We’re one big family.
Adriana Mendoza, DVM
As Medical Director of the Firehouse Animal Center in Leander, Dr. Adriana Mendoza leads her team while also seeing patients on a daily basis.
When seeing clients and their pets, Dr. Mendoza’s first goal is to create a comfortable environment. To help cats acclimate and feel at ease, Dr. Mendoza finds a quiet exam room and uses slow movements and a quiet voice so cats feel calm and reassured. To connect with dogs, she moves down to the floor, performs exams in the hospital’s open treatment area, and offers treats to establish trust.
Dr. Mendoza takes time with clients to ensure they understand what’s going on in the exam room, the different factors affecting their pet’s health, and various treatment options available. She offers demos for clients so they feel confident giving medications and preventive treatments at home. Her goal is to ensure clients leave the hospital with their questions fully answered.
Dr. Mendoza feels passionate about her work at Firehouse, using her empathetic approach to help pets live longer lives with their human companions. While Dr. Mendoza loves all animals, she holds a special place in her heart for cats and has a special touch with even the most nervous cats.
Dr. Mendoza received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and then completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M. When she’s done working with her Firehouse team each day, she enjoys spending time with her team at home — her husband, son, two dogs, and six cats. She also loves traveling and dancing to country music.
Amy Mathiak, DVM
To stay current on medical trends and new techniques, Dr. Mathiak is an avid reader and collaborates with her colleges by discussing difficult cases. Her favorite conference is the International Veterinary Seminar because of their innovative, yet realistic approach to bringing the best medicine into our daily veterinary practice.
Clients appreciate Dr. Mathiak’s honest, compassionate, empathetic, and hard-working personality. Her goal is to develop long lasting relationships with clients and their pets, ultimately strengthening the human-animal bond.
Dr. Mathiak earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Texas Tech University. She graduated from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada in 2014.
On weekends, you’ll find Dr. Mathiak and her family at sporting events, traveling, or spending time outdoors with her two dogs Panzer (a spaniel/shepherd mix) and Bella (a mini schnauzer) or cuddling with her cat named Jerry Cat.
Jennifer Moon, DVM
Dr Jennifer Moon brings compassion, empathy and a friendly, easy going manner to Firehouse Leander. She prides herself on personal, effective client communication by being readily available for her clients, all while providing the gold standard in patient care.
Always mindful of decreasing her patient’s anxiety, Dr Moon uses Fear Free techniques to relax timid pets. Her passion for preventive care and her trustworthy approach help patients live their healthiest lives. Dr Moon’s willingness to thoroughly explain treatment plans and recommendations allows her to establish a trusting partnership with all her clients. She has a keen interest in dental care and soft tissue surgery, as well as dermatology. She attends conferences around the great state of Texas and uses webinars to stay up-to-date in continuing education.
Graduating from the University of Texas in Austin in 2011 and then getting her veterinary degree from Texas A&M in 2015, Dr Moon stays busy in her free time with her husband Andrew and daughter, Madeline. You can find them BBQing, hiking, or baking when not caring for her clients and patients. Her pets include Candy, a Bichon Frise; Milton, a Boston terrier; and Kermit, also a Boston terrier.
Georgie is passionate about customer service, team leadership, and going above and beyond for the people and pets of Leander. She truly wants her clients to have a transformative experience when they visit Firehouse.
Georgie’s background is in veterinary medicine and animal sheltering, which have given her experience with techniques to help pets feel comfortable in unfamiliar places and situations. She is highly aware of feline and canine body language and she always takes the time to build a non-threatening connection with pets at Firehouse.
As a lover of cats, it’s no surprise Georgie fosters many kittens at any given time. Her permanent pets include an ex-New York street cat named Sid Vicious and an 80-pound rescue dog named Grimm.
Georgie moved from Australia to Texas in 2018 to marry her American husband. She is surviving the summers and enjoys all the outdoor activities Austin has to offer, including hiking, swimming, and motorbike riding. She also loves to volunteer at local animal non-profit organizations and cooking (and eating!) delicious food.
Monica brings her warm and friendly bedside manner to clients and patients each day, showing her genuine interest in helping them care for their pet. Monica sees each pet as a unique individual with a unique personality and health care needs. She is self-aware, ensuring her body language is non-threatening and lets pets set the pace of each appointment to gain trust. These Fear-Free tactics ensure that clients and pets have a comfortable visit to Firehouse.
Monica graduated from Texas A&M University with a Master’s degree in Kinesiology and is currently in a Bachelor’s program to become a Registered Nurse. In her free time, Monica volunteers at Texas Humane Heroes to assist the medical staff and create enrichment activities for the dogs. She is passionate about helping shelter animals and rescues. You’ll also find her at home cuddling with her own rescue mix named Gumbeaux.
Customer Service Coordinator
Lacie is passionate about making clients and patients feel part of the Firehouse family the moment they enter Firehouse Leander. She uses Fear-Free techniques to lower patient stress. Clients appreciate Lacie’s friendly and positive approach to customer service.
Lacie’s a native Austinite who loves to spend time with her 4 dogs (Macy, Austin, Piggy and LeDoux), 4 cats (Ripley, Senai, Zander and Karma) and gecko Dharma, as well as her two kids, Alexander and Landry.
Clients enjoy Alyssa’s empathetic and calming personality. She focuses on positive communication with both clients and pets as well as truly grasping client concerns during each visit.
Her compassion extends beyond pets, to our clients also. She strives to make visits to the hospital easier and stress free for dogs and cats by using fear free tactics, as well as putting owners at ease through her caring and knowledgeable interactions.
Alyssa graduated from Sam Houston State University as an Animal Science Major. When not at Firehouse, Alyssa enjoys country dancing and exploring the outdoors with her husband. She has two dogs named Coda (a collie/blue heeler mix) and Brindle (an everything mix).
Breanna’s positive and calm demeanor helps put clients and patients at ease when visiting Firehouse. She tries to read the patient’s cues and respect their boundaries to keep their stress level as low as possible.
Breanna is always learning by expanding her knowledge base with training courses and learning from coworkers. She likes to educate owners in their pet’s health care and well-being so that can care for them properly at home.
When not being distracted by all the cuteness at Firehouse, you will find her buried in a good book, spending time outdoors, or on a camping adventure with her husband and their daughter, Freja. Their furry family includes a Tortoiseshell cat named Tori, and a Harlequin Great Dane named Baldur.
Being a loving pet owner herself, Brookelyn’s empathetic nature helps her fully understand the client’s needs when they bring their pets to Firehouse. She is an active listener and goes above and beyond to make clients feel they’ve had a successful visit.
Currently enrolled in the veterinarian technician program through Penn Foster, Brookelyn is also learning Fear Free tactics to help her patients have a less stressful visit. She is passionate about the importance of heartworm prevention and keeps up on veterinarian advances by attending South West Veterinary Symposium.
Brookelyn loves to spend time outdoors and traveling to National Parks with her husband and two dogs, Remington, an Australian Shepard, and Colt, a Blue Heeler.