We’re one big family.
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.
Staci Hansen, DVM
Dr. Hansen completed her clinical year of Veterinary school at Kansas State University with externships completed at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and The Houston Zoo. After graduation in 2012, she returned to Austin and began working at Banfield Pet Hospital before accepting a position at Firehouse Animal Health Center. Her special interests include small animal surgery and exotic/pocket pet medicine.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, volunteering at Austin Wildlife Rescue, and with Girl Scouts of Central Texas. Her favorite hobbies include baking and geocaching. Dr. Hansen and her husband share their home with three spoiled dogs, one lovable cat, and two adorable guinea pigs.
Roslyn Reavis, DVM
Dr. Roslyn Reavis was raised in San Antonio TX, and her love of animals became apparent with the variety of pets she grew up with and enjoyed on their family ranch. As her interest in animal care and treatment developed, she decided to go to Texas State University to pursue a degree in Animal Science and Biochemistry. 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.
Dr. Reavis special interests are small animal surgery, dermatology, and small exotics/pocket pets. She is committed to attend all continuing education events and understands the importance of continuing to grow her knowledge with current up to date therapies to offer the best care for her patients.
She enjoys volunteering with Prevent A Litter of San Marcos spaying and neutering cats to help with feline overpopulation. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, traveling, and entertaining her pets at home. She is a member of the Comal County, Texas and American Veterinary Medical Associations.
Dr. Reavis was excited to join the Firehouse team in 2017 where she can be part of a veterinary group that provides such high-quality medical care and excellent client service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Markeshia is focused on building client relationships to make vet visits more comfortable for clients and their pets. She works hard to listen to client concerns, provide genuine and thorough service, and, communicate so clients are informed. Her goal is to ease client concerns and help pets feel calm during their visit.
Markeshia graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s in Agriculture: Animal Science. She is passionate about animal behavior and has attended numerous seminars on creating fear-free experiences and understanding behavior/aggression in pets.
Markeshia has 1 dog named Cerberus. In her free time, she hikes, swims, and enjoys concerts. Markeshia also loves reading and studying new languages.
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.
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
Candice knew at a young age that animals were her passion. She loves making a positive difference in pet’s lives, whether wellness or emergency medicine. She also loves rallying around Firehouse’s philanthropic initiatives that help promote animal welfare for all pets.
She loves volunteering in the community and is a regular at Firehouse community events. She loves educating our community about proper pet care and supporting local pet nonprofits and shelters. She also loves supporting local schools at Career Days to help educate and motivate our next generation.
Candice and her fiancée have 5 beautiful children, 2 Pit Bulls (Buster and Chief) and a fur brother named Sarge the Dogo. True to her West Coast roots, Candice loves the outdoors and being near water.