We’re one big family.
Dr. Adriana Mendoza, DVM
Medical DirectorAs 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.
Dr. Amy Mathiak
Associate VeterinarianTo 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.
Veterinary TechnicianJason 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.
Veterinary TechnicianMegan 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!
Veterinary TechnicianLauren was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. After graduating high school she moved to Galveston, Texas to attend Texas A&M, where she received her degree in Marine Biology. After working for several years with aquariums in the Houston area, Lauren married her husband Daniel and moved to the Austin area.
Here, her interest in animal medicine grew and drew her into the veterinary field. Lauren has found her true calling and has worked in small animal practice since 2012. Lauren’s spare time is spent raising her two beautiful kids, Erica and Luke. She loves spending time outdoors with her family, soaking up all the fun activities Austin has to offer.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Aaron started working for Firehouse in October 2018 but has been in the vet field for more than 12 years. He graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Colorado as a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2006. Since then he has worked in specialty hospitals, equine medicine, spay and neuter clinics, and several small animal practices along the way.
Aaron now lives in Leander with his Fiancée and son along with his faithful companion Bamboo, a 12-year-old shepherd mix who is never far from his side. In his spare time, Aaron can be found somewhere green and beautiful, hiking, camping, or just spending time with his friends and family. (Aaron is also into collecting and selling retro toys – ask him about his collection next time you see him!)
Client Service CoordinatorApril grew up in the Dallas area. Her love of the outdoors and nature brought her to Austin and its Hill Country in 2013.
April joined the Firehouse Team in 2018 to continue her career in veterinary medicine. She’s always loved animals and knew that Firehouse would be a great fit for her to grow her career. Since joining Firehouse, April has really enjoyed being a part of such a caring Team who continues to challenge her and grow her knowledge on giving every pet the best care.
In her spare time, April enjoys camping and hikes with her husband two dogs named Maggie & Scooter. April is enjoying teaching Maggie and Scooter how to walk on the nature trails and knows they’ll master them soon!