Hello! My name is Joanne Gaines and I have been a veterinarian in Omaha for almost 22 years. I started as an associate veterinarian at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic and then ventured out on my own to open Ridgeview Animal Hospital 20 years ago this year. As my clinic grew, I was proud of the high-quality medicine and surgery we were offering, as well as our amazing team. A classmate of mine was interested in our “way” and opening a practice, so I partnered with him to open Walnut Creek Veterinary Clinic in Papillion. And then a few years ago, we partnered again to open Skyline Veterinary Clinic in Elkhorn. All of these years, I have continued to be full-time at Ridgeview. When I heard Dr. Backlund, maybe the most respected vet in Omaha, was ready to retire, I felt I would be a good fit to take over his practice. He and I have known each other my entire career and I have always looked to him as a leader in our profession. As of April 1, I will be taking over Backlund Animal Clinic. The clinic will be renamed The Ridge Veterinary Clinic.
Change is hard, scary, exciting, and fun! I will, for the first time in 20 years, be leaving my full-time position at Ridgeview to be at The Ridge M, T, Th 8-5. One of our associate vets, Dr. Rachael Miller, will be at The Ridge W 8-12 and F 8-5. We will not have a vet on-site Wednesday afternoons or over the weekends. If you want to see either of us on the other days, I will be at Ridgeview on Wednesdays and Dr. Miller will be there M, T, and Th. We are excited to step into this clinic and meet all of you!
The really good news is that Dr. Michelle Beck will still be here! She is the only vet in town doing what she does. We are so happy to have her in our group and plan to keep her very busy. She will continue to see referrals from all over town and beyond.
You will, like the name of the clinic, see some changes. Please bear with me, as this is my first time buying an existing clinic. We will be offering progressive medicine and surgery by a family-oriented team of caring veterinary professionals. That is who I am and who we are.