Billy Pullen, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)Internal Medicine
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.
Amy Holford, VMD, DACVIM (SAIM)Internal Medicine
Dr. Holford was born in Delaware and was raised in Pennsylvania. Dr. Holford attended veterinary school at University of Pennsylvania, did her internship at Garden State Vet Specialists and her residency in internal medicine at the University of Tennessee. She was then part of the medicine faculty at UT. For the past ten years, she has been one of the main clinicians that runs the Community Practice rotation at UT, allowing the fourth-year students the freedom to “be a doctor” on their own, while under supervision. She particularly loves endocrinology, geriatric medicine and communication. Dr. Holford is a huge foodie, loves wine and bourbon and live entertainment (musicals, concerts, etc.). When she’s not working or going out, she is taking care of her animals on her new mini farm and fixing up her new house that was built in 1940.
Reid Groman, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECCCritical Care
Reid Groman 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.
Kim Johnson, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Kim Johnson is an Army brat from Memphis, TN. She graduated from Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Tennessee in 2003. (As a matter of fact, she and Dr. Pullen were intern mates.) She completed a Small Animal Oncology residency at the University of Missouri and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2007. She remained on faculty as a Clinical Instructor before returning to Mississippi State University as an Assistant Professor where she was the only veterinary oncologist in the state of Mississippi. Following her two-year stint at MSU CVM, she joined Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners becoming the first veterinary oncologist in Nashville. She played a key role in building the reputation and strength of Blue Pearl as a premier veterinary referral clinic for middle Tennessee. She built a successful oncology service from a one doctor/one technician practice to a two doctor/four technician service in seven years. She is now starting a new chapter and is the President/CEO of PetCancerConsulting, LLC. This includes telemedicine and a busy locum practice. When off duty, she enjoys SEC sports, especially football. She also thoroughly enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family. As part of our Oncology Department, Dr. Johnson promises consistent, reliable assistance with your oncology case management to ensure the greatest quality of life for pets with cancer.
Jonathan Goodwin, DVM, DACVIMCardiology
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, DACVAAnesthesiology
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!”
Chris Reeder, DVM, DACVDDermatology
Dr. Chris Reeder is a 2003 graduate of Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Reeder practiced small animal medicine/surgery in Louisville, Kentucky, for 3 years. During this time he was able to further develop his interest in dermatology. Dr. Reeder completed a residency in Veterinary Dermatology in 2008 at Animal Dermatology Clinic in Tustin, CA, and became board-certified. He worked to create the first full-time dermatology practice in Louisville, KY, and worked as the senior dermatologist with ADC in Louisville, KY, until August 2016. In October of 2016, he started the dermatology department for BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Franklin, TN. Dr. Reeder has published several articles and enjoys lecturing to local and national audiences on dermatology. Dr. Reeder enjoys giving back by helping to train veterinary students, interns and residents. Dr. Reeder’s special interests are allergic diseases, immune-mediated skin disease, otitis externa and dermatopathology. Outside of the office, sticking to his combination of midwest and southeast upbringing, Dr. Reeder is blessed to have a small hobby farm to enjoy with his wife and three wonderful children, along with a large range of critters.
For more information and to make an appointment, contact Dr. Chris Reeder at Lighthouse Veterinary Allergy and Dermatology. Visit lighthousevetderm.com. Office phone is 615-438-3436. Fax is 615-468-8045. Dr. Reeder's email is [email protected].
Dr. Sullivan is a Chattanooga native. She graduated from Ooltewah High School and obtained a Bachelor 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 that keep them busy (Timber, Piper, Ziggy, Remi, and Ashe).
Jake Barnett, DVMEmergency
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.
Michael Krigbaum, DVMEmergency
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.
Natasha Jones, DVMEmergency
Dr. Natasha Jones is a 2007 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Go DAWGS! Before becoming a veterinarian, Natasha was a high school and middle school band director. Her husband, Brendan, is a musician, as well, and plays the dobro in a bluegrass band called Fairmount Hayride and is a song leader and deacon at their church. Natasha and her husband moved to North Georgia after graduation where she worked in small animal practice. They were blessed to have a daughter, Aubrey. Their other family members are their two dogs, Hazel and Boone. They moved to the Chattanooga area and have lived and worked here since July 2015. In 2018, Natasha created her own company, Paws and Relax Veterinary Services, to provide relief services for other veterinarians and give other vets the opportunity to have time off from their work and foster a positive work/life balance. Natasha enjoys college football, living in the mountains, reading, music, spending time with her family and traveling. Natasha’s special interests include surgery, internal medicine and emergency medicine.
Randy Daw, DVMEmergency
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.
Nikita Viens,DVM, CVMMPEmergency
Dr. Nikita Viens received her undergraduate degree in Animal Biology and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida (Go Gators!). After graduating, Dr. Viens practiced emergency medicine. In addition, she worked closely with exotics at a wildlife rehabilitation center managing her favorite patients which included raptors and songbirds. After watching how much acupuncture helped her geriatric dog, Sabrina, who has since passed away, Dr. Viens went back to school for a year to study Veterinary Acupuncture and Spinal Manipulation at the CHI Institute in Florida. Dr. Viens and her husband, Dr. Randy Daw, moved to Chattanooga in early 2019, because they truly love this city! They enjoy gardening, going to the symphony, visiting breweries and wineries, and hiking and kayaking with their dog.
Dr. Viens and her husband have three pets. Luna is a wonderful black lab; Poppy is a mischievous parrot; and Mick is their beautiful Thoroughbred. Dr. Viens competes with Mick in eventing.
Micah Woods, DVMEmergency
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 named Walker and Miller. 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.
Dr. Christopher Perry is an emergency veterinarian at VCSG. Dr. Perry had aspirations of becoming a veterinarian since his early childhood years in Georgia. Prior to attending the University of Georgia for his veterinary degree, Dr. Perry held a wide range of animal related jobs from working in kennels, to milking dairy cows, and even breeding thoroughbred horses. Despite this wide range of experience with animals of all shapes and sizes, Dr. Perry still holds dogs and cats as his favorite. This love of companion animals propelled him to complete advanced training during a one year emergency internship. The training enhanced his medical skills and commitment to delivering the best in patient care. Following his internship, Dr. Perry spent almost two years in general practice in Virginia before returning home to Chattanooga. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Perry is most likely to be found enjoying the local outdoor activities with his Border Collie, Zoe. Additionally, he is an avid traveler. In fact, his enthusiasm for travel led him to study veterinary medicine in Brazil while obtaining his DVM degree. Dr. Perry says that he is excited to serve clients and their pets by maintaining the quality of care that VCSG is known for providing.