Our Doctors

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.

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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.

RICHARD WONG, DVM, DACVS-SA

Dr. Wong is a California native who went to UCLA for undergraduate studies and Western University College of Veterinary Medicine for his DVM. After graduating from veterinary school in 2010, he pursued a competitive internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey. His success in this internship led to his selection for a Small Animal Surgery Residency at a busy private practice, Animal Specialty Group in Los, Angeles CA (2011-2014). During that time he performed research in canine non-traumatic hemoabdomen and published his research in Veterinary Surgery and Pulse.

After completion of his residency, Dr. Wong became a staff surgeon at Wachusett Animal Hospital in Westminster, MA, where he developed the surgery department. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons during his time there. His professional interests lie in both orthopedics and oncologic surgery. He is excited to join Animal Emergency and Specialty Center and looks forward to exploring the south.

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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.

ERIN GALEMORE, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Galemore is Florida native who completed her undergraduate and veterinary degrees at North Carolina State University. After graduation, she completed a rigorous 1-year small animal medicine and surgery internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa, FL. Following completion of her internship, she pursued a 1-year specialty internship in Internal Medicine at Animal Specialty Group in Los Angeles, CA. Her success in the Internal Medicine internship allowed her to attain a residency position at Tufts University, one of the most prestigious Internal Medicine residency programs in the nation.

Dr. Galemore completed her Small Animal Internal Medicine residency at Tufts University in 2017. She successfully passed her Internal Medicine specialty board exam in 2017 and is now a board-certified practitioner. Dr. Galemore has been recognized for her strength in teaching, clinical skills, and clinical research. Her clinical interests include infectious disease, urology, nephrology, interventional therapies, and feline medicine.

Dr. Galemore is excited to be back in the southeast. She lives in Knoxville with her three cats, ball python, and Russian tortoise. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, baking, and traveling.

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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.

NATASHA HODGSON, DVM, MS, DACVECC

Dr. Hodgson lived in upstate NY most of her life. After finishing undergraduate studies at Syracuse University, she worked for a year in the toxicology department at a pharmaceutical company. She then attended veterinary school at Cornell while working in Cornell’s small animal ICU during nights and weekends.

After veterinary school, Hodgson pursued a one-year rotating internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Charlotte, NC. After completing a masters degree and three-year residency in emergency and critical care at University of Illinois, she joined Animal Emergency & Specialty Center.

Dr. Hodgson’s clinical interests include mechanical ventilation, hemodialysis, coagulopathies, and traumatic brain injuries, among others.

She moved to Tennessee with her six dogs and fiancé, who is also a veterinarian.

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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.

SARAH DUNCAN, DVM, CVA - EMERGENCY CLINICIAN

Growing up, Sarah Duncan, DVM, CVA always wanted to be a veterinarian. While completing her undergraduate degree, she worked at a pet store and then as a veterinary technician. She then decided to pursue her lifelong dream to become a small animal veterinarian.

After obtaining her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Florida in 2007, Dr. Duncan went on to complete a one-year rotating internship in small animal surgery and medicine at a specialty and referral hospital in Albuquerque, NM. She then worked three years as an emergency veterinarian in a specialty hospital in South Florida.

In 2011, Duncan relocated to Knoxville, TN, and joined the Animal Emergency and Specialty Center team. She has quickly become a vital member of the AESC family, also investing in the training and developments of future veterinarians as our intern director. To provide patients with a full range of options, particularly for chronic illness and pain, Dr. Duncan pursued additional training in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist.

“As an ER vet, I like triaging and saving animals in their time of need. It’s wonderful to see an animal that may be touch and go at first, be able to save its life, and then be able to give the owner their pet back to continue to love,” she says.

She is dedicated to providing exceptional emergency care to animals in need, and to serving as a resource for referring veterinarians. “We are extremely cutting edge here and very comparable to a human hospital in many ways,” Dr. Duncan adds.

Sarah Duncan, DVM lives in Lenoir City with her family and their three cats, Charlie, the Babe, and Earl Grey. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working on her family’s genealogy.

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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).

JENNIFER WALLER-RUTHERFORD, DVM - EMERGENCY CLINICIAN

Dr. Waller was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. Although she ventured to North Carolina and even St. Kitts and Nevis for her veterinary education, coming home to Knoxville was always part of her long-term plan. After working for a year at a private practice in Kingsport, TN, Waller came to work for AESC in the winter of 2010 as an emergency veterinarian.

After just a few months on the job, Dr. Waller performed a late-night emergency surgery on a dog, keeping him alive in the process. “I went out to talk to the owner and they thanked me for saving their pet’s life. That is when I realized that I had made a difference in the owner’s life, and that this is definitely what I want to be doing,” she says.

In addition to practicing emergency medicine, she enjoys working with the other compassionate and caring veterinarians at the Animal Emergency and Specialty Center. “In working here, we want to do what’s best for these animals. To me, going above and beyond to take care of them is what stands out about this animal hospital. I’ve learned so much from the other veterinarians. I’ve learned more in one year than most learn in five years.”

Jennifer received her bachelor’s in biology from Wingate University and her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Ross University.

Jennifer Waller, DVM lives in Knoxville with her husband, Brian. In her free time, she enjoys catching up with her friends and family, reading and spending time with her pets.

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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.

KELLY MAYFIELD, DVM

Dr. Kelly Mayfield was a New Jersey resident that moved down to Tennessee for vet school, and realized then that she would never leave. She has a small sheep farm and enjoys working her border collies in her free time.

Dr. Mayfield is ecstatic to be part of the AESC team and has a special interest in sports medicine and rehabilitation. She is excited for the challenges and learning opportunities she'll take on during her internship.

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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.

EMILY LILES, DVM - EMERGENCY CLINICIAN

You’ll find Dr. Emily Liles day and night in Animal Emergency & Specialty Center’s ER. Dr. Liles joined our emergency service as one of our three rotating Emergency and Critical Care interns following her graduation from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. We are fortunate that she opted to join the Animal Emergency & Specialty Center team following her internship.

Dr. Liles originally hails from sunny San Diego, California, which is where she completed her undergraduate degree. Dr. Liles has a special interest in surgery as well as managing animal emergencies with great skill and compassion. In her free time, Dr. Liles enjoys outdoor activities such as rock climbing, kayaking. and camping. She spends as much time as possible with her dog, Sookie.

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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.

JENNA BADENHOP, DVM - EMERGENCY CLINICIAN

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JADA PHIPPS, DVM - EMERGENCY CLINICIAN

BRITTANY KRAMER, DVM - EMERGENCY CLINICIAN

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LAURA GRIECO, DVM - EMERGENCY CLINICIAN