Dr. Shannon Johnson, DVM
Pictured with Gunner Johnson
Tues & Relief Veterinarian
Dr. Shannon Johnson is from Folsom, California, but was raised in Western Oklahoma and North Texas. Dr. Shannon began working with Dr. Chris and the Gentle Care staff in 2014 working as a relief Veterinarian.
In 1998, Dr. Johnson received her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University where she also met and married her husband. After completing her degree, she and her husband practiced veterinary medicine in Texas and Colorado before moving back to Oklahoma. She enjoys performing soft tissue surgeries loves when a surgical procedure makes a pet feel better prior than how they felt before surgery. Another passion of hers in the Veterinary filed is helping senior pet owners with their loved ones.
When Dr. Johnson isn’t at the clinic, you will likely find her volunteering at school or driving her two children between the gym, horse riding lessons, and other activities.
Pictured with Zoe & Sasha Caldwell
Head Veterinary Technician & Hospital Manager
Skyler began working for Dr. Chris while attending classes to become a Registered Veterinary Technician at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City in May of 2011 and graduating in December of 2011 with an Associates in Applied Sciences. As a technician, she loves the challenges in medicine that are brought forward and the patients seen on a daily basis, however as the clinic grew, the leadership involved with a fully functioning clinic became a growing interest. With a growing interest in leadership and the ever-changing business aspects, she was promoted to the Hospital Manager in October of 2015.
Skyler met my husband, Kyle Caldwell, whom is also a Veterinary Assistant. Their two dogs, Zoe and Sasha, whom are Great Pyrenees, Australian Shepherd, and Golden Retriever Mixes are the love of their lives and fur kids. They are littermates and a complete handful! In addition to the dogs, they also have four cats, Biggie Shorty, Mr. Kittykins, Puma, and Thorin. When not at the clinic, Skyler enjoys spending time outdoors in her garden, sewing, and spending time with family.
Pictured with Beatrice Dobyns
Karen grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and had several pets growing up and is how she learned about the unconditional love that they give without hesitation. There is nothing that compares to this love! Karen started in the animal health field well over two decades ago. The field is challenging, ever-changing, and she learns something new every single day. There is nothing that makes Karen happier than helping an injured or sick pet return to their family in good health.
There are times in this field when participation in ending a beloved pet’s suffering, and this, too, has the utmost importance and meaning. It is important to educate others on taking the best care possible of their pets and as an advocate for spaying, neutering and adopting rather than purchasing an animal. There are so many precious pets in shelters that need homes. Being an animal nurse is not what she does, it is who Karen is. While away from work, she enjoys hiking, outdoor photography, photography portraiture, oil painting and graphite pencil drawing. In addition to the outdoors, Karen enjoys spending time with family and friends and with my dog, Beatrice, whom was adopted two years ago.
Pictured with Callie Moore
Kyle has been working with Dr. Chris at Gentle Care since June of 2008 starting as a Patient Care Coordinator and working his way up to a Veterinary Assistant. He loves the challenges he overcomes every day with patient care and his favorite part of the job is taking and looking at x-rays. Kyle is currently attending graduate school at Rose State College to become a Radiology Technician, working with Human patients. When not a full-time student or working with furry patients, Kyle enjoys spending time with his wife, Skyler, their two dogs named Zoe and Sasha, 4 cats named Mr. Kittykins, Puma, Thorin Oakenshield, and Biggie Shorty. His hobbies include watching superhero shows, playing video games, and spending time with family.
Sara has been a member of the Gentle Care family since January of 2017. Her enjoyment of work comes from interacting with the patients, knowing her work contributes to the growth, well-being, and relationships of our clients and patients. Sara calls Yukon, Oklahoma home as she graduated from Yukon High School in 2009 and has strong ties to the local 4-H in which she participated in its start-up and continued to raise and show pigs. Her passion for animals has always been strong, growing up she was surrounded by dogs ranging from Bulldogs to German Shepherds. Her passions outside of work consist of spending time with her fiancée and family which consists of, loving her two cats Lionel (as in Richie) a gray and white Domestic Shorthair and Lemmy (as in Kilmister) a white and brown Siamese mix, music and collecting vinyl records.
Pictured with Sinatra Wilson
Veterinary Technology Student
McAuley has been working with Gentle Care Animal Hospital since June of 2016 as a part-time technician and full-time student at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City branch earning her Associates degree in Veterinary Technology in Sprint of 2017. She grew up on a farm of 20 acres in Oklahoma City with cattle, horses, rabbits, chickens, sheep, cats, and dogs, which has fueled her love for her job and future career. While at work McAuley enjoys laboratory work, client communication, and patient care. Her passions outside of work and school include spending time with family which includes an Arabian horse named Gunner, a Great Dane named Sinatra, and other various animals on the farm.
Pictured with Bristol
Whitney was born and raised in Oklahoma and is an avid SOONERS fan. She has been a part of the Gentle Care family as the front desk manager since June of 2017. Whitney has been in the veterinary field for ten plus years with roots stemming from emergency medicine. Whitney loves that everyone she works with has a passion working with “fur babies” she also enjoys meeting new people every day and growing a great relationship with our clients. Whitney also known as “momma bear” has two 13 year old boys at home that keep her busy they all love the country outdoor life such as bonfires and four wheeling! She has a HUGE love for all fur babies and has three at home a five year old pit named Bristol, a five year old lab named Bruiser, and a twelve year old Jack Russell named Lucky Roo.
Pictured with Ruca
Kennel Technician Manager/Inventory Manager
Aubrey joined the Gentle Care family in March of 2017 as a Kennel Technician, caring for our vacationing and in-house furry friends. She grew up in a small town in upstate New York, transferring to Oklahoma on a whim in 2007 where she met her husband. Aubrey has a son named Dre and two fur kiddos a Boston Terrier who comes to work with her every day named Ruca and Nanook, an Alaskan malamute. Aubrey enjoys being a member of the Gentle Care family and team for many reasons including interacting with the staff, learning new things, getting to know all the boarders, puppy kisses (she REALLY likes this), and getting to meet our incredible clients. When not taking care of patients she can be found spending time with her son Dre, attending concerts, and finding new Boston terrier items to collect.
Pictured with Oaklee
Veterinary Technology Student
Allison who is proud to be a Texan while residing as an Okie became a part of the gentle care family in May 2017. She enjoys working with all of her Gentle Care family and learning on the job while still going to school for RVT. She has a slight obsession with boxers as her title of dog mom stems from her fur baby a black boxer named Oaklee. When Allison is not helping to take care of all the fur babies that come to the clinic you can find her playing softball, four wheeling, fishing, and tailgating.
AJ joined the Gentle Care family in June 2017 as a kennel technician. AJ loves animals and being able to work with them and interact with them daily. He is currently a senior in high school with big plans to attend college and major in Education & History to become an educator. In his free time, he enjoys playing music and can find him hanging out with his friends.
Pictured with Louie Bert
Veterinary Technology Student
G’Nylae joined the Gentle Care Animal Hospital family in April of 2017. G’Nylae loves being able to work in an environment where her passion for animals can be fulfilled as she is currently attending college to get her basics done then move onto a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and hopes to one day in the future be able to own her own practice as well. When G’Nylae is not helping our patients here you can find her volunteering at the OKC Zoo, spending time with her family, and of course, studying for school.