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Dr. Jennifer Wardlaw, D.V.M., MS Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Jenn WardlawDr. Jennifer Lynn Demko Wardlaw is a St. Louis native.  Her family has lived in St Louis for over 6 generations. After attending St. Joseph’s Academy for high school, she traveled around the globe for her education. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, during which she studied at Sidney University through an abroad program with Butler University.  Her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine was completed at the University of Missouri in 2004, where she fell in love with small animal surgery.  She completed a Rotating Small Animal Internship at Mississippi State University in 2005, and they’ve kept her in the South since then.  She stayed there for her Small Animal Surgical Residency, Master of Science, and became an Assistant Professor.  During her tenure at Mississippi State, she helped start and run their Physical Rehabilitation Service.  Jenn became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2009. She was most recently living in Charleston, South Carolina as the Head of Surgery and Director of Sports Medicine and Physical Rehabilitation.

Jenn’s professional interests include developmental orthopedic disease, surgical oncology, sports medicine, physical rehabilitation, nutraceuticals, wounds, and reconstruction.  She has also written numerous textbook chapters, papers, and investigative research articles on these subjects.  Dr. Wardlaw is also very active in continuing education for veterinarian technicians and general practitioners.  She has lectured at NAVC, CVC, AAHA, VOS, ACVS, as well as numerous city and state meetings across the country.

Jenn feels blessed to have chosen such a wonderful field and has the loving support of her husband, Michael.  They have two children, Lillian and Trey, as well as two furry babies, Roux (French Bulldog) and Delta (Bloodhound).   In her spare time, Dr. Wardlaw enjoys cycling, kayaking, soap making, baking, and spending time with her always entertaining family and friends.


Dr. W. Wesley Kimberlin, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons-SA

Wesley KimberlinDr. W. Wesley Kimberlin is born and raised in Saint Louis Missouri. Dr. Kimberlin received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Biology from Missouri Baptist University where he graduated cum laude.

Dr. Kimberlin attended the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine. During his time at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Dr. Kimberlin not only received multiple awards for surgical aptitude and potential, diagnostic skills, and preoperative care of animals but was also actively involved with research.

As a veterinary student, Dr. Kimberlin participated in research projects focusing on osteoarthritis and meniscal injury. Upon graduation from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Dr. Kimberlin completed a small animal rotating internship at Mississippi State University. Dr. Kimberlin then completed a one-year small animal surgery internship at Veterinary Specialty Services, here in Saint Louis, Missouri. That same year he was selected for a small animal surgery residency at Veterinary Specialty Services.

During his time as a surgical resident, Dr. Kimberlin was able to participate in other research projects focusing on the effects of gas sterilization of ameroid constrictors for the treatment of extrahepatic portosystemic shunts. Additionally, during his time as a resident, he was able to present multiple surgical topics both locally and nationally.

Dr. Kimberlin enjoys all aspects of surgery but has a strong passion for minimally invasive procedures. Besides minimally invasive techniques, Dr. Kimberlin, has a special interest in oncologic and reconstructive surgery, and abdominal procedures including but not limited to biopsies, mass removals, gallbladder removals, fracture and joint repair (total hip replacement), and angular limb deformities. Dr. Kimberlin is particularly interested in the human-animal bond and desires to excel in the compassionate care of his patients and their owners.

Outside of GVS, Dr. Kimberlin enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachel; their two kids, Josey and Elliott, leading a community group at his church, playing softball, and when time allows playing a round of golf. At home, they have two dogs (Daisy and Dash) and two cats (Dani and Pip).

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