Meet Our Team!
Tender Care Animal Hospital
6002 S. Hwy 94, Weldon Spring, Mo 63304
Dr. Bob McCool
Dr. Bob McCool was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. As a young child, he used to spend hours playing with plastic zoo animals, and his favorite thing to do was visit the zoo. He had a habit of catching animals (from frogs/toads to even a gopher) and trying to make them pets. He drove his parents crazy with the approximately 15 fish tanks he kept in his room. It was clear early on that he had a fascination for animals.During career day in high school, he recalled how most of his classmates chose 3 or 4 different career choices to research as most of them were uncertain what direction they would go. For himself, it was different. He knew he wanted a career working with animals. He had already narrowed his choice down to veterinary medicine. Everything he did from that point forward was focused on getting into veterinary school. In 1985, he was accepted for admission into the University of Missouri-Columbia Veterinary School. He would eventually marry one of his classmates, Lori, in 1988. He knew early on that the area he wanted to pursue was small animal medicine and surgery. So when he graduated he and his wife took positions as Associate Veterinarians in practices in California. Having grown up in Missouri, they both thought it would be nice to live elsewhere for a change. After one year in California, they made the decision to move back to Missouri to raise a family.Currently Dr Bob and his wife have 2 children, both boys, attending elementary school. Both of his sons also love animals. He always said there must be “animal gene” that he and his wife passed on to them. They have several pets including a golden retriever who loves attention (Kilimanjaro), a cat who loves to eat (Jack), two sweet maltese (Ella & Eli), another cat who is constantly in to things (Holly), a pomeranian who is our most bull headed child (Mikaela), 4 pigmy goats who love to climb (Patrick, Sandy, Nutmeg, and Lily), 2 sweet nubian goats that love cheerios (Sponge Bob and Flower), and 2 chinchillas (Benji and Minnie).
Dr. Emily Basler
Awards and Accomplishments:
Veterinary School Years
Kept a small heard of Gelbvich cattle as a beef cow/ calf project; this helped pay for part of Dr. Emily’s undergraduate college years
Secretary of PALS- Pet Assisted Love and Support; a club that focused on the human- animal bond and the importance of animals in human emotional support
USDA Accredited in all species
Provided spay/ neuter services for Kirksville rescues and low-income families through KV-POP program
Experience: Dr. Emily has been practicing compassionate, high quality companion animal care since graduation in 2011. Dr. Emily introduced pain management protocol for routine surgeries and brought in many new and safer drugs to her previous clinic. She also helped integrate many new technologies including computed x-ray, a new fluid pump, and therapy laser into the previous clinic.
Philosophy: Dr. Emily’s practice philosophy includes providing compassionate care to both pets and owners. She believes that the best for your pet depends on what is best for you. She tries to make veterinary medicine understandable, as the owner is the most important link in pet care.
Family: Dr. Emily currently lives with her very unique cat named Mr. Kitty, her goofy yellow Labrador named Bill, and her pet chicken named Big Hen.
Dr. Emily has fond memories of a challenging and rewarding case during her years in Kirksville. Zoie the Shih-Tzu came to the hospital in critical condition. She was not eating, lethargic, and had lost nearly all of her fur. Zoie had been to other veterinarians but remained ill. Dr. Emily was able to finally diagnose Zoie with diabetes mellitus, however she was so ill at this point is was thought she may not survive. After 3 days of intensive treatment and TLC Zoie turned around and Dr. Emily was able to send her home to very happy parents.
Dr. Ashley Bowers
Dr. Ashley Bowers was born and raised in Bowling Green, Mo. She grew up surrounded by animals including dogs, cats, and horses. Her first job was cleaning kennels at a veterinary clinic when she turned 16, but her interest in animals and veterinary medicine allowed her to quickly move up to veterinary technician status. She instantly found her calling in life and dedicated the rest of her high school and college career to attending veterinary school and becoming a veterinarian. She attended the University of Missouri and received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science prior to attending veterinary school at Mizzou where she graduated in the top 10 percent of her class. Dr. Ashley can’t imagine herself in any other profession and truly enjoys going to work every day. She loves the excitement that each day has to bring and the interactions with people and making a true difference in their pets’ lives. She and her husband, Jubal, live in Wentzville with their Miniature Schnauzer, Kohl, who she rescued during her first year of college.
Pet Team Members
Brianne Tabaka was born and raised in St. Charles, Missouri. Growing up, she was surrounded by animals: four gerbils (Betty, Blacky, Spotty, and Veronica), two guinea pigs (Oscar and Hailey), two horses (Willie and Dexter), and a black standard poodle (Champ). Her horse, Willie, loved to eat strawberry candy with soft centers and raspberry jelly donuts. Dexter, her other horse, was a little more wild. Brianne was the only person who could ride him as he would buck everyone else off. She had many fond memories of her poodle, Champ, but one thing she will always remember is how he always slept with his head under her bed. Brianne has always had a passion for animals. She learned everything she could about the different types of animals, how to take care of them, their behavior, and any information she could read regarding their biology. She takes great pride in being able to help and comfort our four-legged patients and their owners. Brianne shares her home with three Great Danes (Karma, Blu, and Coal) and a tortoiseshell cat (Ria). All of her pets have some interesting and entertaining behaviors. Coal loves chasing laser lights and flash lights, while Karma loves to dance with people. Blu’s favorite past time is chasing and fetching things, while Ria likes to spend her time eating things. Unfortunately for Ria, she once ate some rat poison which nearly killed her.
Brittani was born and raised in Florissant, MO and moved to O’Fallon, MO in 2013. Growing up Brittani always had a house full of animals ranging from cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, fish, lizards, ferrets, spiders and sugar gliders. It was always a house full of animals and lots of love. Brittani would always bring home a lost pet trying to keep it. At this time Brittani has two ferrets (Dexter and Para Rose), who love going camping and out into the country. She also has a dog named Buddy and a cat named Sky who both love to try and escape. Her last pet is a Hedgehog named Herbie, who love to run on his wheel and sleep. Brittani is always looking to make new friends so she can’t wait to meet you and your pets.
Karen Martin was born in Florida and moved to Missouri when she was a year old. Growing up Karen had a Sheltie named Lucky. Karen became interested in obedience training and Lucky became her first dog that trained on her own. From her experience with Lucky, Karen became very passionate about training, dog shows and the bond between people and animals. From a young age Karen has always had a passion for working with animals, she has been a technician for over 20 years as well as an AKC judge. Karen loves working in the veterinary field because every day she learns something new while having the opportunity to take care of all the patients. Karen and her husband share their home with four Great Danes (Doc, Cameo, Reese, and Isabelle) Karen has quite the full house and always has to remember not to leave anything on the counter! One day Karen heard the front door open, thinking it was her husband coming home, she kept calling for him and no one would answer, She got up to find that one of her Great Danes had let themselves out and was walking down the street!