Veterinary Team

Robin Simpkins, DVM

Dr. Robin Simpkins completed her undergraduate and veterinary degrees at Auburn University. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science early and, in 1999, Dr. Simpkin earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree with Magna Cum Laude honors. At only 22 years old, Dr. Simpkins achieved her dreams of becoming an exceptional veterinarian.

Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Simpkins knew she wanted to be a veterinarian at a young age. She started working in the veterinary field in 1990 at her family veterinary office, where she fell in love with the profession and decided to pursue her education in the field of veterinary medicine. Dr. Simpkins has professional interests in ultrasound and internal medicine.

Dr. Simpkins moved to Johnson City, Tennessee after her first year in practice and split her time working for Dr. Sallee and a veterinary practice in Kingsport. She moved home to Alabama to be with family and joined the clinical team at a six-doctor veterinary practice in Birmingham. There, she gained invaluable experience and mastered her clinical skills.

To Dr. Simpkins, the most rewarding part about working in the veterinary field is experiencing the special and irreplaceable bond between people and their pets. That’s why, in addition to providing outstanding veterinary medical services, Dr. Simpkins focuses on warm communication and eduates pet parents on what is best for their pet family. To put it simply, she can’t imagine doing anything else.

Dr. Simpkins is the mother to one daughter, Marin. She is also a pet parent to a Terrier mix named Foofers and a feline friend named Nigel, and they’re both highly skilled at getting their favorite treats. Foofers will sit on her hind legs and beg; meanwhile, Nigel goes straight to the source and opens the pantry himself. Outside of the hospital environment, Dr. Simpkins enjoys spending time with her daughter, running, practicing yoga, and reading.

Rachael Carpenter, DVM

Dr. Rachael Carpenter attended Carson-Newman College and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and Biology. In 2012, Dr. Carpenter earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She has areas of professional interest in surgical care, nutritional counseling, and dermatology.

Dr. Carpenter was born and raised in Morristown, Tennessee. Her father is a veterinarian, and she became fascinated with the veterinary field at the young age of four. She was an integral part of her father’s practice, and started out her career cleaning kennels and feeding patients. Some of her fondest memories involve following her father around the hospital “assisting” with surgeries and waking up in the middle of the night to see emergency cases. With every opportunity, Dr. Carpenter attempted to practice what she watched her father do. Her motivation to become a veterinarian was evident.

After veterinary school, Dr. Carpenter started practicing in Kingsport and, while working there full-time, she was fortunate to practice with Dr. Sallee on her days off. It was then that Dr. Carpenter realized Cherokee Hospital for Animals is her niche, and is now the place she is blessed to call ‘home’. To Dr. Carpenter, there is no greater payoff or personal fulfillment than improving the quality of life of both animals and their owners through high-quality veterinary medicine and a great deal of compassion. She is dedicated to always giving her best to her clients and their pets.

Dr. Carpenter met her husband, David, during her last year of undergraduate school and the couple married one week after she received her veterinary degree. David is a Tennessee Wildlife Officer and works to protect and manage Tennessee wildlife. Together, they have two beautiful daughters, Charleigh and Ava Claire. They also share a home with the best dog ever, a black Labrador Retriever named Jake, as well as a Miniature Australian Shepherd named Pearl. Both pets are amazing at being a big brother and a big sister to their baby girls.

In her free time, Dr. Carpenter enjoys spending time with her family and crafting. She is involved with her church, First Baptist Church Blountville, where she volunteers in the nursery and with the children’s ministry. She also volunteers at Niswonger Children’s Hospital in the NICU as a baby cuddler, and she has gone on several mission trips to Brazil and Africa. Fun fact: Dr. Carpenter can fly an airplane!

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