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James Kontras, DVM
A general practitioner with VCA Cherokee Animal Hospital and Cherokee Cat Clinic, Dr. James Kontras has helped care for pets here since 1995. Originally from Columbia, Missouri, Dr. Kontras has wanted to work with pets from a young age and finds a special joy in working with and healing animals.
Dr. Kontras attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology in 1972. He continued his veterinary education at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1976.
Dr. Kontras is the father of two adult sons. His favorite travel destinations include the Mountain West and Pacific Northwest. His hobbies include wood fired ceramics, woodworking, oil and acrylic painting, and gardening. He and his wife, Ann, also enjoy swing dancing, bicycling and playing tennis. His feline family includes Babette, Kiki, Mishka, Atlas and Coco Chanel.
Michael Stenstrom, DVM
Dr. Michael Stenstrom, Medical Director of Cherokee Cat Clinic and VCA Cherokee Animal Hospital, has cared for pets here as a general practitioner since 1994. A native of White City, Kansas, he became a veterinarian due to his love of animals growing up on his family’s farm. Dr. Stenstrom values the relationship that the veterinarians and staff at the Cherokee clinics have with the clients and pets who come in each day and he loves working with the pets.
Dr. Stenstrom completed his undergraduate education at Kansas State University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science in 1991. He continued his veterinary education at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1994.
Surgery, ultrasound and radiology are among Dr. Stenstrom’s many veterinary medical interests. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners, and the National Rifle Association. Dr. Stenstrom is also a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Outside the hospital, Dr. Stenstrom enjoys spending time with his family and friends, gardening, landscaping, fishing and watching KSU athletics. His animal companions include his dog Jinks, and four cats, Cricket, Max, Saffron and Banshee. He and his wife, Dr. Kristol Stenstrom, also a veterinarian, are the parents of three children, Sofia, Arik and Kjell.
Greg Starr, DVM, MS
Dr. Greg Starr has cared for pets at VCA Cherokee Animal Hospital and Cherokee Cat Clinic as a general practitioner since 1999.
A native of Missouri, Dr. Starr was raised on a farm and it was there that he developed a deep love for animals and decided to become a veterinarian. He showed horses for more than 15 years (Arabian and Ponies-of-America) and he currently manages the breeding and maintenance of herds of Simmental and Belted Galloway cattle.
Dr. Starr completed his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science at Missouri State in 1990 while on an athletic scholarship for cross country and track. He then attended Clemson University, where he earned his Master of Science in Genetics in 1993. He finished his education at the University of Missouri/Columbia in 1999 with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Starr is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, the Belted Galloway Association, the American Simmental Association and the Fleckvieh Federation.
When he’s not busy with his duties at the hospital, Dr. Starr can be found overseeing the breeding and maintenance of his purebred Simmental and purebred Belted Galloway cattle. Running, lifting weights, traveling and keeping up with college sports are among his many hobbies. He shares his home with thre Welsh Corgis, Rose Marie, Marci Jo and Winnie Wu, who also help herd the cattle.