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.
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.
Suzanne Betts, DVM
Dr Suzanne Betts is a collaborative doctor who strives to partner with clients on their pets’ care. She knows clients are the experts on their dog’s and cat’s daily lives. As such, she enjoys working as a unified team to create a personalized care plan for each patient.
Clients appreciate Dr Betts’ thorough communication style. She takes the time to educate owners on all their healthcare options.
Dr Betts recommends annual check-ups so pets can live longer, happier lives. During those visits, Dr Betts uses Fear Free skills to calm nervous cats and dogs.
She stays up to date on her career by attending local continuing education seminars. She also attends national conferences and studies new techniques. Her favorite seminar is the AVES DVM Symposium. She loves the connections it helps her build with local veterinarians.
When not working, Dr Betts enjoys spending time with her family, caring for her beehives, reading, quilting, and crocheting. She graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Her pets are Rylie, a German Shepherd/Great Pyrenees mix; Bruno, a Great Dane; and Percy, a Borzoi.
Jenny Bryant, DVM
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 two rescue pitbull mixes named Grimm & Gertie, an ex-New York street cat named Sid Vicious and a sassy but sweet tortoiseshell kitty named Ramona.
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.
Customer Service Coordinator
Alexis comforts patients with cuddles and treats, as well as practicing Fear Free techniques. Her patience allows scared and nervous pets to acclimate so that they feel safe. She enjoys watching videos and reading veterinary articles about communication and safety in the workplace to develop her skills.
After beginning her schooling at Pensacola State in Florida, Alexis transferred to Austin Community College for a degree in business administration. She enjoys riding bikes through nature trails, weight lifting, and trying new foods. She even owned a small personal training business. Her heart belongs to her two Pomeranians named Lola and Louis.
Customer Service Coordinator
Jo shares her heart with her four grandchildren and her dog Murphy, a Coton de Tulear. When not working, she enjoys working in her garden, making and drinking coffee, and dancing around her house to loud music.
Customer Service Coordinator
Marissia strives to learn something new daily and further develop her skills in the industry. She brings many years of experience to Firehouse, as she has been volunteering at animal shelters since she was a child and later worked at a shelter for two years. She attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. When not working, she loves traveling, learning new skills, watching movies, live music, and spending time with her friends and family, including her two cats, Asa and Jax.
Customer Service Coordinator
Ashley ensures that all of a client’s concerns are covered with her thorough, dedicated, and empathetic nature. She strives to exceed expectations by maintaining a positive attitude, following up with clients after visits, and providing resource options for pets’ needs. She also discusses preventative care with clients to help their pets live longer, healthier lives. When she is not providing cuddles and treats to patients or assisting clients, she looks for ways to improve the hospital for clients and pets. She is constantly asking questions as a way to continue to learn from her team and ensure that she can provide the best care for patients. Ashley also has experience working with exotics and is comfortable with many types of animals.
While she loves all animals, Ashley has a passion for pigs. She shares her home with Krueger, her Beagle/Dachshund mix, and Dahlia, her potbelly pig. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, kayaking, baking, and watching scary movies.
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 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 two handsome Great Danes named Baldur and Fenrir.
Mollie grew up in Galveston, TX, but moved to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Multidisciplinary Education. She has three rescue dogs: Trixie, a Schnauzer mix; Baily, a Hound mix; and Avery, a Border Collie mix. When not working, Mollie loves spending time outdoors. She loves hiking at national parks and plans to one day visit every national park.
Christi is a member of several Veterinary Technician forums and learning groups, and researches topics independently to continue learning. She plans to complete a Veterinary Technician program and become licensed in the near future. She attended Louisiana State University Eunice.
When not working, Christi enjoys traveling, hiking, and recreational roller derby. She has three dogs, Oreo, Sprocket, and Penny, one cat named Jazzy, and two birds, Banjo and Bingo.
Emily volunteers at animal shelters and works part time with a mobile vet clinic. She is currently enrolled in Austin Community College’s Veterinary Technician program, working toward her certification. Emily seeks any continued education opportunities to help her achieve a better understanding of current medical techniques.
In her free time, Emily enjoys playing World of Warcraft and writing. She also loves geriatric pets and chickens. She shares her home with her dog, Atlas, a Retriever mix, and her cat, Doug, an orange tabby.
Cayli also values collaboration, both with her team and with clients. She works with each client to create the perfect plan for each individual pet; she also collaborates with her team members to help support them and learn from them. She is currently in school to receive her Veterinary Technician License, and she adapts the skills she learns in the classroom to help treat pets in the clinic. She also studied marine biology at A&M Corpus Christi.
With a special place in her heart for exotic animals, Cayli is comfortable working with a wide range of pets. She even owns a few exotic pets herself. Outside of work, she likes to watch movies, hike, camp, and any other outdoor activity. Her pets are Tardious Maximus (American Staffordshire/Chow mix); Rooney (Catahoula/Whippet mix); Dale (bobcat mix); Minnie (Domestic Short Hair); Perry and Yoda (Sulcata Tortoises); and Ferguson (Green Iguana).