Veterinarians in Creve Coeur

Heritage Veterinary Hospital Staff

The team at Heritage Veterinary Hospital in Creve Coeur is proud to introduce you to our talented and compassionate team of veterinarians and veterinary support staff. We are proud to offer you the best in veterinary care in the St. Louis area. If you have questions about our team, our hospital, or our services, please contact us today and our team will be glad to help.

Our Veterinarians

Creve Coeur Vet, Dr. Kimberly Sanford

Dr. Kimberly Sanford, DVM and Practice Owner

Dr. Kimberly Sanford is the owner of Heritage Veterinary Hospital. Her special interests include dentistry, orthopedics, soft tissue surgery, oral surgery, and internal medicine. She is a 1982 graduate of Pattonville High School, and she earned her associate degree in animal science from Jefferson College in 1987, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from University of Missouri – College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. She has been a team member at Heritage Veterinary Hospital for 12 years. Dr. Sanford’s family consists of her two children—Michael and Matthew—and her pets, two dogs named Stella and Charlie, and two bearded dragons named Nicky and Little Buddy. Her hobbies include scuba diving, air chairing, boating, golf, travel, running, fitness, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. McLaughlin, St. Louis Veterinarian

Dr. McLaughlin, DVM and Associate Veterinarian

Dr. McLaughlin founded Heritage Veterinary Services in 1974 and sold it after 29 years to Dr. Sanford in 2003. It has since been renamed Heritage Veterinary Hospital and moved to its present location. Dr. McLaughlin continues to work in the veterinary field because of the challenges of the profession, his love for the animals, his mutually supportive fellow co-workers, and most of all the owners of the pets we are privileged to care for! Dr. McLaughlin is a 1962 Kansas State University graduate and has been married for 55 years to his wife, Sue. He has two children, Lynn Weinberg and Scott McLaughlin, as well as three granddaughters and one grandson who happened to be born on Dr. McLaughlin’s 75th birthday. Dr. McLaughlin has been averaging 34 hours annually in his certified Continuing Education, plus he completes many hours of personal study, and his hobby is digital photography.

Vet in Creve Coeur, Grace Long DVM

Dr. Grace Long, DVM and Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Grace Long is a graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine. She also earned an MBA from Webster and an MS in clinical pathology from Illinois. Dr. Long works full time at Nestle Purina as Director of Veterinary Technical Marketing. She has been a part-time associate at Heritage Veterinary Hospital for over 36 years. Dr. Long is married to Jim, an electrical engineer, and they have three grown married children – Michael, a neuroscientist in New York; Steven, a computer scientist in Madison; and Carey, a computer scientist turned culinary professional in Pittsburgh. They have three grandchildren and one very spoiled little dog named Lucy. In her free time, Dr. Long enjoys swimming and playing the piano at Incarnate Word.

Vet in Creve Coeur, Rianna Lutzeier DVM

Dr. Rianna Lutzeier, DVM and Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Rianna Lutzeier hails from a small town in rural southwest Missouri.  Her childhood experiences with animals of all sizes led to her love of animals.  Her first pet was a New Zealand rabbit she named Thumper and her second was a tuxedo barn cat she named James Taylor. Over the years, she had an assortment of pets and spent time with various livestock.  Her parents operate a beef cattle hobby farm, so it was only natural that she raised an orphaned twin heifer calf named Annabelle for her FFA project.  Her time in the FFA ignited a passion for agriculture leading her to pursue a career as a mixed animal veterinarian.  At the age of 15, she started shadowing the local mixed animal vet and was hooked.  She spent Saturdays and summers there for many years and enjoyed the variety that each day held. 

Dr. Rianna spent 3 years studying Animal Science at the University of Missouri at Columbia before gaining early admittance to vet school.  She graduated from Mizzou with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2008.  As it all too often does, life changed her plans and she switched to exclusive small animal medicine.  Dr. Lutzeier spent the past 8 years practicing in the St. Louis area, including 5 years at an AAHA accredited practice, before joining our team at Heritage in December 2016.

Dr. Lutzeier thoroughly enjoys being a vet and says the bonds created with pets and their humans are the best part of her job.  Her professional interests include internal medicine, dentistry, feline medicine, and behavior.  Dr. Lutzeier is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Rianna married one of her vet school classmates, Erick, and they live in St. Charles.  They have two dogs, Rusty and Emma, and one daughter, Frankie.  In her free time, Dr. Rianna enjoys gardening.

Dr. Urday, Vet in St. Louis

Dr. Urday, DVM and Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Urday spent his childhood in north Texas next door to a mixed animal veterinarian. He volunteered at the practice cleaning kennels and doing odd and ends. Eventually the doctor allowed him to assist and become more hands on within the practice as he entered high school. This experience allowed him to fall in love with the fast pace of life within a mixed veterinary practice. He also grew to appreciate the variety of animals and clients. What really drew him to the profession was the ability of the veterinarian to not only help animals with medical diseases but help people emotionally.

Dr. Urday attended the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources where he studied Animal Sciences. He was then given early admittance to the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine. During his time in veterinary school, Dr. Urday received the Virginia Busch Student Leadership Award, Gerald L. Johnson Student Leadership Award, Western Veterinary Conference Scholarship, Anna E. Worth AAHA Student Leadership Award, and the Kenneth Niemeyer Student Leadership Award. He was active in the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, served as Vice President of the Student Chapter of the AVMA, and the President of the Student Chapter of AAHA. In 2011, he graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Urday's areas of professional interest include dermatology and internal medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association. He continues to be active with the Missouri VMA by serving on various committees and as a class representative.

His personal interests include cycling, traveling, and participating in local theatre. He is a recent transplant to the St. Louis area and very excited to be a part of the Heritage team.

Registered Veterinary Technicians

Gina, Registered Veterinary Technician

Gina, a Registered Veterinary Technician, completed an internship at Heritage Veterinary Hospital and was hired as a member of the staff in October of 2011. She graduated with honors from the Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College with an associate degree in veterinary technology and, after passing the VTNE and Missouri State Board Exam, became an R.V.T. in July of 2012. She enjoys working at Heritage because of the team's deep love and compassion for pets and their families. She is married and has three dogs: Troy, a Pug/Beagle mix; Benjamin, a rescued Beagle mix; and Kacee, a female Golden Retriever/Lab mix adopted from Love a Golden Rescue. Gina's hobbies include spending time with family and friends, vacationing at Innsbrook, and watching football.

Katy, Registered Veterinary Technician

Katy started at Heritage Veterinary Hospital two years ago as a receptionist. In August of 2012, she graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College with an associate degree in veterinary technology and became a technician. After passing her national and state boards, Katy became a R.V.T in March of 2013. Her favorite part about working at Heritage Veterinary Hospital is getting to know the clients and their pets. Katy has five pets of her own, including a cat named Mouse, and four rescue dogs: Louie, a German shepherd, a Golden Retriever named Riley, Adam a Corgi/Beagle mix and Monroe a Shepherd mix. Her hobbies include boxing, reading, shopping and spending time with family. Before becoming a vet tech, Katy worked in the bridal industry as a consultant and shop manager.

Meagan, Registered Veterinary Technician

Meagan, a Registered Veterinary Technician, joined our Health Team in July 2014. A graduate of The Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College, Meagan passed her VTNE and Missouri State board exam to become an R.V.T. in August of 2014. Meagan enjoys working with the Heritage Veterinary Hospital Health Team because of her love for helping animals and building relationships with clients and pets. Meagan has 3 pets of her own: Dominico, a Shih-Tzu/terrier mix (pictured with her); Zoey, a Blue Tick Coonhound/beagle mix; and one cat, King Louie, a Siamese/tabby mix. Meagan enjoys baking, hiking, running, soccer and spending time with her family (both 2 and 4 legged).

Andrea, Registered Veterinary Technician

Andrea joined the Heritage team in October 2015. She has been in the veterinary field for the past 20 years and can't imagine doing anything else! She earned her RVT license in February 2013. Andrea is married to her husband, Pat, whom she has known since her childhood; and they share their home with their Saluki, Phoebe, and 3 very rotten cats, Mojo, Fernando, and Romeo. When she's not entertaining her furry family, Andrea loves being a Cross Fit athlete, and also spends her spare time reading and playing trivia.

Veterinary Technicians

Diane, Veterinary Technician

Diane has been a veterinary technician for 12 years, and has been a part of the Heritage Veterinary Hospital team since 2010. She loves building relationships with clients and their pets. She earned her education from the University of Louisville, KY, where she is originally from, and she has also lived in England and Bermuda for 10 years. She volunteers for Operation Sterile Feral and St. Charles Pet Adoption Center Low Cost Spay and Neuter Program and fosters dogs for Senior Dogs for Seniors. She has a number of pets including a Boxer named Ali, a Golden Retriever named Cooper, a Beagle named Peanut, a calico cat named Sierra, and a tortoiseshell cat named Scarlet. Her hobbies include golf, sailing, sportsbike riding, hiking, Cardinal baseball, and traveling.

Client Service Team

Lynn, Receptionist

Lynn has been a receptionist at Heritage Veterinary Hospital since 2006. She earned her education from Wright State University and Edison State College. She loves working at Heritage because of all of the interesting people she gets to meet, and all of the pets that pass daily through our doors. She has a husband named Bob and a daughter named Jamie who lives on the East Coast. Her pets include cats named Snapper, Smudge, Little Guy, and Boots, and she has past experience with dog ownership, including 25 years with Irish Wolfhounds, 15 years with Whippets, and 13 years with German Shepherds. She and her husband Bob enjoy hiking, camping, bird watching (they saw Sandy Hill Cranes last year), and reading. She is a big Navy and Ohio State football fan.

Jen, Receptionist

Jen is the newest member of our Heritage Reception team. She's worked in the veterinary field as a receptionist for 8 years, and prior to that worked in the emergency room at St. Luke's Hospital. She also brings a lot of lab experience with her, having worked as both a phlebotomist and lab assistant for many years. Jenn actually has a BS degree in education, but felt that it wasn't quite the right field for her. She left her career in human medicine in 2006 to focus on her lifelong passion for helping animals.

Her favorite part of working in veterinary medicine is the bond we have with the clients and their fur babies. She loves being a part of Heritage's great team and extended client family. She shares her home with her husband Rich and their three-legged cat Lucy. In her spare time, she's quite the Anglophile and loves Shakespeare, British TV and theatre. She also loves sci-fi and fantasy movies, and goes to Comic-Con every year. She also plans to begin volunteering at the Wildlife Rescue Center in the near future.

Nancy, Receptionist

Nancy joined the Heritage Team in September 2014 after spending 20 years in the “human” medical field primarily in the business office of Orthopedics.

Having been a previous client, she always thought how great it would be to work at Heritage. She loves all of the clients and their fur babies and really enjoys helping them with all of their veterinary needs.

Nancy has a married son named Joe and 2 grand dogs – Jake, a chocolate lab and Charlene, a terrier mix.

She would love someday to visit Seattle and Portland in the Northwest and New England in the fall.

In her spare time, Nancy does “in home” pet sitting and decorating / home staging – admitting she is an HGTV “junkie”.

Lou, The Boss Cat

I came to work at Heritage Veterinary Services in November 2005.

I previously worked at Animal Emergency Clinic in Bridgeton as a blood donor. I had arrived at AEC as a young cat with injuries. The staff there repaired my injuries and kept me as a blood donor. You might notice my shorter tail and my missing toes. I do not consider these as handicaps, but do enjoy the attention that comes my way because of my “cute” tail.

As Boss Cat, I greet clients and patients or can be found taking naps in the front of the office. Visiting with clients is a happy part of my day.

Diabetes became a part of my life in March 2009. I was not acting my perky self, so a Health Panel was done. Diabetes was found and insulin was started. Diet changes and medication kept this disease under control. When we moved to this office, my activity increased and weight came off. Soon, blood testing revealed that my diabetes was controlled and insulin could be discontinued. I am on a prescription diet (Purina DM) to help keep the diabetes under control.

Regular check ups and blood panels keep me healthy. Occasionally, you might notice my leg shaved. When teeth are cleaned or a growth needs removed, an IV catheter is placed in my leg so that fluids can be given during the procedure.

I celebrate my birthday in December every year. My birthday is estimated to be December 14th, 1999. The past few years this has been celebrated with balloons, cards, and lots of company. I love this part of the year. December being a month of many celebrations, but this month should really be Louember.

Things you might not know about me: I love to drink out of the sink if someone will run water. The toad and chipmunks would not be safe if inside instead of outside the lobby. Cicadas are really fun to chase around the lobby.

I try to con the staff into treats in bed. Sometimes they do give in. The staff thinks I don’t know that what they give me is my regular food. The joke is on them, as while I enjoy the “treat”, what I want is to know I have control!

I do enjoy your visits. Please stop in to see me and I won’t mind if you are also taking care of your pet’s health needs while here. Also follow me on Facebook, as sometimes the staff catches me being Lou!

Mutz

My name is Mutz. How lucky I am to be part of Heritage Veterinary Hospital's team!

I was a team member years ago, but left to spend time with an elderly lady who needed the company of a quiet cat. Life was very good for me. Recently, my lady friend has gone to live in a facility where she can no longer have me. So, as agreed on, I have come back to work at Heritage.

When you come in, notice that I am loosing weight. Can't help it here; we move around more than I did for years. I do like sitting on the entrance rug, watching outdoors. Do not let me intimidate your dogs. I will ignore them if they will ignore me.

I will be glad to make your acquaintance, so stop in to meet me!