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.

Sarah Hayse, LVT – Veterinary Technician

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Sarah Hayse moved to Austin in 2015 after completing the Veterinary Technician program at Harrison College in Evansville Indiana. While in school, Sarah realized she had a particular interest in feline veterinary medicine.  She went on to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician and a Fear Free Certified Professional.  Sarah is an active member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners,  National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (serving on the Paraprofessional Committee), and was past Vice President of the Veterinary Team Association of Texas.  Her special interests include behavior, specifically feline behavior. Aside from being a cat enthusiast, she is a dedicated vegetarian and enjoys creating healthy and tasty meat-free meals. In her spare time Sarah loves to spend time outdoors, but can be found indoors at the movies, museum, or browsing the public library, and enjoys the books, movies, and music to be found there. She shares her home with three cats Vincent H. Panthro, Benjamin Berlioz, and Robert Binx who secretly make every important life decision for Sarah.

Heather – Veterinary Technician

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Heather grew up in a small town in Virginia and impulsively moved to Austin in 2011 with her husband after vacationing here. She studied biochemistry at Virginia Tech and photography at Austin Community College, but a lifelong love of helping animals in need lead her into working in animal rescue at Austin Pets Alive for several years and eventually veterinary private practice. Heather enjoys fostering orphan bottle baby kittens and older cats with unique medical needs in her free time. She also collects carnivorous plants and watches nature documentaries with her kittens. Heather currently has 4 cats (Rumour, Wilbur, Bonneville, and Thor) and one human spouse named Jay. Heather has never met a cat she didn’t love, and is excited to be working with them and their human family members.

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.

Jenna – Veterinary Technician

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Jenna was born and raised in San Jose, CA, but decided to move to Austin in 2016. She has  previously worked in administration for six years and has always enjoyed it. Four of those years she worked as a receptionist at a human medical office. Jenna is currently taking classes at ACC for her AA in Video Game Programming, as it is one of her passions. Another passion of hers has always been to work with animals, so that’s why she is here! She has always had an interest in vet care and absolutely loves cats. Currently, she has one senior cat named Spooky who resides with her and her son. During her free time, she loves to go to the movies, play video games, sew, and explore places in Texas.

Elizabeth – Veterinary Technician

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Elizabeth was born and raised in the beautiful city of San Antonio and graduated from Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. She met her future husband there and worked as an Engineering Electronic Technician III in computer science for 5 years in Houston before moving to Austin and starting a family. She comes from a large family which always included her fur babies and throughout the years developed an obsession with cats. She always makes sure the stray cats in the neighborhood have food and water.

She previously worked in healthcare in Obstetrics and gynecology, family practice and Oncology as a lab assistant and phlebotomist II and after several years in the medical field, she felt it was time for a change. She is beyond thrilled to be working with such amazing people at South Austin Cat hospital (SACH) as a veterinarian technician and is always eager to learn as much as she can about her favorite felines.

On her days off, she enjoys spoiling and loving on her rescue fur babies, Kitty Kat and Abby the Tabby, visiting family in San Antonio and will sometimes acknowledge her human family which includes her daughter, son and husband.

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 – 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!

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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