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Stacy Mozisek, DVM
As Medical Director of the Firehouse Animal Center in Westlake, Dr Stacy Mozisek is focused on her clients and patients, as well as leading her team.
When caring for clients and patients, Dr Mozisek is passionate about supporting the human-animal bond with the best treatment plan for the family. As a working mother of three, she understands it can be challenging to implement a medical treatment plan at home. So Dr Mozisek strives to be compassionate and collaborative, working with clients to develop realistic health plans that enhance each pet’s life and improve the human-animal bond.
Dr Mozisek and her team are passionate about providing an exceptional and stress-free visit to Firehouse. She goes above and beyond for her clients, taking extra precautions for pets who struggle with veterinary visits by implementing Fear Free tactics and learning about the pet’s specific needs and triggers. Each pet presents new challenges and joys for Dr Mozisek.
Dr Mozisek is a compassionate and collaborative veterinarian who credits her awesome Aggie veterinary training and extensive work experience for her doctoring style. As Medical Director of Firehouse Westlake, she brings empathy, humility, humor, and a strong work ethic to her team. Since joining Firehouse in 2013, Dr Mozisek has developed strong relationships with her patients and their humans. To her, Firehouse is a place where pet owners feel more like friends and family than clients.
Dr Mozisek regularly participates in local and national veterinary conferences and has been included in an exclusive veterinary round-table discussion about zoonotic pet diseases. Her favorite conference is the AVMA national veterinary conference, which she and her poultry veterinarian husband attend together.
Dr Mozisek is a retired triathlete, lover of all things outdoors (including live music), mother of three kids and Juniper the Labradoodle, a regular patron to Barton Springs pool, an Orange Theory junkie, and a decent yogi. Her bucket list is full, including but not limited to Spanish fluency, mastering the acoustic guitar, and riding her bicycle across the country.
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
As co-founder of Firehouse Animal Health Center and a practicing veterinarian, Dr John Faught has a unique perspective into the veterinary world. He merges science-based medicine, empathetic communication, and practical solutions to help pet owners choose the best path for their families and their pets. At the same time, Dr Faught provides leadership for Firehouse staff and steers the hospital toward impeccable service, growth, and philanthropy.
Most clients who visit Firehouse see Dr Faught as a trusted friend, someone who offers medical guidance with patience, warmth, and a sense of humor. Dr Faught looks for this same spirit in his team. Firehouse veterinarians are not only skilled in medicine, but they are also willing to do “100 Little Things” — those extra moments of connection, support, and kindness — to remind clients they’re at the right place for their pet.
Dr Faught learned at an early age that we all play a role in making our communities healthier, safer, and happier. This is why Firehouse gives generously to local animal-support organizations by donating funds, free medical services, time, and ideas. “We are better individuals and a better business because of it,” says Dr Faught. “It brings value and purpose to what we do each and every day.”
Dr Faught is a regular contributor to local and national media, helping to educate the public. He earned a degree in Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University, followed by a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Texas A&M’s esteemed College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.
Genna Mize, DVM
Dr Genna Mize chose to become a veterinarian not only for her love of pets and medicine but also because of her passion for the human-animal bond. The promotion of human wellness through our relationships with pets is Dr Mize’s driving source of inspiration.
Dr Mize also achieves fulfillment in her work through relieving suffering in both pets through the practice of thorough medicine and outstanding care. She helps clients better understand their pets through education. She calms dogs and cats by interacting with them on the floor or in their carriers. Clients appreciate her compassionate and personable nature as well as her approachable communication style.
She enhances her clinical skills through continuing education lectures and attends annual workshops to learn new skills in areas such as ultrasound technology. Dr Mize has a particular interest in internal medicine and nutrition.
Dr Mize earned her undergraduate degree right here at the University of Texas and her veterinary degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. Before joining the team at Firehouse, she participated in the monitoring of animals on film with a nonprofit organization. In her free time, you’ll find her and her French Bulldog, B, out and about in Austin.
Laura Saunders, DVM
Dr Laura Saunders brings warmth, compassion, and deep knowledge to each client and pet she sees at Firehouse. Clients appreciate her empathetic approach to veterinary medicine. Dr Saunders is keenly aware that some cats and dogs feel nervous when visiting the vet, so she uses Fear Free techniques to reduce stress and anxiety during appointments. She often examines cats in their carriers and large dogs on the floor.
To help patients live happy and healthy lives alongside their families, Dr Saunders is focused on wellness and preventive care, addressing issues before they become a problem. She is focused on dentistry as a means of preventing overall health issues in pets. In addition, she is a skilled surgeon.
Dr Saunders stays current on all aspects of veterinary care through medical journals, national conferences including the Veterinary Meeting & Expo (VMX), and local veterinary groups. She’s also a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
Having worked as a kennel tech in high school and at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in college, Dr Saunders grew up knowing she would become a veterinarian.
She received her undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences from Central Michigan University and her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Texas A&M University, graduating in 2014. In her free time, Dr Saunders enjoys photography and traveling. She and her husband also love exploring Austin with friends and family alongside their three dogs: Oberon, a German shepherd mix; Isis, a lab mix; and Blue, a Catahoula mix.
Christine Tomlin, DVM
Dr Christine Tomlin’s clients appreciate her compassionate, friendly, and personable approach to veterinary care. These qualities help her provide comprehensive care for pets, whether they’re young and healthy or experiencing difficult illness.
Dr Tomlin builds relationships with pets and their owners to ensure better treatment. Education is essential and Dr Tomlin provides clients with detailed care instructions to guide post-operative care and disease management at home, where pets need ongoing attention. Staying in touch with clients regularly also allows Dr Tomlin to collaborate with pet owners and ensure pets are receiving care that’s tailored to their individual needs.
For her own continuing education, Dr Tomlin attends multiple professional development sessions annually and collaborates with specialists to provide the most up-to-date treatments available. She has unique experience in emergency and urgent care medicine and studied surgical and internal medicine at a Washington, D.C., hospital, where she trained one-on-one with board-certified specialists.
Dr Tomlin graduated from Texas A&M University in 2010 with a degree in biomedical science, and in 2013, she completed the Veterinary Medicine program at Ross University. She is the proud owner of four pets, including three cats (Peter, Madeline, and Gracie), and a yellow lab named Bella. When she’s not working with pets at Firehouse, she enjoys hiking and paddle-boarding with Bella, practicing yoga, watching movies, and reading.
Julia has a self-described “huge heart.” She channels her empathy to her clients and patients, ensuring she gives the best preventive care possible. She develops health care plans to fit her client’s routine. Plus, she makes veterinary visits easier for cats and dogs by reading the pet and going at a pace that keeps them comfortable.
She stays at the top of her game through continuing education and on-site work with Firehouse doctors.
Julia is a mom to 2 dogs: Kitsu, who is a Shiba Inu and Cleo, who is a lab/pit mix. She also has a Green Cheek Conure Parrot. Her life’s goal is to improve the quality of life of as many cats and dogs as possible.
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!
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 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.
Client Service Coordinator
Clients appreciate Carolina’s ability to accommodate their needs, as well as her helpful reminders when it’s time for wellness exams, vaccine updates, and monthly medication refills. She is passionate about helping our patients live happy and healthy lives. Carolina prides herself on staying calm in stressful situations.
Carolina is new to Austin, having been born and raised in Orange County, California. She and her 3-year-old terrier mix named Nala have enjoyed getting to know our fair city.
Iesha is laser focused on offering Firehouse patients the best care to live long and healthy lives. She is thorough when working with pets and makes clients feel comfortable by smiling and being kind. Fun fact: even though she is right handed, she is better at pulling blood using her left hand!
She attends continuing education within Firehouse and also completes online courses to learn about new and upcoming topics in the veterinary field. Iesha has a deep interest for cytology and laboratory skills. She still finds it exciting to look at patient bacteria under the microscope.
Iesha is originally from Dallas and moved to Austin, in part because it’s more pet friendly and has a loving atmosphere. She always knew she’d work with pets. When her workday is done, she goes home to her 7-year-old Dachshund named Little Lay. On weekends, they love exploring the outdoors together.
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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 is able to maintain a calm demeanor with pets, which keeps them at ease. To stay current on her work, Rosa does online continuing education and attends Fear Free training seminars.
In her free time, Rosa likes to spend outdoors caring for her many tropical potted plants. Her at-home-zoo includes eight dogs: Zeus, a 13-year-old chihuahua, and her Medical Diva; Hercules, 7-year-old pitbull mix who is a lovable trouble maker; Baloo, a 6-year-old Pitbull mix who is a snuggle-bug-asaurus; Delilah, a Pitbull mix who is a lovable but needy princess; Chuchi, a 10-year-old yr grouchy Pom mix rescue; Mushu, a chihuahua mix and food hoarder; Corina, a toy hoarder; Piper, a 5-month-old Pitbull mix who is the baby of the pack. PLUS, Rosa loves her 7 -year-old corn snake.
Client Service Coordinator
Veterinary Technician Assistant
She wants clients to know how much she cares about each pet’s wellness. She works hard to keep each pet calm and relaxed, showing them kindness and helping to make veterinary visits easier. She cares about each pet she sees, working daily to improve the lives of Firehouse patients. She is especially passionate about preventative wellness care such as the importance of spaying and neutering and regular vaccinations. She even presented at a conference regarding this passion when she worked at a high volume animal shelter in the valley.
Sulemit loves her two King Charles Cavalier mixes, Nena and Hanna. In her free time, Sulemit is also a musician. She sings, plays the quena, and is currently teaching herself to play the violin. She also has participated in directing theatrical numbers at her church.
Over the last few years, Alex has studied conflict resolution within the veterinary field. This involves creating an environment for clear communication between clients and team members and ensuring clients leave Firehouse with a good understanding of medical recommendations and their pet’s at-home care plan. Her favorite conference is the Southwestern Veterinary Symposium.
Alex graduated from Texas State University to pursue her degree in Opera Performance. After falling in love with the veterinary field nearly 5 years ago, she is pursuing a business degree with the goal of managing a zoological veterinary hospital. In her free time, Alex loves to cycle for charity, crochet, and go on nature hikes with her Miniature Pinscher named Tex.
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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