Hospital Staff

Damon O'Gan at Austin Equine Hospital

Damon O’GanDVM

Dr. O’Gan comes from the Big Horn Mountain country of northern Wyoming. He received his DVM from Texas A&M in 2003. Dr. O’Gan started Austin Equine in 2004, seeing a need for a focused sport horse practice in Austin’s growing show horse community. His areas of special interest include lameness, acupuncture, and the equine foot. Dr. O’Gan lives in central Austin with his wife, and when away from the hospital he enjoys playing music, vintage motorcycles, building musical instruments and leatherwork.

Matt Evans at Austin Equine Hospital

Matt EvansDVM

Dr. Evans is a native Austinite who did his undergraduate work and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. Dr. Evans became a partner at Austin Equine in 2005 and his veterinary interest is equine dentistry. Dr. Evans and his wife have two children, both girls, and they are all better than he deserves. In his free time he is an oil painter of landscapes and failed stand-up comedian.

JoLynn Joyce at Austin Equine Hospital

JoLynn JoyceDVM, MS, DACVS

Dr. JoLynn Joyce is a native of Huntsville, Texas. She attended Texas A&M University where she earned both her Bachelor and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. Following veterinary school, Dr. Joyce completed an equine internship at Waller Equine Hospital and then went on to Colorado State University to complete a surgical residency. She became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2009. She was happy to return to the great state of Texas and make Austin Equine her home. Her areas of interest include lameness and surgery. She and her husband live in the area and enjoy live music, outdoors and spending time with family.

Cristina Carballo

Cristina Carballo DVM

Cristina grew up in the Dominican Republic, where she rode dressage competitively and first became enamored with the equine athlete. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Oklahoma State University, where she also learned to two-step and and wear cowboy boots. She then obtained her DVM at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, in Massachusetts. At Tufts, she also studied equine kinematics (the study of motion) in order to complete her Masters of Science degree. Dr. Carballo’s interests are internal medicine, reproductive medicine and anesthesia, among others. In their free time, she and her husband enjoy traveling, socializing and being outdoors.

Kayla Weaver

Kayla Weaver DVM Intern

Kayla was born and raised in Brownsville, TX. Growing up, she always had a love for animals, especially horses. She grew up trail riding and competing in local rodeos running barrels with her horse, Jazz. Kayla graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, where she played volleyball and earned a BS in Biology in 2013. She then earned her DVM, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University. Her primary interests include sports medicine and soft tissue surgery. During her free time Kayla enjoys running and spending time outdoors with her fiancé, Troy and dog, Bindi.

Jessica Collins

Jessica CollinsPractice Manager

Born in Santa Rosa, California, Jessica and her family moved to Austin when she was 3. Horses have always been her first love. Riding for fun and competing in western events throughout her childhood and teen years, including qualifying for the Texas High School Rodeo State Finals, strengthened her passion for these amazing creatures. Jessica completed her Bachelors degree at Texas State University. She has been with Austin Equine for over 5 years now but still learns something new every day. Jessica’s favorite activities in her free time are running around Town Lake, watching a good movie with friends, and trying out new restaurants.

Whitney Vance

Whitney VanceOffice Manager

Whitney is originally from Canyon Lake, TX. She has always had a passion for horses and grew up riding both English and Western. Whitney graduated from Tarleton State University with a BS in Animal Production, with an emphasis in Equine Science. Whitney is excited for her new beginning with Austin Equine and is enjoying being a part of the team. In Whitney’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, cooking, reading, and getting in quality time with friends and family.

Dominique Le Baron

Dominique LeBaronBarn Manager

A native of California, Dominique moved to Texas in 2005. With her love of horses established at a young age, she has been involved in many facets of the equine industry. As a technician for Austin Equine since 2009, Dominique enjoys handling the horses (especially the silly ones!) and being part of a team that is such a positive force in the Hill Country horse community. When not at work she might be found stretching her horses’ legs out on the trail, working on a little dressage out in the field or starting a young one in the round pen. After a day filled with horses, she likes to finish up with some time in front of the piano or by reading a really good book.

Austin Edens

Austin EdensFarrier

Austin Edens is a farrier based in Dripping Springs, Texas, but you might run into him almost anywhere in the world. He has been a successful international farrier competitor, and frequently judges high level contests. Austin routinely collaborates with Austin Equine on challenging cases. We are very fortunate to have him as a part of our team. In Austin’s leisure time he enjoys making damascus steel and knives, aviation, hiking, and spending time with his dog Diesel.

Stephanie Barrett

Stephanie BarrettVeterinary Technician (RVT)

Stephanie was born and raised in Brussels, Belgium. After earning a degree in Photography and living in Australia and Canada, she moved to Austin Texas in 2009 with her husband Kevin. Her hobbies include re-finishing furniture, photography, microbrews, and spending time outside with her two dogs Jenny and Sara, and Polish rabbits George and Penny. She is currently working on a degree in Veterinary Technology. A long-time horse lover and animal advocate, Stephanie is excited about being a part of the AE team.

Sara Hensley

Sara HensleyVeterinary Technician (RVT)

Sara is from the Dallas area, and grew up with horses from an early age. She graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Animal Science and moved to Austin for the love of her life and husband Jarrod. She has a background in the retail and grocery industry but wanted to pursue something she could truly love and enjoy. Her love of everything equine has found a happy home at Austin Equine.

Maddie Nieland

Maddie NielandVeterinary Technician

Maddie is a Dripping Springs native, and just moved back from Aggieland where she spent three years working at the Texas A&M Large Animal Hospital. She grew up around all types of horses and donkeys. Maddie loves rehabilitating animals and has even spent some time working with wildlife in South Africa. Maddie enjoys visiting with friends and family, the outdoors, volunteering, and hanging out with her dog and horse. She is very excited to be apart of the AE family.

Brook Heitman

Brook HeitmanVeterinary Technician

Brook Heitman is originally from the Austin area. She recently graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and a certificate in Equine Science. Brook did not grow up around horses, but began riding and working with horses while she was in college. Brook plans to pursue vet school, specializing in equine reproduction. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and helping out at her family’s ranch in Brownwood,Texas.

Megan Hoon

Megan HoonVeterinary Technician

Born in Whitefish, Montana with views of Glacier National Park, Megan has always been drawn to nature and the animal kingdom. During her childhood her family moved to the panhandle of Texas, and Megan’s passion for the outdoors and animals continued to flourish. Megan has had the opportunity to work in small animal medicine along with equine. Megan graduated from the Texas Academy of Animal Control Officers. Her journey has led her to know that horses are her true passion. She thrives on being able to work in the equine industry and looks forward to being a part of the Austin Equine team. Outside of work, Megan enjoys being on the water, hiking, and working in the yard with her dog.

DJ and LucyMascots

Meet Austin Equine’s mascots, DJ and Lucy. DJ (short for Dow Jones) was bred by Stock Market’s Miniature Donkeys in Dripping Springs. Our doctors saw him just days after his birth for a lameness evaluation (he was born without a navicular bone in his left foot), and was later given to us in hopes that we could give him the continued treatment he needs for this rare condition (he is sound and doing well). Though we all quickly bonded with DJ, he was lonely without a donkey friend so his breeder sent us Lucy (Loose Change) to be his companion. Yes, we got a donkey for our donkey. DJ and Lucy spend their days greeting patients in the barn, observing lameness exams, and eating Dr. Evans’ landscaping. They’re very friendly and love to follow people around in hopes of a good scratching…don’t be surprised if you see DJ or Lucy hanging out in the front office when you visit us!