Meet Our Team

Dr. Shelly Gissler

Veterinarian / Medical Director

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 a cat named Nala. In her spare time, she enjoys playing sports, spending time with family, and reading.

Dr. Ashlynn Turner


Ashlynn Turner, DVM is a 2013 graduate of Iowa State University. She is originally from the Omaha area and returned following graduation from veterinary school. Dr. Turner has a special interest in Internal Medicine and Dentistry. She and her husband Matt have 3 boys who keep them very busy but always laughing, as well as a dog named Mila, and a cat named Murphy. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with family, and doing anything outdoors.

Dr. Lori Gustafson


Lori Gustafson, DVM is a 2008 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has previously practiced at a few pet hospitals in the Omaha area before landing at Tender Care. Her furry family includes a cat named Pilgrim; two dogs, Zelda and Doug; and Frankie, an African Grey.

Dr. Carrie Jenkins


Dr. Jenkins grew up in Omaha before obtaining her undergraduate and veterinary degrees from Iowa State University. She practiced in Atlanta for ten years before moving home with her son in April 2020 to be near family. She and her partner have 2 dogs, 4 cats, and 3 rats running their household. In her spare time, Dr. Jenkins enjoys reading, playing video games, and getting outdoors. She is very excited to be joining Tender Care, and looks forward to caring for pets and their families!


Hospital Administrator

Michelle has worked as a Veterinary Assistant in Lincoln and Gretna since 2004. She was promoted to Hospital Administrator of Tender Care in 2020. Michelle and her daughter have a dog named Bettie and 2 cats named Peyton and Joey. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, Nebraska volleyball and going to concerts.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Laura graduated from Vatterott College with an Associates in Applied Science degree in 2010. She lives in Omaha with her husband, son and their pets, a Sheltie mix named Ned and a rescue cat named Neko. In her free time, Laura likes to read, take walks, do photography and play video games.


Lead Licensed Veterinary Technician

Shelly was born and raised in Omaha where she attended college and received her veterinary technology degree in 1997. Her work experience includes small and mixed animal practices, veterinary product services and sales, and research and development. Shelly and her daughter have 2 cats; Meow Meow and Mo.


Veterinary Assistant

Kim was born and raised in Omaha NE. She graduated from UNO in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Kim previously worked as a case manager in child welfare before deciding to make a change to the veterinary field. She is currently in school to be a veterinary technician. She has 3 dogs; a German Shepherd/Husky named Layla Jo, a dachshund named Dagwood and a Labrador Retriever named Melvin. Kim loves spending time outside camping and fishing as well as photography.


Veterinary Assistant

Sam was born and raised in Omaha and is the youngest of three siblings. She has always had a passion for animals and is enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at Penn Foster. She is a momma to a spoiled border collie mix named Kiki and crested gecko named Caspian. Her family has 3 Golden retrievers, Titus, Grizzley and Letti, 2 cats Jimmy and Bella, a horse named Flame and a pony named Rocky. Her hobbies include arts and crafts, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.



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. She and her husband Marty enjoy Creighton volleyball and going to concerts together.



Gretchen retired from UNMC as a Research Technician after 26 years of doing cardiac research with pigs before she joined the Tender Care team. She and her husband enjoy Nebraska and Creighton sporting events, traveling and reading. Gretchen travels with and shows Shetland Sheepdogs. She currently has 2 Shelties, Grand Champion Dreamer and Mya.


Receptionist / Vet Assistant

Nichole grew up in Saunders county and began her work in the veterinary field in 2016 as an assistant. Her and her husband Thomas live with 2 dogs named Carly and Patrick, and 2 cats named Francis and Kitten. Nichole loves to travel and enjoys living the small town life in Wahoo.



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.



Amy moved to Gretna from Pittsburgh, PA with her family about 4 years ago. She and her husband Paul have a son, 2 cats and a Labrador Retriever named Lady. She was previously a Co-Manager at a large boarding facility in Pittsburgh, PA. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, taking her son to the park ,visiting family in Florida and Pittsburgh and spending time outdoors.

Kennel Attendants: Hayden, Madison, Sydney and Molly

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.


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 every day 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.


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.