Dr. Sarah Kalivoda – Veterinarian & Medical Director
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. David Lowell – 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 broodmare 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 featured speaker.
Dr. Grace Dahlgren – Veterinarian
Dr. Grace Dahlgren grew up in northwestern Minnesota then spent eight amazing years at 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. Megan Wiltzius – Veterinarian
Dr. Megan is an integrative veterinarian and the newest addition to the Holistic Pet Care team. After working in Reno as a general practitioner for several years, Megan is ecstatic to join such a progressive, compassionate hospital and work with so many open-minded, diverse people! She is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) and is certified in ozone therapy and prolotherapy as well. She is also trained in other integrative therapies, including veterinary orthopedic manipulation (VOM), herbal therapy, laser therapy, and food therapy.
For veterinary school, Megan attended Oregon State University, where she was actively involved in various clubs, serving as president of both the Zoo, Wildlife, & Exotics club and the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Dental Society. During veterinary school, Megan realized her two career passions: zoo & wildlife medicine and holistic/integrative medicine. She fostered her love of zoo and wildlife medicine by volunteering at Chintimini Wildlife Center, a rehab facility for injured wildlife, and by completing externships at Wildlife Safari and the Oregon Primate Research Center. On graduation from OSU in 2015, Megan jumped right into Eastern and holistic medicine and attended the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Florida. She completed her training in veterinary acupuncture there in December 2015 and recently fulfilled all the requirements to receive her CVA!
Megan lives in Reno with her husband, Brandon, dog Hank, cat spike and a blood python named Udon. Growing up in the Sierras gave her a deep love of the outdoors, and she spends most of her free time doing anything from hiking and backpacking, rock climbing, snowboarding, and mountain biking, to just exploring nature with her dogs. When she actually has a quiet day at home, you can find her reading or baking, or possibly having a Chopped-style cooking challenge with Brandon!
Dr. Dean Morgan – Veterinarian & Board Certified Large Animal Surgeon
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. Bridget Landon – Veterinarian
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 a 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. Kris Kingery – Veterinarian
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Dr. Rita Wallis – Veterinarian
Dr. Rita Wallis is originally from Camp Verde, AZ. She followed the in the footsteps of her older brother and sister and became very active in the local 4-H and FFA groups. During middle school and high school, she became very involved in raising show hogs. She managed an extensive breeding show hog project throughout her school years. She learned a lot about caring for animals during this time, and this cemented her decision to become a veterinarian.
After high school she received a scholarship to attend Oklahoma State University to study Animal Science. While at school in Oklahoma, she started working at the equine ranch the veterinary school operated. She was then accepted to veterinary school, where she studied mixed animal practice. After veterinary school, she decided to stay an extra year and complete a Master’s in Business. During this year she also decided to become certified in Acupuncture. She was able to practice both general medicine and acupuncture in her first job in Arkansas.
After that year, Rita decided to move back to Arizona, where she practiced at a mixed animal clinic in Eastern Arizona for a year. Soon after, she decided to start her own business in a neighboring town that was in need of another veterinarian. She then opened Copper Hills Veterinary Services in Miami, AZ. During her second year at this practice, she decided to further her education and became certified in animal chiropractic, and functional movement kenisiology taping.
She met her husband, Alex, and soon after they got married in the Fall of 2017, an opportunity arose to purchase a large animal practice in Wellington, NV. So the newlyweds decided to embark on a new adventure. In the Spring of 2018, Rita and Alex moved to Wellington to purchase Sierra Nevada Large Animal Hospital, where she still works part time with horses and cattle. Dr. Wallis decided to join Mountain View Animal Hospital in 2019 to further her understanding and practice of holistic medicine and integrative treatment modalities. She enjoys treating both large and small animals.
Dr. Pablo Mendoza – Veterinarian
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. Carrie Waller – Veterinarian
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.