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.

Ashley Opyt, DVM

Medical Director
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

Staci Hansen, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Staci Hansen grew up just down the road in Bastrop Texas. In high school, she discovered her passion for animal care while volunteering as a kennel technician at a local veterinary clinic. In 2007 she graduated from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology/Pre-veterinary medicine. After completing an exciting internship at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center she was accepted to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine located on the Island of St. Kitts. While completing her degree Dr. Hansen volunteered with VIDA to aid in animal overpopulation through spay and neuter clinics in Costa Rica.

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

Roslyn Reavis, DVM

Veterinarian

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

Justin Nelson, BVetMed

Veterinarian

Dr Justin Nelson brings his personable and empathetic nature, coupled with extensive surgical, diagnostic, and emergency medicine capabilities, to every client and pet he meets.

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.

Sonni Standefer

Sonni Standefer

Hospital Manager

Sonni goes above and beyond for her clients. She brings her sense of humor, empathy, and efficiency to Firehouse Kyle. Her favorite part of the day is sharing the 100 Little Things that sets Firehouse apart from a normal vet clinic.

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 Pogue

Brandy Pogue

Veterinary Technician

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.

Shakkal Ware

Shakkal Ware

Veterinary Technician

Shakkal Ware was born and raised in Dallas, TX. She moved to San Marcos, TX in 2012, to attend Texas State University, with her fiancé, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture: Animal Science. She has always had a special love for animals but did not realize that taking care of animals was her passion until she graduated from high school. She has 2+ years of experience as a vet technician and joined our team at Firehouse Animal Health Center in October 2017. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their beautiful daughter, Eliyah, hanging out with family and friends, eating out, dancing, watching movies, and volunteering to give back in her community.
Esterleane Landrum

Esterleane Landrum

Veterinary Technician

Esterleane was raised in Waco, Texas where she grew up with family pets. She knew at a young age that working with animals was what she wanted to do. In 2012 she moved to the Austin area to attend Texas State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture-Animal Science. In 2016 she started her career as a client service coordinator in the veterinary field. This allowed her to express her compassion for animals and to be their advocate. The following year she wanted to do more, so she became a veterinary technician in Dripping Springs, Texas. In April 2018, she joined Firehouse Animal Health Center as a full-time veterinary technician.

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 Willis

Markeshia Willis

Veterinary Technician

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.

Kelli Elliot

Kelli Elliot

Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!
Jamie Deleon

Jamie Deleon

Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!
Amberly Mendez

Amberly Mendez

Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!
Gabe Espinoza

Gabe Espinoza

Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!

Jamie Deleon

Veterinary Technician

Jamie brings her strong work ethic and unconditional love for pets to work each day. She helps Firehouse clients get the best medical care for their pets by asking lots of questions, offering tips on home healthcare and lots of continuing education at her favorite annual conference, the American Pets Alive! conference.

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.

Jessica Bloodgood

Jessica Bloodgood

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.

Candice Corcoran

Candice Corcoran

Client Service Coordinator

Candice was born and raised on the West Coast, (but as we Texans like to say) she got here as quick as she could! She moved to Central Texas in 2011 and began her work in the veterinary field in 2014. Candice joined Firehouse in 2016.

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.

We’re here to help.

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

Location

4100 Everett St, Ste 100
Kyle, TX 78640
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Hours

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

Contact

Phone: 512.410.0616 (Call 24/7!)
Fax: 800.517.3024
Email: kyleinfo@firehouse.vet

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