Jerrod Johnson, DVM

Dr. Johnson was born and raised in Whitley City, KY. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of the Cumberlands in 2007.

In 2011, Dr. Johnson graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he joined North Stewart Veterinary Clinic as an Associate Veterinarian. In 2013, he was asked to open New Hope Veterinary Clinic. A year later, Dr. Johnson became a partner in the practice group, Gateway Animal Care Group, which owns both New Hope Veterinary Clinic and North Stewart Veterinary Clinic, as well as Animal House and Southside Veterinary Clinics.

Currently, Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association as well as the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Johnson’s professional interests include Soft Tissue Surgery, Anesthesia/Pain Management, Infectious Disease, and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery.

In his spare time, Dr. Johnson enjoys fishing, hiking and spending time with his wife Beth and daughter Lily.


Keshley Allen, DVM

Dr. Allen was born and raised in Piedmont, AL. She earned her B.S. in Animal and Pre-Vet Sciences with a minor in English at Auburn University, followed by her DVM at AUCVM in 2018. After graduation, Dr. Allen joined Southside Vet Clinic, practicing both large and small animal medicine. Dr. Allen is a member of AVMA. She enjoys mixed animal practice, surgery, radiology, and theriogenology. Pets currently include cats named Luna and Neville.


Jessica Valentin, LVT


Jessica is a full-time Licensed Veterinary Technician at New Hope Veterinary Clinic who earned her AAS degree in the Veterinary Technology program at Vol State. She started at New Hope as a student during her clinical rotations where she discovered her passion to work in a mixed animal practice. She has been in the field since 2013 and has a passion to not only help pets, but also to focus on client education and preventive care. She has a son named Lincoln and two dogs, Lucie and Bane. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Rachel Spear, LVT


My name is Rachel I am a licensed veterinary technician. I graduated from Volunteer State Community College in 2016 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. I am happily married to my high school sweetheart Kameron. We’re also expecting our first baby this December.
I have a German Shepherd dog named Justice, tortoiseshell cat named Katie, a black and white tuxedo cat named Peta and lastly, I have a uromastyx lizard named Pedro.


Amber Ayres, LVT


My name is Amber Ayres. I graduated from Volunteer State Community College’s Veterinary Technician program in May of 2019.

I have an interest in all animals and I love that my job allows me to see them all here at New Hope. I personally have a dog named Cooper and a cat named Chaps, but I would like to one day have more dogs and some horses as well.

I love spending time with my family, my husband Louis, and most of all my son Joseph. I love finding new adventures to take on and truly believe a vacation once a year is a necessity


Colby Perry


Colby joined New Hope in March of 2018. When not at the clinic, Colby is an avid reader of anything related to current world affairs. Married in 2017 and proud fur-parent of three wonderful pups. Colby hopes to return to school in pursuit of a career in government, but only after he has spent several years alongside a truly remarkable group of co-workers who he adores.