Dr. Capwell

Dr. Capwell

Hi! I’m Dr. Barbara Capwell. I am very grateful for being one of those lucky people who always "knew what they wanted to be." By the time I was in second grade I was telling everyone who would listen that I was going to be a veterinarian someday.

I grew up in upstate New York, earned a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Cornell University, and then fled the cold East Coast Winters as soon as I graduated! I spent a few years working as a veterinary technician in Phoenix before I finally went to veterinary school at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. I was very worried about having to endure winters again, but the Colorado winter weather was mild by comparison and the opportunity and experience was certainly worth the teeth-chattering and slippery driving conditions!

I graduated from Veterinary School in May 1998 and took my first job as a veterinarian at the Santa Cruz Humane Society in Nogales, AZ. Later, I moved to Tucson, and worked several years at Valley Animal Hospital. My friend and mentor there was TK Warfield. He taught me so much and was a huge influence in making me a skilled and confident surgeon! To him I will always be grateful!

In 2003, I moved back to "the Valley of the Sun," the place that I love! I worked for a few years at the Arizona Humane Society in the Second Chance Animal Hospital. It was unbelievable the things I saw there, and it was an invaluable opportunity to help animals! I loved that job and felt like I really made a difference in the lives of the animals I saw there. Animal Planet filmed a series there, and you can see me in some episodes of Animal Planet Heroes: Phoenix (I tried but could not always escape the camera). After I left the Arizona Humane Society I worked mostly as a relief vet in small animal practice and emergency clinics until I finally decided to buy my own animal hospital.

I bought Burke Veterinary Hospital in March 2008 because I wanted to create a friendly environment for people to bring their pets for veterinary care. I wanted animals and their people to be treated with respect, compassion, and dignity. I wanted a great staff that loved their jobs and looked forward to coming to work each day. I think you will find all these good things at Gentle Care Animal Hospital!

Of course I have pets, which include a few Chihuahuas, (Chamaco, Mouse, Grizzly Bear, Twig, Olive, Martin, Keeper, Mr. G, and Stewie!) and a Lab/Rottie mix (Vinnie). I have one orange cat (JT), a huge Ragamuffin cat (Macchiato), and an African grey parrot (Superbird!). I also foster animals for NURDs rescue. My hobbies (you think I have time for hobbies???) are playing with dogs, feeding dogs, feeding the bird, feeding cats, cleaning up after dogs, cleaning up after cats, cleaning the bird cage, reading, sleeping, and brushing the cats.

Amanda

Amanda

Hi! My name is Amanda. I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. I moved to Phoenix three years ago to pursue my passion in animal care. I attended Carrington College where I received a certificate for Veterinary Assistant. I have two dogs named Thor and Loki and a cat named Harley. In our spare time my fiancé and I enjoy taking hiking trips up to Prescott and watching movies on the weekend. I’m excited to learn and grow here at Gentle Care Animal Hospital, hope to meet you and your pets soon!

Crystal

Crystal Chance

Hi! My name is Crystal Chance. I am an Arizona native, born and raised in Northern Arizona. I have worked in the veterinary field for since 2001 and have always had a special connection with animals. My gentle touch and ability to sense your pet's feelings lend me an exceptional skill to understand their emotions and pain threshold. I know that the care I give to your pet will be the best that there is to offer. I am very diligent in keeping up with the newest techniques, medicines and procedures to best serve your favorite friend.

I love fishing, camping and cooking; my favorite store is Bass Pro Shop. I have a long-haired Chihuahua named Auto, an American Curl named Scoops, and a flame-point Siamese mix named Brain, and another Chihuahua, Penelope Jane, who is the boss of us all!

I hope to see you soon at Gentle Care Animal Hospital!

James

James

James comes to Gentle Care Animal Hospital with more than 15 years experience, and has been certified by the state of Arizona as a Veterinary Technician. At a very young age James knew that veterinary medicine was going to be in his future. In addition to working with cats and dogs, James also has experience with some exotic animals and during his career he has found a special interest in veterinary dentistry. Hi kids include a 6 year old German Shepherd and an 8 month old Bassett Hound, both of which are rescues and "rule the roost" at his house. He would love to meet you, so schedule an appointment today!

Vanessa

Vanessa

Hello! My name is Vanessa. I am an Arizona native, born and raised and a recent graduate from Anthem College with my Associates in Science for Veterinary Technology. I completed my externship here at Gentle Care Animal Hospital in May of 2014 and have been here since! I do plan to continue on and become a CVT to grow within the veterinary field and expand my knowledge. My family consists of myself and two pit bull mixes named Delilah and Dax. In our spare time we enjoy lounging on the couch and going for walks. I am happy to be a part of the Gentle Care Team with experience as both a Technician and Receptionist. Hope to see you soon!