You can depend on the staff at Sierra Veterinary Specialists. Each member of our highly-skilled team is committed to working closely with our referring veterinary partners and their patients.
Davyd Pelsue, DVM, MS, DACVS
Dr. Davyd Pelsue grew up in Maine and Vermont, attending the University of Vermont and graduating Summa Cum Laude as a Vermont Scholar. He attended veterinary school at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, Iowa graduating in 1997. While in veterinary school he received a Merck Scholarship to study the ability of nutritional supplements to promote cartilage growth for the treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs. He began his surgical training with a small animal internship at Colorado State University and continued at CSU in a three-year small animal surgical residency program. During his residency, Dr. Pelsue pursued a Masters of Science Degree in clinical sciences with research emphasis on sternal bone healing following sternotomy and changes gastric blood flow in an experimental model of gastric dilatation-volvulus. He has presented these findings both in literature and national seminars. Dr. Pelsue is board certified in small animal surgery. He enjoys all aspects of surgery from preoperative diagnostics through postoperative care and rehabilitation. His primary clinical interests are in orthopaedic surgery, arthroscopy, and neurosurgery.
Regina Schroeder, DVM, DACVS
Dr. Regina Schroeder was born near Kansas City, Missouri and lived in southern Missouri for many years until her family moved to central Iowa. She lived on a small farm and helped raise chickens, ducks, geese, cattle, and horses. She graduated high school in 1996 and started her undergraduate studies at Iowa State University where she was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. While in veterinary school she received a Merck Scholarship to study emerging strains of e-coli disease in pigs. She graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 following which she completed a rotating internship at Mission MedVet, a 24-hour emergency and specialty referral hospital in Mission, Kansas. This was followed by a surgical internship at Veterinary Specialists of Nevada in Reno. After completing her surgical internship she moved farther west to teach a small animal elective surgery course for the senior veterinary students at the University of California at Davis. One year later she returned to Veterinary Specialists of Nevada to complete a surgical residency program. She was asked to stay on with VSN as an associate surgeon following completion of her residency program in June 2009. She has a special interest in surgical oncology, neurosurgery, and minimally invasive surgical techniques including laparoscopy and thoracoscopy.
When she is not spending time in the operating room she enjoys getting outdoors for camping, hiking, or swimming with her husband, Davis, and their three dogs Jake, Buddy, and Chaps. Since moving to Reno she has developed a love of skiing and can often be found at Mt. Rose ski resort enjoying the winter weather. She is also an avid world traveler.
John Koehm, DVM, FAVD
Dr. John Koehm graduated from the University of Illinois in 1972. Before joining Sierra Veterinary Specialists, he had been serving and caring for animals as the owner of a local veterinary hospital since 1977.
His continuous and growing interest in veterinary dentistry has taken him to a new level of expertise and patient care. Since the early 1990s Dr. Koehm has received hundreds of hours of continuing education credits guided by his focus on veterinary dentistry. This included studying with both veterinary and human dentists. In January 2002, he began limiting his professional activities to the practice of veterinary dentistry in such fields as periodontics, oral surgery, endodontics, orthodontics, exodontics, and prosthodontics.
After hours Dr. Koehm is an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, scuba
diving, mountain biking, flying hang gliders, and skiing. His wilderness companions are
two llamas, Fremont and Carson, and Dozer, his English Setter.
Dr. Koehm has completed his credentials and examination requirements to become a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. He is also the first Fellow in the state of Nevada and 1 of 86 in the world.
Stephanie Ehlen, Hospital Director
Jean Webb, Financial Director
Creacy Box Bearfield, BS, LVT, Supervisor
Creacy is a native of Fairhope, Alabama. She moved to Colorado in 1998 to attend Colorado Mountain College to obtain her degree in veterinary technology. She graduated in 2000 with her Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology and with an Associate of Science in 2001. Creacy then moved to Reno to finish her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at the University of Nevada. She has been a licensed veterinary technician for 12 years. Her professional interests include anesthesia, pain management, triage and critical care in addition to neurologic, orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries.
Julie McMahon, LVT, VTS, Dentistry
Nancy Smith, LVT, VTS, Dentistry
Nancy has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years. She is a licensed technician with a specialty in small animal dentistry. At SVS, her main focus is overnight patient recovery and care for hospitalized and surgical cases. At home she spends time with her dog, Bubba, her 9 cats, various birds and her horse, Lillian. Her extended family consists of her only daughter, Angela, son in law, Rick and 3 granddaughters, Brianna, Haley and Taylor.
Miranda Tortorici, LVT
Miranda made it to Nevada by way of Chicago in 2003. What started out as pre-vet studies turned into Miranda obtaining her license as an LVT. She is a highly motivated individual that always has a thirst for knowledge. Her future goals are anesthetic and surgical certification. Miranda's can-do attitude, compassion and off the wall humor make her one of the many assets at SVS. She has 3 cats and a dog, Nero, that she spends her free time with outside of work.
Shannon Bow, VTIT
Shannon graduated from UNR with a BS in Animal Science in 1989 after which she worked for DeKalb Swine Breeders in farrowing, breeding and finishing for almost 3 years. When her second child was born, she quit work to be a mom and moved back to Reno.
Crystal Aichele, Technician Assistant
Trevor Maloy, Technician Assistant
Megan Vaughan, Technician Assistant
Megan has been working in the veterinary field for 5 years. She started out as an assistant/caregiver at a no-kill shelter and worked there for 3 years. She then worked in the kennel at a veterinary hospital in Carson City for 2 years. Megan has been with SVS for 1 1/2 years. She has 1 cat named Paul and her hobbies are hiking, swimming, riding bikes and spending time with her boyfriend Derek and family.
Danelle Tackett, Referral Coordinator
Gina Gennaro, Customer Service Representative
Kayleen Taylor, Customer Service Representative
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