Our Care Team

Jasmine Estrada

Veterinary Technician

Jasmine fills several roles at PVC. She works in client services and performs technician duties, so you’ll see her all over the clinic! Jasmine grew up in Dodge City, KS and relocated to our area when she started school at KU, where she graduated with her BS in Human Biology. She has always been a bit of a sports nut and is still passionate about KU basketball, as well as our own Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. She is an avid runner and also loves spending some of her free time with a good book, especially when her dog, Ralphie, is curled up by her side. Jasmine is also mother to a wonderful six month old boy who is the center of her universe!

Jasmine began working as a kennel assistant when she was just 14 years old and found she had a passion for working with her fuzzy, four-legged friends. She continued to gain knowledge and broaden her skills through her work experience during high school, and when she arrived at college she landed her first job as a veterinary assistant. She’s enjoyed every minute of working with animals and their companions. She says, “Being around these animals and the people who love them has been the most humbling experience and is the reason I’ve enjoyed my profession so much the last several years.”

One of Jasmine’s favorite duties is assisting with surgery. “I appreciate that every pet and every surgery is different and I enjoy the challenge of monitoring anesthesia and a patient’s unique vital signs during and after the procedure.” She also enjoys pharmacology as much of it is also transferable to human medicine which interests her as well. Something else she loves about her job is building client and pet relationships on a daily basis. This is her first full-time job and getting to meet and interact with patients on a daily basis has helped her get to know everyone on a deeper and more personal level.

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Chris Chavez

Veterinary Assistant

Chris started out in Garden City, KS but moved to Olathe when he was just in 2nd grade. He has remained in the Kansas City area since then, except for his time at Kansas State University where he received his BS in Animal Science. Chris now lives in Mission with his boyfriend and their sweet Anatolian Shepherd, Bellatrix. In his free time, he loves movies and the stories they tell, as well hiking, which is his favorite way to clear his head.

Chris has always felt a special connection with animals, and especially dogs. No matter what life brings, he can always rely on his pets to provide unconditional love, just as he does for them! He is continuously inspired by the spirits of the pets he sees, especially the strength and courage of his own dog, Milo, who he lost to cancer in 2016. Milo was a fighter with a sweet and cheerful disposition all the way to the end and Chris continues to be inspired by those memories.

Chris’s first job was at an animal hospital when he was in high school. While working there, he was mentored by a talented registered technician, who encouraged him to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Chris is currently attending Maple Woods Community College where he is working towards his goal of becoming a registered veterinary technician.

Chris joined the Perimeter Veterinary Center team in 2016 as a veterinary assistant. He enjoys all aspects of his job, but especially loves behavior training and dentistry. Because so many animals are relinquished or returned to shelters each year due to a lack of behavior training, he is passionate about educating clients on proper training techniques and helping them have the best relationship possible with their pets. Chris also has a strong interest in dentistry because it has such a dramatic impact on a pet’s overall health and well-being. When a pet leaves the clinic after a dental cleaning, he loves knowing what a difference we’ve made for that pet.

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Cristin Canaday

Customer Service, Clinic and Marketing Manager

Cristin grew up in Prairie Village, KS, where she was always passionate about art and animals. Upon graduating high school, she attended Kansas State University to study Secondary Education with an emphasis in Art. However, after a couple of years she quickly realized that Art Education was not a field she was excited about entering. She moved back to Kansas City to pursue a career that involved animals.

She has worked as a veterinary assistant and receptionist since 2008, joining the Perimeter Veterinary Center team in 2013, and loves it! Helping provide quality care to four-legged family members is rewarding, and has taught her how important veterinary care is for all animals.

Cristin and her husband, BJ, live in Prairie Village, KS with their dogs Bentley and Dakota, and cats Daphne & Sureman. She is received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and Industry, Production Management at Kansas State University in 2015. In her free time she enjoys baking/cooking, painting, gardening, training her pets, kayaking, and watching her favorite Kansas sporting events. She is especially fond of cheering on the Kansas State Football team at home games. GO WILDCATS!

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Karen Gelling

Customer Service and Financial Manager

Karen has a background in management and budget control. She worked as the site coordinator at the KC branch of the IRS for 32 years. After retiring, Karen was looking for something to help keep her occupied and her skill set fit our needs perfectly! You’ll find Karen greeting you when you visit and fielding your phone calls, but she’ll also be doing tons of background work to keep Perimeter Veterinary Center running smoothly.

Karen and her husband, Lou, live in Shawnee with their dog Conner. Conner is a shih tzu with a gentle heart and adorable fluffy face. Karen and Lou enjoy evening walks and gardening in their free time, and Conner loves to help out!

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