BEING ADMITTED TO THE PROFESSION OF VETERINARY MEDICINE, I SOLEMNLY SWEAR TO USE MY SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS FOR THE BENEFIT OF SOCIETY THROUGH THE PROTECTION OF ANIMAL HEALTH, THE RELIEF OF ANIMAL SUFFERING, THE CONSERVATION OF LIVESTOCK RESOURCES, THE PROMOTION OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ADVANCEMENT OF MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE. I WILL PRACTICE MY PROFESSION CONSCIENTIOUSLY, WITH DIGNITY, AND IN KEEPING WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF VETERINARY MEDICAL ETHICS. I ACCEPT AS A LIFELONG OBLIGATION THE CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT OF MY PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCE.
ADOPTED BY THE AVMA HOUSE OF DELEGATES, JULY 1969
Kurt Mychajlonka, DVM
As a young boy Dr. Mychajlonka knew that he wanted to become a veterinarian. This childhood dream of veterinary medicine led him from his home town of Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania, to Phoenix, Arizona, where he completed his undergraduate training at Northern Arizona University.
Dr. Mychajlonka has been a fixture at Craig Road Animal Hospital since it’s founding in 1996 and is fondly known by many of his clients as “Dr. Mych”. He serves as attending veterinarian to the Nevada Task Force search and rescue dogs. In the past he has also served as president of the Nevada Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Mych earned his D.V.M. at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1993. During his college years, he worked at a small animal emergency hospital and an equine surgical center, which fostered his interest in high quality, cutting edge veterinary care.
Dr. Mych’s veterinary interests include general and orthopedic surgery, advanced dental procedures and laparoscopic procedures. In his leisure time, he enjoys the outdoors, fishing, photography and reading. Dr. Mych resides in Las Vegas with his wife Debbie, also a veterinarian, and two adopted children: Nikki, a beautiful Bouvier Des Flanders, and Boss, a Shih-poo-kie.
Jessica Hagstette, DVM
Dr. Jessica Hagstette has always loved caring for animals. She entered the veterinary world by working as a kennel attendant in 1995. From there, she discovered her career interests and explored different facets of veterinary medicine through various jobs and volunteer positions. Her career has included roles in small animal, equine and livestock animal hospitals, all within private and university sectors.
Dr. Hagstette attended Louisiana State University from 1995 to 1998, studying animal science. She then attended LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with her D.V.M. Craig Road Animal Hospital welcomed Dr. Hagstette to the team in 2002, and she has contributed her warmth and passion for veterinary medicine here ever since.
Aside from her daily veterinary role at Craig Road, Dr. Hagstette is head of the hospital’s Veterinary Student mentorship program. This program offers highly coveted externship positions to veterinary students from across the country. Dr. Hagstette’s practice interests include internal medicine, endocrinology, ultrasound diagnostics, theriogenology (canine reproduction,) and neonatal care.
Cathy Whitcraft, DVM
Dr. Cathleen Whitcraft has been at Craig Road Animal Hospital since 2004. Prior to becoming a veterinarian, her background included a degree in Business finance and a career with U.S. Treasury Department. After participating in a dolphin research vacation, she discovered her interest in animal medicine. Later, she went on to earn her biology degree and her D.V.M. from Colorado State University. Her special practice interests include internal medicine, endocrine disease, cardiology, and ophthalmology.
Dr. Whitcraft is active with community outreach and participating in Career Day talks at local schools, inspiring others to pursuing a veterinary career. Dr. Whitcraft has two birds, two cats and a batch of Bichon Frise and Poodles that consume much of her love. Besides her household of critters, she enjoys world travel including all over Europe, Australia, and the Caribbean. Her favorite leisure activities are scuba diving, biking, climbing trees and reading.
Orlena Tampira, DVM
Dr. Orlena Tampira is a skilled veterinarian that came to our hospital from Louisiana. She is a graduate of Loyola University and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University in 2007.
Dr. Tampira has worked with our local English Bulldog rescue as well as Colossal Canine Care to ensure overall health prior to placement in foster homes. She has also worked with the Nevada Task Force dogs to ensure the animals were fit for their search and rescue work. Dr. Tampira practiced Judo before moving to Las Vegas, competing regularly and even being awarded the title of State Champion a few times. Her passion for Judo also led her to instruct under-privileged public school children for a non-profit organization.
At work, Dr. Tampira’s interests are soft tissue and laparoscopic surgery, as well as caring for large and giant dog breeds. Her family includes her husband, two children, three English bulldogs, one French bulldog and two cats.
Courtney Daniels, DVM
A Midwesterner by birth, Dr. Courtney Daniels came to Craig Road Animal Hospital from Dyer, Indiana. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Butler University located in Indianapolis, Indiana and then earned her D.V.M. from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. Always with a sunny personality and her infectious laugh, Dr. Daniels is loved by her clientele- both paws and people. Her veterinary interests are in the areas of endocrinology, oncology and general surgery. Her personal interests include sports, hiking and travel.
Dr. Daniels has a diverse family that includes a Weimeraner named Baron, a Labrador retriever named Peyton, a Great Dane named Rigley and a Himalayan cat named Sebastian.
Sharon Stone, DVM
Dr. Sharon Stone has contributed her charming personality and dedication to excellent care within Craig Road Animal Hospital. She graduated with her D.V.M from the University of Tennessee in 2008, and went on to participate in a year-long veterinary internship. Dr. Stone later worked as an associate veterinarian at a 24-hour emergency and general practice hospital in Tucson, Arizona.
We were pleased to welcome Dr. Stone to our staff in 2010. Dr. Stone’s professional interests include emergency medicine and exotic wildlife, especially zoo animals. Outside of work, Dr. Stone is a Star Wars and comic book fan, and loves to spend time traveling and enjoying the company of family and friends. Dr. Stone moved to Las Vegas with her husband and is expecting their first child next year.
Jennifer Finder, DVM
Dr. Finder grew up in Maryland outside of Washington D.C. She attended the University of Maryland College Park where she received a bachelor’s degree in animal and avian science. Dr. Finder received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Before graduating from vet school she worked in small animal practices in Nevada and in Maryland as a veterinary technician. Before vet school she also worked in a wildlife rehabilitation facility, where she cared for an array of animals including squirrels, snapping turtles, and rabbits.
Dr. Finder is interested in most areas of general practice and surgery. In her spare time, Dr. Finder enjoys playing sports, cooking, and traveling. She has visited several countries including Canada, Mexico, Israel, Spain, Costa Rica and India. She has had two opportunities to study abroad, in Costa Rica and India. Her adventurous spirit took her through a suspension bridge in Costa Rica, while studying sustainable ecosystems there, where she remembers the bridge cable snapping while she crossed it! In India she worked with stray animals, and gained a great deal of experience in infectious diseases and the importance of vaccination. The highlight of this experience was working with Indian elephants, which she fondly remembers as “Mostly playing with baby elephants.”
Dr. Finder has been a member of our staff since 2013. When she is not dedicating herself to her patients she is caring for her mischievous cat, which she adopted after becoming her foster pet. She has a very sweet tuxedo colored cat named Jane of the Jungle whom she describes as very “inquisitive, and gets into everything!”
Dorna Khamsi, DVM
Dr. Khamsi spent her childhood in Vancouver, Canada and Boston, Massachusetts. She declared her interest in veterinary medicine at a young age looking after the family chow chow: Wolfy, and by preferring television shows depicting live animals over cartoons.
Dr. Khamsi pursued a mathematics degree at Smith College in Northampton, MA while simultaneously fulfilling her prerequisites for vet school. Between her time at Smith College and vet school, Dr. Khamsi took five years off to work as a veterinary technician in Simpsonville, South Carolina and in veterinary diagnostics and research in Greeley, Colorado. She attended vet school at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. where she studied cancer and treatment which is a continuing area of professional interest.
In her spare time, Dr. Khamsi enjoys being outdoors; skiing, camping, hiking, running, and gardening, and is an avid practitioner of yoga. Dr. Khamsi also enjoys cooking, and spending time with her Siberian Husky side kick: Gorgi.
Chris Roberts, DVM
Dr. Roberts has California roots, but grew up in Oklahoma. He attended the University of Oklahoma for his undergraduate education where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He then traveled to Missouri and earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Roberts professional interests are in the areas of general surgery, clinical pathology, and neurology. In his spare time, Dr. Roberts enjoys sports, traveling, and hiking. His best friend is Jaxon, an eight year old Basset Hound.
Shane Murphy, DVM
Dr. Shane Murphy came to Craig Road Animal Hospital from Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Murphy completed his undergraduate education in animal sciences and music at the University of Missouri. He enjoyed his time in Columbia enough to stay and achieve his D.V.M. from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated as valedictorian. While in veterinary school, Dr. Murphy worked nights and weekends in the hospital’s ICU with emergency and critical care patients.
Dr. Murphy’s special veterinary interests include surgery, cardiology, and dentistry, though he enjoys all aspects of medicine and cherishes the opportunity to develop relationships with his patients and clients. For leisure, Dr. Murphy enjoys playing music, biking, fishing, hiking, and spending time with his wife, Taylor, a registered nurse, and their two dogs Remi and Piper.
Katherine Ballor, DVM
Dr. Katherine Ballor graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in zoology with concentration in neurobiology and animal behavior. She also received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Michigan State. Dr. Ballor has been researching laryngeal paralysis for past five years and also has interests in neurology and surgery.
With a love of travel, she has been to 23 different countries and spent 6 months living in Europe. Dr. Ballor is excited to live in Las Vegas and get away from the snow after living in Michigan. When not working, Dr. Ballor loves to spend time with her two dogs; a chocolate lab called Dolce and a German Shepherd called Jetta.
Tiffany Major, DVM
Tiffany Major D.V.M. has wanted to work with animals for as long as she can remember. She started early, taking her first job at a hospital while still a junior in high school. Dr. Major worked as a veterinary technician for ten years at Pembroke Animal Hospital. During this time she also started on her undergrad at the University of New Hampshire.
Searching for a warmer climate, she went to Ross University for her graduate in St. Kitts, West Indies, where she rescued her island dog, Dexter, a Shih Tzu mix. Her other baby, is an adorable Yorkie named Darby and a bit of a troublemaker.
Dr. Major then went on to complete her clinical year at the University of Missouri where she was introduced to Craig Road Animal Hospital through our externship program. A self-proclaimed “professional student” the doctor found her way back to New Hampshire where she practiced at a 24-hour emergency advanced care veterinary hospital for a year.
Dr. Major enjoys her job because she has the chance to return the unconditional love that animals share with others. “To be able to help a pet is one of the greatest things that someone can do,” Dr. Major said. “They’re always there for us so being there for them just makes me happy.”