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.
Dr. Kristen Jensen joined the Santa Fe Animal Shelter in early 2019. She graduated veterinary school in 2003 from Cornell University. Kristen was boarded in Canine and Feline Practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2010. Dr. Jensen worked in Key West, FL at a general practice and with the Florida Keys SPCA. She also spent time in Santa Fe as an emergency clinician. She has volunteered her veterinary services for relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina, taught surgical techniques to veterinary students in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Bolivia, and volunteered for several different non profits including the ASPCA and Animal Balance. For the past few years, she headed a large spay/neuter campaign in American Samoa as the territorial veterinarian. Kristen is very happy to move back to New Mexico with her three rescue dogs to be part of the wonderful team at SFAS.