|Monday||8:00am - 8:00pm|
|Tuesday||8:00am - 8:00pm|
|Wednesday||8:00am - 8:00pm|
|Thursday||7:00am - 8:00pm|
|Friday||8:00am - 6:00pm|
|Saturday||8:00am - 4:00pm|
- Caring, highly trained veterinarians
- Pediatric kitten and puppy care
- Experienced care for your aging pet
- Complete dental care
- Laser surgical center
- Animal Flea Control
- Animal Microchipping
- Emergency Veterinary Clinic
- Exotic Animal Vet
- Small Animal Vet
- Veterinary Dentistry
- Veterinary Euthanasia
- Veterinary Medical Specialties
- Veterinary Surgery
Complete Veterinary Services Include:
Get A Second Opinion: Make sure your pet is getting the most appropriate treatment for any health problem. Our doctors are always happy to provide a timely, objective second opinion.
Laser Surgical Center: Laser surgery offers tremendous benefits, such as less blood loss and reduced pain after surgery.
Internal Medicine: Fully equipped hospital facilities to handle more serious medical illnesses enabling us to provide your pet with a greater quality of life and longevity.
Blood Pressure: Newest most accurate technology for detecting high blood pressure before life threatening complications develop.
Eye Pressure: Most advanced eye pressure measurement for earliest detection of pain associated with glaucoma.
Radiology And Ultrasound: Complete radiological and ultrasound imaging services for early disease diagnosis and treatment intervention.
Endoscopy: Equipment that enables us to perform procedures on your pet that previously would have required surgery.
Anesthesia: Equipped with surgical monitors that measure heart rate, respiration rate, blood oxygen levels, body temperature, and blood pressure. We use only the most modern human anesthetics to ensure safety.
Doctors: Our doctors are required to receive 100% more annual professional education and training than required by state law.
Pediatric: Advanced experience treating diseases of puppies, kittens, and pregnant mothers.
Geriatric: A strong focus on the special needs of the geriatric patient.
Breed Specific: Emphasis on preventing illness based on our knowledge of diseases specific to each breed.
Emergency Care: We provide emergency care including complete blood and plasma transfusions.
In House Laboratory: Ability to perform most blood tests and other diagnostic tests on an emergency basis enabling prompt treatment of critical care patients.
Allergy Testing and Treatment: The most modern allergy testing and treatment available to improve your pet’s comfort.
Dr. Julie Zimmermann
Dr. Julie grew up in the Pacific Northwest and moved to the OFallon area in 2005. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian as long as she could remember. As a child, pets were always part of the household and included rats, mice, parakeets, dogs, and cats. She begged for her first dog, Sadie, at the age of 12 by hiding cut-out pictures of dogs all over the house until her parents finally gave in.
During high school, Dr. Julie worked at the YMCA as a lifeguard and swimming instructor. When time permitted, she would volunteer at the local humane society. She attended Washington State University where she obtained a major in Zoology and minored in Animal Science and Business. She graduated in 2005 with a Degree in Veterinary Medicine and soon after traveled to the OFallon and started working at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital. During veterinary school, Dr. Julie was a member of several student organizations including American Association of Feline Practitioners, Emergency & Critical Care Society, and the student chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She attends yearly conferences and is always striving to stay as current as possible with the constantly evolving practice of veterinary medicine. Dr. Julie cant imagine herself in any other profession and truly enjoys coming to work everyday. She loves the interactions with people and the rewarding feeling of helping animals in need.
Dr. Julie was recently married in the spring of 2010 and shares her home with three dogs and four cats. Her dogs include: Josie, a 5-year old Golden Retriever that was rescued from the shelter; Buddy, a 2-year old shepherd mix acquired from the Missouri Humane Society in 2007; and Sheila, an Australian Cattle Dog who was hit by a car and brought to our clinic with a broken leg & pelvis. Sheila spent a month here recuperating before Dr. Julie decided she would be a perfect fit with her family. Her cats range from 3 to 11 years of age. Their names are Izzy, Opal, Mango, and Willy. Willy, her newest addition, lost his eye to a herpes infection when he was only 8 weeks old. Opal is her street-smart cat with 9 lives. After moving across town a few years ago, she found her way back to her old home ..twice .before she finally decided her new place wasnt so bad.
Dr. Melissa Lafferty
Dr Melissa was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and moved to St Charles, MO when she was six years old. Her parents still live in St Charles and Dr Melissa now lives in Wentzville. When Dr Melissa was six years old, Santa gave her a calico kitten she named Tiffy. Her mom was terrified of animals; it took two years before her mom was brave enough to be in the same room with Tiffy. Before Dr Melissa attended veterinary school at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she worked at fast food places and was also a veterinary technician. Having a strong interest in science, animals, and medicine, Dr Melissa decided that becoming a veterinarian would enable her to pursue all of her interests. While attending veterinary school, she was the treasurer for PALS (Pet Assisted Love & Support) and vice president for the Veterinary Business Management Association. She was a member of the Student Chapter American Veterinary Medical Association and was the vice president of the Pre-Vet club for 2 years. She was awarded the Golden Key Honor Society Award. In addition to the dogs and cats, Dr Melissa loves interacting with all the interesting people she meets every day in her job. She also loves the challenge of never knowing what she may see on any given day. Dr Melissa, her husband, Brad, and their three children (Braxton, Abby, and Cora Rose) share their home with two dogs and a cat. Baci is a three year old Italian Mastiff whose name means kisses in Italian. When she was younger, her husband forgot to lock her kennel one day when he left the house. When they came back home, they found that their sweet little dog had redecorated the laundry room! Blake is a ten year old male Husky mix that rarely barks. Instead of barking, he howls every time Dr Melissa comes home; the kids say it sounds like he is saying, I Love You! Their cat, Tiger, was a rescued female tabby that she had to hand raise and bottle feed when she was four weeks old.
Dr. Amy Kreutzer
Dr Amy was born and raised in Ste Genevieve and now resides on her husbands family farm near Clarksville, Missouri. Growing up, Dr Amy had a Cocker Spaniel named Sydney, a female domestic short hair cat named Belle, and a male domestic short hair cat named Blackie. She used to dress Blackie up in pink baby doll dresses and push him around in a stroller; she also made him carry a matching purse. Dr Amy had wanted to become a veterinarian ever since she could remember, and there was no wavering from that. Dr Amy attended the University of Missouri-Columbia Veterinary College and graduated in 2000. She enjoys the challenge of solving the difficult mysteries of why a pet is sick or not doing well. She also has a passion for working with birds of prey (falcons, hawks, eagles, etc). While attending college she was the president of the raptor club. She is a licensed general falconer and has flown red tailed hawks and a Kestrel.
Dr Amy, her husband Kurt (who is also a vet), and their son, Kaleb, share their home and farm with five dogs and five cats. Their 5 dogs include Mya, a female Great Dane, Sage, a female English Mastiff, Breeze, a female Great Pyrenese, Boone, a male Great Pyrenese, and Berkeley, a male Border Collie mix. Their five domestic short hair cats include 4 boys (Simon, Alphonse, Gus and, Chester) and one girl(Sushi). Mya, the Great Dane, and Sushi, the smallest cat, are best friends; they sleep curled up together constantly. It is rare to find one sleeping without the other.
Dr. Robert McCool
Dr. Bob was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. As a young child, he used to spend hours playing with plastic zoo animals, and his favorite thing to do was visit the zoo. He had a habit of catching animals (from frogs/toads to even a gopher) and trying to make them pets. He drove his parents crazy with the approximately 15 fish tanks he kept in his room. It was clear early on that he had a fascination for animals. During career day in high school, he recalled how most of his classmates chose 3 or 4 different career choices to research as most of them were uncertain what direction they would go. For himself, it was different. He knew he wanted a career working with animals. He had already narrowed his choice down to veterinary medicine. Everything he did from that point forward was focused on getting into veterinary school. In 1985, he was accepted for admission into the University of Missouri-Columbia Veterinary School. He would eventually marry one of his classmates, Lori, in 1988. Some of his accomplishments as a student included graduating magna cum lauda (in the top 10% of his class), was elected President of the Omega Tau Sigma Veterinary School Fraternity, won first place in the Hill’s Veterinary Nutrition Awards for a case report on taurine deficiency in cats, and was voted as one of the top ten most likely to succeed (as voted by his fellow classmates). He also had a special interest in birds of prey and obtained his falconry license to train birds of prey. Besides his passion for animals, he also has a passion for making a difference in the lives of their owners.
Currently, Dr Bob, and his wife, Lori, and their two sons (Blake and Cameron) share their home with four dogs, two cats, six goats, and two chinchillas. Their dogs include: a golden retriever who loves attention (Kili, short for Kilimanjaro), two maltese that love to sit in your lap (Ella & Eli), and a pomeranian who likes to chew on your shoes when she greets you (Mikaela). Their cats include a cat who loves to eat (Jack) and a cat who is constantly into things (Holly). They have four pygmy goats that love to climb (Ginger, Nutmeg, Patrick, and Sandy), two sweet nubian goats that love cheerios (Sponge Bob and Flower), and two chinchillas that are escape artists (Benji and Minnie).