Staff

Courtney Lipsitz Lizmi

Courtney is the practice manager at Spicewood Springs Animal Hospital. She graduated from University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies. She moved to Houston to work at the Consulate General of Israel and then worked in Israel for two years. She returned to Austin in 2007 and decided to pursue her passion, working with animals. She began volunteering at Spicewood Springs and then joined the staff as a kennel/veterinary technician and has loved every minute. In her free time she hangs out with her husband and daughters, Daniel, Isabel, and Ivy, her dog, Jeefa and Rupert, and cat, Mimi.

Spicewood-Spring-Animal-Hospital-Austin-Veterinarian-Sarah-SchraderSarah Schrader

Sarah is the lead receptionist and bookkeeper.  She has been with SSAH since 2006 and has worked in the animal care industry for almost 20 years.
She enjoys spending time outdoors, gardening and traveling with her husband Mike and their son Grayson.
They have two dogs and a cat-Allie, Bowie and Matty.

tammy-hinxman-staff-photoTammy Hinxman

Tammy is the lead technician at Spicewood Springs.  She has been in the veterinary field since 1998 and a certified technician since 2000. She was an oncology technician for 5 years. Tammy and her husband Ken, have two Australian cattle dogs, Sookie and Bill, and a cat, Princess Puddle Butts. They enjoy hiking with the dogs, traveling, being outdoors and scrap-booking.

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Sarah Wheeler

Sarah is the kennel manager at SSAH, and a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has been working in the animal care industry since 2009. Her special interests include surgery, dentistry, and animal behavior. Constantly striving to provide the best level of care for our patients, Sarah is also Fear Free® certified and PennHIP certified.

She has one dog, a miniature Australian Shepherd, with which she does obedience training and agility. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, sewing, cooking, and true crime documentaries.

Spicewood-Spring-Animal-Hospital-Austin-Doug-Andrews-thumbDoug Andrews

With a dog, a cat, two rats and three fish, it becomes quite obvious that Doug is a lover of animals. He has surrounded himself with animals of all types since he was a child, and has been working within the pet industry for well over 3 years. He started at SSAH as a Kennel Technician in August of 2015. Outside of work, he enjoys writing, drawing, and spending time outdoors.

Spicewood-Spring-Animal-Hospital-Austin-NikiNiki Arar

Niki began working at SSAH in February, 2014 as a kennel technician and is now a veterinary technician.  She is completing her bachelors degree at the University of Texas at Austin in December 2018.

She lives with a voluptuous Maine Coon kitty and some kind of Corgi mix named after April Ludgate from Parks and Recreation. She enjoys hiking, swimming, listening to live music, and giving her pets belly rubs.

Spicewood-Spring-Animal-Hospital-Austin-Veterinarian-MattMatthew Binter

Matthew is a veterinary technician and has been a member of the Spicewood Springs Animal Hospital team since 2013.

He is compassionate towards four legged friends of all kinds and is a proud father of two gorgeous canines, one a hound mix, the other a shar-pei/boxer mix. In his free time Matthew enjoys solving puzzles and binge watching a good Netflix series with his fiancé Lauren.

Spicewood-Spring-Animal-Hospital-Austin-Brian-thumbBrian Cordell

A native Austinite, Brian Cordell has several years’ experience working with animals. He has been a kennel technician at SSAH since 2015.

Araya Davis

Araya started working in the animal industry after she graduated college from Northern Arizona University in 2015. Most of her experience has been working with wildlife but she has a huge love for dogs. Her main hobbies include hiking, dirt biking, going to breweries, road tripping, kayaking, and anything else she can do with her sweet pup, Barley.

Kerrie Donahue

Kerrie joined Spicewood Springs Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician in 2016. She is originally from Boston, MA, and attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque before moving to Austin. Kerrie shares her home with CiCi the shih tzu, and two cats: Flannagan and Ariel. In her spare time Kerrie enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and playing pickleball.

Spicewood-Spring-Animal-Hospital-Austin-Veterinarian-JaniceJanice Hilscher

Janice has had a love of animals her entire life. With a successful career in Marketing Communications, Janice started her second career, by completing her vet tech training in 2007 and joining the staff at SSAH. She enjoys taking care of both our pet and people clients serving various roles at the clinic.

You will find her and her rescue dog Maggie, enjoying a walk around Lady Bird Lake and chasing squirrels at Redbud Isle whenever they can. Janice also enjoys the Texas Hill Country while in the saddle on her Arabian horse, Starr.

brittany-jones-staff-photoBrittany Jones

Brittany has been a kennel tech at SSAH since March 2015.

She has two cats, Patches and Aces and has recently adopted a cute puppy named Riley. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors and watching Netflix with her husband Jeremy.

Ali Marcus

Ali works as a receptionist, veterinary technician and social media manager at SSAH. She has worked at SSAH since October 2016 and has been involved with animal rescue since moving to Austin in 2011. She has two rescue dogs herself, Lucy and Justine and has a sweet spot for all bully breeds.

Andrea MatsonAndrea

Andrea joined the SSAH family in June 2015 as a receptionist and veterinary assistant. She possesses a passion for animal welfare and building rapport with people and pets alike.

She is the proud pet parent of 3 adorable rescues and thinks that rescues are the best breed.

Allie McCleary

Originally from Maine, Allie relocated to Austin in 2012. She has a four-year-old border collie mix, Eddie, a 14 year old Pyrenees mix, Norm, and a long-haired tortie named Agnes. She joined Spicewood Springs Animal Hospital in 2016 and serves as a veterinary technician. In her spare time she enjoys art, music, and the outdoors.

Francesca Redeye-McGinnis

Francesca has been in the animal care industry since 2012, and has rescued animals since she was a little girl. Having been with SSAH since May 2017, she’s also currently studying to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Her areas of interest include equine and neonatal animals. She graduated from New York University in 2016 with a BFA in Drama, but after working at Manhattan’s ASPCA, realized working with animals is where she belonged.

Amanda Silva

Amanda has been in the veterinary field since 1998. She originally joined Spicewood Springs Animal Hospital as a receptionist in 2016, briefly moved to Houston, then returned to us this year. She shares her home with two chihuahuas and four cats. Amanda is also a student, an avid Netflixer, an enthusiast of all things rainbow and unicorn.

Laura Sterling

Laura has been working at SSAH as a receptionist and kennel technician since January 2018. Above all else, she is an extreme cat fanatic after having been born and raised in Austin in a house with nine cats. She now lives with her boyfriend, Alex, and cat, Didi, in a cute little apartment and enjoys drawing, nail art and video games. And petting cats.

Naomi Zycha

Naomi has been working with animals since high school when she started volunteering at the Austin Human Society. Animals have always been her passion. She currently has one pup, two cats, a green cheek conure and a cockatiel. Right now Naomi is working on getting her Vet Tech Certification but her ultimate goal is marine biology and working with rescuing and rehabilitating marine life.