Meet the Exceptional Veterinarians of Cedar Bluff Animal Clinic

Quality. Integrity. Compassion. The words of our motto easily could be used to describe the traits of Cedar Bluff Animal Clinic’s veterinarians. Because of their enthusiasm for cats and dogs, they are what make our clinic great. We are excited to have you to meet them.

Jennifer Black, DVM
Jennifer Black, DVMOriginally born in Wisconsin, Dr. Black has lived in Knoxville most of her life. She grew up in West Knoxville and went to West Hills Elementary, Bearden High School, and obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Tennessee. She graduated UTCVM in 2000 and has been practicing at Cedar Bluff ever since. In 2008, she purchased the clinic, becoming the third owner after Dr. Tate and Dr. Brown before her.

Dr. Black is driven by her passion and love for companion animals and their welfare. She considers herself extremely fortunate to be in such a giving and meaningful profession. For her, practicing veterinary medicine is the perfect career because it allows her to continually expand her knowledge base, interact with people who love and care about animals as much as she does, and give something back to the community where she was raised.

In her free time, Dr. Black enjoys spending time with her family (four- and two-legged) and friends. She likes exercising, cultural arts, dining out, and plenty of spa and retail therapy.
Rachel Karnes, DVM
Rachel Karnes, DVM Dr. Karnes was in born in Alabama and moved to Mississippi at the age of thirteen. She acquired both of her undergraduate degrees from Ole Miss and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Karnes graduated from Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2014 and moved to Tucson, Arizona. She got married and practiced veterinary medicine in Tucson for four years before deciding to move back east to be closer to family.

Dr. Karnes loves getting to work with animals and the people that love them every day. She enjoys keeping pets healthy and helping their families understand their needs. Dr. Karnes is particularly interested in zoonotic diseases, internal medicine, and client education about ways to improve pets’ quality of life.

When Dr. Karnes is not working she loves to hike, read, kayak, ride her recumbent trike, and explore her new home in East Tennessee. She lives with her husband, three dogs, and one cat.
Melinda Shumpert, DVM
Melinda Shumpert, DVM Dr. Melinda Shumpert graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She has been practicing small animal medicine for the last 14 years in California, Indiana, South Carolina, and Florida. Dr. Shumpert moved back to Knoxville 4 years ago and has been providing relief services to area veterinary hospitals. She is extremely happy to join the Cedar Bluff family and excited to find an exceptional hospital to call “home”.

Dr. Shumpert’s experiences in surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, and ultrasound will complement the Cedar Bluff team. She is passionate about providing the best care for your furry family member while also ministering to the pet parent.

When not working, she enjoys spending time with her beautiful family, getting outdoors, reading, and serving in her local church.
Leigh Whitmire, DVM
Leigh Whitmire, DVMDr. Whitmire joined the Cedar Bluff Animal Clinic team in 1998, when she began working as a receptionist, veterinary technician assistant, and animal caretaker. Her dream of returning as a veterinarian came true in 2006, after practicing veterinary medicine in Maryville for three years. Dr. Whitmire earned her bachelor of science in animal science and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2003, both from the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Whitmire takes pleasure in practicing veterinary medicine so that she can promote the human–animal bond and enrich the quality of life of the dogs and cats she sees as patients.

When she is not at the clinic, she relaxes by spending time with her husband, cooking, gardening, skiing, and biking.
Erika Wolf, DVM
Erika Wolf, DVMDr. Wolf is proud to be born and raised in Knoxville, TN. She received her B.S. in Animal Science at the University of Tennessee, in 2009. She attended St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical rotation year at the University of Tennessee in 2013. Dr. Wolf joined the Cedar Bluff Animal Clinic family in 2004, and worked as a caretaker, receptionist and veterinary technician assistant. Her dream of becoming an associate veterinarian at Cedar Bluff Animal Clinic came true in 2013.

Dr. Wolf is dedicated to provide compassionate quality medical care to those special members of the family. She has strong interests in internal medicine, cardiology, dermatology and radiology.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, spending time with close family and friends, and cheering on those VOLS! She shares her home with her rescue Greyhound, Bear.

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