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 recently accepted appointment as President-elect 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.
(Secret Aspiration) Cure cancer holistically and then become a roady for The Foo Fighters!!
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.
(Secret Aspiration) Dr. Katie would like to be a backup singer for Taylor Swift.
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.
Dr. Holscher is owned by Leila, an Australian Shepherd, and Ella, a Chattanooga street dog.
(Secret Aspiration)To compete on a Food Network cooking show.
Sherry is a founding member of CHAI and has spent most her working life in the management field. Sherry attended Chattanooga State Technical College in both the business management and paralegal programs. Because of her love of animals, she was a veterinary assistant for 10 years before pursuing a career in Veterinary Hospital Administration and is a member of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. She is also certified in veterinary stem cell, reiki master, and constantly strives to advance the use of integrative medicine in the veterinary community through education and organized events. When not at work, Sherry enjoys home improvement projects and traveling with her husband Randy.
(Secret Aspiration) Sherry aspires to organize the worlds largest flash mob.
LVMT, VMRT, Master Herbalist (Typical Type A Personality)
Jo graduated from the Veterinary Technician course at Chattanooga State and holds a AAS in Veterinary Technology and is a certified Stem Cell Technician. She has completed The Chi Institute technician program and is certified and accredited as a Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation Therapist through Healing Oasis Wellness Center. Jo became certified as a Master Herbalist through The Natural Healing College in 2019 after many years of working closely with Dr. Smith with alternative medicine and herbals. 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.)
(Secret Aspiration) Jo aspires to travel the globe as a masked and caped superhero rescuing Pit Bulls from Breed Specific Legislation. In her spare time she plans to commit acts of rebellion against Monsanto.
Sustenance Guru and Medicinal Overlord
Kara is CHAI’s Medical Assistant Staff Supervisor. She has been in the veterinary field for 10 years and has worked as a veterinary assistant for the last 7. She is currently attending school to become certified as a Clinical Pet Nutritionist and has worked closely with Dr. Smith learning animal nutrition, integrative medical techniques and Chinese veterinary medical theory for many years. 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, Oso her tiny lion/pom mix, 1 horse, and 1 cat.
(Secret Aspiration) Kara aspires to travel the world on horseback dispensing justice to bad pet owners and Monsanto.
Pharmaceutical Import and Export Facilitator
Sara is our inventory specialist ensuring that the multitude of special order herbals and other medications are available to our patients. She began her career at CHAI almost five years ago after attending Chattanooga State College. She is certified in veterinary stem cell and is a Reiki practitioner. She strives hard to assist CHAI clients through detailed communications using her knowledge of alternative veterinary medicine, gained through her many years working closely with Dr. Smith.
Sara and her husband, Cody have 3 children, Barrett, Kelby, and River. Their other family members include a German Shorthaired Pointer named Whiskey and a Bloodhound puppy named Brandy.
(Secret Aspiration) Sara aspires to someday operate the worlds largest miniature cow rescue, because Sara LIKES COWS!
Mischief and Curmudgeon De-Escalation Specialist
Hannah has worked in veterinary medicine for the last 7 years and forms a special bond with the nervous patients to help facilitate a happy appointment for them. She has in-depth knowledge of all of CHAI’s departments so you may find her working most anywhere on any given day but her home is in the medical department. She is currently pursuing her AAS in veterinary technology. In her spare time, she does home improvement projects and refurbishes and up-cycles antique furniture. Hannah is a part of CHAI’s surgical team and considers it her favorite part of veterinary medicine. She has 5 dogs, a leopard gecko, and a hedgehog named Hendrix.
(Secret Aspiration) Hannah aspires to someday circumnavigate the globe in a hot air balloon, playing classic rock on her ukulele, with her hedgehog, Hendrix.
Pet Professor Apprentice
Olivia went to MTSU and graduated with a bachelors degree in Animal Science. She has worked in the veterinary field for 5 years and is interested in exploring alternative veterinary medicine and has a special interest in acupuncture. She moved to Chattanooga to work with CHAI to further expand her veterinary medical knowledge. She and her fiance, Matt are owned by 1 Staffordshire Terrier named Adelaide and one, very vocal, Siamese cat named Bean.
(Secret Aspiration) Ensure the Chick Fil A cows are being fairly compensated for their hard work and that labor law standards are properly applied to all cows in advertising.
Caretaker of Magical Creatures
Roxie is originally from Arkansas but lived in Florida for some time where she began her veterinary career. She moved to our area in October of 2018 after 5 years as a veterinary assistant. Her interest in alternative veterinary medicine drew her to CHAI soon after her arrival in Tennessee. She has immersed herself in learning the additional information and techniques required to work at CHAI and has become a highly valued member of the veterinary assistant team.
Roxie has a appreciation of the herding breeds and Alaskan breeds as well as Shepherds and has recently brought a Shepherd puppy into her family named Timber. She also has a Cattle Dog named Piper who is doing a wonderful job of teaching the puppy how to be a good dog.
(Secret Aspiration) Roxie would like to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to become the world’s best alchemist.
Surgeonic Techno Viking
Liz originally moved to the Chattanooga area form Asheville, NC 6 years ago. That is when she started her career in veterinary medicine. She is currently the head of CHAI’s surgical team and strives for excellence in all she does. Liz attended Western Carolina University with a major in Fine Arts and a concentration in painting. Her favorite activities include drinking coffee, going to concerts, making people laugh, learning about holistic medicine, reading, and watching Star Wars with her cute kids. Liz’s immediate family includes 3 furry creatures; Frida, VooDoo, and Yahvi, 3 wild human children; Bohdi, Arizona, and Desert-Rose, and 1 very lovable husband, Kevin.
(Secret Aspiration)To paint something so beautiful and awe inspiring that peace falls on our planet and causes no one to ever hurt another living creature again.
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. She started off working a local doggie daycare and made her way to a local veterinarian’s office. Meg is now the Lead Client Liaison at CHAI and considers herself to be the “Fairy Dogmother” of the office, giving out treats and pets wherever she goes. Meg volunteers with local wildlife rehabbers in her spare time, and loves her two goblin mixes, Violette and Simone, more than life itself. She is also certified in Reiki I and II.
(Secret Aspiration) Meg aspires to start an educational program for the opossum community to educate them on the dangers of roadway crossings and how to avoid injury. She would also like opossum crosswalks installed on all streets and highways to offer opossums safe passage to the other side.
Elizabeth moved to Chattanooga from Atlanta and considers herself a “people pleaser”. She loves working with animals and was previously a dog groomer, although her passion is the kitties. You will find her working in the reception department making sure our clients are well cared for. She loves musicals of all kinds and has two kitties at home who feel the same.
(Secret Aspiration)To perform in the Broadway musical “Cats”…with her cats.
Client Confusion Advocate
Sandy has worked in the veterinary field on and off for 15 years with a 10 year hiatus in Pennsylvania. She started as a veterinary assistant 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.
(Secret Aspiration) Start an unplugged, violence free, intentional community centered around yoga and natural horsemanship.
Veterinary Neophyte and Sanitation Wizard
Alexis is from Indianapolis and moved to Chattanooga in 2009. She has imagined herself working in the veterinary field since she was a little girl helping her mother with pet sitting assignments. Alexis currently works in the medical department and her focus is on keeping the hospital clean and orderly while she acquires the knowledge and experience needed to assist the medical staff. She plans to begin the veterinary technician program at Chattanooga State in the fall of 2020.
Alexis is also passing her love of animals on to her daughter, Scarlette, who she hopes will follow her passion of helping pet’s to live their best lives. She has a black Lab named Sylla and three kittens, Trixie, Hodor, and Oogie.
(Secret Aspiration)Rescue as many senior pets from shelters as possible while working for Disney’s Animal Kingdom veterinary facility.
Used to be BATMAN but is currently on sabbatical.
Lucy is a retired police sergeant from Miami-Dade Florida. She has always had a love of animals to include Grand Prix and Dressage horses. She resides in Dunlap Tennessee with her husband Bob, 4 cats that they rescued from Miami, and a little mixed terrier, Mia. Lucy has volunteered at CHAI since opening day and without her tireless efforts to help us to run smoothly, we could not provide the level of care that we offer. She has become an incredibly valued member of our team.
(Secret Aspiration) Lucy hopes to someday open a shoe museum to exhibit her extensive collection.
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 opened 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.
(Secret Aspiration) Amelia plans to someday attend magic school so she can go on to have a Vegas magic show where she will be paid in treats and toys.
Loved this place! Took my rat and they were so nice and caring. Every single staff member was excellent and seemed like they loved being there. It was clean. As a pet owner, you never want to need to go to the vet, but when you do, I'm glad I have a place like this to use.
My dog just had a non-anesthetic teeth cleaning. The staff did a great job on my dog's teeth. Every member of the staff was professional, attentive, and caring. I would highly recommend this veterinary center.
I took my dog Chief here because my vet had said his liver enzymes were high long story short they listened to my concerns, x-rays were done and we were off to the ER for surgery. I loved the care they gave my baby and the peace of mind they gave me. I am switching vets needless to say! Love them!