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!
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.
Bre joined our team in the Spring of 2023 as a veterinary receptionist. With no previous experience in veterinary medicine, she jumped right in from day one like she had always been here! A quick learner, with a fast-paced personality, she is a great fit for our team. She is often found answering phones and scheduling appointments, but also enjoys working alongside the veterinary assistants and technicians as needed.
While she doesn’t currently have any pets, she previously had 3 dogs – Chevy, Soco, and Harley, that are missed dearly! Outside of work, she is kept busy by her little boy. They spend a lot of time playing sports, swimming, fishing, cooking and hanging out at the playground.
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.
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 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.
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!
Marina joined Sequoyah Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant in May 2022. Prior to onboarding with us, she previously worked at pet resort as a receptionist. She has a strong passion for veterinary medicine and is always eager for any new experience given the opportunity. She enjoys collaborating with doctors in coming up with treatment plans and being a part of patient success stories or helping through difficult times.
While not at work, Marina always keeps a very full schedule. She is currently a pre-veterinary undergrad student at the University of Florida. An active member of the student body, she is a part of UF’s Minority Health Mentorship program, Pre-Vet Club, and was a teaching assistant for Animal History. In May 2023, she also began a summer internship with the Chattanooga Zoo as an Animal Care Intern.
Marina enjoys hiking, trying new foods, traveling, playing music, yoga, volunteering, and calligraphy when given the opportunity to do so. She also has a dog and 4 kitties who are always eager to see her when she is at home!
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.
Shea joined our team in June 2017 as a veterinary assistant. Her responsibilities include prepping our patients for exams, administering medications, obtaining specimens/samples, prepping patient for surgery 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, she is spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and their family dog, Maverick! She is a huge Disney fan and it is hard for her to decide if she likes Disney or Corgis better!
Vet Assistant/Surgery Assistant