Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Get to know our team here at Advanced PetCare of Northern Nevada. Our experienced veterinarians and Staff will provide the best care possible for your pet!

Dr. Sarah Behrens

Dr. Sarah Behrens

Veterinarian/Medical Director

Dr. Sarah Behrens is a 2012 graduate of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her interest in animals began as a child growing up on a farm in Kansas. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Kansas State University, she worked as a zookeeper for 6 years. After earning her doctorate of veterinary medicine, she practiced in Cheyenne, WY for 2 years. Dr. Behrens completed her veterinary acupuncture certification at Colorado State University in 2014. She has been practicing integrative medicine since moving to Reno in 2014. She combines a conventional approach to diagnostics and treatment with holistic therapies to achieve results. This is helpful in many cases including intervertebral disk disease, osteoarthritis, orthopedic injuries, kidney disease, liver disease, cancer, and many more disease processes. Dr. Behrens will continue to explore new ways of treating these conditions.
In her free time, Dr. Behrens enjoys running, hiking, yoga, and reading. Her family includes her husband, Jason and their Beagle/Dachshund mix, Riley (also Dr. Behrens’ running partner).

Dr. Alexis Hazelwood


Dr. Alexis Hazelwood was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, then spent most of her childhood growing up in Western Washington. She attended Washington State University in Pullman, WA and earned her Bachelor's of Science in Animal Sciences. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 2020. Dr. Hazelwood enjoys volunteering with the local animal shelter including fostering kittens and also volunteered at the therapeutic horseback riding center during her college time; she is hoping to get the chance to do so again.

Her family includes her husband, Tanner, two dogs: Wailani a black Labrador Retriever and Tiva a Shepherd mix, one (perfect) cat: Agnes, and one rat: Giles. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, horseback riding, and spending time with her family and pets.

Dr. Hazelwood has a passion for preventative medicine, feline medicine, and senior/geriatric pet care. One of her main goals is to create lasting, trusting relationships with her clients and their pets. She believes the human-animal bond is one of the most beautiful things and is honored to share this with our community.


Kristina Larson

Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)/Practice Manager

Kristina grew up in Los Angeles, CA. She moved to Reno in 2009 and was married to her husband Ray in 2010. She has two sons, Evan born September 2012 and Riley born June 2017. Her fur babies include a Husky/Rottweiler mix named Mystique, and a kitty named Phoenix. She graduated from the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology with an Associates of Applied Science degree in September 2005. Kristina enjoys learning, reading, relaxing and spending time with her family. She joined the Advanced Pet Care team in June 2015. She took on the practice management role in August of 2017 to help grow the clinic. Her goals are to continue to grow as a veterinary technician and help keep Advanced Pet Care a place of quality, compassionate care.

Client Care

Sarah L.

Client Care Specialist Lead/Office Manager

Sarah is originally from Tucson, AZ. She has 2 dogs, Jax and Mia, and her cat, Chopper. She enjoys reading, relaxing, and going on adventures with her family. Sarah started in the veterinary field in 2001 and has a working knowledge of all departments. She joined our team June 2019 because she enjoys working with the pets and owners. Her goal is to make every day its best!

Cheyanne D.

Client Care Specialist

Cheyanne is a Reno, NV native. She has 3 dogs, Koda, Bella, and Tobe, whom she loves spending time with. On her off time, she enjoys hanging out with her family and fiancé, doing make-up, and camping. She joined our team November 2021 because she has a stong love for animals. Her goals are to pursue a college degree, get married, and have financial stability.

Grace L.

Client Care Specialist

Grace was born and raised in Northern Nevada. Her pet family members include, 2 pitties, Maluke and Zoe; 2 birds, Echo and Aro; 2 cats, Chance and Theodora; a snake named Mars, and a hamster named Chrysanthemum. Some of the things she enjoys are music, reading, painting, and spending time with her kiddo. She joined our team March 2022 because she wanted to commit her life to working with animals and the people who love them. Her goals are to travel, continue learning new things, and get new experiences.

Patient Care

Naomi H.

Veterinary Technician In Training (VTIT)

Naomi was born and raised in Reno, NV. She enjoys drawing, hiking, baking, and volunteering at the animal shelter or with Guide Dogs for the Blind. Naomi recently graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a BS in Veterinary Science, and obtained her VTIT license. She joined our team November 2021 to develop animal handling and technical skills. Her goal is to go on to veterinary school and become a small animal veterinarian.

Azelia H.

Veterinary Technician in Training (VTIT)

Azelia is from Winnemucca, NV. Her fur babies are 3 kitties, Hiccup, Venus, and Tomi. Her interests include cooking for her family and organizing her thoughts in a bullet journal. She joined our team August 2020 because she wants to continue to expand her knowledge in the veterinary field. Her goal is to become a licensed veterinary technician.

Jaynice M.

Jaynice M.

Veterinary Assistant

Jaynice is from Reno, NV. She has two dogs, a turtle, a snake, two rabbits and three goats. Jaynice enjoys hiking, playing video games, reading, going on walks, and watching horror movies. She attends TMCC and is working toward applying for the veterinary technician program. Jaynice joined our team November 2017 because she wanted experience working with animals. Her goal is to become a veterinary technician.

Lisa L.

Veterinary Assistant

Lisa is from Yerington, NV. Her fur family includes her dogs, Scooby, Butterball, Daisy, and Bella, and her cat, Kitty. She likes to spend time with her boyfriend and 2 kids, play softball, go paddle boarding, and work on beading projects. She joined our team August 2020 because she loves working with animals and enjoys seeing them happy and healthy. Her goal is to get her veterinary technician degree.

Michaela M.

Veterinary Assistant

Michaela grew up in Reno, NV. She has a Pitbull named Ava and a green tree frog named Snoop Froggy Frog. Michaela is creative and enjoys being a tattoo artist and musician. She is currently attending an online veterinary technician program. Michaela joined our team July 2021 to help animals and gain experience for her schooling to become a veterinary technician. Her goal is to follow her passions and do what she loves.

Pet Resort

Hailee E.

Pet Resort Specialist Lead

Hailee was born and raised in Reno, NV. Her pets include a sun conure, a snake, a lizard, a fish, and a cat. She enjoys painting, hiking, music, family, and animals. Hailee is currently attending an online veterinary technician program. She joined our team July 2021 to further her ambitions in the field. Her goals are to become a licensed veterinary technician, own a farm, and to always work on bettering herself.

Bryanna S.

Pet Resort Specialist

Bryanna is originally from Sacramento, CA. She has 2 dogs, and 1 cat. Some of her favorite things to do are volunteer and hike. Bryanna is working towards attending the veterinary nursing program at TMCC. She joined our team January 2022 because she loves animals and wanted to get some experience in the field. Her goal is to become a veterinarian.

Lorrie E.

Pet Resort Specialist

​​​​​​​Lorrie was born in New York but has called Sparks, NV home for over 30 years now. She has a Great Pyrenees named Jackson. She enjoys bowling, antique shopping, and gardening. Lorrie earned a diploma in animal welfare management in April 2022. She joined our team March 2022 because she liked the atmosphere of the clinic, as well as the friendly staff, and wanted to be a part of it all! Her goal is to have a low stress, happy life.

Deliela S.

Pet Resort Specialist

Deliela is originally from Portland, OR. Her fur family includes her cat Moxie and her dog Pepper. She likes to rock climb in the summer and snowboard in the winter. She joined our team in May 2022 because she loves animals. Her goal is to have stable, steady, comfortable employment at a place that makes her happy!



Heidi E.


Heidi grew up in Daly City, CA. and also spent some time in Cool, CA and Colville, WA. She has been grooming pets since 1988. She is certified as a Companion Animal Hygienist and also has certifications in Cat Grooming and Clipper and Scissor Technique. Heidi enjoys horseback riding, spending time with family and taking care of her animals. She has dogs, cats, a parrot, chickens, and horses. Heidi joined our team in 2016 because she loves working with animals.