Our Team in Reno, NV

Our Team in Reno, NV

At Damonte Ranch Animal Hospital, our love for animals runs deep. Seeing them walk out the door healthy and bright-eyed is our highest priority! Get to know our veterinarian and her outstanding team below, and call (775) 852-8522 if you’d like to meet us all in person! We look forward to seeing you and your pet, and partnering with you to provide them with the best possible care for a lifetime.

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Shelby E. Baker, DVM

Shelby E. Baker, DVM is a small animal veterinarian and owner of Damonte Ranch Animal Hospital. In her younger years, Dr. Baker grew up on the East Coast in Rockville, Maryland, a suburb outside of Washington, D.C., and her parents still live there today in the same house where she grew up. Dr. Baker has always been a die-hard animal lover, with a strong interest in the sciences and medicine. She decided at a very early age during nursery school that the only thing she ever wanted to be in life was a veterinarian. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, class of 1994, then attended the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in the class of 2000.

While attending veterinary school, Dr. Baker cultivated her love of skiing and became a PSIA level 2 certified ski instructor at Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia. After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Baker looked for new adventures and decided to explore West Coast living. She took a position as an associate veterinarian at a small animal practice in Northwest Reno, as well as a job continuing teaching skiing at Alpine Meadows at beautiful lake Tahoe. It was there she met a fellow ski instructor, who later became her husband. Now, Dr. Baker is the proud mother of two wonderful children, as well as two awesome Golden Retrievers, one adorable cat, and one charismatic bearded dragon, all while working with passion and dedication as the owner of Damonte Ranch Animal Hospital, founded in June 2011.

Dr. Baker loves EVERYTHING about working at Damonte Ranch Animal Hospital! She has a fabulous clientele that puts their trust in her to provide the very best care for their beloved family members each and every day. At the hospital, every single day is incredibly busy, challenging, exciting, and no two days are ever the same. Dr. Baker wakes up every morning looking forward to making her patients and clients her top priority.

Ever since veterinary school, Dr. Baker has had some pretty amazing pets! Chloe, a Heinz 57 mystery shelter adoptee, and Peekaboo, a one-eyed calico cat, were her first two faithful companions she acquired in her first year of veterinary school. They each lived to be in excess of 15 years of age! Then there was her wonderful dog Madeline, whom she adopted when she was brought into the ER by a good Samaritan on a night when Dr. Baker happened to be doing relief work. And, of course, who could forget her wonderful Labrador, Sugar. Dr. Baker adopted Sugar from a terminally ill client who thought their dog would not  be a good candidate for adoption, due to her having diabetes, but she became a valued part of the family.

Currently, Dr. Baker's family is blessed with their loyal, cool, calm, and collected English Cream Golden Retriever, Trevor--who is balanced out by their ridiculously silly, part-beaver English Cream Golden Retriever, Biscuit! And last but not least, is Dr. Baker's tripod kitty, Snuggles, who is always there at the foot of her bed, faithfully keeping her company while she writes charts late at night. Dr. Baker believes pets help to shape who we are, and it is a scientific fact that pets make us smile more each day, making our lives happier, less stressful, and more enriched. Dr. Baker's four-legged clan is a true testimony to that fact!

Dr. Baker is a diehard believer in the philosophy of life that one should always work hard and play hard. When she is not giving 100% to her clients, patients, and her family, you can find her behind her Mastercraft wakeboard boat, wakeboarding for hours, trying to learn some new trick (because wherever she is with her skills is never good enough), or possibly doing Yoga--“I am my best self on my mat!”  Unless, of course, it is the middle of winter, and under those circumstances, she is likely skiing the bumps or in the trees singing Disney tunes super loud for all to enjoy!

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Makensie Kraft, DVM

Makensie Kraft, DVM is our associate veterinarian. Dr. Kraft moved to Reno specifically to join the DRAH team, adding Nevada as the 8th state she has lived in. Dr. Kraft did most of her growing up outside of Phoenix, AZ, but she has moved twelve times in the last 13 years, all over the US, to pursue her dreams of becoming a veterinarian. She is hoping Reno may be just the place she can finally settle down!

Dr. Kraft is excited to be part of the DRAH family and for the mentorship she is getting from Dr. Baker. She has a nine-year-old cat named Willy, a former street kitten that got an upgrade during undergrad, and a seven-year-old purebred Beagle named Zeke, rescued from the woods of South Carolina. Dr. Kraft has a special interest in neurology and surgery; she also loves any type of travel from short road trips to international adventures!

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Katrina

Katrina is the practice manager at Damonte Ranch Animal Hospital. She is originally from the Bay Area in California, but has been residing in Nevada since 2018. She really enjoys working in the veterinary field and takes pride in being able to support Dr. Baker and the DRAH team every day. Client relations and staff development are two of Katrina’s main focuses in her role as practice manager. She says the amazing team and being able to form relationships with clients and their pets keep her motivated to start every day with her best foot forward!

As you can imagine, Katrina is a huge animal lover. She has two dogs named Mack and Mia. She also has four cats, six chickens, four Nigerian dwarf goats, and two turkeys. When Katrina is not working, she is tending to her livestock, DIY-ing, or doing home improvements with her husband. Her favorite hobbies are riding dirt bikes and jet skis!

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Baylie

Baylie is one of our receptionists. She was born and raised in Reno and has a very deep love for animals. She plans to continue to pursue a career in animal care. Baylie is the youngest sister in her larger family of all girls! She graduated from a local high school with an advanced diploma and has played sports all her life. In school, she really enjoyed making clay art pieces and even won a scholastic award for one of her pieces that is still on display in a trophy case at her old high school! Baylie loves working at DRAH and thinks of the awesome and kind staff as a second family! Seeing all the cute puppies and kittens everyday warms her heart.

At home, Baylie has two cats, Zarina and Zenovah. Zarina is the sweetest girl, such a cuddle bug and she loves to be carried around like a baby. Zenovah is a 6-week-old kitten that loves to climb on everything! She has quite the little personality already and is very energetic and playful. In her free time, Baylie enjoys taking life day by day and going on random adventures.

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Sammi

Sammi is one of our vet assistants. She was born and raised in Northern Nevada and is currently in the Vet Tech program at TMCC, pursuing her goal of becoming an LVT. She has always loved animals and is very excited to be working towards becoming a Licensed Vet Tech, so she can help care for patients in need. Sammi’s favorite thing about working at DRAH is getting to see all of the puppies and kittens that come in every day. Their energetic, playful personalities and all the cuddles and love they give is unmatched. Sammi has two dogs at home, Tucker, a mini Schnauzer who is very vocal but not afraid to cuddle, and Nagi, which stands for “Not A Good Idea.” Sammi likes to call him her old man. Outside of work, she loves to stay home; she prefers staying in over being out and about. Sammi loves every holiday and will decorate every inch of her room! She also considers herself a food connoisseur…mostly because she likes to eat!

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Kelsey

Kelsey is one of our receptionists. She spent the majority of her adult life as a nanny, which she absolutely loved, but as she got older she craved change and discovered a passion for animals! Now, she’s able to dedicate her time to both child care and animal care. Kelsey loves having the opportunity to build relationships with both our patients and clients. She adores all of the DRAH patients and being able to share her love with them every day. Kelsey has one cat named Sansa. Sansa is the best mix of feisty and loving! One minute, she’ll be purring and enjoying your attention, then the next minute she’s “the next Mike Tyson.” In her free time, Kelsey loves to read and write.

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Hanna

Hanna is one of our VTITs. She started out as a veterinary assistant and learned a lot on the job. She earned her bachelor's degree in veterinary science in 2021, and received her VTIT license shortly after. Thanks to Dr.Baker and Dr.Kraft, Hanna has been able to further strengthen her skills and grow in this field! She enjoys the team effort everyone puts in to provide the best care possible for all of our patients! Hanna is currently in the process of pursuing her goal of becoming a veterinarian.

At home, Hanna has three dogs. Cookie, her first pet, is a toothless 14-year-old Shih Tzu. Bruno is a 6- year-old Lab mix and Cooper is a crazy, fun and energetic 3-year-old mutt. When Hanna is not at work, she loves being outside with her family and pets!

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Ashton

Ashton is one of our vet assistants. She was born and raised in San Jose, CA. She is an only child and was lucky to have been raised by her mom, grandparents, and uncle. Ashton loves learning different techniques and gaining more knowledge here at DRAH. She came to our practice with some previous VA experience, and is glad to be working with such kind and caring people.

Ashton enjoys hiking, loves sushi, and is a Disney fanatic! Her favorite princess is Ariel. She's also into the Harry Potter houses and is a Hufflepuff. She was in choir while in school, and played the flute for 10 years. At home, Ashton has a 6-year-old dog named Tinkerbell and a 1-year-old cat named Tigger.

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Dru

Dru is one of our vet assistants. She moved to Nevada when she was younger and has always had an interest in the veterinary field. After she graduated high school, her passion for pet care grew even stronger and she's been working hard to strengthen her skills and gain more knowledge. Dru would love to become a vet tech one day! She loves waking up excited to come to work; she enjoys the work environment that management and her fellow coworkers have created here at DRAH.

Dru has two pets, Karl and Kobe. Karl is a 2-year-old Chihuahua that does not have an "off switch," ever! He loves to swim, hike, go on road trips, and wants to go anywhere Dru goes! Kobe is a 5-year-old tuxedo kitty who prefers to sleep all day and enjoys messing with his brother, Karl! Dru's favorite show is Friends, she would love to travel to Machu Picchu one day, and she has an irrational fear of crabs!

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Melissa

Melissa is one of our vet assistants. She was born and raised in California but just recently moved to the area. She started working in the veterinary field while she was in college studying environmental microbiology. Melissa quickly fell in love with the field and has never regretted changing career paths! She enjoys having the ability to learn new ways of practicing medicine and being able to train and share her knowledge with her colleagues.

Melissa has two cats at home, Steve and Elda. They are very independent outdoor cats. Elda has made friends with all the wildlife, while Steve prefers to eat and sleep all day. Both love to cuddle, but only on their terms! Melissa has a twin sister who is also in the vet field. Being adventurous and outdoorsy, it’s no surprise that Melissa loves kayaking, hiking, water sports, and gardening! She is currently enjoying the camping lifestyle in a 5th wheel trailer, and she is loving it! Her happy place is in the mountains.

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Sophie

Sophie is one of our vet assistants. She was born and raised in Reno, and grew up riding horses and barrel racing. When she was in high school, Sophie worked with large animals and is now very interested in working with small animals. While Sophie has previous experience, she is newer to our DRAH family! She enjoys working in a kind, caring environment that puts pets first while also allowing staff to learn the work and the science.

At home, Sophie has a 1-year-old Bichon Frise who loves cuddling and playing outside. She also has a 5- year-old Lab with dwarfism who loves swimming in Lake Tahoe and running through the forest. Sophie is currently finishing her bachelor's degree in veterinary science at UNR and will be graduating in 2023. When she is not at work or school, Sophie enjoys raising chickens, fishing, hunting, and archery!

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Colby

Colby is one of our receptionists. He enjoys being in an environment where he gets to work hands-on with animals. Colby is currently going to UNR where he is studying veterinary science. His goal is to become a large animal vet! Colby has lots of animals at home: six horses, two donkeys, two mini ponies, four goats, and five dogs! He grew up riding horses and enjoys barrel racing.

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Emma

Emma is one of our receptionists. Previously, she worked as a baker for six years. She believed it was her passion and would be her career. But one day she made the "crazy" decision to change course and follow her love of animals! This led her to DRAH, and Emma feels so lucky to have found a home here. She absolutely loves working with our amazing team and is happy to be able to spend her days with people who share the same passion for animals that she does!

At home, Emma has a 7-year-old Pitbull/Shar Pei mix named Whiskey. She recued Whiskey when she was surrendered by her abusive owners at 3 years of age. Whiskey is the love of Emma's life and she has been saving her every day since! Some fun facts about Emma are that she's been to China, and she studied martial arts for a year. She also has 19 tattoos, a fake tooth, went to an all-girls high school, and loves video games!

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Grace

Grace is one of our Vet Assistants. She was born and raised in Reno and has wanted to be a Veterinarian since she was little. She has always loved animals, horses in particular. Grace is currently working on earning her Bachelor's degree in vet science at UNR. Grace really enjoys the atmosphere and support she gets at DRAH and says its an environment that fosters learning and focuses on the animals needs. At home, Grace has an 8yo Shih Tzu named Bodie. Bodie loves naps and cheese and is very good at learning new tricks! She also has a 3 year old blue male betta named Zephyr who is very sassy and loves snacks and attention.Grace is a 2nd degree black belt in MMA, loves fishing, camping and is always up for an adventure! She also loves reading and listening to music. Here at DRAH we have given her the nickname of "The Hulk" because she is very strong and has accidentally broken a cabinet door!

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Ashley

Ashley is one of our Vet Assistants. She was born and raised in California and learned how to raise and train livestock in high school. Ashley loves learning new things and being able to work in a field she loves everyday! She has always had animals growing up but currently, she has a golden doodle named Beau and a tortoise back in California that she believes will likely outlive her!