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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. Jennifer Lynn Demko Wardlaw is a St. Louis native and founder of Gateway Veterinary Surgery. After completing veterinary school at Mizzou, Dr. Wardlaw completed an internship, surgical residency, and rigorous examination to become a Board-Certified small animal surgeon. During her residency she also completed a Master’s Degree in veterinary anatomy with distinction by being awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year award.

Dr. Wardlaw’s love of St. Louis and desire to improve the quality of life for pets and their owners inspired this next step in her career. Her goal in opening Gateway Veterinary Surgery in 2013 was to bring top-quality surgery to veterinary hospitals all over the St. Louis region.

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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

Rachael Underhill, CVT

Racheal has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2011. She has a BM in secondary education from UW-Whitewater and an AS in Veterinary Technology from Hickey College. She previously worked in general practice in Illinois, but surgery is where her heart is. She lives with her husband, Paul, and son, Jude. They have a pug mix named Charlie Barker. In her free time she enjoys running, traveling (especially to Disney parks), as well as watching the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers.
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.
Jamie Woodliff RVT - Gateway Veterinary Surgery

Surgical Nurse

Angel Beaman, RVT

Angel graduated from Vet Tech Institute of Hickey College and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2014. She went into general practice at a clinic that provided care to exotic pocket pets in addition to canines & felines, learning anesthesia and surgery on everything from hamsters to Great Danes. She is excited to expand her surgical experience with the dedicated team at Gateway Veterinary Surgery. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter & giant yellow Lab (Moose). She loves reading, hiking, running, and cheering on St. Louis sports teams.

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Surgical Assistant

Tara White

Tara graduated with honors from Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Colorado in 2010, earning her Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. She then passed her VTNE in March of 2011, shortly before beginning her employment within general practice. During this time she developed a strong interest in surgery. Tara’s professional goal has been to work with the team at GVS since seeing her first TPLO procedure several years ago.