Our veterinary specialty and emergency team are led by veterinarians whose focus is on the welfare of patients first and foremost.
Specialty Director Jeff Phillips, DVM, MSpVM, Ph.D., DACVIM, leads a team of five additional board-certified specialists, and a dynamic team of highly-trained emergency veterinarians and veterinary interns. This incredible medical force is supported by the best team of veterinary technicians, technologists and support staff in eastern Tennessee.
JEFF PHILLIPS, DVM, MSPVM, PH.D, DACVIM
As specialty director, Dr. Phillips helps guide and grow Animal Emergency & Specialty Center, ensuring a standard of care and the selection of specialists that best meet our client’s needs. As head oncologist, Jeff takes great pride in being able to serve patients with cancer.
“I treat people’s pets as if I was going through the same thing as an owner. If I give it any less effort, I wouldn’t be happy, so I try to maintain that level of attention,” says Dr. Phillips.
Phillips graduated from Pomona College with a bachelor of science in chemistry in 1992. He then attended Tufts University, completing a combined Ph.D. (Medical Genetics) and DVM program at the Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences and the Veterinary School, respectively. In 2001, Jeff attended NC State University for a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery. In 2002, he began a residency in medical oncology while simultaneously completing his master’s in preventative veterinary medicine.
After completing his specialty training in 2005, Phillips accepted a position as an assistant professor of oncology and medical genetics at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. There, he served as director of clinical research from 2009 – 2011 while running the college’s medical oncology teaching and clinical program.
In 2011, he accepted a clinical position as head of oncology at the Animal Emergency and Specialty Center, where he has focused on clinical practice. Throughout his career, Dr. Phillips has also upheld the importance of teaching and research. Thus, since 2011, he has also served as the chair of biomedical sciences and associate dean of research at Lincoln Memorial University. In this position, he hopes to continue research for his specialized field, recruit strong faculty members to run an oncology program and create a robust curriculum for budding young veterinarians.
Jeff Phillips, DVM accepted the position of specialty director in 2017.
He lives on a 20-acre farm in Mascot, TN, with his wife, two sons and daughter, nine cats, four dogs, and 18 horses, one of which was a rescue blood donor horse.
MARK BOHLING, DVM, DACVS
Dr. Bohling is a California native; however, he has been in East Tennessee for ~11 years. Dr. Bohling is a 1986 graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis. After working as a food animal veterinarian for six years, he began working in small animal general and emergency practice in 1992. In 2004, he completed residency training in small animal surgery at Auburn University, and has been board certified since 2006. In 2007 he finished a PhD, also at Auburn, where his dissertation work focused on comparative wound healing, specifically regarding how wound healing in cats differs from wound healing in dogs.
From 2005 to 2012, Dr. Bohling served on the faculty at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. He entered private surgery practice in 2013 (RIVER in Chattanooga) where he served as the Chief of Surgery and practiced as both a general and orthopedic surgeon. Within the field of general surgery, he has a strong interest in surgical oncology with expertise in reconstructive surgery, wound management, and surgery of exotic species.
WENDY MORRÉ, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Morré grew up in New England, working in animal rescue prior to pursuing a career as a veterinarian. She has an extensive resume in both academic and private practice veterinary medicine. She completed her undergraduate training at Murray State in KY and pursued her veterinary degree at Iowa State University. Following veterinary school, she completed a competitive small animal surgery and medicine internship at Oklahoma State before embarking on a career in private practice.
Dr. Morré’s private practice experience in the Northeast ranged from associate DVM to practice owner. After building a successful practice in New Hampshire, Dr. Morré decided she wanted to specialize in Internal Medicine and so she pursued a Specialty Internship with the Veterinary Specialists of Rochester, NY. She was then offered a prestigious residency slot in Small Animal Internal Medicine at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. She excelled in her residency program and finished a concurrent Master’s degree in June 2017.
Dr. Morré is board-certified in internal medicine. She is well recognized by her mentors and peers for her clinical expertise and her compassion. Her clinical interests include feline geriatric diseases (hyperthyroidism, renal disease) and respiratory diseases.
BRIAN RUTHERFORD, DVM
Raised in Knoxville, Dr. Rutherford graduated from the University of Tennessee with his bachelor’s in biology. His first taste for working with animals was as a kennel technician for Fountain City Animal Hospital.
He also worked as a marine mammal's keeper at the Knoxville Zoo and eventually decided to consider vet school.
Dr. Rutherford obtained his doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Tennessee before working at a specialty and emergency practice in Indianapolis. “After I got a taste for emergency work, everything else paled in comparison,” he says. He then completed an emergency and critical care residency in California before returning to Knoxville to begin working at the Animal Emergency and Specialty Center in 2009.
Dr. Rutherford and his team actively manage each patient’s situation on a case-by-case basis. “With each patient I think ahead and make decisions about treatment, not only based on the here and now, but what I can expect will happen within the next six to 12, to 24 hours,” he says.
Despite all the advanced technical equipment used on-site, Rutherford believes some of the best service he and his team provides day-in and day-out is basic, fundamental nursing care. “Not only do we treat what physically ails your pet, we also care and provide for your pet’s mental wellbeing. We encourage owners to come by and spend time with their pets during recovery.”
Brian Rutherford, DVM lives in Knoxville with his wife Jennifer, daughter Olivia, and their multiple pets. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, working in the yard and is an avid sports fan.
KAIHLA PARKER, DVM - EMERGENCY CLINICIAN
A University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine graduate, Dr. Parker has always had a passion for emergency and critical care medicine. She pursued a rotating internship focusing on emergency and critical care in Thousand Oaks & Ventura, CA and then joined R.I.V.E.R. in Chattanooga where she worked as an emergency clinician.
With 7 years of emergency medicine experience under her belt, Dr. Parker joined the AESC team in May 2017 when she moved to Maryville with her husband, Bobby and step-daughter, Andi. She has a special interest in ultrasound and echocardiography, cytology, surgery, and CPR training. Outside of work, she enjoys performing improv comedy, playing piano, gardening, refinishing wood furniture, and playing with the family pets: Birdie (Blue Heeler), Elsa (lilac point Siamese), and Mouse (black domestic shorthair).
CARTER MANSOLINO, DVM
Dr. Carter Mansolino was born and raised in Dickson, Tennessee. She received her BS in zoology from Union University where she also played collegiate softball as their starting catcher. Dr. Mansolino completed her DVM at Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine where she completed a research project evaluating Diagnostic Support Systems (DSS), was the class representative for the Honor and Ethics Committee, and received the Diagnostic Imaging Senior Student Award.
Her special interests include all things diagnostic imaging and surgery.
In her spare time, Dr. Mansolino enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends, playing sports, doing outdoor activities, being on the water, and watching the Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators. She also loves spending time with her two cats, Beau and Theo.
HANA TORIBARA, DVM - EMERGENCY CLINICIAN
Dr. Toribara is an internship-trained veterinarian interested in small animal emergency medicine. She graduated from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and completed an internship at Iowa State University. Other professional interests include diagnostic imaging, clinical pathology, internal medicine, and surgery. Non-professional interests include novels, cooking, baking, hiking, camping, kayaking, rowing, and rugby.
SHARON STONE-DUMER, DVM - EMERGENCY CLINICIAN
As a child, Dr. Stone was always curious about creatures great and small. She would spend countless hours watching nature shows and reading books on animals. Still, it wasn’t until she was in college that she decided becoming a veterinarian was where her passion lies.
Dr. Stone obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. At an internship at a private practice and emergency hospital in Tucson, Arizona, Sharon gained experience in exotics, wildlife, and zoo medicine. She soon fell in love with emergency and critical care.
Sharon met her husband, who lived in Las Vegas, and moved there in 2010. In Las Vegas, Sharon worked at a very high volume general practice that saw a large amount of critical cases and emergencies. In addition, she gained experience in surgery, endoscopy, and ultrasound, but she always knew she would return to where it all started and move back to Knoxville.
Sharon lives in Knoxville with her husband and two daughters. Her household also includes one cat (Havoc), two huskies (Maya and Malek), and a corgi (Mace). She is a proud geek and loves all things Star Wars, sci-fi, and comics. Outside of work, Sharon enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking, and making crafts.