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Dr. I Craig Prior was born and raised in Australia, growing up in Southeast Queensland, and graduated from the University of Queensland in Brisbane in 1984. In 1982 Dr Prior took a gap year from University, and was one of 24 persons choosen Australia-wide to represent Australia at the World's Fair in Knoxville, TN. It was at the World's Fair that he met his wife, Cindy, a Nashville native who was studying Nursing at the University of Tennessee. Dr Prior joined the staff of Murphy Road Animal Hospital in 1986. His special interests lie in small animal medicine and surgery, and improving the quality of his patient's lives through pain management. Dr. Prior is a member of the AVMA, and the TVMA.
Our media star, Dr. Prior has been a regular guest on Channel 5's Talk of the Town for over 15 years, as well as a featured contributor on the Home and Garden Network, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and Dog Fancy. He has also been seen on FoxNews "Fox & Friends". Dr, Prior also shares his experience with other veterinarians through speaking engagements throughout the country. In 2010 he was elected to the American Society of Veterinary Journalists as a Certified Veterinary Journalist (C.V.J.), and in 2011 became a Board Member of the Companion Animal Paraiste Council, a non-profit whose mission is to foster animal and human health, while preserving the human-animal bond, through recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of parasitic infections. Dr. Prior and Cindy live in Brentwood and are now empty nesters. They have two children, Elle who graduated from Belmont University with degrees in Business Management and Marketing and Bryce, who is studying Aerospace Engineering at Purdue. Their menagerie of pets have included Penny (now deceased), a Boston Terrier who was rescued from a puppy-mill transport truck that broke down on the side of the interstate in 2000; Moo, a wonderful mixed breed pup from Love At First Sight; cats Q-Man-II and Bucky (also from Love At First Sight), and over the years various guinea pigs and of course Sassy, the pet chicken.
Dr. Bruce Graves grew up in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Fortunately Dr. Bruce chose Murphy Road as his place to demonstrate his passion for his profession. His special interests include canine and feline medicine and surgery, small animal endocrinology, and ophthalmology. During his off time, Dr. Graves enjoys scuba diving, water skiing, and UT and Titans football. He shares his home with his partner and has two chocolate labs, Courdaroy and Lilly.
Dr. Leighton Bell has spent most of his life in Nashville. After receiving a BA degree from Vanderbilt University, he spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa. His decision to pursue a career in veterinary medicine led him to Middle Tennessee State University and then to Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he completed his degree in 1996. Since graduation, he has been on the staff of Murphy Road Animal Hospital. How great for us! Dr. Bell and his wife, Mary, have three children and, at last count, five dogs and five cats.
Dr. Amanda Cassetty was born and raised in Whitleyville, Tennessee, just northwest of Cookeville. She completed her pre-veterinary studies while attending Tennessee Technological University and received her veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee in 2004. For two years Dr. Cassetty practiced in a high quality small animal hospital in Nolensville. In 2006, to our good fortune, she decided to join our professional staff. Her special interests include radiology and ultrasound. In her spare time, Dr. Cassetty is active in her church's youth and outreach programs She shares her home in the Franklin area with her loyal feline companion, Sophie, and her dog, Mister.
Dr. Page Redden was born and raised in Montgomery, AL. She received her BS in Animal Sciences from Auburn University and then completed her DVM at Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. After graduation, Dr. Redden completed a year long rotating small animal internship at Nashville Veterinary Specialists and Animal Emergency. Dr. Redden joined our staff in 2014 and her special interests include Internal Medicine and Neurology. In her spare time Dr. Redden enjoys anything involving the outdoors, especially anything on the water, as well as watching college football! She also love spending time with her four-legged children Huckleberry (Border Collie) and two cats, Grayson and Olive.
Dr. Beth Anne Frost was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Public Health at the University of Florida. (Go Gators!) She moved to Nashville to complete a fellowship in applied epidemiology at the Tennessee Department of Health. It was then she realized her love for veterinary medicine. She completed her veterinary education at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Dr. Frost’s special interests include ophthalmology and surgery. Her favorite activities include rousing discussions over SEC football, weekends at the lake and anything involving her French bulldog, Dylan.
Dr. Christine Widmann joined our staff in November 2015 and we are incredibly happy to have her on our team!! Dr. Widmann is a Buckeye at heart and completed both her undergrad and veterinary education at Ohio State University. In three years she earned her bachelor’s degree with Honors and Research Distinction in Animal Science with a minor in Life Sciences. She attended Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine and was Vice President of the six professional colleges at the University. Dr. Widmann's special veterinary interest include soft tissue surgery and puppy development. Dr. Widmann moved to Nashville in 2015 and has spent the last year adventuring and seeing all that Tennessee has to offer. For fun, Dr. Widmann loves anything outdoors especially hiking and kayaking. When she isn't caring for Murphy Road patients, Dr. Widmann enjoys kicking back with her dog Rhett (Golden Retriever mix) while watching her Ohio State Buckeyes play football.