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.
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.
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.
Lauren 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.
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!
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.
Randi is passionate about helping pets lead a happy and less stressful life. At the hospital, she uses Fear-Free techniques to keep patients calm and comfortable during visits. Since she was a dog trainer before joining Firehouse, she’s comfortable answering training questions so clients and their pets can live a happy and less stressful life.
Clients appreciate Randi’s upbeat and positive personality, as well as her caring, understanding and empathetic demeanor. Randi is passionate about nutrition, exercise, and training. When she’s not at the hospital, you’ll find Randi at home watching with her Great Danes, Maggie and Hazel, 3 cats named Bear, P.J., and Mau Kitty.
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).
Customer Service Coordinator
Clients love Shawn’s warm personality and her ability to listen to all their concerns. She stays current on her veterinary skills by reading and listening to the Firehouse medical team to learn new tricks of the trade.
In her spare time, Shawn is an artist, a crafter; loves techy things, and getting into a really good book! She is Mom to an 11-year-old tri-merle Doxie named Lolli Pop, a six-year-old white/tan Chiweenie named Tula Belle, and an 11-year-old Gray domestic medium-haired cat named Frankie Stein (her little monster).