Dr. Joanne Hibbs graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1986 and practiced in a mixed animal practice in the area. She was an adjunct professor at Roane State Community College where she taught Anatomy and Physiology. After practicing as a relief veterinarian in the area for several years she decided to start her practice and chose the Corryton area for her practice.
She lives on a farm in Halls with her husband and many animals (mostly adopted of course!) including: dogs, cats, chickens, guineas, goats, horses and a donkey. She enjoys many hobbies including hiking, horseback riding, gardening, and working on her farm. She feels blessed that she works in a profession she enjoys and has a wonderful dedicated staff that makes that happen.
Dr. Lori Smith was a Navy brat and grew up all over the world. She graduated from Troy State University in Troy, Alabama in 1996 with a degree in Biology and Physical Science. In Alabama she met and married her husband, Steve. They traveled a bit for his school before settling in Knoxville. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. Her first child was born later that year and she came to work for Tazewell Pike Animal Clinic at the start of 2005.
When not caring for her patients, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, Phoebe and Reagan. She stays very active in the girls' school and extra curricular activities. She is a Girl Scout Troop leader, which keeps her on her toes. When time allows, she loves getting lost in a good book. They live in Knoxville with their dogs, Reesie and Lorelei, cats, Duncan and Elvira and Rosie the fish.
Dr. Meghan Zeise received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California University of Pennsylvania. She practiced as a registered nurse before she discovered her true passion for veterinary medicine. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She and her husband, Chris live in Corryton with their daughter, Sophia. Dr. Zeise has two horses, Sonya and Penny and three dogs, Annie, Pippy, and Kelsie. She enjoys reading, horseback riding, and swimming.
Dr. Tracy Dewhirst attended the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 2009. She lives on a farm in Knoxville with her husband, David and their two children. She enjoys spending her time attending all of her children's extra curricular activities. They also have 2 dogs, 2 horses and chickens. Dr. Dewhirst enjoys playing tennis, hiking, horseback riding and all other things outdoors.
Dr. Tonya Parks graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. She is a native of Rocky Top (aka Lake City/Medford), but moved to Knoxville for her schooling. She then moved to North Carolina with her husband, Daniel and fur legged babies just after graduation. After practicing small animal medicine for a year she elected to move back home to be closer to her family. In July, her family grew by one, with a two legged happy healthy little boy. She spends a lot of time with her extended family, going to her nieces and nephews (17 in total) ball games. Her special interests are feline medicine, geriatric medicine, and surgery.
Dr. Megan Hicks attended Purdue University for her undergraduate studies, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2016. A true Boilermaker at heart, she continued her studies at Purdue and later obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2020. Upon graduation, she and her husband moved to Tennessee, where she began her career in small animal general practice. She had practiced in both Middle Tennessee and the Knoxville area prior to finding her home here at Tazewell Pike Animal Clinic.
Her professional interests include soft tissue and oral (dental) surgery, ophthalmology, and preventative wellness care. Dr. Hicks is also Fear Free Certified, with additional training and experience geared towards reducing stress and anxiety at vet visits. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, baking, and visiting coffee shops and new restaurants. Dr. Hicks and her husband have two pets: Pete, a black cat, and Journey, a hound mix. Dr. Hicks is excited and honored to be a part of the Tazewell family.