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
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!

Patient Care

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.

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.

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.

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

Camille P.

Pet Resort Specialist

Camille is from Orange County, CA. She has her 3 kitties, Thomasin, Baby Steve, and Lawn chair, her 9 guinea pigs, and her Boston terrier named Tartini. Camille enjoys traveling, spirituality, drawing, and belly dancing. She joined our team February 2021 because she is passionate about helping animals and she believes being here will prepare her for her future goals of become a veterinarian, having kids, and traveling the world.

Hailee E.

Pet Resort Specialist

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.



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.