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Dr. Tom Buckley

Dr. Tom Buckley

Owner, Veterinarian

Originating from Topeka, KS, Dr. Buckley is a K-State graduate in veterinary medicine. He loves the outdoors; hiking, hunting, fly fishing, rafting, and camping.
Being a skilled surgeon, he has a passion for the process and would love to mentor new veterinary graduates to help them develop their surgical skills.

Dr. Buckley has been married to his wife, Cyndi, since the semester before he started veterinary school, and they have 2 sons together, Braden and Kyon. Both boys attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University on rodeo scholarships. Between work and family, Dr. Buckley enjoys calf roping and team roping and has competed in roping events for many years himself – so it runs in the family! Dr. Buckley has some personal goals to Hike Mt. Elbert (again), go backpacking solo into the wilderness for at least 1 week, and fly fishing in New Zealand.

Dr. Larry Garten

Dr. Larry Garten

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Garten is originally from Abilene, KS, and received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from K-State and his DVM from Oklahoma State.
Dr. Garten enjoys the challenges of internal medicine and problem-solving.  Taking pieces of information and logically diagnosing medical problems is a skill that he has tried to hone.  While he primarily does appointments, soft tissue surgery and dental extractions are skills he developed during his years of veterinary medicine.  Special areas of interest include dermatology, parasitology, and gastrointestinal disease.

From his young 20’s to early 30’s, he was the VP of 35,000 cattle in the sandhills of Nebraska. He is still involved in breeding cattle, and a bull that he raised is internationally known, and the offspring are highly coveted. He has a passion for landscaping and has developed into a skilled rock mason. Although he is looking forward to retirement, spending more time with his family, and traveling, he plans to continue practicing medicine at a slower pace until he approaches age 70.

 Dr. Hillary Henslee

Dr. Hillary Henslee

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Henslee is another K-State grad and is originally from Overland Park, KS. She got into working with animals at an early age when she started horseback riding and becoming the neighborhood dog-sitter.
Her professional interests include cardiology, dentistry and she is excited to be working in surgery to increase her skill level. She also has a love for wellness exams. There is nothing like a healthy pet coming in and leaving and the smile that goes with it.

Dr. Henslee enjoys cooking in her spare time, staying active, and traveling when she can. She also has a goal to hike all the national parks!

 Darla Elliott

Darla Elliott

Veterinary Technician

Having grown up in Paola, KS, Darla has always been around animals. She went on to complete her bachelor’s degree in biology/zoology at Emporia State University. Here at Oakbrook, Darla enjoys building relationships and trust with clients and patients and seeing them throughout their lifetime. She enjoys spending time with her son at the lake and just being outside in general. Darla has volunteered her time at an exotic rescue for large cats, including tigers, cougars, leopards, caracals, and bobcats, for 6 years!

Cassidy Rousselo

Cassidy Rousselo

Lead Veterinary Technician

Cass is from Arkansas and is the middle child of 8 children! She has grown up around animals, and she has found a passion for not only caring for animals but for people as well. When she isn’t assisting with surgeries, she can be found in the treatment area, working on phlebotomy techniques or teaching others new tips and tricks that she has learned. She loves spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys traveling and exploring new places. She also enjoys riding horses and loves sea turtles. Lastly, she has goals of filling her passport by the time she is 50 years old and working somewhere that doesn’t feel like work!

 Cindy Rollf

Cindy Rollf

Registered Veterinary Technician

Cindy is from a small town called Virginia, IL, and received her veterinary technician education from Maple Woods Community College. Along with being a great veterinary technician, she can be found singing duets with Dr. Garten on many occasions. When she isn’t spending her time with us at Oakbrook, she works at the JOY Closet here in town! She enjoys camping, canoeing, walking, and jogging with her dog, sewing, and attending her children’s extracurricular activities.

Hanna Blakey

Hanna Blakey

Client Service Representative

Hanna grew up in our little slice of heaven, Gardner, KS! She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and has a goal to travel all over the world. She has a love for all things Disney, and the English bulldog is her favorite breed. She is also incredibly artistic and is an awesome dog mama to her cute pup, Margo!

Beka Higgins

Beka Higgins

Client Service Representative

Beka grew up in Overland Park, KS, and attended KU for her bachelor’s. She, too, has lived in several places across the US. Beka loves meeting clients and patients and making sure that we have happy pet parents and fur babies. She loves to spend her days off outside with her husband, her dogs, and her darling baby boy!

Mary Oler

Mary Oler

Client Service Representative

Mary grew up in Pittsburg, KS, and attended Pittsburg State University before becoming not only a country-wide traveler but a world traveler. She has been all over the globe, including Australia, Fiji, and many countries in Europe. During her travels, she has lived in a camper van, worked on a banana farm, and even decided to live in Australia for a couple of years. She was a hairstylist for 10+ years, is a self-proclaimed music and concert enthusiast, and expert in snuggling her furry friends!

Michelle Hornick

Michelle Hornick

Client Service Representative

As a Kansas City native, Michelle is no stranger to the Midwest lifestyle. She loves being active and doing activities like fishing, going to the gym, going to the lake, watching football, and kayaking. She has been in the veterinary industry for the better part of a decade, but before that, she was a cosmetologist for over 10 years! She has 2 kids, an English springer spaniel named Maci, and she now resides locally in Gardner with her family.

Cass Halpin

Cass Halpin

Hospital Manager

Cass is new to the veterinary industry, having been in the cosmetic laser industry for over the last decade. Although no stranger to management, she is taking any opportunities available to learn everything she can about veterinary medicine and being a recognized face within the practice by regularly interacting with clients and patients.

Born and raised a Michigander, Cass took off shortly after high school to Arizona, where she lived for a handful of years before settling in Kansas with her husband and 2 girls, Kate and Sarah. She enjoys cooking in her spare time, any activities with her girls, and going on dates with her husband.

Nichole Griffiths

Nichole Griffiths

Veterinary Technician / Kennel Manager

Nichole is very much so a people person. Growing up a military brat and living in 4 states before the age of 18, she has been around all types of people, cultures, and personalities. She has since joined the Air Force and continued her travels – she has been to 42 different countries! Nichole has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Excelsior and is currently attending Penn Foster for an associate degree to be a registered veterinary technician. She has some personal goals, which include running a half marathon and buying her first home. When she isn’t working or going to school, you can find Nichole hanging out with her daughter, going to yoga, or enjoying herself at some of the local breweries and wineries!

Karen Meinholdt

Karen Meinholdt

Veterinary Technician

After growing up in Emporia, KS, Karen took off to K-State and not only finished her bachelor’s degree in animal science, but she is also currently working on her master’s degree in veterinary biomedical science. She loves internal medicine and pharmacology, and she has a passion for seeing patients leave with a smile and a wagging tail. Karen has some goals to run a full marathon, visit all 50 states and jump across the pond to see Germany and Sweden, as well as own some cattle one day. She is also the epitome of an outdoors person. She loves to bike with her husband, go running with her Gerberian Shepsky, Aspen, and just relaxing around a campfire, enjoying s’mores with family and friends.

Cheri Thompson

Cheri Thompson

Veterinary Technician

Born in Iola, KS, and grew up in Richmond, KS, Cheri saw an opportunity for education and took it. Before working in the veterinary industry, she has experience in the nursing world, including phlebotomy. She enjoys internal medicine, of course, seeing the adorable new pets that come in! She is the single mama of her teenage daughter. She loves anything outdoors. The dirtier the activity, the better. She has personal goals to be the best mom that she can be and provide knowledge to her daughter that she can do anything she wants, and Cheri also loves to learn and have new learning experiences, so to keep seeking them out. An interesting fact about Cheri, she is afraid of water that she cannot see through or touch the bottom!

Toots

Toots

Chief Morale Officer

Toots hails from right here in Gardner and was originally a shelter resident. Unfortunately, as her name suggests, change upsets her delicate nature and it was decided that she should stay on at the clinic. Toots attributes her rapid climb up the ranks here at OAH to her take charge attitude and her affinity for hugs. In her down time, Toots enjoys snacking, lounging in the sun and long naps in Dr. Buckley’s chair.

A Skilled Team Providing Expert Pet Care in Gardner, KS

Oakbrook Animal Hospital is proud to serve as a source for preventative care, medical treatment, and surgery that Johnson County and Gardner area pet owners have come to trust and rely on.

Contact

Phone: 913-884-8778
Fax: 913-884-8747
Email: [email protected]

Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Sat-Sun: Closed
 

Location

500 W Main St.
Gardner, Kansas 66030
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