Dr. Van PenningtonDVM
Ever since Dr. Pennington could remember he wanted to become a Veterinarian. His compassion for healing and helping animals made him realize at the age of 14 that this is what he wanted to do. He was hired on and worked hard in this same clinic in clean-up for 5 years just to learn anything he could before he entered college.
Dr. Pennington did his undergraduate studies at Vol. State Community College and at U.T. Martin and graduated from the University of Tennessee's Veterinary program.
After college Dr. Pennington returned to Priest Lake Veterinary Hospital and is now the clinic owner.
Dr. Pennington treats all types of pets- he has a special interest in exotic species, and currently owns a number of exotic pets personally, such as reptiles, birds, and pocket pets.
He and his wife have 2 sons who love pets as much as their parents!
Dr. Logan KoppDoctor of Veterinary Medicine
A Nashville native, Dr. Kopp received his Bachelor of Science degree from Lipscomb University and his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville (UTK).
While at UTK, Dr. Kopp was also honored with seven awards in excellence, including the AVCIM Internal Medicine Award in Small Animal Medicine, the Cardiology Veterinary Student Award, the Excellence in Dentistry and Oral Surgery award, the Community Practice Student Clinician of the year award, the Merck award, the Small Animal Faculty Award of Excellence, and membership into Phi Zeta (the veterinary honor society).
Dr. Kopp loves every aspect of small animal medicine, including internal medicine, cardiology, dermatology, radiology, oncology, ophthalmology, anesthesiology, and dentistry.
He has a very special interest in exotic small mammal practice, specifically rabbits, though he loves getting to help guinea pigs, mice, rats, gerbils, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, and ferrets to live better and healthier lives.
Dr. Kopp is one of the only (if not the only) general practitioners in Nashville working directly with Nashville Veterinary Specialists to use their CT machine to allow for more advanced imaging of exotic patients.
Dr. Kopp is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, and he subscribes to multiple other journals as well allowing him to be up to date with the most current evidence-based medicine.
He also has been one of the most vocal advocates of promoting the RHDV2 vaccine for rabbits appearing on NewsChannel 5 and writing an Op-Ed in the Tennessean.
When not doing clinical medicine or surgery, Dr. Kopp guest lectures at Lipscomb University in their pre-veterinary program and has developed the pre-vet intern program and veterinary extern program at Priest LakeVeterinary Hospital.
In his free time, Dr. Kopp enjoys spending time on his farm, where he and his wife Amy is teaching their young son Grady how to care for their extended family of 25+ chickens, three goats, several house rabbits, two horses, four cats, and four dogs.
Dr. Alex Simon
Born and raised in Chicago, Dr. Alex Simon received her Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science with a concentration in Biotechnology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She then was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from her alma mater in May of 2020.
Dr. Simon’s experience during her clinical year rotations prepped her in areas of small animal soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology, oncology, emergency medicine, shelter medicine, cardiology, and primary care medicine.
She is fear-free certified, and is well versed in both basic and advanced CPR. She completed an internship year at Blue Pearl Pet Emergency and Specialty hospital in Franklin, TN. During her time spent as an intern, Dr. Simon was further trained in emergency medicine, surgery, internal medicine, oncology and radiology. She currently works another job doing high volume spay/neuter at the Middle Tennessee Spay Neuter Clinic in Shelbyville, TN.
Dr. Simon lives in Nashville with her fiancé, 3 cats and 1 dog. She is an identical twin, and in her free time enjoys hiking, doing yoga, and playing guitar. Dr. Alex Simon is looking forward to helping clients with their pet’s health needs, whether it be for something simple or requiring an advanced treatment plan. She would love to spay or neuter your pet!
Dr. Jessica LarsonVeterinarian
Dr. Larson is our MOVES veterinary internal medicine partner in the Nashville region. She is available to perform consultations and advanced internal medicine procedures at Priest Lake Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Jessica Larson graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine with honors. She then completed a general rotating small animal internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists in Southfield, MI, after which she was accepted into a Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Larson is Board Certified through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She has extensive experience in many facets of veterinary medicine including private clinical practice, the veterinary industry and at-home euthanasia. Her main interests include enhancing client relationships and engagement, being a valuable partner on the journey of each pet’s illness and being both the teacher and the student in most situations. She also loves geriatric cats! In her spare time she enjoys doing outdoor activities with her husband and two kids and shares her home with two cats.