Our Care Team

Chris Chavez

Veterinary Technician

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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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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