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Stacy Nipper Mozisek, MS, DVM
Medical DirectorDr. Stacy Mozisek was raised in Fort Worth where her love for animals and the outdoors began. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UT and a Masters of Science degree from TCU. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Mozisek worked for several years as a biologist for an Austin based environmental consulting firm focusing on various endangered species.
Dr. Mozisek graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Shortly after vet school, she followed her husband to Athens, Georgia while he continued his career in poultry medicine. Although she enjoyed practicing small animal medicine in Georgia, she was very excited to bring her experience and passion for veterinary medicine back home to Texas.
Her special interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and preventive medicine. When not working, Dr. Mozisek enjoys cycling, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Dr. Mozisek was very excited to join Firehouse Animal Health Center where she can live, work and play in our great Austin community.
Hospital ManagerEver since he was a young child, CJ has always wanted to work with animals. He grew up in northeastern Iowa, and after working for years in retail, he moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 2009, where he landed his first job working with animals. He started as a kennel technician at a “bed and breakfast” for pets and realized he had found his calling.
He visited Austin for the first time in 2010 and moved here with his cat a few months later. He started working as a receptionist at a nearby boarding facility before finding a veterinary hospital on the east side of town. He started there as a kennel technician, then became a receptionist, then perfected his veterinary technician skills before becoming the head veterinary technician.
CJ has been looking forward to joining the Firehouse team since he first stepped into the Davenport Village location in 2014. He was very excited to make the transition over to step in as Hospital Manager for such a fantastic place.
CJ’s veterinary passions include building and developing client relationships, client education, nutrition, pain management, and creating a stress-free environment for clients and patients. He has been in Austin for seven years now and has no intention of leaving! He lives with his partner of four years and their three big dogs (a Labrador / pit bull mix, a German shepherd, and a special needs dalmatian / pit bull mix), a mischievous orange tabby cat, and an inquisitive bengal cat. When not spending time managing his tiny zoo, he is usually busy working on his bachelor’s degree in sociology.
John Faught, DVM
Co-Founder, Chief Medical Officer
Born and raised in West Texas, Dr. Faught spent much of his youth working with and around different animals. This background led him to pursue a degree in Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University. He then earned his DVM degree from Texas A&M’s esteemed College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. As soon as he graduated, Dr. Faught moved to Austin to begin his career. After 8 years as an associate veterinarian in a busy practice, Dr. Faught met Dr. Jed Rogers and began planning a comprehensive and service-oriented group of veterinary hospitals in Central Texas. The result is Firehouse Animal Health Centers.
Dr. Faught has developed a comfortable and trustworthy way of educating our customers on the best for their pets. With extensive communication training, clients drive from all over Texas to seek his opinion. His approach is collaborative and geared towards practical preventative medicine. Dr. Faught has interests in dentistry, nutrition, cardiology, and behavior medicine and continually is seeking opportunities to learn innovative methods of providing better veterinary care. He has now expanded his role to include mentoring associate veterinarians on the art of practicing quality medicine and leadership. Dr. Faught is a local resource to several radio, television, and print media outlets in Austin. Always eager to learn, Dr. Faught spends considerable time on his education and continues to improve the care that Firehouse provides.
Dr. Faught believes it is important to give back to the local community. He currently is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Capitol Area Veterinary Medical Association, and acts as an advisor for PAWS of Kyle. He currently serves on the Government Relations Committee of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and is a Trustee for the organization’s political action committee. He is also actively involved with Hospice Austin, the Hill Country Conservancy, and Star of Texas Rodeo. Through these relationships, Dr. Faught was included in the revered Austin Under 40 list in 2018.
Genna Mize, DVM
Associate VeterinarianDr. Genna Mize grew up primarily in south Texas, amongst a menagerie of animals including horses, cattle, birds, dogs, cats, and mini goats. She spent much of her youth riding and training hunter/jumpers before moving to Austin to earn a degree in molecular biology at the University of Texas. This, paired with a sense of adventure, inspired her to pursue a DVM degree on the west coast at Western University College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, California, where she graduated in 2010.
Dr. Mize spent the following years practicing small animal medicine in San Diego and Monterey. Thereafter she had the privilege of living in the Provence region of France and traveling most of western Europe, including a very successful mission trip to Albania to help with pet overpopulation problems there. She gained additional experience with a wide range of animals in film through her time as a Veterinary Animal Safety Representative for the American Humane Association’s “No Animals Were Harmed” program.
Dr. Mize’s special interests include internal medicine, nutrition, and public health. When not practicing medicine, she enjoys travel, the outdoors– especially skiing and scuba diving; yoga, learning about food and wine, and spending time with her family and friends.
Laura Saunders, DVM
Associate VeterinarianDr. Laura Saunders was born and raised outside Columbus, Ohio. At an early age, she realized her love and passion for animals, which led her to work at a veterinary clinic and the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium throughout high school and college. Dr. Saunders received her undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences from Central Michigan University. Shortly after that, she moved to Austin and later pursued her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Texas A&M University, graduating in 2014.
After graduation, Dr. Saunders moved back to Austin. Her special interests include dentistry, preventative care, internal medicine, as well as collaborating with clients to provide the best possible care for their pets.
She has been a member of both the American and Texas Veterinary Medical Associations since 2014. She was also a member of American Veterinary Dental College from 2014-2015.
When she’s not practicing, Dr. Saunders spends time with her husband and three dogs exploring Austin. She also enjoys photography, relaxing with friends, and traveling the world.
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Client Service Coordinator
Jen is one of the few Austinites who was born and raised here. While attending the University of Texas, Jen worked closely with kids as a camp counselor and then as a preschool teacher. After college, she decided to pursue a career that focused on her love of animals.
Growing up, Jen was always surrounded by pets — large and small. She adopted her own pup as soon as she moved into her own home. Now, she runs what she and her boyfriend affectionately call a “senior citizen center for dogs” for their three dogs—Kira, Casey, and Nikki (all of whom are 13-14 years old). They are great big sisters to two young cats, bottle baby siblings named Ash and Buffy.
Jen has pursued her career in veterinary care for the last ten years. Jen is proud to be Fear Free certified and is thrilled to be part of the Firehouse team where she gets to assist pets and their human families every day.
Licensed Veterinary TechnicianLibby joins us from Columbus, OH where she spent several years receiving higher education in animal care. She attended the Ohio State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a focus in Equine and Companion Animals. While working towards her degree, she was offered a position at her first veterinary clinic, where she quickly discovered that being a technician was the perfect fit for her.
After completing her Bachelors, she entered the Veterinary Technology program at Columbus State Community College. While there, she completed a rotating internship at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as an externship at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, where she acquired a large amount of hands-on experience with exotic animal species. While earning her tech degree, Libby switched from general practice to specialty medicine where she became an emergency and critical care technician for two years.
Upon graduating, Libby took her National Board Exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. After achieving all of her educational goals, she finally made the decision to move to Austin where her heart has always been. She is enjoying being closer to some of her family and forming new bonds with her fellow firehouse staff and clients. Outside of work, she spends her time hiking the greenbelt and hanging out with her pit bull, Rosie.
Veterinary TechnicianApril grew up in the Dallas area. Her love of the outdoors and nature brought her to Austin and its Hill Country in 2013.
April joined the Firehouse Team in 2018 to continue her career in veterinary medicine. She’s always loved animals and knew that Firehouse would be a great fit for her to grow her career. Since joining Firehouse, April has really enjoyed being a part of such a caring Team who continues to challenge her and grow her knowledge on giving every pet the best care.
In her spare time, April enjoys camping and hikes with her husband two dogs named Maggie & Scooter. April is enjoying teaching Maggie and Scooter how to walk on the nature trails and knows they’ll master them soon!
With empathy and patience, Valerie Lewis strives to help as many owners and pets as possible by making owners aware of recommended treatments and costs. She gives each patient individualized attention and takes the time she needs to help patients feel comfortable and to understand their goals. After working in the field for four years, she continues to expand her knowledge through attending courses and learning from her teammates every day. In the coming months, Valerie will take her state license exam to officially become a licensed veterinary technician.
Lewis grew up with her own cats, but working in the veterinary field has given her an appreciation and love of dogs as well. She has an Abbotts Okeetee Corn Snake named Shucks (pun intended), and is in the market to adopt an older dog.
Client Service Coordinator / Veterinary Technician
Emily has worked with animals for a long time. While she got a psychology degree from University of Utah to help people, she realized she’d rather serve the animal population.
Always one with a bit of a wild side, Emily began her career as an Eco-Explorer with Utah’s Hogle Zoo. On a break from Utah winters, she moved to Central Texas and worked with kids at the San Antonio Zoo and with big cats as an intern for C.A.R.E in Bridgeport. Before permanently settling in Texas, she worked as a primary zookeeper in Utah, working with the smallest of amphibians, venomous snakes, primates, giraffes and marine mammals.
Emily permanently left the cold to settle in Austin in 2015. She spent some time with Austin Pets Alive and The Austin Zoo (ask her about her favorite duck named Petri) before finding Firehouse. She joined Firehouse in 2018 and enjoys that every day is different. She is really enjoying learning so much about domestic animal medicine.
Emily has the uncanny ability to remember jingles from her childhood and has a breadth of animal trivia knowledge. In her spare time, she is building up her RV for her next adventure and working on her novel.
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