At Somerset Animal Hospital, we’re proud of our veterinarians’ diverse skill set. With professional interests ranging from behavior and dentistry, to geriatric medicine and hospice care, our team is well-equipped to provide our patients with nothing but the best care. We’d like to introduce two veterinarians behind the stethoscopes—Dr. Gibbs and Dr. Sparrow—so you can become more familiar with these pet-health advocates. Let’s follow their journey to veterinary medicine, and read about the interests they enjoy in this behind-the-scenes look.
Question (Q): Where are you originally from?
Dr. Gibbs (DG): Since my dad was in the Air Force, we moved frequently. I consider myself lucky to have lived all over the United States.
Dr. Sparrow (DS): I grew up in south Overland Park, Kansas, which is about 20 minutes from here.
Q: How and when did you decide to become a veterinarian?
DG: I decided to be a veterinarian in fifth grade, after witnessing my family cocker spaniel get hit by a car. The emergency veterinarian was calm, caring, and helped my pet to a full recovery. I knew then that I wanted to help animals in the same way.
DS: I decided I wanted to be a veterinarian at a very young age, because I have always loved animals. As I grew older, I realized that I also love the technical and scientific aspects of the career.
Q: How did you land at Somerset Animal Hospital?
DG: I landed here after moving back to the Kansas City area from Chicago. Somerset’s great location in Prairie Village, amazing staff, and well-equipped building made it the perfect place for me to practice.
DS: About a year ago, I decided that I wanted a change, and I found that Somerset Animal Hospital had the best team, facilities, and clients of all of the places I considered.
Q: What’s your favorite part of being a veterinarian?
DG: My favorite part is fostering the human-animal bond as puppies and kittens grow up to become an integral part of the family. It’s an incredible privilege to examine a young pet, partner with their family to keep them healthy, and then love on them in their senior years.
DS: I love the variety I get to see and do in a day. I really enjoy surgery, including dental surgery. I also feel honored that I am in a position to help people and their pets navigate end-of-life care.
Q: Tell us about your pets.
DG: I have a mini Noah’s ark at my house with two dogs, two cats, and two guinea pigs. Truman and Griffin are miniature Australian shepherds who are the best of buddies and playful companions in all our family shenanigans. Beatrice and Beauregard are domestic shorthair cats, better known as Queen Bea and Cookie Wookie Warrior. The piggies, Rocky and Max, can cheer up anyone with their delightful purrs, squeaks, and squeals.
DS: I have a 12-year-old miniature Australian shepherd, Lexie; a 3-year-old rough collie, Louie; a 6-year-old guinea pig, Coconut; and a 4-year-old guinea pig, Kiwi.
Q: Tell us about your human family.
DG: My husband of 15 years, Joe, is a veterinarian at Mill Creek Animal Hospital, and also a phenomenal dad. My daughter, Olivia, is in Westridge Middle School, and loves playing her violin and practicing karate. My 8-year-old son, Camden, plays lacrosse and the drums.
DS: My dad has retired from his career at Bayer Animal Health. My mom works for the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. I am an only child, and we are a tight-knit family!
Q: What’s something about you that might surprise others?
DG: I was a Division 3 gymnast at Ursinus College. Also, my human children are adopted.
DS: I did the majority of my undergraduate coursework at the University of Kentucky and have a dual degree in business management and political science.
Q: What’s your favorite food?
DG: Lobster bisque
Q: What’s your biggest fear?
Q: Do you prefer dogs or cats?
DG: Cats, with their purrs, nose boops, angry munching, chattering, tail twitches, lovey eyes, and overall superior attitudes, are my favorite.
DS: Definitely dogs
Q: What’s your favorite hobby?
DG: What’s a hobby? Does driving kids to sporting events and music lessons count as a hobby?
DS: I love cooking, baking, and curling up with a good book.
Q: Would you rather have a spa weekend or camping weekend?
DG: I’d rather camp on a lake.
DS: Neither—I’d prefer a beach weekend.
Q: What’s on your bucket list?
DG: I want to ride a donkey to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
DS: I would like to own a horse at some point. I also want to travel more, and check more countries and states off my list.
When you bring your pet in for their appointment at Somerset Animal Hospital, you can feel like you’re with family. Give us a call to schedule an appointment.