Dr. Arthur Serwitz
DVM, Practice Founder/Co-Owner
Dr. Arthur Serwitz is the founder of Riverview Animal Clinic. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in 1966, and was accepted into the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine, completing his Doctorate in 1970. After graduation, “Doc” lived in Israel for a year, traveling, studying, and working on farms raising turkeys, growing tomatoes, working orchards, milking cows, beekeeping, and practicing veterinary medicine on some of the local pets.
In 1971 Dr. Serwitz came back to America and worked in a small animal practice in Atlanta (Sandy Springs) for a year until he married Joyce Barnett Royal of Birmingham, Alabama. After taking a three month “honeymoon” driving across the country, they ventured to Raleigh, NC, where Dr. Serwitz completed a dairy internship program with Dr. Ben Harrington. His next business association was with a classmate, Dr. John Shockley, in Cairo, GA, where they worked together in his already established mixed animal practice from 1973 until 1975. Large animal calls ranged all over South Georgia and North Florida (Tallahassee and the Big Bend areas), and included dairy and beef cattle, horses, hogs, goats, dogs, and cats.
In 1975, Dr. Serwitz and Joyce moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and again settled into another mixed animal practice at Shaver Animal Clinic. Two years later they relocated to Birmingham. He began working in a small animal practice facility, Standifer’s Animal Clinic in Homewood, where he stayed for seven years. It was in 1984 that Dr. Serwitz acquired the old “Motel for Pets” and began Riverview Animal Clinic.
Doc and Joyce had two children, Shelley and David. Both are married, living in Atlanta, and with two children each. It’s an easy trip to Atlanta to visit their four grandchildren and other family.
Dr. Serwitz remains active with the local Jefferson County Veterinary Medical Association, and has professional affiliations with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Alabama Veterinary Medical Association (ALVMA), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and a national veterinary study group (VMG IV). He has been an active Rotarian since 1985 (Rotary Club of North Shelby – Inverness). When he is not at Riverview, “Doc” enjoys golfing, traveling, spending time with friends and family, cooking, and playing poker. You can often find Doc in our lobby, greeting “old” and “new” friends.
Dr. Robert Wood
DVM, Practice Co-Owner
Dr. Robert Wood is one of the owners of Riverview Animal Clinic and has been practicing Veterinary Medicine since 1981. His talent in ultrasound diagnostics and oncology is sought after by many of his peers in Alabama. He sees a wide variety of patients and has many cases to manage, all the while keeping pace with the constant challenge of staying current with veterinary medical practices due to the rapid pace of medical and surgical advancements.
Dr. Wood attended both UAB and Auburn University for his undergraduate work, and graduated with a DVM from Auburn. He is affiliated with The Veterinary Cancer Society, the AVMA, and the Alabama VMA.
When he is not at the clinic, Dr. Wood and his wife, Janet, are very active outdoors — either puttering with the landscaping in their yard, keeping up with their young son, Morgan, or taking part in his son Jordan’s scout troop. On fall weekends, you can probably find them at the Auburn Tigers home games. He also loves water and snow skiing, personal fitness, hiking and camping outdoors. Dr. Wood and Janet have a labrador retriever named Dakota, and a German shepherd named Kenyan.
Dr. Alvin Atlas
DVM, Practice Co-Owner
Dr. Alvin Atlas combines a dedication to excellence in veterinary medicine with an energetic commitment to people, and has done so here at Riverview for over twenty years. This means not only keeping up with the latest techniques, but also spending more time with his clients and their pets by taking an active role in their health education.
In addition to cats and dogs, Dr. Atlas has a special interest in avian, exotic and wildlife species. His caseload, from rabbits to iguanas, to turtles and ferrets, also includes a large and diverse number of avian patients, as well as consultations and referrals from breeders, area veterinarians and the Birmingham Zoo. He worked with the Southeastern Raptor Center while in veterinary school at Auburn University before graduating in 1988 and has continued working with raptors and native species as a volunteer veterinarian and board member with the Alabama Wildlife Center and Ruffner Mountain Nature Center.
Dr. Atlas is a member of the American, Alabama and Jefferson County Veterinary Medical Associations, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and serves on the board of the Alabama EARS chapter of the House Rabbit Society and the advisory board of Hand in Paw, the Birmingham based pet-assisted therapy organization.
Dr. Atlas also works with Alabama Reptile Rescue, Alabama Wild Mammal Care, the McDowell Environmental Center, the Coosa River Science Center, Lake Martin Raptor Rehab and many other state and local wildlife charitable organizations.
Dr. Atlas and his wife Jill live with their three golden retrievers: Dylan, Maddie and Gracie; their shih-tzus: Lexi and Zoe; their Senegal parrot, The Little Bird; several freshwater aquaria and an endless procession of turtles. He and Jill enjoy wildlife photography, canoeing and scuba diving.
Dr. Amy Tate
DVM, Practice Co-Owner
Dr. Amy Tate joined our veterinary team in the summer of 2000, but her dedication to veterinary medicine began in our kennel after school and during summer breaks while still in high school. She also worked as a receptionist and a veterinary technician before going to Auburn University for her undergraduate work. She gained early admission to the veterinary program after only three years of undergraduate classes.
Dr. Tate completed her preceptorship in Atlanta Georgia, and was offered a position as an associate veterinarian here at Riverview soon thereafter. She became a partner in 2008.
She is affiliated with the Jefferson County Veterinary Medical association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. While not a cancer specialist, Dr. Tate finds the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in small animals as an area of special interest.
Amy and her husband, Pat, have several pets: Josh, Mr. Twain, Lizzie Grace, Peppermint (adopted from American Saddlebred Rescue), and I could be the One (horse).
Her daughter, Emily, joined the family in 2007, followed by her son, Walker, in 2010.
Dr. Christopher Campbell
Dr. Christopher Campbell was born in Mobile, Alabama. He attended Auburn University where he received a B.S. in zoology, magna cum laude and a DVM, suma cum laude. While at Auburn, Dr. Campbell worked with the Southeastern Raptor Rehabilitation Center and showed a strong interest in general exotic animal medicine. Before graduating, Dr Campbell spent a three week externship under the “wing” of Dr. Atlas here at Riverview Animal Clinic, furthering his knowledge of exotic animal medicine.
After graduating, Dr. Campbell spent nearly a year practicing in Trussville, Alabama before returning like a prodigal son to the Riverview we all know and love. Since returning to Riverview, Dr. Campbell says he has “been blessed to work with the most competent and caring staff while being mentored by the most compassionate and selfless doctors [he has] ever met. It is an honor to be part of such a great team, and each day offers new challenges.”
With his special interests in exotic animal medicine, Dr. Campbell is on the board of directors for two local rescue organizations – Alabama Reptile Rescue Sanctuary and Wild Mammal Care of Alabama. He also assists patients from the Alabama Wildlife Center, Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, and the Alabama EARS chapter of the House Rabbit Society. In addition to exotic animals, Dr. Campbell also has interest in ultrasound diagnostics.
Dr. Campbell’s love for veterinary medicine is shared with his passion for music, gardening, and general handyman projects. When he is not at the clinic, he spends his time with his lovely wife, Christy, sons Christopher and Callum, and his cat Charlie.
Dr. Jana Korsch-Dismukes
DVM, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
Dr. Korsch-Dismukes received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Mississippi State University in 2003, graduating summa cum laude. Following this, she completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Korsch-Dismukes then completed a three-year ophthalmology residency at Veterinary Eye Care in Birmingham. She is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Dr. Korsch-Dismukes treats eye problems and performs surgery in all pets of all ages. She also has experience with zoo animals, exotic species and many wildlife species in need of ophthalmic exams, diagnoses and treatment.
In her spare time, her hobbies include gardening, cooking, and swimming. She also enjoys spending time with her twin girls, husband, three dogs and cat.
Areas of expertise include:
Corneal ulcer treatment – medical and surgical
Corneal disease management, transplants and grafting surgeries
Cataracts and cataract surgery with lens implants
Glaucoma treatment and surgery
Laser surgery for - uveal cysts, ocular melanomas, and select retinal diseases
Lens luxation management and surgery
Dry eye treatment and surgery
Prolapsed third eyelid gland repair ‘Cherry eye surgery’
Nasolacrimal disease treatment
Ocular manifestations of infectious diseases –diagnosis and management
Eyelid surgeries for abnormalities and tumors
Acute blindness – diagnosis and management
Retinal diseases – diagnosis and management (Electroretinography)
Breeding screening exams (OFA)
Distichia and ectopic cilia surgery (abnormal eyelashes)
Allergic eye disease treatment
Uveitis (intraocular inflammation) treatment
Immune-mediated ocular disease treatment and management
Traumatic eye or orbit injuries – medical and surgical treatment
Retrobulbar disease treatment
Optic nerve diseases and other neuro-ophthalmic disease management
Dr. Layla Dodgen
Dr. Layla Dodgen is from Birmingham, Alabama. Being raised around animals her entire life, she knew veterinary medicine was where she belonged. She attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham for her undergraduate degree in biochemistry. Her veterinary degree was obtained from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Prior to graduating, she was fortunate enough to complete a two month preceptorship at Riverview working alongside the veterinarians. Riverview left a strong impression of what thorough and caring veterinary medicine should be. After graduation she was excited to move back to Birmingham and join Riverview as an associate veterinarian. Dr. Dodgen feels she is very lucky to be working at a practice with such a dedicated and compassionate veterinary team. She is a member of the Jefferson County Veterinary Medical Association, Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, and American Veterinary Medical Association.
In her free time she enjoys exercising, cooking, and spending time with her Boston terrier and tuxedo cat, Charlie and Gus.
Dr. Amelia Cox
Dr. Amelia Cox was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. Since she was 7 years old she dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. She attended Berry College where she received a B.S. in Animal Science. After graduating in 2011, she continued her education at Auburn University’s School of Veterinary Medicine receiving her D.V.M. in 2015. During her years in veterinary school, Dr. Cox was privileged to spend her summers and holiday breaks working as a veterinary technician at Riverview. During that time she came to see Riverview as a model of high quality veterinary care and is thrilled to join the team as an associate veterinarian.
Outside of the clinic, Dr. Cox likes to spend time with her friends, family, and husband Chase. She often cooks and bakes, and she really enjoys a good board game. Recently she has taken up running with Chase and their 1-year-old dog Jude. Dr. Cox and her husband also have two cats, Evie and Spike.