Dr. Santamaria

Dr. Santamaria came to Reno in 2016 from the Maryland/Virginia area. She completed her undergrad at George Mason University in Virginia, then continued her education at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. She began her career in Maryland and has been in emergency medicine for 15 years.

Outside of work, she enjoys outside activities such as hiking and riding bikes. Dr. Santamaria is an avid sports fan, with her favorite team being Washington Nationals! She also has two British Shorthair rescues of her own named Thelma and Louise.


Dr. Hayes

Dr. Hayes graduated from UC Davis in 1986. She has practiced as a small animal veterinarian since then, mostly in the Sacramento and Bay Area. She began practicing in Nevada when she joined the emergency team at Sierra Veterinary Specialists in January of 2017. She particularly enjoys the challenges of critical care but also enjoys internal medicine and dermatology. When asked if she will see your pet for an emergency, she will answer, “if it fits in your car, I will see it.” Dr. Hayes currently lives in Truckee with her two boys, a German Shepherd named Forrest, a Dachshund named Amber, and a black cat named Trixie. She enjoys spending time with her family and pets, as well as running, mountain biking, hiking, camping, sailing and downhill skiing.


Dr. Schneider

Cynthia K. Schneider, DVM, graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. After a few years practicing in California, she relocated to Nevada. She spent many years in general small animal practice prior to joining the SVS Emergency Team. In 2017.

When not working, Dr. Schneider spends her time horseback riding, hiking and enjoying fine food and wine with her husband. She shares her home with her dog, Tessa, two cats, Jules and Pinky and her horse, Bonita.


Dr. Rinehimer

Hope Rinehimer, VMD, earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA. She then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Hope and her husband, Colin, have 2 dogs, Mokelumne and Tumalo. She spends most of her free time in the outdoors, hiking, paragliding, skiing, kayaking and mountain biking. Dr. Rinehimer joined Sierra Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center in 2017.