Billy Pullen, DVM, DACVIM(SAIM)
Dr. Pullen grew up in the Chattanooga area where he attended both elementary and high school. He continued a Pullen family tradition by attending the University of Georgia where he earned a B.S. in Biology, 1996, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. After leaving Athens, he completed a rotating internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in New Jersey. He dove back into general practice but soon realized that his primary interests were finding solutions to the mysteries of internal medicine. He soon went on to complete an internship at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and then a small animal internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Since that time, he has practiced in academia and predominantly private specialty practices. His interests include gastrointestinal, autoimmune disorders, and critical care. Dr. Pullen is married to Claudia, and they have two young sons, Luca and Connor. In September of 2016, Dr. Pullen opened Veterinary Care and Specialty Group with the primary focus of providing the best medical care possible for pets.
Reid Groman, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC
Reid Groman, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC, is originally from Long Island, New York. He completed his undergraduate studies at Binghamton University and earned his veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 1994. After completing an internship at Texas A&M, he spent two years in general practice. Dr. Groman went on to complete a three-year residency in Internal Medicine at Texas A&M, followed by a two-year fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and a one-year fellowship in Nephrology and Hemodialysis at UC-Davis. Dr. Groman then spent eight years as clinical faculty at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Most recently, he spent six years working at two large referral hospitals in New Jersey where he developed and implemented critical care as a dedicated and collaborative service.
Dr. Groman happily sees dogs and cats with routine emergencies, in addition to patients with life- threatening illnesses or injures requiring urgent stabilization and critical care.
Jonathan Goodwin,DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Dr. Goodwin is a graduate of Cornell University and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University. He also completed an internship at Coral Springs Animal Hospital. At Purdue University, he completed a Master's degree in Cardiac Physiology and a Cardiology residency. Services offered by Dr. Goodwin include full comprehensive consultations with complete cardiac evaluations to help diagnose and treat congenital or acquired heart disease and malformations.
P. K. Hendrix, DVM, PhD, DACVA
Dr. P.K. Hendrix received her DVM from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Her first few years as a veterinarian included mixed animal practice and serving as a veterinary anesthetist at LSUSVM. In 1989, she entered the University of Minnesota College of
Veterinary Medicine for her Anesthesia Residency and Ph.D. from 1995 to 2001, she served as Associate Clinical Specialist at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. During that time, Dr. Hendrix also became a Diplomat in the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists. In 2001, she began a seven-year commitment as Clinical Associate Professor at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine followed by five years with Nashville Veterinary Specialists as a Clinical Anesthesiologist.
Before joining the staff of VCSG, Dr. Hendrix served as a Clinical Anesthesiologist at RIVER for three years. Beside her as an important part of this journey as a veterinarian has been her high school sweetheart and husband, Mitch, who has been a “wonderful
and supportive man!”
Dr. Sullivan is a Chattanooga native. She graduated from Ooltewah High School and obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She subsequently made her way to an island (Grand Cayman to be exact), where she laid on the beach, snorkeled, dove, and studied Veterinary Medicine. After three years of living on island time and completing her course work, she made her way to Indiana where she finished her clinical year at Purdue University. She received her Veterinary degree in 2009 from St. Matthew’s University.
Dr. Sullivan moved back to Chattanooga and began working at an emergency and specialty
practice. She did a one year rotating internship and then worked for a year as an emergency
clinician. She has spent the last few years working and training for a residency in emergency and critical care.
In her free time, she enjoys getting outside, traveling and spending time with friends and family. She and her boyfriend have five dogs and one kitten that keep them busy (Timber, Piper, Ziggy, Remi, Ashe, and Cheez-it).
Ryan Rucker,DVM, MADSDr. Rucker is a Chattanooga area native who grew up in nearby Lafayette, GA. She graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She also received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at UGA as well. Following veterinary school, she completed a small animal rotating internship where she discovered her passion for emergency medicine. In her free time, Dr. Rucker enjoys spending time with her husband, Daniel, and their 2 year old daughter, Rowan. They have 3 dogs, 3 cats, and probably way too many chickens. They enjoy being outdoors, homesteading, and aspire to have a small farm in the future.
Jake Barnett, DVM
Dr. Jake Barnett is another local that grew up on a farm in Chattanooga and has been away for the past 10 years pursuing his Veterinary career. He began his college experience at Tennessee Wesleyan in Athens, TN, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Biology and played college baseball. As a college student he quickly began to fall in love with Veterinary medicine and soon decided to chase that dream. He attended the University of Tennessee college of Veterinary Medicine and received his degree in 2015. After school Dr. Barnett practiced general medicine on the other side of the country near Sacramento, California. He soon learned, however, that he missed the south and returned home to begin emergency practice.
He has been interested in the more critical aspects of medicine and highly enjoys the larger impact he can make in animals that are truly in need of help. His primary interests are surgery, internal medicine, and spending extra time with clients to help them understand the situation.
In his free time, Dr. Barnett enjoys all aspects of the outdoors. He can often be seen kayaking, hunting, fly fishing, mountain biking, or hiking. He is scuba certified and truly has a passion for all animals on the land
and in the sea. In addition to this he is a devoted sports fan and enjoys many of our local teams. He is excited to be back in the Chattanooga area and often likes to explore the downtown scene. He lives with his
two daughters; a chocolate Labrador named Cabela and a dachshund mix named Goose.
Dr. Michael Krigbaum, DVM
Dr. Krigbaum is a 2012 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. He has lived in Chattanooga since graduating from veterinary school and has been a general practitioner prior to joining VCSG. His interests outside of practicing veterinary medicine include spending time with his wife, Anna, and spoiling their dog and four cats. He also enjoys traveling and long-distance running. He enjoys watching sports, especially Virginia Tech and any of the professional sports teams based in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Lucy is an alumna of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She completed a one year internship at BluePearl in Lousville, Kentucky, and has since worked exclusively in emergency care. Dr. Lucy enjoys the variety of cases that are seen and treated in an ER setting. Outside of work, Dr. Lucy stays very active in outdoor activities including white water kayaking, running, and hiking with her dogs. She has two dogs: Bert (a year old border collie mix) and Shanti (a four year old pointer mix). Shanti was a patient of Dr. Lucy's during her internship. Shanti basically lived at the clinic while receiving treatment for her severe leg wound, and she eventually worked her way from the hospital into Dr. Lucy's home permanently. Additionally, Dr. Lucy has two cats named after sea creatures : Diadema (sea urchin) and Goby (fish).
Randy Daw, DVM
Dr. Daw attended the University of Florida where he received his doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2014. After completing an emergency/critical care internship at RIVER in Chattanooga, Dr. Daw worked as an emergency clinician at Blue Pearl in Gainesville, Florida, from 2015-2017. In 2018, he and his wife started their own company doing relief general practice work. Also in that year, Dr. Daw received a certification in veterinary spinal manipulation and started to incorporate integrative medicine into his practice. Dr. Daw and his wife recently moved from Florida to Chattanooga, along with their Lab-mix Luna, their African Grey parrot Poppy, and their thoroughbred Mick. Dr. Daw is currently studying to become certified in veterinary acupuncture at the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida. His hobbies include hiking, rock climbing, jiu jitsu, listening to music, gardening, and anything that allows Dr. Daw to become immersed in nature. Future interests include studying veterinary herbal medicine and veterinary medical massage therapy.
Micah Woods, DVM
Dr. Micah Woods is a graduate of McCallie School. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Kansas with a degree in Molecular Biosciences with an emphasis in Cell Biology. After graduating from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine, he completed a year of clinical training at North Carolina State University. Dr. Woods specializes in small animal and exotic animal medicine and surgery and is a member of TVMA, HCVMA, Association of Avian Veterinarians and Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. He and his wife, Karla, have two sons- Walker (3), and Miller, who was just born on May 21st. Reef aquariums and the family tortoises, Little Foot (a red-foot tortoise) and Boca (a leopard tortoise) are among his favorite hobbies along with swimming and enjoying time at the lake with his family