Born in ‘The Natural State’, Arkansas, Dr. Nicholas Vaughan was raised on being both aware and respectful of Mother Nature and how she orchestrates all of our surroundings in harmony. Nicholas has been formally trained in bio-med engineering, veterinary medicine and most recently an MBA (focusing on sustainable business)- at the University of Texas at Austin. The rest of his studies have led him from Baton Rouge to Beijing, Philadelphia, Knoxville and Berkeley. Dr. Vaughan earned his veterinary degree with honors at Louisiana State University.
Nicholas began his career in Cape Cod, MA and then music began to outweigh sailing as far as hobbies so he moved to Austin in 2004 and has been helping progressive pet owners in Austin ever since. Dr. Vaughan currently serves on multiple veterinary school advisory councils helping to formulate innovative ideas for education, pet-wellness and exam room interaction. For the last decade he has been a guest lecturer all over the world offering over 50 hours of continuing education a year on nutrition and preventative medicine. His passion for pet nutrition has earned him the reputation of the “Obesity Sheriff” in the vet community. He has also furthered his training at the University of Tennessee to be certified in Rehab medicine and small animal rehab therapy.
Outside of practicing the art of medicine, Dr. Vaughan focuses his energy on human well-being, nutrition, Yoga, fitness, creative writing, theatre, studying philosophy, motorcycles, music and of course- working tirelessly to get you to laugh and smile. Nicholas is involved in numerous community philanthropies including the development committee for Austin Pets Alive!, Big Hearts for Brave Hearts, Junior Achievement and a founding member of the philanthropic 512 Society. You can always spot him running around Lady Bird Lake or BMX riding with his son Fields while his wife Ashley watches with reserved approval. A self-described music snob and book critic… each visit with Dr. Vaughan will bring you and your pet happiness and most of all, wellness.
Dr. Vaughan is also an advisor at Bond Pet Foods where they ensure optimal pet health by developing natural, minimally processed dog and cat food.×
Dr. Tim Julien was raised in a rural town in the foothills of the Ozark mountains in south central Missouri. From a young age he was pretty sure he wanted to be an engineer/microbiologist working to discover a novel renewable energy source. He was wrong. Turns out he loved animals and helping people with their animals way more than math or laboratories.
In the summer after sophomore year in high school Tim met his future wife, Christine, at nerd camp (a.k.a. Missouri Scholar’s Academy). He followed her to Washington University in St. Louis. While there he was an All-American distance runner in track and cross-country and confirmed that dogs and cats are way cooler than calculus and petri dishes. After graduation the wedding (foreshadowed above) occurred. Tim went off to the University of Missouri to earn a veterinary degree while Christine worked on her doctorate in computer science.
Tim followed Christine to Austin when she accepted a faculty position at UT. He has practiced high quality medicine in Austin since 2004 with a conscious aim to educate his clients and to provide authentic and approachable choices to facilitate the best decisions possible with regard to the care of their pets.
In his free time, Tim enjoys pick-up basketball, the occasional run, cooking (and eating), traveling the globe with Christine (and eating), and hanging out with his two amazing daughters, Maya and Cora. He has an elderly Lab Border Collie mix named Casey who has just recently started to come out of her “puppy phase”. The Julien family recently returned to Austin after spending a year in northern Italy in support of Christine’s research opportunity. While he will miss Trentino-Alto Adige, he is happy to be home and excited to meet you and your pet.×
Cindy grew up in East Texas and now finds herself on the East side of Austin… coincidence or fact? Well, its a fact- she is from Whitehouse, TX but has had a love for the hill country that developed from her childhood.
And guess what Aggie fans- we finally got one! She is surrounded by Tigers and Longhorns but is strong with her “Gig ‘em!” pride as she attended A&M for undergrad and vet school. Cindy has a strong and practical sense of traditional medicine and has special interests in internal medicine, FELINE medicine and more than anything, forging long relationships with clientele. Because lets face it, you will see each other out in Austin!
Speaking of, Cindy loves llamas, chickens and goats and is saving money so she can have a small farm but in the meantime she spends time on Barton Creek Greenbelt, hanging at Zilker or shopping with Tippy her 8 yr old border collie mix. She is a member of the TVMA, AVMA, CAVMA and has completed a mission trip to Honduras assisting the locals with basic veterinary medicine.×
Dr. Adam Lassin grew up in Bucks County Pennsylvania with a house full of dogs. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Animal and Veterinary Science from West Virginia University in 2006 and continued his education at Ross School of Veterinary Medicine and Michigan State’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Following veterinary school he completed a one-year internship at Bright Heart Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Long Island New York. He is a Certified Small Animal Veterinary Acupuncturist via the prestigious Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine for Small Animal Acupuncture and is in the process of becoming certified in Veterinary Food Therapy. He enjoys spending time with his wife Jessica and their four furry children; Gianna, Zaria, Charlie, and George.
He approaches medicine from the unique philosophy of integrating both eastern and western medicine as one harmonious tool. An integrative approach allows for a symbiotic relationship between both medicines to help heal patients from the root of the problem outward. He combines various holistic modalities including acupuncture, herbal therapy, homeopathy, and food therapy. He has a special interest in arthritis, various skin & dermatology issues, hypothyroidism- endocrine disease, auto-immune issues, seizures, and food intolerance/sensitivities.×
Dr. Jamie Senthirajah grew up in Oregon City, Oregon, which was the end of the Oregon Trail. In elementary school, he dominated that computer game and never once died of dysentery. For college, he spent eight years in beautiful Corvallis, Oregon where he earned both his Bachelor and Veterinary degrees. Go Beavers!
After veterinary school, he completed a small animal rotating internship at Seattle Veterinary Specialists. He then made the trek south to work to Austin, Texas to work on his tan and your pets at PAZ Veterinary. His professional veterinary interests include small animal internal medicine with an emphasis on hematology, oncology, and toxicology.
Dr. Senthirajah is also a candy and popsicle aficionado on and off-work. He tolerates but does not enjoy exercising. But he does enjoy trying all the culinary delights Austin has to offer.
He has a clingy German Shepherd, Shiloh, who still lives with his parents in Oregon. Yeah, he’s probably never getting Shiloh back. Dr. Senthirajah strives to offer the best medical options to you with the best care to your pet!×
Dr. Laurie Johnson grew up in the pine forests of rural Mississippi where she developed a love of exploration and the natural world. This landscape was a major influence on her work as she studied Painting and Drawing at the University of Georgia and earned a degree in fine arts. She was fortunate to have opportunities to further study at the Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture in New York City as well as the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.
After living and working as an artist in NYC, Laurie felt a strong draw to get back to nature and relocated to the Pacific Northwest where she became a wildlife rehabilitator at a non profit. A desire to know more about the medicine behind the rehab and to help more animals propelled her into a career in veterinary medicine. From there, she pursued her passion in natural medicine and healing and focused her study on Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) which includes acupuncture, herbal and integrative medicine. She is certified in Acupuncture from the Chi Institute and Chinese Herbal Medicine by the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies. She is currently working towards a long term goal of achieving a Masters of TCVM which concludes with study in China.
An avid cyclist and bicycle advocate, she loves getting places around Austin by bike. She adores her 80# amstaff from APA! named Hippo and is so proud of how far he’s come with his behavior and medical challenges. She stays involved with veterinary nonprofits as much as possible and shares her love of travel and bicycles with her partner Heath and his two sons.×
Dr. Jena Webb was born and raised in Belton, Texas- just a hop, skip and a jump from the great city of Austin. Her love for animals started at an early age and by the first grade, she declared that she would become a veterinarian (But still and Artist at Heart). She attended Texas A&M for both her undergraduate and veterinary degrees. After graduation, she moved to the “Land of Enchantment” to complete an internship at VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center. Jena’s veterinary interests include internal medicine, ultrasonography, and preventative care. She enjoys educating her clients and taking a unique team approach to determining the best treatment for each individual pet.
Jena is owned by a sassy tabby named Piper. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, getting a little crafty, traveling whenever possible, and all of the great food and music Austin has to offer.×
Dr. Nicholas Kiefer was born in Dallas, Texas way back in ’91. He grew up in a house which always contained more animals than humans, and so naturally, he’s dreamed of becoming a vet for quite a long time. He spent nearly the last 8 years at Texas A&M (undergraduate and veterinary school) packing his brain with all the things he’ll need to succeed as a veterinarian.
It wasn’t long before he realized, though, that so much of what it meant to be a great veterinarian wasn’t something that could be taught or read in a book. It’s being compassionate both to the animals and to the people that love them, and taking the extra steps to make people and pets feel welcome and at home. It’s not just about making an animal feel better (though that is oh so gratifying). It’s about fostering and supporting the powerful connection we all share with our four-legged family members, and treating every individual as the unique and special beings they are. It’s these things that he believes truly set PAZ apart.
In his free time, this hunk enjoys working out, playing basketball, binge watching Netflix (don’t we all), traveling, and doing anything and everything outdoors. He’s a particularly avid hiker and has been fortunate enough to explore Zion, Yosemite, and Big Bend National Parks, as well as some of the spectacular state parks and natural areas of the Texas Hill Country.×
Dr. Kate Thompson was born and raised in the coastal town of Waveland, Mississippi – a beautiful place
that’s barely a speck on the map. She was surrounded by the love of a small, tight-knit family and is the
proud daughter of an elementary school teacher and salesman. Her childhood was spent exploring the
beach which led to a more than healthy interest in animals and science.
Her formal education was completed in northern Mississippi. Over time, Kate’s eclectic personality and tendency to “fly by the seat of her pants” (as her mother would say) would lead to an avid interest in emergency medicine and critical care. She moved on to an internship in Chattanooga, TN where Kate developed a thick skin and a love for the mountains. However, the ultimate plan was to migrate to the vibrant Austin where she now calls home.
Kate was first employed at a busy, locally owned emergency hospital where she was lucky enough to
meet her incredible husband, Dr. John Pullen. She brought her sphinx cat, Baldy, to the relationship and
together formed a family with an independent outdoor cat named Karen and the sweetest old lady lab
Kate enjoys being outside and traveling to as many places as possible. On a sunny day, you
can find Kate reading a creepy novel at Zilker with Abby gnawing on a slobbery ball nearby.
Kate believes that this is the best occupation because of the potential to help both pets and the people
who love them. She hopes to meet each family with sincerity and the intention to exchange and
combine her medical training with your knowledge, beliefs, and lifestyle. Come meet Kate at PAZ
Veterinary where kindness is the highest priority and every voice is heard!
Dr. John Pullen was raised in southeast Houston. Both of his parents were in the computer
science industry and encouraged his childhood interests in science, music, and art. His interests in science grew but his skills in piano fell [b] flat and he never really figured out how to color in the lines. Early on, he started volunteering and got a job at a small veterinary hospital where he took his dog, Andy. His love for treating animals sparked there, and John went to the University of Houston to become a chemist. He tried… for several years, but learned chemistry was not his passion. He moved to Oklahoma State University where he pursued his passion in vet med and years later, John started practicing ER veterinary medicine in Austin.
During his time in ER, John learned plenty and made lasting relationships with his clients and coworkers, including his lovely wife, Kate. Kate recently joined the PAZ family and John HAD to follow (not true, they were hired together). He wants to continue to practice high-quality medicine and develop lasting relationships. John’s goal is to clearly explain what options are available and how we can accomplish wellbeing together.
He’s not just a vet! John also loves most things outdoors on the water: canoeing, kayaking, sailing, surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling (he’s a novice at many but getting better at any opportunity). Kate and John have a very independent outdoor cat Karen, a snuggly Sphinx cat Baldwynn, and a sweet old black lab lady Abby. For those who read this far – I lived in a boat and it sank.×
Dr. Kelly Might, DACVS was raised in Bedford, Texas, a town between Dallas and Fort Worth. He moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas at Austin as an undergraduate student, earning a bachelors in zoology and a minor in Spanish. He then attended Oklahoma State University for veterinary school. Early in his first year at Oklahoma State, Dr. Might found his calling for veterinary surgery. Dr. Might completed a 1-year rotating internship at PetCare Veterinary Hospital in Santa Rosa, California. He then went on to perform a 1-year surgical internship at Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists in Boulder, Colorado. These experiences were then followed by a three-year surgical residency at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. During his training Dr. Might developed a strong interest in minimally invasive surgery and orthopedics. While at Washington State University, Dr. Might published multiple manuscripts and found great interest in orthopedic research. After 9 years away from home, Dr. Might, his wife, and two children returned to Austin, Texas. By teaming up with Dr. Allman and performing mobile specialty surgeries, Dr. Might is able to provide complicated surgical procedures to many pets that would not otherwise be able to receive specialty care. When not at work, Dr. Might enjoys cycling and spending time with his family.×
Although not a native to Austin, Rachel is a native to Texas. Having lived far north, southeast, and central, she’s had a little taste of everything this state has to offer. Austin has always felt most like home though, so after completing her Veterinary Technician degree in Houston, she officially moved to the south side with her two cats, Tanny and Mitch. Similar to most veterinary professionals, Rachel has always felt a connection with animals and never really considered a career in any other field. She feels lucky to do what she loves everyday and is excited to continue learning and shaping herself into the best tech possible. Rachel enjoys low key outings with friends and family but is happiest at home, with some coffee, her cats, and The Office.×
Suzanne came to us originally from Illinois. After high school and college there and a little bit of normal life in the Midwest, she decided it was time to get weird and move to Austin after only spending 2 days here on a road trip! She’s lived in Austin since 2016 and never looked back!
Her favorite part of being a certified veterinary technician is preventative medicine, but a nice foreign body surgery can always be fun!
You can find her taking her pugs Matilda and Willie out hiking, going to concerts, brunchin’ it up with friends, or trying to be a bad ass on the roller derby track playing on the Hell Marys for the Texas Roller Girls!×
Rachel was born and raised in Houston, TX and moved to Austin about 4 years ago. She has been an animal lover since childhood. Growing up her mother was severely allergic to dogs and cats and was unable to have any pets of her own (besides a fish named Arnold and a couple of gutter frogs). She would always sneak next door to the neighbors house to play with their animals and was constantly rescuing animals from the streets.
She got her first job at 15 at a boarding facility as a kennel technician and worked her way up from there. She graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Houston in 2013 and has been a licensed veterinary technician since 2014.
At home she has a 1 year old great dane/pit bull mix named Ruby and in her spare time enjoys hiking, traveling, playing guitar and drawing.×
Ciara was raised in the same neighborhood as Buddy Holly, and where Waylon Jennings made his name, Lubbock. She has a strong belief in holistic medicine, healing from within and applying a plant based lifestyle. Ciara began her journey in Animal Care five years ago, at her local wildlife center working in wildlife rehabilitation. She then became known as the possum mama, and started in falconry training (her pics are amazing). A few years later, she began work in veterinary medicine as a technician. Prior to joining PAZ Animal Collective, she was active as an official for multiple Animal Rights organizations. She has worked with fur and feathers, and everything in between!×
Miranda is also one of those rare true Austinites. She grew up in North Austin for her elementary and middle school years playing outside in the Walnut Creek greenbelt. She moved to South Austin during high school and has been a southside resident ever since. You can still find her exploring her favorite parts of Austin including Twin and Sculpture Falls, eating BBQ, enjoying the live music scene and starting dance parties wherever possible.
Having an animal-loving spirit from the beginning, she was always surrounded by rescue pets (most brought home herself without parental permission usually) ranging from dogs, cats and birds to hamsters, hermit crabs, and fish. Her mother lovingly and jokingly called them the “food chain gang.” Miranda’s love for animals helped direct her into the veterinary field early on, allowing her to participate as an intern in a small animal veterinary clinic in high school. She calls herself a nerd with a huge passion for always learning. After graduation, she dabbled in various majors in college (including music which allowed her to be a member of the Longhorn Marching Band for 4 years) but ultimately came full circle back to animal care. She is currently a student at ACC and The University of Texas working hard towards completing her BA degree in Biology/pre-vet.×
Jordan is that rare specimen you find in Austin, he was actually born and is continuing to be raised in the Capital of Texas. Jordan is not only whip smart when it comes to EXOTICS but he is also fearless when working with animals that feel fear. As many of our clients know- it takes a special spirit to keep animals at ease when they are in pain and Jordan is the right type of chill vibe you desire when your loved one is feeling bad. His mother and father encouraged him as a young man to be compassionate and he has taken on all kinds of animal relationships from dogs and cats to reptiles and pocket pets. His experience has proven invaluable at PAZ and so has his personality. Jordan still loves the outdoors and still has a fancy for observing and examining all kinds of live critters in the wild. You can find Jordan riding bikes, playing any sport at Zilker or rock climbing on the green belt and usually with a loving entourage. He has kept Austin weird for over 20 years and hopes to keep that spirit alive forever.×
Dru has dedicated most of her life to working with animals. From training farm dogs during her free range childhood in the woodlands of North Mississippi, to earning her Bachelors Degree in Equine Science, to fostering and adopting Retired Racing Greyhounds, she has always found joy in the practice of Compassionate Animal Care.
After leaving her long-time career as a horse trainer and instructor in the Pacific Northwest, Dru made her way to Central Texas, where she turned her talents to pet grooming for the next decade. It was through grooming for an animal hospital that her interest in becoming a Veterinary Technician took root and began to blossom. She eventually realized that Austin was where she felt most at home, and heeded the voice of Karma that called her to PAZ Veterinary in 2016.
When she’s not organizing and managing the PAZ clinic inventories, you’ll find Dru practicing Yoga, working on her next Yarn Project, or out in Nature hiking and camping. She also volunteers with Greyhound Adoption League of Central Texas – Central Texas Chapter, hosting Meet & Greets, assisting with medical records, and advocating for Greyhounds and other Sighthounds in need of Forever Homes.
Dru currently shares her home and her heart with Taavi, aka Mr. UberSnoot Ambassadog, adopted from GALT-CTX in November 2018.×
Chris began his life in a military family and thus spent his first few years on the east coast and even as far away as Italy. With the family finally settling in West Texas, he found a love for animals in dogs, cats and horses. Not yet realizing his passion for veterinary medicine, Chris enlisted in the Army at 17 to become a combat medic with the airborne infantry. Through jumping out of planes and an extended vacation to Afghanistan, he was met with his first veterinary experiences while working on several wounded dogs–including a military bomb-dog. The fire for veterinary medicine was lit and could not be extinguished. Upon returning to Texas, Chris craved a change and moved to Austin where he began his formal Veterinary Nursing career. From beginning as a fledgling at an alternative practice focusing primarily on acupuncture, Chinese herbs and homeopathy to working as the overnight nurse at an emergency animal hospital, Chris continues his hunger for knowledge and the ability to impact the lives of animals and their owners.×
LJ is another in the migration from California making it here in the third surge in 2011. After a couple of migrations back and forth following jobs and dream, she decided to being the Vet-Tech program at ACC in the fall of 2016, shortly after beginning her career at Paz Vet. LJ is all things pop-culture and a quick thinker and loves to understand the “how”. Come check out her skills!×
Abel Galvan hails from Brownsville, the southernmost tip of Texas. He moved to Austin in 2008 to further advance his musical aspirations. In 2010 he started working as a veterinary technician and simultaneously got his band, Tiny Purple Fishes started.
He soon moved into the emergency aspect of veterinary medicine where he met his fiancée, Ashley. In October of 2015, they had a beautiful baby boy named Jude William. Their fur babies are a 17 year old tortoise shell gato named Peepers, and a 9 year old black lab, Rocky Raccoon. All five of them get along swimmingly and love to sleep in the same bed.
While not at work, Abel likes to ride his bike around town, disc golf, practice guitar, and write and record original music. Tiny Purple Fishes’ first full-length album, “Get Lost With You”, is on Spotify and available for download. Our latest EP, “Intergalactic Foam Rangers of the Western Quadrant”, will be out in February 2018. Abel has also recently started a new solo project called Afraid Of Nothing and is currently writing new material to release sometime in 2019.×
Kimberly was born and raised in Texas. She has moved around the state growing up but has landed now in the weird city of Austin, which has naturally become her favorite.
Kimberly graduated from Austin Community College’s Veterinary Technician program in December 2017. She is currently an LVT at PAZ Veterinary!
Kimberly has a Yorkie named Rascal Roony, and two huskies, Knox Zooka, and Azula Loca. In the future Kim is eager to volunteer any free time and apply all her skills with large animals.”×
Leslye is a native Texan, born in Arlington to an animal-loving family. There was nothing she wouldn’t want to rescue and raise. Leslye raised everything form chickens, rabbits, turtles, birds and even a hermit crab. Not to mention the many cats and dogs that her family was never without. When Leslye was six years old she rescued three abandoned kittens and bottle fed them every three hours round the clock! This probably explains why she is called the “cat whisperer” now for her unique ability to handle them, especially the grumpy ones.
After studying photography in Chicago, Leslye realized her true desire for animal care and strived to make that happen. She moved to Austin in 2009 and has been a vet tech for the past 7 years. Her passion is surgery and recovery and would love to learn animal physical therapy.
Leslye loves to pet sit so your “fur babies” can be comfortable and secure in their own home when mom and dad are away. She shares her home with two cats, Theodore and Franklyn as well as two dogs, Targaryen and Ruby. Leslye enjoys disc golf, photography, art, and skydiving.×
Maggie is originally from South Carolina. She was born in Charleston and eventually completed her communication degree at Clemson University. Since then, she has been slowly making her way to Austin, living in Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas prior. It was in Little Rock, Arkansas that she got her start in the veterinary world and has loved it ever since!
Aside from work, you can find her hiking, rock climbing, or doing anything outdoors with her soon-to-be-husband, Justin, and dog, Cypress.×
A native of south Austin, TX, Kelly knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals. She spent many afternoons volunteering in vets offices while in high school, which ultimately helped her break into the vet tech industry.
After working at vet clinics all around Austin, Kelly has finally made her home at PAZ. Always eager to learn and grow, she looks forward to the challenges that each new day brings.
She lives with her husband, Britt, a pug named Ellie, and two cats, Charles and Marie. When not working, she enjoys reading, video games, and watching terrible movies.×
Jerry was born in Mexico moved to Austin at the age of 6 and has called Austin home since. He knew at a very young age that he wanted to work with animals but didn’t know what direction to take. He was always fascinated by working with exotic animals and it is something that he dreams of one day accomplishing.
He graduated from Texas State with a degree in Biology and a minor in Animal Science in hopes of achieving his long time dream of helping exotic animals. It wasn’t until he started volunteering at local animal shelters that he slowly started taking a different path. He found that working with doggos/cattos was super rewarding and decided to pursue the veterinary field. With about 2 years of experience, mostly high volume spay/neutering, he finally decided to call PAZ home.
When he’s not loving on his patients he spends his time with his own dog, an Australian Cattle dog named Shadow. You can occasionally find them jogging, or enjoying a walk at town lake. When not out he enjoys watching horror movies or playing video games.×
Paige is a Native Texan, growing up in HTX and born with a passion for the ethical treatment of all animals. As young as she can remember, she was going on rescue missions with all of the unlucky neighborhood cats, birds, dogs, butterflies, and anything else that needed a helping hand.
This passion drove her and she continued her animal adventures throughout high school and college. These adventures ranged from running an adoption program to taking an 8 month mini-adventure road trip visiting animal sanctuaries all over the US to work with Northern Elephant Seals and California Sea Lions and finally settling back in Texas where she excitedly chose PAZ as the next step in her journey.
Paige believes we are all made to live up to our highest potential and she works hard every day to encourage others to see the light she happily sees in them. Paige continues to pursue her dreams to become a wildlife rehabilitative veterinarian through all of her non-profit work and school. She lives with her amazing rescue dogs: Wren the Shepherd, Barbie the Basset and Journey the Doodle. Oh! And her newly adopted kitten, Orbi. In her spare time you’ll catch Paige with her nose in several books or hitting the trails with her pups. She loves meeting new people and making you smile!
Born & raised an Austinite, Rita’s compassion for animals started young. Her parents frequently found strays hiding in her room and her passion for helping animals didn’t stop there. Since she couldn’t keep every stray in her room, she started volunteering on weekends at a local vet clinic from ’96-’98. A dozen practices, 22 years, and countless pets and fosters later, Rita has found her home at PAZ.
Working in the veterinary field is fast-paced, always gives her something to learn and do, and she finds it incredibly rewarding. With no pets of her own currently (bunnies on the way!), Rita loves being able to care for others’ furry friends and soak up all their puppy love.
In her spare time, Rita enjoys crafting, sewing, drawing, visiting graveyards and watching horror movies. She’s also all about reading anything and everything on architecture and interior design.×
ReAnn grew up in a small Texas town near San Antonio with horses, dogs, cats, chickens and even a cockatiel. Because of this country upbringing she has always had a deep respect and love for animals and nature.
Ever since she was young she has been looking out for critters large and small. ReAnn’s animal nurse days started out at an early age saving baby birds, mice and stray animals which thus manifested to her having her first vet tech job at 16. Always knowing she wanted to work with animals she pursued a degree in Wildlife Biology and graduated from Texas State University in 2016. Before joining the PAZ team she worked at a large and small animal practice in San Marcos for 5 years while going to school. Her and her fiance, Joe, still reside in San Marcos with their “urban farm” which consists of: Teddy, Anna Bo and Cratos their 3 large mix breed dogs; Little Man, Lola and Noona- their 3 cats; Cluck and Cheeks their 2 hard working chickens, along with many african and south american cichlids. They hope one day to develop a real sustainable farm that incorporates a zero impact lifestyle and serves as a safe haven for people and animals.
Living in tune with nature and having a positive impact on the planet is a belief that Joe and her hold close to their hearts. They are most comfortable being off grid while hiking, camping and learning about the flora and fauna of Mother Nature. Along with being outside as much as possible ReAnn also enjoys putting her green thumb to use by taking care of her vegetable/herb garden and her 100+ plants, yep that’s a lot of plants!×
Brooke is a native Texan. She was raised in Houston, TX and has called Austin home since 2012. She has been rescuing stray animals as long as she can remember, but only realized her passion for veterinary medicine after getting a job in a shelter caring for orphaned neonatal kittens. She has a special place in her heart for the homeless animals of Austin, and spent three years working as a vet tech for a few local non-profits before finding her home at PAZ.
Out of the many stray animals she has brought into her home over the years, Brooke only kept three of them. She has a German Shepherd mix named Archie, an orange tabby named Jones, and fluffy brown tabby with one eye named Nimona. She is the happiest when she is reading comics, eating food, playing tabletop games with friends, listening to podcasts, helping out local community cats, and visiting libraries.×
Born and raised deep in the heart of Texas, Kaitlyn is a true Austin native. Residing majority of her life as a North Austinite and Georgetonian, she soon discovered after meeting her partner in crime, Taylor, that her heart aligned more with the good ol’ weird southern south.
Jill of all trades, Kaitlyn is an avid learner. With her first careers being in the beauty industry as well as early childhood development, she always had a calling for a profession dealing with care, virtue, and healing. It wasn’t until she felt she found her true calling in Veterinary Medicine in 2015 when she was in search for her souls’ home. Starting out as a boarding technician in the veterinary field, through her empathic nature, perseverance, and integrity, Kaitlyn has climbed her way up the professional ladder. As she continues to keep on keepin’ on, it is important to her that she continues to showcase all that she does with kindness and grace.
In her free time, you can find Kaitlyn continuing her education and exploring the worlds of animals, spirituality, creative arts, women, children, and environmental studies.
Kaitlyn’s home life consists of co-inhabiting with her two spirit animals (cats): Her older female British shorthair Hammy aka Hammy Hamsters who has magical healing powers and Sid who we are convinced is the reincarnation of Syd Barrett, a founding member and lead singer of Pink Floyd, who just like him is not another brick in the wall.×
Chloe was born and raised in Austin TX. Growing up she was the only one in her family to really care for the family’s pets. There was never a time when she did not have cats and dogs in her life. Nothing came to mind when she had to make a career choice but she knew she wanted something that involved taking care of animals. Then her brother mentioned that a veterinary technician might be an option. This seemed to be just the right fit.
Chloe began volunteering at the Town Lake Animal Shelter and got a job as a kennel technician. She loved working with animals so much that she decided to pursue this career even more. Chloe attended the Veterinary Technician program at ACC and graduated after a couple of years jam packed with veterinary education. At the moment, she is also studying to become a licensed Veterinary Technician.
Chloe has two amazing dogs: a hound/German Shepherd mix named Maya and a Mastiff mix named Deion.In her free time, Chloe enjoys taking her dogs to the park, exploring the city, traveling and game nights with family and friends.×
Paige grew up in central New Jersey and always wanted to be a veterinarian. She loved training dogs and as a child she built a mini agility course in her backyard and led her little cocker spaniel poodle mix through it. When Paige was old enough for college, life pulled her in a different direction. She spent two years in Tokyo, Japan in school for general studies before returning to the U.S and earning her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Animation.
Working in the Animation industry in Los Angeles, Paige’s love of animals developed into a passion for showing dogs. She and her husband trained and competed in conformation, obedience, and agility with their three champion American Pit Bull Terriers. After some time, Paige felt the call to working with animals growing and decided to move to Texas and change her career. She has enjoyed living in Austin since 2016, with her husband, two children, and three pit bulls.
For fun Paige enjoys sewing, playing the piano, gaming, knitting/crocheting, and binge watching TV shows. She is excited to see where life will continue to take her.×
Born and raised in California’s Bay Area, Haley recently moved to Austin to start a new adventure with her manfriend and shepherd pup Marcey (short for Marceline, the vampire queen)! She’s been THAT animal person from the get-go, spending her free time doing things like volunteering at local animal shelters and interning at the Oakland Zoo (with the lions and tigers!)
Haley graduated from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo in 2016 with a degree in Animal Science and a concentration in comparative animal biology; it was four long years filled with pigs, sheep, chickens, horses, lots of cows, and even a few tortoises. After graduation, she returned home to Berkeley to work as a veterinary technician for a small animal emergency practice for the next 2 years.
Most of Haley’s time is spent either exploring hiking trails with her family, scouring Trader Joe’s
looking for new vegan snacks, or reading whichever Stephen King novel she can get her hands
Janai (pronounced Juh-nay) was born and raised in San Antonio. She made the move to Austin in 2012 and has been here ever since. Since she can remember, Janai has always wanted to help and work with animals. Janai has raised many animals, including a chicken, a rat, rabbits, dogs, a duck and a pig, which naturally lead her to her passion to help animals.
She is currently working on her undergraduate in hopes of one day becoming a veterinarian. Growing up outdoors, riding horses and with an array of pets, her hopes are to work with both small and large animals. Her primary interests include surgery, pain management, wildlife rescue and a newly discovered passion for Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
In her free time, Janai enjoys going hiking and camping with her three dogs Marni (8 yrs), Isis(8 yrs) and Azul (12 yrs). While she enjoys adventures with her pups, she also greatly enjoys backpacking and has climbed to the highest point in Texas, Guadalupe Peak. When she’s not out on adventures, her hobbies consist of crocheting, wakeboarding, canoeing, reading and even going out on the town with some friends every now and then.×
James was born in Brazil, then quickly relocated to beautiful New Jersey. His interest in animals started with a fascination with Pedro, his family’s pet toucan. This love for animals grew and continued through college as he earned his degree in evolutionary anthropology, focusing on primate behavior.
Drawn to the warmer climate and music scene, he moved to Austin after graduation and began working as a technician and eventually found his place in the PAZ family. If he’s not busy petting puppies at work he’s most likely playing music, working on old motorcycles, or exploring the greenbelt.×
Melissa was born and raised right here in south Austin. She spends part of her time at Texas State University studying Psychology. She joined PAZ Animal Collective to be part of an awesome team, and has quickly become a leader among our tribe.
When she doesn’t have her head in the books in San Marcos, she likes hanging out on the San Marcos river with her two pups, Riley and Wayne. If she’s not up front catering to the wagging tails and the smiling faces visiting PAZ, you might also find her riding bikes or playing disc golf with her family in one of Austin’s many parks.×
Mikey was born and raised in a very small city in Southern California called “Hesperia” (nobody knows where that is) it’s in between Las Vegas & Los Angeles . Mikey moved from Cali to Austin, Tx in 2016 with his Husband James. They have 3 amazing spitfire animals: 2 cats named Tisdale & Breslin & 1 dog named “Toby”
In his spare time he loves to go on outdoor runs and spend time with his family and friends. Since he was a very small lad he always had an interest in The Vet World. He grew up with German Shepards and a Golden Retriever.
Mikey plans to go back to Cosmetology School in the winter to pursue his love for hair and beauty. In the meantime, he loves knowing that he’s helping pets all around the world. He’s a bubbly, full of life kinda guy who loves watching horror movies and romantic comedies. His love for all genres in music is why he knows Austin is the perfect place for his vibe.
Come say hello to Mr. Mikey and he will greet you with his BIG smile and don’t be surprised if you see him playing with your pup or trying to take a selfie with your lovely animals!×
Brooke grew up in Columbus, Ohio surrounded by her multiple rescued pets. She developed a love for animals at a very young age and was a volunteer at several local shelters. Brooke was found bringing home as many stray pets as her parents allowed and working hard to get those pets adopted. If those pets were not adopted, you can probably guess how she ended up with 2 cats and 2 dogs!
After too many harsh winters and always having quite the travel bug she fled to sunny Florida. Here, she spent four years scuba diving and playing with different marine life and continuing to develop her skills as an underwater photographer. Her passion grew for photography above ground as well, which led to a three-month road trip traveling the United States filled with awesome camping stories, fun animal encounters, and many more pictures to sort through. Her love for travel has taken her to some amazing parts of the world where she has been able to indulge in the culture and experiences of other countries.
Brooke decided that, even though she loved Florida, she wanted to make another move to an even hotter state – and found herself in Austin. She was drawn to Austin because of how pet-friendly and accepting everyone was (especially when it comes to her bully breed dog) and truly loves it here. The transition has been quite amazing as she is determined to try every sort of breakfast taco out there! If Brooke is not checking out new Texas dive spots you can find her kayaking, rock climbing, or exploring and taking pictures of as much of the great outdoors as she can.
Her plans for the next few years involve visiting every state in America and trying to visit every continent at least once and of course petting (or swimming with) as many animals as she can along the way! With over 6 years of customer service experience and Brooke’s genuine desire to connect with both you and your pet she will make sure that your visit to PAZ is filled with smiles, tail wags, and purrs while taking care of you and your pets’ needs!×
Sam spent the first 22 years of her life in Midland, TX; there’s nothing really much to tell of that experience. She moved to Austin in 2015 after graduating from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin with a Bachelors of Social Work, but after a couple of years in the field found it was not the career for her. In her job hunt, she took her love for animals and applied to a veterinary receptionist position; she intends to stay in the field for the foreseeable future.
She has two Chow Chows, Bellatrix and Louie, whom she loves more than life itself. 50 pounds ago, you could find Sam in the mosh pit at a local hardcore show or practicing her roller derby skillz, but now she enjoys the couch potato life. These days she spends most of her time doing cross-stitch, playing video games, reading lots of Stephen King, hangin’ at Hippie Hollow, and spending too much money at Drafthouse. After many years of living fast and vowing to never settle down, she now lives with her partner, her FOUR step-children, and two step-cats. Han shot first and Pineapple does NOT go on pizza.×
Austin’s pops was a military man so he had the luxury of a global childhood- California, Kentucky, Germany, Korea- a wide range to say the least. Landing in San Antonio to finish up High School, he explored the metros of Texas with final destination- sweet sweet Austin. There he got his start in the Veterinary world as a Tech assistant while pursuing a degree in Wildlife Biology. After a couple years, the travel bug stung again and he spent five months living out of his car, traveling from one state to the next, trying to backpack across all the national parks. He landed back in Austin and was happy to find PAZ Animal Collective where he now gets to hang out up front, spending his days meeting new people and scratching as many pets as the phones will allow. When not doing that, you can usually find him kayaking on Lake Travis, sunbathing with his dogs, or hammock napping on the green belt.×
Born in New York, raised in Miami and having spent her summers in the Dominican Republic with her family, Ali grew up immersing herself in two…no three, very different cultures. She believes the best part about living in Austin is how easily it fuels her passion for connecting with nature as well as fellow humans and their pets. Ali relocated to Austin after graduating from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with her BA in Psychology and minors in Latin American studies and Brazilian Portuguese. She found her way into our hearts and will have a hard time breaking out.
She’s all about adding a personalized touch to your experience at Paz Vet and making you feel like you’re right at home, hangin’ out with a friend! Her favorite thing about this job, after all, is relating to clients and their pets and generally appreciating the intricacies and nuance that make us all different but remind us we are very similar. When she’s not making or drinking coffee at Paz Vet, you might run into this animal-loving thrill seeker hiking with her pups, mountain biking, at a sports’ bar, or trying out a new restaurant around town.×
A self-proclaimed science nerd, Gemma has earned dual degrees in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her knowledge and experience lend well to her desire to serve both people and animals. By witnessing her mom’s never-ending philanthropic dedication to helping animals through rescue, Gemma developed a love and respect for those other beings with which we share the world. At a young age, she became her mom’s nurse and together they fostered countless animals in need of compassion. Moving to Austin, Gemma has found a new accomplice in her husband, Will; together they have two spoiled French bulldogs and room for other animals in need of a home.
Gemma’s background has prepared her to understand your needs as a patient and the grief you feel when your baby is not well. A perfect complement to our medical team, Ms. Deloney will be by your side in wellness.×
Jerome didn’t waste any time after graduating from Berklee College of Music in the fall of 2014. After narrowly escaping a Boston winter that would eventually boast 5 blizzards, Jerome found refuge in sunny Austin. Attracted to the city’s live music, food, and art scenes, he has had no trouble fitting in here. Whether he’s taking pictures at a fellow musician’s show, working as a security guard at one of Austin’s many venues, or performing original music on guitar and voice, Jerome stays an active participant in Austin’s nightlife. In his down time, he enjoys listening to old vinyl, rock climbing, kayaking, practicing guitar, and trying new food trucks. Jerome is a founding member of the classic rock-inspired powerhouse Lip, which landed on the scene in 2016. He also loves to draw, edit photography and video, and explore live shows around town.
Jerome enjoys going out of his way to make sure every client is treated with the utmost respect and hospitality. He loves dogs and cats of all kinds, and is thrilled to work with animals and their friendly owners every day.×
Vanessa was born in California and raised (for the most part) in Texas. She started working with animals in 2012 as a volunteer dog walker at a local shelter in Fort Benning, Georgia. Vanessa knew she wanted to work with animals even more closely after that and landed a job as an adoption counselor at a Humane Society in Alabama.
Over the years, Vanessa has worked with many wonderful people and feels lucky she’s been able to see so many animals find good homes. After years as an adoption counselor, Vanessa moved back home to Texas and worked as a receptionist at an animal clinic with a focus on rehabilitation and a holistic approach. Vanessa loves helping people and animals alike, and nothing makes her happier than an animal who has a long life free of cruelty and sickness. She takes pride in the fact that she gets to help ensure animals live a happy, healthy life full of love and friendship.
In her spare time, Vanessa is a hardcore cross-stitcher, crocheter, video game streamer on Twitch, and roller derby badass for one of the tops teams in the world.×
Andrea originally hails from Houston (H-town, baby!) After realizing ATX is way better, she made the move and has been living in Austin for about 3 years. She is absolutely loving it here in Austin and as part of the PAZ family. Andrea has always had pets growing up and has a deep love for all animals. While Andrea is a stellar receptionist, she plans on going to school to become a veterinary technician.
Andrea has two beautiful big dogs who mean the world to her. Lou is a three-year-old blue Great Dane, and Norm is an almost one-year-old blue Cane Corso. When she’s not at work, Andrea enjoys spending quality time with her man and hiking, camping, and chilling with her dogs, friends, and family!×
Andrew was born and raised in Texas and has called Austin home for almost 10 years. His story is a bit all over the map, both literally and figuratively.
He’s a graduate of Texas State University’s McCoy College of Business, and also holds an Associate Degree in Biology & Chemistry. Throughout his collegiate career, Andrew worked as a veterinary technician and earned his way into various leadership roles. He gained six years of veterinary experience in ATX before joining us in 2017 to spearhead business growth and innovation.
Speaking of business, Andrew holds a United States patent for a pharmaceutical packaging solution. In an attempt to make the world of healthcare a safer place for all, he started his own company after gaining nursing experience in a BSN program. The company hit some great milestones, but never took off the runway. Andrew took it as a learning experience and has no shortage of business ideas he hopes to make into reality.
When Andrew’s not in the office, you can bet he’s either in a hammock, throwing a frisbee, bouldering, snorkeling, or discovering flavors from around the world. Of the 15+ countries he’s been to, South Africa is his favorite. He’s been three years in a row, and volunteers with his lovely lady to help teach and mentor the underserved children and community of Chintsa. Safe to say, he prefers to leave his comfort zone often and live life with an open heart and mind.×
Having been born in Texas into a military family, Troy has had the joy of living throughout this country and even abroad but Austin remains home. Time and place hold no boundaries in Troy’s wanderlust of veterinary and animal care. He has been immersed in this career for over 285 full moons (23 years) and enjoyed each one of them with great admiration
Troy claims the force of the Universe is what delivered him to PAZ Veterinary and he reminds people daily of his gratitude on finding a place where he can put his passion and experience to the call of animal stewardship. He has been able to combine his own philosophy of animal care with his desire to serve others, all while fitting in with an eclectic group at PAZ.
Troy’s first foray into animal care was in 1989 – right after the San Fran quake shook the city to shambles including the lives of the dogs and cats. The SF Humane Society quickly put his talents to use and his experience with giving was amplified through the eyes of animals. His natural curiosity led him to practice manager positions but he still thrived in treatment of sick animals, whether holistic medicine, as a chemo-tech, critical care and emergency tech, no job was too tough for Troy.
He has been able to call on experience from different regions of the US and they have all been paired well with technical duties. He remains worldly in his compassion and brave with his guidance and has become a great father figure for dealing with emotional clients as well as emotional employees. PAZ Veterinary is thankful to have kind and patient leadership through Troy and his love of veterinary medicine.
Troy finds so much rhythm in the mantra below-
“Love and care for the animals…but…
never forget to do the same for the people.”×
Stephen’s background includes twenty years of experience working in the retail industry as an international fashion model, where he drove top-line sales for the North American market within the wholesale team of Giorgio Armani. His flourishing career working with prominent global fashion brands in over fifteen countries is attributed to his success developing and marketing a compelling personal brand, gaining deep understanding of clients’ needs, as well as building and maintaining successful long term relationships. Stephen has a strong passion for transformative learning which led him to co-found a personal and professional growth, training and development company that operated in New York and Los Angeles for 5 years. Stephen eventually returned to his hometown, Austin TX, and has been a regular speaker on leadership, self-development and universal principles.
As Director of Product Strategy, Stephen is responsible for the development, implementation and execution of the PAZ product strategy, procurement, purchasing, and inventory processes and procedures. Stephen utilizes consistent reporting, team collaboration and external partnerships to improve operational efficiencies and to ensure medical, financial and client satisfaction goals are met. Stephen’s strong interpersonal skills have also been instrumental in elevating overall operational practices, leveraging talent and empowering staff to uphold the PAZ culture, mission, and vision.
Stephen has proven knowledge and track record evident of quickly identifying opportunities for improvement, motivating others, and executing with precision. He brings a high level of operational focus, notable attention to detail, strong leadership skills and effervescent entrepreneurial spirit to the PAZ team. He is passionate about people, product and process, and is a dynamic leader that easily flexes between high-level strategic thinking and hands-on operational execution. Stephen’s guiding principles are leading by example, accountability, kindness and management by way of empowerment.×
Karen, who hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest, grew up an introverted child who found a natural solace in animals. She was raised with cats and dogs but also any animal that needed care.
She started her career in veterinary medicine as a kennel attendant and receptionist over 15 years ago. She decided this was a path to pursue and became a veterinary technician shortly after. Moving to Austin about 10 years ago, she continued along the path and worked for an emergency animal hospital before taking a year off to reset and travel the world. She heard about PAZ through a friend and decided that it would be a great place to utilize her skill set and further her belief in the strong human/animal bond.
She has two lovable pets named Beeju, a nine year old pitbull, and Judas Goat, a small black cat who runs the house. Outside of veterinary medicine, her hobbies include yoga and meditation, and anything that inspires empowerment and respect for nature and all of its inhabitants.×
Tess is a native Texan, but she has lived all over the western half of the country. After finishing her BS in Biology and Painting at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, she returned to Austin briefly before disappearing into the mountains of Colorado for a year. The pursuit of a graduate degree brought her back to the Hill Country to attend Texas State University, where she attained her MBA.
After deciding not to pursue veterinary school, Tess explored several other facets of the animal health field. She has worked as a pharmacy technician compounding veterinary medications, a dog trainer, and volunteered as a surgical assistant in a Colorado animal shelter. Although she loves the medical side of animal health, she hopes to someday use her background in business and biology to improve the changing veterinary industry. Her time as a dog trainer and her undergraduate research on animal behavior sparked a particular interest in the relationship between humans and their pets; she believes that bringing a better business philosophy to a rapidly growing industry will ultimately lead to better care, longer companion animal lives, and happier pet owners.
Tess now calls Colorado home, but knocks out some fantastic remote work for us and knows she always has a home with us if she’d ever like to return to ATX.×
Hailing from Austin, TX, Ashley the Queen Bee had early aspirations of becoming a cowgirl, riding horses and working a ranch. She also deeply admired the veterinarian profession and had dreams of becoming (or marrying) a vet one day. One wish down and one to go as she is the better half to Dr. Nicholas and proud mother of the two kinetic babies you see around Paz Vet, Redding and Fields Vaughan
Ashley grew up with a deep love and fascination of all living creatures and frequently brought home stray kitties, birdies, and anything that was looking for love. A passion to nurture was cultivated by her mother, who is a labor and delivery nurse, and whom also instilled an education of care and responsible medicine. Ashley loves to be around all furry friends and believes their unconditional love is one of the worlds greatest gifts and is necessary for those seeking a fulfilled life. Paz Vet has also been a creative outlet for Ashley as she has had the opportunity to work with some of Austin’s greatest minds (VUKA-Impact HUB-Seeds Interiors) in creating an environment where you can feel like you are home when you bring your loved one to see our amazing staff!×