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 within multiple venues – obedience, protection and tracking. She has kept busy in this regard, titling several dogs under Service Dogs of America, IPO and AKC
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.
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 one-year-old cat named Boogie. She also has a toddler son, Carson, who keeps her busy while not in the office.
“Most of my free time is spent being a 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.
Robin joined our team in the fall of 2019 and came to us with many years of medical office experience. She works hard to make sure each task she is given is done proficiently and ensure that all our clients/patients’ needs are met!
She and her husband have five children and one granddaughter. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family. When given the opportunity, they do their best to take advantage of any traveling they can do! They have one cat, Miss Priss, who is the queen of the house!
Kaitland began working at Sequoyah Animal Hospital as a receptionist in November 2020. While she has no previous work experience in veterinary medicine, she is taking courses for veterinary practice management and is eager to learn and understand as many positions as she can. She can often be found answering phones, scheduling appointments, and assisting clients. When she has a moment to step away from the front desk, she does her best to learn as much as she can about other areas of the hospital.
At home, she enjoys maintaining her ‘mini farm’. She has one dog, Panther, one Nigerian dwarf goat, Elliot, one miniature potbelly pig named Mrs. Piggy, 7 chickens, and 3 ducks! When not busy with work or herding the animals, she enjoys spending time with her children, fishing, camping, and going to the beach.
Elsie joined the Sequoyah team in November of 2021. While she didn’t have any previous medical office experience, she jumped in on day one like it was second nature. She enjoys the family like environment that can be found amongst SQAH employees. She said, “It’s felt like home since the first time I put my scrubs on.” Often found taking calls and scheduling appointments, she takes pride in helping our clients and patients.
While she doesn’t have any pets of her own yet, we are certain that will soon change. Her free time is spent helping out with family and spending time with friends when she gets the opportunity. She also enjoys cooking, painting, and playing the piano as often as she can.
Samantha began work at Sequoyah Animal Hospital in December 2021. Previously a stay at home mom, she was looking to get back into the workforce and was excited for the opportunity Sequoyah had to offer for her to give back to the community she lives in. A quick learner, she makes delegating tasks and responsibilities to seamless.
When not at work, most of her time is occupied by her toddler and spending time with her family! She has one dog, Luna, and 2 cats, Forrest and Violet, that she adores.
Veterinary Technicians & Assistants
Rhonda joined our team in March 2008. She can work all aspects of the hospital, but typically she is found in surgery.
“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.
Shea joined our team in June 2017 as a veterinary assistant. Her responsibilities include prepping our patients for exams, administering medications, obtaining specimens/samples and training new team members!
Shea stated, “I really don’t do this for money, I do this to make a difference.” She is always very compassionate and enjoys helping all animals she encounters.
When she is not at work, spending time with her 3 dogs, Maverick, Corbin, and Goose and cheering her girls on at their sporting events! She is a huge Disney fan and it is hard for her to decide if she likes Disney or Corgis better!
Beth joined our team as a receptionist in July 2013 and transitioned to a veterinary assistant in 2019. She is responsible for prepping patients for exam, administering medications, collecting samples, and running diagnostics. From time to time, she can still be found helping out at the front desk when needed.
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 six cats, two turtles named Speedie and Slow Poke, and the cutest wired haired terrier mix named Bean! She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and being active on social media (Facebook specifically).
Linda joined our team as a receptionist in June 2015 and transitioned into a veterinary technician position in 2020. 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 prepping patients for exam, administering medications, collecting samples and performing diagnostics (bloodwork, radiographs, etc.).
When she’s not spending her free time bowling, fishing, or spending time with her husband, Linda has four dogs to care for – a Pomeranian named Stella; a West Highland White Terrier named Abbey; a terrier mix named Peanut; and a Lab named Bristol.
Kerri joined our team at Sequoyah Animal Hospital in August 2019 and came to us with previous experience in veterinary medicine. She is responsible for triaging patients, assisting veterinarians, providing outpatient treatment as well as treatment to hospitalized patients, administering meds, venipuncture, etc. She enjoys providing care to sick or injured patients and working as a team with her coworkers. You can always find her taking care of her responsibilities as well as helping other departments of the clinic when needed. She has a passion for learning and enjoys learning new skills and knowledge every day.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her grandkids and her dog, Bruno, and her two flying squirrels – Inka and Ziggy. When given the opportunity, she loves spending time outdoors kayaking to collect driftwood for crafts, working on her cars, and gardening in her flower beds.
Savanna joined our team in August 2020 as a veterinary assistant. She has a strong passion for veterinary medicine and is always eager to help others on her team! She enjoys learning new things when given the opportunity and plans to attend vet school in the future!
Outside of work (and studying – we always catch her studying!), she enjoys spending time with her two dogs – Waylon the Rhodesian Ridgeback mix and Beck the Australian Shepherd. She also enjoys kayaking, cross-stitching, and catching the occasional hockey game!
Our team welcomed Emily in November 2021 as a veterinary assistant. She is dedicated to caring for every person and pet she meets and loves being in a job that challenges her to learn something new every day. She is eager to continue to grow as she plans on attending vet school in the future.
Outside of the hospital Emily enjoys hiking, working out, and traveling. She has a bushel of pets including five dogs; Ellie, Shirley, Sebastian, Roxy, and Marley, three cats; Jolene, Martin, and Steven, a turtle named Cheesecake, a hamster named Freddie, and a flock of chickens.
Our team welcomed Chelsea in September of 2021 as a veterinary assistant. After spending her summer with us a couple of years ago, she was easily convinced to move back from North Carolina after graduation and join our team full time. She is currently in her second year of college pursuing her veterinary technician degree through Penn Foster.
Chelsea loves all animals with her favorites being her Pitbull, Solo, her rescue kitten, Kahula, and her assortment of small pocket pets and exotics. In her free time Chelsea loves reading, painting, baking, and hanging out with her critters.
Keely joined Sequoyah Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant in September 2021. While she previously worked in human medicine, she knew that veterinary medicine was her true passion and was eager to make the transition. She is passionate about her work and enjoys that family atmosphere that Sequoyah has to offer!
When not at work, she is often found horseback riding, kayaking, or hiking. Her free time is also occupied by her small farm of animals which consist of four dogs – Shiner, Nigel, Dahlia, and Diesel, three horses, a donkey, and a cat!
Sequoyah Animal Hospital welcomed Melissa on board in April 2021 as a veterinary assistant. Previously living out of state, she was eager to get back in veterinary medicine when she moved back home. She joined our practice with over 10 years of experience of various work in animal hospitals. She enjoys caring for each pet that we see and building relationships with our clients.
Outside of work, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family! She has several fur children including 4 dogs – Fonzworth the sheepadoodle, Dr. Dre the terrier mix, and Diesel the lab mix – and a very spoiled bunny, Biggie Smalls!
Kennel Attendant & Receptionist
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.
Kim joined the team at Sequoyah Animal Hospital in May 2021. Previously retired from her career of 25 years, she was eager to get back into workforce once the grandkids headed off to school. She was excited to find the opening at Sequoyah Animal Hospital and has been a great asset to our team. Always having a strong love for animals and having pets all of her life, she could never have imagined how rewarding it would be to care the all of the animals that come in to board. She enjoys interacting with the many different breeds and personalities she meets daily. Kim says, “I have learned so much and love every minute of spending time with the pets while their family is away!”
A Soddy Daisy native, Kim graduated from Soddy Daisy High School in 1985. She has been married to her husband Richard for 36 years. They enjoy spending time with their son, Quinn, his wife, Autumn, and their beautiful grandkids, Ellie Kay and Clayton. They have had many precious fur babies that have come and gone over the years. Currently at home they have their dog, Sally, Dusty the cat, and grand dog, Rip.
Cassie joined Sequoyah Animal Hospital in August 2021 as a kennel assistant. As long as she can remember, she has wanted to work in the veterinary field and this was the perfect opportunity to do so while continuing her college education. She loves being able to make a connection with the animal as well as their owners and ensure each and every pet has a great experience boarding with us.
Outside of work, most of her time is spent studying since she is currently a dental hygiene major. When given the opportunity, she enjoys being able to get outside and go hunting! She has two dogs, Doc and Ruby, and one cat, Boo that steal her attention any chance they can get.
Taylar joined our team at Sequoyah Animal Hospital in June 2018. She cares for our boarding and hospitalized patients, making sure they are all comfortable and their needs are met. She can also be found frequently lending a hand to the technicians – holding for exams and setting up tests. Taylar has a love for all of our patients/boarding pets that came through and it shows in her daily interactions.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her son outdoors, fishing and swimming. When not at clinic caring for our patients or spending time outdoors, she is enjoying quality time with her own four-legged critters – Lucky and Luna the dogs and Tiny, Blue, and Queenie the cats.