Our Team

Lane Dixon, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Dixon graduated from Carrizozo High School in 2002 where he grew up on a cattle ranch. After high school he attended NMSU where he received his Bachelors degree in Animal Science. In 2010 he graduated from Colorado State University with his DVM and received the outstanding student in Equine Reproduction.

He has spent the last seven years in Ruidoso New Mexico at a mixed animal practice where he has gained invaluable experience in equine and bovine reproduction, colic surgery, equine arthroscopic surgery, small animal orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, and general medicine for all species.

Dr. Dixon left Ruidoso to start a family with his beautiful wife Karla and his kids Ethan, Oakley, Raelynn, and Kinlee. Dr. Dixon started East Mountain Veterinary Service in January of 2017.

When he is not treating critters he enjoys spending time with Karla, the kids and their animals. Dr. Dixon enjoys roping, snowboarding, and playing hockey.

Alicia Wilson, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Alicia Wilson was born and raised in Fountain, Colorado, a small city between Colorado Springs and Pueblo just outside of the Fort Carson Army base. Following high school graduation, she moved to Mount Vernon, Iowa to attend Cornell College. In just over 2 years’ time she graduated from Cornell with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She applied to Veterinary schools across the nation where she was accepted to Cornell University, UC Davis, and Midwestern University.

She began pursuing a career in the veterinary field, as most stories go, as a young child falling in love with the idea of helping animals. Dr. Wilson began shadowing at various clinics and even found a job in the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo where she was able to help educate others about animals, their needs, and the means of taking care of them. She is all about the exotics and is a big proponent of conservation medicine and loves working with them every opportunity that she gets. She also loves working with horses and large animals in general. She is a member of the WDA and AAEP.

Dr. Wilson loves to go on hikes and when she had a horse in her life, enjoyed riding immensely. She currently has 2 dogs at home who are a result of working at the clinic, but she absolutely loves them. Dr. Wilson also enjoys artwork, mostly doing graphite personally, but will dabble into chalks, charcoals, and paints. She also does sewing and cross-stitch.

Kandi Huxtable

Lead Veterinary Assistant

Kandi is part of our customer service team here at East Mountain Veterinary Services since March of 2019.

Kandi has earned 2 associate degrees (1 in liberal arts; 1 in science), 2 bachelor degrees (1 in fine arts; 1 in science), 3 masters degrees (1 in fine arts; 1 in science; 1 in business).

She loves working with animals and loves the unconditional love that they give. She knew that she chose the right career when her experience and skills in human medicine crossed over into veterinary medicine.

Outside of work, Kandi enjoys spending time with her husband on horseback and watching the beautiful sunsets! Kandi has a dream to run her own cattle company someday.

Caelina Garcia

Lead Veterinary Assistant

Caelina has been with us since 2016 and currently enjoys her position as a Veterinary Assistant. She is a New Mexico native, she moved with her parents and brothers 25 years ago. On top of taking care of animals, and attending university full time, she also has a 5-year-old son.

Her career path in veterinary medicine started 4 years ago when she was 19 years old. Her favorite thing in this career path is her ability to help provide top-notch care for animals, and being able to save a life whenever possible. It has been a lifelong dream of hers to become a Veterinarian, becoming a part of East Mountain Veterinary Service, who has not only shown her support and opportunities but has also encouraged her to pursue her dreams further to reality.

She currently lives in Edgewood, NM along with her family and five-year-old son, Matthias. She enjoys riding my horses, camping, fishing, and spending time with her family in her downtime. She is a full-time college student at UNM, a full-time Vet technician, single mom, and animal lover!

Molly Risacher

Lead Veterinary Assistant

Molly as one of our veterinary assistants here at East Mountain Veterinary Services, and one of many wonderful people that will be caring for your pet! Molly was born and raised in Edgewood New Mexico.

She has always had a passion for animals since day one. She finds them to be the most humbling creatures on this planet. She thinks the best thing you can do on this earth is to help the helpless. Her favorite thing about working with animals is that no matter what they are going through, they always greet you with a happy face and a kind heart.

Molly comes from a large family. She is one of 5 siblings. When she is not at work, she am usually hiking with her dogs in the mountains. Growing up in the east mountains was the best part of her life, the fresh air and the freedom to be what you want to be.

Amy Kazmar

Senior Lead Technician

Amy is a RVT and has been with us since March 2020. She was born and raised in New Mexico, mainly in the East mountain area. Amy has always wanted to be a veterinarian from a young age. When her schooling went a bit off track, she decided to be a veterinary technician. Her favorite thing about working with animals is that every animal is different, from their personality, species, medical concern, etc. Amy knew right away when she started in this profession that she knew she was in the right place. Being able to see the impact she makes on all of the animals’ and owners’ lives is just amazing.

Amy has been married to her husband since August 2011. They have a seven year old daughter and 5 year old son as well as six cats and two dogs. She enjoys doing activities outdoors and spending time with her family.

Josh Jordan

Lead Veterinary Technician

Josh as one of our veterinary technicians here at East Mountain Veterinary Services, and one of many wonderful people that will be caring for your pet!

In his free time, he likes to spent time with his wife Feather and son Colt. His family has three dogs, Lydia, Trixie and Jibii, a bearded dragon named Reptar, and a tortoise named Tuga.

Leah Tsiosdia

Veterinary Assistant

Leah is a veterinary assistant and has been with us since October 2020. She attended Pima medical institute to be a certified veterinary assistant. Since animals can’t speak for themselves, she wanted to be that person to figure out what was wrong with them and to help them. She remains very passionate about her career and is excited about her future growth!

Briana Dooley

Veterinary Assistant and Client Relations Liason

Bio coming soon!

Tawny Gordon

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Brisa Garcia

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Patrice Aguilar

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Tiffany Hanna

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Jenea Mccloskey

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Stephanie McGrath

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Jordan Pritchett

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Jennifer Reynolds

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Itzel Roach

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Riley Villegas

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Alicia Wilson

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Aiden Howells

Kennel Technician

Bio coming soon!

Dina Abernathy

Front Office Lead

Dina has been ensuring front office processes have been running smoothly since November 2019 as our front office lead. She is a native New Mexican. Born and raised in the Valley.

She found a niche in veterinary medicine where she has been happily working for close to 12 years. Throughout her life, she has always had some sort of animal, dog, cat, reptiles, birds from farm to Moluccan cockatoos. It became clear to her she was in the right place by the way animals reacted around her. And after a while, their owners started to grow on her as well.

Her personal interests include raising poultry and learning about herbal medicine. Her passion would be spending time with her grandchildren. Her inspiration would be her boss Karla Dixon, she’s one amazing lady!

Laura Mancuso

Client Relations Specialist

Laura is a Client Relations Specialist here at the practice. She is a military retired veteran of 21 years, served active duty Army, Army Reserves, and in 2004 transferred to Air Force National Guard.

She began working in the veterinary industry in June of 2020. She and her husband have 3 horses and adopted 4 dogs and 1 cat. She always thought about working with a veterinarian office and here she is today. Laura knew she was in the profession because her military skills with medical units presented different ways to build her relationships with people and their cultures around the world.

Laura is married to her wonderful husband, Drake, who also served with Marine Corps. She became a college student for the third time and graduated with honors in 2019 Phlebotomy and Medical Coding. Laura’s horses are her passion besides her family and she shows her quarter horse, Radar in Western Pleasure with SWQHA.

Brooke Erdman

Client Relations Specialist

Brooke started working in the front office since March of 2020. Her Bachelor’s Degree is in Animal Science specializing in Equine, however she still continues to learn more each day.

Her inspiration to care for other’s pets came from her childhood rabbit. Through him, she believes our pets help us in all parts of our life especially when most needed. It is because of that she want to help them when they are needing us the most.

Outside of work, she is with her family or playing soccer. You can still see her try to juggle at least 70 in a row whether that’s with her head, knee, or foot. She is trying to see if her dogs will go for it but they are more interested in swimming or hiking with her. Brooke is also a huge Disney and Marvel fan.

Lara McClure

Client Relations Specialist

Bio coming soon.

Mariah West

Client Relations Specialist

Bio coming soon.

Faith Tonihka

Client Relations Specialist

Bio coming soon.

Pia Hosick Reeve

Client Relations Specialist

Bio coming soon.

James Trujillo

Client Relations Specialist

Bio coming soon.