Meet Our Staff

Jill Hedler, DVM

Jill Hedler

Dr. Jill earned her veterinary degree in 2006 from Texas A&M University. She has three beautiful children as well as two dogs and two cats. She has a deep compassion for companion animals, and is committed to practice the most advanced medicine and provide the customer service you deserve. Dr. Jill would like to welcome to our family and thank you for trusting us with your best friend’s care.

Melissa Hensley, DVM

Melissa Hensley, DVM

Accepting New Patients.

Dr. Hensley was born and raised in New England and moved to Texas with her family while in high school. She attended Texas A&M where she received a B.S. in Animal Science and Bio-Medical Science as well as her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Dr. Hensley has been practicing in the North Austin area since that time. Her professional interests are client education, preventative medicine, and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Hensley and her husband and share their home with their son Nathaniel and their 2 dogs - O.D. & Charlie. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, snow skiing, and going to the Lake on hot Texas summer days!

 

Lisa Kuehl, DVM

Lisa Kuehl

Accepting New Patients.

The opportunity to care for animals has always drawn Dr. Lisa Kuehl to the veterinary profession; she simply loves working with pets and their families! She’s been a practicing veterinarian since 2011 and is thrilled to bring her skills to the Animal Care Clinic team.  An Austin native, Dr. Kuehl completed her undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University. She then moved to London to attend the Royal Veterinary College, graduating in 2010 with her veterinary degree. After moving back to Austin and working at a couple of local practices, Dr. Kuehl joined the Animal Care Clinic family in 2018. She’s especially fond of dentistry work and dermatology cases and adores puppy and kitten visits because of the opportunity to start new pet owners off on the right path. In her free time, Dr. Kuehl enjoys spending time with her family and friends and enjoying the live music, restaurants, and nature that Austin has to offer. She lives with her husband, her newborn son, and their rambunctious rescued schnauzer mix, Maxwell.

 

Shari Valdez
Practice Manager

Shari Valdez

Shari grew up in the Austin and Round Rock area and attended The University of Texas at San Antonio, where in 2009 she received a B.S. in Biology. Working in the veterinary field has been Shari’s dream career since she was three years old and she fulfilled that dream when she started her first high school job in a veterinary clinic back in 2003. She has never looked back and her love for veterinary medicine only grows stronger. Shari’s passion for animals and developing others led her into veterinary management in 2008. In her free time, she loves to travel with her husband, David, and enjoys capturing moments through photography. Shari and David share their home with their daughter, Emree, and four fur babies: Karma (Lab mix), Achilles (Pitbull Mix), Jayden (Pitbull Mix), and Arkham (Pitbull).

Christine
Lead Veterinary Technician

Christine

Christine has worked in veterinary clinics in the greater Austin area since 2008. She joined the team at Animal Care Clinic in 2017, Christine says “She loves it! Everybody is awesome and really cares about what they do. I have been in the field and have been a vet tech for about 10 years now. There is nothing else I want to do.” Christine has two black labs *=(Gus Gus & Cody) and a tuxedo cat named Baby. As a native of the Georgetown area, Christine’s biggest pride in life is her daughter, who plays softball and volleyball in Georgetown. In her free time, she enjoys going to the movies, spending time with her family and watching live country music anytime she can.

Ashley
Veterinary Technician

Ashley

Ashley was born and raised in El Paso, TX. She moved to Austin in 2012 to attend The University of Texas at Austin, where she received a bachelor's degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. Ashley shares her home with a handsome grey kitty, Mars, a corn snake she has had since the 6th grade named Pistol, and a 75-gallon fish tank full of vicious cichlids! Along with her interest in science and medicine, she has a great love for art and music. Ashley has played the violin for many years and has been drawing and painting since she was a child. Ashley started her career in veterinary medicine as a kennel technician for 2 years in high school and then became a veterinary technician with us at Animal Care Clinic in 2016. During her downtime, she likes to go bird watching, play my violin, paint, and go to local shows and support the Austin music scene!

Emily
Veterinary Technician

Emily

Emily has lived in Austin since 2007. Before that she lived and grew up in El Paso, TX. Both of her parents are deaf, and she is fluent in American Sign Language. Emily has 3 dogs (pug: Junebug, boxer: Dodger and a lab mix: Ranger) and 1 cat (Lucy). She has been in the veterinary medicine field since 2007, and still loves her career very much! Emily says “It is such an amazing feeling to have a rewarding career that does not feel like work, and that I look forward coming to.”

Sabrina
Veterinary Technician

Sabrina

Sabrina has been a veterinary technician since 2015 and joined our team in August 2018 shortly after moving from Colorado. She has 6 amazing children, 4 dogs (Timber, Honey, Chloe-Labradors, Lady Bug-Pomeranian), and 1 cat (Meow Meow). Sabrina enjoys outdoor activities (hunting, fishing, camping) and small-town life. She is so committed to caring for our patients and Animal Care Clinic, that she commutes an hour each way to be here!

 

Samantha
Veterinary Technician

Samantha moved to Texas in 2011 from California. She has always had a love for animals and decided that she would find more opportunity in Texas. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a B.S in Agriculture, Major in Animal Science. She has been volunteering with animal shelters and rescue groups for as long as she can remember. She has four pups at home, Abby (Pitbull mix), Tucker (Irish setter mix), Daisy and Brady (Golden Retrievers). In her spare time, she loves being outdoors and volunteering for a Golden Retriever Rescue group.

Nathalie
Veterinary Technician

Nathalie

Nathalie joined Animal Care Clinic as a Veterinary Assistant in February 2017, where she has grown her career and is now a Veterinary Technician! Nathalie moved to the Round Rock area in 2015 from Tampa, Florida in order to be closer to her sister, nephew, and niece who live in Jarrell, Texas. Nathalie is a proud cat mom to a tabby cat named Parker, who she nursed to health & adopted after he was abandoned and brought to our clinic by a good Samaritan at only one-month-old. In her free time, she enjoys movies, music, and art-related activities. She really loves taking care of incoming patients. “I really love seeing the change that is being made with animals that come in, seeing how they grow or get happier after being treated really makes a difference in any hard times

Krystina
Veterinary Technician

Krystina

Krystina has been with the ACC team since 2016. She grew up in Texas and has always loved animals as early as she can remember. She started her veterinary career in 2013 working with small and large animals. Krystina is married to her husband Keith and has two children, Kaiden and Kolten. She has three dogs, Sadie, Lola, and Lucy along with two cats named Diesel and Annie. Her passions include being a mother to her two boys, working with animals and singing.

Leah
Lead CSR

Leah

Leah grew up in Austin and graduated from St. Edward’s University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. After working briefly in dentistry and orthodontics, she decided she wanted to work in veterinary science. Before coming to Animal Care Clinic as the Lead CSR, she worked at a 24/7 emergency plus general practice sister clinic. She has a miniature pinscher mix named Jasper and a blue heeler mix named Juno, but has had many cats in the past. In her spare time, Leah enjoys Austin restaurants and live music with her family.

Tricia
CSR

Tricia

Tricia was born and raised in Connecticut and moved to Texas in 2001. Ever since she was little, it was her dream to work with animals. Tricia has been working in the hospitality field since 1985 and currently has a Hotel/Restaurant Management degree, as well as certification from the Hotel/Motel Association and a Culinary Arts degree. She is currently working on her Veterinary Technician degree online through Penn Foster. Tricia lives with her husband and stepson, their two dogs, Kobi and Sabrina, and two cats, Flash and Snart. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, and movies!

Trish
CSR

Trish

Trish has lived in the Austin and Round Rock area since 2004. She attended Concordia University at Austin, where in 2013 she received a B.S. in Mathematics. Since then she has been instructing students in a multitude of Math courses, but recently decided she wanted to follow a different path with her career. She has been with us at Animal Care Clinic since May 2018 and loves working around all of our furry patients. Trish currently has 3 cats- Tigger (Orange Tabby), Milly (Brown Tabby), and Phineas (Tuxedo)- and a dog, Rosie (Vizsla mix). She loves animals of all kinds and hopes to continue her education in the Veterinary Field and become a Technician one day.