Meet Our Team

  • Dr.
    Cathryn Tinsley Youmans,
    DVM, MPH

    Dr. Youmans is a Knoxville native and 2009 graduate of
    University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Public Health from UT in 2009, giving her special insight the veterinary and human public health field. Dr. Youmans enjoys practicing internal medicine, managing chronic disease, and also has a strong interest in infectious and zoonotic disease. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, traveling, horseback riding, and spending time with friends and family. In Practice Since: 2009 Education: University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

  • Dr.
    Stephen G Skinner

    A 2002 graduate of UT’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Skinner is a decorated military veteran, a retired Navy Lt. Commander who graduated #1 in his class at Naval Retail School. He formerly worked at Central Veterinary Hospital and Beaverbrook Animal Hospital. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Lisa, and their two dogs Loki and Merlin. In Practice Since: 2002 Education: University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine

  • Dr.
    Anna Bennett-Gildner
    Dr. Bennett is a Knoxville native and 2007 graduate of the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine. She spent her first years in practice in Dallas, Texas and is glad to return to the hills of Tennessee. Dr. Gildner is an avid equestrian and rides her horse, Little Bit, as often as possible. She also spends her free time with her husband and two children. In Practice Since: 2007 Education: University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Jeff
    Clinic Manager / Vet Assistant

    Jeff came to us from the human health field in 2011, and is now using his previous clinical and laboratory experience with his 4-legged patients. Jeff also doubles as our in-house computer tech support expert, and spearheads all of our computer system upgrades and maintenance. In his off time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and his Pug, Nacho.

  • Sara S
    Receptionist Emeritus

    Sara recently retired from the Knoxville Animal Clinic team in July 2020 after 16 years of loyal service at the front desk. Sara enjoyed interacting and getting to know our clients over the years and she will miss seeing our clients and staff. Sara is originally from New York and has lived in Tennessee since 2004. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her two children and six grandchildren in Arizona. She will be enjoying spending more time in her garden, reading, relaxing, spending time with her family, and her dachshund mix, Otto, during her retirement.

  • Brooke
    Vet Assistant

    Brooke is originally from Huntsville, AL, but is now a proud Knoxvillian. She studied photography in Alabama, and she earned her BA (Anthropology) from the University of Tennessee in December of 2018. She plans to study Epidemiology and Public Health in graduate school at ETSU in the fall of 2020. She has been in the vet field since 2008 and enjoys caring for animals, big and small. She shares her home with her pit bull/American bulldog mix Canvas, pit bull Ardi, and cat, Moss.

  • Vickie
    Vickie has lived in Knoxville for 29 years and is a retired school teacher and church administrator. She has two grown children, two cats, and a golden/collie mix Riley, who is also her jogging companion.
  • Haley
    Vet Assistant

    Haley was born and raised in Knoxville and came from a lifelong love of animals. This love has led her to volunteer at the Humane Society and at the Knoxville Zoo before pursuing a position at KAC. She graduated UT with a degree in animal science.

  • John
    Vet Assistant

    John grew up in Nashville before to Knoxville and is now attending the University of Tennessee studying Animal Science. He enjoys being a part of the Knoxville Animal Clinic team to work and learning alongside his co-workers and our three doctors. He enjoys cheering on the Vols, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.

  • Whitney
    Vet Assistant

    Whitney is a Knoxville native who has been working in the veterinary field for over a decade. She's always had a strong bond with animals and has been an avid equestrian for most of her life. She pioneered the Ambulatory Large Animal Veterinary Technician Internship program at UTCVM. She enjoys gardening, hiking, skateboarding, art and alchemy. She has a son, Silas, two dog children named Dexter and McKinley, along with her horse, Blue.

  • Savannah
    Vet Assistant

    Savannah grew up in Cookeville, TN where she stayed until she got her associates and bachelor’s degree in biology with a focus in marine biology and zoology. After graduating in May 2017, she moved to Chattanooga where she worked at the Tennessee Aquarium and Chattanooga Zoo. Although she misses her penguins, she is excited to transition into the veterinary field and hopes to one day specialize in exotic animal care or teach elementary education. When she’s not working, you can almost always find her exploring new places or at home with her cat, Shado.

  • Gillian R
    Vet Assistant

    Gillian grew up in Nashville and is currently studying Wildlife Health at the University of Tennessee. She plans to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine and loves helping animals of all breeds and species. She loves hiking, kayaking, and hanging out with her cat Finn.

  • Taylor V
    Reception/Vet Assistant

    Taylor is a Knoxville native who graduated from the University of Kentucky, and has since lived in Chattanooga, Memphis, and is now happily back in Knoxville. Taylor loves the opportunity to work with animals, and spends her free time cheering on the volunteers, and doing anything she can find outdoors with her husband, family, and two black labs.

  • Blake
    Vet Assistant

    Blake is originally from the Nashville and he graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in December 2016. He is currently attending the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and will graduate in May 2022. He enjoys working with the Knoxville Animal Clinic team and learning alongside great doctors and coworkers during his breaks from vet school. His favorite hobbies include kayaking, hiking, anything sports related (especially Georgia Bulldogs and Nashville Predators) and hanging out with his two pups Clark and Huck.

  • Jenny Warren
    Certified Pet Groomer
    Jenny has been grooming since 2003 and has been with us since December of 2010. She enjoys cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs. Even though she may not be a Tennessee Vols fan, we can forgive her because she a great groomer and co-worker! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

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