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Nurse Practitioners

Katrina Baren, APRN

Katrina Baren received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Nevada, Reno, (UNR) in 2006. After years of critical care experience, she went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing, Education degree in 2012 followed by her post-master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2014 at UNR. Katrina is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nursing Credentialing Center. With her many years of experience in the medical field, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the clinic. Katrina is passionate about helping her patients live more productive and meaningful lives. She believes in providing comprehensive and compassionate care for her patients. In addition, Katrina is a strong advocate of providing clear, understandable patient education. She works hard to ensure each patient receives the best possible interventions, utilizing a combination of evidence-based treatments and lifestyle modifications. Katrina believes in a holistic approach to healing and strives to empower her patients to take an active role in their healthcare.




Joseph Benton, APRN

Joseph Benton  served in the United States Navy during the first gulf war as a Navy photographer.  After his service in the military, Joseph moved to Las Vegas and pursued a career as a personal trainer.  Joseph’s interest in health and fitness led him to UNR in pursuit of a bachelor of science in nursing.  As a nurse, he primarily worked in cardiology for many years before returning to UNR to complete a master’s degree and become a nurse practitioner. He has worked in pain management as a nurse practitioner for several years and has extensive knowledge of the specialty.

In his free time Joseph enjoys spending time with his family, skiing, hiking, lying in his hammock, and traveling.




Arlo Schenk, APRN


Arlo Schenk received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Nevada, Reno, (UNR) in 2008. He later went on to receive his Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Degree in 2014, also from UNR. Prior to receiving his degree, Arlo worked as a Firefighter on the Ruby Mountain Hotshots. For over six years, he served as a crew medic who administered care for traumatic injuries for his fellow firefighters and patrons throughout the area.

During his professional career, Arlo has trained in a variety of settings ranging from mental health and acute psychology to Pediatrics and Intensive Care.  While working in a number of intensive care units, Arlo acquired advanced critical care skills. Arlo continued to magnify this advanced training by becoming a Professor of Nursing at the Orvis School of Nursing. As a professor, he taught Critical Care Skills to the undergraduate nursing students.

Today, Arlo works as a Nurse Practitioner at Sweetwater Pain and Spine. He is an strong asset to our collaborative team of providers.

In his free time, Arlo enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his growing family. He loves to hike and explore the Northern Nevada area. He is also a beekeeper and sells his own local honey.