OUR CHATTANOOGA VETERINARY STAFF
DVM, CVA, CVCP
Dr. Smith is a graduate of Ross University and has been practicing integrative medicine since 2005. She has predominantly worked with small animals, but in 2008 started her own Equine practice that offered primarily acupuncture and chiropractic treatments for local horse owners. Working in small animal practices has given her an opportunity to learn and apply the principals of conventional Western medicine, recognizing the necessity of its integration with alternative treatments. She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, and has a special interest in dietary therapy using principals of traditional Chinese veterinary food therapy. She is also a certified chiropractitioner. She has accepted appointment to the board for the AHVMA (American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association) which is the national association for holistic veterinarians. Additionally, she is on the board of Chattaneuter, a new low cost spay/neuter clinic in Chattanooga. Dr. Smith is an avid whitewater kayaker and yoga practitioner, and she also enjoys hiking with her two dogs Scout, a Cattle dog/Border Collie mix, and Hank, a Labrador/Greyhound mix.
DVM, CVA, CVCP
Dr. Katie Smithson grew up in Chattanooga, and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She spent the following 11 years working in a holistic small animal veterinary hospital in Charlotte, NC. She and her family moved back to the Chattanooga area in 2014. Dr. Smithson is a certified small animal/equine acupuncturist, and especially loves soft tissue surgery, geriatric medicine, and working with pet owners to create a wellness plan for their animal companions. Her favorite thing about veterinary medicine is getting to know pets and their owners over the course of their lives, and working to protect the human-animal bond. When she’s not at work, Dr. Katie enjoys spending time with her family (husband Jay and children Will, Anna, and Charlie). Her family also includes furry and feathered members: Mayzie the dog, Tyson the cat, and five feisty chickens that (literally) rule the roost. Dr. Katie loves to experiment in the kitchen, and usually has her nose in a book during her downtime.
Jennifer has been a veterinary technician for the past nine years and specializes in integrative medicine. She has worked closely with Dr. Smith learning the benefits and techniques of Chinese medicine and nutrition therapy. She is working toward her Master Herbalist certification and is currently certified as a veterinary stem cell technician and Tui-Na therapist. Before becoming a veterinary technician, Jennifer worked as a rescue coordinator at a local animal shelter and has been deeply involved with many rescue organizations in our area. Jennifer has one daughter, Savannah, who is following her mother’s good example of caring for animals.
Sherry attended Chattanooga State Technical College and has been a veterinary technician for 10 years. She is also a certified veterinary stem cell technician. She makes her home in Chattanooga and has two daughters, Jessi who lives in Portland, and CJ who currently makes her home in Chattanooga. Sherry has two furry children, a Doberman mix named Yota, who was adopted from a shelter, and a cat named Delaney, which was abandoned with her kittens 11 years ago. Sherry enjoys spending time outdoors, working on home improvement projects, and is heavily involved in her community.
Meg is a graduate of Georgia State University with a B.A. in French and a concentration in French Literature. Shortly after graduation, Meg relocated to Chattanooga where she decided to turn her passion for animals into a career. Meg began this career in animal care at a local dog boarding and daycare facility where she was cross trained as both a receptionist and a kennel technician. As her interest in veterinary medicine grew, she took a job at a local vet clinic. Meg is now the Client Liaison at CHAI and is excited to learn everything that she can about animal behavior and the holistic approach to animal health. She has also attained her Reiki I and II certification, a skill which she practices regularly. Meg promises to do all that she can to make sure that your pet leaves with a big smile on their face and a wagging tail.
Jo grew up in Northern Utah and went to college in Oklahoma. She served in AmeriCorps in Florida and studied abroad in Russia. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician course at Chattanooga State and holds a AAS in Veterinary Technology and is a certified Stem Cell Technician as well. Jo currently serves in the ASPCA as a emergency relief volunteer. She is studying to obtain her Tui-Na certification and would like to become certified and accredited as a Canine Massage Therapist. Jo shares her life with a fabulously sweet Stafordshire Terrier named Conner Macmanus which she adopted from McKamey Animal Center.
Kara is CHAI’s surgery technician. She has been in the veterinary field for 7 years and has worked as a veterinary technician for the last 4. She is an avid natural horsemanship practitioner and competitive riding enthusiast. She loves being at one with nature as reflected in her hobbies of hiking, swimming, archery, and horse training. Kara’s pets include, Envious Grace, who is her beautiful Pit Bull, Levi, her American Paint horse, and Leviticus, her Ball python.
Courtney has worked with animals professionally for the last 5 years. During that time, she has explored many different aspects of the animal care field from grooming, kennel work and daycare to training. You may have seen Courtney around CHAI in our early days as she worked to help us get up and running smoothly before taking some time to travel abroad. She is back with us again and while her official title is now Technician Assistant, you may also see her assisting in reception, grooming, and working with pets in the treatment areas as she expands her training to become a Veterinary Technician.
UTCVM Class of 2019
Courtney grew up in Charleston, SC and Graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Animal Sciences from Auburn University in Auburn, AL, in December 2014. She has worked in small animal and equine veterinary practices as well as completing an internship at the Sea Turtle Hospital at the South Carolina Aquarium. She has been training dogs and competing in dog agility locally and at the national level since she was 10 years old, first with her Cocker Spaniel Sandy, who recently passed away, and currently with her Australian Shepherd Leila. She has taught dog training classes for the dog agility club in Charleston for over 10 years. Courtney is currently a second year veterinary student at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and is set to graduate May 2019. Upon graduation, she is interested in pursuing integrative medicine and physical therapy. She currently works college breaks at CHAI in order to gain knowledge in integrative medicine.
Sandy has worked in the veterinary field on and off for 15 years with a 10 year hiatus in Pennsylvania. She started as a technician and after 4 years found that she really enjoyed the role of receptionist. She and her husband, Doug, have 2 daughters who also work in the veterinary field. Jennifer is a board certified veterinarian in both internal medicine and critical care outside the DC area and Nikki is a technician for veterinary opthalmology in Orlando, FL. Sandy and Doug have 3 horses, 2 dogs and 4 cats.
Samantha grew up with dreams of becoming a registered nurse or paramedic. However, that dream quickly changed when she got her first animal care-related job at a dog daycare and boarding facility as a kennel technician. She then transitioned into animal rescue and worked at an animal shelter 2 years before coming to CHAI. Samantha currently has two dogs: a 16-year-old terrier mix named Melody and a 4-year-old Dachshund named Trixie. She enjoys the outdoors, camping, kayaking, hiking, and bouldering as often as possible. She currently assists CHAI trained technicians in all aspects of the workday while simultaneously training to become a veterinary technician herself.
"Outstanding. The facility and staff here all have a great energy. Highly recommended, could not be happier with how well they handled our usually nervous pup. Two paws up.- J Walt
"I am so happy I finally found a great vet! It is scary to have a sick pet and not know who to turn to. CHAI has a great atmosphere and has totally improved the quality of life for my cat. I am so thankful!- E. Ink
"Absolutely love the experience here and both the doctor and the staff are fabulous. I have looked for a healthier way to treat my animals for years and this is it! Highly recommend this clinic.- B. Kwasnik