Dr. Gillis grew up in Belgrade, Montana. He attended undergraduate studies at Montana State University and graduated with a B.S. degree in Biology. He was accepted to Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine where he attained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. He worked in Oklahoma after graduation for four years in a small animal and equine hospital.
In 1999 Dr. Gillis moved to Boise, Idaho and joined Bench Animal Hospital as an associated small animal veterinarian. He also worked part-time at Animal Emergency Clinic in Garden City. He joined Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Idaho as a full time emergency clinician in 2001. He stayed with them through a merger with Idaho Veterinary Specialist and becoming West Vet. While working in emergency and critical care he had the opportunity to work with many specialists in surgery and internal medicine. In 2009 Dr. Gillis had the opportunity to leave West Vet and purchase Animal Medical Center and operate his own veterinary hospital.
Special interests are orthopedic, soft tissue surgery, medicine, critical care and trauma. Equine interests include reproduction, preventative health care and dentistry. He lives in Nampa with his wife, Katie and daughter Jordyn. His personal interests include team roping, reining, hunting and skiing.
Dr. Andrea Sparzo graduated with honors from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. After graduating, she spent 5 years at a busy emergency and referral veterinary hospital in Indianapolis, where she gained valuable experience treating, diagnosing, and caring for a wide variety of challenging cases.
In 2008, she met her husband and, longing to be closer to mountains, moved out west. She spent another 8 years as an associate veterinarian and medical manager at a busy and demanding 24-hour clinic in the valley. Seeking the ability to provide more individual attention to her clients, as well as an improved work- life balance to care for her two young children, Dr. Sparzo was happy to join the AMC team. Her special interests include abdominal ultrasound, internal medicine, and cancer treatment. She is also very experienced in a wide array of soft tissue surgeries and emergency care. In her free time, she loves mountain biking, hiking, and traveling. She lives with her wonderful husband, her beautiful young son and daughter, and two spoiled dogs who were both adopted from local shelters.