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.

Katie Ritchie

Katie RitchieIntern DVM

Dr. Katie Ritchie grew up in Austin and began riding at age eight. She developed a passion for hunters and jumpers that was not going to be a short lived “phase”. It was during this time that she became interested in equine medicine and was introduced to Austin Equine (we’ve known Katie since she was 15 years old!). Katie majored in biomedical sciences at Texas A&M and graduated from Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Her special interests include sports medicine, soft tissue surgery, and internal medicine. In her free time, she enjoys riding, long distance running, and finding new restaurants in Austin.

Holly Martin

Holly MartinIntern DVM

Dr. Holly Martin was raised in the beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She completed her bachelors degree at Brigham Young University and her DVM at Colorado State University. Holly was raised riding and competing and enjoys showing and breeding AQHA performance horses. Holly and her husband also have a passion for Gelbvieh cattle and own a small herd of 7 cows and heifers. When she is not riding or working with her foals, she enjoys cooking, dancing, writing short stories, and spending time with her husband and dogs.

Jessica Collins

Jessica Collins-MatcekPractice Manager, CVPM

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. Jessica’s favorite activities in her free time are spin class, trying out new restaurants, and spending time with her husband and their dog Henry.

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.

Selena Clair

Selena ClairOffice/Barn Assistant

Selena is originally from Saint Cloud, Florida, where she grew up with a passion for animals. She started riding at the age of 6 and participated in youth rodeos. She competed in open rodeos and high school rodeos all through her teen years. Selena made it to the National High School Rodeo Finals in Rock Springs, Wyoming in the Breakaway Roping her senior year. In addition to competing in rodeos, she also showed market pigs, steers, and Jersey dairy cows. Selena moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana to attend McNeese State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Equine Science. She enjoyed eating Cajun food, roping regularly, and hanging out with friends. Selena is enjoying the beautiful Austin area. When she is not working, she likes to hang out with friends, spend time with her long-haired Dachshund, Hallie, and tubing on the San Marcos river.

Dominique Le Baron

Dominique LeeManager, Emeritus

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.

Jenna Faust

Jenna FaustVeterinary Technician

Jenna grew up in Southern California, and like any little girl, she was obsessed with horses. Jenna graduated from California State Polytechnic University Pomona, with a B.S. in Agribusiness Management, which is where she found her passion for equine reproduction and foal management. In her spare time, Jenna focuses on raising her service dog in training named Ginger, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Heather Brandenburg

Heather BrandenburgVeterinary Technician

Heather grew up on a small cattle ranch in West Texas. She was active in 4H for 10 years. She participated in raising and showing steers, pigs, goats, and horses. Heather graduated from Monahans High School and then attended Tyler Junior College before joining Austin Equine.

Beth Hollingsworth

Beth HollingsworthVeterinary Technician

Beth grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi and Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from Mississippi College with a B.S. in Graphic Design, but her passion is anything having to do with horses. She was a wrangler for 5 seasons at several ranches in Wyoming. She even had a stint living in Texas in 2016 working for a cutting horse trainer. In her time off, she enjoys hiking, water skiing, traveling, and visiting with family and friends (playing with her kitty, Willow too).

Tatiana Zhuravel

Tatiana ZhuravelBarn Manager

Tatiana was born and raised in the Ukraine. In 2013, she graduated from the University of Finance and Accounting in Dnipropetrovsks, Ukraine. After completing her degree, she moved to the United States and ended up in Austin Tx in 2017. Tatiana did not grow up around horses, but she has always been a very social person and loves to explore new things. Joining Austin Equine Hospital has allowed her to learn more about these wonderful creatures.

Mady Smith

Mady SmithHospital Assistant

Mady was raised in Georgetown, Texas but found her heart resided in Wimberley; once she moved there at age 14. She has been doing all things “horse related” since the age of 4, with dressage and hunter jumping being her main priorities. Mady graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from Texas State University in 2016. She now lives with her husband and daughter in New Braunfels. When she’s not at work with the horses, she enjoys training her young horse, spending time with her family and friends, and playing fetch with her four dogs.

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!