Meet the friendly staff at Veterinary Care and Specialty Group!

  • Jim Sumner, CPA
    Hospital Administrator

    For twenty-seven years Jim was the Hospital Administrator at a large Central Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Referral Center and Emergency Center located in Akron, Ohio. For the past year Jim has been the Hospital Director at a Specialty and Emergency Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and he has now joined VCSG as the new hospital administrator. Although the Colorado sunshine is nice, Jim and Diana have wanted to relocate to the Southeast and look forward to living in the Chattanooga area. Jim and Diana enjoy golfing, traveling, and visiting their children and grandson. 

  • Abbey Alsobrooks, LVMT

    Abbey has always had a love for animals. Long before truly starting her veterinary career, she volunteered as a penguin keeper at the Tennessee Aquarium for four years. She graduated from Chattanooga State's Veterinary Technology program in 2014. Following graduation, she moved to Nashville to work at a specialty hospital where she focused on surgery. Recently, Abbey moved back to Chattanooga, joined the VCSG team, and adopted a yellow labradoodle named Dudley.

  • Abbey Cochran, LVMT

    Abbey was born and raised in Dalton, Georgia. She graduated with a degree in Veterinary Technology from Chattanooga State in 2019 and has been in veterinary medicine for 2.5 years. She has 1 dog, named Opal, 2 cats named Asta and Peaches, and a lizard named Alduin. Her passion is for all animals, but she specifically is passionate about exotic animals and emergency medicine. You can either find her at work or at home tending to her plants, creating art, or playing video games. 

  • Allie Williams, LVMT

    Allie is from Cleveland, TN, and she has two dogs and two cats. Aubree is a chocolate Labrador/ Pit Bull mix, and Diesel is a Boxer/Cocker Spaniel mix. As a sign of her love for The Big Bang Theory, her cats are named Sheldon and Leonard. She graduated with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2014. Afterwards, Allie moved to Gainesville, Florida, to start an anesthesia internship at the University of Florida Small Animal Veterinary Hospital. In 2015, she moved back to this area to get married. She began working in emergency and critical care. Allie says that the appeal of emergency medicine is the fact that you never know what is coming through the door. Although emergency and critical care can be challenging, it is rewarding. Life happens to not only us, but to our beloved pets as well, and Allie is always eager and willing to help an owner and pet in need.

  • Ashley Wheeler, LVMT

    Ashley is a Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician and has worked in the Veterinary Field since 2014. Her love for animals began at a very young age when she would rescue any creature she would find. She lives in Chattanooga with her Rescue Australian Shepherd mix, Hattie, and her 3 legged orange cat, Cheddar. Ashley is excited to be working at VCSG and learning more about emergency medicine. During her free time she enjoys hiking, kayaking, hula hooping,  and spending time with her friends and family.

  • Becky Howell, LVT
    Emergency Nurse Manager

    Becky started her career in veterinary medicine in 1997 at a tiny, two doctor practice in Paducah, KY while finishing her associate's degree at a local community college. While completing her B.S. in Animal Sciences at the University of Kentucky, she also worked at local vet clinics and UK's LDDC as a pathologist assistant. Her love of emergency medicine developed while working at Woodford Veterinary Clinic. Eventually, Becky returned home, married a Kentucky boy, and they followed her sister to Alabama. She graduated magna cum laude from a veterinary technician program through Jefferson State in 2008 while still working at a clinic in Scottsboro, AL. After 9 years in emergency medicine in the Chattanooga area, she began teaching at Chattanooga State in the Veterinary Technology program. Becky joined VCSG to provide in-house training to current employees. Becky has been married for 15 years, and they have three sons (Henry, Noah, and Samuel). Becky also has four cats (Gus-Gus, Bone Knapper, Georgia Peach, and Whiskey).

  • Betsy Polich, LVMT

    Betsy is a Virginia native but has lived in the Chattanooga area for 18 years. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2002 and graduated from Chattanooga State's Veterinary Technology program in 2008. She has a variety of experience from general practice, shelter medicine, emergency and critical care, and surgery. Betsy has a special love for sight hounds especially her whippet, Valentine, and greyhound, Cobb. She also enjoys camping and attending NASCAR races with her husband, Kevin.

  • Channing

    Channing Cantrell is from Chattanooga, TN. She is a graduate of UTC and Auburn University. She has a background in Biological Science and has an avid interest in veterinary medicine, particularly exotics. She hopes to attend veterinary school in the near future. Her hobbies include gardening, traveling, listening to live music and hiking with her dog, Baghy.

  • Charlie Mendola

    Charlie grew up surrounded by animals because she could never turn down a sweet fur baby's face. Her parents could also never refuse their kids' request to keep them. While working and volunteering at different shelters and clinics, Charlie bounced around between Maryland and Alabama before finally deciding on settling down in Chattanooga in 2019. She has two fur babies named Kuma and DK. Charlie says she luckily found a home with VCSG and her awesome coworkers where she can work and learn through the emergency medical field. In her spare time, Charlie enjoys learning new language and costume designing.  

  • Ciara Bell, LVMT
    Client Care Manager

    Ciara was born in Canada, but she found herself a Georgia boy and has no plans of leaving! Ciara is a graduate of Chattanooga State and has over 7 years of experience in the veterinary field. She and her husband have a lab named Merit, a beagle named Tanner, a cat named Opie, and horse named Grace. She loves working with dogs, riding, hiking, fishing, hunting, archery and being in the amazing outdoors God created! Ciara and her husband became the proud parents of the most adorable baby human, named Levi.

  • Jenn Kirby

    Jenn has been in the veterinary field for about 8 years but has been an animal lover since birth. She has worked in shelter medicine, general practice, and now emergency medicine. She is a certified cat lady, and owns a Sphynx, Hammy, as well as a fuzzy cat, Cheeto. She has always had pets, and had pet rats for about 10 years! She enjoys reading and playing video and board games in her time away from work, and even enjoys costuming and attending Sci-Fi and gaming conventions around the southeast. 

  • Jessica Fox

    Jessica has been working in the veterinary field since 2012. Her passions are critical care and emergency
    medicine. She lives with her zoo of five dogs (Rou, Shine, Feisty, Bella, and Gunner), four cats (Daryl, Carol, Baby Kitty, and Rick), and four horses (Geti, Dusty, Dexter and Joe). Jessica likes to spend her free time barrel racing or trail riding with friends.

  • Jordan Bowling, LVMT

    In 2013, Jordan graduated from the Veterinary Technology Program at Chattanooga State. Jordan enjoys seeing emergency and internal medicine cases. She has two cats, Joaquin (orange tabby) and Goose (brown tabby). Jordan also three dogs : Yoshi (Pitbull), Flea and Juice (Boston Terriers). Jordan also openly admits to being obsessed with our clinic cat, Mimi, whom she spoils with pretty collars and treats. When not at work, Jordan spends time with her husband and friends, yelling 'Go Dawgs!' to cheer on her favorite football team, traveling, trying new restaurants, and riding motorcycles during the warmer months.

  • Kaitlin Johnson
    Referral Coordinator

    Kaitlin moved to Chattanooga and joined the staff of VCSG in 2019.  She has a dog named Joey, a Golden mix, and another dog named Enzo, a Pomeranian.  Kaitlin enjoys hiking with Joey and Enzo, going to the beach, and spending quality time with her family.  

  • Katelyn Broadway

    Katelyn was born and raised in Red Bank, TN. She is currently a junior at UTC where she is majoring in pre-professional biology. She eventually hopes to go to vet school; she is particularly interested in conservation or lab medicine. When not at the clinic, she can be found volunteering at the Chattanooga Zoo, research in the biochemistry lab or spending time with her fur babies, Linus and Wendy. 

  • Kendra Shepard

    Kendra has been working in the Veterinary Industry since she was 17 years old by starting out as a Kennel Assistant and working her way up to Technician. Kendra lives in the area with her fiancé, three dogs Pogo, Rudy and Ditto along with two cats, Inky and Mugen. When not working she enjoys camping, hiking, swimming, reading, and playing video and board games.

  • Lisa Kemp

    Lisa is a Virginia native who graduated from Old Dominion University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.  After graduating, Lisa started working in an emergency animal hospital and fell in love with emergency veterinary medicine.  Lisa moved to Chattanooga in September 2018 and started working in a general practice clinic but missed her days at the ER and recently started working at VCSG in February 2019!  On her off days you can find her rock climbing in the mountains with her boyfriend, Graham, and their goofy coonhound, Napoleon.

  • Liz Olley
    Specialty Nurse Manager

    Liz has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years. Her primary fields of interest include internal medicine and emergency care. She has been working with Dr. Pullen for 12 years in internal medicine, and within that field, her favorite part is her oncology patients.In her free time, her family enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, cooking, playing board games and going to the beach whenever possible. Other than her husband & their human children, Liz & her family are completed by the most handsome Golden Retriever, Arthur, a smiling Pit Bull named Hunter, an orange tabby who thinks he's human, named Pretzel, and a retired blood donor kitty named Edward.

  • Marie

    Marie is originally from Cleveland but now lives in Ooltewah. She has two wonderful children named Bryson, age 12, and Brittley, age 6. Marie also has four fur babies named Rowdy (a 14 yr old chihuhua mix ), Sheba (a 4 yr old Staffie mix ), Aries (a 6 yr old English Mastiff), and Zena (a 1  yr old English Mastiff). Marie has been working in general practice veterinary clinics since 2009. She joined VCSG this past June and says that she really enjoys the emergency side of it! She finds helping and caring for animals to be very rewarding, and this is not just a 'job.' Mari has always had a passion for animal care that she gets from her dad's mother, Omi. She says there was never a time when there weren't animals around to care for. Although life is busy, Marie find time every week to hang out with her family by going to church, building bonfires, baking, being outdoors, playing games or having a movie night. She enjoys spending as much time as possible with them and her sister, Cindy, who she says is her best friend.

  • Marissa Lewis

    Marissa is an Oklahoma native but has lived in Chattanooga with her family since 2014. She is currently attending college at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK, with the hopes of being accepted into veterinary school after graduating next year. She started working at VCSG last summer in order to start developing clinic employment hours but was completely blindsided by how much she enjoyed working in emergency medicine. Marissa says the staff has been so kind, and she has gained SO much experience by working alongside the best. She currently works summers and holidays for VCSG when she is in town, and she works with horses when in Oklahoma. Marissa has two 13-year-old Dachshunds named Krissy and Maggie (they’re sisters!) and enjoys spending whatever free time she has playing soccer, riding horses, and spending time outside exploring new places.'

  • Marlee Snow, LVMT

    Marlee was born and raised outside of Atlanta, in Marietta, Ga. She started working as a kennel assistant at the age of 15. After completing high school, she moved to Auburn and attended Auburn University where she met her husband, Steve. She completed her Associates Degree in Science from Wallace Community College in Dothan, and her Associate of Applied Science (Veterinary Technician) Degree from Jefferson State Community College. She moved to the Chattanooga area in 2010 where she started working at an ER practice in the area. She happily joined the VCSG team from the beginning in 2016, and has enjoyed working in the Internal Medicine Department. Marlee resides in Ringgold with her husband, Steve, 2 small children Maddie (age 6) and Grayson (age 1), Napoleon (the perfect Papillon), and 2 cats Lula and Trigger. In her spare time, she enjoys running Spartan races and spending time with her family.

  • Mary Cook
    Community Outreach Coordinator

    Mary grew up in the Chattanooga area and is a former teacher. She and her husband have three children and two grandchildren. Daisy, a black lab, is the reason Mary became a part of the VCSG family. Dr. Pullen became Daisy's doctor more than 7 years ago. When the doors of VCSG opened in 2016, Daisy was his first patient! Several years later, Dr. Pullen and his wife, Claudia, established a non-profit named Daisy’s Tale in memory of Daisy. Mary serves as President of Daisy’s Tale.

  • Meagan Peach Smith, LVMT

    Meagan graduated in 2013, and she has worked in emergency medicine since that time. Meagan and her husband have one child; a boy named Tristan, who is 4 years old. She loves corny jokes and reading.

  • Mercedes Prior, LVMT

    Mercedes is from Dalton, Ga, and she graduated from Chattanooga State in May 2019 from the Veterinary Technician program. Mercedes has been in the veterinary field for 2 years and has a special interest in emergency medicine and surgery. Mercedes has always had a love for animals and tried to save any animal she found. She currently lives with her 2 kids that are senior pitbulls named Bruce and Chico. They enjoy hiking and spending time outside.

  • Rachel Fuller

    Rachel was born and raised is Sioux City, Iowa where she grew up around all sorts of animals which where her love of animals flourished. She moved to Chattanooga in 2017 where she started working in veterinary medicine. She likes to play volleyball and go on hikes. She has a 2 year old Staffordshire Terrier named Genesis and a kitten named Flynn Rider. She is currently studying to get  her LVT license at Penn Foster.

  • Shannah Lawrence

    Shannah grew up in Miami, Fl, where she always had a love for animals ever since she was young. She has been back in Chattanooga for 9 years and working in the Emergency Veterinary Field for the past 5 yrs. She is a loving mother of 11 children (1 of which is her darling fiance and 3 are her fur babies ). She enjoys spending time with her BIG family as well as relaxing and socializing with friends. 

  • Tabitha Blackwell, LVMT

    Tabitha is from Dalton, GA, and graduated from the  Veterinary Technology program in 2017 at Chattanooga State. She was a CNA for six years and worked in general practice for 2.5 years before coming to emergency. She has two dogs Marlie and Brandi and two cats Jethro and Ellie Mae. In her spare time enjoys spending time with her husband Michael, camping, kayaking, hiking, and gardening.

  • Tracey Yates

    Tracey is from Houston, Texas, and moved to Chattanooga in January of 2019. Her vet tech career started in 2005, and her passion is in emergency medicine. She has 3 children. She also has 6 fur babies: 3 German shepherds, a Great Dane, and 2 cats.

  • Whitney Caylor

    Whitney graduated from Lee University in 2014. She started in the vet field in 2017 in general practice and then in emergency in 2018. Whitney started at VCSG in June of 2019. She has 2 dogs named Sammy and Juno. 

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