Meet the Staff

Hospital Leadership

Kristian – Practice Manager

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Kristian moved to Austin from Kilgore, TX in 2011 to attend Texas State University. As a small child, she began feeding strays and trying to love every feline she came across. She has consistently had a cat companion by her side since infancy and can’t imagine a life without one. She currently lives in San Marcos with her roommate and their three cats, Bowie, Freddie, and Samson, and senior dog, Pita. In her down time, she enjoys reading, watching Sci-Fi, and being outside whenever possible. She is thrilled to be working in an all feline facility and proud to be with South Austin Cat Hospital.

Carla – Veterinary Technician Manager

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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

Meg – Lead Veterinary Technician

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Meg moved to Austin from Albuquerque, NM in early 2019.

Meg fell in love with veterinary medicine during her junior year of high school when she started her first job in a vet clinic walking medical boarders after school. Since then, she’s worked in various different medical settings including a large animal practice in New Mexico and a primate sanctuary in South Africa.

While she love all animals, cats have always been her favorite species to work with. She finds it fascinating to be able to communicate with them and to understand what they’re trying to communicate to her. They are always forthcoming with their emotions and there is nothing more rewarding than winning the trust of new cat.

Meg spends her free time on her property with her fiancee and their 7 cats, 3 dogs, 3 donkeys, 2 horses and 8 chickens or riding my motorcycle around the Texas Hill Country.

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 – 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.

Laurie – Veterinary Technician

Laurie is native to the Texas Hill Country, and grew up primarily in Kerrville, Tx, with her Grandmother, Elsie. 

You can generally find Laurie enjoying her time off by watching David Lynch films and tv (especially Twin Peaks), rereading Kafka, and attempting to read and understand Lacan (of which she has made some headway in the past year).

She is currently working on a podcast, in which everyday American citizens describe the interiority of their experiences, and elaborate on the minute moments of their lives that create a reverberating impact on their lives.  

She loves being able to learn new and better techniques for interacting with patients that leads to better health and mental well-being outcomes.  She has worked in Emergency Clinics for most of her career, and she is deeply grateful to slow down and enjoy the kittens now.  She considers Fear-Free to be the next obvious evolution in excellent pet health-care.

She considers cats to be a superior species with the capacity to overtake humanity in terms of intelligence, creativity and pettiness and works hard to gain their trust, respect, and to be allowed “a seat at the table” in the Great Feline Revolution forthcoming. 

Shane – Veterinary Technician

Shane was born & raised around the San Antonio, Texas area. He comes from a family of animal lovers so he’s always had fuzzy, feathered, and finned companions throughout his childhood including handfuls of rescue/stray kitties, pups, pigs, birds, ferrets, equines, and fish. After serving in the Air Force for six years right out of high school he focused his energy toward animal care and has been employed at general practices and feline specialty clinics acquiring about 10 years of vet tech experience. Caring for animals especially cats makes work fulfilling and most rewarding to him, in fact it’s his dream to one day own a fancy, fun, & FEAR-FREE feline boarding/exercise facility with his wife to make kitties that need a home away from home the most comfortable.
Shane and his girls (wife and two cats) love hanging out at home watching flicks, listening to podcasts (Joe Rogan is his fav), playing games, and relaxing. Hiking and exercising are fundamental activities for him but he also indulges in coffee, tea, and spirits not to mention he’s a huge ‘foodie’. Shane’s also into MMA, paranormal research, and documentaries. His wife has lived in Austin all her life and has been assisting at a naturopath clinic for about 10 years now. Shane moved to Austin around 2009 after being honorably discharged from the military to start his animal healthcare career. Shane & his wife hope to continue helping animals and people for as long as they’re able to. They have one 8 year old princess tabby/bengal mix named Cayenne they rescued from a dumpster and one 1.5 year old marble coat DSH named Chai they rescued from NYC, A.K.A. all gas and no brakes. Both ladies enjoy eating, sun-bathing, wrestling, and staying up late watching television.

Technician Assistants

Amanda – Technician Assistant

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Amanda moved to Austin in 2012 to go to St. Edward’s University. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Bioinformatics in 2016. During college she met her life long partner, Jay. They moved in together into a cooperative in Austin called Sasona where she first lived with cats. Having grown up with two dogs she had not been exposed to the awesomeness of cats. The many cats in the co-op showed her the loving and inquisitive nature of these furry friends. This was when she realized she had a HUGE love for felines. She adopted her first cat, Gucci, becoming a true cat mom. During the summer of 2019 she had a kitten pass away that was the catalyst for her motivation. When adopting her second cat, Bean, she became aware of the need for fosters in the Austin area. She then started fostering for Austin Pets Alive!, with an inclination towards pregnant queens and neonatal kittens. Fostering for Amanda was a way to make a difference in the homeless population of cats. Her first foster fail was Sweetie, a pregnant diluted tortie. Her love for learning and passion for cats lead her SACH. Her mission is to help felines maintain healthy lives. In her down time, Amanda likes training her three cats to do tricks to enrich their lives.

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.

Jocelyn – Veterinary Receptionist

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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!

Kristina – Veterinary Receptionist

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Originally from South Texas, Kristina moved to Central Texas for graduate studies in music. While studying, she briefly worked at Austin Pets Alive due to her other passion – cats! During a brief hiatus of returning to her hometown, she continued in her love for animals by helping stray cats (and dogs) through local non-profit rescues, advocating the importance of animal welfare in the area and trying to do more for the cause. Her enthusiasm for learning and feline-fanaticism lead her back to Austin and South Austin Cat Hospital. Currently, Kristina continues to enjoy living life ruled by her “mini house panther”, Betty, and her favorite quote (as said by humanitarian Albert Schweitzer): “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”

Clinic Cats

Tippy Toes – Director of Staff Morale

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Snax – Clinic Purrvisor (Retired)

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Princess Chloe – Clinic Supermodel (Retired)

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