Dr. Jennifer Kimmel

Dr. Kimmel was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences where she received her DVM in 1996. She has lived and worked in Charlotte for the past 14 years. She resides in Ballantyne with her partner Larry Spearman, her teenage daughter Miranda, a retired racing greyhound, a perpetually dieting cat, a pair of guinea piggies, and usually a betta fish or two. In addition to improving the health and wellbeing of animals, other passions include reading, design, art, yoga and denying that Miranda will be leaving us for college soon.

DownDog Veterinary Clinic is a fusion of serenity and amazing veterinary care for dogs and cats. Inspired by the calm and tranquility of a regular yoga practice, Dr. Jennifer Kimmel wanted to bring this same aesthetic to the design of a clinic and the care of her beloved patients. And thus, DownDog Veterinary Clinic was born!

DownDog Veterinary Clinic is here for your pet’s wellness and sick needs, routine dentistry and surgery. Immediate laboratory results and radiology are available for urgent pets. Visiting ultrasound and orthopedic surgery services can be arranged. We enjoy collaborating with veterinary specialists in Charlotte and beyond for pets with special or advanced needs.

Grooming and boarding are available at Modern Pet Salon, also in the Village. DownDog Veterinary Clinic is happy to escort your pet for services between the two businesses.

Because nothing replaces careful and thorough communication when it comes to your pet’s best care, Dr. Kimmel strives to be as accessible as possible during business hours. We encourage direct communication with Dr. Kimmel through the day via text and email.

We would love to have you stop by, introduce your pets and enjoy a cup of coffee. Namaste!

Our Team

Sarah Truong

Practice Manager

Sarah Truong is Charlottean born and raised. She studied at Eastern Carolina University with a focus on healthcare and management. Her passion has always been for the welfare and care of animals. Sarah has volunteered at humane societies and has worked in different capacities in animal hospitals. Today, she works towards bettering the care of your beloved fur babies through efficient, compassionate, and individualized wellness services. When she’s not caring for fur patients, you can find her snuggling her adored beagle and Holland lop rabbit. Sarah also spends time volunteering for her church as Youth Leader and event coordinator.

Julie Cavallaro

Reception/Veterinary Assistant

Julie Cavallaro was born and raised in Rochester Hills, Michigan. After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Finance, Julie spent the first 10 years of her career in business valuation. After taking a break from the workforce to care for her two young daughters, Leah and Elise, she has since focused her efforts on working with North Carolina based start-ups.

Julie has been an animal lover since she can remember. In addition to raising her human family in the Ballantyne area, she is also a proud mother to Kramer, her Aussie/Beagle mix, whom the family adopted shortly after moving to Charlotte.

Alexis Pafford

Alexis Pafford

Veterinary Assistant

Meet Alexis Pafford! Alexis was born in Georgia and raised in Anson County NC. She has had a love for animals, including livestock, since exiting the womb! Alexis has studied and worked in agribusiness and is now currently enrolled in Veterinary Technician school, in hopes of becoming a licensed Veterinary Technician in the near future. When not assisting Dr. Kimmel in caring for DownDog’s patients, she can be found on her small farm with her boyfriend, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 18 chickens, and 7 ducks. We are grateful for all the fresh eggs and produce she picks from her garden and shares with her friends and coworkers!

Cecilia Wenger - Veterinary Assistant

Cecilia Wenger

Veterinary assistant

Cecilia Wenger was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and moved to Charlotte as a young child. She attended Central Piedmont Middle College during her last 2 years of high school, earning many college credits upon graduation. Due to her lifetime love of animals, Cecilia decided to begin dog grooming. During her years in this field, she became an experienced groomer. She brings her professional experience with animals to her new role as a veterinary assistant. Cecilia is currently completing coursework to become a veterinary technician, so she values the experience she is gaining as an assistant. She has always had a love and connection with animals, and has had many pets throughout her life. When Cecilia is not caring for your sweet fur babies, she loves spending time with her family, being outdoors, and caring for her own three furry children. She has an adorable lab mix named Norman, a sweet tuxedo cat named Ryder and a wild kitty who is 7 weeks old named Tilly!