|Monday||7:00am - 6:00pm|
|Tuesday||7:00am - 7:00pm|
|Wednesday||7:00am - 6:00pm|
|Thursday||7:00am - 7:00pm|
|Friday||7:00am - 6:00pm|
|Saturday||8:00am - 1:00pm|
|Sunday||5:00pm - 6:00pm|
- Evening and Weekend appointments
- Wellness programs for all life-stag
- Custom vaccination schedules
- Board-certified surgical services
- Professional Grooming available
- Animal Boarding
- Animal Daycare
- Animal Flea Control
- Animal Grooming
- Animal Microchipping
- Holistic Veterinary Medicine
- Reptile Vet
- Small Animal Vet
- Veterinary Dentistry
- Veterinary Euthanasia
- Veterinary Medical Specialties
- Veterinary Surgery
- Veterinary Vaccinations
- New Pet Initial Visit
- Physical Exam
Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital, formerly known as Mapleview Animal Clinic, was founded in 1965 by Dr. T. Robert Bashara. The practice was first located at 9015 Ohio Street in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Bashara worked as a single practitioner of veterinary medicine there until 1981 when he hired his first associate.
As Omaha grew, so did the need for veterinary services further west. Dr. Bashara opened a second veterinary hospital in 1985 at 120th and Blondo, which was then called Candlewood Animal Hospital. After a few years, and substantial growth, a third associate was hired. Both hospitals kept three full-time associates very busy for the next few years, and in 1997, Dr. Peter Bashara, a recent Iowa State Veterinary Medicine graduate and the son of Dr. Bashara, returned to Omaha and joined the family business.
Omaha's continuing westward expansion once again required the need for veterinary services, and construction began to build a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital on the outskirts of the city. In 1999 the Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital was opened by Dr. Bashara and his son Dr. Peter Bashara at 153rd and Maple in the Torrey Pines shopping center. The business continued to grow and currently has 44 professional and non-professional employees.
We also offer acupuncture and laser therapy services!
Dr. Bashara received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1963. After two years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, he opened the Mapleview Animal Clinic in 1965. The Candlewood Animal Hospital opened in 1985. Dr. Bashara is an affiliate member of the American Animal Hospital Association, a past officer of the Greater Omaha Veterinary Association, a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Nebraska Academy of Veterinary Medicine.
Practicing in Omaha for more than 40 years has given Dr. Bashara a unique perspective. He has watched the city grow westward, and the Gentle Doctor Animal Hospitals grow alongside it. He has treated generations of Omaha families' pets, and is proud to have continued a tradition of quality care, while incorporating leading-edge testing, equipment and procedures to the practice.
Dr. Bashara has passed his compassion for animals on to his son, Dr. Peter Bashara who followed him into the practice of veterinary medicine.
Dr. Pete Bashara is a 1997 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Nebraska Academy of Veterinary Medicine, serves on the board of the Nebraska Humane Society and the Animal Emergency Clinic, and is a member of the Iowa State University Veterinary Medical Alumni Association. In 2007, Dr. Bashara was named the Midwest Business Journal's small businessman of the year. Dr. Bashara and his wife Andrea, also an Omaha native, have two children, two dogs and a cat.read more
Dr. Krapfl, an Iowa native, graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, with a B.S. in biology and a minor in business administration. He earned his DVM degree from Iowa State in 1995. Dr. Krapfl joined the Gentle Doctor team in 2000, increasing the hospital's diagnostic capabilities with his expertise in ultrasonography and endoscopy. Dr. Krapfl and his wife Michelle have a two sons and one cat.read more
Dr. Thomassen has been employed with the Gentle Doctor Animal Hospitals for more than 11 years and held over 4 different positions before graduating from Veterinary school. She started working in the kennels for Dr. Bashara while still in high school and eventually went on to graduate from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in June of 2007. Dr. Thomassen and her husband Michael (also a veterinarian) have two boys and a girl, a maltese named Milo and a domestic shorthair named Samson.read more
Dr. Belfiore graduated from Kansas State University in 2003. She then completed a 1-year small animal internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Denver, Colorado. She spent the next 4 years practicing in a small animal hospital in Arvada, Colorado. She joined Gentle Doctor Animal Hospitals in the fall of 2008. She and her husband, Dominic, have a daughter, a cat and a Boston terrier named Charlie.read more
Dr. Adrienne Kanne, an Omaha native, completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She has been employed as a veterinary assistant at the Gentle Doctor Animal Hospitals for 6 years prior to receiving her DVM from Iowa State University. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Kanne and her husband, Bob, have 3 dogs named Kaiser, Mona and Toby.read more
Dr. Stokes earned both her undergraduate and doctor of veterinary medicine degrees at Kansas State University from 1983-1990. After graduation, she practiced in Kansas and Wisconsin before accompanying her husband Jeff to Omaha. They have three children, two cats, three birds and a lizard. Although Dr. Stokes has practiced in the Omaha area previously, she has recently joined the Gentle Doctor Animal Hospitals in May of 2010.read more