Staff of Sequoyah Animal Hospital

Hospital Managers

Sequoyah Animal HospitalSarah, Office Manager

Managing Sequoyah Animal Hospital's bustling office takes someone with an eagerness to regularly learn new things and an ability to assist in different areas of the clinic. Since June 2008, Sarah has done just that. In addition to overseeing our receptionists, maintaining inventory, placing orders, and working on various projects, Sarah even fills in at our sister facility, Sequoyah's Muddy Buddies Dog Wash, when needed.

"After seven years of working here, the staff has become more like family," she says. "We spend long hours together and we have a willingness to work as a team. Also, our clients are very loyal and it has been great to form relationships with them and their pets."

When she's not at work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, kayaking, and being outdoors. The couple has six dogs and a seven-year-old cat named Callie. The canine bunch includes two Basset Hounds, Clyde and Sissy; two Australian Shepherds/mixes, Stump and Haven; a Lab mix named Sped; and a German Shorthaired Pointer mix named Poncho.

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Sequoyah Animal HospitalShari, Practice Manager

Before moving to the position of Practice Manager in July 2006, Shari began work for Sequoyah Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant. In addition to handling human resources, payroll, and training of our support staff, she is also tasked with operating the Sequoyah K9 Academy located next door.

Shari has developed a love of training, especially her own German Shepherds, which she has competed with in multiple venues – obedience, protection and tracking. She has kept busy in this regard, titling several dogs under Service Dogs of America, IPO and AKC

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Sequoyah Animal HospitalAlicia, Receptionist

Alicia got her start in the pet care profession as a receptionist and bather at our sister facility, Sequoyah's Muddy Buddies Dog Wash. She then transferred to our clinic as a receptionist in June 2014.

"I like working at Sequoyah because everyone works as a team," she says. "It is a team I want to be on and I am proud to be on it. We all pull together to care for each patient and take care of all the daily needs of the clinic efficiently."

Alicia takes pride in being able to help each client and patient in whatever ways she can. She brings her friendliness and flexibility to the workplace and is responsible for providing top-notch customer service, maintaining our appointment schedule, and checking our patients in and out.

Alicia is a pet parent to a two-year-old Boston Terrier mix named Rigby and a two-year-old cat named Jesco. She also has a non-fur baby.

"Most of my free time is spent being a new mother," she says. "We enjoy being outside and spending time with family and friends."

Alicia also enjoys drawing, doing hair and makeup for family members when they need her services, and writing to her sister who is in the Navy.

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Sequoyah Animal HospitalBeth, Receptionist

Beth joined our team as a receptionist in July 2013. She is responsible for scheduling appointments, answering incoming calls, assisting our clients, filing, and checking our patients in and out.

A true "people person," Beth most enjoys interacting with clients and their pets.

"I like working at Sequoyah Animal Hospital because I enjoy taking care of animals," she says. "The doctors and staff have genuine concern over the health of everyone's pet."

Beth has a 10-year-old cat named Wilson, an eight-month-old Lab named Tara, and two turtles named Speedie and Slow Poke. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and being active on social media (Facebook specifically).

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Sequoyah Animal HospitalLinda, Receptionist

Linda joined our team as a receptionist in June 2015. She brings more than 35 years of veterinary experience to Sequoyah Animal Hospital.

Linda has both an associate's degree in Veterinary Technology and certification in Veterinary Management from St. Petersburg College. She began her career as a veterinary technician/receptionist at Highland Animal Hospital in Florida in 1979. After working there for nearly two decades, she transferred to another hospital as a receptionist for more than 10 years. Prior to joining our team, she served as Practice Manager of Bluffs Animal Hospital in Florida beginning in April 2009.

"Sequoyah was the only animal hospital I sent a resume to," she said of moving to Tennessee. "It helps that it is only three minutes from my house, but most importantly, the doctors and staff are amazing. We work as a team." Linda is responsible for all aspects of customer service, including greeting clients, filing, answering incoming calls, and scheduling appointments.

When she's not spending her free time bowling, fishing, or spending time with her husband, Linda has seven dogs and a cat to care for. Her canines range in age from 14-years-old to two years and include: a Pomeranian mix named Jasmine; an American Hairless Terrier named Tinker; a longhaired Dachshund named Phoebe; a Pomeranian named Stella; a West Highland White Terrier named Abbey; a terrier mix named Peanut; and a Lab named Bristol. The lone feline in a house full of dogs, her 14-year-old cat is named Shelia.

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Veterinary Technicians

Sequoyah Animal HospitalJeanna, Veterinary Technician & Lead Surgery Technician

Jeanna joined our team as a Veterinary Technician in January 2008. As the lead surgery technician, she is responsible for the induction and maintenance of anesthesia, assisting in surgery when needed, and caring for our patients by providing postoperative care after they wake.

"I enjoy working at Sequoyah Animal Hospital because I love to help sick animals," she says. "I love to see and be a part of a good outcome of a sick animal."

Jeanna most enjoys phlebotomy.

"I don't just look at my job as a job, but I have a true interest in veterinary medicine," she says. "I not only care about the clients and their pets, but also the success of the hospital itself."

Jeanna spends her free time watching movies with her family, being outdoors with her children, target practicing and fishing. She has a two-year-old Lab named Smoki Jade.

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Sequoyah Animal HospitalKarla, Kennel Technician & Veterinary Technician

Karla joined our team at Sequoyah Animal Hospital in October 2015. Her responsibilities include caring for our boarders and hospitalized patients by feeding and bathing them, taking them out for walks, and keeping their kennels clean. She also assists in exam rooms, prepares samples for testing, fills medications and assists veterinarians with various tasks.

"I've always had a passion for dogs and love working with people who share that passion," she says.

Karla has a deep love of the German Shepherd breed. She has trained them for several years and competes in Service Dogs of America sports trials. "For as long as I can remember, I have been a part of training dogs with/for my dad," she says.

At home, Karla has two German Shepherds, Libby, 9, and Cole, 2. When she's not working or training canines, she enjoys running, working out at the gym, and hiking.

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Sequoyah Animal HospitalLindsay, Veterinary Technician

A native of the Soddy Daisy area, Lindsay joined our team as a Veterinary Technician in July 2015 as a recent graduate of an Animal Science bachelors program. Her responsibilities include obtaining patient histories, filling and administering medications, and assisting our veterinarians during exams. Lindsay most enjoys the feeling of knowing she was able to help a client or pet

"There are many opportunities to educate clients," she says.

Prior to working at Sequoyah Animal Hospital, Lindsay completed an internship in Animal Care at Palm Beach Zoo.

At home, she has one dog – a seven-year-old Pit Bull mix named Lula. She spends her free time crocheting, playing the flute, hiking, and scuba diving.

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Sequoyah Animal HospitalRhonda, Veterinary Technician

Rhonda joined our team as a Veterinary Technician in March 2008. Her responsibilities include prepping our patients for exams, administering medications, obtaining specimens/samples, and assisting in the kennel and with grooming when needed.

"I like helping the animals, knowing I can make a difference!" she says. "I enjoy working for a team of doctors who truly care about helping and providing the best possible care to their patients."

Rhonda previously worked at Pet Inn Kennels in Chattanooga as a boarding and grooming technician. She grew up on a farm and is the person we go to if we need someone to hold a pig or discuss the number of mites found on a chicken feather.

Outside of work, Rhonda likes to spend time with her husband and pets, as well as go hiking, camping, and fishing. She also enjoys reading and drawing. She has an 11-year-old Cattle Dog mix named Kalijah and a three-year-old cat named Thing Two.

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Sequoyah Animal HospitalTracy, Veterinary Technician

Tracy joined our team in December 2015. She is responsible for performing various laboratory tests, preparing our examination rooms, and assisting with a variety of medical procedures. She prides herself on her willingness to go above and beyond and most enjoys ensuring the well-being of our pet patients.

Although this is Tracy’s first job in the veterinary field, she has volunteered at the Humane Society for many years and has four dogs of her own at home. These include: Sabastian, a Pit Bull; Amigo, a Jack Russel Terrier-Chihuahua mix; Joe Joe, a Blue Heeler; and Crayon, a Pit Bull mix.

Her hobbies include crafting and going to yard sales and flea markets. She also enjoys traveling, going on adventures, working with her husband in the garage, riding motorcycles, and fishing.

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Britany, Veterinary Technician & Relief Kennel Attendant

Brittany joined our team as a Veterinary Technician in July 2013. Her responsibilities include administering medications, assisting our veterinarians during exams, collecting samples, and filling in for our kennel technician when needed.

"I enjoy working with our clients and talking with them to ensure the needs of their pets are met," she says.

Her prior experience includes time spent as an adoptions counselor and triage/caretaker associate at McKamey Animal Center in Chattanooga.

Brittany has two seven-year-old Great Danes, Brutus and Bella; a four-year-old Terrier-mix named Gunner; and a seven-year-old cat named Jere. She enjoys spending time with her pets, hiking, geo-caching, shopping, self-pampering, boating and engaging in water sports.

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Kennel Staff

Sequoyah Animal HospitalJackie Waters, Kennel Attendant & Receptionists

Jackie joined our team as a kennel technician and receptionist in October 2015. She cares for our boarding and hospitalized patients, answers incoming calls, schedules appointments and checks pets in and out of the hospital. She most enjoys meeting the many animals and learning their unique personalities.

She says of her position, "I strive to bring joy and happiness to all of our clients and patients."

At home, Jackie has three cats, Spooky, Wolfman and Needa, and a Rat Terrier named Oreo. She spends her free time with her pets, or camping and hiking in the great outdoors, crafting, sewing, baking, building things, and playing video games.

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Sequoyah Animal HospitalShantai, Kennel Attendant

Shantai joined our team as a Kennel Attendant in April 2015. Her responsibilities include walking, feeding, and bathing our boarding patients and administering medications as needed.

"I enjoy working with the other staff members," she says. "They have been very patient when training me and I enjoy learning new stuff from them."

In addition to "learning new stuff daily," Shantai takes pleasure in spending time with the many animal patients of Sequoyah Animal Hospital. She enhances the workplace with her strong work ethic and excellent sense of humor.

Shantai shares her home with five pets: a Pit Bull named Hitch; a Chihuahua named Peanut Butter; a German Shepherd named Onyx (pictured here); and two cats named Blue and Amelia.

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