Our Staff

Welcome to Nippers Corner Pet Medical Center. Our full service animal hospital, pet grooming, and pet boarding facility serves the needs of pets and their owners in Brentwood, Nashville, and the surrounding communities. The experienced veterinarians and professional staff provide compassionate care for your pet at every stage of life.

We provide a full range of services to meet the medical care, surgical care, and dental care needs of pets in Brentwood and Nashville. Our cutting edge facility is equipped to provide accurate diagnosis and comprehensive care for vaccinations, wellness exams, and nutritional counseling, as well as emergency care, critical care, treatments for health problems, and surgeries.

Nippers Corner Pet Medical Center is a state of the art animal hospital offering services for the health, wellness, and safety of your pet. We have a boarding facility and day care facility to provide loving care in a safe and comfortable environment when you cannot be with your pet. Pet bathing and pet grooming services are available, including clipping, bathing, de-shedding treatments, nail trimming, and dental cleaning.

If you are searching for veterinarians, pet grooming, day care, or boarding services, you can read more about the services we provide in Brentwood, Nashville, and the surrounding areas on our website. Check the Clinic Specials section of our website for current coupons and contact us today at 615-833-7387 for more information about any of our services.



Judy L Torchia, DVM

From an early age, Dr. Judy Torchia dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. She developed a love of working with animals from growing up in a Wisconsin farming community and assisting at a veterinary practice at the young age of 11. Many children have the same dream of working with animals, but Dr. Torchia followed through with her goals by attending the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and earning her degree in 1986. She went on to run her own Florida veterinary practice for seven years, and spent time teaching at her alma mater as a guest professor. Dr. Torchia then moved to the Nashville area, where she lives with her daughter, Clare, and her Golden Retriever, Forrest & Chance.


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Dr. Zuber was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he worked as a veterinary technician for over 4 years throughout college.  After earning his bachelors of Biological Sciences from his home town school of Louisiana State University, he moved to New Orleans and began a career in pharmaceutical veterinary sales.  He spent five years in that career before realizing that becoming a veterinarian is his true calling.  Dr. Zuber returned to Louisiana State University to earn his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and he hasn’t looked back.  Upon returning to Baton Rouge, he met his wife, Ashley, and they now have two children, Tripp and Connely.  Their rescue dog, Echo, and Max the cat round out the Zuber household.  Dr. Zuber moved to middle Tennessee in May of 2015.  Prior to joining our family at Nippers Corner Pet Medical Center, he worked as an emergency veterinarian at Animal Medical Center in Murfreesboro.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, staying active outdoors and (like any self-respecting Louisiana native) cooking.


TracyTracy – Practice Manager

Tracy has worked in the Veterinary Industry since the late 1980’s.  She graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee Fl with a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Duel Major.  She also is a Graduate of Animal Behavioral College in Santa Clarita California and is currently working on her Master’s Degree at Andersonville in Camilla Georgia.  Tracy has worked with the AVMA, AAHA, AAFP, VMC as well as many key opinion leaders in the Veterinary Industry gaining knowledge to help her clients and patients.  She loves learning, and teaching people to care for their pets. In her free time from school she is with her Certified Therapy dog “Gracie”.  Gracie has a job of her own as she visits Senior Living Facilities, Children Hospitals, Rehabilitation Facilities and has traveled as far north as Knoxville, TN to Palm Bay, FL helping all the people she meets. Tracy and Gracie share their home with eight rescue kitties.




David – Reception/ Veterinarian Assistant

David has been in the veterinary field since 1996.  He has worked in small & large animal practices over the years. He is currently pursuing his RN nursing degree.  His favorite thing about his job here at Nippers Corner is seeing the joy in his clients eyes when they talk about their four-legged friends.




Rebecca – Reception/Veterinarian Assistant rebecca-200x260

Rebecca has been with Nippers Corner since 2011.  Having worked in the Veterinary field  since 2006, she has had experience as a technician, receptionist, and assistant practice manager.  She prides herself on being able to help owners pick the best products for their pets and their individual lifestyles. Rebecca shares her home with 4 black and grey tabby cats, L.C. and Henry (who are pictured here), and Bob and Squirt.



photo SylviaSylvia – Groomer

Sylvia has always loved animals, so she turned that love into a career in grooming. She has been providing grooming services for over 30 years.  Sylvia was certified in California for grooming and relocated here in 2003.  Sylvia prides herself on providing top-notch grooming, as well as excellent care to both animals and their pet parents. When she’s away from work, she loves to spend time with her family and their cat Peaches.


Christina – Receptionist/Veterinarian Assistant

Christina has worked in the Veterinary field since 1999. She has 2 daughters.  She lives with her family on their farm in Pulaski with all of their animals.  In her down time she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family at the lake.


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Jackie – Veterinarian Assistant

Jackie has always had a passion for animals.  Her most revered times are spent camping and going hiking with her dog Mercy. She strives to give warm    and loving care to people and their furry members of the family.





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Leslie – Veterinarian Assistant

Leslie has worked as a veterinarian technician since 2007. Her areas of interest include dentistry and anesthesia.  She has a beautiful son, Drew, one cat , Nigel and a dog named Prince Humperdinck.  In her spare time she enjoys collecting records and vintage clothing.


Shane – Veterinarian Assistant

Shane has worked in the Veterinary field since 2006.  Originally from Chicago, he now resides in Nashville with his 2 miniature Australian shepherd’s Harvey and Quinn and a German shepherd named Klaus.  In his down time he enjoys hiking, kayaking and spending quality time with his family.





Heather – Kennel Assistant

Heather has been with Nippers Corner Pet Medical Center since April 2015 and is in charge of caring for all our friends. She enjoys meeting with clients and considers it a privilege to take care of your pets. Heather says that working at Nippers Corner Pet Medical Center is great because she learns something new every day!


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Abra – Kennel Assistant/Veterinarian Assistant

Abra has been in the Veterinary field since 1999.  A Kansas native who has called Nashville her home since 1993.  As a Kennel Assistant/Technician she gets to enjoy the more personal role with patients.  Abra strives to keep our patients not only healthy, but happy as well during their stays at Nippers Corner Pet Medical Center.  She enjoy’s gardening and spending time with her family, friends and their three pets Fletcher (mixed breed), Millie (Bassador), and Auggie (Lynx Point Siamese).



Jennifer – Marketing/  Receptionist

Jennifer has been in the Veterinary field for over 20 years. She enjoys the family atmosphere that Nippers Corner Pet Medical Center provides and has been with us since 2012. Originally from Chattanooga in her spare time she enjoys learning more about her career, video games, travel and learning about all she can about her career to better serve her clients and their pets.


untitledBeverleigh – Receptionist/ Kennel Assistant

Beverleigh is a local who grew up with a love of Tuxedo cats and Golden Retrievers. Her interests include travel, photography, and crafts. Beverleigh currently lives in Nashville with her husband and one”furry” child. She has been with N.C.P.M. since June of 2015




Danielle – Receptionist

Danielle has been in the veterinary field for since 2005. Her passion for animals guided her to open her own business in 2010. When not working at NCPMC she enjoys spending time with her pitbull Dolce, and her pitbull/mastiff mix Fendi, as well as painting, holistic medicine, and outdoor activities.



Chance & Forrest -Clinic Greeters


Forrest and Chance are Dr. Torchia’s personal pets that help at the clinic.   They can usually be found sleeping in various places, begging for treats and hoping you will purchase extended play times so they can play with your canine pets while they are boarding with us here at Nippers Corner Pet Medical Center.  All in all they have a great life, but prefer to act like the long suffering forgotten mascots in hopes of getting an extra meal. It works amazingly well!  They look forward to seeing all their friends and help with blood donations when needed for patients care.