Southwind Animal Hospital

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Our Staff

Becka Harris

Becka Harris

Becka was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She attended the University of Tennessee and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a focus in Veterinary Medicine. She is currently enrolled in a distance learning program at Purdue University to complete her veterinary technician degree and plans to apply her knowledge and expertise to benefit the patients at Southwind Animal Hospital.

Becka resides with her husband Craig, daughter Aubrey and son Caleb. They have one rambunctious dog, Burnie, and a cat named Fonzi.

Miranda Emert

Miranda Emert

Miranda was born in Maryville and graduated from William Blount High School in 2014.  She has two quarter horses and 3 dogs. She was recently married in October 2019. She enjoys spending time with her husband in the mountains hiking.  Miranda enjoys working with animals and has found a great home at Southwind Animal Hospital as a veterinary receptionist.

Ashley Caughron

Ashley Caughron

Ashley started as a volunteer at Southwind Animal Hospital while in high school. After graduating in 2017, she joined our team full time. Ashley enjoys photography, wildlife and playing with her cat, Smokey.

Jennifer Ratledge

Jennifer Ratledge

Jennifer is currently in the Veterinary Technician program at Penn Foster College. She is expected to graduate in 2021.  She has been in this field for 7 years.  She is married to her husband Dave and lives in Maryville.  She has a dog and a cat and many, many fish. One of Jennifer’s greatest achievements is having completed an ultra-marathon (50 miles!!!), and she keeps on running.

Mary Hilbert

Mary Hilbert

Mary is one of the first smiling faces you see when you come in the door. Her favorite part about working here is interacting with her coworkers and greeting everyone’s pets. Mary is married and has two children who she homeschools. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, photography, and snuggling with her dog, Apollo.

Amy Daniels

Amy Daniels

Amy grew up in Maryville and now lives in Knoxville. She has a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Tennessee. After exploring many career options, she has found her passion working with animals. In addition to working at Southwind Animal Hospital, Amy volunteers with horses at Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding. She enjoys music, biking and snuggling with her chocolate lab.

Jaime Deck

Jaime Deck

Jaime was born and raised in Illinois, but currently resides in Tennessee where she has always wanted to live. She loves visiting Cades Cove with her pets and family and boating on the local lakes. Jaime works full time as a business analyst for a medical billing company and works with us on the weekends and any other moment she can spare.

Kelly Ortagus

Kelly Ortagus

Kelly is currently pursuing her degree through Penn Foster’s Veterinary Technician program and hopes to one day also become a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager. She is passionate about animal health care and especially loves German Shepherd Dogs. Outside of work, Kelly spends much of her time boating on the lake with her animals.

Robin Brunner

Robin Brunner

Robin has dedicated her life to the care of animals through her work with multiple rescue groups and animal shelters. In addition to her dog and cat, she loves to foster kittens. She is originally from Colorado but enjoys the hiking and camping in the nearby Smoky Mountains.

Sarah Price

Sarah Price

Sarah began as one of our volunteers from Heritage High School. She is currently enrolled in Walter State Community College and plans to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine. She is a proud alumnus of the Heritage Future Farmers of America and is pursuing her American Degree. She has two dogs named Bear and Roxie.

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