This community is our home. And caring for the families here means everything to us. Now, meet the team who will welcome you to ours.
Dr. Jim Humphrey graduated with honors in 1983 from Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Humphrey was born and raised in the Kansas City area and is also an alumnus of Shawnee Mission North High School. He joined JCAC in the summer of 1983 and became a partner with Dr. Small in 1985 when they also opened Leawood Plaza Animal Hospital which is still a part of the practice in addition to JCAC.
Dr. Humphrey is a proud husband and father. He and his wife, Deb, have two grown sons and a daughter-in-law, Jacob, Jason, and Amanda. Most of his time away from practice is spent with his family enjoying a number of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, fishing, and snow skiing. The Humphreys currently have one dog, named Bug and two cats named, Cinco and Maya. Dr. Humphrey is also actively involved in his church.
Dr. Humphrey is a member of the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association.
Dr. Eberhardy is a 1993 graduate of Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Eberhardy joined the practice in 1998, becoming partners with Dr. Humphrey in 2007. Dr. Eberhardy was born and raised in the Kansas City area and currently makes his home in Olathe, Kansas, with his high school sweetheart and wife Lisa. They have two awesome daughters that they have passed their KSU purple passion onto. They share their home with two entertaining cats, Pete and Tilley, and a rescue dog, Bean, who has received her “Canine Good Citizen” award through the AKC. Outside of his veterinary duties, Dr. Eberhardy is spending time studying to be a certified sommelier, enjoys exercise and yoga and looks forward to being outside whenever possible working in his yard and playing fetch with Bean.
Dr. Eberhardy is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas Veterinary Association, Kansas City Veterinary Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.
Dr. Kaylie Fritts is an Indiana native and alumna of Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Fritts practiced in the heart of Amish country in Indiana before moving with her fiancé to Idaho in the fall of 2017. In 2018, Dr. Fritts made the best decision of her life and married fellow veterinarian, Dr. Kyle DeYoung. In 2019, the couple made the move to Kansas City to allow them to pursue their respective career goals and be closer to family. So far, they’re thoroughly enjoying life in the Kansas City metro and take every opportunity they can get to explore local shops and restaurants, visit the art museum, or have a beer at a craft brewery. Dr. Fritts and Dr. DeYoung have a lot of animals: Layla, a Craigslist retriever, Ivy, a resuce pitbull, Spike, a chihuahua saved from death row, and Olive Tooster, a dumpster kitten with whom Dr. Fritts is in a constant power struggle. When not exploring Kansas City, you can find Dr. Fritts walking her dogs, taking a yoga class, reading a book, knitting a scarf, or watching The Office.
Dr. Karen Whitham is a 2nd generation veterinarian raised in Columbus, KS graduating from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. Upon her graduation, she gladly followed her Air Force husband, Rusty, to his various assignments, but after his retirement in 2011, they chose to make their home in Louisburg, KS. They are proud parents of 2: Shaylor who will be a freshman at Pittsburgh State University this fall, and Ryan, who will be a sophomore at Louisburg High School. In her spare time, Dr. Whitham enjoys attending her children’s school and church activities, as well as traveling. Their family is complete with 4 dogs and 3 cats, all rescues!
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are proud to have Laci is our office/practice manager and she has been with our practice in that or other capacities for 6 years. She loves spending time with pets and “their people”, and has had a passion to work with animals since the age of 4. She finds enjoyment traveling with her family, hiking, shopping, watching movies and playing board games with her son. She has 2 pets: Clover, a black Lab mix rescue and Blue, a senior Siamese mix cat.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
Technicians and Assistants
Lou has been one of our veterinary technicians for the last 2 ½ years and has worked our practice for over 5 years. She was in the Navy for 15 years and aspires to go to veterinary school to further her interests. She has a son, Cole, who also works for us, and enjoys working on cars, watching football and of course, playing with animals! Her pets include Jameson, a 4 year old Great Dane and Boba, a 1 year old Rex Rabbit.
Amber currently is an assistant technician at our practice after starting out in our boarding facility. Family is very important to her and we enjoy having her as part of our practice family. She loves to venture on hikes in the “great outdoors”, and swimming is another activity she gets great pleasure from. In her free time she plays with her 2 year old Jack Russell Terrier, Lillian.
Amanda is a veterinary technician at both JCAC and LPAH. She is a transport from Texas where she lived 15 years and now also is working on a degree in Veterinary Technology. She loves going to the dog park with her sister or her dogs, reading and shopping. She has 3 dogs (Bailey, Tyson and Max) and 2 cats (Dobby and Harley).
“Lots of people talk to animals…. Not very many listen, though…. That’s the problem.”
Jaime is a receptionist at JCAC. She has worn many hats in the veterinary field including being a veterinary assistant and tech along with receptionist duties. She’s a KU grad having degrees in Psychology and Human Development and Family Life, and like all KU fans loves basketball. A fun KU note is that she also crewed on the KU row team! Her other interests include music, off leash dog parks, pet shows and especially the Weimaraner dog breed. She has no dogs currently, however has had 4 Weimaraners and a Shar-Pei/heeler mix.
Maragret is a customer service receptionist at LPAH. She calls her resume, “the Heinz 57 of veterinary care” with stints at a mobile clinic and managing a doggie daycare facility. She loves being a “Nana” to her grandbabies, going to the movies with her husband, swinging on her porch and listening to music, making jewelry, and painting ceramics. And a lifelong dream came true when she got to swim with the Dolphins! She has 3 dogs and 2 cats: Dogs, Rosie, Sissie, and Casey, and cats, Star and Shadow.
“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”
Bio coming soon.
Christina is one of our experienced animal caretakers working in the kennel. She works hard feeding and watering your pets when you are out of town or when they just need some special care during times of illness. She also performs routine baths, exams and weight measures to assist in general wellness care. Her goal is to make sure your pets get the attention and love they deserve when they are here. Her family and friends are important to her as is Maximillian, her senior black lab mix!
“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
Chris was born in the Kansas City area and currently lives in Tonganoxie, Kansas. She started working at Johnson County Animal Clinic in 1984 as a Veterinary Technician, but currently uses her skills as a Professional Groomer to provide excellent grooming services. Both Chris and her husband have a love and passion for animals. They share their lives with two horses, two goats, four dogs, and multiple cats.