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Southwind Animal Hospital

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Our Team

Our Doctors

Deborah Hicks, DVM

Deborah Hicks, DVM

Dr. Deborah Hicks is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, but has called Knoxville her home since 1997. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tennessee in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in May 2003 and is a 2008 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her graduation, Deborah completed a one-year rotating surgical and medical internship at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, New Jersey. She has been practicing and advancing her veterinary career in Maryville, Tennessee since late 2009.

Deborah is the mother to two crazy, alien offspring: Caroline and Jack. She is also the wife of an even crazier daredevil, superhero, Dr. David A. Hicks. He somehow managed to get two doctorates, but that doesn’t change him from living like his childhood self and trying to create a master plan for faster acceleration and making the tallest ​handmade toys.

The Hicks family has four sweet fur babies of their own but carry a long list of special animals that have touched their lives throughout the years. As a family, they are not afraid to go anywhere as long as they can explore the outdoors with a magnifying glass, have bicycles and a bug box on hand, hear excellent music and surround themselves with good company. Deborah looks forward to meeting established and new clients at Southwind Animal Hospital. She hopes to create lifelong relationships and will enjoy the special opportunity to care for and befriend your beloved pets.

Lauren Zachary, DVM

Lauren Zachary, DVM

Dr. Lauren Zachary was born and raised in Southern California, where she began her hobbies of swimming and snowboarding. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of California, Irvine before moving to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, where she obtained her doctorate degree in 2012. She fell in love with the culture and community of East Tennessee and decided to make this her home. She still visits Southern California often and enjoys the beaches and warm weather. Dr. Zachary is married with one child and several fur babies. She has been working in the Maryville area since 2013 keeping our local pets happy and healthy. She is very excited to be a part of the Southwind Animal Hospital team and to continue the excellent care provided to our clients and their pets.

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.

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.

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 has worked in the veterinary field for 8 years. In that time she has worked in general practice, referral, and emergency medicine and is very passionate about animal healthcare. She is currently enrolled in Penn Foster’s Certified Veterinary Practice Management Program and is working outward her certification. Outside of work she loves to spend time with her family and pets and spends much time boating and camping at the family camper.

Sarah Price

Sarah Price

Sarah began as one of our volunteers from Heritage High School. She is currently enrolled at the University of Tennessee where she is majoring in Animal Science. She is a proud alumnus of the Heritage Future Farmers of America and received her American Degree at the National FFA convention. She has two dogs named Bear and Chester and a cat named Mouser.

Isis Gomez

Isis Gomez

Isis Gomez, a Colorado Native at heart, decided to venture out and start her life near the great smoky mountains a few years ago and never looked back! She has always worked in customer service, and found herself working as a receptionist wanting to dabble in the life of a veterinary technician here at Southwind Animal Hospital! She loves the work she does and loves helping all of our clients, especially the ones with paws. She grew up with little critters running all around, and currently has a four-legged best friend named Sunny, who she aims to give the world too. She’s someone who knows how much our pets truly mean to us. Isis always has a smile on her face and proceeds to take excellent care of everyone she can, and would love to help you with your next appointment at Southwind Animal Hospital!

Jamie Pennington

Jamie Pennington

Jamie was born in a small town in Ontario, Canada and has lived in Indiana, Arizona, and Tennessee. She now lives in Knoxville and received her bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee. She is currently in the Veterinary Technician program at Penn Foster College. Jamie is married to her partner DJ and together they have three cats (Goose, Kiwi, and Clover) and their dog Pennie. She enjoys travelling, reading, and spending time with her pets.

Rachael Hamilton

Rachael Hamilton

Bio coming soon.

Sandy Rapey

Sandy Rapey

Sandy, her husband and their dogs moved to Maryville, TN from Wisconsin in 2020. Sandy enjoys competing with her dogs in agility, barn hunt and nose work. Their family currently consists of an Australian Shepherd and 3 Border Collies.

Makayla Strickland

Makayla Strickland

Makayla was born in Maryland and moved to Tennessee when she was in the 3rd grade. She has been working in the vet field since 2016. She loves doing anything outdoors, going to church, and spending time with her family, friends, and her dogs Daisy and Ranger.

Megan Lambert

Megan Lambert

Megan was born and raised in Memphis and now lives in Knoxville, TN. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at The University of Tennessee and is planning to pursue a career as a veterinarian. Her and her boyfriend Thomas have a dog named Lucky who joins them on all of their adventures.

Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson

Ashley was born and raised in Jax Beach, Fl. She moved to Maryville at the beginning of this year and is currently working on earning her bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science through UT. In her spare time she enjoys going to the Great Smoky Mountains park to hike and take pictures. She loves photography, spending time with her horse, and playing with her sweet lab, Zoe.

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