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Ashley Opyt, DVM
Dr. Ashley Opyt sees each pet as unique and works diligently to provide tailored solutions for each medical challenge pets may face. Clients feel reassured and supported in Dr. Opyt’s treatment room — she utilizes fear-free techniques to minimize anxiety, she’s friendly in every encounter, she’s always willing to listen, and she’s available between appointments.
To stay up-to-date on veterinary trends, technologies, and topics, Dr. Opyt follows veterinary journals, attends at least one conference annually, and works occasional shifts at the emergency clinic to keep her skills sharp. She believes educating her clients is the best way to keep pets healthy and happy.
Dr. Opyt graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University with a degree in Animal Science and from Texas A&M University’s veterinary school.
Dr. Opyt is the proud momma to Johnny and Sam, a black lab and corgi, both in their senior years. When she’s not treating animals or hanging out with her own dogs, Dr. Opyt enjoys reading and trying out new restaurants with her husband.
She makes each client interaction count to enhance the lives of pets. She enjoys educating her clients and community on all pet matters including health care, becoming a better pet parent, and pet anxiety. Having a background in animal welfare helps her better understand an animal’s behavioral needs. She can quickly spot signs of stress and anxiety and then steps to ease a pet’s fear.
Despite growing up on a farm with llamas and mini ponies, her greatest fear is frogs. Now she owns three outdoor cats named Thomas, Princess, and Freaky, who came with the house! She also owns a rabbit named Sushi and a Border Collie mix named Yari. On weekends, Sonni and her husband, Russell, enjoy time at the lake or on the river. They join other Jeep lovers in several offroading events each year. You’ll also find Sonni gardening, hiking, and reading nonfiction books.
Roslyn Reavis, DVM
Whether clients come to Firehouse for a wellness visit or have an issue that requires special attention, Dr Reavis makes client’s lives easier through thorough communication, follow-up care, and attention to detail. She is trained in Fear Free techniques, which help to calm stressed or anxious cats and dogs. She uses lots of treats in these situations and knows that her calm manner also helps nervous pets.
Dr Reavis’ special interests include dermatology, arthritis, and small exotics/pocket pets. She understands the importance of continuing education and attends national conferences as well as local seminars to stay current with new therapies to offer patients the best care.
She received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from St. Georges University in Grenada in 2014, where she graduated Cum Laude and was inducted into the veterinary honor society Phi Zeta. She is a member of the Comal County, Texas, and American Veterinary Medical Associations. On weekends, Dr Reavis volunteers with Prevent A Litter (PALS), kayaks, and enjoys a nine-pin bowling league. She has two dogs and one cat: Trigger, a Labrador; Leeloo, a Queensland heeler; and Sam, a Domestic shorthair cat.
Staci Hansen, DVM
Dr Hansen enjoys all pets, especially cats and exotics. She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV). She is trained in Fear Free techniques to calm nervous cats and dogs. She moves slowly with anxious cats, sits on the floor with large dogs, and will even work in the open treatment area for pets who feel too confined in the exam room.
She stays current on veterinary skills and knowledge by attending Exoticscon, the annual exotics conference. She also invests time in local continuing education, regularly attending feline and canine seminars.
Dr Hansen received her degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. On weekends, Dr Hansen volunteers at Austin Wildlife Rescue and with Girl Scouts of Central Texas. Her favorite hobbies include traveling, baking, and geocaching. Dr. Hansen and her husband share their home with their sweet son, three spoiled dogs, two lovable cats, and four adorable guinea pigs.
Justin Nelson, BVetMed
Clients appreciate his logical method of approaching their concerns. They also love his way with pets: he calms dogs and cats by proceeding at each pet’s desired pace. He often examines dogs while with them on the floor and keeps cats in their carriers to help them stay comfortable.
To stay updated on the most recent developments in veterinary medicine, Dr Nelson attends his favorite annual conference, BSAVA Congress, where he is able to refresh his knowledge of all aspects of veterinary medicine while improving his surgical skills through participation in practical labs.
Originally from the US, Dr Nelson and his family spent a decade just north of London, where he attended the Royal Veterinary College. In his free time, Dr Nelson loves being with his family, his two dogs named, Toos (a Springer Labrador mix), and Neli (a Vizla Weimaraner mix), and two cats, Hibou (a Scottish fold) and TJ (a domestic shorthair). Dr Nelson also enjoys hiking, playing soccer, and any sport in which his three kids are involved.
Client Service Coordinator
Jessica grew up in Abilene, TX with a house full of dogs and cats. She moved to the Kyle area to attend Texas State and graduated with a BA in Anthropology in 2014 but liked the area so much she never left. She currently lives in Kyle with her two best friends, her sister, and their four cats. She enjoys creative hobbies like painting and sewing as well as continued learning about anything and everything, especially history and other cultures.
Jessica has been a proud member of the Firehouse team since 2016.
Client Service Coordinator
Jamie helps pets feel at ease when they visit Firehouse since she’s experienced in handling even the most irritable pets. She is passionate about Firehouse’s commitment to philanthropy and helping shelter animals since she worked at a no-kill shelter to save as many lives as possible in Texas. Outside of work, Jamie spends time with Kylo, her 4-year-old domestic shorthair tabby cat and Gunnar, her 3-year-old black and white pointer collie mix.
When Esterleane is not working she spends her time with family going fishing, playing games, watching movies and dancing. She has an awesome dog named Oreo and a goldfish named Shark who she loves dearly. In her spare time, she gets out in the community to support the local groups and shelters.
Brandy has worked in the veterinary field since 2007, helping care for Central Texas pets and educate their humans.
Since joining Firehouse in 2014, Brandy has developed a passion for helping coach and guide team members.
When Brandy is not at work, she spends her time with her two sons and three dogs, preferably at the river in San Marcos. You’ll also find Brandy volunteering at PALS of Central Texas every month to help with their spay and neuter clinic.
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