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.
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.
Leah Wulforst, DVM
Leah Wulforst, DVMDr. Wulforst was born and raised in Oyster Bay, NY, which is just outside New York City. She was fortunate to have both a rural and metropolitan upbringing. As a kid, she would help on the family farm, yet have the opportunity to explore new food, arts, and culture in the city. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2001 from the University of Pennsylvania and continued her education with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from St. George's University in 2005. Her year of clinical rotations was completed at the University of Tennessee, and she spent a couple of years practicing mixed animal medicine nearby.

After being away for several years, Dr. Wulforst and her family have settled back down in the Knoxville area. She wanted to continue practicing high quality medicine in a compassionate setting, and Cedar Bluff is a perfect example of this. Medicine is always evolving and improving for our pets and Dr. Wulforst strives to offer the best possible care and advice for our loved ones.

Dr. Wulforst's hobbies and interests include soccer, playing music, and spending time with her family outside growing vegetables.


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