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

Julie Cavallaro

Office Manager

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.


Tess Bowen

Veterinary Assistant

Tess Bowen came to North Carolina in 2011 from Cleveland, Ohio. She is currently in school to obtain her Veterinary Technician license at Appalachian State. She is a lifelong animal lover and has worked in Veterinary Medicine since 2018, with a special interest in small animal surgery and dentistry. Tess is Fear-free level 3 certified, and aims to make vet visits a safe and fun experience for all pets. When she is not caring for patients or in school, Tess likes to go to art museums, kayak, and spend time with her pet chihuahua, Finn.

Nick Fentem

Veterinary Assistant

Nick Fentem moved to Charlotte in 2021 after graduating from Western Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. Nick’s hometown is Clayton, NC. Nick found halfway through college that he wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. He started his first veterinary assistant position as a ER/ICU veterinary assistant and has been in the field for little over two years. He came to DownDog wanting to learn more about general practice! Outside of work, Nick enjoys going to local breweries, taking naps on the couch, and hanging out with his dog and two cats; Lilly, Ollie, and Diddy.