Our Staff

Kellie Lady

Kellie has worked as a Veterinary Assistant at Colonial Heights Animal Hospital since 2000.  Kellie is married has two children, Kyla and Eli and currently lives in Gray. She has a Yorkie named Bailey and a Great Dane named Bella. In her spare time Kellie love spending time with her family and going to the beach. She absolutely loves her job, helping animals and interacting with our clients.


Hillary Thomas

Hillary has worked in the Veterinary field since 2001 having worked with Johnson City Animal Shelter and the Airport Pet Emergency Clinic before becoming a Veterinary Assistant at Colonial Heights Animal Hospital in 2002. She is from Bristol but currently lives in Johnson City with her husband Michael and daughters, Jules and Harlow. She has an English Setter mix named Bela and a Boston Terrier named Cutter. In her free time she enjoys camping, skiing, hiking, music and spending time with her family.


Janet Lawson

Janet has been with Colonial Heights Animal Hospital since 2010 and enjoys her job as a Veterinary Assistant.  She is originally from Bristol and now lives in Colonial Heights with her fiancé Josh.  Together they have two dogs Copper and Bailey and two cats Pepper and Bumper.  In her spare time she enjoys gardening and spending time with her nephew, Jacob.


Wendy Kilby

Wendy has been with Colonial Heights Animal Hospital since 2011, but an animal lover all her life. She and her husband Jeff have three children, Brant, Zane and Madison and one grandchild, Peyton. They share their home with dogs, Nate, Mollie, Sage, Henry and Westley and cats, horse, June. She and her dogs enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors.


Susan Orr

Susan has been working in the Veterinary field since 1988. She was born in Texas and lived there until she and her husband moved to Tennessee at which time she began working at Colonial Heights Animal Hospital. Susan has two married sons and eight beautiful grand-babies. When she isn't working, she and her husband enjoy spending time on their small farm in the mountains with their dogs, Bonnie and Dixie and two cats, Purrl and Harlan.


Melanie Widner

Melanie has worked as a receptionist at Colonial Heights Animal Hospital since 1997. She was born and raised in Kingsport. She has two cats Mama Cat and Levin. In her free time she enjoys cooking and entertaining friends. Melanie loves her job and enjoys interacting with both clients and their pets.


Emily Painter

Emily has been working with Colonial Heights Animal Hospital since 2010 but has been around the hospital her whole life. Emily is Dr. Hyatt's youngest daughter and currently lives in Kingsport with her husband and three children, Isabelle, Bo and Anna. She has a poodle mix named Mingo and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.


Sis Strouth

Sis has worked in several veterinary hospitals and has over 15 years of experience. She has two grandsons, Jacob and Johnathan. She currently lives in Blountville and has three dogs, Emma, Sarge and Koda along with one cat Silverdust. In her free time she enjoys camping.


Jessica Biddle

Jessica has been with Colonial Heights Animal Hospital since 2013. She enjoys caring for our patients during their boarding stay. She currently lives in Blountville with her son Johnathan and has one dog named Leonidas. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family.


Nikki Stringer

Nikki has been with Colonial Heights Animal Hospital since 2011 and enjoys taking care of the pets left in our care for boarding. She lives in Kingsport with her three children Tearston, Skyler and Ryleigh. Nikki has a dog, Pepper, a cat, Socks and a bird named Click. In her free time she enjoys sports and walks with her children.