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.
Sara noticed her love for animals at a very young age growing up on the family farm. From horses to chickens, with the occasional goat or rabbit, she was tossed into a life committed to keeping animals healthy. Through high school, Sara was actively involved in FFA showing cows and competing in livestock judging events. She is certified as a stem cell technician and strives to be all that she can be. Running around her house and farm is 2 cocker spaniels: Tucker and Daisy, 2 Labrador Retrievers: Cheyenne and Kaytee, 1 German Shorthaired Pointer puppy: Whiskey, her horse: Oreo, 3 goats: Mario, Goatie, Onyx, 20 chickens, and her turkey, Tom.
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 has obtained her Tui-Na certification through The Chi Institute in Florida and has also become certified and accredited as a Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation Therapist. Jo shares her life with a fabulously sweet Stafordshire Terrier named Conner Macmanus which she adopted from McKamey Animal Center and Amelia Peabody who has become a celebrity in her own right. Find Amelia Peabody on Facebook.
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.
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.
Liz completed 4 years at Western Carolina University as an art student with a concentration in painting. She has worked as a veterinary technician for the past 4 years and does independent foster/rescue work. In her spare time, she paints portraits of people and their pets. Liz is part of CHAI’s surgical team and considers it her favorite part of veterinary medicine. She lives on a small farm with her 4 dogs, 2 children, and one adorable pet husband.
Director of Shenanigans and Rehab Department Mascot
Amelia Peabody is CHAI’s Director of Shenanigans and Rehab Department Mascot. She came to CHAI in April of 2017 in severely bad physical condition bordering on death. She was emaciated, dehydrated, had broken ribs, both femoral heads were broken and she had strong head tremors. Through much hard work by both her and the CHAI staff, an FHO surgery to remove unrepairable femoral heads, and adoption and rehabilitation by Jo Moyes, she has risen through the ranks and now has the whole rehab department named after her. The Amelia Peabody Rehabilitation Center will be opening in September of 2017 with Amelia leading the way. She has an amazing spirit and strives to do a good job of being a puppy and learning how to walk and play like a normal dog. With the help of her brother, Mac, she is starting to have a normal life and looks forward to many years of teaching others that no matter the adversity, you can overcome! You can follow Amelia Peabody on Facebook.
"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