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 - VeterinarianDr. Craig Machado – Veterinarian

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 - VeterinarianDr. Randall Genis – Veterinarian

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. India Vannini, DVMDr. India Vannini, DVM

Dr. India Vannini grew up in Washington DC and then moved to NYC as a young teenager. The daughter of an animal lover, prominent foreign affairs specialist, and accomplished artist, she grew up in a veritable menagerie. She decided to take a scientific route to love animals. She earned her BA from Duke University and her DVM from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduating from Cornell, she left New York to intern in emergency medicine and surgery in Santa Cruz and has not left California since. She has worked in various high quality clinics in the bay area, including SFSPCA, Adobe, and Peninsula Pet Hospital. This year she had the fortune to move to her happy place, Truckee, and join DTVH. Aside from her favorite ER and surgery, her professional interests include pain management, preventative care as well as working with dog rescue organizations and various wildlife conservation projects.   When not working with animals she enjoys trying to catch up to her ski racing boys (a hopeless pursuit), her big poodle Livingston, running, all things outdoors and the Golden State Warriors.


Our Veterinary Staff at Donner-Truckee Veterinary Hospital:

 

Nedra Benites - Veterinary StaffNedra Benites

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.

 

Molly McCabeMolly McCabe

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 clients and patients. 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.

Kristyn BauerKristyn Bauer

Kristyn has always had a passion for animals and began her career in the veterinary field in 2002. She has a wide variety of experience as a veterinary technician with a background ranging from general medicine, specialty, emergency and ICU. Client education and patient care are extremely important to her. She is very excited to be a part of the talented team here at DTVH. Though she grew up in the Bay Area, she has always been a mountain girl at heart and has been living in Tahoma since 2014. In her spare time, Kristyn enjoys cooking, gardening, foraging for edible wild plants and mushrooms, and exploring the many wonders Tahoe has to offer with her young son. She has four fish and is currently looking for the perfect dog to add to the family!

 

 

Lauren FultonLauren Fulton

Lauren has been working and living in the Tahoe are for 5 years. She originally started as a front desk manager but has always had a passion for animals. In her home town, Alturas, she volunteered at the humane society and did miscellaneous front work for the vet clinic. In the summer of 2018, she re-ignited her passion for animal work by joining the team at DTVH.  She is currently pursuing her Vet Tech Certification at Cedar Valley College. She has one adorable dog, Thumper. In her spare time, she is an avid baker, cook and  snowmobiler. She hopes to stay in the Tahoe area pursuing her love for animals for the rest of her life.

 

Tressa Lawlor

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Kylene McKissockKylene McKissock

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Kylene came to Donner Truckee Veterinary Hospital in 2018. She received her BS in Marine Biology in 2009 from UC Santa Cruz and has always known she wanted a career in the biological sciences, after finding veterinary medicine she became hooked. She graduated on the Dean’s list from the Veterinary Technician program at Truckee Meadows Community College in 2016, and since graduation she has worked in other small animal practices around town and at a 24hr emergency/specialty care hospital in Reno. Growing up in South Lake Tahoe has fueled an incredible passion for all things the mountains that this area has to offer. She is often found skiing or snowboarding in the backcountry, playing beach volleyball, mountain biking, climbing and rafting when not at work.

Izabella McNerneyIzabella McNerney

Izabella has over ten years of experience working in the animal field. Originally born and raised in Australia she came to the United States as a teenager. Izzy’s mother was an enthusiastic equestrian who helped to pass on the love and understanding of animals which encouraged her to begin her career with animals. Izabella now has over ten years of experience working in the animal field. She began working in the large animal field then shifted to small animal specialties and emergency where she feels especially comfortable. As an adult Izzy loves being able to give a voice to animals through her passion and understanding. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son Max and Pitt Bull, Skyy, as well as, snowboarding, riding her horses and rodeo.

 

Justin VanNattaJustin VanNatta

Bio coming soon.

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