Meet Our Team

Hospital Leadership

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 five 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.

Veterinary Technicians

Casey – Lead Veterinary Technician

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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.

Natascha – Lead Veterinary Technician

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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

Ashley is the lead veterinary technician.

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.

Ash lives with their soul cat, Cassius, and Chloe, one of the former SACH clinic cats, along with their partner Dan and his dog, Bentley. All rescues, Cassius was adopted at a local shelter in 2011 when she was 7 years old. Chloe was officially adopted following Cassius’s diagnosis of GI cancer in late 2018. When not helping improve the welfare of cats, Ash enjoys playing video games, board games, watching old television series, saving spiders, and napping at home.

Kourtney – Veterinary Technician

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

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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

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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.

Technician Assistants

Jocelyn – Technician Assistant

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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!

Veterinary Receptionists

Genieve – Lead Veterinary Receptionist

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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

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!

Clinic Cats

Tippy Toes – Director of Staff Morale

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Princess Chloe – Clinic Supermodel (Retired)

A beautiful, fluffy, and healthy Princess Chloe visits the veterinarian for specialized feline care.