Meet the Gentle Care Veterinary Professionals
Marguerite Ermeling, DVM
Dr. Marguerite Ermeling, a graduate of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, opened Gentle Care Animal Hospital in 1987. Her mission was to offer the Lawrence community uniquely personalized family pet care. She was the region’s first premier veterinarian to provide advanced medical and surgical options for dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, exotics, and wildlife patients. She continues to provide cutting-edge advances in veterinary medicine, including special certifications in acupuncture and chiropractic care, which complement her traditional medicine practice.
Dr. Ermeling promotes education for families to help form a more comprehensive team to participate in their pets’ health care.
She is married to Jim Baggett, owner of Lawrence’s nationally recognized Mass Street Music. Along with their daughter, they have been a part of the Lawrence and Douglas County community for many years. They enjoy training horses, sailing, working around their home, and community activities.
Darren Rausch, DVM
With a degree in education from the University of Kansas, Dr. Darren Rausch taught high school science for five years prior to going to veterinary school. He graduated cum laude from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999 and joined Gentle Care Animal Hospital in 2001.
Dr. Rausch brings extensive experience with reptiles, birds, cats, dogs, and pocket pets to Gentle Care Animal Hospital and has acquired the unique skill set necessary for orthopedic surgery.
He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Dental Society, American Animal Hospital Association, and Kansas Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Rausch resides in Lawrence with his son, daughter, and several four-legged family members. He continues to occasionally substitute teach in the Lawrence School District. He uses his love of education to increase pet owners’ knowledge, encouraging them to take an active role in their pet care choices and successes.
Our Professional Staff
Julie has been part of Gentle Care since 2004. She has a warming way of welcoming clients and patients. Julie and her husband, Jimmy, have one daughter, Taylor.
Her furry farm family includes three dogs, Carli, Bruce, and Abby, and Fluffy, a domestic shorthair. Outdoors there are about 50 chickens; three barn cats, Harley, Toby, and Missy; two goats, Bill and Junior; the horse family, Sprite, Tex, Stella, Tramp, a mule, Festus, and the beloved Jethro. Julie also has a pet cow, Roxy that she has had since the day it was born. Julie enjoys riding Festus and hanging out with family and friends.
Calley Vance, Receptionist
Calley joined the Gentle Care team in 2012 as a receptionist and she is in process of pursuing a veterinary technician degree. She is interested in all aspects of veterinary medicine for cats and dogs as well as birds, reptiles, and small mammals. She also has first hand experience in wildlife rehabilitation.
Calley enjoys spending time with her husband and son, Bruce. She also enjoys gardening, hiking, and going for walks with her pit bull, Charlie, and bouncy lab, Leroy. Her other four-legged kids are two house cats named Sami and Harpo.
Lindsay, Registered Veterinary Technician
Lindsay received her veterinary technician degree from the Bel-Rea Institute in Denver in 2004 and has been a Registered Technician since 2005. She joined the team at Gentle Care in 2010 and appreciates the loyal and trusting clientele she has come to know there.
Lindsay enjoys being outdoors with her best buddy, a black Lab named Titan, and spending time with her nieces and nephew.
Christine, Registered Veterinary Technician
Christine Newman graduated from Colby Community College as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2007. She joined the Gentle Care team in 2010. Christine enjoys learning about and gaining experience in canine behavior and psychology.
Her four-legged family consists of two dogs, Dierks, a pitbull, and Trigger, a black Lab; two cats, Polly and Ty; an Oriental shorthair; and a red-ear slider turtle named George. Christine’s hobbies include boating, golfing, and spending time with friends and family.
Andrea, Registered Veterinary Technician
Andrea is a 1998 Graduate of Maple Woods Veterinary Technician Program and has worked at Gentle Care since 1995. She has a special interest in wildlife rehabilitation and has helped care for a variety of wildlife, including songbirds, raptors, baby possums, squirrels, raccoons, and cottontail bunnies.
She shares her home with three cockatiels, two rabbits, two bearded dragon lizards, a cat, a chinchilla, and three guinea pigs.
Jessie, Veterinary Assistant
Jessica McCampbell first started working at Gentle Care as a kennel assistant three years ago and now she is a veterinary assistant, aiding the doctors with whatever they need. Jessica enjoys learning more about combining modern medicine with more alternative methods such as acupuncture.
She has one cat, Jack, whom she adopted when someone brought him in to the clinic after finding the 4-week-old kitten on the side of the road. When not working, Jessica spends her time reading, hanging out with friends, and cheering on the KU Jay Hawks!Diane Hack has worked as a kennel assistant at Gentle Care Animal Hospital for more than five years. She enjoys the close contact with the animals and providing a nurturing and caring environment.
Diane and her husband, Frank, share a lively household with two dogs, Chester and Vanna; four cats, Harvey, Mr. Orange, Opal, and Itsi; and Nestor the finch.
Cheyenne, Kennel Assistant
Cheyenne is currently a student at the University of Kansas and will graduate with a bachelor of science degree this May. She also has worked at Lawrence Veterinary Hospital and Welborne Pet Hospital in Kansas City.
She has three cats named Leo, Roma, and Fabio, and she hopes to have a dog someday as well.
Pippin, Our Hospital Cat
Pippin joined our staff in 2003. A Good Samaritan brought her to us following a mishap with a car. After many lengthy surgeries and loss of her tail, she became a vital member of our staff. She now enjoys greeting clients and pets in our waiting room. When she’s not greeting people, she can usually be found napping in the veterinarian’s office.
If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.
— Martin Buber
It’s funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn't it?
— Eleanor H. Porter
Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
— George Eliot
Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.
A house is not a home without a pet.
Animals are reliable; many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful, and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.
— Alfred A. Montapert
The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.
— Robert Brault
The best thing about animals is that they don’t talk much.
— Thornton Wilder
We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
— Immanuel Kant