Dr. Adriana Mendoza
Dr. Adriana Mendoza grew up in the West Texas town of El Paso in an animal-loving family. Her passion for animals and interest in medicine led her to study biology at the University of Texas in Austin with the ultimate goal of going to veterinary school. After graduating from UT, she was accepted to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M, where she completed her degree in 2006. While she is proud to be an Aggie Vet, she will always be a Longhorn at heart!
After completing her veterinary degree, Dr. Mendoza completed a small animal rotating surgical and medicine internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey. It was a wonderful experience, and while she was surrounded by brilliant mentors, she could not wait to get back to the Austin area. She has spent the last nine years in a small animal practice focusing on her interests of preventive medicine, soft tissue surgery and internal medicine.
Dr. Mendoza and her husband welcomed their first child in November of 2016. She loves being a mom and spending time with her family. Other activities she enjoys in her spare time include country dancing, live music and being outdoors. Dr. Mendoza is excited about providing high quality veterinary services to the Leander community at Firehouse. She is very passionate about her patients and looks forward to helping you with all of your pet care needs.
Weston, Feline Ambassador of Helpful Cuddles
Weston was born in the wilds of North Austin. A good Samaritan found Weston when he was just a tiny kitten. He had been in an accident, and his back, pelvis, and tail were all severely injured. Weston’s savior brought him to Dr. Mendoza for help. Dr. Mendoza amputated Weston’s tail, but not his spirit!
In the last year, he has learned to walk again and now can jump and run just like other kitties. Weston’s injuries did leave him with some lasting nerve damage that made him incontinent. He can’t use a litterbox like other kitties but it doesn’t keep him down – he just rocks his fashion-forward diapers while out and about!
He now lives with Dr. Mendoza and her family, but comes to work with her every day to meet and greet all his new friends and coworkers at Firehouse! In his spare time, Weston enjoys mercilessly killing crickets, hanging out with his baby human brother Ethan, and posting about his adventures on Instagram: @firehouseweston
Jennifer Dundee, Hospital Manager
Jennifer was born and raised in Galveston, Texas. She met her husband Patrick while attending Baylor University in Waco (Go Bears!). After moving to Georgetown, Jennifer found her calling in the veterinary world after taking a temporary job with a vet practice at the suggestion of a friend.That job turned out to be not so temporary since she has worked in small animal practice ever since!
She joined the Firehouse team in 2017 and is excited to be a part of such an engaged and dynamic team. She is a passionate leader, dedicated extrovert, and devoted dog-mom. When she isn’t taking care of your fur-babies, Jennifer spends her time taking pictures of her menagerie doing cute things, traveling to unfamiliar places and digging up new projects for Patrick on Pinterest.
Jason Hayes, Veterinary Technician
Jason was raised in Bryan-College Station in the shadow of the great Texas A&M University. He discovered veterinary medicine at an early age through frequent trips to the university’s vet school for care of livestock and family pets. While earning a fine arts degree in graphic communications at Southwest Texas State University, he gained employment at a local veterinary clinic and discovered a true passion for the field.
He has since worked with many of the specialists and general practitioners in the Austin area. When not helping his four-legged patients receive the highest quality care, Jason enjoys the local music scene and spending time with his family on the beaches along the Texas coast.
Megan Shadden, Veterinary Technician
Megan was born and raised in small town Iowa. Growing up, she spent most holiday and summer breaks visiting her grandparents on Lake Travis. In 2011 she made the permanent move to this area, never regretting it! Megan has a soft, loving heart. Choosing a career with animals came as no surprise to her family. Megan's spare time is spent with her daughter Emmerson and two dogs, Piper (Bichon Mix) and Abigail (Mini Aussie). They love to spend their time exploring outdoors, especially on the lake!
Heather Barron, Veterinary Technican
Heather has loved nature since she was a little girl. She loves being out in the woods or on the water, surrounded by wildlife and bugs! Heather earned her degree in Wildlife and Forestry Conservation and is continuing her education in Environmental Science. On her days away from her Firehouse family, Heather is a Mom to 2 amazing kids (soon to be 3!) and 2 rambunctious dogs.