Cherokee Hospital for Animals
708 Cherokee Rd. | Johnson City, TN 37604Call 423-302-0995
|Monday||7:30am - 6:00pm|
|Tuesday||7:30am - 6:00pm|
|Wednesday||7:30am - 6:00pm|
|Thursday||7:30am - 6:00pm|
|Friday||7:30am - 6:00pm|
|Saturday||8:00am - 12:00pm|
- Animal Boarding
- Animal Daycare
- Animal Flea Control
- Animal Grooming
- Animal Microchipping
- Holistic Veterinary Medicine
- Small Animal Vet
- Veterinary Dentistry
- Veterinary Docking
- Veterinary Euthanasia
- Veterinary Medical Specialties
- Veterinary Surgery
The veterinary Health Care team at Cherokee Hospital for Animals is committed to strengthening and protecting the special bond that exists between people and their pets by providing exceptional, personalized service, up to date client education and state of the art veterinary expertise in a warm and compassionate environment. We are located in upper East Tennessee in beautiful Johnson City.
A full service pet care facility providing medicine, surgery, dentistry, boarding, grooming and more!
Born and raised in the Bluegrass State, I graduated from the University of Kentucky (GO CATS!) in Lexington with a BS in Animal Science. In 1989, I graduated from Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine, (WAR EAGLE!) with a preceptorship at Sharon Lakes Animal Hospital in Charlotte, NC. I then relocated to Tennessee (GO VOLS!) to practice with Cherokee Hospital for Animals. In December of 1991, I purchased the practice and have managed it since. I am a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a Hospital Director with the American Animal Hospital Association, a member of the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association and the Tri-Cities Academy of Veterinary Medicine. For several years I have served on the Board of Directors for the Airport Pet Emergency Clinic.
On a personal note, I reside with my husband Mark Dison, an ETSU alum (GO BUCS!), in Jonesborough with our menagerie (3 dogs: Lexi, Murphy and Cosmo (pictured above) and one cat: Phoebe). My favorite hobby is riding horses (I grew up in horse country) and I show Rise and Shine, my Thoroughbred, at local hunter/jumper shows. Mark & I also enjoy snow skiing, ski racing (slalom and giant slalom), scuba diving, underwater photography, camping, water activities and of course, following college sports.
We are very excited to announce the return of Dr. Robin Simpkins who worked with us from January 2005 until January 2010. Dr. Simpkins took a year away from us while negotiating the possibility of running her own practice and has decided to return to the Cherokee team. As many of you know, she is a very talented veterinary professional with a strong background in internal medicine, ultrasound and general surgery. She continues her focus on quality care for the precious pets and personalized, warm communication and education for their people. Dr. Simpkins� daughter Marin is now 4 years old and attends First Presbyterian Preschool. Her husband Dr. Alan Simpkins is a large animal vet here in the tri-cities, as well. The Simpkins family tells us that they still enjoy caring for their horses, mule, sheep, dogs and cats on their farm near Jonesborough. We are all very happy to have Dr. Robin Simpkins back with our Cherokee family, again.
I was born and raised in East Tennessee. My enthusiasm and love for veterinary medicine arose at an early age. My father is a veterinarian and I have been an integral part of his practice throughout my life. I remember as a child following him around the clinic helping him with surgery and waking up during the night to go on emergencies. I distinctly recollect the fascination I soon acquired for the field. With every opportunity, I attempted to practice what I watched my father do. The motivation to become a veterinarian was evident; improving the quality of life of both animals and their owners through medicine was the greatest payoff of personal satisfaction I could ever receive. This realization has motivated and inspired me to strive for excellence and to pursue this fulfilling career.
I attended Carson-Newman College and completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Biology. I met my husband during my last year of undergraduate school and we married one week after I received my veterinary degree. After graduating, I started practicing in Kingsport. While working there full-time, I was fortunate to be able to work for Dr. Sallee on my days off. I really enjoyed the staff and clients, and it didn't take long to realize that Cherokee Hospital for Animals is where I wanted to be, and it is now the place I am blessed to call home.