Our Staff

We at Tender Care are dedicated to preserving the health and well-being of your pet. We know that your pet is a special part of your family. Animals are our companions and best friends, and we understand that choosing a veterinarian for them is not always easy.

At Tender Care Animal Hospital you can rest assured your pets are being provided with the gold standard in care administered by highly skilled staff. From our courteous Receptionists, knowledgeable and experienced Licensed Veterinary Technicians and Vet Assistants, to our thorough kennel staff, your pet will receive comprehensive care provided with a gentle and compassionate touch.


enita_larson.jpgDr. Enita Larson : Owner/Veterinarian

Enita Larson, DVM is a 1995 graduate of Kansas State University. With over 20 years of experience, she has done a surgical internship, worked at a very busy 24 hour hospital, spent 1 ½ years performing emergency work , and has handled relief work all over eastern Nebraska. She has a professional interest in geriatric medicine and ophthalmology. Her wide range of experiences has helped her become confident and knowledgeable in a variety of areas.  Enita has two teenage children, a German Shorthair Pointer , a cat and fish. In her spare time, Enita enjoys triathlons, swimming, and gardening.


Dr. Shelly Gissler: Veterinarian

Shelly Gissler, DVM is a 2003 graduate of Kansas State University. She previously practiced small animal medicine in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Lincoln, Nebraska before joining Tender Care Animal Hospital.  Dr. Gissler has a special interest in Internal Medicine and Dermatology.  She and her husband Aaron have 2 children, a Brussels Griffon mix named Baxter and 2 guinea pigs. In her spare time she enjoys playing sports, spending time with family, and reading.


Dr. Ashlynn Turner : Veterinarian


kari_ryan.jpgKari: Licensed Veterinary Technician

Kari graduated from Northeast Community College in 1999. She worked as a veterinary technician for 9 years in Lincoln before joining the Tender Care team when her family moved to Omaha.

Kari and her husband Tracey have a son and a daughter. They also have a miniature Schnauzer named Oto. In her free time she enjoys reading                                                       and being outdoors.


laura_bjorstad.JPGLaura: Licensed Veterinary Technician

Laura received her Associates of Applied Science degree from Vatterott College in 2010 and was a graduate of Millard North High School in 2007. She worked as a kennel assistant for a veterinary hospital in Omaha while in school,  prior to joining the Tender Care team.

In her free time, Laura enjoys photography, sketching, reading and bicycling. She currently resides in Omaha with her Border Collie mix Ned and rescue cat Neko.


Alyssa: Licensed Veterinary Technician

Alyssa graduated from Millard West High School in 2006, and from Vatterott College in 2010 with a degree in Veterinary Technology.  Alyssa joined the Tender Care team in 2011. She resides in the Omaha area and enjoys spending quality time with her great dane Hunter, horse and ball python named Boomer.


 Shelly: Licensed Veterinary Technician

                                           Born and raised in Omaha where she attended college and received her veterinary technology degree in 1997. Her work experience includes small animal hospitals, including emergency services, veterinary product service and sales and pet nutrition. She is pictured with Dr. Larson's dog Charlie.


Michelle_001.jpgMichelle: Veterinary Assistant

Michelle worked as a veterinary assistant for 6 years in Lincoln before joining our staff. She manages our boarding facility and is also our social media manager. She grew up around the Beatrice area where she always had plenty of pets to keep her busy. She now resides in Greenwood with her daughter. They have a Pit Bull named Pixie and 4 cats: Pooter, Akasha, Windy and Peyton. In her free time she enjoys hiking, kayaking and going to concerts. 


  Katherine: Veterinary Assistant


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Terry: Receptionist

Terry grew up in a small town central Nebraska town and attended college at University of Nebraska at Kearney. Having an agricultural background combined with business and sales experience, she is happy to be able to utilize all these skills and interests at Tender Care. Terry and her husband Robert have two grown sons. She and Robert enjoy Nebraska football and volleyball, vacations in Florida, and their dogs Scamp, a rescued Pomeranian mix, and Roz, a miniature poodle.


Teri: Receptionist


Jewel: Groomer

 


Kennel Attendants: Alyssa, Liz, Dallas & Carter


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Millicent Bystander : Clinic Cat/Official Greeter

Millicent presented to our hospital for euthanasia due to a very complex pelvic fracture after being hit by a car. Even with non-functioning rear legs, he was still kneading with his front legs! The staff immediately fell in love with him and it was decided he would be our charity of the year. Everyone pitched in to help with his medical bills and a board certified surgeon put his pelvis back together. After only four weeks of cage rest Millicent is fully healed and has no problems getting into everything! Be sure to look for him at your next visit or follow him on Face Book. His usual perch is on the fax machine or sleeping in the office.


trooper.jpgTrooper : In Loving Memory 2003-2017

Trooper came to Tender Care Animal Hospital via a State Trooper in October 2006. He was found running on the interstate near the Platte River. He came with no collar, tags or microchip. After a month of unsuccessful effort to locate his owner, Dr Larson elected to keep him. He was a sweet addition to the hospital as he greeted all who entered.

Trooper used to accompany Dr Larson on her daily runs until he started limping one day. X-rays revealed that Trooper's ACL's (the ligaments in his knees) were torn and he had developed arthritis in both knees. A board certified orthopedic surgeon did a surgical procedure called a TPLO on both sides approximately 6 weeks apart. This is a procedure in which the leg is essentially broken and plated back together to stabilize the knee. After months of rehabilitation, he walked without pain and was doing great. 

Trooper retired from coming to the clinic everyday in 2015. He spent his last year sleeping at home and wandering around the duck pond. He is greatly missed by Dr. Larson, all of the staff and clients who grew to love visiting him here at the clinic.


Willie.jpgWillie : In Loving Memory 1987-2008

Willie had been with Dr Larson for nearly 21 years. He mostly slept in the office or in his heated bed. Occasionally Willie would make the rounds for treats or to beg for more canned food. Willie was a special part of our family and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

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Tender Care Animal Hospital
11832 Standing Stone Dr., Suite 1
Gretna, NE 68028
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  • Phone: 402-332-0909
  • Fax: 402-332-2828
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Clinic Hours

Day
Monday7:30am6:00pm
Tuesday7:30am7:00pm
Wednesday7:30am6:00pm
Thursday7:30am6:00pm
Friday7:30am6:00pm
Saturday8:00am12:00pm
SundayClosedClosed

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