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.   At the present time, only one pet graces the Gage household. He is Randall, a nine year old Tuxedo cat. 

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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 L. McClain, D.V.M.

*Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Dr. Nancy McClain joined Fairway Animal Hospital in 2015 after graduating from the University of Missouri - College of Veterinary Medicine that same year. She grew up in St. Louis as the youngest of three girls where she attended St. Joseph’s Academy and later went on to the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in Biology.  Nancy’s love for veterinary medicine began in grade school when she adopted a kitten (named Tequila for the manner in which she walked  or Tiki for short), with severe neurologic disease that required extra special care at home. Though Tiki only lived three years, her short life had a big influence on Dr. McClain’s and how she practices medicine today. Dr. McClain is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association, and American Association of Feline Practitioners.

Dr. McClain became a Kansas City transplant after marrying her college sweetheart, Patrick in 2015.  The pair currently live in a 90-year-old home in Brookside with their goofy boxer mix, Stella. They are eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child due in February. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys spending time with friends and family, working on their home, playing tennis, and jogging with her dog. Her special areas of interest include preventative medicine, behavior, and client education. 

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Joanne B. Belt, D.V.M.

*Certified Fear Free Practitioner
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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Anne M. Mather D.V.M.

*Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Dr. Anne Mather joined the Fairway Animal Hospital team in January 2018, after spending over four years at an AAHA-accredited small animal practice in Lincoln, Nebraska.  

Anne is a Queens, New York native and decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine in high school while volunteering in the medical center of a large animal shelter on Long Island. She attended Boston College where she obtained a degree in Biology, then Fordham University where she obtained a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences, before attending Kansas State University and graduating with her D.V.M. in 2013. She is a member of the AVMA. She enjoys the variety provided by general practice, and is particularly interested in ophthalmology, soft tissue surgery, and dentistry.

Anne recently married Greg and they share their home with one very spoiled cat, Penny. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, and playing traditional Irish music on the fiddle and occasionally the tin whistle. Anne is looking forward to working with the team at Fairway Animal Hospital, becoming involved with the vibrant local Celtic music community, and exploring the Kansas City area.

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Todd A. Rezac, D.V.M.

Dr. Todd Rezac recently joined Fairway Animal Hospital after 16 years in a small animal practice in the Denver area. Todd received his D.V.M. degree in 1999 from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (IVECCS) and the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS). 

Todd grew up outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended St. Cloud State University where he received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science. After graduating from veterinary school, Todd worked in the Minneapolis area before moving to Denver. Todd met his wife in Denver and they enjoyed several years skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains. They recently had a son and decided to move their family back to the Midwest to be near family. They live on farmland in Missouri with their 5 dogs and 2 pigs. Todd enjoys fishing, hunting, biking, and craft beer. 

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