When we invite pets into our lives and our homes, we form unique and treasured connections. Helping people to preserve those bonds is what motivates and inspires me to practice veterinary medicine.
I graduated from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. My special interests in practice have been canine athletes, elderly pets, behavior issues, and all things quality of life. My interest in behavior led me to become Fear Free certified in 2018. For more about my practice philosophy and to learn about Fear Free, click here.
In 2022, I decided to leave general practice and focus on what brings me the most joy: improving animals’ quality of life through comprehensive pain management, rehabilitation, and behavior services.
I opened Serenity Veterinary Services to bring high quality integrative treatment, detailed home care plans, and close follow-up right to people’s homes. Serenity is for anyone who feels their pet’s quality of life could be improved through an integrative approach that includes a comprehensive evaluation of lifestyle, nutrition, health and disease factors, and current treatments and that brings to the table both conventional options and integrative techniques.
I have enjoyed living in Knoxville for the last 6 years with my husband, Chance, 2 cats, and 1 Australian Shepherd. In our spare time, we enjoy everything the Smokeys have to offer, hiking and backpacking, fishing, and boating.
Acupuncture, laser therapy, and medical massage are all extremely effective adjunct treatments for many common ailments.
While I advocate for a balanced approach that uses multiple strategies, acupuncture, laser, and medical massage benefit most patients.
Side effects are rare, mild, and temporary.
All of these modalities stimulate the body to heal itself, release its own natural pain killers, and reduce inflammation. Not only do these modalities have low side effects, they can also allow us to lower the side effects of pain, anti-itch, and/or anxiety medications.
If you are interested in reading more about how acupuncture works from a modern evidence-based medical perspective, check out the FAQ section for some articles.
Fear Free is an organization that provides training and certification to veterinarians and other pet professionals targeted at alleviating fear, anxiety, and stress. Becoming Fear Free Elite certified is a statement that I am committed to the emotional and mental well being of your four legged family member as much as their physical well being.
I will not use and do not support the use of any forceful, painful, or scary methods to treat or train your pets. I use science backed modern behavior modification techniques including developing a positive conditioned emotional response, desensitization, and counterconditioning to help your pet feel at ease with treatments.
I use lots of food reinforcement, calming scents and pheromones, and music therapy to help your pet have the best experience possible.
If your pet experiences fear, anxiety, or stress during my visit, we will change the plan to make them more comfortable and still accomplish our goals. I keep notes about your pet’s emotional experience during treatments so that every time can be better for them.
Wednesday- 9 AM to 5 PM
Thursday- 9 AM to 5 PM
Friday- 9 AM to 5 PM
Side effects are rare, mild, and temporary. The needles are very thin and are tolerated well by the vast majority of patients. Dr. Leah will go over potential risks and benefits with you and answer any questions you have before starting the treatment.
There is no brick and mortar office—I am a 100% mobile practice. You can save your pet the stress of traveling to a clinic because I will treat them in the comfort of their own home.
I strive to return emails and phone calls in a timely manner. If you haven’t heard back from me in 24 hours, I am likely out treating patients and will get back to you as soon as I can. Please leave multiple contact methods (ie. phone and email or two phone numbers).
Although I am not currently offering housecalls greater than 20 miles, stay tuned for updates. If you would like to be updated about expanding services, please contact me.