Dr. Gary Sargent - Co-Founder
Dr. Sargent grew up in the foothills of Southwest Reno where he enjoyed exploring the outdoors with family, friends and his dogs.
He graduated from the University of Nevada with a B.A. in Zoology, and then attended veterinary school at Colorado State University. Dr. Sargent enjoyed a successful 30-year career at Klaich Animal Hospital before retiring in 2008 to pursue new challenges in owning and operating a small animal veterinary practice with Dr. Erin Rasmusson.
Dr. Sargent's professional interests include small animal internal medicine, soft-tissue surgery, dermatology, oncology and dentistry. His personal interests seek a balance between year-round outdoor activities and academic interests in veterinary continuing education, current affairs, economics, business, and diverse non-fiction reading.
Dr. Sargent is married to Elaine (Pappas), also a native of Reno. Their son, Patrick, graduated from Annapolis in 2006 and is currently serving as a U.S. Navy pilot. He is married to Abigail Parker, also from Reno.
Dr. Erin Rasmusson - Co-Founder
Dr. Erin Rasmusson was born in Bozeman, Montana, but spent her childhood in northwest Ohio, where animals were part of her life from an early age.
She graduated from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, with a double major in chemistry and biology, and then attended the Ohio State University's School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2003. After completing her internship, she spent four years working with and learning from the team at Klaich Animal Hospital.
Dr. Rasmusson is proud to have accomplished her dream of owning and operating a veterinary hospital. Special interests include abdominal ultrasound and orthopedic surgery, and dentistry/oral surgery, for which she has attended special training and continuing education.
Outside office, Dr. Rasmusson enjoys hiking, running, camping, snowboarding and other outdoor activities with her husband, Brent Ryman, and their two dogs, Ellie Mae and Pacino. Dr. Gonzo, the feline, prefers to remain at home and enjoy the Truckee Meadows' ample sunbeams.
Dr. Sarah Wilson – Associate
Dr. Wilson grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and moved to Reno when she was a freshman in high school. She attended UNR and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science before going on to veterinary school at Oregon State University and graduating in 2004. She practiced at Kings Row Pet Hospital for 9 years and is very excited to now be joining the team at SWVH. Her professional interests include surgery, dentistry, orthopedics, and internal medicine.
Outside of work Dr. Wilson enjoys traveling, spending time in the outdoors, reading, and playing the violin and bass guitar at her church. Her “family” includes rescue dogs Lina and Tater – lovable and sweet but definitely troublemakers!
Dr. Christina Martini – Associate
Dr. Christina Martini grew up on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. She attended the University of Nevada Reno for her undergraduate, receiving a degree in Veterinary Science. During her time there she worked as a veterinary assistant with Dr. Sargent and Dr. Rasmusson at both Klaich Animal Hospital and SWVH. She attended veterinary school in beautiful Colorado at Colorado State University, returning during school breaks to gain experience at SWVH. Dr. Martini then completed an internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, a specialty and emergency hospital, in Denver, CO. She is very excited to be home again working with the team at SWVH.
Dr. Martini's professional interests include internal medicine, dermatology, soft tissue surgery, and preventative medicine. Through the course of her internship, she was given the opportunity to learn from and practice these fields with board certified experts, and has brought these skills to SWVH. She also moonlights on occasion at Animal Emergency Center to keep her critical care skills fresh.
In her free time, she can be found enjoying our unique environment through many outdoor activities including trail running with her rescue dog “Vinnie”, hiking and backpacking in the back country, and skiing or snowboarding the powder. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Aaron, who works in the human medical field. Their two cats "Felix" and "Jasper" like to soak up the sun and lounge on the patio at home.
Stephanie - CVPM, Practice Manager
Stephanie graduated from the University of Vermont with her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. She has lived in the U.A.E, England and the U.S but enjoys the sunny weather of Reno the most! Stephanie began working for SWVH in 2008 (with a small break to try out CO) and has now proudly gained her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager certification in October, 2015. She spends her time outside of work hiking with her two Doberman Pinschers, "Moose" and "Riva". Stephanie is a member of the Reno Kennel Club and Doberman Pinscher Club of America and actively participates in AKC rally/obedience, conformation and agility events.
Nicole A. - Licensed Veterinary Technician
Nicole has been with SWVH since September 2009. After growing up in Las Vegas, she moved to Reno in 2005 to attend UNR. She has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and passed her Licensed Veterinary Technician exam in 2012. In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her daughter, skiing, and playing with her three dogs, a shih tzu mix named "Remy", a Cavalier King Charles named "Cheyenne" and a German Shepherd named “Chivo”.
Nicole F. - Licensed Veterinary Technician
Nicole Has been working in the veterinary field since 2004 and joined team SWVH in 2011. She is proud graduate and class valedictorian of the TMCC Veterinary Technology program. Nicole passed her LVT boards July 2014 and has enjoyed expanding her skills since. Her fun-loving, crazy pets run her household, “Pongo” and "Nacho", two Chihuahua mix rescues. She also has a beautiful daughter, Kyra who keeps her busy in her spare time and aspires to be just like her Mom!
Shawntay - Licensed Veterinary Technician
Shawntay was born in Reno NV, and has lived in the area all of her life. She earned her associates degree in Veterinary Technology from TMCC in May 2015. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, running, sports, and pretty much anything outdoors. She recently lost her Golden Retriever, Max, who was 11 years old and although he is greatly missed Shawntay has adopted a German Sheppard mix named Buster who spends his days lounging on Shawntay’s bed and running around in the yard. Shawntay has been with SWVH since 2012 and is looking forward to a long and rewarding career in the Veterinary field.
Amanda - Licensed Veterinary Technician
Amanda started working at SWVH in 2012 as a student assistant. She graduated from the Truckee Meadows Community College Veterinary Technician program as valedictorian in 2015 and is currently licensed as a Veterinary Technician in California and Nevada. In her spare time she enjoys running, camping, hiking, being with friends and family, and playing with her energetic 3 year old Boxer mix, Kaya.
Melanie - Licensed Veterinary Technician
Melanie grew up in Orangevale, a small suburb of Sacramento. She graduated from Carrington College Veterinary Technician program in August 2014 with her Associates degree in science. Melanie has worked in the field since 2011, working her way up from kennel attendant to Licensed Veterinary Technician. She moved to Reno at the start of 2016 and has been enjoying all the fishing, camping and outdoor activities there are to offer! She shares her home with a 6 year old red, Queensland Heeler named Lacey and her goal is to one day specialize in veterinary dentistry.
Rachel has been in the veterinary field for over 10 years. She has worked for both veterinary specialist and emergency medicine practices in California and Virginia. She moved back to the west coast to be closer to family, and joined the Southwest team in 2009. Rachel's passion is animals and she is joined in that passion by her husband Justin. They have Charlie who is a very cute rescued miniature poodle.
Originally from Sweden, Rebecka Bittner grew up in Sacramento, CA and recently moved to Reno to attend the University of Nevada, Reno. She is majoring in Veterinary Science, and hopes to eventually continue on to veterinary school. In her spare time, she likes hiking, reading, and painting, and always enjoys going home to visit her family and her cat, Skorpan.
Matty was born and raised in Dublin, CA and moved to Reno in 2011. She is currently attending the University of Nevada, Reno to earn her Veterinary Medicine degree. Her dream is to become a certified Equine and Canine Physical Therapist. Having grown up with her dogs Buck, who was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy disease and Callie, who is diagnosed with osteosarcoma and recently had a leg amputated has inspired her to work with and help animals. Matty spends her spare time horseback riding, attending San Francisco Giants games and visiting her family and two dogs Callie and Brenly in California.
Mallorie-Lynn grew up in Dayton, Nevada and now studies at University of Nevada, Reno. She is majoring in veterinary science and plans to continue on for veterinary school. She has previously worked at a veterinary hospital in Dayton and volunteers at the SPCA and Northern Nevada Regional Animal Center, although she only owns one mean cat. In her free time she reads, paints, and loves running.
Sarah grew up in Tonopah, Nevada and is currently studying at Truckee Meadows Community College and planing to apply for the veterinary technician program next fall. Sarah has worked in other veterinary hospitals which helped to foster her interest in the field. She began her college career in 2013 at Southern Utah University located in Cedar City, Utah. She and her dog Junior made the move to Reno in the summer of 2015 to pursue her dream of becoming a licensed veterinary technician. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading and volleyball.