Meet our Veterinary Staff
Our veterinarians graduated in the top 10% of their classes in veterinary school, receiving recognition for excellence in academia, leadership, and quality of care. Some of our doctors have even earned specialty certification by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in canine and feline medicine. These skills, combined with the latest technology, enable us to offer excellence in internal medicine diagnostics and treatment.
Kristi R Lively, DVM, Canine and Feline Specialty
Dr. Lively is a 1994 graduate of Vanderbilt University, having majored in Molecular Biology. She was in the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine Class of ’99 where she graduated with honors in the top tier of her class. After vet school, she completed a competitive internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She was elected as Tennessee's New Graduate Representative for the AVMA's annual Leadership Conference. In 2005 she successfully achieved status as a Diplomat for the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, specializing in Canine and Feline practice. In 2006, she was recognized as the TVMA’s Young Veterinarian of the Year. Most recently, she was awarded the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine’s First Decade of Achievement award. Dr. Lively currently serves as a Board Member to the Young-Williams Animal Center, and is a past board member for the Companion Animal Initiative in Tennessee. She is also an active member of the Society for Theriogenology, the Knoxville Veterinary Medical Association, the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, and the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association Peer Review Committee. Dr. Lively has served as president of the Knoxville Veterinary Medical Association. Her primary professional interests include senior pet care, critical care, pain management, reproductive medicine and endocrinology.
Adele F Mays, DVM
Dr. Adele Mays graduated first in her class at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She received the Sterling Radiology Award for Outstanding Achievement in Veterinary Radiology and was also awarded the Chancellor's Citation for Extraordinary Professional Promise. Dr. Mays is a 1989 graduate of Vanderbilt University, with a double major in English and Philosophy. Dr. Mays' areas of special professional interest include radiology, ultrasonography, and endoscopy.
Amie Goodrich, DVM
Dr. Amie Goodrich joined Village Veterinary Medical Center in 2009 after spending most of her life in upstate New York. She received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Cornell University. In 2004, Dr. Goodrich graduated at the top of her class from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine near Boston Massachusetts. While at Tufts, she received multiple awards including the Academic Excellence Award, Radiology Award and Westminster Kennel Club Scholarship. Dr. Goodrich strongly believes in the integrative medicine approach and works with owners to find the appropriate balance of conventional medicine, nutrition and supplements, mental enrichment, and complementary therapies for each patient to achieve optimal health and wellness. Dr. Goodrich has particular interest in internal medicine, dermatology, feline and canine psychological health and behavior, oncology and preventive healthcare. She and her husband Ron live with their feline companions Peanut, Delta and Stosh.
Catherine Moe, DVM
Dr. Catherine Moe is a 2008 graduate from The University of Tennessee with a BS in Animal Science. Catherine originally joined our team in 2008 as a veterinary assistant. She then went on to attend UT’s College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2013 in the top tier of her class; trading in her title here of veterinary assistant to that of a DVM. Dr. Moe is a member of Phi Zeta honor society and received several scholarships throughout her time as a veterinary student. Her professional interests include preventative healthcare, internal medicine, and pain management. Dr. Moe lives in Knoxville with her dog, Callie, and her cat, Lyla. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, horseback riding, and watching football.
Laura Sharbel, DVM
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Allison Smith, DVM
Dr. Allison Smith graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999 with a BA in Integrative Physiology and a minor in Biology. Before committing to a career in veterinary medicine, she worked for several years in San Francisco, CA for Walt Disney and Arthur Andersen. Dr. Smith graduated in the top of her class from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She is a member of Phi Zeta, Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. She was one of four recipients of the Merck Award for demonstrating outstanding qualities of citizenship and leadership in 2005, and received the Myron Taylor Myers Scholarship based upon potential for success in 2006 and 2007. Dr. Smith joins VVMC from a high volume small animal practice and has a special interest in internal medicine, clinical pathology, and oncology. She lives in Knoxville with her husband Fred, their daughter Penelope, and son Freddy.
Kari Rothrock, DVM
Dr. Kari Rothrock has lived in Farragut since 1990. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from the University of Tennessee in 1999 with a major in biology. Dr. Rothrock graduated from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 as a member of Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society. Dr. Rothrock’s special interests include dermatology, internal medicine, and feline medicine. She is a member of The American Association of Feline Practitioners. Dr. Rothrock shares her home with her husband, Ben, daughter, Addison and their cat, Sophie. Dr. Rothrock is currently spending the majority of her time with her daughter and fills in as needed but she will always be a part of our Village Family. In her spare time Dr. Rothrock enjoys traveling, playing cards, and watching sports (especially football and UT basketball).
Thomas Chen, DVM, MS, DACVO
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Rhea Morgan, Emeritus, DVM, DACVIM, DACVO
Dr. Morgan received her DVM degree from the University of Illinois in 1976. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at South Shore Veterinary Associates, South Weymouth MA. She went on to a residency in small animal medicine at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, Boston MA and a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Morgan is board certified in both small animal medicine and ophthalmology. Over the past 28 years she served on the staff at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, became a tenured professor at the University of Tennessee, and served as Chief of Staff at Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital, Springfield MA.
Mili Bass, Emeritus, DVM, DABVP, Canine and Feline Specialty
Dr. Mili Bass opened Village Veterinary Clinic in 1982, with her parents Vi and Earlie Cooper working in the new practice as receptionist, yardman, assistant, and “go-fer”. As a family affair, the practice grew; Drs. Mays and Lively joined the Village family, and the rest, as they say, is history. Dr. Bass has a special interest in soft tissue surgery. She is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, and maintains a referral practice in acupuncture of dogs, cats, and horses. She has also worked as a “locum tenens” in Hawaii and the US Virgin Islands. Since 1999, Dr. Bass has represented Tennessee in the House of Delegates of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She served as the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association President in 2009, and recently received that Association’s Distinguished Service Award. Mili serves on the Board of Advisors of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, and has been named to The Chancellor’s Associates. She is a Practitioner Advisor for the journal “Veterinary Medicine”, and is the owner and manager of Dream Katcher Lodge, a luxury boarding facility for cats and dogs. For appointments with Dr. Bass, please contact the Veterinary referral Center of East Tennessee at 865-671-6677
Lynn Nard, Assistant Manager, Veterinary Assistant
Lynn was born and raised in Nashville, TN and is the youngest of four children. She moved to Knoxville in 2005 to attend UT. She has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and an Associates in Small Business Management. With over seven years experience in the field Lynn plans to continue her education working towards a degree in Veterinary Medicine. Lynn has two adorable pekingese, Brodie and Mirra, a very hyper Schnauzer mix, Hitch and a two guinea pigs names London and Paris. In her free time, she likes to go camping, hiking, fishing and loves to cook. She also spends much of her free time volunteering and fostering for Small Breed Rescue of East Tennessee.
Nikolas De Mori, Client Care Supervisor
Nik is our resident “Army brat” having transplanted to Knoxville a little over ten years ago. He came to Village Vet in 2013 with nearly ten years worth of experience in veterinary medicine. He began in the field as an assistant to the late Dr. William O. Butler in Karns and has served in a variety of positions over the years. He is working towards his Bachelors degree in Political Science and Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee, where he is currently a senior and working on his first scholarly publication in Religious Studies. In his free time Nik enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with his wife, Kayla, two children, Isabella and Marc, and their furry baby - the ninja kitty, Kai
Ashley Wilhite, Client Care Representative
Ashley graduated from Carter High School in 2004. She is a small town girl raised in Strawberry Plains, TN. Ashley now resides in Knoxville with her boyfriend Steve and her "spastic" white Boxer named Dexter. Ashley came to Village Vet in May of 2014 with several years of Customer Service experience. Aside from her love of working with animals, Ashley enjoys drag racing with her family, playing softball, going to the beach as much as possible, spending time with her two younger sisters Alexus and Whitney, and doing design projects.
Angelia McMillan, Client Care Representative
Angelia is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, where she spent her early career years working administrative positions in an office setting. She followed her passion and moved to Denver, Colorado to attend Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology, which was followed by several years working in the veterinary field. Angelia joined us in August 2014 after a short period working in the Customer Service industry. She shares her home with 7 cats, and when she's not working she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending UT football games and riding motorcycles.
Christine Cobble, Client Care Representative
Born in Germany and raised in Oak Ridge, Christine attended school for design and has spent the past 23 years in customer service. She joined our staff summer 2015 with a love of helping people and their pets. Christine and her husband Derek live in Knoxville with their 2 children, cat and dog. In her free time she enjoys cooking and design chalkboards and murals for local restaurants and homes.
Layla Moody, Client Care Representative
Layla joined our team in 2016. She is a proud native of East Tennessee who spent a decade experiencing other places around the country but soon returned home with many years of experience in the customer service industry. She is the proud mother of a son and a successful home-based entrepreneur who has sought to pursue her passions in the veterinary field. She enjoys spending time with her loved ones, reading, studying, learning, being creative, helping others and playing her saxophone.
Technical Support Staff
Marilou Jones, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Marilou moved from upstate New York and joined Village in February of 2010. She received her associated in biology from Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. She then attended Cedar Valley College in Texas and received her Veterinary Technology degree. Marilou has worked in the field for over 13 years and became a licensed technician in 2007. She lives with her husband George and two pugs, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, fishing and travel, Her favorite place to visit is anywhere near the ocean.
Ashley Lincoln, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Ashley, originally from New Jersey, moved south with her family as a teenager. She attended Central Carolina Community College, where she received her Associates Degree in Veterinary Medical Technology in 2010. Shortly after graduating she made Tennessee her home. Ashley joined VVMC in summer 2014. She comes to us with eight years of experience in the field, and has worked at several daytime practices and some in research animal medicine at Duke University. Ashley lives in Kingston with her boyfriend, Jack, and two boys, Landry and Hayden. Her family loves to watch movies, play games, run races, hike, swim, ride bikes, and pretty much do anything outside that allows for a little competition.
Chelsea Barnes Walker, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Originally from South Carolina, I have always wanted to work with animals. At first I wanted to become a veterinarian but soon realized that's not the route I needed to go. So I worked on becoming an veterinary assistant graduating with a certificate in 2010. Later in 2013, I graduated with my Associates in Veterinary Technology from Tri-county Technical College in South Carolina. The same year in August I transfered to Lincoln Memorial University to acquire my bachelor's which I received in 2015. I received my license in 2014 while I was working in emergency veterinary medicine for the past two years years before joining the VVMC team. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, listening to music, hiking with my two dogs Spike and Jack, and working out.
Bill Freeman, Licensed Veterinary Technician
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Mandy Lemonds, Veterinary Assistant
Mandy joined VVMC in October 2013, when she and her husband moved here from Winchester, TN. She has 9 years of experience as a veterinary assistant, and has worked in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Georgia, and Tennessee. She loves working with animals and couldn't imagine a more rewarding career. Mandy has three fuzzy children: a Golden Retreiver mix named Caesar, a Boxer mix named Hunter, and a Boston Terrier mix, Carlee (all rescues). When she's not here, she enjoys listening to music, playing at the dog park, and spending time with her family. She is excited to be in a new area, and looks forward to getting to know VVMC's extended family, and the city of Knoxville.
Natalie Branson, Veterinary Assistant
Natalie is originally from San Diego, California and moved to the Knoxville area in 2010. She joins our team April 2013 with several years experience as a veterinary assistant. She is currently a pre vet under grad student who hopes to one day be involved in a mixed animal practice and has a special interest in Equine Orthopedics. If school wasn't enough to keep her on her toes, her sweet blue brindle American Pitbull Terrier, Royce, certainly does. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, snow boarding, reading and spending time on the lake.
Jessica Hemphill, Veterinary Assistant
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Tierney McGregor, Veterinary Assistant
Tierney is originally from Rochester, New York and transplanted to the Knoxville area approximately ten years ago. She is a graduate of Farragut High School, earned a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and is currently attending the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She has two furbabies, Cassie and Kiyomi, and enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Aaron. In her free time, Tierney enjoys sleeping, spending time with friends and family, watching movies, and motorcycle riding or jeeping.
Jordan Vandewinckel, Veterinary Assistant
Jordan was born in Rochester, NY and has lived in Tennessee for over 10 years. She came to us in the Spring of 2016 with 2 years of in-depth experience in the veterinary field. She lives in Clinton with her boyfriend and their 2 cats, Biscuit and Elsie. Jordan absolutely loves working with animals and has a special interest in the medicinal aspect of veterinary life, aspiring to one day become a pharmaceutical engineer for humans and their furry companions alike! In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors as much as possible while reading, drawing, and painting.
Theresa Rose, Veterinary Assistant
Theresa grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Tennessee in 2008. Growing up, Theresa always had a passion for working with animals. After some online schooling and an externship at a Knoxville animal hospital - she became a certified veterinary assistant. Theresa stays busy with her husband Eric, and their two fur-babies: A chocolate lab/weimaraner mix named Roux and a Siamese mixed cat named Jack. On her spare time, Theresa enjoys cooking, spending time on the lake and having fun with her family.
Bonnie Wampold, Veterinary Assistant
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Alyssa Ford, Veterinary Assistant
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Courtney Littlefield, Veterinary Assistant
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Katelyn Samuels, Veterinary Assistant
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Sydney Edwards, Kennel Care Giver
Sydney is currently studying Animal Science at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with concentration in pre-Veterinary Medicine. She enjoys spending time with her furbabies, Neyland and Bentley, as well as, her Quarter horse, Sundown. When she is not studying or working she enjoys horseback riding and painting.
Ami Insley, Kennel Care Giver
Ami is an alum of the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She has a Bachelors in Animal Science and has worked with animals for the last ten years. She has lived in 8 states and enjoys traveling to new places. She likes to sing, play video games, and shoot archery. Her favorite thing to do is curl up with a good book and her cat for an evening of reading. She has been with Village since July of 2016.
Kearsten Huling, Kennel Care Giver
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Emily Williems, Kennel Care Giver
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Amber Bishop, Kennel Care Giver
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Sara Murdock, Kennel Care Giver
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Danielle Needles, Kennel Care Giver
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Ben Chenot, Kennel Care Giver
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“The entire staff truly cares about the health and quality of life of their client’s pets... and the awareness of the feelings of the pet owner. In this day of awful or non-existent “customer service,” this Clinic proves daily that care and compassion can come naturally. One could not ask for more... ”
—Judy, Vonore, TN
“From the greeting you receive opening the double doors into the bright airy reception, to the detailed, kind compassionate care given to every animal and their humans, you will feel as if you have come home to your pet’s family.”
“The caliber of the medical staff is exceptional. Even going beyond the education and the experience of the staff is their philosophy of superior patient care. The staff treats our pets as they would their own.”
“I have complete confidence in the judgment of the veterinarians. They have gotten to know me and my feelings are considered when treatment options are presented with the final decision being mine.”