Jo Moyes LVMT is our certified veterinary canine massage and rehabilitation therapist. Jo has devoted her life to veterinary medicine through many programs from working with the ASPCA to gaining her Veterinary Technician License at Chattanooga State Technical Community College holding an AAS in Veterinary Medicine. Her desire to rehabilitate animals drove her to pursue further education in the veterinary field and she went on to gain her VMRT certification through The Healing Oasis Wellness Center in Wisconsin which was specifically chosen due to its stringent program and whole body wellness approach to healing. Learn more about The Healing Oasis.
Amelia Peabody is CHAI’s Director of Shenanigans and Rehab Department Mascot. She came to CHAI in April of 2017 in a severely debilitated 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.
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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.
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.
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.