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Our Team

Get to know the amazing team of professionals at Gateway Veterinary Surgery!

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DVM, MS Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Jennifer Wardlaw

Dr. Wardlaw is the only concierge Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon in the St. Louis area. She and her licensed staff are here to assist your surgical needs.
Dr. Wes Kimberlin
DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons – SA

Dr. W. Wesley Kimberlin

As a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. W. Wesley Kimberlin has extensive training and experience on advanced orthopedic, soft tissue and neurological surgeries. He specializes in the minimally invasive techniques to aid with diagnoses, treatment, and improved patient outcomes.

Dr. 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 University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine. During his time at 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 University of Missouri-Columbia, Dr. Kimberlin completed a small animal rotating internship at Mississippi State University. Dr. Kimberlin than completed at 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 special interest in oncologic and reconstructive surgery, 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 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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Senior Surgical Nurse

Megan Laffler, RVT

Megan is a Registered Veterinary Nurse and has been with the GVS team since 2016. She obtained her A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College in 2012. She quickly fell in love with surgery during the first few years of her career, where she worked in a GP Surgical Department. From there, her passion for surgery has only grown. She loves assisting Dr. Wardlaw in the OR, monitoring anesthesia, and is dedicated to providing a positive difference in the lives of the patients and their owners too! Outside of work, Megan enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and her two dogs: Rocko (Yellow Lab)and Tubby (Terrier Mix).
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Surgical Nurse

Maggie Zinkl, RVT, Fear Free Certified

Maggie Zinkl graduated at the top of her class with honors from the Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College in 2009. She worked in the ER/ICU at VSS for the first 5 and a half years of her career. Eventually, she transitioned into private practice to learn and develop her preventative medicine skills. While gaining experience at several AAHA accredited veterinary hospitals, she was lucky enough to get to know so many new pets, owners, and veterinary professionals. She developed a passion for Fear Free veterinary medicine and has been Fear Free Certified since 2019. Working at Gateway Veterinary Surgery has been a professional dream come true and has been a crazy but amazing experience so far. When she isn’t with her work family, she can be found with her two cats, one dog, her absolutely wonderful daughter, and her amazingly supportive husband. She loves to read, bake and play board games.

Jamie Woodliff RVT - Gateway Veterinary Surgery
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Surgical Nurse

Jamie Woodliff, RVT, Fear Free Certified

Jamie graduated from Vet Tech Institute of Hickey College and became a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2016. She went into General Practice, and it was there that she pursued her interest in surgery. Jamie eventually transitioned to emergency medicine as well as worked with the Orthopedic team there to continue to do what she loves. Jamie has a passion for surgery and anesthesia, so joining a team like Gateway Veterinary Surgery has been a longtime career goal/dream! When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, infant son, and yellow lab. She loves doing outdoor activities or relaxing, and watching a good movie or show with the family.