Meet the Doctors

  • Chris Reeder, DVM, DACVD

    Dr. Chris Reeder is a 2003 graduate of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, summa cum laude.  While attending Auburn University he received numerous awards including; Distinguished Veterinary Dermatology Award, Veterinary Neurology Award, and Merck-Merial fellowship in genetic research on exercise-induced hyperthermia in the Labrador Retriever.  

    After graduation he returned to Kentucky, where he spent most of his childhood, and began his career in small animal veterinary medicine.  During the 3 years he practiced in the Louisville area, Dr. Reeder developed a keen interest in dermatology.  It was that interest which led him to pursue a residency in veterinary dermatology with Animal Dermatology Clinic in southern California. 

    In 2008, Dr. Reeder received board certification as a Veterinary Dermatologist.  He returned to Kentucky and worked with Animal Dermatology Clinic to establish the first, full-time dermatology specialty service in Louisville, where he served as senior dermatologist for 8 years.  

    In fall 2016, Dr. Reeder relocated to Middle Tennessee and pioneered the establishment of dermatology services at BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Hospital in Franklin, TN.  

    Filled with a desire to practice excellence in veterinary dermatology by serving people and pets individually; Dr. Reeder opened Lighthouse Veterinary Allergy & Dermatology.  In fall 2019, he began offering vet dermatology services at multiple locations across the southeast.

    Dr. Reeder’s special interests include allergic diseases, immune-mediated skin disease, otitis externa, and dermatopathology.  Over the years, Dr. Reeder has published several articles and lectured on dermatology related topics to countless veterinary audiences at the local and national level.  He has worked with several industry partners and participated regularly in clinical research projects to pave the way for development of new treatments for animals.  He has served on the American College of Veterinary Dermatology credentials and ad hoc committees.  As well as previously served the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association as a representative on the executive board. 

    He currently lives on a small hobby farm in middle Tennessee with his wife, three children, and their ever-evolving menagerie of critters.  When he’s not busy working you can find him; in the kitchen cooking up something tasty for dinner, enjoying the view from his big green tractor (i.e. cutting the grass), hiking the trails with his family, and more often than not - squeezing in time for a long run or bike ride.

  • Laura Wilson, DVM, DACVD

    Dr. Laura Wilson is a 2006 graduate of the University of California, Davis College of Veterinary Medicine and member of the Phi Zeta Honor Society.  While attending UC Davis, she was awarded the Dr. Myron Schaffer Memorial Scholarship for clinical proficiency in dermatology and the Salsbury Scholarship for demonstrated initiative, perseverance and potential for leadership. 

    Dr. Wilson became aware of her interest in dermatology during her first year of vet school while taking parasitology courses.  She was impressed by the dramatic “before and after” clinical photographs of dermatology patients. 

    While at UC Davis, she worked for Drs. Peter Ihrke and Stephen White digitizing kodachrome slides used for both lectures and publication, including the clinical images and histopathology photographs in the textbook Skin Diseases of the Dog and Cat.  Clinical and Histopathologic Diagnosis.  She also assisted UC Davis dermatology residents in their data collection for their professional publications. 

    Dr. Wilson shadowed the Dermatologists at Animal Dermatology Clinic in southern California during breaks from veterinary school and further developed her interest in dermatology.  After a one-year rotating, small animal medicine and surgery internship in Tampa, FL., Dr. Wilson returned home to southern CA and completed a three-year residency in veterinary Dermatology with the Animal Dermatology Clinic. 

    In 2010, Dr. Wilson became board-certified in Veterinary Dermatology.  Since then, she has helped to establish the Dermatology Service as a solo-Dermatologist at several different multi-specialty veterinary practices across the country.  She is excited to now be a part of the Lighthouse team, where we are focused exclusively on dermatology for animals.   

    Dr. Wilson’s special interests include immune-mediated skin disease and ear disease (management of otitis externa and surgery for ear masses).  It brings her great joy to find a specific treatment plan for each individual patient and client.  She has passion for teaching and mentoring visiting intern/extern veterinarians and students.  She also enjoys speaking at local and national lectures as a means of providing continuing education for general practitioners. 

    Dr. Wilson and her forever-fiance enjoy DIY home projects and aren’t afraid to tackle even some of the bigger renovation projects - having completely remodeled their last two homes together.  A former two-sport Division I college athlete, Dr. Wilson is excited to explore Tennessee’s biking and hiking trails with her family, which includes two allergic dogs.  

Mission Statement:
“Practicing excellence in veterinary dermatology by serving people and pets individually.”

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