About Us - Meet our Doctors & Staff
Our veterinary doctors and technicians provide a superb quality of care and service and are dedicated to the total health of our cat and dog patients. We are a full service pet hospital and animal boarding facility serving all of the Donner Truckee and Tahoe areas. Our hospital offers medical, surgical and dental services.
Our Hospital is home to:
Dr. Craig Machado believes providing clients with current, quality veterinary medicine is one of his highest priorities as a veterinarian. He offers state-of-the-art care, allowing his clients to make the right medical decisions for their pets. Dr. Machado sees both cats and dogs and also has extensive experience with non-domestic animals. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Hayward State University before graduating from UC Davis’ vet school in 1976. At home, Dr. Machado has shared his life with a number of Labrador retrievers.
Dr. Randall Genis takes a common sense approach to veterinary care, always striving to give options to his clients. He accommodates the wishes of pet owners while providing a high level of care that takes advantage of available technology. A typical day for him includes everything from seeing medical and surgical cases to performing general exams and giving vaccines. He brings a particular expertise in surgery, although he sees animals for all types of reasons. Dr. Genis’ client mix is also varied, with a balance between long-term and new. He focuses on answering all of his clients’ questions and making sure they – and their pets – are comfortable with what he says and does. He takes pride in keeping up-to-date on new technologies and diseases of pets. Dr. Genis began working at the hospital in 1976 after receiving his DVM degree from UC Davis, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree in biology. In fact, Dr. Genis chose UC Davis for his undergraduate studies with the idea that he would continue there for veterinary school. Ultimately, he began vet school before receiving his undergraduate degree. In his free time, Dr. Genis takes advantage of the region’s outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing and biking. Dr. Genis has one dog at home, Metro. He repaired Metro’s broken leg while volunteering with the Humane Society of Reno and then adopted him.
Dr. Amanda Stuart, DVM
Dr. Amanda Stuart has wanted to become a veterinarian her whole life, and grew up caring for her many pet dogs, cats, horses, and rodents. She worked as a veterinary technician in high school, and then set her sights for UC Davis, with her long-term goal to attend veterinary school there. She obtained her bachelor’s degree at UC Davis in Animal Biology in 2009, then four years later earned her DVM with the UC Davis Class of 2013.
During her time at UC Davis, she participated in several research projects involving canine orthopedic surgery, equine behavior, and kitten GI health, as well as ran the Orphan Kitten Project, a feral kitten rescue and adoption program. As a mixed practice veterinarian, Dr. Stuart sees both horses and small animals. She is particularly interested in both equine and small animal medicine, surgery, and sports medicine. She joined the Donner Truckee team during the summer of 2013, and also performs mobile vet services with local barns.
Dr. Stuart says, “I have always had a strong interest in sports medicine-both from my experience working with and riding horses and due to my father’s influence as a (human) orthopedic surgeon…that interest continued to developed as I started implementing rehabilitation therapy into my patient care…” In November 2016, Dr. Stuart became a “Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist”. She obtained her certification through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (https://www.caninerehabinstitute.com/). The whole program included a series of intensive courses (that required traveling to Colorado and Florida) and a working internship, and it took almost a year to fully complete. Such a great accomplishment! We are so happy to have such an amazing Rehab Therapist on our team! In the future, Dr. Stuart plans to take this a step further by learning regenerative medicine (using the patient tissues and cells to heal orthopedic injuries-like stem cells, PRP injections etc).
As she grew up skiing at Squaw Valley, and worked several summers as an undergrad on the lake, Dr. Stuart has always been drawn to the Truckee-Tahoe area and is happy to finally call the region home. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, running, rock-climbing, hiking, and riding her horse. She currently has two border collies, a thoroughbred, and a cat.
More of our veterinary staff at Donner-Truckee Veterinary Hospital:
Nedra began working with Dr. Genis, at Donner Truckee Veterinary Hospital, in 1979 as his first receptionist. She says, “There have been tremendous changes over the years with our facilities and with advances in veterinary medicine in general. It has been exciting to see, and be a part of these changes.” She loves seeing all the familiar people returning over the years with their old pets and new. “We see many patients from puppy and kitten hood until their final days; there is definitely a lot of bitter sweet to this work! It is rewarding and an honor to be a part of the lives of our clients and their pets and to be here to help them when they need it.” The typical part of the day for Nedra is answering a lot of calls and assisting with many questions and concerns. It’s making reservations, appointments, attending to the information needed to take special care of our boarders and patients, tracking down and processing data. She feels that clear communication is key and that complete and accurate medical charts are crucial for good care. Because there are emergencies and unexpected arrivals on the doorstep on a regular basis, most days just are not very “typical” and we adapt to meet the needs at hand. Nedra’s philosophy and approach to veterinary care is about having patience and empathy and about approaching health in a holistic way. “I believe we have to do everything we can to alleviate suffering and elevate quality of life for the pets in our care.” When not working, she spends time camping with her husband and dogs, hiking, traveling and gardening. She enjoys art, music, reading, and is currently taking courses for certification in canine nutrition.
Sarah Felicetti has worked for DTVH on and off for close to 8 years starting in 2008 and is attending school to become a Veterinary Technician, thanks to the generosity and trust given by Craig Machado and the wonderful support given by the staff of the hospital. Sarah is looking forward to the opportunity to grow in her new career and within the community.
She grew up in the Tahoe- Truckee area and continues to live here with her boyfriend and their 3 fur-babies- Ocean an Australian Sheppard, Willy the Chow-mix, and Pixie the Pitty. They hope to open a K9 Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in the future. Sarah spends her free time playing in the sun, hiking, biking, and taking pictures.
Mary Higham, RVT Veterinary Technician
When Mary moved to Truckee from New Jersey in 2007, she left behind a career in wildlife conservation and bioremediation to jump into veterinary medicine with both feet. She began in the kennels in summer 2008 and then started school and tech assisting in the fall. Mary finished her veterinary technician program in May 2010 and has passed both the national and California exams. Mary shares her home with her husband, Steve, and two locally rescued pit bulls Bully and Little Brown, both of whom are “failed fosters” from HSTT. Mary served as an active volunteer for HSTT before work and school took over her free time. True to her roots Mary loves wildlife and the laboratory sciences. She thinks dogs and puppies are pretty awesome, too.
Shannon Jennings, LVT
Licensed veterinary technician Shannon Jennings brings with her 25 years of experience in the veterinary field. A member of the first graduating class of the TMCC Veterinary Technician program in Reno, Shannon has spent the majority of her career in the Tahoe-Truckee area. She began working at DTVH as a part-time emergency technician in 2010 and joined the hospital fulltime in spring 2012. Shannon has experience in general medicine, emergency medicine, zoo/wildlife/exotic medicine and surgical specialties. She views her job as not only providing patients with the best care possible, but also serving as an advocate for them. She finds veterinary medicine to be a challenging and extremely rewarding field that is ever-evolving. She lives in Reno with her two sons and is owned by three pugs – Amos, Andi and Ty. She also has an African Grey parrot named Sterling and has had cats, dogs and various exotics her entire life.
Molly McCabe moved to Lake Tahoe during the winter of 1987. Originally from Minnesota, her background and passion has been with Customer service. Molly taught skiing at Alpine Meadows for 10 ski season’s to 3-6 year olds. She was the Front Office Manager at a 4 diamond Condominium Hotel in Squaw Valley. Molly began working at DTVH in 2005 as a receptionist. She likes the personal relationships she has with the client’s and patient’s. Happily married since 2008, Molly and her husband Mark enjoy kayaking, hiking, skiing, and traveling. They share their Incline Village home with a Labrador Retriever named Madison and a rambunctious young Golden Retriever named Dylan. Both dogs love taking long walks and swimming in Lake Tahoe
Elizabeth (Liz) McCuskey began working fulltime with DTVH in 2012, eight years after becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Her story, however, begins with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from UN Reno and a 13-year career in the fashion industry in Los Angeles. While in the fashion industry, Liz held various positions ranging from store management, buyer and, finally, wholesale sales for a prominent menswear line. In late 2001, she began soul searching. “While rubbing elbows with People Magazine’s sexiest man alive is a lot of fun and provides great story lines at parties, it does not give life meaning,” Liz said.
She thought about what she loved to do – hiking with her dogs, rollerblading with friends and her dogs – and realized the central theme was her dogs. When she looked into careers that would coincide with them, she decided on veterinary technician. In 2003, Liz graduated with honors from the Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver and returned to Reno, where she worked with a specialty hospital. It was there that she developed and cultivated her interest in canine rehabilitation (click here to read about the Rehabilitation Services Liz provides our clients). She became a “Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant” in 2012. This took a lot of work! It was no easy task. We are so grateful to have such a dedicated and skilled Rehab Assistant on our team.
When she’s not working, Liz can be found trailing behind her five dogs on the various hiking trails in the area. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends and is still searching for a good rollerblading spot in the area.
Nina comes to us from almost everywhere, she has lived within the parameters of Hawaii to New York. She brings to us 16 years experience working with a range of military working dogs to privately owned pets. She is currently attending school to pass her California and Nevada State board exams. Nina’s specialty is canine training; obedience, tactical, and search and rescue. She loves all things dogs. Don’t worry she likes cats too! Nina also studies Jiu Jitsu, enjoys weight lifting, running, camping, snowboarding, Hot Air Ballooning and everything that involves her sons. Nina lives in the area with her partner in crime Glenn and their two younger sons while the oldest son resides on the East Coast.