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 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine From Texas A&M University. Dr. Evans became a partner at Austin Equine in 2005 and his veterinary interests include equine dentistry, sporthorse medicine and equine reproduction. Dr. Evans and his wife have two children, both girls, and the three of them together keep him happy and humble. In his free time he enjoys gardening, reading, oil painting and planning his next London pub-crawl.

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.

Kate Marley

Kate Marley DVM Intern

Kate is a 6th generation rancher from Roswell NM. Texas is her second home. She graduated from the Hockaday School in Dallas TX in 2008 as a boarding student. At that time she was introduced to the performance horse industry and started competing with her family in mounted shooting. Kate graduated Summa Cum Laude from Auburn University with a BS in Animal Sciences in 2012, and obtained her DVM from Colorado State University. Her primary interests are equine surgery, critical care, and lameness. She enjoys spending time with her family at the ranch, riding, and lounging with her Basset Hound Melba.

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 strengthened her passion for these amazing creatures. Successfully competing in youth rodeo and qualifying for the Texas High School Rodeo State Finals. She learns something new every day with Austin Equine, and is completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business. She spends free time running around Town Lake or watching a good movie with friends.

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.

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.

Kirstie Williams

Kirstie WilliamsVeterinary Technician (RVT)

Kirstie was born and raised in northern California. She spent most of her formative years on horseback atop her palomino quarter horse, Rubio, competing in everything from dressage to barrel racing. After completing her Bachelors degree at Santa Clara University, she relocated to Austin to start a new adventure. She has always loved working with animals and has really found a home at Austin Equine. When she’s not at the clinic she enjoys hiking, yoga, IPAs, concerts, watching Jeopardy, and exploring her new city.

Kylina Turner

Kylina TurnerVeterinary Technician

Kylina was raised in Austin but spent time every year in her hometown of Castro Valley, CA where she grew up riding western on her goofy paint horse, Molly. She was raised in a family that constantly took in abandoned or sick animals, ranging from squirrels to parrots to dogs. These experiences made her realize at a young age that she wanted to work with animals as a career. She recently bought a house and several acres in Wimberley in hopes of bringing her horse to Texas soon. In her free time she enjoys entertaining her two dogs and pig, reading, fishing, camping and fixing up her property.

Nicole Cahill

Nicole CahillVeterinary Technician

Nicole is a native to Austin. She worked with small animals before deciding to venture into the equine world, as she always wanted to work with horses. Nicole enjoys spending time with her two little girls, visiting with friends, outdoor adventures, and horseback riding — she has even done some barrel racing. Currently she is studying online to become an RVT.

Whitney Vance

Whitney VanceReceptionist

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.

Bennett Folsom

Bennett FolsomBarn Assistant

Bennett Folsom was born in Laguna Hills, California and moved to Texas before his first birthday. As a child Bennett rode horses with an interest in calf sorting. Now, as a senior at Lake Travis High School, Bennett loves to spend his free time in the outdoors with friends and family. Aside from Austin Equine and the outdoors, he is very active in Scouts, and in 4-H as a Texas 4-H Council Member. Bennett will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall of 2017, majoring in Animal Science, with plans to become a large animal Veterinarian.

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!