Here at Allcare Animal Hospital, we are extremely proud of our dedicated team. Our employees are loyal, experienced animal lovers who are well-trained in their positions. We will do anything possible to make our patients and their owners comfortable and happy while working with us. We believe our patients deserve the very best veterinary care, which we strive to provide for them. Our employees treat each patient like their own pet, giving them plenty of love and attention.
Click the link below to meet the staff members that make up our team. If you would like to speak to someone, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (913) 268-5011.
Verona Chaffin, DVM (owner)
Dr. Chaffin graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1982. She has worked with large animals and small animals throughout the years. She opened Allcare Animal Hospital in 1991, and has been practicing small animal medicine there ever since. At home, she has 3 horses (Jet, Nelson, and Pye), 3 cats (Dr. Bombay, Godiva, and Blaze), and a flock of guinea hens. In her free time, she enjoys riding her horses, flying as a private pilot, and embroidering.
Leisa Snyder, DVM
Dr. Snyder graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She began working at Allcare Animal Hospital in 2000, and has been with us ever since. At home, she has 1 cat (Vader). In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her husband and two sons, and traveling with family.
Michelle Gast, DVM
Michelle graduated from Kansas State university in 2002. Became an Allcare veterinarian right after graduation.
Jerome Berkowitz, DVM
Dr. Berkowitz graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1979. He has worked with large animals and small animals. He opened his own veterinary clinic and ran it from 1981-2003. He then began working with us as a relief veterinarian in 2014, and has been doing so ever since. At home, he has 2 dogs (Zavy and ZZ Top). In his free time, he enjoys playing slide guitar (among many other instruments), woodworking, and traveling.
Jennifer joined the Allcare Team in January 2020, however has worked in veterinary medicine for 20 years. Jennifer is always working behind the scenes however you will from time to time find her helping out up front or on the floor with the doctors in the exam rooms. She wears many hats and has strived to provide the clients at Allcare Animal Hospital with the best team available to care for them and their pets. At home she has 4 Boxers- Eris, Onyx, Bane and Neytiri- It just may be her favorite breed. She has been known to run out of her office if a boxer is in the building to go snuggle with them.
Carrie has been a veterinary technician since 2000. She started working at Allcare Animal Hospital back in 2003, and has been with us ever since. Carrie has the biggest heart and wants nothing but the best for all her patients. She is an amazing part of our team and we wouldn’t know what to do without her, nor would our clients and patients. She is our in clinic “Cat Whisper” At home, she has 2 dogs (Oona, Winchester) and 1 cat Bill Snyder. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors with her dogs, and traveling with her husband and two sons
Amber joined the Allcare Team in January 2021, however has many years of experience in the veterinary field. Amber is one of the many faces you will meet during your visit that takes care of our patients. She is an amazing technician that strives to provide the best care to all the patients she is involved with. She is always in a great mood and reminds us daily to have a little fun too. At home she has her amazing best friend, a Jack Russel Terrier name Lillian. However, the staff continues to remind her, Lillian needs a new little friend. We will see what the future holds for them.
Cassidy joined the Allcare Team in Feb 2020, she began with us at the front desk but her passion was working hands on with the doctors and patients. In 2021, we moved her to the back to work alongside our other technicians and the doctors and she has blossomed every since. She loves learning and making sure her patients get the best care with a little fun along the way. At home she currently has her furry kitties, Trooper, Nala, Aurora, Daenerys, and the newest member Morty. Will there be more in her future? Only time will tell.
Amanda joined the Allcare Team in July 2012, although you will only see her from time to time now. Amanda is still a big part of our team but is currently off studying to be a Veterinarian- She is an amazingly caring technician and we know she will be a wonderful Veterinarian as well. We wish her all the best but continue to keep her busy helping our clients and patients when she has breaks from school.
Heather has been working in the veterinary medicine field since 2012. She began working at Allcare Animal Hospital as a receptionist in 2016. At home, she has 8 dogs (Chevy, Cow Cow, Gizmo, Chubbett, Nugget, Cooper, Gatlin, and Jax), and 1 cat (Sweetheart). In her free time, she enjoys gardening, roller skating, and spending time with her family.
Kayla is the newest member of the Allcare Team, joining us in August 2022, however don’t let that fool you. Kayla is an amazing learner and strives to be there for every one of our clients and patients with her friendly voice and happy smile as they call or come in. She is always willing to help and goes above and beyond to make sure she has the right answers for any and all questions she gets asked. At home she has her cat Beck and her Golden Ret/Dachshund Otis. We highly believe a friend for Beck is in the future for her home.
Annie joined the Allcare Team in September 2021. Annie fit in from day one with our team. She is a bright, thoughtful and caring addition that strives to provide the best customer experience possible. Annie is always wanting to learn more and has shown interest in continuing in the veterinary field with a possible future as a technician. Will she become our next to move to the back, we look forward to seeing what her future holds in place for her. She is always eager to help anyone in need and always with a bright smile. At home she has a number of furry friends and just like all team members in the veterinary field, we are sure her numbers will climb.
Jessica joined the Allcare Team in April 2022, however she came with experience. Jessica currently wears a hat of many kinds, most of the time you will find her up front, greeting clients and answering phones, however we also pull her to the back to be a veterinary assistant as well as a patient care assistant, She is always on the go and strives to be there for all her patients that she is constantly caring for. At home she has 2 little dogs and 2 big dogs, is a cat friend in their future?
Patient Care Assistants
Shawna joined the Allcare Team in August 2021. Shawna spends her time caring for our patients and making sure their stays with us are top notch. She is very caring and spends the time with the patients that they each individually need. She is amazing with all our patients and is always willing to help anyone on her team. Shawna is very dedicated and we couldn’t run without her. At home she has 2 kitties, Jasper and Jasmine, we highly believe a dog friend needs to be in her future, She’s amazing with them.
Amanda joined our team in August 2021 as well. Amanda has become a very important part of our team and we are so happy she has chosen us. Amanda is amazing with our patients and gives them that extra calmness that they might need during their stays and recovers. She is hard at work daily making sure they have amazing care and is always watching for any signs that need to be brought to the doctors attention. At home she has 2 dogs, Carmella and Sir Charles , and a cat, Ivy.
Alyssa joined the Allcare Team in September 2020. Alyssa spends her days washing, drying and giving our patients amazing hair cuts and styles. She loves her work and continues to grow with us. At home she has 2 dogs, Diablo and Peanut, which can usually be find at the clinic entertaining the staff.