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Robert Nix  grew up in south Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. He and his wife, a veterinarian in Johnson City, live in Jonesborough. They are both fond of cats and have two cats, Jumbo (pictured) and Liesel.




Wayne Lilly was raised in southern West Virginia on a beef cattle farm.  He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988.  After graduation he practiced mixed animal medicine for six years and has since practiced small animal medicine.  He has a special interest in dentistry and surgery.  He has assisted licensed wildlife rehabilitators for over 25 years by providing medical care to sick and injured wildlife.  He and his wife have two children and 3 grandchildren.  He enjoys spending time with his family, being involved with his church, gardening and beekeeping. We are thrilled to have Dr Lilly on board providing surgical and dental services!

Melanie was born and raised in Hawkins County. She attends Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with her husband, Kevin, where they have been Sunday school teachers and assistant youth leaders. Her heart and soul is her husband and children; Trevor (25), Keaton (21) and Kaylee (21). She has had a love and a passion for all animals since she was a little girl. She has a Yorkshire Terrier, Jazzie and cat named Jerry. She enjoys spending time with her family camping, cooking, fishing, traveling and collecting antiques. Dog and Cat Depot is thrilled to have her on the team as a Customer Support Specialist.

Kevin joined the Dog and Cat Depot Team in May of 2023. In addition to giving the outside of the building a fresh look with a new paint job, he will be helping with ongoing property maintenance as well as assisting in the clinic as a Veterinary Assistant. He enjoys fishing, gardening, enjoying the outdoors in general and hanging out with his family which currently includes 6 dogs, 11 cats, 2 rabbits, 1 lizard and 1 goldfish. Kevin moved to Tennessee from North Carolina eight years ago. 

Buddy has taken up permanent residence at the vet clinic as not only the clinic cat, but is considered our security for the building, so watch out!! He receives love from the staff every day and the ongoing medical treatment his asthma requires.

Jaidynn joined the Dog and Cat Depot team in May of 2023. She recently moved from Florida to Tennessee and she has completed one year of the Veterinary Technician Program through Penn Foster. She has had several animals over the years including 3 Bearded Dragons, 3 cats and a Ball Python. She spends her free time doing makeup artistry, drawing, and spending time with her family. We are thrilled to have her on our team and to work with her in completing her Veterinary Technician training.

Annaica joined our team in 2021. She moved to Tennessee from Virginia to further her education and pursue a career in the veterinary field. She enjoys fishing and spending time with family and friends during her free time. She is a welcome addition to the team!

Karrigan moved to Rogersville in 2022 to join our team. She is enjoying learning the trade, and enjoys helping people take care of and help their fuzzy family members. In her down time she takes Krav McGraw self defense classes, enjoys hiking, horseback riding, and working with many different animals. 


Courtney is a Licensed Veterinary Technician that graduated from Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Allied Health Science Program with a degree in Veterinary Medical Technology in 2022. She works full time as a Surgery Technician for the Small Animal Team at LMU. We are thrilled to have her spend some weekends and holidays at the Dog and Cat Depot in appointments and surgeries. She grew up in Greeneville, TN and is a third generation cattle farmer.  In her free time she likes to sleep, shop and watch Bull Riding. She has Milo, a Rottie/Hound mix (her favorite son) and Thomas, a Domestic Rabbit that she rescued from the outdoors. 


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Ashton graduated from the Lincoln Memorial University Veterinary Medical Technology program in 2021 and is a TN licensed veterinary technician. She also holds a degree in Animal Science. You will see her working in our exam rooms as well as being a part of our surgical team.




Monique joined our team February 2024. She was born in North Caroline, but raised in Hawkins County. She attended Northeast State where she obtained her certificate as a Veterinary Assistant and is interested in pursuing higher education in the Veterinary field. She has always had love and a soft spot for animals. In her free time, she enjoys fishing, enjoying the outdoors in general, reading, music and spending time with her two children, Alexis (14) and Hunter (11), and family. 




After working for 50 years in the "human" medical field and not ready to be a lady of leisure, we are thrilled to have Tilhinha join our team in 2024! She has always loved animals and as of her hire date has one cat, Notcho. She is originally from Islands called the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean and came to the states at the age of 2. She married a local boy in 1995. Tilhinha has lived many places, but the bulk of her time has been in California. She has lived in Rogersville during several different time frames and has decided to make it her last stop before retirement. The most exotic animal that she has had the privilege to care for was a fawn whose mother was killed on the highway. She cared briefly for "Bucky" before taking her to a wildlife rescue to be released into protected land to live out her days. 

Gerald Blackburn was raised on a small farm near Nashville.He graduated with honors from Auburn University in 1978 with his DVM degree. He has practiced in Tennessee his entire career with an emphasis on small animal medicine and surgery.

Kevin is a woodworker by trade, which was a tremendous help during renovation of the clinic, which he oversaw. He enjoys horseback riding, to include Civil War reenacting with the Cavalry. An avid outdoors-man, he takes full advantage of beautiful East Tennessee where he has resided for all of his adult life.



Chelsie moved to Rogersville with her two children ten years ago from a small town in southern central Kentucky where she served as a part time puppy trainer. She was a long time General Manager at a local business in Rogersville before joining Dog and Cat Depot as a Veterinary Assistant in May of 2019. She has enjoyed meeting and caring for everyone she meets as well as watching your furbabies grow. She loves all creatures big and small and has a passion for nature. In her spare time she loves to work with her Australian Shepherd, Izabel, on agility and Frisbee as well as spending time with her family, hiking, and reading comics. She is Fear Free Certified.


Lisa Twark  graduated from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She has lived in Rogersville, TN since that time and worked at several veterinary hospitals, shelters and spay-neuter clinics in the region before opening the Dog and Cat Depot. She is honored to have the opportunity to continue serve the dogs and cats of this region. She enjoys spending quiet time at home with her husband and menagerie of animals, as well as hiking, traveling, and reading.


Tracy Beeler is an East TN native and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002.  While spending most of her veterinary career as an emergency clinician, she's also volunteered and worked with animal rescues, humane societies and spay/neuter groups for almost 30 years.  

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Zachary joined our team in 2024. Working in warehouse logistics and inventory for years, he decided it was time for a complete change. His love for animals brought him to us. His family is his number one hobby with Lego building a close second!! His fondness for the outdoors and history also keeps him in both the woods and in the libraries. 

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Megan has a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee and is pursuing higher education in the veterinary field. She is currently working on training for Fear Free Certification and has been a huge asset to the Dog and Cat Depot since joining our  family in the summer of 2020. In her free time, Megan likes to fish, cook, read, and spend time with her family. We look forward to having her on the team while she continues to advance her education!"


Brenda has been involved with animal rescue for years. She has a 35 year old Miniature horse that she has had for 30 years, 2 big horses, a goat, 4 dogs and 3 cats. Most were adopted or taken in as strays. Her second love is riding her motorcycle all over the country. Brenda has worked with local Vets, rescue groups and spay/neuter in East Tennessee since 2003.

Lacey Works full-time as a Medical Technologist on the human side of medicine. She has over 20 years of experience as a Veterinary Assistant, including 15 years working at an emergency clinic. The Dog and Cat Depot is thrilled to have her experience and skill set several days a month. She mostly assists in surgery but you may see her from time to time in the lobby or exam rooms.

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