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.
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 among 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.
Brianna joined our reception team in the summer of 2022. Always an animal lover, she recently decided to make it a career. Prior to joining us at Sequoyah Animal Hospital, she had previously worked in veterinary medicine as a kennel attendant and is also studying to become a licensed veterinary technician. She loves working at Sequoyah Animal Hospital because it has been a welcoming and family like experience!
When not at work, she can often be found hiking and enjoying the outdoors. She is extremely family oriented and loves spending time with friends. At home, she has 3 dogs and 3 cats that keep her occupied in her spare time.
Maddie joined our team in July of 2021. She joined us in the midst of the covid chaos but was able to jump right in like she had been here forever. Her compassionate personality makes her a great asset to our front desk team. When asked what she enjoyed most about her job, she replied without hesitation, “all of the fur babies, of course!” She enjoys working alongside all of her coworkers and has found new friendships within them.
Outside of work, she enjoys listening to vinyls, painting, doing special effects makeup and hiking. She has two cats, Gizmo & Tuna, who are her pride and joy!
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.
Kaylee joined Sequoyah Animal Hospital at the end of August as a receptionist. She spends most of her day greeting customers, answering phones managing patient records. Her favorite part of the day is interacting with all our adorable patients that come in. Being a cat person herself, she especially loves to see all the kitties come in!
She has 2 cats at home – Skunk and Monkey – and they are spoiled rotten! She also has 2 leopard geckos and a crested gecko as well. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, watching Grey’s Anatomy on repeat, and loving on her fur (or less than furry) babies. She also enjoys baking and cooking and is always up for trying a new recipe.
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.
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.
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.
Spring of 2022, Jax joined the team at Sequoyah Animal Hospital as a kennel attendant. Throughout the day, she can be found caring for and bonding with each of the animals in our care. She is always eager to do her best and our boarding and hospitalized guests are always happy to see her!
Outside of work, she enjoys exploring. Hiking to new places is a favorite activity of hers. She also enjoys video games and tinkering with various items to see how they work. At home, she has one dog, Luna, and three cats – Payton, Minnow and Sushi!
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Moriah joined our team as a kennel attendant in the summer of 2022. Currently a senior in high school, she is very involved in extracurricular activities when not at work!
She has 3 dogs at home – Brandi, the cocker spaniel, and two dachshunds, Max and Millie.
Dana joined Sequoyah Animal Hospital in August of 2022 as a kennel assistant. Most of her day is spent caring for our boarding residents during their stays. She enjoys meeting all the different dogs and cats we get to board and spending some time with our clinic cats.
At home, Dana has 4 dogs – Duke and Casey the Border Collies, Annie the Australian Shepherd, and Bo the mutt. She also recently adopted a cat from the clinic named Chai Latte! In her free time, she enjoys an assortment of crafts including crocheting and making dream catchers, growing house plants and succulents, and hula hooping.