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Our Veterinarians

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Jenna Ashton
DVM, MS, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Jenna Ashton
DVM, MS, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jenna Ashton likes problem solving and diagnosing challenging cases. Her favorites are renal and gastrointestinal, and she enjoys ultrasounds and endoscopy.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Hospital Center, CO
  • Master of Science, Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Ashton loves traveling, yoga and outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, backpacking and paddle boarding. She’s also a Florida Gators football fan.
Dr. Kevin Au is board certified in small animal surgery. He is holding a small white dog on his lap.
Kevin Au
BVMS, MS, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Kevin Au
BVMS, MS, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Au practiced at the Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital in Western Australia before joining BluePearl.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Master of Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia
Dr. Au enjoys outdoor activities, including fly fishing and kayaking.
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Travis Beeler
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Dr. Travis Beeler has a particular interest in wound care and laceration repair.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, Fort Lauderdale FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature and Biology, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
Dr. Beeler enjoys the outdoors. Some of his favorite pastimes include hiking, camping, backpacking, kayaking and bird watching. His housemates are a dog and a bird.
Dr. Martha Bennett is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Martha Bennett
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Dr. Martha Bennett enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine, particularly treating toxicity cases.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Auburn University, Auburn AL
Dr. Bennett’s free time is spent with her seven horses. She also enjoys polo, scuba diving and Krav Maga, a type of self defense.
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Theresa Blakey
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Theresa Blakey
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Theresa Blakey enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine, especially treating neurological diseases.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery Auburn University, AL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dr. Blakey enjoys rock climbing, movies and time with her husband and daughter. The family has two dogs, Chloe and Emma, and a cat named Luna.
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Gabrielle Bruno
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Gabrielle Bruno
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Gabrielle Marie Bruno is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She enjoys interacting with clients and performing onsite diagnostics. Her special clinical interest is dermatology.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
Dr. Bruno’s hobbies include traveling, playing the violin and playing tennis. She has a Catahoula Leopard mix dog named Denver.
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Sarah Daniel
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Sarah Daniel
DVM, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
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Dr. Sarah Daniel’s particular interests are soft tissue procedures, especially wound management. She has a published journal article on the safety and efficacy of laparoscopic liver biopsies.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dr. Daniel enjoys time with her husband, two daughters, and dogs Hope and Cooper.
Dr. Kristen Date is board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine. She is holding two cats in her arms.
Kristen Datte
DVM, MS, DACVECC
Critical Care
Kristen Datte
DVM, MS, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
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Dr. Kristen Datte's clinical interests include septic diseases and management of trauma and postoperative patients. She also enjoys working with feline patients, especially those with pyothorax (fluid/pus in the chest cavity) and urethral obstructions.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Master of Science, Comparative Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Madonna University, Livonia MI
Dr. Datte loves cycling, running and hiking. She has two cats: Romeo is obsessed with eating but overweight and happy, and Chloe loves exploring outside and stalking all manner of insect life.
Dr. Sarah Decker is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Sarah Decker
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Sarah Decker
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
A senior emergency clinician, Dr. Sarah Decker is particularly interested in cardiac cases.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Dogwood Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center, Richmond VA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dr. Decker loves outdoor activities like hiking, paddle boarding and camping, as well as competitive and performance ballroom dancing. The family pets include Dasher, a long-haired dachshund, who loves to play and go on hikes, and very old kitty named Tier.
Dr. Kate Elliott is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Kate Elliott
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kate Elliott
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kate Elliott is particularly interested in pain management, oncology and cardiology.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, New York City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Bachelor of Science, Millikin University, Decatur IL
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of the South, Sewanee TN
Dr. Elliott enjoys reading, horseback riding, hiking, skiing, knitting, and spending time with her two dogs, Mongo and Olivia.
Dr. Jessica Fournier is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is sitting with a large dog.
Jessica Fournier
MS, DVM
Emergency Medicine
Jessica Fournier
MS, DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jessica Fournier enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Franklin TN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Western University, Pomona CA
  • Master of Science, Animal Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Dr. Fournier enjoys body building, cross training, traveling, hiking, photography and going on adventures. A fan of all hounds, her dog Sadie is a red tick coonhound, beagle mix.
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Kelsey Fugere
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Kelsey Fugere
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kelsey Fugere is a small animal medicine & surgery intern with a special interest in endocrine diseases. She also enjoys performing and interpreting ultrasounds.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Atlantic Veterinary College, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Dr. Fugere’s hobbies include exercising, reading, traveling, baking and drawing and painting. She has two Great Danes, Sophie and Evie.
Dr. Jennifer is a veterinarian in our critical care service.
Jennifer Hamm
BVetMed
Critical Care
Jennifer Hamm
BVetMed
Critical Care
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An experienced veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Hamm has been practicing for a number of years, spending the majority exclusively in an emergency medicine practice, most recently as the medical director. Her clinical interests include trauma, wound care, acute kidney injury and bleeding disorders.
  • Residency, Emergency and Critical Care, Four Seasons Animal Hospital, Lafayette CA
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, University of London, England
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg FL
Dr. Hamm enjoys gardening, baking and a variety of workouts to include yoga and spinning. She lives with three cats.
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Jessica Hayes
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Jessica Hayes
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jessica Hayes is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She finds all aspects of veterinary medicine rewarding, especially helping people and their pets in times of need.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences and Industry, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Dr. Hayes loves spending time outdoors. She hopes to start fostering dogs in the near future.
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Sara Humphrey
DVM, CVA
Associate Veterinarian
Sara Humphrey
DVM, CVA
Associate Veterinarian
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Dr. Sara Humphrey is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. Her clinical interests include ophthalmology, internal medicine and oncology.
  • Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, The Chi Institute, Reddick FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Kentucky, Lexington
Dr. Humphrey is devoted to her orange cat named Squish. In her free time, Dr. Humphrey enjoys horseback riding, scuba diving and traveling.
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Emily Leahey
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Emily Leahey
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Emily Leahey is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She has a variety of clinical interests, including multi-species medicine, zoo/wildlife medicine, infectious disease, dermatology, internal medicine, surgery and shelter medicine.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Journalism, Theater, University of Arizona, Tucson
Dr. Leahey loves running, hiking, dancing, swimming, yoga, baking and singing along to her husband's Nashville-based band. They have two rocking cats, Lupe and Lorenzo.
Dr Pamela Lucas is board certified in veterinary oncology. She is holding the paw of a large dog.
Pamela Lucas
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Pamela Lucas
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
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Dr. Pamela Lucas’ clinical interests include hematopoietic cancers such as lymphoma and multiple myeloma and also primary bone tumors such as osteosarcoma. She also focuses on alleviating pathologic pain.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Medical Oncology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Master of Science, Comparative Oncology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Oncology, Animal Cancer Care Clinic, Fort Lauderdale FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Specialists of South Florida, Cooper City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Bachelor of Science, Agriculture, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville
Dr. Lucas is married to her high school sweetheart, and considers family the center of her life. She enjoys traveling, cooking, watching football, gardening, backpacking and reading. Sage and Barley are the family dogs, and O'Malley is the cat.
Dr. Andrea Monnig is board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine. She is hugging a golden retriever.
Andrea Monnig
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Andrea Monnig
DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Andrea Monnig is the BluePearl Director of Clinical Programs. Prior to joining us, she was an assistant professor at The Ohio State University. Her special interests include endocrine emergencies, sepsis, coagulation disorders, acid-based derangements and nutritional management of the critically ill patient.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
Dr. Monnig and her husband have two dogs and a three-legged cat. She enjoys watching sports and playing golf.
Kimberly Mulligan
DVM, MS, DACVR
Diagnostic Imaging
Kimberly Mulligan
DVM, MS, DACVR
Board Certified in Veterinary Radiology
Diagnostic Imaging
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Dr. Kimberly Mulligan’s favorite diagnosing modality is computed tomography (CT), especially to identify and determine the specific location of portosystemic shunts. She is also excited by the continuing advances in cross-sectional imaging because they are bringing veterinary medicine closer to the specificity achieved in the human medical field.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
  • Residency, Radiology, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center, Tucson
  • Master of Science, Veterinary Comparative Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington
Dr. Mulligan’s favorite pastimes include camping/backpacking, reading, binge-watching TV shows, and attending concerts and music festivals. She and her husband have a black Labrador/blue heeler mix.
Dr. Rachel O'Rear is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is outside an hugging a black lab.
Rachel O'Rear
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Rachel O'Rear
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Rachel O’Rear enjoys managing endocrine emergencies such as diabetic ketoacidosis and Addisonian crisis. Other clinical interests include immune-mediated and infectious diseases.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Franklin TN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dr. O’Rear likes spending time outdoors, especially hiking with her black lab mix Cash. She also has two cats, Henley and Neyland.
Dr. Jamie Rechy is board certified in veterinary radiology. He is holding a small dog.
Jaime Rechy Jr.
DVM, DACVR
Diagnostic Imaging
Jaime Rechy Jr.
DVM, DACVR
Board Certified in Veterinary Radiology
Diagnostic Imaging
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jaime Rechy is particularly interested in vascular ultrasonography, 3D printing, and interventional radiology. His research projects included documenting the effects of intravenous sedation on portal blood flow velocity using Doppler ultrasound; developing a 3D printed prototype model for rhinoscopy training; and investigating lung nodules in cats with inflammatory airway disease using computed tomography.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
  • Residency, Radiology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Sciences & Entomology, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. Rechy and his wife enjoy hiking the Great Smoky Mountains and exploring greater Nashville’s best restaurants and music venues. They share their home with Kaiser, a dachshund-mix.
Dr. Kelly Ross is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is hugging a large brown dog.
Kelly Ross
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kelly Ross
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Kelly Ross is particularly interested in endocrine and urinary tract emergencies, radiology and ultrasound.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Bioscience, Pennsylvania State University, State College
While living in Scotland, Dr. Ross met and married her husband who is a drummer. She enjoys his concerts, gardening and outdoor time. She and her husband have two children, two cats, Hamish and Aurora, and a dwarf rabbit named Priscilla.
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Alex Simon
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Alex Simon
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
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Dr. Alex Simon is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She has a strong interest in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, as well as many other aspects of the field, including dentistry, physical rehabilitation, dermatology and ophthalmology.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Simon is also a musician and artist. She has two rescue cats and enjoys outdoor activities and gardening.
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Nora Sloan
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Nora Sloan
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
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Dr. Nora Sloan is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. Her goals are to be a board-certified nutritionist and become CCRP (physical therapy) certified.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Regis University, Denver CO
In her free time, Dr. Sloan likes to hike and cross-stitch. She has a Labrador Retriever named Mona and a cat, Friday the 13th - nicknamed Freddie.
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Kathryn Spivey
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Kathryn Spivey
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
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Dr. Kathryn Spivey is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She enjoys emergency medicine and surgery and hopes to pursue further training to become a small-animal surgeon.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Hendrix College, Conway AR
In her free time, Dr. Spivey likes baking, playing board games and painting. She has several pets, including a German shepherd (Wrex), two cats (Aslan and Raja) and a ball python (Dexter).
Dr. Nick Szigetvari is board certified in veterinary oncology. He is feeding a white horse from his hand.
Nick Szigetvari
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Nick Szigetvari
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Nick Szigetvari’s particular clinical interests include mast cell tumors, lymphoma and anal gland tumors.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Master of Science, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Residency, Medical Oncology, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Szigetvari loves live music, good food, cooking, traveling and any outdoor activity, especially hiking, fishing and skiing. Mabel is his mixed breed dog.
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John Vietti
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
John Vietti
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
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Dr. John Vietti is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. He enjoys being a positive part of the community and helping both clients and patients in times of need.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, Finance, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Outside of work, Dr. Vietti enjoys woodworking and spending time with his wonderful partner, who is a veterinary technician, and their three dogs.
Dr. Carly Waugh is board certified in veterinary internal medicine. She is sitting with a brown dog.
Carly Waugh
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Carly Waugh
DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
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Dr. Carly Waugh is passionate about many areas of internal medicine and finds the diagnosis and treatment of infectious, immune-mediated and endocrine diseases particularly rewarding. Dr. Waugh also enjoys diagnostic and interventional endoscopy.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Dr. Waugh enjoys running, cooking, traveling, playing the piano and spending time with her husband, Travis, and their two dogs, Wynn and Charlie. She is delighted to be back in Tennessee.