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.
Roger Works, DVM
Roger attended Northern Arizona University before receiving his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. In addition to practicing veterinary medicine, he earned his Master of Public Health from the University of South Carolina with a major in Epidemiology and has served 12 years on the State Board of Health as both a member and chair.
He has resided in Carson City since 1976. He and his wife Marena have four grown children and have been actively involved as Carson City’s 4-H livestock leaders for the past 18 years, assisting youth up to age 19 how to raise and show beef, sheep, swine and dairy cattle.
Carolyn Prince, DVM
Hannah Rodriguez, DVM
Hannah Rodriguez is a Carson City native and received her DVM degree at Washington State University. Before attending veterinary school, Hannah graduated from UNR with her bachelor’s in animal science after which she attended San Diego State University where she received her masters in public health.
Hannah, her husband and daughter enjoy horseback riding, winter activities, and simply enjoying the outdoors.
Lance Kidder, DVM
Lance, a Western Washington native, graduated from Washington State University in 2018. 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.
Jessie, Customer Service Representative
Jessie was born in Beloit, Wisconsin and has lived in Nevada for the past 20 years. Her family includes her mom, dad and brother along with her three dogs; Maggie, Riley and Yuba. She is an avid reader, blogger and loves to go to the beach. She has been at SVH since April 2005.
Sarah, Customer Service Representative
Sarah was born and raised in Carson City. She has been working in the veterinary field since she was 13 years old. She loves all animals, but has always had a soft spot for cats. She has a Golden Retriever named Ginger, a Border Collie mix named Rusty and a kitty named Jackie-Verna. She loves to read, crochet and play with her cat during her free time.
Karen, Customer Service Representative
Karen was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. She moved to Nevada in 2002, when she married her husband, Mark, who is a Carson City native. Karen spent many years riding and showing Quarter Horses and worked full time with Thoroughbreds in Canada and Florida. After moving to Nevada, she went to work at Carson City Animal Services which ignited her passion for helping smaller four-legged creatures. After leaving CCAS, she jumped into veterinary medicine, joining the SVH team in 2017, and is currently working her way through school to become a licensed technician. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Carson Tahoe SPCA, and fosters many kittens and cats. She and Mark currently share their home with their dogs, cats, chickens and ducks. In her spare time, you will usually find her out riding her horse and enjoying the outdoors.
Janet was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. She received her B.S. in Zoology at Cal Poly, Pomona in 1980 and became licensed as a veterinary technician in California in 1984. While searching for her niche in veterinary medicine, she passed the Zookeeper course at the L.A. Zoo, volunteered at Chino Hills Equine Hospital for a summer, worked at an emergency veterinary hospital in Santa Monica for 2 years and worked for San Bernardino Animal Control at the animal shelter in Devore for 2 1/2 years. She married Jimmy, a computer technician, in 1986 and lived in Rancho Cucamonga before pulling up roots to Carson City. Passing Nevada’s boards, she became a licensed veterinary technician. Their family currently consists of 2 cats, Woody and Buzz, and lots of koi in their man made backyard pond. Traveling, working out at the gym and growing vegetables in her garden are some of her favorite things to do outside of work.
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.
Gail graduated from the College of Southern Nevada in 2006. She loves being a licensed veterinary technician and using her education to share information with clients and co-workers. She and her husband live in Carson Valley and enjoy gardening, tending their chickens, bird watching, vacuuming fur, and hanging out with their three dogs and two cats. They have 3 adult children who have moved on to their own success stories. She loves being a team member at Sierra Veterinary Hospital.
Agnieszka, Vet Tech In Training
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.
Keli, Veterinary Assistant
Keli was born and raised in Nevada. She has worked in the animal industry for the past four years and was formerly a Certified Groomer. She would eventually like to become a licensed veterinary technician. She has 3 chinchillas, 2 ferrets, 2 bearded dragons, a ball python, a cat, a dog and a bunch of fish. During her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, camping and spending time with her family and animals.
Morrigan, Veterinary Assistant
Morrigan was born and raised in Nevada and has a passion for animals for as long as she can remember. Growing up with a variety of animals, her love was further nurtured. During her free time, she enjoys being in the mountains with her dog and going on adventures to new places. Her dream is to one day have a rescue organization of her own as well as combining her love for both animals and photography by photographing wildlife.
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.
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.
Hayley, Kennel Team
Hayley was born and raised in Minden, NV. She has always adored creatures of all kinds. Growing up with a wide variety of pets, she learned early on how important it is to care for them properly. In her free time she enjoys taking long walks with her Border Collie mix, Phineas, reading books while cuddling with her two cats and cooking with her fiance.
Alex, 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.
Mary, Customer Service Director
Shannon, LVT Supervisor
Shannon has worked at Sierra Veterinary Hospital since 2005. She received her “Licensed Veterinary Technician” in 2015.