The team at Hardin Valley Animal Hospital is comprised of highly trained and experienced animal health professionals who have a genuine love for working with pets. Our staff treats every patient with the highest quality of medical care as well as a gentle touch.
Michelle Smallwood, DVM – Practice Owner
Michelle E. Smallwood, DVM has been in practice in the Knoxville area since 1996. She was the top graduate from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine class of 1995. She is also an adjunct professor at UT College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Smallwood is married to David and has two children. Her other family members include Dharma, a young Shepherd mix adopted from the local shelter and their newest addition to their furry family, a Great Pyrenees named Temperance. She enjoys horseback riding, music, aerobics, reading and spending time with her family.
David Smallwood, Practice Owner
I am the dreamer of the bunch and I love the challenges of running a small business. I enjoy navigating the changing needs and expectations of our clients, building the best team of highly skilled and motivated staff possible and constantly challenging the status quo! I am a UT graduate in mechanical engineering, Navy submarine veteran, and a Y-12 employee on top of my Hardin Valley Animal Hospital duties. I love all sports and staying fit and if I am not sore or recovering from some workout, I have been slacking! I am happily married to my better 2/3rds, my wife and your favorite veterinarian, Dr. Smallwood. We have been married for over 30 years and we also have two wonderful daughters navigating the teenage years. We have one crazy Husky mix named Dharma and recently rescued a Great Pyrenees that my daughters named Temperance.
I want all of our clients to know that our mission at Hardin Valley Animal Hospital is to care for your pets as if they were a part of our family. We want to be your go to resource for all things related to your four legged family members. As always, we want to not only meet, but exceed your expectations.
Taylor Martin, DVM
Passionate pet healer, crazy cat lady, daring downhill skier and snowboarder, ravenous reader, football fanatic (Go Pats!), mind over matter marathoner, lover of nature and the great outdoors, super saver couponer, Game of Thrones binge watcher, wine aficionado-because it’s good for you and “I’ll eat anything once” foodie.
When not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and twin girls checking off the items above.
Our pet family members include several super heroes: Draxx the Rhodesian Ridgeback and 3 cats named Rocket, Batman and Nitara. As Sigmund Freud is quoted as saying, “Time spent with cats is never wasted.” I would like to get a bearded dragon and name it Star Lord to continue the Guardians of the Galaxy theme.
I have always been fascinated by medicine and I have worked in a veterinary medicine setting since 2005. I am a proud 2012 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. I love the variety offered by vet med and I enjoy working with both the animal patients and their human caregivers. Over the last few years I have gained additional training and expertise in the areas of feline medicine, ophthalmology and surgery. I strive to always learn and challenge myself and I look forward to gaining additional experience (and the wisdom that comes with it) all throughout my career.
Melanie Falato, DVM
Dr. Melanie Falato graduated from The Ohio State University in 2006. She recently moved to Knoxville from Raleigh, NC and is excited to meet you and your pets! It is her top priority to treat you and your pets like family. She enjoys complicated internal medicine cases and geriatric medicine but her passion is dentistry.
Dr. Melanie is married to Colin who is an Emergency manager and they have three children, Connor, Charlotte and Caroline. They also share their home with two cats and one dog. When she is not at work, she enjoys horseback riding, camping, and Zumba.
Sara Virgil, DVM
Originally from Upstate New York, I attended North Carolina State University for veterinary school and practiced in the Raleigh area before moving to Knoxville. I enjoy interacting with pets and their families as well as the daily learning opportunities afforded (and necessary!) as a veterinarian. My special interests in veterinary medicine include Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management and Geriatric Medicine.
My husband Jordan and I live with our two mixed-breed dogs, Jazzy and Rocky, our cat Amelia, and our bearded dragon, Titina. In my free time, I play recreational soccer on several local teams. I also enjoy hiking and wildlife observation, and traveling to explore new areas both in Tennessee and abroad.
K. Marie McKinney, Practice Manager, LVMT
Marie is our hospital’s Practice Manager and Licensed Technician. She has been with us since 2008 and is very compassionate about veterinary medicine and providing excellent patient and client care. Marie is also certified as a Low Stress Handler. She enjoys teaching our staff ways to implement Fear Free and Low Stress handling techniques in every aspect of our hospital.
Karla Quinn, Client Care Manager
New to the veterinary field, Karla has been in the customer service industry as a manager for 30 years. She enjoys photography and spending time with her family. She also loves her animal family with six cats, two dogs and one snake.
Christopher Hasha, Technical Staff Coordinator
He has been a Veterinary Technician since 2001 with a focus on Emergency and Critical Care for the past 8 years. He previously managed Emergency and Critical Care departments at Animal Emergency and Specialty Center in Knoxville most recently, Nor-Cal Veterinary and Emergency Center and SAGE Centers for Animal Emergency and Critical Care prior to relocating to Knoxville from San Jose, California in 2016. He also spent his time at SAGE as a Surgical Nurse focusing on Orthopedics and Emergency Surgery. He has worked in feline specialty for 2+ years, worked for a feline rescue organization that housed 400+ cats on site and recently became a Fear Free Certified Professional. His current medical interests lie in Cat Behavior, Radiography and Anesthetic Monitoring.
He currently lives in Powell with his wife Nichole; who is the Director of Operations for Young-Williams Animal Center, his 10 year old daughter Zoe Belle, his 4 cats (Finn, Kylo Ren, Mr. Meeps and Tucker) and his 2 dogs (Harley and Nellie). In his spare time he enjoys spending his time with his family and animals, cooking, hiking and collecting vinyl records.
Betty Bell, LVMT
Betty Bell is a full time Licensed Veterinary Technician, and member of the American Animal Hospital Association. Born and raised in Charleston, SC, and a graduate of Trident Technical College, Betty brings her experience to her new home here in Knoxville. Betty’s love for animals carries over at home with her boxer, Lucky; her two cats, Orachi and Lilith. Outside of taking care of animals, she spending time with her family and loves exploring nature in any way she can, from hiking and camping, canoeing,rock climbing, kayaking,and caving.
Cindy Bagwell, Pet Stylist
Cindy is our awesome 5 star Pet Stylist. She knows your pets are an important part of your family and treats them as her own while here for grooming. Cindy makes their grooming experience as soothing as a day at the spa with foot massages while the calming scent of lavender fills the air. She has been a professional groomer for over 8 years. Prior to joining our team, she managed a large grooming salon in Texas. Cindy and her husband have 5 children and 2 grandchildren. She has 2 Blue Heeler’s; Cornbread and Muffin and 2 Shih Tzu’s; Chewy and Pixel and one kitty named Holly.
Katie Marshall, Client Care Representative
Katie was born and raised here in Knoxville and is a receptionist at HVAH. She loves to see all the animals that come to our clinic. At home, she enjoys spending time with her standard poodle, Watson, playing various sports such as barn hunt, frisbee, and learning tricks.
Mindy Pierce, Part Time Client Care Representative
Mindy graduated from the University of Memphis shortly after the Stone Age and proudly serves as HVAH eldest receptionist.
A self confessed doodle-lover because of her dog LB(Lincoln Beasley), a particularly goofy golden doodle.
In her alternate time outside of HAVH she is an illustrator/designer where everything starts with a doodle. She spent 25 years at the greeting card big house in Kansas City where she met her husband David. They have two grown children who live and go to school in New York providing the perfect excuse for the occasional escape to hit a few museums and galleries. If you are curious about her art check out http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/mindyp for a small sampling.
Her favorite guilty pleasures are science fiction movies and books. Who doesn’t love a good space opera with a few aliens or super heroes? Running a close second is listening to the music her son finds with her current favorite being a band called Future Islands. She also loves meeting fellow pet lovers but her real ulterior motive is to get to pet your furry family member.
Josie Krass, Client Care Representative
Born and raised in West Knoxville, Josie is a part of our receptionist team team. She has a love for animals, their care, and how to best serve their devoted owners. During the school year, she will be studying Chemistry and Mathematical Science at Franciscan University of Steubenville, but will be a friendly face during breaks!
Since a very young age, she has had a passion for horses and has expressed this through competitive riding at a local hunter/jumper show barn. Winning ribbons is not as easy as it sounds. She competes for the fun of it and as an animal lover she strives to put the horse first and the ribbons last. At home, she has her parents, Patti and Allan, and her younger sister, Genevieve, but we also can’t forget to mention her sweet dog, Callie! She looks forward to seeing all the cute furry faces coming through our doors, and can’t wait for the learning opportunities working for our practice can give her!