Veterinarians

Internal Medicine

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    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.

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    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, completed her internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists and her residency in internal medicine at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  She was then part of the medicine faculty at UT.  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.  

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    Amy Tamulevicus, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)
    Internal Medicine

    Dr. Tamulevicus grew up in New Jersey. She graduated in 2003 from Veterinary School at Tufts University in Massachusetts followed by an internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists and a residency at Kansas State University. Dr. Tamulevicus was boarded in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2010. The main Internal Medicine interests of Dr. Tamulevicus include endocrine disease, immune-mediated disease, and renal disease. However, she enjoys all aspects of Internal Medicine. Dr. Tamulevicus is married to a veterinarian, and they have five cats named William, Rosalita, Cassandra, Chadwick (who has a new nickname of Chad-anooga!), and Eli. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling in the United States and internationally with her husband, paddleboarding and kayaking, hiking, birding, music, and reading.

Emergency Critical Care

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    Reid Groman, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC
    Critical 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 injuries requiring urgent stabilization and critical care. 

Surgery

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    Ray Rudd, DVM, MS, DACVS
    Surgery

    Dr. Rudd received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee in 1981 and completed his internship and surgical residency at Purdue University in 1985. He taught surgery at Kansas State University and conducted research and development for Ethicon Endosurgery in Cincinnati to progress minimally invasive surgical techniques. Dr. Rudd opened his own private veterinary clinic, Braelinn Village Animal Hospital, in Peachtree City and developed a surgical practice within the hospital complete with an MRI. In 2007, Dr. Rudd joined the United States Army Reserve. Having served in Afghanistan and Kuwait, Dr. Rudd says, “Working for the Army as a veterinarian has been an incredible experience.” After working with Animal Emergency and Specialty Center for several years, Dr. Rudd returned to Braelinn Village Animal Hospital. Dr. Rudd and his wife live in Peachtree City and have four grown children and a new granddaughter. He enjoys spending time with his family whenever possible.

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    Jeffrey Peck, DVM, DACVS, FOUNDING FELLOW, JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGERY
    Surgery

    Dr. Peck grew up in South Florida. He attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate education. Dr. Peck went to veterinary school at Tufts University and graduated in 1992. In 1996, he completed a Surgical Residency at Iowa State University and then became a clinical instructor at the University of Missouri. Dr. Peck has been a staff surgeon at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Maitland, Florida, for 23 years and has also served as the surgical residency program director at AVS. He has been very involved in the ACVS as President and Chair of the Board. Joint replacement surgery has been his primary area of research and is the subject of numerous published articles and a textbook. As a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves, he will be transferred to the Individual Ready Reserve in 2021. Dr. Peck is married to Kathy, his high school sweetheart, and their daughter is Kayla. An English springer spaniel, a Boston, and a Pug complete the family. His main hobbies are running (17 marathons!) and woodworking.

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    Will Underwood, DVM
    Surgery

    As a nontraditional veterinarian, Dr. Underwood left his freelance photography and graphic design business to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. In 2018 he graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation he joined the United States Army Veterinary Corps where he served from 2018 - 2021 as the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Ft. Carson Veterinary Treatment Center. During that time, he cared for privately owned animals and government owned animals, including Military Working Dogs, Military Working Equines, and even the United States Air Force Academy's mascot falcons. In 2022, he will be transferred to the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). Dr. Underwood has a passion for surgery and exotics and has previously spent time caring for exotic birds, reptiles, and ring-tailed lemurs. During his free time, Dr. Underwood enjoys kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, going to breweries with friends, and hiking with his American Bulldog, Judah.

Neurology

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    Christiane Massicotte, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM
    Neurology

    Dr. Massicotte received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Montreal in 1994. She completed an internship program at the University of Minnesota and a residency program at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. While participating in her residency program, Dr. Massicotte concurrently earned a Master’s degree in Neurotoxicology. While at Virginia Tech, she obtained her PhD and then earned her board certification as a Diplomate in Neurology at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Massicotte served as Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania and has been Director of the Neurology/neurosurgery Department at Animal Emergency and Referral Associates in Fairfield, NJ, since 2005. She enjoys farmland, the outdoors, walking with Crescendo and Maestro (her Collies), riding her mares (Stella and Amber Moon), and taking her morning coffee enjoying her Figaro, her bird. Dr. Massicotte owns a black belt in Taekwondo.

Anesthesiology

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    P. K. Hendrix, DVM, PhD, DACVA
    Anesthesiology

    Dr. 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 LSU SVM. In 1989, she entered the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine for her Anesthesia Residency and PhD 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 Diplomate 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 and three years at RIVER as a Clinical Anesthesiologist. Dr. Hendrix is married to her high school sweetheart, Mitch, who has been an important part of her journey as a veterinarian.

Veterinary Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

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    David Levine, PT, PhD, DPT, CCRP
    Veterinary Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

    Dr. Levine grew up in New York.  He attended the University of New England and became a physical therapist in 1986.  He completed postgraduate work in orthopedics and exercise science at Boston University and the University of Tennessee where he received his PhD in 1994.  Dr. Levine is also a professor at the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Levine has been working and conducting research in animal physical rehabilitation since 1993 and is co-editor of multiple veterinary books, including Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy, Essential Facts of Physiotherapy in Dogs and Cats, and Gait Analysis:  An Introduction.

    Dr. Levine has been married to Allison for 22 years, and their children are Lauren, Sarah, Hadley, and Ava.  Two dogs and three cats complete the family.  Dr. Levine’s main hobbies are boating and exercising.

Cardiology

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    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 at VCSG by Dr. Goodwin include full comprehensive consultations with complete cardiac evaluations to help diagnose and treat congenital or acquired heart disease and malformations.

Emergency

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    Stefanie Sullivan, DVM
    Emergency

    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. Dr. Sullivan subsequently made her way to Grand Cayman where she studied Veterinary Medicine. After three years of living on island time and completing her course work, she made her way to Indiana and finished her clinical year at Purdue University. In 2009, she received her Veterinary degree 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. Dr. Sullivan 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) and a very special cat, Chad.

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    Jake Barnett, DVM
    Emergency

    Dr. Barnett grew up on a farm in Chattanooga. He began his college experience at Tennessee Wesleyan in Athens and received his bachelor’s degree in biology and played college baseball. As a college student, Dr. Barnett 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 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 need 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 kayaking, hunting, fly fishing, mountain biking, and hiking. He is also scuba certified and has a passion for all animals on the land and in the sea. He has three dogs (a chocolate Labrador named Cabela, a Dachshund mix named Goose, and a mixed breed named Smush).

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    Michael Krigbaum, DVM
    Emergency

    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 was a general practitioner before joining VCSG. His interests outside of practicing veterinary medicine include spending time with his wife, Anna, and spoiling their dog and four cats. Dr. Krigbaum also enjoys traveling, long-distance running, and watching sports. He is a big fan of Virginia Tech and any of the professional sports teams based in Washington, D.C.

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    Denise Radford, DVM
    Emergency

    Dr. Radford grew up in a small town in Illinois surrounded by farmland, family, and animals. She knew since she was a kid that she wanted to be a veterinarian. To chase her dream, Dr. Radford started working in veterinary hospitals when she was just a teenager. In 2010, she graduated from the University of Illinois with the highest honors and started veterinary school the following semester. Since obtaining her DVM degree in 2014, Dr. Radford has moved a lot with her husband. She is thrilled to be settled down in the Chattanooga area and is proud to call it home. Passionate about offering a high quality of care to her patients and their owners, Dr. Radford is thrilled to be working with the VCSG team. Away from work, Dr. Radford loves to be outdoors hiking, kayaking, and exploring with her 4-legged family and husband.

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    Natasha Jones, DVM
    Emergency

    Dr. Jones is a 2007 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Before becoming a veterinarian, she was a high school and middle school band director. After graduating, Dr. Jones and her husband moved to North Georgia, where she worked in small animal practice. Her special interests include surgery, internal medicine, and emergency medicine. In 2018, Dr. Jones started her own company, Paws and Relax Veterinary Services, which provides relief services for veterinarians to allow them to have time off from work and foster a positive work/life balance. Dr. Jones and Brendan, her husband, have a daughter named Aubrey and two dogs, Hazel and Boone. She enjoys college football, living in the mountains, reading, music, spending time with family, and traveling.

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    Wayne Zuvers, DVM
    Emergency

    Dr. Zuvers is a 1999 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He received his BS Degree in Agribusiness and Environmental Resources from Arizona State University. Before veterinary school, he served as a Public Health Chemist for the State of Arizona. Having served as a practice manager in Phoenix, Dr. Zuvers has practiced for 21 years with an emphasis in emergency medicine and critical care. For the past several years, he has been the Medical Director at Northwest Georgia Veterinary Emergency Center in Rome. Special interests include snake envenomations, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery. Another interest includes working for the City of Surprise Fire Department in Crisis Response. Dr. Zuvers is married to Amy, and they have six children and a Great Dane named Millie. He enjoys horseback riding, hiking, movies and is an avid collector of Al Hirschfeld lithographs and Star Wars memorabilia

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    Micah Woods, DVM
    Emergency

    Dr. 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 Karla, his wife, have two sons named Walker and Miller. Reef aquariums, Little Foot (a red-foot tortoise), Boca (a leopard tortoise), and four dogs are among his favorite hobbies along with swimming and enjoying time at the lake with his family.

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