Dr. Pablo Mendoza – Integrative Veterinarian & Medical Director
Dr. Mendoza was born in Santiago, Chile, and grew up surrounded by many dogs, cats, and his horse. At a very young age, he knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. He graduated from the University of Chile, School of Veterinary Sciences and Livestock, where he obtained his BS in Veterinary Sciences and after his research in diagnostic imaging on spinal cord injury in dogs, he obtained his degree in Veterinary Medicine.
After working in small animal emergency practices for 2 years, Dr. Mendoza moved to Madison, Wisconsin. He obtained his MSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine, where he researched novel therapies for chronic wounds and bacterial antibiotic resistance. He then continued working at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the Small Animal Critical Care Unit. Dr. Mendoza continued his education at the University of Tuskegee, Alabama, completing his internship in Small Animal rotating internship in emergency, critical care, internal medicine, and surgery.
Dr. Mendoza recently moved to Reno and is very excited to join Mountain View Animal Hospital and Holistic Pet Care team. He has a special interest in emergency medicine and critical care, soft tissue surgery, and wound healing.
In his free time, he loves to spend time in the mountains, doing some photography, skiing, trail running, rock climbing, or mountain biking. He also loves music and you might see him playing with his band in local events in the Reno/Tahoe area.
Dr. Sarah Kalivoda – Integrative Veterinarian & Owner
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. Dr. Sarah is heavily involved with rescue organizations and her happiest moments are when homeless animals find loving homes.
Dr. Sarah is a lover of life and is not afraid to break the molds. After practicing traditional Veterinary Medicine for a number of years, she began to see a huge gap in the animal healthcare system. While understanding the need for Westernized Veterinary Medicine, she knew that a pill or procedure wasn’t the answer to every problem. From this understanding grew a passion for Integrative Veterinary Medicine. She has pursued advanced studies geared towards treating the “whole animal,” (body and spirit). She is a Certified Animal Acupuncturist and is also certified in Ozone Therapy, Prolozone Therapy, Herbal Medicine and Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation. Dr. Sarah is deeply committed to expand the knowledge associated with Integrative Medicine, Education and Research and is constantly keeping up-to-date by attending Continuing Education Classes and Seminars in both Western and Integrative Medicine across the United States.
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 purchased 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 3 dogs Choppy, Tulip and Mango (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. Ashlie Brown – Integrative Veterinarian
Veterinary medicine has a very special place in my heart! Every day I am grateful to have achieved a lifelong dream and feel very blessed that I get to spend my life doing something I love. My passion and love for animals developed at a very young age and early on I learned the true value of the human-animal bond. Having experienced this bond personally, I know how important it is keeping our furry companions healthy.
After practicing for six years at another clinic, I still find I am always learning and improving my ability to help animals. I enjoy the science and challenges that veterinary medicine presents and strive each day to be the best Veterinarian I can for my patients. I value the long-term relationships that I develop with my clients and enjoy working with them together to ensure that their loved ones receive the best care possible.
I was born and raised in the Reno/Sparks area. I started working at the age of 15 at a local clinic and the rest is history. I attended the University of Nevada where I played soccer while pursuing a degree in Animal Science. I was accepted into Colorado State University of Veterinary Medicine and often came back to Nevada to work at local hospitals and the shelter. I was eager to return to Nevada to be close to family, friends, and a community I adore.
My interests include Internal Medicine and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Currently, I am working on my Master’s Degree to specialize in integrative medicine.
My heart belongs to my three boys and to my four-legged children. This is where you will find me spending my free time. They continue to help me grow as a Mom and as a Veterinarian where I strive to make them as proud as possible.
I love every aspect of Veterinary medicine and I hope to share my passion with everyone I meet!
Dr. Brennah Gambino – Integrative Veterinarian
Dr. Brennah Gambino grew up on the Central Coast of California and spent seven years in the Boston area. She attended Boston University for her undergraduate education and worked for three years as a veterinary assistant in a small animal practice prior to attending veterinary school. Dr. Gambino graduated from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She was the student representative for the California Veterinary Medical Association for three years, advocating for the veterinary profession and ensuring student voices had a place at the state capital. She also volunteered her time at feral cat clinics and worked with the burn victims from the California wildfires through her four years at Davis. She developed a special interest in integrative medicine, wound care, and preventative medicine.
Dr. Gambino recognized early on in her education that she wanted to practice veterinary medicine with an integrative approach. She received her education from Curacore as a certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist (cVMA) for dogs, cats, exotics, and horses. She looks forward to providing acupuncture services to her patients and expanding her knowledge of integrative medicine techniques at Mountain View Animal Hospital.
In addition to integrative medicine, Dr. Gambino is passionate about Fear Free practice and will work with each patient on an individual basis to make their veterinary visits as stress-free as possible. She is also working towards certification as a Feline Friendly Practitioner. Dr. Gambino is USDA certified and is able to issue international health certificates for travel.
Brennah and her husband, Alex, are new to the Reno area. Their furry family members include their dog, Harrison Wilbert, and cat, Juniper Rose. They are excited to spend their free time outdoors and learning more about Reno. They love to travel, cook together, spend time with friends and family, and take on extensive DIY projects.
Dr. Rachel Hill – Integrative Veterinarian
I grew up in Southern California with four awesome sisters and brothers, three dogs, four cats, and a variety of rabbits, guinea pigs, and other pets. I always knew that I wanted a career involving animals, and completed a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Widlife Conservation in 2010. Following graduation, I worked as a seasonal biologist wildlife technician archaeologist for several years. After realizing that my passion was in veterinary medicine I was fortunate to be accepted to the Utah State University School University/Washington State University Veterinary Medicine program. Four years later I received my doctorate in Veterinary Medicine! Since then I have been enjoying working with wonderful humans, dogs, and cats in the state of Arizona. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and backpacking, gardening, and (of course) hanging out with my furry kitties: Pagoda, Milo, and Pepper.
Although Arizona was a great place to start my career, I have missed the Sierra Mountains and am so excited to be living in Reno and working at this unique veterinary hospital!
Dr. Grace Dahlgren – Integrative Veterinarian
Dr. Grace Dahlgren grew up in northwestern Minnesota then spent eight amazing years at the University of Minnesota to earn a BS in Animal Science and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Since then she has had a breadth of veterinary experience, from a busy walk-in clinic in Las Vegas, to emergency medicine in SoCal and relief work in Nevada, Utah and California. The things that drew her to Reno are the mountains and the unique vision of Mountain View Animal Hospital. Her professional interests include dentistry, wound care and integrative medicine. Working with the doctors at MVAH, she has been learning more about holistic medicine and is certified in Ozone and Prolozone therapy.
When Dr. Dahlgren is not at MVAH, she tries to travel as much as she can and loves to spend time outside (running, hiking, gardening, shooting, snowboarding- all of the “ings”). Dr. Dahlgren currently has 2 canine companions (Dahlia and Charles) but wouldn’t mind a few more:)
Dr. Kris Kingery – Integrative Veterinarian, Certified Feline Friendly
A true Tahoe native, Dr. Kris has stayed close to her roots. After graduating from UC Davis Veterinary School in 1994; she worked at Carson Tahoe in Critical Care and Emergency Veterinary Medicine, along with performing relief work in several other hospitals in the area before settling in at Feline Medical Center for 16 years of feline practice. This special interest in cats, along with canine and feline geriatric medicine and ultrasound has continued to drive Dr. Kris’s passion for educating owner’s in the best available medicine, along with how they can enhance their relationship with their furry family members.
A world traveler, Dr. Kris enjoys experiencing different cultures, including how other countries view their pets and the animal world around them. She has traveled through Europe shortly after the Berlin wall fell, skied in Canada, toured in a band through Mexico, and adventured through China. Her recent and favorite trip was the spectacular photographic safari through Tanzania and working with Cheetahs in Namibia through the CCF. At home, she enjoys relaxing with her large family including her son Andrew, Golden Retriever siblings Jessie and Lucy, cats George, chief, Smokey, and senior guest feline resident Captain.
Lately, her personal time has been filled with renovating the family home and working with the Nevada Task Force on Dementia and other Neuro-degenerative spectrum diseases regarding family caregiver rights. She looks forward to sharing the love of animals, traveling, and all manner of outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, biking, and hiking with her wonderful son.
Dr. Bridget Landon – Integrative Veterinarian, Exotic Doctor
Dr. Bridget Landon knew she wanted to be a veterinarian from a young age. She grew up with cats, dogs, and pocket pets.
After graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from the Honors College with a degree in Biochemistry and 2 minors, Dr. Landon moved to Texas to expand her experience in the field of veterinary medicine by working as a technician in a general and avian practice. She fell in love with bird medicine and was introduced to non-traditional healing modalities. She attended Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine where she tracked mixed and exotic medicine. She was both a class representative and President of the Annual TAMU CVM Open House and actively participated in the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, Veterinary Business Association, American Equine Association, and ZEW (Zoo, Exotics, and Wildlife) Association. After graduation in 2005, Dr. Landon moved to Reno, Nevada, where she practiced large and small animal general medicine, surgery, and exotic medicine for a few years before moving to Corpus Christi, Texas where she continued to practice general and exotic medicine. Dr. Landon became certified in CWD testing for whitetail deer and related species. She is currently APHIS certified level II for international health certificates.
Dr. Landon recently moved back to Reno and is thrilled to join the Mountain View team. She has a special interest in surgery, nutrition, behavioral medicine, and exotic animal medicine. She is extremely excited to be able to integrate holistic medicine with her western medicine approach and is looking forward to expanding current medical services to exotic pets, including small mammals, reptiles, and birds.
When not in the office, Dr. Landon can be found hiking, off-roading, and exploring the local terrain with her children. She is also “mom” to 3 trouble-making felines and a precocious sheltie. On her “down time” she enjoys immersing herself in her lifelong passion for dance, as well as baking, sewing, and refinishing furniture. She is excited to call Reno home again and putting down roots.
Dr. Dean Morgan – Veterinarian & Board Certified Surgeon (Large Animal)
Dr. Morgan grew up in rural Montana and went to veterinary school in Missouri. Upon graduation, he completed an internship at Pioneer Equine in Oakdale, California. After working a number of years in Colorado, he completed a surgical residency in advanced orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries at Iowa State, before moving to the Reno area.
Initially, he focused many of his years in the equine (horse) field but over time found a new passion working with small animals.
Mountain View Animal Hospital and Holistic Pet Care is excited to have such a skilled surgeon on their team. Dr. Morgan is able to perform anterior cruciate repairs (ACL tears) through tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy’s (TPLO’s) and tightrope repairs and other orthopedic surgeries including but not limited to luxating patella and fracture repairs. When he isn’t in the clinic, he spends his spare time coaching his boys basketball teams and loves participating in all outdoor activities.
Dr. Carrie Waller – Integrative Veterinarian, Exotic Doctor
I was raised in California and animals were a big part of my life. I declared my intention to be a veterinarian at 8 years old. I went to UC Davis for my undergraduate work. Then spent 4 years living in Los Angeles working in the field – as kennel attendant, veterinary assistant, licensed technician, before starting veterinary school at Ross University (before it was accredited). I spent my senior year at Kansas State and fulfilled by ECFVG requirement by doing an extra year at Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine.
From there I moved to Long Island, NY for a 15-month, private practice internship in avian/exotic pet medicine. Three months after moving to NY I met my late husband in a laundromat. Needing neutral territory(and a lower cost of living) we settled into Virginia where I spent 1.5 years in emergency medicine, 4 years as an associate in a small animal/avian/exotic practice, and 10 years as a relief veterinarian. Along the way I have been blessed with two daughters (16, 10) and a son (7) and countless fur babies. I have also been a homeschooling mama for the last 8 years. I lost my husband to cancer in June of 2018.
I am excited to join the Mountain View family as my children and I start the next chapter in our lives. I look forward to serving all the furred, fuzzy, feathered, and scaly patients as well as growing professionally in the realms of holistic medicine.
Dr. Michelle Brim – Integrative Veterinarian
Picture Coming Soon!
Dr. Michelle Brim was born and raised on a family farm in central Iowa where she was avidly involved in 4-H, showing Holstein Dairy cattle, chickens, and Arabian Horses. She grew up raising and caring for a variety of animals, cats, dogs and the occasional wild animal. When she was not busy doing chores or riding horses she was busy helping her family raise and preserve the bulk of their food.
Dr. Brim earned her Bachelor in Genetics in 1987, becoming the first woman to graduate from Iowa State university in this degree program. During her undergraduate years, Dr. Brim worked in the Genetics Laboratory on campus and Iowa State University Dairy farm milking cows. She worked as a Genetics Engineer for one year after graduation, prior to pursuing her passion in Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Brim was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary medicine from Iowa State University in 1991 and her Masters of Science in Nutritional Physiology in 1992.
She worked at a mixed animal practice in Nederland, Colorado, for three years before moving back to Iowa to work in the animal vaccine industry. In 1999, she started her own mixed animal mobile practice, offering both holistic and traditional medicine to a variety of farm animals, cats, and dogs.
She became certified in Canine Massage in 2004 through Equissage and Veterinary Acupuncture in 2013 through the Chi Institute.
Dr. Brim moved to Northern Nevada in early 2014 and began working in a companion animal hospital. Dr. Brim is passionate about Nutrition, the Healing Touch, nurturing the Human Animal Bond, and being able to offer patients and clients the best of both Eastern and Western Veterinary Medicine.
During her free time, Dr. Brim enjoys living an active lifestyle by hiking with her dogs, riding horses, camping, and visiting Tahoe and Pyramid Lake with her family, gardening and generally spending time outdoors.