Our Veterinarians

Dr. Kevin Au is board certified in small animal surgery. He is holding a small white dog on his lap.
Kevin Au
BVM&S, MS, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Kevin Au
BVM&S, MS, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Veterinarian
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.
Dr. Martha Bennett is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Martha Bennett
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Martha Bennett
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
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.
Dr. Sarah Daniel is Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Sarah Daniel
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Sarah Daniel
DVM, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
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
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
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
BluePearl Veterinarian
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
BluePearl Veterinarian
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. Margaret Fortney is a resident in our internal medicine service.
Margaret Fortney
DVM
Internal Medicine
Margaret Fortney
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Margaret Fortney enjoys all aspects of internal medicine, especially gastrointestinal disease and performing GI endoscopy. She is also interested in immune-mediated hematologic disorders, diabetic ketoacidosis and renal disease.
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospitals, Philadelphia PA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, New York City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology & Anthropology, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Dr. Fortney lives with her husband and has a 3-year-old Labrador. In her downtime, she loves to run and has completed several marathons. She also enjoys hiking, spending time outside, painting and drawing.
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
BluePearl Veterinarian
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.
Dr. Elizabeth Golly is a veterinarian in our internal medicine service. She is on a nature trail with a brown and black dog.
Elizabeth Golly
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Internal Medicine
Elizabeth Golly
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Elizabeth Golly is passionate about practicing internal medicine with empathy and kindness. Her special interests include endocrine and immune-mediated diseases, and she enjoys performing endoscopies.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, Denver CO
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Outside of work, Dr. Golly enjoys cycling, swimming, running and reading. She also loves outdoor adventures with her Australian cattle dog.
Dr. Jennifer is a veterinarian in our critical care service.
Jennifer Hamm
BVetMed
Critical Care
Jennifer Hamm
BVetMed
BluePearl Veterinarian
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
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.
Dr. Sarah Hoke is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She has her arm on a white dog.
Sarah Hoke
DVM
Sarah Hoke
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sarah Hoke is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is most interested in corneal ulcers and building valuable client-patient relationships.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Midway University, Midway, KY
  • Bachelor of Science, Equine Science, Midway University, Midway, KY
Dr. Hoke enjoys growing houseplants, trying new recipes and making memories with friends. She has two dogs and a horse.
Dr. Leonard Jordan is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Leonard E. Jordan II
DVM
Leonard E. Jordan II
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Leonard Jordan is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. He has over three years of experience working in a fast-paced, progressive small animal general practice and has performed many ultrasound guided procedures, such as fine needle aspirations and thoracocentesis.

Dr. Leonard finds diagnosing and managing endocrine diseases the most gratifying.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Dr. Jordan enjoys listening to music, cooking and learning new recipes with his wife.
Dr. Nathan Latus is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Nathan Latus
DVM
Nathan Latus
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Nathan Latus is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. He has a strong interest in diagnostics and ultrasound, and finds management of feline urethral obstruction the most gratifying to perform.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dr. Latus and his wife have two cats and enjoy vacationing at Disney World in Orlando, FL.
Dr. Rebecca is a resident in our surgery service.
Rebecca Laube
DVM
Surgery
Rebecca Laube
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Rebecca Laube is an enthusiastic and dedicated clinician, interested in all aspects of surgery and enjoys staying current on new research via continuing education seminars and research articles. Her clinical interests include orthopedics, mass removals and skin reconstruction.
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Southfield MI
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Southfield MI
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Franklin TN
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Atlanta GA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, North Dakota State University, Fargo
When not at the hospital. Dr. Laube enjoys spending time with friends and family (including the furry ones), being outdoors, volunteering in the community and cheering on Auburn and Wisconsin football.
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)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
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. Marie Noel is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She is holding a white dog on her lap.
Marie Noel
DVM
Marie Noel
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Marie Noel is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is most interested in emergency and critical care cases, specifically trauma, pain management and surgery.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science and Equine Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington
Dr. Noel enjoys hiking, roller skating, and exploring new restaurants. She has a Bichon named Beignet who loves to go on adventures with her, but is always ready for a nap as well.
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
BluePearl Veterinarian
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. Michaela Polly is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Micheala Polly
DVM
Micheala Polly
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Michaela Polly is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is most passionate about surgery and finds tumor and mass removals, eye enucleations and limb amputations the most gratifying to perform.
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Marine Science, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC
Dr. Polly enjoys hiking, playing sports, kickboxing and spending time with her wife. They plan to adopt a new puppy soon!
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
BluePearl Veterinarian
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. Jacob Romeiser is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Jacob Romeiser
DVM
Jacob Romeiser
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jacob Romeiser is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. He is most interested in treating animals with cancer.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia-Maryland College, Blacksburg
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, State College
Dr. Romeiser enjoys exercising, spending time outdoors, playing with his pet rabbit, Pebbles, watching football and listening to classic rock.
Dr. Kelly Ross is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is hugging a large brown dog.
Kelly Ross
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kelly Ross
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
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.
Dr. Nora Sloan is an intern in our emergency medicine service.
Nora Sloan
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Nora Sloan
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Nora Sloan is most interested in nutrition and gastrointestinal diseases.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Franklin, TN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Regis University, Denver CO
Dr. Sloan enjoys hiking, cross-stitching, reading and spending time with her Labrador, Tetley, and cat, Friday the 13th, nicknamed Freddie.
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)
BluePearl Veterinarian
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.
Illustration of a silhouette of a figure with a stethoscope draped around their neck.
Laurel Upton
DVM
Oncology
Laurel Upton
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Specialty Intern
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Laurel Upton is an intern in our oncology service. She finds multiple myeloma and osteosarcoma the most gratifying to treat.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, MedVet, New Orleans, LA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science and Technology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Dr. Upton enjoys running, biking, playing soccer, needlepointing and painting. She has a Great Dane named Judge.
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
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
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.
Dr. Jason Wolf is a veterinarian in our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
Jason Wolf
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Jason Wolf
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jason Wolf is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. He enjoys helping animals in time of need, relieving suffering and pain and helping relieve some worry from owners.

Dr. Wolf finds intervertebral disk disease and trauma cases the most gratifying to treat.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture-Animal Science, University of Tennessee, Martin
Dr. Wolf and his wife have a mini-zoo at home that consists of Roxy the boxer mix, Ringo the California king snake, Albya the cockatiel, and Nosy the cat. His hobbies include home improvement projects, bonfires, board games with friends and outdoor activities, such as hiking, kayaking and scuba diving.