Our Veterinarians

William Baker
DVM
Emergency Medicine
William Baker
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. William Baker's clinical interests include gastroenteritis in dogs, toxicities, and feline lower urinary tract disease, especially obstructed cats who can’t urinate.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Louisville KY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Tennessee, Martin
Some of Dr. Baker’s favorite pastimes include reading, biking, running, SEC football (University of Tennessee), and music. His wife is a board-certified veterinary clinical pathologist, and they have two Chihuahuas, Hans and Minnie, and Roo, a shepherd/sheltie mix.
Grace Clark
DVM
Internal Medicine
Grace Clark
DVM
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Grace Clark's professional interests include abdominal ultrasound, fungal disease, urinary work-ups, interventional procedures, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Louisville KY
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Louisville KY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dr. Clark enjoys outdoor time, like hiking and fishing, with her husband and black lab Tracker. She and her husband have one child.
Casey Clements
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Casey Clements
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Servicing Locations
Dr. Casey Clements is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dr. Clements’ favorite pastimes include all types of exercise, trying new restaurants, cooking, going to the movies and cheering on the UNC Tarheels basketball team. She has two cats, Toby and Archie.
Forrest Cummings
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Internal Medicine
Forrest Cummings
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Forrest Cummings' clinical interests include pancreatic, renal and upper respiratory disease and gastroenterology. He has found success in incorporating immunotherapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help in the long-term management of these cases.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Metropolitan Veterinary Specialists, Louisville KY
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington
Dr. Cummings enjoys reading, gardening and playing basketball and video games. He and his wife have one son; two dogs, Kona and Guri; and one cat, Cappuccino.
Bethany Fackler
DVM, CVA
Emergency Medicine
Bethany Fackler
DVM, CVA
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Bethany Fackler’s clinical interests include pain management, acupuncture, mechanical ventilation and trauma cases.
  • Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture, Chi Institute, Gainesville FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond
Dr. Fackler enjoys yoga, aerial arts, live music and traveling. She has a standard poodle named Sir Didymus.
Rachel Herwick
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Rachel Herwick
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Servicing Locations
Dr. Rachel Herwick is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, University of North Alabama, Florence
A fan of international travel, Dr. Herwick is also passionate about international veterinary mission work. Her dog, Calliope Rhea, is half Australian shepherd, half Jack Russell, so full of energy.
Euan Murray
BVM&S
Veterinarian Associate
Euan Murray
BVM&S
Veterinarian Associate
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Dr. Euan Murray came back to veterinary medicine after an illustrious career as a professional rugby player in both Scotland and France; he represented Scotland in two rugby World Cups. After completing a rotating internship focused on large animals, he is now a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Internship, Large Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Along with rugby, Dr. Murray’s favorite pastime is spending time with his wife and children. He also likes lifting weights, looking for and eating porcini mushrooms, and honing his archery skills. Dr. Murray has volunteered as a public speaker at churches, schools and prisons, and has participated in community outreach at hospitals, homeless shelters and church cafes. Ridley is the family's Staffordshire bull terrier.
Stephanie O’Connell
VMD
Internal Medicine
Stephanie O’Connell
VMD
Internal Medicine
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Dr. Stephanie O’Connell is a resident in our internal medicine service. Her clinical interests include diagnosis and management of endocrine disease, immune-mediated hematologic diseases, and hepatic disease, as well as ultrasonography and endoscopic procedures.
  • Internship, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Ocean State Veterinary Specialists, East Greenwich RI
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science and Biology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ
Dr. O’Connell enjoys kayaking, playing volleyball and running. She also likes travel, exploring restaurants and attending concerts. She has a calico cat named Trixie.
Tyler Pelfrey
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Tyler Pelfrey
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Tyler Pelfrey enjoys treating lacerations, intestinal foreign bodies and patients in Addisonian crises.
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
Dr. Pelfrey’s favorite pastimes include rock climbing, running, camping and farming. He and his wife, also a veterinarian, have three dogs, mixed breeds Thumper and Olive, and dachshund Chet.
Alexis Pennings
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Alexis Pennings
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
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Dr. Alexis Pennings is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg VA
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg VA
Dr. Pennings is a fan of outdoor activities like hiking and horseback riding. She also loves movies, classic literature and amusement parks. Daisy is her mixed breed dog.
Anna Richburg
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Anna Richburg
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Anna Richburg is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Judson College, Marion AL
Dr. Richburg’s pastimes include tennis, running, hiking and exploring local parks and trails. She also enjoys watching Netflix with her Papillon, Kiwi, who loves to run and play with squeaky toys.
Rebecca Rittenberg
DVM
Internal Medicine
Rebecca Rittenberg
DVM
Internal Medicine
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Dr. Rebecca Rittenberg is a resident in our internal medicine service.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital, Hollywood FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Bachelor of Arts, Judaic Studies, University of Miami, Florida
Dr. Rittenberg is the author of a Holocaust suvivor memoir, “Hakl Makl: The Life of Arno Erban Before, During, and After the Holocaust.” She loves people, travel, attending plays and concerts, and go hiking with her husband and dog Sababa, a mixed breed. Jondalar is her three-legged cat.
Scott Rizzo
MS, DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Scott Rizzo
MS, DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
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Originally an accountant, Dr. Scott Rizzo realized banking wasn't for him. His professional interests include pancreatitis, novel cancer therapies, Cushings disease, and non-invasive diagnostic methods.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Master of Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Bachelor of Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Kentucky, Lexington
Born and raised in Louisville, Dr. Rizzo is a fan of University of Louisville sports. He plays golf, racquetball and enjoys bowling as well as spending time with his wife, kids, a border collie named Lady and a betta fish named Fish Stick Senior.
Ruth Schmidtchen
MS, DVM, CCRT, CVA
Acupuncture, Emergency Medicine, Rehabilitation
Ruth Schmidtchen
MS, DVM, CCRT, CVA
Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture & Canine Rehabilitation
Acupuncture, Emergency Medicine, Rehabilitation
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Before joining our team, Dr. Ruth Schmidtchen worked in both emergency medicine and at a primary care veterinary practice.
  • Canine Acupuncture Certification, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Canine Rehabilitation Institute, Wellington FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, Akron OH
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Master of Science, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • Dietetic Internship, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Diego CA
  • Dietetic Certification, University of California, San Diego
  • Bachelor of Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
Dr. Schmidtchen enjoys exploring the canyons and national parks in the southwest states. She enjoys skiing, hiking, backpacking, running and spending time with her two dogs and three cats.
Erica Tolar
DVM, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Erica Tolar
DVM, DACVO
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
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Dr. Erica Tolar has published and lectured on equine as well as small animal corneal diseases and frequently volunteers her ophthalmology services for the Louisville Zoo, where she has treated gorillas, sea lions, antelope, lemurs and hawks. She is also the veterinary advisor and on the board of directors for the American Sloughi Association. Dr. Tolar is currently working on developing a DNA test for inherited cataracts in the American saddlebred horse.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Tolar and her husband share their home with three dogs, three horses and a bird. She is also an avid saddlebred horse enthusiast and gardener.
CeCe Winthrop
MS, DVM
Surgery
CeCe Winthrop
MS, DVM
Surgery
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Dr. Cecilia Winthrop is particularly interested in neurosurgery and minimally invasive surgical procedures, such as laparoscopy, arthroscopy and thoracoscopy.
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Southfield MI
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan Veterinary Specialist, Southfield
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George's University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Master of Arts, Liberal Studies, Creighton University, Omaha NE
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
Dr. Winthrop is an arts and sailing enthusiast. She has a lab/Irish wolfhound mix and a golden retriever.
Stacey Woods
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Stacey Woods
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Servicing Locations
Dr. Stacey Woods is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary Sciences, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate TN
Dr. Woods enjoys hiking and camping with her labradoodle Barleyman.