Veterinarians

Skilled Veterinarians Serving Shawnee, Overland Park, and Kansas City Pets

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Martin D. Gilmore, DVM

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.

Mark A. Mears, DVM

A KC native, Dr. Mears has called Shawnee home for over 25 years now. Dr. Mears is active with the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce, where he previously held leadership positions, as well as in his parish, St. Joe Catholic Church. Dr. Mears completed both his undergraduate studies and his veterinary program at Kansas State University. Dr. Mears is the founder of Mill Creek Animal Hospital. He sold the business to Dr. Gilmore in 2009.

In starting the practice, he had a simple goal: to provide state-of-the-art medical and surgical care to companion animals at a great value. Dr. Mears clinical interests include surgery (particularly orthopedic), geriatric medicine and behavioral counseling. Dr. Mears maintains active membership in our local, state and national veterinary associations.

Dr. Mears is known far and wide for his commitment to a healthy lifestyle, and enjoys running, cycling and yoga. In his spare time, he enjoys time at his beloved lake house entertaining his large friends and family network.

In his own words, “It is a real pleasure to help people have more fulfilled lives by helping their pets stay healthy and happy.”

Ryan P. Church, DVM

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, DVM

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, DVM

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.