Our Gentle Vets
~~Dr. Tracey Gilbert~~
**UPDATE Aug 2019: After years of dedication to the health and well-being of pets in all shapes and sizes, Dr. Gilbert has retired! We wish her all the best as she begins this exciting transition!**
Dr. Gilbert has been fascinated with animals ever since she could
walk. She grew up chasing after stray cats, dogs, garter snakes,
chipmunks, or whatever she could find (and catch) to bring home.
Sadly, her parents had the good sense to insist on releasing the
wild animals after a day of observation.
In the third grade, she announced that she was
going to be a veterinarian, and never wavered from that decision.
She attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State
University and embarked upon a lifetime of working to heal any
critter that walks, runs, flies, climbs, or slithers. Along the way,
she has been privileged to meet and work with many wonderful pet
owners, animal caretakers, and veterinary professionals.
Since coming to Green Bay many years ago, Dr. Gilbert has served
on the Boards of the Bay Area Humane Society and the Bay Beach
Wildlife Sanctuary. She was very active in the Brown County 4H
Dog Training Project, and Packerland Kennel Club. Currently, Dr.
Gilbert serves on the Zoological Society Board and the Advisory
Board for the NEW Zoo.
Dr. Gilbert has been the official veterinarian for the NEW Zoo and
the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary for many years. She is very
proud to be involved with these two extraordinary animal facilities.
Dr. Gilbert lives in Luxemburg with her long-time companion, Tom,
and three dogs, three cats, and three horses. She enjoys training and
playing with her dogs and horses, and has competed in agility,
tracking, herding, conformation, and obedience with many dogs over
the years. The cats pretty much just train her to feed them and see
to their every desire.
~~Dr. Daniel Gray~~
Dr. Dan Gray is originally from Cedar Falls, Iowa, and graduated in 2004 from the Iowa State University of College Veterinary Medicine. During his education he dedicated a large amount of his free time to education in wildlife and exotic animal medicine. From 2004-2006 he practiced in a small animal practice in Dubuque, Iowa, before coming to Green Bay, to work with Gentle Vet Animal Hospital. From 2005-2013 he was also a disaster response veterinarian working for the National Veterinary Response Team 5 through the U.S. department of HHS and the Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams through the AVMA. He retired from these organizations in late 2012 to become a partner with Dr. Gilbert in Gentle Vet Animal Hospital, and as of July 2019, is now the full owner. He's currently excited to be working with the NEW Zoo, Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, and multiple local animal charities in addition to full time veterinary practice.
He currently resides near Luxemburg with his wife and 2 boys, along with a house cat, a Golden Retriever, a cockatiel, a betta fish, a bevy of barn cats, and more chickens than he will admit to!
~~Dr. Amelia Gessner~
Dr. Gessner is originally from the Metro Detroit area and attended both undergraduate and veterinary school at Michigan State University, spending her elective classes learning exotic pet and zoo medicine. Next she moved out to College Station, TX for a small animal internship at the Texas A&M Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and then to south Florida where she practiced primarily exotic pet medicine. She and her husband then decided to make Wisconsin their home base, and moved to Northeastern Wisconsin in 2016. You may have seen her after hours or on the weekends at the Fox Valley and Green Bay Animal Referral Centers before she joined the team at Gentle Vet Animal Hospital and Cat Care Clinic.
Dr. Gessner loves all species, but has special interest in exotic pets, and zoo, and wildlife species. She is excited to join the GVAH family. She will also be helping Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Gray at the NEW Zoo, and the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.
She currently lives in Appleton with her husband and their fur-babies, a kitty named Zander, and Blue Bell a pittie mix. She enjoys team sports, fitness, baking, and ballroom dancing in her spare time.
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