Carla – Practice Manager
Carla was born in Mexico City where she studied Design & Visual Communication with a major in Photography. While visiting family for a wedding, Carla met her now-husband Albert and moved permanently to the US.
Carla realized that Graphic Design was not her vocation after a couple of years specializing in it. After a process of discernment and an epiphany, Carla stumbled upon the realization that she had been living her passion all along: animals! Carla enlisted in the Veterinary Assistant course at the Animal Behavior College and started her journey in the animal care world, before she was even finished she was hired as a Veterinary Technician here at SACH. After a couple of years with our family she was promoted to Veterinary Technician Manager and she couldn’t be happier to live her dream every day.
Carla is proud to be part of the South Austin Cat Hospital family and to continue on learning and growing with the hospital. She feels right at home in a practice where cat lovers are the norm. Carla has a big family with six cats, two dogs, and two chinchillas. In her free time she enjoys studying for her Licensed Veterinary Technician course, reading, watching movies, and playing video games, as well as spending time with her husband and fur babies.
Casey – Veterinary Technician Manager
A Texas native, Casey began working as a veterinary technician in 2011 at a clinic in Central Texas. In 2013, Casey left Texas to study Animal Science at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Having a background in the veterinary field, Casey was able to work with a wide range of animals, from kangaroos to sloths, at a small zoo in Louisiana. In 2016 Casey returned home to continue her work in the veterinary field. After adopting her first kitty companion, Casey began to see a need for more feline focused technicians and quickly became passionate about providing feline friendly and Fear Free medicine. Casey is excited to be part of such a passionate and capable team.
Brittany – Reception Manager
Brittany was born in Midland, Texas, however she has lived in many different states throughout her life. Her passion for helping animals was ignited while volunteering at an animal shelter in Ohio. In 2015 she finally decided to turn that passion into a career by starting her education in veterinary assisting and animal behavior. She began her career in Colorado as a veterinary assistant and receptionist at a veterinary dermatology specialty clinic, and eventually worked up to management.
After spending nearly a decade in Colorado, Brittany returned to her home state of Texas in late 2019 to be closer to family and continue her career in the veterinary field. After working in small animal preventative care, she found her way back to specialty care here at SACH in November 2021, where she feels she can better make a difference in ensuring all felines and their families get the best care possible. At home, Brittany spends time with her partner, daughter, two beautiful orange kitties, George and Weasley, and her elderly dog, Nala.
Natascha – Veterinary Technician, III
Natascha was born in Honolulu, Hawaii while her dad was attending The University of Hawaii getting his PhD in biophysics. She spent a lot of time in labs with her dad as a kid, spurring her love for science. Natascha has loved cats ever since infancy, and has never been without a cat in her entire life. She started her involvement in feline welfare by volunteering with Houston based shelters in 2010. Natascha started working for APA! in 2015 after moving to Austin to attend college at The University of Texas, and quickly started the APA! Cat Matchmakers Program that very year. The Matchamkers program goal was to provide better quality adoption matches and to advocate for special needs cat adoptions. In 2017, she become the feline leukemia research coordinator for a large two year study funded by Maddie’s on best FeLV testing practices in shelters. She has overseen the intake and placement of over 1,000 FeLV cats since 2017. Wanting to learn more about private practice and specifically cat specialty medicine, Natascha left the shelter world to join the SACH team. In her spare time, Natascha is involved in several feline research studies, plays video games, and goes on hikes. She shares her home with four cats named Kaiju Murderfloof, Berlioz, Willow, and Little Bird, a dog named Stitch, and an ever-rotating array of foster cats. Natascha continues to be a no-kill advocate with a focus on cats with special needs, FeLV, and other medical or behavioral challenges.
Ash – Veterinary Technician, IV
A native Austinite who spent their teenage years in Bastrop living with their grandmother, Ash started their veterinary-exclusive career in 2011 at a rural large and small animal practice. They quickly moved back to Austin and worked at a couple local hospitals before learning about Cat Friendly Certified clinics and feline specialisation in general. Ash recognised the strong need for a low stress and feline-focused veterinary setting and found SACH in 2017. Ash has a particular fondness for “spicy” and geriatric felines.
Kourtney – Veterinary Technician, II
Born and raised in Houston, Kourtney moved to Austin in 2016 to complete her degree in Environmental Science and Policy at St. Edward’s University. Having grown up with a menagerie of different pets and the influence of characters like Dr. Doolittle and James Harriot, Kourtney always dreamed of becoming a vet. As she got older, other interests led her in a different direction for schooling, but she continued to nurture her passion for animals by volunteering at animal shelters, working at a wildlife center, and rehabbing neonatal opossums!
After the pandemic derailed plans in 2020, she seized the opportunity for change and started working as a vet tech in the neonatal kitten nursery at Austin Pets Alive! where she truly realized her love of cats. After a year of working in the shelter world, she decided to expand her horizons into feline-specific private practice and found her way to SACH. Kourtney is thrilled to be surrounded by fellow feline enthusiasts and to be able to provide excellent care to all of your furry family members.
Kourtney shares her home with her partner, her tripod pup, Cali, her 3 resident kitties- Cooper, Joey, and Zalien- plus her “foster” kitten, Lola. When she’s not caring for animals, Kourtney enjoys spending time outside, reading, and practicing photography.
Sestina – Veterinary Technician, IV
Sestina is a native Austinite, and certified veterinary technician who has been working with animals for over 20 years. She was raised with a slew of pets, as well as 6 younger siblings in south Austin. She started her career volunteering for the Austin Nature and Science Center at the age of 13, and worked there for several summers, caring for the rescue animals, and educating children about native Texas wildlife and preservation. In her career, she has cared for a variety of animals from owls to kangaroos, but cats have always held a special place in her heart. From their unique personalities to their specified care, they inspire her to consistently learn new things.
Kelsey – Veterinary Technician, II
Originally from Houston, Kelsey moved to San Marcos with her partner in 2015. She has always had a passion for animals, and when asked at a young age what she wanted to be when she grew up, the response given most often was “a cat”. That dream was always doomed to fail, but Kelsey went for the next best thing which was a career in animal care.
Kelsey currently attends Texas State pursuing a degree in Wildlife Biology and hopes to eventually open her own wildlife rehabilitation center. In the meantime, she devotes her time, love, and attention to her 3 dogs- Beth, Cash, and Nyx- and her 2 cats- Ba’al and Zelda. When she has any time left she enjoys reading, video games, cooking and spending time on the river.
Jocelyn – Veterinary Technician, I
Jocelyn was born and raised just north of Cincinnati, Ohio. There, she fostered a love for cats as she grew up with various feline family members. In 2016, Jocelyn found her sweet kitty, Watson, alone in a forest after a storm. No owner could be found and Watson has stayed by her side ever since. In 2019, the family gained another member when Dosa was adopted from a no-kill, cat-exclusive shelter. Jocelyn and her husband, along with Watson and Dosa, moved to Austin in 2020. In her former position as a park ranger, she encountered all kinds of animals. However, cats have been Jocelyn’s favorite animal for her entire life, and she is stoked to be able to work in a cat-centric veterinary practice!
Helena – Veterinary Technician
Helena is a native the Rio Grande Valley, where she began her career as a Veterinary Technician in 1991. For most of her career, she has worked at mixed practices in Texas, Maine and Minnesota. She learned early on that she has a special affinity for cats and has been an advocate for using low stress techniques to make their veterinary visits more comfortable. She is very proud to work at an all feline practice where everyone is passionate about improving the lives of feline companions, using fear-free techniques.
Helena lives with her wife Sarah and two very sweet cats, Mojo and Mochi. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, bird watching, photography and nature hikes. Helena also enjoys cooking and the challenge of making traditional Mexican recipes vegan-friendly.
Michelle – Veterinary Technician
Michelle was born and raised in Canada and moved to Austin, Texas in 2016. She has always had a strong connection to animals and discovered her love for cats after spending the night at a friends house where an extremely affectionate cat named Vinny lived. She then attended Bow Valley College to pursue a career working with animals and has been a Veterinary Technician for the last 6 years. Michelle is an advocate for fear free practices and is excited to work in an environment where feline patients receive the best care possible. In her spare time she likes to go hiking, make art and make videos of her famous cat Chupie the Chupacabra.
Genieve – Veterinary Receptionist, IV
Genieve moved to Texas in 2015 after completing her degree at Florida State University. She has previously worked in human health care administration and, as a lifelong animal lover, is thrilled to make the transition to a feline practice. She has one rescue cat who she is completely devoted to. In her spare time, Genieve enjoys reading, video games, knitting and collecting even more hobbies.
Alexis – Veterinary Receptionist, II
Alexis was born and raised here in Austin, TX. She has previous experience working with animals as she started volunteering at a local animal clinic at the age of 14. Once she was of the legal working age she was employed by the same clinic. After 4 years of working there, she decided she was ready to try something new. While working in the retail industry, she realized that her heart was still in veterinary medicine. She is more than excited to be back in this field once again!
Aida – Veterinary Receptionist
Born and raised in New Mexico, Aida moved to Austin in 2015 with her family. A lifelong animal lover, she grew up with many pets including dogs, ducks, fish, turtles and a hamster. While working in human healthcare, she adopted her two cats Daisy and Winnie and completely fell in love. Getting to know their unique personalities and needs made her realize the importance of feline exclusive veterinary practice. This close relationship with her kitties is what inspired her to pursue her passion and join the SACH team! She is so excited to be working in an environment where every cat is treated with love and respect and to spend the day surrounded by fellow cat people. In her free time Aida enjoys making art, thrift shopping, cuddling with her kitties and visiting her animal friends at the Farm Sanctuary here in Austin.
Tippy Toes – Director of Staff Morale
Princess Chloe – Clinic Supermodel (Retired)