Dr. Robert Knarr
Dr. Robert Knarr was born and raised in Pennsylvania, then moved south when he attended and graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1984. Dr. Knarr graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988, then briefly worked in West Virginia before moving to the Chattanooga area with his wife Dr. Karen Knarr. In 1996, they purchased East Ridge Animal Hospital and immediately began working on meeting the strict requirements of the American Animal Hospital Association, achieving accreditation from the AAHA in 1999. Dr. Knarr’s interests include exotic animal medicine, orthopedic surgery, and internal medicine.
Dr. Karen Knarr
DVM / TCVM
Dr. Karen Turner Knarr was born in Chattanooga, TN, and grew up in Rainsville, AL. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 1989, then returned here to the Chattanooga area. Dr. Knarr worked at several local veterinary hospitals before purchasing East Ridge Animal Hospital with her husband, Dr. Rob Knarr, in 1996. Dr. Knarr has since pursued her further education in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and achieved her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2005, in Veterinary Food Therapy in 2011, and in Veterinary Herbal Therapy in 2012. In addition to her certifications, Dr. Knarr has taught at the Chi Institute for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Her interests include ophthalmology, acupuncture, holistic medicine, and internal medicine.
Dr. Andrew Smith
Dr. Andrew Smith was born in Decatur, GA, and raised in Atlanta and Richmond Hill, GA. He received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Georgia Southern University, then graduated from the University of Georgia – College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. He moved to Catoosa County, GA, after graduation and began working at East Ridge Animal Hospital in July of 2002. Besides specializing in surgery and medicine for dogs and cats, Dr. Smith also sees exotic animals such as ferrets, rabbits, reptiles, and birds. His interests include dentistry and he handles much of the dental procedures at our hospital. He is married and has two children, along with three dogs, a cat, and a rabbit.
Dr. Meaghan Thomas
Dr. Meaghan Thomas was born in Fort Lauderdale, FL and attended Auburn University in Alabama from 2006-2010 where she received her Bachelors of Science in Animal Sciences with an Equine Science Emphasis. Following graduation, Dr. Thomas worked as an animal keeper for Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida and then at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens before returning to Auburn University in the Fall of 2015 for Veterinary School. She graduated in May of 2019 with Summa Cum Laude Honors. She and her husband, Peter, have two dogs- a great dane named Ashby and a rescued mixed breed from her time in veterinary school named Abe. Together, they enjoy hiking, fishing, boating and traveling to new places. Her professional interests include preventative medicine, dermatology, and surgery. She completed her CVA (veterinary acupuncture) in 2020 and mentored under Dr Karen Knarr. Dr Thomas enjoys using acupuncture as part of a multi modal approach to pain management and senior wellness.
Dr. Mary-Ables Ray
Mary-Ables Ray grew up in Northeast Tennessee surrounded by horses, cats and dogs. After attending graduate school in Santa Cruz, California, she graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2022. Her special interests include feline medicine, behavior and nutrition. Between appointments, you may find her in our cat ward entertaining our inpatients and boarders. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing with her fiancé, trail running, and tending to the demands of her two cats, Karl Landsteiner and Robert Barany.