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.

Kate Marley

Kate MarleyDVM

Dr. Marley was raised on her family’s cattle and sheep ranch near 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. Dr. Marley graduated Summa Cum Laude from Auburn University with a BS in Animal Sciences in 2012, and obtained her DVM from Colorado State University. After graduation she completed an internship with Austin Equine Hospital and furthered her training with a second internship focusing on internal medicine and surgery with North Carolina State University. Her primary interest include sports medicine, preventive medicine, and anesthesia. In her spare time, Dr. Marley enjoys riding, aunting, and spending quality time with her dogs Melba and Ringo.

Audrey CarlsonIntern DVM

Audrey was born in Santa Barbara, CA and her family moved to Boulder, CO when she was a year old. She grew up with horses and has enjoyed competing in hunters/jumpers since she was 8 years old. She was lucky enough to compete in the Medal/Maclay national finals as a junior and founded her love for sports medicine during that time. Audrey completed her Bachelors degree at University of Denver and earned her DVM at Colorado State University. During her free time, besides riding, she enjoys cooking, sailing and spending time outside with her dog, Lexie.

Daphne DoddIntern DVM

Daphne was born and raised in League City, TX. Horses have always been a big part of her life and she grew up trail riding and barrel racing. She got her undergraduate degree at New York University and graduated with her DVM from Texas A&M University. Her areas of interest include sports medicine, internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and dentistry. In her free time you can find her enjoying the outdoors, creating artwork, and playing the violin and ukulele.

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.

Julie Voss

Julie VossVeterinary Technician

Julie grew up barrel racing in the central valley of California. Julie obtained her bachelors degree in creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2016. Julie moved to the Austin area to get away from the ocean and engage in more country-western amenities. She does not believe in ghosts but is open to the possibility. Ordained minister available for weddings funerals and exorcisms. Julie likes to read gorey novels, draw portraits of decrepit persons, and write short stories involving both horses and rats.

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!