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Martin D. Gilmore


Dr. Gilmore is a native of Prairie Village. After practicing for eight years at Mill Creek Animal Hospital, he purchased the Hospital from Dr. Mears in 2009. Dr. Gilmore received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and a PhD in Immunopathology from Kansas State University. He is a member of the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association, the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

“I have come to realize that I most cherish being able to empower pet owners to be better stewards of their furry family members,” he says, “and contributing to that special bond between person and pet.”

Following completion of an internship at a large specialty and referral center in Chicago, he returned home to Kansas City. Dr. Gilmore has particular interest in all aspects of feline and internal medicine, as well as dentistry, oral surgery, ultrasound, and preventative health care. In his spare time Dr. Gilmore works in his wood shop and is a US Soccer Association Certified soccer coach. His wife, Mendy, is an executive VP and corporate recruiter for Price Waterhouse Coopers and they have five children, Jack, Grayson, Ryann, Molly and Lucas.

Ryan P. Church


Dr. Church is a native of Nebraska, but growing up in an Air Force family he has lived in nearly every part of the world. Dr. Church completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln prior to earning his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Kansas Veterinary medical Association and the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association. His professional interests include internal medicine, dentistry, geriatric care and general veterinary medicine.

“Building relationships with people and their pets is the best part of my job,” he says. “Being able to care for a pet from the time they’re young through their entire life to see that bond between them and their family grow and develop, and to be a part of that is such a wonderful thing to experience.”

At home, Dr. Church has a “rambunctious” cat, Leo. In his free time, he enjoys going to sporting events (especially Sporting Kansas City soccer), going to live theater shows, visiting museums, and spending time with his wife, Jody, and two daughters, Natalie and Megan. He is also an active member of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Gardner, Kansas.

Rebecca Schumacher


Dr. Schumacher is a Kansas City native, but considers both Des Moines and Kansas City home. She is a proud Cyclone and received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University before graduating as a Tiger from University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine.

While veterinary medicine is a large and diverse field, Dr. Schumacher finds medicine, behavior, and clinical pathology the most intriguing- particularly if it involves cats.

However, the most fulfilling part of the day is getting to know and build relationships with clients and pets, becoming a partner in their care. Dr. Schumacher is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Schumacher and her husband have 4 pets – Layla, an overly smart Border Collie mix, Captain a goofy Standard Poodle, Pepper a bossy Main Coon that runs the house, and Merlin a Bengal who can’t decide if he’s a cat or dog. Dr. Schumacher enjoys spending her free time hiking and running with Captain, playing violin, exploring and experiencing Kansas City, and cheering on the Kansas City sports teams. (Go Royals!).

John Neeck


Dr. Neeck was born and raised in Wisconsin, but has been a Kansas resident now for almost a decade. He completed both his undergraduate studies and his veterinary program at Kansas State University. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association and the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Neeck loves all aspects of veterinary medicine and appreciates the wide range of services a veterinarian practices, but especially enjoys surgery, preventative medicine, and building lifelong relationships with his clients and their furry families.

In his spare time, Dr. Neeck enjoys traveling, hiking, and watersports, and is an active member of his local Catholic parish. He is a fan of The Kansas City Chiefs and the Royals, but is still fiercely loyal to the Green Bay Packers. He and his wife, Katey, have 2 dogs: an energetic morkie named Delilah, and (the newest addition to their family), a scruffy but adorable border collie mix named Beasley.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

Patient Care



Registered Veterinary Technician Emily has been at Mill Creek Animal Hospital since May 2014.

Graduated from Maple Woods Community College in 2015 with Associate’s degree in Applied Science. She has worked in the animal-related field for 4 years.

She has a dog named Flynn, a 4-year-old Australian Shepherd Mix.

Emily likes going to the movies, baking, taking here dog to the park, yoga, reading books, going to concerts, and watching and going to Royals games.

Amy Grandgennett


Amy is a Registered Veterinary Technician hailing from Prairie Village. Amy holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Brown Mackie College. Amy shares her home with a beagle mix named Billy, a terrier mix named Ruby, and two wonderful cats.

When not at Mill Creek, Amy enjoys camping, trying new recipes in her kitchen, perfecting her Origami skills, and being a loyal supporter of her beloved Kansas City Chiefs.

Hannah Palmer


Hannah is a 2019 graduate of the Maple Woods Technology Program. She has been at Millcreek since December of 2013 started out a a Kennel Assistant and worked her way up to become a Technician. She has a rescue dog named “Minerva” who she adopted from the Maple Woods Program.

Hannah loves all things Disney and Harry Potter. She likes to travel, read and spend time with family and friends.

Cecilia Lara

Veterinary Assistant

Cecilia’s passion in life is working with animals of all flavors, big and small! When not at work or in the classroom, Cecilia relishes time with her beloved dog, Simba. Cecilia has plans to attend veterinary school in the future. Cecilia is a native Spanish speaker, and is always available to assist with our Spanish-speaking clientele.

In her spare time, she enjoys sports (mostly soccer; Go Sporting KC), listening to music and attending concerts, making homemade wine, spending as much time with her family and friends as her busy life allows.


Veterinary Assistant

Noah joined our staff in June of 2015.

While he is a faithful dog lover, he is a good friend to his cat, Gatsby. They both enjoy supporting local music, art, and food scenes in the Kansas City area. In his free time, Noah likes watching films, reading a good book, exploring new things, and the most important of all, cat naps. His true passion is helping animals to feel their best and to be loved.

Noah enjoys all aspects of working at Mill Creek Animal Hospital for its strive in quality care.


Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon.


Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon.

“Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.”
-William Shakespeare

Client Care


Office Manager Wendy lists her job description as “everything.” Not surprisingly, her ability to multitask is one of the best attributes she brings to Mill Creek Animal Hospital. She has worked at Mill Creek since March, 2000. Wendy has six Dachshunds, ranging in ages from a new puppy to eight years old. When she’s not at work, she can be find spending time with her husband and dogs and laying in the pool.



Franchesca, also known as Frankie, is born and raised in Kansas City. She has been with Mill Creek since December 2018. She comes from a long background of customer service which helps with her continued interactions with clients as a receptionist. She brings a positive attitude and great work ethic to Mill Creek. She greets everyone who visits our hospital, checks clients and their pets in and out, schedules appointments and answers phone calls.

Frankie is very outgoing and loves getting to know clients and her co-workers. She says, “she is truly lucky to work with a great group of people who get along so well” and her favorite part of the day is “when owners pick-up their pets from boarding, grooming, etc., and she sees how happy the pet is to see their family again and how happy the pet makes their clients.”

At home, she can be found with her spouse Doug, children Dominic, Doug III, Chloe, and Christian. The family has a 6-month old Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Jax and an 8-month old Goldendoodle named Daisy. She likes to attend sports events – anything Kansas City, watch movies, get lost in a great book but mostly shopping.


Bio coming soon…

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
-Martin Buber

Pet Groomers


Penny’s career as a groomer started with her bathing dogs and cats at Petsmart in 2006. She quickly realized that this was going to be her career path, and so, in 2008, she entered Petsmart Academy for grooming. After accruing 10 years of experience, she started at Mill Creek Animal Hospital in January of 2018. Over the years, Penny has grown as a groomer and likes to challenge herself by learning and continuing her education. Although she has experience with all kinds of breeds, her favorite dogs to groom are Poodles and Doodles (Poodle mixes). Their unique hair coats allow her to be creative with her artistry and scissor work.

Penny has a fur-baby of her own, a shepherd/corgi mix named Gracie. She loves creating amazing bonds with all of her clients’ fur-babies and takes great pride in caring for them. She can’t wait to meet you and your fur-baby soon!