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.
Dr. 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
Ashlynn Turner, DVM is a 2013 graduate of Iowa State University. She is originally from the Omaha area and recently moved to Gretna with her family. Dr. Turner has a special interest in Internal Medicine, Dentistry and Ophthalmology. She and her husband Matt have 2 boys, a Dachshund Mix name Emma and a cat named Yoshi. In her free time she enjoys traveling, spending time wih family and being outside.
Kari: 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 Beagle named Maggie. In her free time she enjoys reading and being outdoors.
Laura: 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: Veterinary Assistant
Michelle has worked as a veterinary assistant since 2004 in Lincoln and Gretna. Along with being an assistant, 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, Nebraska volleyball and going to concerts.
Katherine: Veterinary Assistant
Katherine has been working with animals since 2013. In her spare time she does community theater in Florence, Nebraska and watches Star Wars a lot. She enjoys spending time with her Australian Cattle Dog Emma and her 3 cats - Jocelyn, Barbossa and Sebastian. She currently resides in Benson with her husband Byron and son Oliver.
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 was a star volleyball player in college at the University of Oregon. Now she likes to come to work at Tender Care and watch "her stories" with the other Terry and gossip about celebrities. She has 2 daughters and 2 dogs; a Westie named Keeley and a Toy Poodle named Ella. Her and her husband Marty enjoy Creighton volleyball and going to concerts together.
Jewel grooms all breeds of dogs and works hard to make sure that all pets feel as comfortable as possible during the grooming process. She has a Pomeranian of her own named Lola. Jewel enjoys running, the Pittsburgh Steelers and country music.
Kennel Attendants: Amy, Dallas, Grace & Carter
Our Kennel Attendants enjoy spending time with the dogs and cats that come to board at Tender Care. They let the dogs outside, feed them and give them lots of belly rubs. The cats that stay with us get fresh litterboxes, food and lots of attention. Thanks for allowing our Kennel Attendants to care for your furry family members while you're out of town!
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 Facebook. His usual perch is on the fax machine or sleeping in the office.
Trooper : 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 : 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.