April, a Chihuahua. She is originally from Arizona, but has called Texas home since 1991.
Internal Medicine Technician
Internal Medicine Technician
Jennifer has been in the veterinary field since 1996. In that time, she has held almost every position in a veterinary practice, from kennel technician to practice manager. She went back to her most loved, technician, in 2010.
She has 2 cats, a snowshoe named Carl and a domestic shorthair named Darrell. Her cats have, reluctantly, allowed her to also have 2 dogs, a Chihuahua named Victor and a schnauzer named Tucker. She spends most of her spare time with family, especially her nieces and nephew. She was born in McAllen, Texas and has been in the Austin area since 1990.
Internal Medicine Technician
Jessica has been in the veterinary field since 2009. She graduated from Texas A&M in 2013, and then obtained her veterinary technician license in 2015. She has 3 dogs: Moose, a chocolate lab; Lucy, a black lab; and Timber, a Saint Bernard. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, and traveling. Jessica was born in Louisiana, but has spent most of her life in Texas.
Internal Medicine Technician
Kimberly has been in the veterinary field since 2001 and obtained her license in Seattle in 2006. She has 2 dogs: an 8 year old Boston Terrier Mix named Charles and a 1 year old Chihuahua mix named Dignan. She is also the parent of a 20 year old sassy cat with the clever name of Kitty. Outside of the veterinary field Kimberly has been a ballet dancer since the age of 2 & a dance teacher since the age of 15. In her spare time she enjoys reading, live music, two-stepping and of course hanging out with her dogs. Kimberly is a proud native Texan and grew up in Dallas.
Lead Surgery Technician
Shannon, a Florida native, has been an LVT in the veterinary field for 6 years. She has an only son, a boxer named Becks, that has been by her side for all of his 11 years. She enjoys the great outdoors and seeing live music and occasionally escaping to the mountains to snowboard.
Stacie has been in the veterinary field for four years. She has a 1 year old son named Iggy. Her hobbies include Netflix binges and spending time with her family. She has two cats, Aleksandra and Layla. She was born in Houston, but was raised in Louisiana. She has been living in Austin for 4 years.
Richard is relatively new to the veterinary field, but is learning fast. He has 2 pets, a cat Yogi and a miniature pinscher mix named Saphera. Outside of work he likes to spend time with his family and smoking BBQ. Richard is married with 2 sons. He is actively involved with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts . Richard has been in Texas since he was 10 years old but originally hails from Washington State.
Hailey Ponce de Leon, LVT
Hailey has been in the veterinary field for 7 years. The first 2 years she worked while attending school to obtain her degree in veterinary technology in Waco, Texas. She has always lived in Texas and she grew up in Round rock. Her husband, Manny, and she have 3 dogs and a cat: a dachshund named Rex, a pit bull named Blue, a poodle named Jax, and a cat named Allie. When she is not working she likes to go to movies, spend time with family, paint and craft.
Sandra Nash has been in the veterinary field since December 2011. She is currently attending Austin Community College in pursuit of a Veterinary Technology degree. She and her husband are proud parents of a mixed breed dog named Mojo Jojo who was rescued from an Austin shelter. Sandra spends her free time playing social sports and taking road trips in her Jeep. She was born and raised in central Texas.
Maria has been in the veterinary field since 2013. Maria has 3 dogs: Kitana, a Chowchow mix, Oscar, a Lhasa Apso, and Kira, a Husky. Maria also has a husband and 2 children. Originally from Venezuela and later Miami, she has now lived in Austin for over 10 years.
Heather joined Heart of Texas in late 2013 but has been in the veterinary field for over 17 years. Heather is part of a military family. She was born in
Chelsey has been working as a veterinary technician for four years after graduating from BEL-RAE Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, CO. Chelsey enjoys spending outdoors, and playing sand volleyball along with going to concerts as often as possible. Chelsey has 2 dogs. Indie, a pit bull and Bronx a mini Australian Shepard. Chelsey is originally from Colorado and recently moved to Texas to join the Heart of Texas team!
Lead Emergency Technician
Dana graduated with honors with a degree in veterinary technology in 2003. That same year she also received her National Accreditation. She has always worked in emergency and critical care and loves learning new things. She has 6 pets. They are 3 dogs, 1 cat, 1 guinea pig and a dwarf hamster. In her spare time her and her family enjoy motocross, camping, outdoors and time at the family ranch. Dana has been married for 12 years and they have 5 children ranging in age from 24 to 4 year old twins. She is originally from South Orange County California, but her heart now lies in Texas.
Eric is without a doubt, a native Texan, through and through. He hails from North central Texas, and has lived all up and down the I-35 corridor. He spent a few years living elsewhere around the country, but Texas is where Eric truly calls home.
He started out after high school by joining the United States Marine Corps, where he served for five years as a hydraulics mechanic on helicopters. After that he pursued life as a construction electrician.
After his time in these careers, he went back to school. Eric studied business at Austin Community College and Texas State University. After graduating from the University he tried his hand at retail business management, and then went into transportation working with several businesses. Throughout these last few years of experience he has also ran a pet sitting business.
Eric currently gives home to a grand total of seven pets his home. He has two Corgi’s by the names of Cowboy Gary Cooper and Remington Steel. One mixed breed dog by the name of Carly. There are also three cats, by the names of Clara-Belle, Tinker-Belle, and Trou-Belle. Last but certainly not least is his Red-tailed boa constrictor, Rouge. Besides this menagerie at home he also cares for other people’s pets for them while they are out of town through his work in pet sitting.
When not at work, church, or running another business, Eric finds himself a place to go play poker. He also enjoys smoking food on the barbecue pit.
Laurel Shrawder has been in the veterinary field for 4 years, recently receiving her LVT. She also has her Bachelors in Animal Sciences form Tarleton State University. She was born and raised in Round Rock, Texas and now lives with her 7 year old Australian Shepherd named Dually. Out side of work you can find her at the gym or home relaxing with Dually. She has fallen in love with Emergency medicine while working at Heart of Texas.
Kirby is a recent graduate from a veterinary technology program. She enjoys spending extra time with her fiancé, Kody, and her two dogs: German Shepherd- Tara and Boxer- Bella. Being from Texas, she enjoys the features and outdoor attractions throughout the state.
After graduating from The Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2005, Claire has worked in specialty hospitals over several states focusing on critical care and emergency. She joined the Oncology team in September of 2013 and then the Emergency Team in July of 2014. She and her fiancé share their home with three cats, Cutter, Cyrano, and Gracie; her pug, Jack; and a Chihuahua named Sherlock. She enjoys hiking/camping, SCUBA diving, and reading. Born in England and a few moves later, she finally settled in Texas in 2011.
In 2009, The Heart Of Texas welcomed her to the team. Her eight years of experience has served her well and she is proud to be part of such a dedicated group of professionals who provide excellent patient care with compassion and innovation. She has one bloodhound/Labrador mix named Ransom and she is proud to be Texan, born and raised.
Chasitie has been in the veterinary medical field since 2004, but has been an Emergency Technician for The Heart Of Texas since 2009. She is able to spend time outside of work with her husband and children, and her dogs, Sunny and Joey and her many gold fish. She does enjoy going to the movies with her family and generally enjoys having fun in her native state of Texas.
Miranda has been in the veterinary field for about a year. She has one dog, a rottweiler, named Robbie who is seven years old. She is originally from Houston but moved to Cedar Park ten years ago, and loves it. She also likes to spend time volunteering at the Williamson County Animal Shelter.
Samantha Keltgen, LVT
Samantha has been in the veterinary field for about 2 years now. She recently graduated from Austin Community College with her LVT and degree in veterinary technology. She lives with her rabbit, Rebel, 2 horses Starlight and Lucky, 2 dogs great pyrenees mix Storm and rat terrier mix Daisy, and 5 cats: Gracie, Pumpkin, Precious, Twilight, and Harley. She enjoys spending her free time training Starlight and Lucky, curling up with a good book, and playing sports outside. Samantha was born in Texas and after travelling with her military family finally moved back 10 years ago.
Amber, a born and raised Texan, is currently a Veterinary Technician student and is a new member of our Emergency and Critical Care Team. However, she has always had a passion for taking care of animals of all kinds. Peppermint is Amber sweet and sassy 13-year-old corgi mix, who still think she's a puppy. Amber's other furry baby is Nemo. He is a very gentle and quite guinea pig who as a neurological disorder, but don't worry nothing slows him down or his appetite. Although, what lies closest to Amber's heart is her beautiful and loving daughter Ellese. In Amber's downtime she enjoyed spending time with family and friends, horseback riding, baking, keeping up with fashion, and more.
Angel has been in the veterinary field for 8 years and is loving it. She received a bachelors degree in biology from University of Texas here in Austin. She has lived in Austin since 2004 but is originally from New Mexico. Angel loves spending her days outdoors from barrel racing, horseback riding, to running 5ks and marathons. She also enjoys taking winter trips to Colorado for snowboarding.
She lives with her significant other Eric and they have a handsome son together name Elias who just turned a year old.
Tara graduated with her LVT from New Jersey's Bergen Community College in 2012 and has been working as a veterinary technician since then. She has a family dog, a boxer named Major, and a bearded dragon named Kohaku. Tara enjoys travelling and spending time with her boyfriend, Chris. Even though she lived in New Jersey for a while, she was born and raised in Texas.
Isabel studied at the Vet Tech Institute of Houston and has been a Veterinary Technician for 5 years. She has two cats. Kali is a 3 year old DMH tuxedo, and Angel is a 3 year old DMH ragdoll/siamese mix. She enjoys dancing, reading sci-fi, and playing Xbox with her husband, Jesse Green, to whom she has been married to for 4 years. Isabel was born in Venezuela and spent childhood and most of teenage years there. She came to Texas about 13 years ago, and has lived in Houston and Austin. Isabel is fluent in Spanish and has also been learning French.
Danette has been in the veterinary field for 13 years 3 which have been at Heart of Texas. Danette and her husband David have three daughters, 4 dogs, 1 cat and a parrot. In her spare time Danette enjoys delving into interior design and spending time with her family.