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 Texas A&M University. She completed her board certification with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She has many publications (Veterinary Comparative Oncology, Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation) and has participated in many research studies/clinical trials.
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 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). She enjoys the bond that forms with clients and patients during cancer treatment, and likes to maintain communication with the referring veterinarian to create a team for the patients well being. She approaches cancer in a way that focuses on the patient’s overall well-being and quality of life. She lives in Austin with her husband, daughter, two cats, and the cutest dog in the world.
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.
Luis Braz-Ruivo, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM
Dr. Luis Braz-Ruivo is a native of Portugal where he obtained his veterinary degree from the University of Lisbon, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. In the early 90’s he moved to Canada and completed a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Guelph. He then went on to complete a three year residency training program in Cardiology, also at the University of Guelph. In 1996, he became board certified by the American College of Internal Medicine in the sub-specialty of Cardiology. After practicing cardiology for two years in Massachusetts, Dr. Braz-Ruivo moved to Maryland and opened a very successful multi-specialty referral hospital and emergency center in 2003. In 2016 he sold his share of the referral hospital and moved to Texas where he currently lives. After a well-deserved vacation he is now providing a mobile cardiology consulting service in Texas.
Peter Brofman, DVM, MS, ACVIM
Dr. Peter Brofman grew up in Armonk, NY, but spent the past 11 years practicing neurology and neurosurgery in private practices in North Carolina and South Carolina. Dr. Brofman joined The ANIC in August 2015 and brings his expertise in neurology to Heart of Texas and the Austin area.
Dr. Brofman received his Bachelor of Science from Tufts University and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. He completed a residency in internal medicine at The Animal Medical Center in New York City then pursued his true calling to neurology when he completed his internal medicine residency in 2001. He was selected to train at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine for a concurrent 3 year residency in neurology and a Master's in Veterinary Science. Dr. Brofman is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in both neurology and internal medicine specialties. He has extensive experience in all aspects of both surgical and medical neurology with particular interest in spinal trauma and surgery; yet he still enjoys using his knowledge of internal medicine to help him approach cases with a broader perspective. Dr. Brofman’s practice philosophy focuses on quality of life for both his patients and their owners.
Dr. Brofman is very active in the neurology and veterinary communities. He is a founding member of the Veterinary Neurosurgical Society; is a member of the exam committee responsible for administering and evaluating the certification exam for The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine-Neurology Specialty; is the Neurology Section editor for the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association; is a member of the The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society; and routinely provides continuing education lectures for veterinarians and pet owners locally and out-of-state.
Vibha Asokan, DVM, MS, DACVECC
Emergency and Critical Care
Vibha went to Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ for an undergraduate degree in Biology. She then went to Purdue University for Veterinary School and on to the University of Tennessee for a small animal rotating internship. She moved to Chicago where she was an emergency doctor for a couple years before joining the University of Missouri as a small animal Emergency and Critical Care Resident. Vibha and her husband have one eccentric beagle, Quigley, and a naughty cat, Jinx, that are a handful. They spend their free time outdoors, finding new restaurants, and spending time on the water.
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.
Dr. Leslie Holsapple graduated from the University of Georgia, Athens in 2011. Following graduation she completed a prestigious rotating medicine and surgery internship at VCA West Los Angeles in California. She then practiced mixed animal medicine in rural northern California for 4 years before moving to Austin and joining the HOT team. Dr. Holsapple married her college sweetheart, Bradley in 2005. They have 2 children, IslaBelle, and Zachary. In her “spare” time she enjoys running, traveling, gardening, kayaking, and horseback riding. While working, Dr. Holsapple enjoys the unique variety of cases that emergency medicine imparts. She takes special interest in neurology, ophthalmology, soft-tissue surgery, and client education.
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.
Megan May, DVM
Dr. May was born in Illinois and raised in Parker, Colorado. She has always known she wanted to be a veterinarian and started working in the field as an assistant at a mixed animal practice while completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Wyoming. She went on to attain a Master's degree in Animal Nutrition before heading to veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences in California. During her fourth year of veterinary school, Dr. May completed an externship in Austin, fell in love with the area, and knew that was the next place to call home. Her interests in the veterinary field include nutrition and oncology. In her free time, Dr. May enjoys spending time with her boxer dog Honey, exploring new towns, shopping, and baking.
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.
Shelley Pasternak, DVM
Dr. Pasternak has been a veterinarian for 11 years and is active in the Capital Area Veterinary Medical Association. She is originally from California, however she completed her under grad and attended veterinary college at the University of Missouri. She currently owns 2 German Shepherds, a beagle who runs the show and a cat. Dr. Pasternak loves learning new things and helps pets when she can and helps their owners when she can't.
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).
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
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
Customer Service Representative
Catherine is brand new to the veterinary field and loves to learn new things. She has 2 pitbulls named Walter and Baby Girl. Catherine spends a lot of time at the gym and enjoys photography. She was born and raised in Houston and has 2 boys. Catherine likes most that she gets to help out and the best advice she ever received was that life was too short to be angry. Her favorite quote is "love is patient, love is kind...love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth."
Lead Customer Service Representative
Michelle has worked as a Customer Service Representative in the veterinary field for 4 years. Prior to that Michelle worked in Sales Management and Law Enforcement, but her love of animals brought her to the veterinary world. Michelle has three dogs: a lab named Sophie, a papillon named Roxie, and a min-pin named Zero. Michelle and her husband, Jeff, also own a pet sitting business, Sophie's Doghouse, named after their precious lab. Their dream is to one day retire with lots of land and lots of dogs. Michelle is a native Texan but longs for the four distinct seasons of Colorado. Along with three fur babies, Michelle also has two children, Lauren and Jake, who are heavily involved in the School of Rock. So in her spare time, Michelle is a "Roadie", shuffling kids and equipment to rehearsals and gigs but believes some day it will pay off when her kids are Rockstars. Aside from pets and kids, Michelle enjoys movies and reading, with a particular fondness for true crime stories.
Customer Service Representative
Felicia has been with us and in the Veterinary field for a year. She is a proud mama to a cute little beagle named Topper! Outside of the clinic Felicia specializes in skin care and is a licensed Esthetician. Felicia was born and raised right here in Round Rock Texas and has never lived anywhere else! What she loves most about her job as a CSR is the interaction between the clients and herself. She enjoys getting to know a little bit about them and their precious pets during their time with us, and is happy when she can grant them a sense of relief in knowing that we can relate to their situations as fellow pet owners! She is always ready to reassure you that your loved one is in great hands! Felicia admires the quote "don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game" and says that one of the best pieces of advice that she has received has also come from a quote that says "always believe that something wonderful is going to happen!"
Customer Service Representative
Erica has been in the veterinary industry for 1 year and loves her coworkers. She has 2 dogs, 2 horses, 2 fish and 2 daughters. She is from Texas and is married to her husband Cody. Erica believes you should always put 100% into anything you do.
Customer Service Representative
Meagan is new to the veterinary field, though she has worked with exotic animals for 2 years. She has 6 animals to include a dog, cat and several reptiles. She enjoys going hiking and camping with her significant other, Andy. She was born and raised in Austin, Texas though she made frequent trips to visit family in Brazil. Her favorite part of her job is getting to be a part of the process that helps all the animals she meets.
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
Cynthia is brand new to the veterianry field and loves animals. In the past she's had two cats and two birds. She loves to cook and go to the movies. Cynthia is a sngle parent of one son named Mark Anthony. She is originally from Chicago and has resided in Texas for over 20 years. The best advice she's been given is aim for every goal you have and smile while doing it. Her favorite quote is "surround yourself with only people who are going to lift your higher." - Oprah Winfrey
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.
Value Communicator/HBOT Technician
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.
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 Japan and has lived in 6 different states. Even so, Texas has always felt like home to her. She enjoys crafting, running a cat rescue called "Starfish Cat and Kitten Rescue". She lives with her fiancé, Tony, and their rescue dogs, Gustavo, Captain Pickles, and Ferguson, and their rescue cats, Theodore, Señor Meow Meow, and Michelangelo.
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
Courtney is the newest member of our Oncology team as of July 2017. She has worked in veterinary medicine since she was 14 years old in her hometown of Georgetown, Texas. Courtney has a bachelor's degreee in animal science from Tarelton State University. She loves spending time with her family and firends. Courtney also loves outdoor activities! She shares her home with 12 year old border collie Katie, 8 month old Pitbull named Gunner, and her 2 cats Radio and Parker.
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.
Brittanny Hayes, LVT
Internal Medicine Technician
Brittanny has been in the veterinary field for 7 years and she graduated from Palo Alto Community College in 2011 with a degree in veterinary technology. She shares her home with 3 dogs and 2 cats. Tank is a Lab mix, Bella is a Beagle and Hulda is a Belgian Malinois. Piper and Paisley are her 2 tortoise shell kitties. Outside of work Brittanny enjoys attending concerts, doing DIY projects, reading and hiking. She was born on the Fort Hood military base and traveled around a lot growing up because her father was in the military. At work she loves learning new things, providing in-patient care and being able to build a relationship with her patients. Her favorite quote, (and you will hear her say it every day), is "Teamwork makes the dream work!"
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.
Meg has been a veterinary technician for 15 years and has 3 pets, a dog and 2 cats. In her time away from work, she enjoys listening to podcasts, embroidery and spin classes. Meg is originally from Los Angeles, California, but also lived in Atlanta, Georgia before making her way to Austin. She loves the technician community and appreciates having people around that will encourage each other since the job can be stressful at times. Meg wears many hats. She owns her own embroidery business and dabbles some in freelance event planning and wedding coordinating.
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.
Chelsey Jantz, LVT
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!
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.
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.
Elisabeth Zabori-Blazquez, LVT, B.Sc
Lead Emergency Technician
Liz’s fulfilling 28 year veterinary career has certainly been expansive, spanning from beautiful (albeit cold) Canada to warm artistic Austin. She graduated with honours with her B.Sc in Veterinary Technology and Marine Biology in 1991 from British Columbia, Canada. Liz maintains her RVT(Registered Veterinary Technician) credentials in Canada as well as her LVT(Licensed Veterinary Technician) credentials here in Texas. Emergency medicine keeps Liz’s technical skills honed and medical mind sharp as never is there a dull moment! Liz loves the comradeship she experiences in the EC world and values the opportunity for self advancement and bettering her veterinary medical knowledge on a daily basis. She also derives contentment in mentoring others and enjoys watching her colleagues flourish and shine.
Liz delights in maintaining a very active lifestyle. Her passions outside of veterinary medicine include running half marathons/marathons, practicing yoga, meditation, scuba diving, reading, quiet walks and nurturing quality time with her husband, 3 dachshunds, 1 maltipoo, 2 adult daughters and a teenage son.
Liz firmly believes in the advancement and advocacy of the veterinary technician role. She has served 2 terms as President of the Registered Veterinary Technician/Technologist Association of Canada as well as 3 terms as President of the Alberta Veterinary Technician Association in Canada in the last 10 years.
Liz is extremely proud to be a LVT/RVT. Possessing a career affording her the compassionate empathetic skills and knowledge to care and advocate for all animals and their guardians has offered her a professional life filled with abundant joy, happiness and unequivocal gratification.
Liz also earned her Registered Yoga Teaching(RYT) credentials from Alberta Yoga College in 2012, which has helped to master her perspective on a life filled with grace, empathy, humility, kindness and self-love.
“Be the Change you Want to See in This World. “~Gandhi
Max has been in the veterinary field for over 25 years and 20 of those have been in emergency medicine. He has 2 dogs named Whale and Reuben. Max also has a 14 year old daughter named Sadie. He was born in Boston and his hobbies include making music and researching scientific anomalies. Max says his favorite part of his work is being in a position to help people and animals in crisis. The best advice he ever received was to meet people where they are.
Gail has been in the veterinary field for 4 years beginning in Las Vegas and moved to Texas about a year ago. She has 5 pets, 2 rats, 2 lizards and 1 dog. Gail has recently taken on a new hobby of watching cooking shows and trying to remake the dish. She loves meeting new pets and knowing she can make a change in their lives. Gail remembers her father's advice to "take what you want from life, because no one will hand it to you." Her favorite quote is "let it be."
Kara has been in the veterinary industry for 10 years, but also enjoys playing basketball, hiking and golf. She is originally from Corpus Christi, but moved to the Austin area in May 2018. Kara has a dog named Emmitt and a cat named Harlow. She enjoys being an advocate for animals and helping them in difficult times.
Alexandra Fraire, LVT
Alex is originally from Walnut Creek, California, but grew up in El Paso, Texas. She has been in the veterinary field for 13 years. Outside of work Alex likes to explore Austin with her 2 dogs named Jocko and Sharon. She loves never knowing what she is going to walk into at work. Every day is a surprise!
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.
Nicole has been working in the veterinary field since 2005. Her husband's name is Dylan and her cat is named Maximus Kittycus. They adopted his about 4 years ago and has been the best addition to their family. Nicole studied biology/pre-nursing at Texas Tech University but her heart stayed in helping animals as a veterinary technician. She worked in various aspects of vet medicine but her heart lies in emergency & critical care. Nicole enjoys watching movies and enjoys gaming on her free time.
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.
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.
Colsyn has been in the veterinary field for 6 years; 3 of which have been in Emergency medicine. Outside of work, Colsyn spends time with her husband and 3 kids, Jordan, Madixx and Mariah. She's originally from Charleston, South Carolina and loves being able to help animals. Though she doesn't have any pets of her own, she gets her fill at work.
Carly has been in the veterinary field for 4 years and was born and raised in Austin. She has 3 dogs named Baxter, Riley and Dani. On her days off she enjoys hiking, swimming. She and her husband Nathan have a strong passion for cars, car shows and the race track. Carly owns a supercharged Ford Mustang! She really loves her patients and taking care of them. The best advice she was ever given is find something you love to do and you'll never work a day. Carly's favorite quote is by Dean Koontz, "Petting, scratching and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer."
Joseph has been in the veterinary field for 6 years and has quite the menagerie at home. He has 4 dogs and 2 cats. He has lived in Texas his whole life and enjoys hiking with is dogs, fishing, time at the lake and working on his truck. His favorite quote is from the song "Time" by Pink Floyd. "No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun."
Amber McDonald, LVT
Amber, a born and raised Texan and is a member of our Neurology 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.
Emily graduated Texas State with a Bachelors in Animal Science in 2016 and has been with Heart of Texas for one year. She was born and raised in Dallas and moved to the Austin area in 2011. She recently got engaged to her fiance Cody and together they have 4 guinea pigs. On her days off you can find her hanging out with her friends or playing Pokémon.
Gillian has 3 years of experience working i the veterinary field. She has 2 labs named Domino and Delta. Gillian enjoys hiking, reading, painting and going on adventures. She was born and raised in Seattle, WA then went to college in Montana. She has lived in Texas almost 2 years. Gillian loves getting to work with people and animals. She believes in treating others the way you wnt to be treated. Gillian loves the Astros and Italian soccer and her favorite quote is "Stay Frosty."
Surgery Technician Assistant
Matthew has been in the veterinary industry for 4 years, but also enjoys wood working, gaming and spending time with his family in his spare time. He has 2 dogs named Blaine and Athena. He enjoys watching patients leave Heart of Texas happy and healthy. Matthew believes you won't ever know everything, but you can always know more than you knew yesterday.
Bailie is a native Austinite and has been in the veterinary industry for 3 years. In her spare time she loves exploring Austin, spending time with her family and 3 cats. Bailie takes a special interest in animal communities such as the Pre-Vet Society at TSU and P.A.W.S. as well as furthering her education by researching new veterinary techniques. She enjoys getting to know the different patients and being part of a wonderful team here at Heart of Texas. Her brother once advised her that the only easy day was yesterday, it is what you make of it. She also lives by the quote "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose."
Belkis has been working at Heart of Texas since April 2015. She is originally from Venezuela and relocated to Texas from Miami in 2014. She has been married to her husband since 1990 and has a three children. A 26 year old son and two daughters, ages 22 and 16. Belkis also has a 3 year old Schnauzer named Jake. She loves keeping the hospital looking clean and beautiful with the help of all of the amazing staff. When she’s not working she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.