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We Asked Our Staff Why They Worked at
Murphy Road Animal Hospital?
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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 three cats.
Dr. James T. Bolles was born and raised in Nashville. He received his BS in animal science from Middle Tennessee State University in 1988 and his veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee in 1993. We are so lucky that Dr. Bolles joined the staff of Murphy Road Animal Hospital in 2003. His special interests lie in canine and feline internal medicine and surgery. Dr. Bolles lives in Franklin with his dog Chester.
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. 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.
Rhonda Shinn MHA, DBA(ABD) is the Practice Manager and joined the Murphy Road staff in March 2014. She has over 15 years’ of veterinary experience as a Technician, Team Leader and Clinic Manager. Rhonda also has over 10 years’ experience in healthcare management as a Manager of Site Operations and a Practice Administrator. Rhonda received her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Strayer University; and is currently completing the dissertation for her Doctorate in Business Administration from NorthCentral University. Rhonda also holds certifications as a Registered Medical Assistant, a Licensed X-ray Operator and an OSHA Occupational Health and Safety Manager. Rhonda was born in Key West, Florida and grew up in Arkansas. She and her husband, Charlie, traveled extensively while he was on active duty in the Coast Guard and lived in several states including Alabama, California, Florida and New York. They moved to Tennessee in 2000 and currently live in Hendersonville with their cat Reagan. In her off time Rhonda enjoys spending time with Charlie, target shooting and driving her Jeep Wrangler.
Cindy Estes, is our Director of Purchasing and joined the Murphy Road staff in February, 2013. Cindy comes to us with twelve years of purchasing and inventory experience. She is excited to learn more about the veterinary field and to continue to uphold Murphy Road's high standard of excellent customer service through client interactions and special orders to better suit their pet's needs. Cindy is a member of the Next Level Purchasing Association. She has lived in Dickson, TN her whole life and shares her home with her husband and two children, Audra and Hayden. They have a Red Heeler named Chipper, a Blue Heeler named Lizzy, and an Australian Shepard named Dan. They also have two tri-color Rex rabbits named Bubba and Angel. In her free time, Cindy spends her time keeping up with her children's activities including softball, cross country running, skeet shooting, and raising rabbits.
Alexis Stewart , LVMT, B.S., is the Director of Nursing at Murphy Road and a native of Western New York. Additionally, Alexis has a LVT in New York State and a RVT in Alaska. She relocated to Nashville after marrying her college sweetheart Douglas in October 2008. As a proud Boilermaker, she completed her B.S. in veterinary technology at Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to transferring to Purdue, Alexis completed her Associates Degree at SUNY College of Technology at Alfred State. She has been working as a licensed technician since 2004, most recently in Pennsylvania. Alexis hopes to one day go back to school to teach at a technician program. In her free time, Alexis enjoys reading, playing soccer, and video games. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, Boston Terrier , Alara and Pug, Ruka.
Joel Williams is a native of Nashville and Director of the Boarding and Grooming department at Murphy Road. He joined the staff in 2001 as a pet caretaker in our kennel. In addition to his work at Murphy Road, Joel is also in the independent music business. He enjoys spending time with family and riding his motorcycle. He has two pit bulls, Destiny and Shine, as well as many fish.
Kayla Johnson is the Director of our adoption center, Love At First Sight! She is a native of Nashville, and came to Murphy Road in September of 2012. She shares her home with her husband, three dogs, Nook (a terrier/chow mix), Puss (a French Bulldog), and Tippy (an American Staffordshire/ American Bulldog mix whom she adopted from Love at First Sight), and two cats, Bugg (a Siamese) and Chessie (a Chimera). She is very passionate about animals and her favorite part of her job is finding puppies loving homes. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys photography, gardening, and cooking.
Kathleen Kelly McCormick , LVMT, B.A., has been working in the field of veterinary medicine since 1984. She grew up in Cape May, New Jersey on a small farm with horses, goats, dogs and cats. She attended college in Boston, where she joined the staff of Angell Memorial Animal Hospital for eight years and became supervisor of Nuclear Medicine/Radiology. Kathleen and her husband, Stephen moved to Nashville in 1999 so that Stephen could pursue his aspirations as a singer/songwriter. We were lucky enough to have her join our staff in January, 2007. The McCormicks share their home with multiple pets, including three dogs, Isaac, Jacob, and Dixie, as well as two cats, Obadiah and Paul. Kathleen also has a horse named Houston.
Brenda Branson moved to Tennessee in December 2009 and joined our team in May 2010. With eight years experience at a animal hospital in California, she is a great addition to our front desk staff. Her favorite part about her job is all the new pets she gets to meet. In her spare time, Brenda rides horses and enjoys traveling.
Tomechia Howse, A.A.S., grew up in Murfreesboro TN. She now lives in Nashville with her fiance and two sons. She joined our team in 2011 as one of the directors of first and lasting impressions. Before joining our reception team, she worked with adults with developmental disabilities. She has a A.A.S. in Fashion Design and Merchandising and spends her free time as a wardrobe stylist. She co-parents 2 pit bulls, 2 sharks, 3 eels, 1 pink kissing fish, 1 blood parrot, and a snake. She loves to meet new people and find ways to better your client service experience at Murphy Road.
Jessica K. (Bio coming soon!)
Sarah B. (Bio coming soon!)
Logan Varney is from Erin, Tennessee, a small town where he was raised before relocating to Nashville in 2011. He loves being a part of the Murphy Road team and meeting new people. Logan attends Austin Peay University and is studying software engineering. He is a lifetime pet lover and has a pet Rose Hair Tarantula named Spiderbert. Logan spends his free time playing video games, watching anime and reading manga.
Whitney Foxall, a Nashville native, is an enthusiastic new addition to our Boarding and Grooming department. Whitney will soon be starting classes at Nashville State, with the hopes of becoming a park ranger. Although she enjoys working with all animals she has a special place in her heart for our feline patients. In her free time Whitney enjoys spending time with her pit-mix Peace and her special kitty Mooneyes. Whitney looks forward to getting to know all of our clients and patients when they visit, and would like to thank you for taking the time to learn about our wonderful staff.
Vickie Harris, our fantastic Groomer, has been making pets look beautiful at Murphy Road Animal Hospital since 1980! She was born in Lebanon and grew up in Nashville in the area that is now Music Row. She now lives in the Hermitage/Old Hickory area. In her free time, Vickie enjoys camping, woodworking, horseback riding, fishing, getting together with friends, decorative painting and traveling, her favorite destination being Las Vegas! She shares her home with her 14 year old cat, Gabby, the Princess of the house who was adopted from Love at First Sight as a kitten.
Abby (Bio coming soon!)
Ashley (Bio coming soon!)