Meet our Veterinary Staff

Our Veterinarians

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

Kristi R Lively, DVM, ABVP 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

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

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 Daker, DVM

Catherine Moe, DVM

Dr. Catherine Daker 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. Daker 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. Daker 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

Dr. Laura Sharbel grew up in Knoxville and graduated from Colby College in Waterville, ME in 2004 with a BA in Environmental Studies. Laura worked for Village as a veterinary assistant for 4 years before attending the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated in 2015 and was co-president of her class. Dr. Sharbel has a special interest in internal medicine, surgery and ophthalmology. She lives in Maryville with her husband John and their three young boys, Atticus, Wyatt and Logan. They also have a sweet border collie mix, Huckleberry. Laura enjoys hiking, camping and spending time with her family.

Allison Smith, DVM

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

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).

Shalein Bonney, DVM

Shalein Bonney, D.V.M. is an owner and founder of Cheshire Great Danes. Shalein acquired her first black Great Dane,“Cleo”, in 1984, pictured. HIT Cheshire’s Cleopatra V. Aztec, CDX, HOF, was inducted into the Great Dane Hall of Fame for earning multiple High in Trials (HIT) and an all time high score in obedience. After spending several years in obedience, Shalein decided that she could positively impact the Great Dane more by focusing on her breeding program and by showing in conformation. Cheshire’s foundation bitch, Ch. RRB’S Winning Colors, “Diva”, was the top brood bitch in 1997, and Ch. Longo’s More Than A Chance, “Chanceler”, foundation stud dog, won Best Opposite and Best Junior dog at the 1995 GDCA National Specialty. Diva and Chanceler produced Top 20 contender BISS Am/Can. Ch. Cheshire’s Tailor Made v. Longo, “Tailor”. Since Tailor, several other top winning Danes have been produced by Cheshire Great Danes.

Shalein took her dedication of the betterment of Great Danes beyond breeding and showing when she graduated with a doctorate degree from Colorado State University in veterinary medicine. While in veterinary school she placed a strong emphasis on genetics and reproduction and was awarded three AKC scholarships for her Great Dane genetics research. After graduation, she began practicing small animal medicine with a special interest in canine reproduction. Today, you can find her practicing at Village Veterinarian Medical Center in eastern Tennessee. Shalein is currently studying to become board certified in reproduction and has been accepted into The Mentorship Program of the American College of Theriogenologists.

Thomas Chen, DVM, MS, DACVO

Bio coming soon!

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

Mili Bass, 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

Management Team

Lynn Nard, Assistant Manager, Veterinary Assistant

Lynn Nard, 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.

Client Relations

Nikolas De Mori, Client Care Supervisor

Nikolas De Mori, Client Care Representative

Playing hopscotch around the world, Nik moved to the East Tennessee area approximately ten years ago after growing up in the Catholic Church. He came to us with lots of experience in customer service ranging from event planning to outreach programs and currently heads up Village’s outreach programs. He currently calls Oak Ridge home with his wife, Kayla and two children, Marc and Bella, as well as a furry ninja known as Kai. When he isn’t working he enjoys spending time working on DIY projects, scrolling through Pinterest, writing and reading. If you ever attend a pet-friendly event drop by the Village Vet booth and you’re sure to find him and our other event guru, Christine, handing out goodies and talking about veterinary healthcare.

Ashley Wilhite, Client Care Representative

Ashley Wilhite, Client Care Representative

Born in Florida, Ashley moved to Strawberry Plains with her family many years ago. She now calls Corryton home with her boyfriend, Steve and their furbabies, Dexter and Lumen – the double- trouble Boxers. She has many years of experience in the customer service field ranging from hospitality to retail. When she is not working the front desk at Village, Ashley enjoys drag racing, playing with her niece, crafting and napping!

Angelia McMillan, Client Care Representative

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 Palmer, Client Care Representative

Born in West Germany but raised locally in Oak Ridge, Christine has worked in the customer service industry since she was a teenager with many years of experience in hospitality and management. She also has a degree in graphic design and spends some of her free time as a freelance chalk artist (you can see her work at the Annual Chalk Walk and she’s painted several storm drains at local libraries with the Knox County outreach programs!) Christine is a confessed Pinterest addict and enjoys her beach vacations at Hilton Head. If you ever attend a pet-friendly event look for the Village Vet booth and you are sure to find Christine waving, smiling and talking.

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.

Arie Rice, Client Care Representative

An East Tennessee native, Arie moved from Maynardville to Knoxville approximately a year ago. She comes to Village with several years of experience in both the veterinary and human medical fields. In her time away from Village, Arie works with a volunteer fire fighting crew, is a Certified Advanced EMT and is looking to advance her education in business and marketing. At home, Arie has three kitties; Dani (the house troll), Arya and Tucker, alongside her boyfriend, Joe. She loves playing the acoustic guitar and vintage modeling.

Technical Support Staff

Marilou Jones, Licensed Veterinary Technician

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 Lincoln, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Ashley comes to us from Little Falls, New Jersey but now calls Kingston home with her boyfriend, Jack and children: Abby, Landry and Hayden. She graduated from Central Carolina Community College with a degree in Veterinary Medical Technology. At Village, you are most likely to see her as one of our surgical nurses or in the reproduction department. In her downtime, Ashley loves to be outdoors and enjoys hiking, swimming and biking.

Chelsea Barnes Walker, Licensed Veterinary Technician

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

Coming to us from North New Jersey, Bill brings a wealth of experience with him. He started in animal rescue when he was thirteen and then moved to private practice at sixteen. He has earned degrees in veterinary medical technology and practice management. Bill has served as a clinical instructor and coordinator of clinical activities in several education programs around the South. He is also the Head Nurse of ER & ICU patients at the Animal Emergency and Specialty Center when he is not here with us at Village. In his spare time, Bill volunteers with Remote Area Medical and enjoys attending veterinary conferences around the country.

Megan Broadrick, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Megan is another one of our Music City transplants shrugging off the Opry for the Foothills! She comes to our area with her husband, Carson who is currently studying history and education. Megan earned her Bachelors of Science from WKU in 2017 with hopes of going to vet school soon! She has been an LVT since 2013 and brings a lot of experience and passion to the Village team. When she is not at work or studying, Megan loves to spend time with her husband and their two furbabies, Tootsie the Dachshund mix and Bruno the kitty. They like to spend time outdoors or snuggled up watching Netflix.

Jessica Hemphill, Veterinary Assistant

With over a decade worth of experience, Jessica is originally a Memphis native but moved to Knoxville approximately four years ago. She has an affinity for exotics and has a home full of furbabies. She has Bartow the Horse, the kitty trio (Remi, Cricket and Crookshanks), Hugo the Dog and Rupert the Rabbit. When she is not at Village she enjoys reading, horseback ridge, camping and kayaking with Hugo!

Tierney McGregor, Veterinary Assistant

Bouncing around the country, Tierney decided to call East Tennessee home approximately ten years ago. She and her fiancée, Aaron, are parents to Kiyomi the Cattle Dog mix and Luna the Lab mix. Tierney joined our team approximately two years ago and has a Bachelor’s in Psychology. When she is not working, Tierney like to go camping and hiking, spend time with Aaron and her furbabies plus takes her role as a nap connoisseur very seriously.

Theresa Rose, Veterinary Assistant

Theresa Rose, Kennel Care Giver

From Brocktown, Massachusetts, Theresa moved to East Tennessee in July 2008 and joined our team several years ago. She enjoys spending time with her furbabies, Roux, the Lab mix and Jack the cat. She is a certified veterinary assistant that plays several roles in the hospital. In her downtime, Theresa enjoys spending time by the pool or on Norris lake with her husband, Eric.

Bonnie Wampold, Veterinary Assistant

Our resident West Coaster, Bonnie was born in Seattle and then moved to Cali before deciding to come to Vol country in 2017 (a move she doesn’t regret at all!) She currently is mommy to a special little Chihuahua, Chicken Noodle. Bonnie comes to Village with multiple years of experience in emergency and general practices. When she is not working (or playing with Chicken Noodle) she enjoys hiking and working on DIY projects!

Courtney Littlefield, Veterinary Assistant

A transplant from Greensboro, North Carolina, Courtney made the drive over the Smokies in October of 2016 and didn’t look back! She is mommy to Sydney, a Boxer mix, and Schmeow, a kitty that decided she liked Courtney enough to make Tennessee her fur-ever home. Coming from the emergency and critical care field of veterinary medicine, Courtney has five-plus years of experience that she brings with her to Village. She is a certified veterinary assistant and is currently working on her technical degree through San Juan college. In her downtime, Courtney loves to go hiking with Sydney and mountain biking.

Katelyn Samuels, Veterinary Assistant

Katelyn was born in Michigan, but most of her life has been in Tennessee. Katelyn is currently undecided on the next career path for veterinary medicine. She enjoys dermatology as well as the reproduction side of our practice. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family, camping, being on the lake and playing her 3 dogs: Apollo, Gunner, and Blaze. Katelyn joined Village Vet in July of 2017.

Gabriella Pio, Veterinary Assistant

Gabby came to us from Pennsylvania in August of 2017. She and her boyfriend, Corey, have a bouncing bundle of fur who is nine years young and called Gypsy. Gabby comes to Village with several years of technician experience and a graduate of the veterinary technician program at Manor College in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. When she is not at work she loves to go boating with friends, binge watching Netflix series, playing sand volley ball and exploring new bars and restaurants in K-Town with Corey.

Blake Brooks, Veterinary Assistant

Blake is an East Tennessee native who came to Village with several years of veterinary experience. He and his partner, Joey, enjoy spending time with their happy hoard of furbabies which includes two dogs, Keva and Rowan, and two kitties, Gus and Stevie. When he is not tangoing with the crew he enjoys painting and is a die-hard music addict, playing saxophone and piano.

Megan Burnett, Veterinary Assistant

A recent transplant from the Sunshine State, Megan moved from Jacksonville to Knoxville in 2017. She comes to us with a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Biomedical Science and a Master of Science with a concentration in Veterinary Medicine. When she is not at Village she loves to spend time with her boyfriend, Wesley and her furbabies; Nova and Hailie the Pups and Mr. Pickle Pants the Hedgehog. Megan also enjoys exploring the area, hiking and boating.

Kearsten Huling, Kennel Technician

A Farragut native, Kearsten joined the Camp Village team in early 2017 and has made herself at home being the camp counselor to our extended furbaby family! At home, she has two kitties of her own, Luci and Charcoal. Kearsten came to us with an Associates of Science and a love for animals. When she is not leading camp activities and helping the furbabies write home, Kearsten loves to go hiking and exploring or, if her kitties deem it necessary, she likes to cuddle up with them and catch up on the latest Netflx releases.

Sara Murdock, Kennel Technician

Originally from Beaumont, Texas, Sara moved to East Tennessee when she was five and now lives with her furbaby, Oliver the Mischievous Kitty! Sara comes to the Village team with several experience and is one of our camp counselors at Camp VVMC. When she is not leading the furbabies in campfire songs she likes to go hiking, fishing and all-around adventuring in the area or she’s ankle deep in her Criminology studies (or Netflix).

Morrigan Hess, Kennel Technician

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Morrigan moved to Knoxville in June of 2018 and joined our kennel staff shortly thereafter. She is currently a biology major at U.T. and volunteers with the Best Friends Animal Society: Kitten Nursery. When she is not a camp counselor at Village Vet, Morrigan enjoys volunteering at local human emergency rooms and hiking in the Smoky Mountains. She currently has three furbabies at home: Kaja and Lily the Kitties and Trinity the Puggle!

Emily Willems, Kennel Technician

A self-proclaimed coffee addict, Emily moved to East Tennessee approximately six years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is currently attending Tennessee Tech in Cookeville and working towards a degree in Biology with a concentration in Zoology. When she is not at Village or knee-deep in her studies, Emily enjoys the company of her betta fish, Fred, swing dancing, running, hiking and playing her ukulele.

“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.”

—Linda Willard

“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.”

—Gerry Wright

“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.”

—Nancy Tennison