Meet the friendly staff at Veterinary Care and Specialty Group!
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 in Nashville where she focused on surgery. Recently, Abbey moved back to Chattanooga, joined the VCSG team, and adopted a yellow labradoodle named Dudley.
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 graduate 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 that fact that you never know what is coming through the door. Although emergency and critical care can be challenging, it can also be very rewarding. Life happens to not only us but pet to our beloved pets as well, and Allie is always eager and willing to help an owner and pet in need.
Angela is originally from Memphis, TN. She has one dog named Riot; she says she is the cutest Boston Terrier! Angela enjoys spending time with friends, family, and Riot. Angela became interested in our surgery department and is now assisting that team.
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).
Beth graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. and M.Ed. in Special Education. Additionally, she graduated from Ga Southern with an Ed.S. in Teaching and Learning. After eleven years as a middle and elementary school teacher, Beth decided to join her brother at VCSG. This new career has been a challenge and definitely a learning curve, but she is completely in love with her new job. Beth has two dogs named Tater and Lucy, and she also has a cat named Aubie.
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.
Blanca is originally from Illinois, and that is where she got her start in the vet world. Blanca has worked as a receptionist and done some tech training since starting in the vet industry in 2014. This field is a perfect fit for her because she loves both people and animals! She is married with two teenage boys and two sweet pups named Barley and Wrigley. Outside of work, she enjoys hanging out with friend and family, taking pictures, going on family outings and watching the Chicago Cubs with her husband.
Cassandra is a New York native who made her way to Chattanooga about 6 years ago. She has 5 furbabies named: Titan Elizabeth, Amber Penelope, Consuela Banana Hammock, Bob Barker, and Miss Meela Mae. Cassandra enjoys belly -laughing with friends, spending hours in Target when she only went in for one thing, and curling up with a good book. She also loves to travel and never says no to a new adventure. One day she hopes to buy a piece of property to have all the animals that she wants!
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.
Ciara was born in Canada, but she found herself a Georgia boy and has no plans of leaving! 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!
Jen is a transplant from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She recently moved to Tennessee to follow her bleeding heart and be an advocate for animals. While her background isn't in veterinary medicine, her passion for animals and her business management experience make her the perfect fit for VCSG. In her free time, Jen enjoys running, traveling, real estate and the great outdoors. She is a proud momma to three fur babies, a terrier mix, Teddy, and two Great Danes,'Happy' Gilmore, and Jethro (her very own tripod). Her 10 year plan involves flipping houses and opening a rehab center for those suffering from PTSD while rescuing and fostering animals.
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.
Jerry Harvey is a former paramedic and currently owns and operate Opie Acres, the primary opossum rehabilitation center in Tennessee. He is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and educator with TWRA. Jerry is also a nationally touring stand-up comic. Last year, he toured with one of the most popular comedy tours in the nation. He spends his days working with wildlife, his nights working with VCSG as an ER nurse, and his weekends making people laugh.
Jessica has been working in the veterinary field since 2012. She lives with her fiance, Doug, and their zoo of 4 dogs (Rou, Shine, Feisty, and Bella), 5 cats (Daryl, Carol, Callie, Baby Kitty, and Rick), 3 horses (Geti, Dusty, and Joe), and 2 Guinea pigs (Scratch and Sniff). Jessica likes to spend her free time barrel racing or trail riding with friends.
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 Raoul (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 resturants, and riding motorcycles during the warmer months.
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.
Kathy started in the veterinary business at the Humane Society in 2014. She graduated from St. Petersburg college in 2011 and then moved to Chattanooga in 2014. Kathy lives with her youngest of 3 sons, Sean, a junior at Ooltewah High School and her 6 dogs. Geisha, Domo, Stephanie and Dinky are chihuahuas; Marley is 10 yr old Shihtzu, and Daisy a 17 year old Australian Shepard. Kathy also loves cooking shows and trying new recipes. She one day hopes to open a retirement home for chihuahuas.
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, Pyewachet and Mugen. When not working she enjoys camping, hiking, swimming, reading, and playing video and board games.
Lacey is originally from Southeast Ohio and moved to Chattanooga 5 years ago. She had a passion for animals, in particular, the exotic kind all her life. She has worked in zoos, sanctuaries, animal shelters, and veterinary clinics throughout her career. She loves the challenging and innovative nature of veterinary medicine. She has a very furry home filled with 5 cats and 2 small dogs.
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 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 fiancé & 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 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.
Marlee procrastinated turning in her bio so I ended up interviewing her 3 year old daughter about her. Here's what Maddie had to say, 'She is sweet and nice and mad when I get bad at her. She bees nice and play to me. Her favorite color is blue. She likes Steven. She drinks coffee and loves different colors. She loooooves to play Shimmer and Shine Castle because I got that for Christmas. She loves to have orange and pink and blue and yellow and black and green and red. She loves my dogs. She goes under water and swim with me.' As anyone can see, she loves her mommy very much!
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 5 years ago. When the doors of VCSG opened in 2016, Daisy was his first patient! Mary is happy to be around such amazing people at VCSG, and she enjoys helping with community outreach and events.
Melissa just returned to the Chattanooga area from Savannah. She has worked in veterinary medicine for the past ten years, however, VCSG is her first experience in emergency medicine. She has one beagle named Tucker. When possible, Melissa enjoys spending time with friends and family, baking, reading, drinking coffee, and taking road trips.
Mikayla has been working with domesticated animals for 5 years and in customer service for 7 years. She recently started at VCSG as of March 2019 as a Client Care Coordinator. At home, she has three dogs ranging from puppy to senior stages. She thoroughly enjoys being the link between clients and the clinic by assisting, supporting, and educating when she can!
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.
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.
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