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!
Christy joined our reception team at Sequoyah Animal Hospital in February of 2021. Her bubbly personality, sense of humor, work ethic, and ability to multi-task makes her a strong asset to our team. She is hardworking and efficient at every task she is given! With no previous background in veterinary medicine, she has been eager to learn and retain all knowledge that she can. While she is most often found at the front desk assisting clients, scheduling appointments, and answering phones, you can also find her helping in other departments when needed.
She has two dogs – Ademar, the Great Dane, and Winston, the Shih Tzu mix, as well as 2 birds. Outside of work, she enjoys fishing, camping, and being outdoors any chance she get!
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.
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.
Cathy joined our practice in November 2018 and has been lending a helping hand with a smile on her face to all of those around her since then!
One of Cathy’s favorite quotes is “Where there is a will, there is a way” and she proves that over and over to us. She is always eager to learn and do her very best! She is most often found helping the technicians collect samples, performing diagnostics, administering treatments, and filling prescriptions.
When she is not at the clinic, Cathy enjoys spending time with her dog, Mia, watching movies and visiting with family. She has one son named William. Cathy would like to take her next vacation to Myrtle Beach as long as the jellies are not out!
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!
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.
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.
Shantai has been with Sequoyah Animal Hospital for 3 years. She loves working with animals and taking care of your pets while boarding with us. She has a knack for remembering each and everyone – their likes and dislikes. This fact helps all the pets settle nicely while they are staying here with us. Shantai does not “just work in the kennels” however, she and Jackie both can frequently be found lending a helping hand to the technicians in the lab – setting up tests and soothing animals.
Shantai currently has 2 rescues: a black German Shepherd named Onyx and a Pit-bull named Hitch. When Shantai is not at work she loves playing and hiking with her 2 children and her 2 dogs.
Maddie joined Sequoyah Animal Hospital in June 2020. As an avid animal lover, she knew she wanted to do something in the veterinary field.
She said, “I enjoy taking care of animals and providing for those in need. Being able to make a difference in someone’s life is very important to me, whether that is a person or an animal.”
She is currently an art major in college and enjoys working on various types of art any chance she gets. When given the time, she enjoys the opportunity to sit down and play some video games with friends as well.
Being the animal lover that she is, she has several pets of her own. She has four horses – Daisy, Spark, Cherokee, and Deacon, four dogs – Forrest, Nola, Neville, and Bilbo, and four cats – Pippin, Milo, Merry, and Hayley.