Meet Our Staff
Dr. Katie Cox
Dr. Katie Cox was born and raised in Albuquerque. She graduated from Eldorado High School knowing she would work with animals for the rest of her life. She enrolled at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a minor in Chemistry. She began working with cattle and other farm animals at NMSU and completed a summer internship at Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. At Doorly, she focused on developing animal diets in the nutrition lab. She entered veterinary school at Colorado State University, where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. While at CSU, she interned at a large and small animal practice in Washington State.
Dr. Cox practiced at a small animal and exotics animal veterinary clinic in Albuquerque for one year before relocating to Reno. There she worked with a variety of animals and learned the value of strong doctor-client-patient relationship.
Dr. Cox is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She has special interests in ophthalmology, cardiology, animal behavior and preventative medicine. She believes that compassionate communication with both the animal patient and owner is essential for the healing and wellness processes in veterinary medicine.
Dr. Cox lives with her dog, Aspen and her cat, Wallace. She loves spending time with her friends, reading and listening to music, traveling, skiing, fishing and being outdoors.
Dr. Charles Andrus
Dr. Charles Andrus, DVM was born and raised in Holiday, Utah, on a small ranch. His dad raised Tennessee Walkers, and Chuck spent much of his time caring for their many horses, dogs, chickens, cows and cats. This is where his love of animals developed. As a boy, in addition to his work on the ranch, Chuck was actively involved in Boy Scouts, hiking and camping in the Wastach and Unita mountains as a boy. He went on to earn his Eagle Scout Award. He graduated from Utah State University with a BS in Zoology, and then in 1978, he decided to follow in his dad's footsteps and attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins. There he received his degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He then moved to Reno to begin practicing in the Reno/Sparks area. Chuck's pets include a Doberman named Razor, chickens of various breeds, and his newest addition: four miniature Mancha dairy goats. When Chuck is not working, he enjoys being outdoors. He loves to hike, kayak, and geocache.
Dr. Ren Johnson
Bio Coming Soon!!!
Brianne grew up in Bellevue, Washington where she lived for 14 1/2 years. She moved to Reno 16 years ago with her family. On the weekend her hobbies include watching football and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys spending time with her 3 year old Queensland Heeler, Dallas. Brianne has always known that she wanted to work with animals and started right out of high school. Although she's one of the newest additions to Fairgrounds she enjoys coming in everyday and being able to help animals and constantly learn.
Tamara was born here in Reno and discovered a love of animals early. She attended the Intro to Veterinary Medicine Class at RTI and began working at animal hospitals when she was 17. She has worked in the veterinary field for 12 years. Tamara loves to educate clients on how to keep their pets healthy and well-behaved. She also loves anesthesiology. Tamara is going to TMCC to finish her Associates of Science, and then on to UNR to continue her education. She would eventually like to work with wild life in bio conservation. In her spare time Tamara loves to hike, paint, read, travel and write. Someday, when she can afford to give them the best care possible, Tamara hopes to own a Border Collie and a Pomeranian.
Vet Tech in Training
Katherine is a Veterinary Technician at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. She grew up in the small town of Los Gatos, CA. Katherine graduated from Los Gatos High School in 2010 and went on to study to be a Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Carrington College of San Jose with an associates degree in Veterinary Technology. She has one dog, a Labrador Retriever named Bear, a cat named Ralf, and two guinea pigs named Peaches and Ginger. During her spare time she loves to hike with her dog, hang out with her animals, and go swimming at Lake Tahoe.
Animal Health Technician
JD Francis is an Animal Health Technician/Maintenance Supervisor, employed at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital for the past 16 years. JD has been married for 22 years and enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and granddaughter. She and her husband have dogs, a cat, and a tank full of fish. JD enjoys hiking, reading, writing science fiction, gardening, doing community cleanups, and learning about history.
Practice Manager, LVT
Dennise is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and the Practice Manager at Fairgrounds. Dennise has lived in Reno all of her life, she graduated from tech school at CCSN in 1999, and has worked at Fairgrounds on and off since 1992. Dennise lives in Fernley with her husband, son, and many dogs, cats, snakes, pigs, and horses. When she is not at Fairgrounds, Dennise runs a horse boarding business. She spends her free time raising horses, camping, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Lilly is a native Nevadan that grew up in Washoe Valley on a horse breeding ranch. She has always had lots of pets both large and small. Lilly has been in customer service for about 10 years, she is new to the veterinary world, but is enjoying the experience. She currently has 2 horses, 4 cats, a rabbit and 8 chickens. Lilly enjoys watching football with her husband, fishing, camping and lounging around with her animals.
Jenny is a receptionist at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. Jenny is new to the Reno Nevada area, having moved up from Las Vegas, where she was a Receptionist for the last 3 years in a busy walk-in animal clinic. Jenny loves working with animals and enjoys interacting with all the pets that come in to see us. When Jenny is not working, she likes to spend her time hiking with her Beagle “Duke”, gaming, and traveling. Some of her Hobbies include sewing, practicing archery, and working on her computer.
Sharon Parodi is a Receptionist at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. She has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area for more than 40 years. With over 15 years of experience in customer service in the veterinary field, Sharon is passionate and quite knowledgeable about the field’s best practices. She sincerely enjoys being able to assist clients and their pets here at Fairgrounds. Sharon has two horses, four cats, and two Rottweilers, and she is always happy to show them off. Her other hobbies include horseback riding, hiking, and gardening.
Social Media Coordinator
Cindy Ringer a Social Media Specialist at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. She is a native Nevadan from Reno. She has a background in non-profits and human resources. Cindy enjoys volunteering in the community, mainly with programs that focus on assisting animals and young people in Reno and Sparks. She spends most of her free time with her two children and family. Cindy has two dogs named Chewie and Rosie, and two parakeets named Wesley and Buttercup. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and reading when she is not working. She also enjoys working with the team at Fairgrounds and getting to cuddle puppies and kittens.