Meet the Staff

Don Hittenmiller, DVM 

Dr Hittenmiller grew up in Iowa, where he developed a passion for animal welfare. He graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981, and was recruited to join a large veterinary practice in Nevada. He soon found that his interest was in the prevention of debilitating diseases such as hip dysplasia, which led him to pursue advanced surgical training. In addition, he later received advanced training in veterinary cardiac and abdominal ultrasound and endoscopy. Soon many trauma and critically ill patients began being referred to Dr Hittenmiller. The advanced care that these patients required put Dr. Hittenmiller on the path of residence training through the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC). Dr. Hittenmiller developed techniques in veterinary epidural catheter pain management, the placement of cranial tibial artery catheters, and the use of hyperbaric oxygen in the septic patient. In the mid 1990s, as the hospital was attracting specialists in a variety of disciplines, including cardiology, radiology, oncology, internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, emergency medicine, and critical care. This led to the formation in 1998 of a teaching institution, Western Nevada Veterinary Specialists. As a teaching institution, the hospital each year welcomed a class of residents and interns, to be taught and certified in various veterinary specialties through the ACVECC and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). Dr Hittenmiller's areas of professional interest include sepsis and Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome, thrombosis and pulmonology, and the furthering of advances in techniques of pain management. Though Dr. Hittenmiller is retired, he often offers mentorship to some of our up and coming emergency veterinarians. Dr Hittenmiller is also involved in the environmental enhancement of the Sierra Nevada mountains. He may also be found enjoying the outdoors on the many white water rivers of the West, with his wife Annie and his Golden Retrievers Bentley and Norabell.

Lisa Lewis, DVM

Dr Lisa Lewis was born and raised in southwest Minnesota. She has always been an avid lover of animals and had a "zoo" growing up. She graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor of science degree in 2003 and from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. For her clinical rotations, Lisa attended University of Minnesota. She moved to Carson City to pursue her dream in veterinary medicine. She enjoys emergency and internal medicine. Dr Lewis lives with her daughter Georgia, and her 2 rescue dogs Khloe and Maggie. They all suffered substantial injuries and were patients here at Carson Tahoe Veterinary Hospital. She also enjoys watching movies and exploring the surrounding area in her spare time.

Naomi, Hospital Administrator, LVT

Naomi is the hospital administrator and one of the licensed veterinary technicians at Carson Tahoe Veterinary Hospital. She has been working in the veterinary field for over 15 years. She joined the Carson Tahoe Veterinary Hospital team in order to gain specialty experience in emergency medicine. Naomi relocated to the Reno area from Douglas, Alaska. There she worked with sled dogs and trained with several teams to prepare them for competitive racing. Although being a musher was Naomi's dream job, she has since become a practice owner and is pursuing her CVPM. When not at work, she is spending time with her wife and kids, hiking, biking, running, mushing, and hanging out with her dogs Bear, and Daisy. 

Heather Skogerson, DVM

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Micaela Collins, DVM

Originally from Santa Cruz, California. Dr Micaela Collins moved to New York for her undergraduate degree at Vassar College majoring in Bio-Psychology and minoring in Chemistry. She resided in New York City after graduating where she became certified as a yoga instructor while working for a prominent animal shelter until 2006. She then continued her education by attending the University of Glasgow in Scotland to complete her veterinary degree. It was in vet school where she met Dr. Kowalek and they both graduated in 2011. The two started their professions in veterinary medicine in Wales, UK. She started her professional career at an Affordable Care Small Animal Clinic and Emergency work. While there, she completed a veterinary certificate in chronic pain management and western acupuncture (CPMWA). Prior to moving back to the United States, Dr. Collins traveled internationally to locations such as India, Mexico, and Africa engaging in her passions for veterinary activism in Rabies prevention andd sterilization campaigns.  She returned to the US in 2013 with her partner and an assortment of pets and is delighted to have settled in Carson City in 2015.  She has a profound attachment to the human animal bond, and supportive pain management including end of life care. In addition to their dogs and tortoise, in Sept of 2018, Dr Collins and Dr. Kowalek welcomed their first human child, and again a second child in 2020. 

Tracy, Licensed Veterinary Technician 

Tracy Benamati is one of our Licensed Veterinary Technician's. She studied at the Bel-Rea Institute in Denver Colorado, and graduated in 2004 where she also received her license. Tracy was born and raised here in Carson City and is happy to be helping the pets of her home town. She has been in the veterinary field since 1998 when she first started as a kennel kid. She has always been passionate about animals and couldn't imagine doing anything else. Tracy treats all of the patients as if they were her own baby, and she feels privileged to be entrusted with your fur babies here at Carson Tahoe Veterinary Hospital.

Janice, Veterinary Assistant

Janice has been working with Carson Tahoe Veterinary for over 10 years. As one of our most senior staff members, Janice helps to train and support the evening emergency crew. Her strengths are as a critical care nurse, neonatal nurse, and providing quality medicine to her patients. When not at work, Janice enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying all that Carson City has to offer. 

Kaley, Veterinary Assistant
Kaley is a veterinary assistant who has been in the field since 2016. She has worked in general practice as well as emergency medicine. Her passions are emergency medicine and critical care. she is currently perusing her veterinary technician degree at Penn Foster while attending several continuing education lectures. Her passion for veterinary medicine started as a young child growing up on a farm. She has a special place in her heart for special needs animals. Her pack of dogs includes a German shepherd named Harper, a special needs Soul a Belgian Malinois, Juine a cattle dog rat terrier mix, Meathead a French bulldog, and Quinn a borderdoodle.

Missi, Veterinary Receptionist

Missi Bratton has 2 grown sons and 2 grandchildren. Missi has raised, saved, rescued and loved animals of all kinds as far back as she can remember, and has worked a better part of her life in the Veterinary field. Missi started as a Kennel Assistant back in 1996 in her hometown of Klamath Falls, Oregon which led her to wanting more, so she became a Veterinary Assistant. She then moved to Nevada in 2007 and worked as a Veterinary Assistant for several years, and is now currently working as a our Veterinary Receptionist here at Carson Tahoe Veterinary Hospital. Missi enjoy's this field because of her love for animals, but most importantly, her greatest goal is being a kind, caring and compassionate person.  

Maddi, Veterinary Receptionist
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Kyle, Veterinary Assistant
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Acacia, Veterinary Assistant
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Tera, Veterinary Assistant 
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Kristen, Veterinary Assistant
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Emily, Veterinary Assistant

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Corinne, Licensed Veterinary Technician
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Dominic, Veterinary Assistant
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  • "Dr Lewis and Dominique have been so wonderful since we've going there. My cat went to heaven last night and they were so helpful, caring and took wonderful care of my Tiki, I cant thank them enough"
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