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Dr. Don Hittenmiller

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.

When not in the hospital, Dr Hittenmiller is 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 fiancee Annie and his Golden Retrievers Bentley and Norbell.

Dr Lisa Lewis

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 clinicals, Lisa attended University of Minnesota. She moved to Carson City to pursue her dream in veterinary medicine. She enjoys emergency, internal, and surgical medicine.

Dr Lewis lives with her daughter Georgia, her Chihuahuas Rico and Khloe, and her one eyed staffordshire terrier Maggie. All of her pets are rescues. 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.

Dr Pam Jahn

Dr Jahn is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine, she moved to Nevada in 1986 and she loves the area. Her spare time goes to volunteering with the Storey County Fire Protection District. The companions in her life include 3 cats - Rowdy, Mittens, and Pooter, as well as, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Diana.


Deborah has been an employee of Carson Tahoe Veterinary Hospital since 2009. She has been married to her husband Joe for 17 years. She has two daughters, Alicia and Aurora. She also has a 3 year old grandson named Jackson who is the apple of her eye. Deborah relocated to Gardnerville from Southern California in 2009. She has over 25 years of experience working in the veterinary field. For 15 years, she has worked in emergency care. Prior to emergency medicine, she worked in an orthopedic specialty hospital in L.A. She gained experience and appreciation for the dynamics of surgery. Deborah has also held certifications in diagnostic imaging, pharmacology, medical assistance, and phlebotomy in human medicine. She has a passion and fascination for understanding animal study, operation, and medicine. All of Deborah's pets are rescues. She presently has 1 dog and 2 cats. Captain, a miniature pinscher, and her cats Bob and Yoda. In her spare time, Deborah enjoys relaxing by a warm fire with a good book and a pet or two in her lap. She enjoys spending time in the incredible landscape that Nevada has to offer. Additionally, she enjoys spending time with her family and pursuing her hobby of wildlife photography. 


Naomi is the hospital manager at Carson Tahoe Veterinary Hospital. She has been working in the veterinary field for over 8 years. She joined the Carson Tahoe Veterinary Hospital team in order to gain the experience of 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 is Naomi's dream job, she aspires to be a DVM and enjoys working in a hospital setting. When not at work, she is spending time with her daughter, hiking, biking, running, mushing, and hanging out with her 2 huskies; Sitka, and Ingrid.


Susan has worked in the veterinary field and lived in the Carson Valley area for over 25 years. Owner awareness of their pet's health has always been a concern for her. When she is not working, Susan enjoys trail riding, swimming, reading, and walking her dogs. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, three grown children, and five grandchildren. Her pet family includes three horses and three dogs.


Amanda has worked in the veterinary field for several years. Her love and passion for animals drives her to continue her education and to pursue a license as a veterinary technician. She has three dogs named Blue, Dixie, and Timber. They all keep her and her husband active and entertained. Amanda has found a passion for emergency veterinary medicine. Her time spent here at Carson Tahoe Veterinary Hospital continues to progress her learning and understanding of veterinary medicine.