Austin Equine Hospital
Hospital Staff
Who's Who
Drs. O'Gan and Evans took a moment to write, in quotes, a brief, silly biography for each staff member that will tell you more about them than any amount of factual information (click photos for real bios).
Damon O'Gan
DVM
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, musculoskeletal ultrasound, neck and back pain, stem cell therapy, and the equine foot. Dr. O'Gan lives in central Austin with his superhuman wife, Ellen Jefferson, and when away from the hospital he enjoys playing music, building and racing vintage motorcycles, cycling (building/riding), building musical instruments, and Sheridan leather carving. Also a few more things, but now we're boring you.
Matt Evans
DVM
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
DVM, 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.
Holly Phillips
Intern DVM
Dr. Holly Phillips grew up in Fremont, OH and fell in love with horses from the time she attended her first horse show with her parents at 6 weeks of age. Holly grew up showing in every class she was eligible for at 4-H shows and later became heavily involved showing reining horses through the NRHA. She graduated from The University of Findlay with a bachelors in Animal Science and biology, then went on to receive her DVM from The Ohio State University. Showing and breeding her reining horses, swimming, and spending time with friends and family are a few of her favorite pastimes. Holly is looking forward to exploring Texas and growing as an equine veterinarian.
DJ and Lucy
Mascots
Meet Austin Equine's mascots, DJ and Lucy Our doctors first saw DJ 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 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.
Tamara Murphy
Receptionist
Tamara is a native of Texas and has been in the Austin area since graduating from high school in 2002. She has always had a love for animals and was actively involved in FFA and 4-H growing up. After 15 years working with an established small animal clinic, Tamara made the transition to large animals joining Austin Equine Hospital in June of 2020. In her spare time, Tamara and her husband Justin, enjoy traveling, hiking, attending sporting events, and spending time with their two English Cocker Spaniels, Molly and Gardy.
Tatiana Zhuravel
Barn 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.
Heather Brandenburg
Veterinary 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
Stephanie Barrett
Veterinary 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.
Jessica Matcek-Collins
Practice Manager, CVPM
Born in Santa Rosa, California, Jessica and her family moved to Texas 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 and completed her CVPM certification through VHMA. Jessica's favorite activities in her free time are travel, spin biking and hiking, trying out new restaurants, and spending time with her husband and their dogs Henry and Helga.
Morgan Hilton
Intern DVM
Dr. Morgan Hilton grew up in Copper Canyon, TX and started riding in hunter/jumpers at age 8 before switching to eventing around age 13. She graduated from Abilene Christian University with a bachelors in Animal Science and received her veterinary degree from the Royal Veterinary College in London. Training horses, playing board games, and spending time with friends and family are a few of her favorite things. She is looking forward to being back in Texas, exploring the Austin area with her husband, and getting back into eventing again.
Sally Alpini
Intern DVM
Dr. Sally Alpini is originally from Temple, Texas. She got her first horse (a Thoroughbred rescue, turned hunter/jumper, when she was 12 years old). Sally earned her Bachelor degree in Microbiology from the University of Texas before attending Texas A&M University for her Veterinary degree. Outside of work, Sally enjoys spending time with her horse and her cat, reading, eating pasta, and trying to keep her vegetable garden alive.
Claire Long
Certified Veterinary Technician
Claire is a native Chicagoan who recently graduated with her B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. She has always had a passion working with animals and obtained her CVA (Certified Veterinary Assistant) certification last year through small animal technician work. Her long term goals include attending veterinary school sometime in the future. For now, Claire is excited to be a part of the Austin Equine team, where she is able to learn, grow, and better develop her knowledge of and passion for horses. In her spare time, Claire enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, exploring new restaurants in Austin, and spending time with her dog, Oakley, and her cat, Nala.
Hayley Goodridge
Veterinary Technician
Hayley was born in Corpus Christi, TX where she lived until moving to San Marcos to attend Texas State University. Here Hayley received her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science and rode for the TXST Equestrian Team. Hayley grew up showing quarter horses before switching to hunter/jumpers and buying her horse Augustus. Her hobbies include riding, spending time with her two dogs, and exploring new restaurants and outdoor spaces around Austin.
Dovie Williamson
Receptionist
Dovie was born and raised in Bryan, Texas but moved to her true home, Austin, as soon as she could in 1997. She has worked in both human and small animal medicine and is excited to fully immerse herself into equine care. She and her boyfriend, Billy, recently bought their first home together and enjoy spending their time on the hunt for vintage treasures to fill their new space. Dovie enjoys bad reality tv, anything creepy, and time with her dog, a Boston/Frenchie named Von Zipper.
Olivia Neely
Veterinary Technician
Olivia grew up in Michigan after her dad retired from the Army. She graduated in 2016 with her B.S. in Biology and spent several years as a Barn Manager. After surviving the North for almost 20 years, she relocated to Austin in 2019. It was here that she stumbled into small animal practice. She spent the last year as a small animal surgery technician before joining Austin Equine Hospital. She has been a proud owner of a chestnut Thoroughbred mare for over a decade (oof).
Charlie Lester
Veterinary Technician
Charlie grew up in Northern California, outside of San Francisco. She relocated to Austin in 2019 and worked as an English riding trainer before joining the Austin Equine team. Charlie is pursuing her degree in Equine Science at Post University, and aspires to be an equine veterinarian herself. Outside of work Charlie enjoys hiking with her dog named Oliver, riding horses, and spending time with her boyfriend exploring new restaurants.