Gary Ailes, DVM
Dr. Gary Ailes is the owner of Sierra Veterinary Hospital. In 1974, SVH was established out of a small store front. Since that time, the practice has grown into a 7500 sq. foot freestanding facility known for being one of the best in northern Nevada. Dr. Ailes attended the University of Nebraska before being accepted into the Veterinary School at Colorado State University. He received both his Bachelors of Science and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. Dr. Ailes married Ruth Brown in 1974. Together they have three grown children and have been blessed with 5 granddaughters.
Lance Kidder, DVM
Lance, a Western Washington native, graduated from Washington State University. Growing up with 4-H and livestock on a small farm, his early experiences with veterinarians made him excited to join such a caring and unique profession. During school, he treasured his role helping fellow students achieve professional success as a national officer with the Veterinary Business Management Association. With keen interest in clinical communication, animal behavior, and preventive medicine and dentistry, Lance is pleased to work at a practice that excels at these pursuits. In his new home of Nevada, he is looking forward to experiencing his first winter within minutes of skiing and the open spaces of the basin and range country. Thanks for reading, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to connect.
Alison Bellgrau, DVM
Dr. Alison Bellgrau originally hails from Colorado. She attended Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and spent her first two years of veterinary school at Utah State University. Dr. Bellgrau is an avid skier, hiker, and reader. On her off time she can be found cuddling with her two cats, Nero and Zephyr, and adventuring with her canine hiking companion Ariel. She is particularly fond of large dogs and exotics but loves any sort of animal. She is excited to have the opportunity to hone her communication, surgery, and ultrasound skills at such a unique and diverse practice as SVH. If you ever are looking for the local’s perspective on CO ski slopes, need a fantasy author recommendation, or just want some extra love for your furry family member feel free to drop by SVH or send an email and ask for Dr. Bellgrau.
Alex, Customer Service Representative
Ashley, Customer Service Representative
Casey grew up in Oklahoma and moved to Nevada in 2004 after a tour of duty in the Navy. In 2010, he graduated from Truckee Meadows Community College and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Casey enjoys doing dental cleanings and educating clients during visits. In his free time, Casey enjoys spending time with his wife Sarah, his two chocolate labs, Bruiser and Coco and watching the fish in his two aquariums.
Aga was born and raised in Poland where she attended the University of Science and Technology. After she graduated with a Masters in Animal Breeding and Food Production in 2005, she moved to Gardnerville where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She loves her two dogs; a Doberman Pincher named Samson and an Ori-Pei named Shira. Aga Enjoys watching movies, reading books and spending time with her family and friends.
Misty, Vet Tech In Training
Misty has 3 boys, Rex, Jack, and Hans. She has a dachshund mix, Koda and two domestic short hairs, Dougie and Crumbs. She graduated from Carrington College in California in 2011 and was certified as a R.V.T. She came to work at SVH in February 2015. She has also been teaching Dance for 22 years and is currently directing 2 competition teams at Western Nevada Performing Arts. She enjoys camping, riding dirt bikes and spending time with her family at the lake.
Jennifer, Veterinary Assistant
Jennifer is a Nevada native. She has been together with her husband John since 1995 and married 2001. They have 2 daughters, Tristan and Alexis. She has two dogs, Lucas and Rosco and two cats Austin and Chloe. She loves to spend time with her family at the lake, camping in the mountains, spending Sundays together as a family, going to the river and playing fetch in the water with the dogs, drawing and painting and most of all she loves to take photos of everything. She set out in the Veterinary Medicine field in 1994 and she loves all animals.
Ashlee, Veterinary Assistant
Ashlee previously worked in the medical field with hospital experience as well as working with Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. She enjoyed medicine and loved animals and decided to combine her love joining the team at SVH in 2015. During her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, swimming with her family, husband Josh and daughter Hadlee, and playing with her 2 fur babies; Yuri, Roper. Ashlee is currently pursuing educational goals of acquiring her L.V.T.
Marissa, Veterinary Assistant
Marissa was born and raised here in Northern Nevada and she couldn’t see herself living anywhere else. She set out in the veterinary field in 2011 and she couldn’t be happier with her choice. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her Llewellin Setter, Marley, riding horses, playing slow pitch softball rather competitively and country line/swing dancing. When she is not out and about she is very family oriented and loves to read, cuddled up with Marley and her cat, Bandit.
Jade, Veterinary Assistant
Jade has worked at SVH since May 2017. She spends most of her free time with her two dogs, Mercedes and Milo. She loves all dogs she meets. Big or small she loves them all.
Anna, Veterinary Assistant
Surgery Prep Team
Carolyn, Surgery Prep
Carolyn has worked for Sierra Veterinary Hospital since 2005. She monitors the animals while under anesthesia and manages the surgery prep dept. Carolyn was born in Tennessee. She escaped without a passport in 1980 and joined the Army, eventually being transferred to Alaska where she met her future husband. They lived in Alaska for 15 years.
Debbie, Kennel Team
Debbie has worked at SVH since 2011 and is the kennel supervisor. She has always had a great love for animals. As a child, she was raised with chickens and ducks and currently has a small zoo at her apartment. She has a dog named Bandit, a cat named Lizzy Bell, two conures named Kiwi and Grumpy Ollie, a leopard gecko named Bindi, a tortoise named Herbie and a fish aquarium containing two gold fish and a bottom feeder. Debbie loves working in the kennel and loves all the special dogs and cats that come in for boarding. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren as well as reading and taking walks with Bandit.
Jessie, Kennel Team
Sean, Managing Director
Sean was born in Tonopah, NV, and went to school and graduated in Bishop, CA. He joined SVH in June 2013 as a technician assistant after previously working in the veterinary field in Reno for 7 years. He attended the University of Nevada Reno in the Pre-Vet Med program with intentions of continuing on to Veterinary School. He met and married his wife Laura, of Carson City, in 2011 and decided to stay and become part of the community he grew to love. He and his wife have two sons, Isaiah, born January 2016 and Elijah, born March 2017 and they have 2 Golden Retrievers, Crush and Murphy as their four legged children. His life’s enjoyment is to spend time with family, travel, photography and is somewhat obsessed with baseball and the Yankees.
Shannon, LVT Supervisor
Shannon has worked at Sierra Veterinary Hospital since 2005. She received her “Licensed Veterinary Technician” in 2015.