Meet the Team
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.
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 19 years.
Dr. Sanford’s family consists of her two children—Michael and Matthew—and her pets, Charlie, Baxter, and Jax. Her hobbies include scuba diving, boating, golf, travel, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Kelvin Urday, DVM and Medical Director
Dr. Urday spent his childhood in north Texas next door to a mixed animal veterinarian. He volunteered at the practice cleaning kennels and doing odds 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 granted 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.
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 is retired from Nestle Purina where she was the Director of Veterinary Technical Marketing. She has been a part-time associate at Heritage Veterinary Hospital for over 40 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 four grandchildren and two very spoiled little dogs named Ruby and Annie. In her free time, Dr. Long enjoys swimming, playing the piano at Incarnate Word, and watercolor painting.
Dr. Claire Manse, DVM and Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Manse has been working at Heritage Veterinary Hospital since June of 2020. Ever since she was young she has had a caretaker instinct; bandaging her father's cuts and listening to everyone's heart with her mother's stethoscope. Her love for animals began as early on in life as she can remember, and her passion for science was first ignited in grade school. Dr. Manse’s interest in veterinary medicine began when she was around 6 years old and her family visited the local vet hospital to adopt their first cat, Seraphina. Dr. Manse watched with awe as the doctor listened to Seraphina’s heart and examined her. Cliché as it may sound, she knew in that moment what she wanted to be when she grew up.
Dr. Manse attended the University of Prince Edward Island, Atlantic Veterinary College where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She chose Heritage because of the strong sense of belonging she felt when visiting, in addition to the high standard of care given to each pet that came through the door.
Dr. Manse has one precious dog named Rue. Her hobbies including hiking, traveling, swimming, reading books (she loves a good mystery!), and spending time with her family.
Registered Veterinary Nurses/Technicians
Andrea, Registered Veterinary Technician
Andrea has been a veterinary technician for the past 25 years, the last 5 as part of the Heritage team. Heritage is by far the best place she has ever worked, and she looks forward to spending her days there with her awesome coworkers, clients, and their pets! A lot has changed since she started in veterinary medicine, but her favorite part stays the same - helping owners and their pets have the best relationship together, and helping pets have the best quality of life they can.
Andrea has volunteered with World Vets in Nicaragua and impoverished areas of the US providing free veterinary care. She has learned that people everywhere, no matter their circumstances, cherish their pets, and want to do the best they can for them. Andrea is happiest contributing to that special bond between a family and their pet.
In her spare time Andrea loves to be outdoors hiking, playing trivia, or just hanging out at home with her cat Pinto.
Katy, Registered Veterinary Technician
Katy started at Heritage Veterinary Hospital as a receptionist in 2010. 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 and building a friendship. The doctors and staff truly care about everyone like they are family.
Katy has been married to her husband, Nick since 2014. Together they have welcomed two little girls; Cora and Amelia. Their dogs Goober and Mabel complete their family. Being a busy mom of two little ones, Katy doesn’t have much extra free time, but she does enjoy crafting after the kids go to bed.
Maggie, Registered Veterinary Technician
Maggie graduated with honor from the Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College in 2009. Immediately after, she started working at Veterinary Specialty Services and worked in the ER/ICU for 5 and a half years. There she learned emergency and critical care medicine. Her career then expanded into private practice that included employment with the Humane Society's medical center. Maggie has a passion for Fear Free veterinary medicine and she strives to apply it to every pet she sees. She started working at Heritage in July of 2017 ready to put down some roots in a clinic with a rich history, amazing co-workers and fantastic veterinarians, and wonderful clients and patients.
At home, Maggie spends her time with her husband, Tom, her daughter, Lyra, her multiple pets and enjoys baking and reading.
Veterinary Nurses and Veterinary Assistants
Danielle, Veterinary Nurse
Abbey, Veterinary Assistant
Abbey started working at Heritage as a nurse assistant in 2018. Prior to working at Heritage she worked in a dog daycare/boarding/training facility for two years. Abbey has been drawn to animals her entire life. Her very first word was “Puppy,” and she has wanted to work in the veterinary field ever since that word was spoken. Abbey has a special interest in animal behavior and enjoys helping nurture the bond between a pet and the rest of the family.
When not in school or at work, She loves to hang out with her dog, Sophie, and her two cats, Mae and Edgar. She also enjoys photography, reading, and singing.
Cailey, Veterinary Nurse
Cailey is a veterinary assistant that is in school to become an RVT. She will be graduating in May 2021. She started working at Heritage Veterinary Hospital in March in the beginning of the pandemic. She loves the fast paced learning environment and making connections with people and their pets!
Cailey has 3 cats of her own at home to keep her on her toes. In her free time, she likes to hike, paint, and binge Reality TV shows.
Karen, Veterinary Nurse
Karen has been a veterinary nurse at Heritage Veterinary Hospital for the last 6 months. She has been in the veterinary business for over 30 years at many different clinics, but Heritage is by far her favorite. Her favorite part of working at Heritage is the sense of camaraderie, and how helpful everyone is to the newer nurses. She has even learned a few new skills! It is never to late to learn new things.
For fun she likes training her dogs and going to dog shows. She is also an AKC judge in conformation for quite a few breeds. That means she gets to travel around the country and judge nice dogs! She has trained her dogs in obedience, tracking, agility, rally, fast cat and field training in addition to showing her own dogs in conformation.
Christina, Veterinary Assistant
Christina joined the Heritage team in July of 2020. She has been working in the Veterinary field for many years, since graduating from a Veterinary Assistant program in 2006. Christina enjoys having such a great team to work with, and she has always loved working with animals.
Christina is also a full time mom to 3 human children, a Russian wolfhound named Tiggs, and a Domestic shorthair cat named Billy. She loves to travel and vacation to explore new places.
Sarah, Veterinary Assistant
Sarah has been at Heritage since July of 2020. Ever since she was a little girl she has dreamed of working with animals. She pursued this dream through college where she graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in May 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a medical focus. Her favorite thing about working at Heritage is the opportunity to learn something new every day, and of course, the puppies!
Outside of work, Sarah enjoys baking, camping, watching Criminal Minds and taking care of her plants. She has a 4 year old rescue Pit Bull whose full name is Dolores (although everyone calls her Rory) who is the light of her life. She plans to continue furthering her studies in biology and veterinary medicine in the future.
Braiden, Veterinary Nurse
Braiden has been a member of the Heritage team as a veterinary nurse since June 2015. She graduated from Parkway Central High School in the spring of 2017. In the fall of 2017 she began school at the University of Missouri where she majors in Animal Sciences. She is a member of the University of Missouri’s Pre- Veterinary Scholars program which will lead her into Mizzou’s Veterinary School to earn her DVM degree. Braiden has wanted to become a vet since she was young and started shadowing at Heritage when she was 14 years old.
In her free time she likes to travel, spend time with friends and family, and work at the Duan Lab in the University Hospital researching gene therapy techniques to cure muscular dystrophy.
Client Service Team
Katie, Lead Receptionist and Social Media Director
Katie has been a member of the Heritage Veterinary Hospital Team since 2018. Prior to working at Heritage, Katie earned her Degree in Theatre from Truman State University, where she also studied Music, French, and Art. Her broad range of interests led her to the field of Veterinary Medicine, where she can always learn something new. Her favorite part of her job is interacting with clients through Social Media to share the moments that make all the hard work worth it!
She has one very naughty cat named Monty that keeps her busy. In her free time, Katie enjoys playing music, weightlifting, and creating art.
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 the doors.
She has a husband named Bob, a daughter, Jamie, and granddaughter Lacey, who live on the East Coast. Her pets include cats named Little Guy, and Bootsie, 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, bird watching, and reading. She is a big Navy and Ohio State football fan.
Coral began her 15 year long career in veterinary medicine at Mizzou Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Coral’s roles in vet med have ranged from Receptionist, Reception Supervisor of a 24hr emergency specialty practice, Inventory Manager, all the way to Practice Management. Coral took a year off working in the field to work in human medicine and realized her heart belonged in vet med. She joined Heritage in September of 2019 as a Receptionist and has taken on additional responsibilities such as inventory management along with other administrative duties.
Coral shares her home with her partner Tara and their sweet four-legged baby Ollie. They are also proud parents of 4 adult children. In her spare time she loves to read, cycle, and craft.
Casey, C.C.E. and Grooming Manager
Casey has been a Certified Pet Stylist since 2006 and a Certified Canine Esthetician since 2018. Before coming to Heritage, Casey worked at Amy's K9 Designs starting in 2016. Her favorite part of grooming at Heritage is the family atmosphere.
When she is not grooming, she enjoys spending time with her family and her Australian Shepherd, Nova.
Jaime has been a Certified Pet Stylist since 1997 and received her Canine Esthetician Certification in 2018. She previously working in the veterinary field at Paw Patch Animal Hospital and Amy's K-9 Designs before coming to Heritage in February 2018. Jaime's favorite party about grooming at Heritage is seeing the dogs transform after they are groomed.
When she's not grooming, Jaime enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Mel, C.C.E, C.G.
Melody (Mel) has been a Certified Pet Stylist since 2000 and a Certified Canine Esthetician since 2018. Mel enjoys grooming both cats and dogs, and she has won numerous awards for the grooming skills in the "rescue rodeo" , which helps find homes for pets awaiting adoption. Mel's favorite part of grooming at Heritage is working with crazy animal lovers like her, and being able to play with all the different types of animals that come into Heritage.
When she is not grooming, Mel enjoys spending time on her farm with all her animals.
Lydia, Certified Pet Stylist
Lydia Became a Certified Pet Stylist from the Petropolis Academy of Pet Careers in December of 2013. She enrolled there after graduating from Southeast Missouri State University. It was then Lydia realized her true calling is working with dogs. Her favorite thing about grooming is building relationships with the dogs to ensure they both feel and look fantastic.
When she is not grooming, Lydia enjoys spending time with her husband Chris and their three dogs Izzy, Ember, and Kia.
Dr. Jennifer Wardlaw, D.V.M., M.S., D.A.C.V.S and Concierge Surgeon
Dr. 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 has 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 have 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.
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