James T. Sparks, D.V.M. & Owner
Dr. Jim Sparks was born an animal lover. Dr. Sparks remembers as a young child informing the former owner of Eagle Animal Hospital he was going to be a veterinarian and buy the practice from him. That is exactly what he did. At the age of 15, Dr. Noyes gave him his first job as a kennel attendant. “I was hooked on the profession from day one”, he said.
Since 1980, he has been a valued member of the hospital’s support staff, working as a receptionist and doing the work of a veterinary technician throughout high school and during the summer while an undergraduate. Dr. Sparks graduated from the University of Missouri in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. He earned his doctorate of veterinary medicine from the same school in 1990. Before graduating, he completed an externship with the chief veterinarian of the Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska.
Dr. Sparks has practiced at Eagle Animal Hospital ever since and enjoys his role as principal owner. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, and the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association. His professional interest is focused on companion animal internal medicine. “I love veterinary medicine and surgery because the learning process is never done,” he says. “Every day offers new challenges and opportunities to learn and grow as a veterinarian, parent, husband – strengthening the human animal bond and becoming a better person one day at a time.”
At home, Dr. Sparks boasts a “true Brady Bunch” with three children of his own and three stepchildren with his wife Piper. He is an active member of the St. Therese church, is involved with many civic charities, and is a big supporter of youth athletics. He enjoys being outdoors, playing golf, fishing, and watching his children play sports. The family’s pets include a German Shepherd named Dutchess, a Shepherd mix named Jesse, a King Charles Caviler Spaniel named Lacey, a rescued English Bulldog named Diva, and two guinea pigs.
Matthew Silvius, D.V.M & Co-owner
Hard work and interaction with farm animals from a young age inspired Dr. Matthew Silvius to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Raised on a farm in Lathrop, his first paying job was as a kennel assistant at Eagle Animal Hospital.
“The established culture that was here drove me to want to return as a vet,” he says. “Through the support of many family members, I was able to make it happen.” Dr. Silvius attended Missouri Western State University for his undergraduate studies in Biology. After graduating on the Dean’s list, he enrolled at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated magna cum laude as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and was presented with an award for Excellence in Dermatology.
Dr. Silvius’ professional interests include dermatology, as well as feline medicine, dentistry, and wound management. He is a board member of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association and the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association, and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He joined our team in 2001. Dr. Silvius is most satisfied as a veterinarian when he can find creative ways to help and serve clients and their pets. “There is no better feeling than being able to return a sick pet back home to their family,” he says.
He and his wife Dr. Margaret Silvius have two pets, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Archie and a kitty named Sunny. He spends his free time working outside at home, watching state and local sports, and spending time with his family.
Scott C. Read, D.V.M
Dr. Scott Read was inspired to become a veterinarian at a young age while on a Boy Scout’s outing. Once the boys had packed into one of the hospital’s exam rooms, the veterinarian instructed several of the children to stand at different doors and then had them open or close the doors at certain times. “This was his way of showing us how the heart worked,” he recalls. “I knew at that moment I wanted to become a veterinarian.”
Dr. Read began volunteering at a clinic cleaning kennels and walking dogs while he was still in high school in Savannah, MO. While enrolled at Missouri Western State University, he worked his way up to becoming a veterinary assistant. In 1997, he completed his undergraduate studies in biology and chemistry. He then enrolled at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine, earning his doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2001.
After graduating, Dr. Read returned to practice at a clinic in St. Joseph for five years before joining the team at Eagle Animal Hospital & Pet Resort in August of 2006. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, and the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association. His professional interests include dentistry and surgery.
“The bond formed with a pet after caring for them while being sick or injured is one of the most satisfying parts of my job,” he says. “Just seeing them respond to treatment, being up walking around, perky and eating again is a reward. Not only does this strengthen the bond between the owner and pet, but with me as well.”
Dr. Read has two sons and a daughter. He also has two dogs, Sully the Cavalier mix and Ramona a Cairn Terrier mix. Dr. Read spends his free time attending sporting events, watching his children play sports, and going to the movies or working on new recipes.
Stacey Nickell, D.V.M
As a young child drawn to both science and animals, Dr. Stacey Nickell knew she wanted to become a veterinarian. At 15, she began volunteering at a local veterinary hospital and was on staff by the following year. The veterinarian there became her mentor and encouraged her to pursue her dream.
Dr. Nickell completed her undergraduate studies in Biology at Bradley University in 1999. She pursued her graduate studies at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine graduating magna cum laude in 2003.
The first hospital she worked at as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine was the same where she got her start as a teenager.
“I was happy to find a career that integrated science with my love for animals,” she says.
Dr. Nickell joined our team in May of 2004. She is a member of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She is also a member and treasurer of the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association. Her professional interests include ophthalmology, internal medicine, dentistry and dermatology.
Dr. Nickell recently completed her Fear Free Certification©. She says, “I am excited to implement new strategies to ensure your pets have the best experience possible during their visit.” If you have concerns about an upcoming visit please call to discuss this before the scheduled visit.
Dr. Nickell enjoys being a veterinarian for many reasons. “I enjoy forming relationships with clients and helping them to make the best decisions for their pets,” she says. The challenge of diagnosing a patient and the diversity of cases she sees in a day also keep her passionate about her career choice.
At home, Dr. Nickell has a Boxer named Jasmine. She enjoys running, yoga, reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband Jason (also a veterinarian) and their three young children – Brooke, Will and Paige.
Clint Seitz, D.V.M
Associate Veterinarian Clint Seitz joined Eagle Animal Hospital in March of 2016. A Kansas native, Dr. Seitz attended Kansas State University, earning a Bachelor’s in Animal Science in 2003 and a Master’s of Business Administration in 2005. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010.
Dr. Seitz is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association. His professional interests include internal medicine and general medicine.
Regarding his decision to become a veterinarian, Dr. Seitz says, “I pursued veterinary medicine because of my appreciation for the human-animal bond and the amazing relationships that can develop between a pet and their owner. Growing up with pets helped me see that those bonds were particularly strong for me.”
“Providing reassurance to people that are worried about their pet’s health and developing customized treatment plans to provide the patient with the best possible outcome is the most satisfying aspect of being a veterinarian,” says Dr. Seitz.
At home, Dr. Seitz has a Boxer named Deuce. He enjoys rooting for the Kansas State Wildcats and the Chicago Cubs, grilling and smoking meat, and spending time with his wife Ruthie and son Gavin.
Chad Gubbels, D.V.M.
Dr. Gubbels joined Eagle Animal Hospital and Pet Resort in May 2017. Serving as one of our associate veterinarians, Dr. Gubbels takes pride in providing the best care for all of our clients. “The bond between owners, families, and their pets is what drove me to the profession,” proclaims Dr. Gubbels. Being able to counsel owners about their pets, as well as seeing the effectiveness of our hospital’s therapies and procedures makes Dr. Gubbels’ experiences worthwhile to him every time.
Growing up in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Dr. Gubbels developed his passions for veterinary practices at an early age. Chad remembers his childhood pet, Rocky, who was always loving and kind. Whenever Rocky needed to make a trip to the veterinarian’s office, Dr. Gubbels and his family never feared. They knew that Rocky was in good hands, as the veterinary clinic they went to always showed compassion and care. This lead Dr. Gubbels to admire veterinarians and their profession, ultimately enticing him to become one himself.
After receiving an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in May 2013, Dr. Gubbels furthered his education at Iowa State University by attending the College of Veterinary Medicine. There, he was an honors student on the dean’s list, graduating in May 2017. Since then, Dr. Gubbels has developed an interest in veterinary surgery, dentistry, preventative medicine, and more.
Dr. Gubbels has four pets. His dogs are, Albus, is a Great Pyrenees who loves to exercise and keep playful, and newest member, Belle, the Great Pyrenees mix puppy. Dr. Gubbels’ cats, Peanut and Olive, love keeping both Chad and his wife, a fellow veterinarian, Dr. Elizabeth Trepp, company at home. In his free time, Dr. Gubbels enjoys most things outdoors, including participating in softball leagues, playing disc golf, golf, fishing, and hiking. He also loves traveling and seeing new places, enjoying craft beer on occasion along the way. He is an avid supporter of Kansas City sporting events, such as the KC Chiefs, Royals, and NASCAR.
Stephanie Brennan, D.V.M
Dr. Stephanie Brennan is one of the newest members of our phenomenal veterinary staff, joining the Eagle family in July 2018. Stephanie was born in Memphis, Tennessee. After living in five different states by the age of eleven, her family eventually settled in Oklahoma City. Accompanying her parents to the vet with her first pet, Jenna the bunny, planted the seed in her mind of becoming a veterinarian herself. During her teenage years she remembers her childhood dog, Chester, was diagnosed with kidney failure. She shares, “Caring and comforting for my childhood dog throughout his journey with kidney disease solidified my career path.” It was soon after this Stephanie began shadowing a vet where she eventually worked as a kennel attendant, receptionist, and technician prior to vet school. This experience left her with a great appreciation for every position in a veterinary hospital.
Stephanie attended and completed her undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Central Oklahoma. After graduation she transferred to the Oklahoma State University veterinary program, earning her doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2015. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association.
“Empowering clients to help make educated decisions regarding their pet’s health and seeing how that strengthens the human-animal bond has been the most rewarding part of my job.”
Stephanie has two dogs, Oliver, a Kuvasz mix, and Cody, a Labrador mix. When not working, she enjoys reading, spending time with her dogs, and discovering new places in Kansas City and in the Northland.