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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.

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.

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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