Our Staff

Dr. Stanley Winthrop

Dr. Winthrop is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University, where he also completed an internship and residency in veterinary surgery. Dr Winthrop specializes in orthopedic surgery at Wisdom Pet Medicine. He is the guardian of Missy, a three-year old Llaso mix, who he adopted at the shelter. Dr. Winthrop is passionate about spay and neuter and pet adoption, and works tireless hours outside the clinic, performing pro bono spay and neuter surgeries for the shelter.

Dr. Stanley Winthrop poses with dog in examination room

Dr. Elizabeth Chase

Dr. Chase is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University. She completed a dermatology residency at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and serves as the staff veterinary dermatologist at Wisdom Pet Medicine.  She spends much of her free time helping the local bunny rescue organization find homes for bunnies, such as Kibbles – a Dalmatian bunny who is part of the large Chase household, including two dogs, three cats, and a turtle.

Dr. Elizabeth Chase poses with bunny patient

Dr. Kenneth Sanders

Dr. Sanders studied veterinary medicine at Colorado State University. He went on to complete his residency in cardiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at U.C. Davis. Dr. Sanders is the staff veterinary cardiologist at Wisdom Pet Medicine. Dr. Sanders and his wife volunteer for multiple animal and environmental causes, when not busy with their twin baby girls and three cats that rule the roost.

Dr. Kenneth Sanders poses with cat patient

Dr. Michael Gardner

Dr. Gardner completed his studies at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, with a focus on large animals. When Dr. Gardner was eight years old his family moved to Montana, where he spent most of his free time playing at his neighbor’s farm. He came to love spending time with the horses, chickens, and goats. He still considers all of his family’s farm animals his own, but Frank, his Australian Cattle dog is his nearest and dearest friend.

Dr. Michael Gardner posing with yellow lab

Dr. Sandra Ruiz

Dr. Ruiz received her DVM from U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She’s spent countless hours helping the local animal shelter with injured animals that find their way through the doors at Wisdom Pet Medicine. She recently adopted a new feline friend, Trish, that she helped rescue from a flooded area.

Dr. Sandra Ruiz with happy dog

Dr. Olivia Wong

Dr. Wong completed her DVM at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and her residency in Medical Oncology at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Wong is passionate about improving the human patient condition through therapy animals and is actively involved in therapy animal programs at local hospitals. She gets her own dose of daily therapy from her husky, Lily.

Dr. Olivia Wong holding a Chihuahua in her arms

Dr. Akosua Bankole

Dr. Akosua studied veterinary medicine and completed her residency in Avian and Exotics at Syracuse University College of Veterinary Medicine. She’s an advocate for senior pets and fosters older animals that are in need of homes. Dr. Akosua has three senior pets that started out as fosters: 7-year-old dalmatian, Ollie, 12-year-old Siamese, Silo, and 9-year-old boxer, Arnie. And, of course, she also has an exotic pet – a Komodo dragon named Igor.

Dr. Akosua Bankole holding a small dog in her arms

Dr. Annette Sato

Dr. Sato found her passion for animals growing up on her family’s farm in Iowa. She completed her DVM at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and specializes in equestrian and livestock care. She has earned numerous awards for her research into the humane treatment of livestock. Dr. Sato loves spending vacation time at the family farm with her two horses, Maggie and Trey.

Dr. Annette Sato posing with poodle

Tobin Ellison, Veterinary Technician

Tobin is a Registered Veterinary Technician and has been working at Wisdom Pets for two years. He is also guardian to 12-week-old Chewy, who has been keeping him and his fiancé, Sharon, on their toes! When he’s not watching after Chewy, Tobin assists Dr. Winthrop in his spay and neuter program at the shelter.

Tobin Ellison looking out from behind a microscope

Yui Tanaka, Veterinary Technician

Yui joined us as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2013, after working five years at a local animal shelter. She recently adopted Cooper, a feisty kitten that was brought to the shelter with three of his siblings. Yui also has two dogs, Jinx and Aspen.

Yui Tanaka holding Jack Russell dog in her arms

Lisa Miller, Veterinary Technician

Lisa started at Wisdom Pets as our receptionist and transitioned to a Veterinary Technician after graduating with her degree in Veterinary Technology. When Lisa isn’t at work, she enjoys hanging out in her yard with her four-year-old bunny, Freckles. She also volunteers at the animal shelter with Dr. Winthrop, to support his spay and neuter program.

Lisa Miller holding her bunny, Freckles

Kristy Garmin, Veterinary Receptionist

Kristy has been the friendly face behind the desk of Wisdom Pet Medicine for five years. She’s also the mother of a human child Chloe, and an animal child, Lola. Kristy has a passion for both animals and people and is a calming and reassuring presence for our patients and their owners.

Kristy Garmin holding black poodle