Assistant Professor of Practice with Veterinary Social Work
Sarina is an Assistant Professor of Practice with Veterinary Social Work (VSW) at the University of Tennessee (UT) Veterinary Medical Center, and has been with Veterinary Social Work since 2008. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified Grief Recovery Specialist®. Sarina provides crisis intervention, end-of-life and treatment decision-making, resources, and grief counseling to clients of the Small and Large Animal Hospitals as well as to members of the community. She is also the coordinator of the communication training at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine. Sarina graduated from High Point University in High Point, NC with her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Sarina has had an interest in grief and bereavement support for many years. As a Veterinary Social Worker her main focus is on grief and bereavement support for individuals and families who have experienced the death of their companion animal. Other areas of interest and clinical work include compassion fatigue support and communication skills training for animal related professionals, as well as advocating for animal owner’s access to veterinary care.
Sarina is married with 2 fur-children: a 2 year-old Shepherd mix and a 13-year-old cat, and her newest addition is her daughter born in September 2015. In her spare time, Sarina enjoys spending time with family, reading, and running.
Sarina is pictured with her dog, Finn.