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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.