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Sanford Oaks Animal Clinic
As many of you already know Dr. Warren has decided to retire. While we already miss him tremendously he left us in good hands when he sold his practice to his associate, Dr. Karen Smirmaul, who shares the same compassion for your pets as did Dr. Warren. While we go through the transition our goal is to make it as seamless as possible for you. You will still see the same smiling faces here to greet you and your pets. You may, however, notice some physical changes inside the clinic that may occur over time. Rest assured, our dedication to you and your pets will remain the same as it has always been.
Please read further for Dr. Warren's goodbye note and Dr. Smirmaul's welcome note.


To my wonderful clients

After 50 years as a veterinarian and 43 years of ownership of Sanford Oaks Animal Clinic, I have decided that I would like to spend more time with family, my grandchildren, and my hobbies. 

I have decided to sell my practice to my associate, Dr. Karen Smirmaul, who has been with me for two years.  She's an excellent veterinarian and a very caring and compassionate person.  Many of you had the opportunity to meet her, and I know she and my staff will take excellent care of you and your pets.

Thank you for the memories - I enjoyed our exam room conversations and the interesting cases you brought me.  Our pets are a very important part of our family structure.  They give us unconditional love, affection, loyalty and psychologically affect our well being.

I appreciate you allowing me to serve as your veterinarian.

God bless,
Dr. Kirby Warren

We will miss you Dr. Warren!

As we say goodbye to Dr. Warren we want to welcome our new owner,
 Dr. Karen Smirmaul!


To the Extended Sanford Oaks Family

Since I started working at the Sanford Oaks clinic in October, 2015, I have come to understand that this is more than a clinic with employees, clients, and patients.  It is rather like a family with a common history filled with stories of people and their love for their pets.  Back then, I was working as a relief veterinarian and had no intention of purchasing a clinic.

I think Sanford Oaks changed that.

Feeling welcomed by the Sanford Oaks immediate family (i.e. staff) and getting to know all the cousins, aunts and uncles (i.e. clients) helped me realize that I wanted to be part of this story in a more influential way.

It is humbling to own a clinic that was started before I was born.  I honor Dr. Warren's hard work and passion that have established this clinic's high reputation.  It is rare to find places of business that have the longevity of staff and clientele like what is here now.  That speaks highly of his leadership.  It is also a testimony of the staff's character and their dedication to the relationships they have built here.

You may have noticed some changes in the past several months.  I do like curtains, color, and plants!  With any new owner, changes will come.  Please feel assured that Sanford Oaks' commitment to compassionate care and quality veterinary medicine will never change.

I look forward to working with you for your pet's health in this new chapter of the story of Sanford Oaks Animal Clinic.

Karen Smirmaul, DVM
Proud new owner of Sanford Oaks Animal Clinic


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