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. 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.
Emily Kennel – Operations Manager
Emily is a Native Nevadan who grew up on a small family farm on the outskirts of Fernley with pigs, chickens, pet rats, and cats! She has always had a love for animals and her favorite game growing up was playing in the mud and “saving the animals” by creating a watering hole for them. She still is an avid pet lover, having five dogs and 3 lizards of her own! When not at work, she can almost always be found at home with husband and fur babies: Ava, Vito, Ring, Boo, and Kaiser!
Emily has been with Mountain View for six years and is the Operations Manager of the hospital. Having worked almost every position at some point, she loves improving the processes of the hospital to benefit employees, clients, and patients alike!
Gary Hames – Safety & Facilities Coordinator
Gary grew up in Sacramento, CA until moving to Virginia City his freshman year of High School. Like most kids, he wanted to be a firefighter starting at a very young age. At sixteen he was given an opportunity to be a student volunteer firefighter and the summer after graduating from High School he worked as a seasonal firefighter for the state of Nevada. At nineteen he tested and was hired as a full-time firefighter for the Storey County Fire Protection District. There he was promoted through the ranks and achieved the position of District Fire Chief, in which he served for seventeen years of his thirty-year career, retiring in 2017.
After retiring, he started a consulting company assisting local government leadership through coaching, management, and mentoring. This was supposed to be a couple of days a week type of workload, however, after a year and half of working 50-60 hours a week, it was really time for Gary to slow down.
After a couple of months after closing his company, he started to get a little stir crazy and wanted to do something different. Project management was always an interest and was much of what he did in the fire district. That is when he saw that Mountain View advertised for an interesting position of Facilities Coordinator. He met with the management team and really liked the energy, culture, and appreciated the forward-looking vision of the organization. Shortly after starting it made sense to include Safety Coordination into the job as well.
He loves the challenges of a growing company, working with very bright and energetic professionals and forwarding thinking team members that want the very best for their team, clients, patients, and guests.
Wendi Vazquez-Mendoza – HR Manager
Wendi was born in Acapulco, Guerrero and relocated to Reno, Nevada at a very young age. Her passion for the veterinary field started when she was very young. Her mom and sister would bring her to work at local veterinary clinic here in town. Her family rescued a few dogs over the years, and she would help care for them. As the years passed, she was intrigued and eventually was employed at the same local veterinary clinic her mom and sister worked.
Her kennel tech experience helped her see the veterinary field in a different light. She was passionate about caring for those that couldn’t ask for help.
After several years and different local clinics, she eventually found her home here at Mountain View Animal Hospital and Holistic Pet Care. Her communications skills have helped her work her way up from receptionist to office manager, and now has accepted the challenge of becoming the HR Manager.
In her spare time Wendi loves spending time with her three beautiful kids and her husband.
Denise Dixon – HR Executive Assistant
I was born and raised in Reno, NV, As I was growing up I wanted to be a Doctor, I went to school for Administrative Medical Assistant I got my degree. I worked at an Endocrinologist’s office and realized I didn’t want to work in Human Medicine. In 2015 I went and started work at an animal hospital in town and that’s where I realized this is where I wanted to be! I have always had a passion for animals, growing up we had rabbits and dogs. So I have always cared for and loved being around animals. In my spare time I like spending time with my husband, family, and my fur babies, also love doing arts and crafts!
Madison Castagnola – Marketing Coordinator
Born and raised in San Francisco and a recent graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno, I was looking for a job in my degree of Journalism. The Reno/Tahoe area has been home for about four years, and I was not ready to say goodbye. Mountain View Animal Hospital & Holistic Pet Care has given me an excellent opportunity for growth. I have been a part of the staff here since last year as a Client Advocate and am excited to be stepping into the Marketing Coordinator role. The supportive staff, loving patients, and kind clients are what kept me here at Mountain View and I look forward to learning new skills and providing everyone with fun marketing materials!