We Asked Our Staff Why They Worked at
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.
Dr. Benjamin Young, a native of Knoxville, TN, received his BA in Philosophy and History of Mathematics from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. His interest in veterinary medicine brought him back to Knoxville where he received his DVM from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining the staff at Murphy Road Animal Hospital, Dr. Young practiced small animal medicine in Hendersonville, TN. His special interests include internal medicine and dermatology. He is a member of the AVMA, TVMA, and AVMF. Dr. Young and his wife, Tara, share their home with their two dogs, Bailey and Stella. He enjoys camping and hiking.
Dr. Caitlyn Carroll Bear was born and raised on her family's horse farm in Northern Kentucky. Caitlyn's love of animals was obvious from an early age when she would bring home injured calves, rats, kittens, dogs, lightning bugs, and any others in need of help. She has competed in horse shows throughout her life and this passion led her to obtain a Bachelors of Science from College of Charleston, where she was a member of the Equestrian team. Dr. Bear continued to follow her love of animals to the University Of Tennessee College Of Veterinary Medicine where she recieved her doctorate. After graduation in 2007, Dr. Bear, decided to plant roots in Nashville. She has a special interest in Oncology. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and two other rescued fur children, Shrimp, and Ellie. Dr. Bear also enjoys gardening (especially roses), traveling to relaxing beaches, and SEC sports.
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 and a Blue Heeler named Lizzy. 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 activites including softball, cross country running, skeet shooting, and raising rabbits,
Cori Kresse joined the staff as Director of Adoption Services at Love at First Sight! Pet Adoption Center in May 2009. She loves to place puppies and kittens in happy homes. She is interested in dog training and has worked with pets her whole life, doing everything from doggie daycare to retail work. She also volunteered at Love at First Sight during high school. Her goal is to go back to school to be a paramedic. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the park, kayaking, canoeing, and swimming. Cori lives in Fairview, TN with her five dogs, Bach, a German Shepard, Izzy, an English Bulldog/Lab mix, Emma, a Chihuahua, and Moses, a Chihuahua.
Brooke Schwalbe, LVMT, B.S., was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois. She set her sights on Purdue University and becoming a veterinary technician from a very young age. She proudly graduated as a Boilermaker in December 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary technology. She worked as a Certified Vet Tech in Decatur, before moving to Nashville in 2012 and joining our team. In her spare time, Brooke enjoys watching baseball (Go Cubs!), volunteering at Crosspoint Community Church, and racing in triathlons. Brooke has two dogs, Gimpy and a special needs puppy, Charlie, who was adopted from Love at First Sight.
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.
Our Pet Nurses
Tara Allen, A.A.S.,moved here from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She graduated from Argosy University-Twin Cities in Minnesota with a veterinary technician degree. Tara shares her home with her husband Dana and her four pets, Juicy, Cookie, Lucky, and Captain. She enjoys going to the dog parks, catching live music and curling up with a good book.
Kate Goldin, B.S., is originally from Herndon, VA but has living in Nashville the past 5 years while attending Vanderbilt University. She is working towards a B.S. in Spanish as well as a B.S. in Biology. She hopes to one day attend veterinary school. Kate is very active in the community tutoring Hispanic families and volunteering as a coach for the Harpeth Youth Soccer Association. Besides playing and coaching soccer, she also enjoys going to the art studio, hanging out with friends, and is a violinist. She lives with her Lab/Shar Pei mix named Chopper, whom she adopted from Love at First Sight. He was a shy puppy but has since come out of his shell and has grown to be a 75lb lap dog!
Mary Ann Corley , B.S., came to Murphy Road with six years of veterinary experience and a B.S. from David Liscomb University. She is very passionate about animals and helping them any way that she can, with a special place in her heart for rodents and Miniature Schnauzers. In the veterinary field she has a special interest in surgery. Mary Ann lives with her husband, Edgar, and her three children, Jade, Edgar Allan and Mason. She volunteers at her children's school and for their soccer teams. She has a cat, Casper and four pet rats, Cinabon, Mew, Jiggly Puff, and Lillipup. She also has a Golden/Lab mix puppy named Vandy. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, music, playing the sax, and scrapbooking.
Lhiana McCurdy-Jackson, B.S., was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She moved to Tennessee in 2009, for better weather and opportunities. Lhiana, holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Animal and Nutritional Science from West Virginia University. She is fluent in American Sign Language. She hopes to one day work with exotic animals. She currently resides in Antioch, with a Calico cat named Reesie. When not at work, Lhiana enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the movies, watching TV, and bowling.
Zach Dean, EMT-IV, B.S., grew up in LaVergne, TN and graduated in 2004. He studied at UT Martin, for 2 years and transferred to MTSU where he graduated with Bachelor of Animal Science. Zach, also played baseball at both UT Martin and MTSU. Zach is full time firefighter/EMT-IV for the city of Hendersonville. Zach loves spending time outdoors and enjoys wakeboarding, snowboarding, boating, hiking, and rock-climbing. He shares his home in the Sylvan Park area with Bewski, a Chocolate Lab and Rose, a Yellow Lab.
Mary Perkins, B.A., lived in Kenya, Africa until 2004, when she moved to Jackson, TN to attend Union University. While earning a B.A. in English and Sociology Mary applied her lifelong love for animals at pet stores, and found her true desire after college was to continue helping and caring for animals of all kinds. She started working at Murphy Road in June of 2012 and loves working with all kinds of animals. She shares a home with her four lovely cats, Amir, Killian, Bacchus and Kohshkah. She also has a Vietnamese Beauty Rat Snake named Caligula and a Ball Python named Athena. Her newest fur baby is a dog named Ivan, adopted from Love at First Sight. Mary can speak Swahilli and in her spare time enjoys reading novels and eating at Ethiopian restaurants.
Taylor Fulks, was born and raised in Knoxville. After living in Flordia for eight years, she moved to Nashville. She worked at an animal shelter for 7 months prior to working at Murphy Road. She is currently working towards her Associates of Science degree through online courses. She knew she wanted to work with animals from a very young age. In her spare time Taylor enjoys playing soccer, gourmet cooking, spending time with her young cousins and watching TV shows Revenge and Grey's Anatomy. She has a Jack Russell mix named Riley who "thinks he's a human."
Joanne Beretsky is likely to be the first smiling face that you see when you enter Murphy Road Animal Hospital. Joanne moved to Nashville via Myrtle Beach and Charleston, S.C. She has 27 years of veterinary experience and has been our Client Services Specialist since 1993. In her free time, she loves spending time with her five grandchildren and gardening. She also volunteers with Children's Ministry at her church. Joanne lives with two Aquatic African frogs and two 14 year-old cats adopted from Love at First Sight as kittens.
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.
Amber Cooper, A.A.S., grew up here in Nashville,TN. She has her Associates Degree in Applied Science, Limited Scope X-Ray. She would like to advance in the veterinary field as a veterinary technician. Her hobbies include, reading, running, and spending time with her family. She loves animals and has always had pets.
Vanessa Barbee, B.S., is orginally from Lakeland, Flordia but has been calling Nashville her home since 2006. She attended Belmont University where she recieved a Bachelor of Music degree, with an emphasis on the French horn with a minor in music business. Currently, she is assistant French horn for the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra. Before joining our staff, she worked as a guest English teach at a public elementary school in Daejeon, South Korea. She has gone backpacking in South East Asia through Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Bali, Indonesia. When not at work, Vanessa loves to go camping, attend live concerts and events (Bonnaroo!), playing music, and going on road trips. She is also a hoop dancer, making hula hoops and spinning LED hoops at live shows. As a receptionist, she loves to make sure pet owners have a great experience and seeing all the wagging tails. She has a black pet bunny named Toki which is Korean for "rabbit."
Megan Brodbine joined MRAH in April, 2007 with two years experience in veterinary medicine. Her love and compassion for animals is evident both at work and in her spare time. Megan co-founded Nashville Cat Rescue and is a member of the Board of Directors. Since it's start, the Nashville Cat Rescue has placed over 3,700 cats in homes that were strays or in danger of euthanasia. Megan is married and also shares her home with her cats Eve, Blue, and Danny, two of which have special needs.
Our Pet Caretakers
Ginny Carpenter, B.A., joined our family in the spring of 2011 as an Animal Caretaker. Ginny hails from Illinois, across the mighty Mississippi River from St. Louis. She holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in both Photography, with English Literature as a secondary major, from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She loves working with animals and has a soft spot for "caution" pets. While not taking care of your pets, Ginny spends her time as a board member for the Nashville Community Darkroom. She also enjoys reading, baking, and black coffee. She has an orange tabby cat named Millie, who was rescued from a trailer park in the winter of 2009 as one of the only survivers of her litter. She also has a mixed breed dog named Jack (named after Jack Kerouac), who was adopted from the Souther Alliance for People and Animal Welfare.
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.
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.
Love At First Sight!
Casey Wagner volunteered at Love at First Sight! Pet Adoption Center from 2009 until the fall of 2011. In the fall of 2011 she became a part time adoption specialist. Casey hopes to one day become a veterinarian technician. In her free time Casey enjoys spending time with her two daughters, husband, and their German Shepherd.
Kayla Rayburn is a native of Nashville. She came to Murphy Road in September of 2012 and works in both the kennel and Love at First Sight. 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.
Tom Whall, B.A. comes to us from Washington D.C. and has been living in Nashville for two years. He earned a B.A. in Music from the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory near Cleveland, Ohio. He has seven years experience in the field and loves playing matchmaker for puppies looking for their forever home! Tom is just as passionate about animals as he is his music. He enjoys writing and playing music around Nashville and is multi-instrumental, playing guitar, drums, and vocals. (www.tomwhall.com)
Keith Cameron, was born in Columbus, Georgia and has been living in Nashville since 1990. He has been working in animal care since 2002 and loves discovering each animal's own personality and quirks. He would one day like to become an accountant for small veterinary clinics and grooming salons. He enjoys Jiujitsu and Isshinryu Karate, and won first place Forms Champion at the National Karate Association in 2005. He shares his Nashville home with his wife and young daughter, Adeline.