Meet the veterinarians of Thaw Animal Hospital:

Dr. Sarah Sirica, a Virginia native, is passionate about animal welfare and the One Health Concept, which is an integrative effort of multiple disciplines to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. She received her undergraduate degree from Bridgewater College in Harrisonburg, Va., and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master’s in Public Health from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She loves to read, run and hike and is excited to be in Santa Fe with her husband and two cats.

Dr. Kamila Shmakalova, also known as “Dr. K,” was born in Russia and moved to the states as a child. She grew up in NYC, where she received her undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and graduated Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 with a passion for shelter medicine and small animal general practice. Dr. K moved to New Mexico after graduation and shortly after joined Santa Fe Animal Shelter. Dr. K’s professional interests include emergency medicine, surgery and helping strengthen the human-animal bond through client education. Dr. K sees cats, dogs and sometimes exotics.