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Our Team

At Mountain View Animal Hospital & Holistic Pet Care, our team welcomes all clients and patients.

Our veterinarians and staff are devoted to educating our clientele, promoting wellness programs and utilizing the latest diagnostics and treatment regimes in an effort to maintain optimal health of your pet.

We are looking forward to meeting you and your pets!


Dr. David Lowell -Integrative Veterinarian

Dr. Lowell graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Biology and entered a DVM –MS program at the University of Missouri. After graduation in 1981, he worked in an exclusive equine practice specializing in racetrack medicine and brood mare care in Omaha, Nebraska. He moved to Reno in 1983 and established Bonde Lane Animal Hospital, specializing in small animal and equine care. After developing his traditional veterinary skills over a period of twelve years, he became interested in equine chiropractic therapy after he observed the results a human chiropractor had on one of his lame patients. Like all good practitioners, he was very interested in any form of medicine that was an effective treatment modality.

He entered a course developed by Sharon Willoughby, the founder of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). Dr. Willoughby, a veterinarian with a dual degree in human chiropractic medicine, is thought by many to be the founder of veterinary chiropractic in the United States today. Dr. Lowell was certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 1997. Dr. Lowell was amazed with the results he achieved with chiropractic adjustments. Many of the veterinarians enrolled with him during his instruction from the ACVA were already certified acupuncturists with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). Acupuncture became a natural extension of his love for chiropractic, and he soon learned that acupuncture was effective for pain control and for many other disease conditions that are frequently treated by veterinarians. Acupuncture for arthritis, liver disease, kidney disease, intervertebral disc disease, and cancer were incorporated in his treatment regimes. He was certified with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1998.

After receiving his IVAS certification, herbal therapies were added to his alternative arsenal of treatment regimes. He was certified through the Healing Oasis Wellness Clinic in 1999. The basis for the use of Chinese herbals is the same as the basis for acupuncture treatments, namely tongue and pulse diagnosis. Dr. Lowell was amazed at the amount of information that could be deduced simply from understanding different pulse qualities, and equally amazed with the efficacy and safety of herbal therapies when correctly used. In 1998, he sold his practice and established Holistic Pet Care, a new practice specializing in alternative medicine. Acupuncture, chiropractic, and herbal therapies are emphasized and incorporated w/ traditional veterinary medicine. Dr. Lowell was involved in the development of the Acupuncture and Chiropractic programs at Colorado State University, acting as a Teaching Assistant and guest lecturer from 2000 through 2003. He also made several presentations at veterinary conferences as a speaker on Alternative Medicine.


Dr. Sarah K. Kalivoda - Integrative Veterinarian

Sarah Kalivoda was born in Topeka, Kansas. Soon thereafter, her family moved to Jones, Oklahoma where she was raised on a ranch. At the age of 3, her love of animals began... she started showing horses competitively throughout the Midwest eventually winning 8th in the World! During her high school years, her family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where Dr. Sarah attended Advance Technologies Academy, focusing on architecture (a second passion). After high school, she realized her true calling was still veterinary medicine. She then completed her Bachelors in Animal science with Honors at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2006.

She was heavily involved in extra-curricular activities including being an Ambassador for the University and helping create an Animal Science Business Fraternity. She then went on the graduate from Oklahoma state University with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Soon following, she traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to complete her internship in 2011, which included focus in soft tissue surgery, emergency, oncology, ophthalmology and internal medicine. In 2016, Dr. Kalivoda became certified in Acupuncture by the International Acupuncture Veterinary Society (IVES). In addition, she is trained in ozone therapy, spinal motioning, prolozone, and gold bead therapy and is actively being certified in Chinese herbals by IVES. She is excited to be able to provide a wide array of natural solutions for her patient's health.

Dr. Sarah is heavily involved with rescue organizations and her happiest moments are when homeless animals find loving homes.

Her love for mountains, skiing and the beautiful landscape that Reno/Tahoe has to offer, led Dr. Sarah to return to the regions to practice veterinary medicine in 2011. She recently joined Mountain View Animal Hospital for its distinctive and integrative medicine practices, calming atmosphere, and its determination for the highest standards in patient and client care.

Dr. Sarah's happy furry family includes her four dogs Tioga, Choppy, Tulip and Mango (one Labrador and three Chihuahuas) and her two cats, Lucille and Cornel Cornbread. She splits her time between her devotion to her job and spending time with loved ones traveling and enjoying the outdoors.



Dr. Grace Dalhgren - General Health Veterinarian (bio and picture coming soon!)


Dr. Dean Morgan - Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Surgeon (bio and picture coming soon!)


Dr. Pamela Jahn - Saturday Emergency Veterinarian

As a graduate of the University of Minnesota, she moved to Nevada in 1986 from Wisconsin. Her spare time goes to volunteering with the Story County Fire Protection District. The companions in her life include 3 cats, Rowdy, Mittens and Porter, as well as a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Diana.







  • Ken Romeo
    PhD, MD
    Hospital Administrator

    Bio coming soon....

  • Michaella Brown
    Practice Director

    As Practice Director, I strive to provide motivation, leadership and empathy in all employee and client interactions. I vow to always push myself and others to greatness and poise and to never give up on excellence or give into negativity.

  • Victoria Vasquez
    Office Manager

    As office manager, I am committed to growing as a leader and mentor for client care. I vow to provide valuable interactions with every client and strive to be an accountable, empathic, impactful and trustworthy office manager.

  • Coty Feest
    Licensed Technician (Nurse)

    I vow to be a leader who is ackowledged not by the position but by my ability to teach, encourage, support and motivate my fellow team members to accomplish the individual goals they strive for. In addition, to continue to build Mountain View Animal Hospital and Holistic Pet Care to be a consistent, accountable, reputable and successful practice, who is known for their utmost compassion and love of Reno's pets.

  • Dan Ruffin
    Veterinary Assistant

    My personal vision statement is to learn and grow with the practice while providing assistance to clients, patients and co-workers alike. I vow to inspire hard work and positivity too all I encounter.

  • Emily Kennel
    Veterinary Assistant

    I strive to not only assist in the treatment area of Mountain View Animal Hospital, but to gain knowledge in all areas of the hospital so I am available to help wherever is needed. In addition, to stay on top of my assigned tasks, keep my strengths strong and keep improving upon my weaknesses. I desire to be the best version of myself and for my coworkers.

  • Max Meehan
    - Vet Assistant

    Hey! I was raised in Napa, California before coming to this awesome town, Reno. I have multiple years of experience with daycare/boarding facilities. Mountain View has given me opportunity to share my knowledge and experiences to help grow and better the hospital and in turn give me more experience in the clinic to continue chasing my ultimate goal of becoming a Veterinarian. I recieved my Bachelor's in psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno and will be continuing my education in Animal Science to get into vet school. When I'm not making your pets feel at home here, I enjoy spending my time with my dachshund, Frank. I also like to ski and play music in my free time!

  • Melissa Johnson
    - Client Care Call Center

    I am from Sykesville, MD and just like anyone else have a huge love for animals. How can you not?! Mountain View Animal Hospital and Holistic Pet Care has offered me and continues to offer amazing learning opportunities for me. Each day is a new day and another chance to learn something new. I do a lot with my free time, from taking care of my own animal zoo at home; 3 dogs, 3 cats, and 5 hens to reading, photography, traveling, hiking ,puzzles and models, painting, and much more! In the future I would like to have my own dairy farm and make my own artisinal cheese!!

  • Susana Vasquez-Mendoza
    Maintenance Specialist

    Hello, hellooo! I spent the majority of my life in Mexico, where I attended college. Since moving here, I have been in love with the idea of taking care of animals and people. My son and I spend a lot of time outside walking and visiting with family pets. I love to help whenever it is needed, and I am so glad to be part of the Mountain View & Holistic team!

  • Silvia Fernandez
    - Pet Resort Specialist

    HI! I was raised in Costa Rica. I am very excited to be working with all of these animals at Mounatin View Animal Hospital & Holistic Pet Care. I hope to gain as much knowledge as I can here before I start my first semester in the Veterinary undergraduate program at the University of Nevada, Reno. I have 4 dogs and my husband at home that I enjoy spending all of my time with when I am not attending to your sweet fur babies!

  • Tessa Tigert
    - Pet Resort Specialist

    Bio Coming Soon ...

  • Loni Lindmuth
    - Groomer

    I have been professionally grooming dogs and cats for over 20 years now. In addition, I work closely with a local cat rescue organization. I believe animals are true, selfless beings, and I plan to work with them until retirement. I treat others as I wish to be treated, and I enjoy working at Mountain View Animal Hospital and Holistic Pet Care for the family atmosphere and comforting support. I live locally with my husband Paul and we are proud owners of five Dachshunds Ava, Dexter, Sienna, Sam, and Cooter.