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From basic and traditional care to cutting edge regenerative therapies and chronic disease management.

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Treating the members of your family as we would our own.

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At Chattanooga Holistic Animal Institute, or CHAI, our holistic philosophy is practiced as integrative veterinary medicine with an emphasis on therapies having a strong tradition of documented effects, careful research, and ongoing study. Integrative medicine encompasses a wide variety of alternative and complementary therapies designed to promote healing and wellness.


Colleen Smith


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. 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. 

Katie Smithson


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.

Courtney Holscher


Dr. Holscher is originally from Charleston South Carolina. She attended Auburn University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Animal Science in December 2014. She went on to attend The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with her DVM as Valedictorian in May of 2019. After graduation, she immediately went on to CHI institute to become certified in veterinary acupuncture and has obtained Fear Free Certification as well.

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