Meet Our Team

APPOINTMENT

We’re one big family.

Get to know the team that has dedicated their lives to taking the absolute best care of your pet.
Stacy Nipper Mozisek, MS, DVM

Stacy Nipper Mozisek, MS, DVM

Medical Director

Dr. 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.

CJ Champ

CJ Champ

Hospital Manager

Ever 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

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

Genna Mize, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. 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

Laura Saunders, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. 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.

Julia Bodman

Julia Bodman

Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!
Emily Boyle

Emily Boyle

Veterinary Technician

Emily Boyle prides herself on creating a warm environment for clients so they’re comfortable asking questions or sharing concerns about their pets. Her favorite part of each day is teaming up with those to make the best possible care plan for furry family members.

Emily works hard to be supportive, whether she’s answering puppy training questions or comforting an owner who is dropping off a pet for surgery.

Veterinary medicine is always growing and changing, so Emily is open to learning new things and updating her skills. She recently completed a Fear Free certification course to help patients be as stress-free as possible when visiting Firehouse.

Most of Emily’s free time is spent with horses, her first love. She trains, competes, and assists her sister with a breeding program. When not on the ranch, she’s at the gym lifting weights. Besides horses, Emily has two cats named Derp and Squid as well as two Pomeranians named Ari and Moo. She promises to love your cats as much as she loves her own!

Jen Capeheart

Jen Capeheart

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.

Libby Chow

Libby Chow

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Libby 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.

Carolina Frausto

Carolina Frausto

Client Service Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

Iesha Gonzales

Iesha Gonzales

Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!

Valerie Lewis

Valerie Lewis

Veterinary Technician

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.

Rosa Martinez

Rosa Martinez

Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!

Jessica Murray

Jessica Murray

Client Service Coordinator

Bio coming soon!
Sulemit Ramirez

Sulemit Ramirez

Veterinary Technician Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez

Client Service Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

Stephanie Shankland

Stephanie Shankland

Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!

Ben Thaner

Ben Thaner

Veterinary Technician

Ben first recognized his interest in medicine in 2002 while attending the US Army Combat Lifesaver Course. As an Infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division, Ben was able to put his training into action during multiple tours, cementing his desire to gain further knowledge of medicine.

After leaving the military, Ben graduated from EMT-B school while attending the University of Texas at Dallas. After a few years in public service, he pursued the animal side of medicine and began his new career as a veterinary technician in 2012. Ben has multiple years of experience assisting with large animal, exotic, and companion animals. He has a noted passion for Pugs and Guinea Pigs.

Ben spends his free time split between skydiving and riding horses.

When the skies are blue Ben skydives in San Marcos. He and his girlfriend are also regulars at the stables where they practice dressage with their two horses “Watson”, a Thoroughbred, and “Tego” a Dutch Warmblood. On stormy days, they love watching movies with their Border Collie named Rowan.

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Have questions? We’re here to help! Our Austin animal hospital is open, inviting and modern. Please don’t hesitate to contact us or stop by.

Location

3801 N Capital of Texas Hwy Ste F-100
Austin, TX 78746
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Hours

Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 6:00pm
Sat: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Sun: Closed

Contact

Phone: 512.765.9009 (Call 24/7!)
Fax: 888.262.3967
Email: westlakeinfo@firehouse.vet
We provide 24-hour care by phone, so you know that we’ll always be there when you need us most.

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