Meet Our Orthopedic Surgeron

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.
Dr. Wardlaw describes her move home to St. Louis as “meant to be”. Her biggest draw to founding Gateway Veterinary Surgery was to practice top quality surgery for her family and friends in St. Louis. “Being able to bring my talents home and help my fellow veterinarians and clients by being flexible and accommodating to meet the best interests of our patients is thrilling. Doing concierge surgery as a specialist gives me the ability of a flexible schedule so owners can leave their four legged family members in the care of their trusted general practice veterinarian but receive the surgical procedures they need. I offer a full array of orthopedic, oncologic, neurologic and soft tissue specialized procedures.”
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 her many fur babies. 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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