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

Veterinarian

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

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

Kaylee A.

Client Care Specialist​​​​​​​ Lead

Kaylee grew up in Reno, NV. She loves all animals and has dogs, bunnies, chickens, lizards, and snakes. She enjoys horseback riding, hiking and spending time with her kids. She joined our team October 2019 because she was looking for a company she can be with long term and loved the atmosphere of our clinic. She is thinking about pursuing a degree in Medical Assisting.

Shelley H.

Client Care Specialist​​​​​​​
Shelley is originally from Walnut Creek, CA but spent most of her years living in Washington State until moving to Reno December 2019. Her pet family consists of dogs, cats, turtles, horses, cows, chickens, and ducks. She enjoys hobbies that include horses, farming, rock hounding, and anything animal related. She joined our team December 2020 to take advantage of an enjoyable work environment where she can also work with animals. Shelley’s goal is to enjoy work and life to the fullest!

Patient Care

Hailey S.

Hailey S.

Veterinary Technician In Training (VTIT)

Hailey grew up in Winnemucca, NV. She has Max, a Brittany Spaniel/Shorthair/Pitbull mix, and a horse named Curly. Hailey enjoys participating in Rodeo events, hiking, and being outdoors with her dog and horse. She is currently taking classes at TMCC and UNR with the hopes of joining the TMCC veterinary technician program in the fall of 2018. Hailey’s goals are to become a veterinary technician and participate in professional rodeo. She joined our team in June 2017 to get clinical experience on her journey to becoming an LVT.

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.

Kyra H.

Veterinary Technician In Training (VTIT)

Kyra is from Reno, NV. Her fur babies include a Siberian husky - Zoey, a Border collie - Chuck, a Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix - Baxter, and 2 rats. Kyra enjoys sketching & painting, hiking, and bowling with friends. She is currently attending TMCC with plans to apply to the technician program. She joined our team December 2018 to gain experience in a veterinary clinic. Her goal is to graduate from the TMCC technician program and become a licensed veterinary technician.

Maria R.

Veterinary Technician In Training (VTIT)

Maria is originally from Guatemala. Her fur baby is a Husky named Miloh. Her hobbies include hiking, camping, reading, and volunteering. She joined our team June 2020 because she feels that the values of the practice align with her own. Her goals are to adopt lots of pets and become a veterinarian.

Denise A.

Veterinary Technician In Training (VTIT)

Bio Coming Soon....

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.

Celena D.

Veterinary Assistant

Celena is from Reno, NV. Her pets include River, a St. Bernard mid, Eden, a St. Pyrenees, Cloud, a Pitbull, and Winston, a hamster. Some of her interests are camping, knitting, wake boarding, dirt bike riding, and hiking with her dogs. She joined our team August 2020 because she wants to get hands-on experiance and broaden her knowledge in the veterinary field. Her goal is to become a veterinarian.

Azelia H.

Veterinary Assistant

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.

Pet Resort

Cierra G.

Pet Resort Specialist

Cierra was born in San Diego, CA. Her fur family includes her dogs Meeko, Ziggy, Rio, Bailey, and Jelly. Cierra likes to sing, dance, play volleyball, and bake. She joined our team November 2020 because she wants to gain experience in the clinic setting. She is currently working towards her veterinary technician degree. Her goal is to get her vet tech license and then pursue her degree as a veterinarian. She also hopes to see a Broadway show someday!

Haley D.

Pet Resort Specialist

Haley was born and raised in Sparks, NV. Her furry family members include a dog named Brutus and 2 ferrets, Sugar & Tazzy. Haley enjoys spending her time doing arts and crafts. She joined our team December 2020 because her love and passion for working with animals makes her feel whole. Haley likes to takes life’s twists and turns as they come and lets fate decide where she will go next.

Camille P.

Pet Resort Specialist

Bio Coming Soon....

Grooming

Heidi

Heidi E.

Groomer

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.