Our Doctors | Veterinary | Veterinarian | Vet | Fairway | Fairway Animal Hospital

Our Doctors | Veterinary | Veterinarian | Vet | Fairway | Fairway Animal Hospital

Our team of doctors has over 100 years of combined experience.  Our doctors studied at 3 different universities, and each has unique skills and interests.  They work well as a team and consult each other regularly on their cases.

Hires W. Gage, D.V.M.

Dr. Hires Gage grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, graduating from Southwest High School in 1969. His interest in veterinary medicine originated from working summers on his grandfather's dairy farm near Lawrence, Kansas during junior high and high school. Hires began college at the University of Kansas, but transferred to the University of Missouri-Columbia after two and a half years in order to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.  He received a B.S. in Agriculture in 1973, and his D.V.M. in 1977. Late in vet school his interest shifted from large animals to companion animals. After graduation, Hires accepted an associate position in a small animal hospital in Las Vegas where he spent two years there before receiving an opportunity to return to Kansas City. He joined Fairway Animal Hospital in 1979 and purchased the practice in 1981.
Dr. Gage is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), KVMA, KCVMA, and American Animal Hospital Association. He has served two terms as president of the KCVMA. In the community, Dr. Gage has been on the board of Children's Center for the Visually Impaired, and is presently on the Board of Pets for Life.
Hires and his wife Gail have been married for 35 years. They have two children, Bailey, age 30, who graduated from veterinary school at Kansas State University in May 2014.  In June 2017, Bailey married Dr. Art Charles, a classmate in vet school.   After two years of working side by side as associates in a practice in northern Maine, Bailey and Art recently purchased their own small animal practice in southern Maine near Portland. Logan, age 27, currently works in a local bank and lives in Brookside with three friends.   Three pets grace the Gage household. They are Randall, a Tuxedo cat; Pookie, a Cockalier; and Margaret, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
When away from Fairway Animal Hospital, Dr. Gage enjoys playing golf, watching sports, fishing, hunting upland game and waterfowl and vacationing with his family.

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Stephen H. White, D.V.M., D.A.B.V.P.

Dr. Steve White joined Fairway Animal Hospital in 1985 after receiving his D.V.M from Kansas State University. He grew up in Kansas City, and attended Rockhurst High School, where he made his decision to pursue veterinary medicine as a career. As a lifelong resident of Kansas City he felt fortunate to be able to return to his hometown and join the well-respected Fairway Animal Hospital practice. In 1992, he attained his certification as a Diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), KVMA, KCVMA, and the American Animal Hospital Association.
Dr. White met his wife, Lisa in 1988. Shortly after they met, Lisa brought Bridget, her long haired dachshund to him for puppy shots. Lisa thought that since Bridget approved of Steve, he must be a pretty good guy. A year and a half later, Steve and Lisa were married and began to raise a family. They have two daughters, Kimberly and Kathryn; both are graduates of Benedictine college. Kimberly is a Child Life Specialist at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Kathryn is a nurse. Lisa’s vocation as wife and mother continues to be the joy of her life second only to her Catholic faith.
Currently, Steve and his wife live in Prairie Village with Leo their rescue dachshund. During his free time, Steve enjoys being with his family, woodworking, fly fishing, reading and studying scripture and theology. He was ordained in June 2017 as a deacon for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and serves in their home parish of Cure of Ars Catholic Church.

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Cynthia D. Risen, D.V.M.

Dr. Cindy Risen joined the staff Fairway Animal Hospital in 2002. She came from another small animal practice in south Johnson County. Cindy received her D.V.M. degree in 1999 from Kansas State University. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), KVMA, KCVMA, and American Animal Hospital Association.

Dr. Risen grew up in Kansas City and attended Shawnee Mission West High School. She attended and received an undergraduate degree, B.S. in Agriculture, from Kansas State University. After graduation, Cindy moved to Los Angeles and worked as an animal control officer for five years. The job was very rewarding and enabled her to care for animals in a unique way. After that experience, she moved back to Kansas to pursue her D.V.M. degree.

Cindy has two dogs. Scooter, a Toy Poodle and Bert, a Rottweiler. Contrary to popular convention, the Rottweiler is a sweet heart and the Poodle is a biter! Both are foster dogs turned permanent residents. Cindy has three cats that she describes as living with Capuchin monkeys. They are Ping, a Siamese; Max, a black and white domestic shorthair; and Sunshine, an orange tabby. Cindy does have two pets that do not live in her house. Cabin Fever is a quarter horse gelding and Jerry Struman is a Percheron/Thoroughbred cross gelding.

Dr. Risen enjoys volunteering for Kansas City Pet Project at the KCMO shelter. She also likes to spend time with friends and family, riding, painting, reading and watching bad television. 

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Nancy McClain, D.V.M.

Dr. Nancy McClain earned her D.V.M. degree from the University of Missouri where she graduated as a member of Phi Zeta, the honor society of veterinary medicine that recognizes the top 25% of the senior class. Nancy was the recipient of the 2012 Miss America Scholarship - an award chosen by classmates for demonstration of leadership in college organizations and activities, and promotion of the veterinary profession through community service and academic achievement. She was also awarded the Ives Cardiff Scholarship for demonstrating aptitude and compassion for the human-animal bond. Throughout veterinary school, Dr. McClain was fortunate enough to work as a research assistant at the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction. She is a member of the AVMA and KCVMA.

Nancy grew up in St. Louis as the youngest of three girls. She attended St. Joseph’s Academy and later went to the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in Biology. Nancy was a Chi Omega at Mizzou where she enjoyed participating in sorority functions and served as the chapter’s social chair for a year. As a freshman undergraduate student, Nancy’s best friend introduced her to her now husband, Pat. 

Dr. McClain recently got married and moved to the area. She and Pat reside in Midtown with their goofy boxer mix, Stella. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys spending time with friends and family, trying new restaurants, playing tennis, attempting to practice yoga, and jogging with her dog. Her areas of special interest include cardiology and neurology. Nancy is thrilled to be joining such a great community and looks forward to getting to know the area better.

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Joanne B. Belt, D.V.M.

Dr. Joanne Belt (previously Dr. Bauer) joined the practice in June 2017.  Dr. Belt graduated from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, and spent the two years prior to joining Fairway Animal Hospital at a small animal practice in Johnson County.  She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.

Joanne always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian.  In fact, her mother recalls her talking about being an “animal doctor” at the age of three after meeting a pony for the first time.  She grew up in the Kansas City area and attended Brookwood Elementary where you can still find a book she authored in the library entitled “Equine Veterinarians.”  Dr. Belt then attended Bishop Miege High School, the University of Kansas for one year, and Kansas State University to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

Joanne is thrilled to be in Kansas City and working at Fairway Animal Hospital.  She lives in Roeland Park with her two brown dogs, Harvey and Lucy.  She has a long-time love of horses, and currently has a Paso Fino named Sophia who lives in Overland Park.  Joanne married Tom Belt in October 2017 and had an outdoor ceremony where she keeps her horse.  In her free time, Joanne loves spending time with friends and family, riding, traveling, and the outdoors.

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