Our Terrific Staff

Jan Barker – Senior Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jan graduated from a Veterinary Technician program in Columbus Ohio in 1978 where she worked in a practice for eight years before her move to Tennessee. After relocating to Tennessee, she became a Pellissippi Veterinary Hospital team member in 1988. As the Senior Technician, Jan works with the technical staff and supervises the surgery, anesthesia and radiology areas of the hospital. She also assists Dr. Hackett with his orthopedic scheduling and procedures referred by other veterinary hospitals.


After being friends AND working together for 23 years, Jan and Dr. Pat Hackett were married in 2009. Jan has 2 Miniature Pinschers – one of whom is a rescue, and several rescued cats. Jan and Pat have a small farm with Appaloosa horses, and a donkey. They have also added in 2 Dobermans, one of which is a rescue, a Feist mix and another Min Pin, both of whom are also rescues. Her son, Jesse, is an Officer in the United States Army and he and his wife, Ali, and their two daughters, Emma and Audrey, live in Columbus, Georgia.




 Valerie Carroll – Practice Manager

Valerie has been with Pellissippi Veterinary Hospital since 1991 and is the invaluable team leader. As a long term employee, Valerie has seen the hospital staff grow in years and in numbers. She is often times the “Mom” of her PVH family. Dr. Hackett counts on her to “hold down the fort” if he is not available and appreciates her loyalty and dedication to Pellissippi Veterinary Hospital.She has been married for 40 years, has 2 daughters and 3 granddaughters. Her animal family consists of a rescued German Shepherd, Etta Mae and a cat named Isis.





Bryan Mays – Practice Manager

Bryan has been with PVH since March of 2017. His wife, Dr. Ashley Mays, also works at the clinic! Bryan is working alongside Valerie Carrol as Practice Managers. Bryan and Dr. Mays have 2 sons, Ryder and Ramsey, and they share their home with 2 dogs, Rogue and Hype. Bryan enjoys traveling with his family and watching sports.







Teri Hesselbach – Veterinary Technical Assistant

In 1999, Teri started with Pellissippi Veterinary Hospital in animal caretaking. She chose this position because of her compassion for animals. Teri is a valued assistant to the doctors and is an integral part of the workings of the entire clinic. Oftentimes, she is the calm in the storm. Actually, Storm is the chocolate Lab that she and her husband Carl, inherited. With her other dog and two cats, all of whom are geriatric, Teri has added insight into the problems other pet owners have with their aging pets.






Heather Wojtowicz – Receptionist

Heather has been a Receptionist at PVH since August 2014. She has 2 Corgis, Dixie and Bandit, and 2 Cats, Bella and Zoey. In her downtime, Heather likes to read, spend time with her friends, and travel.








Kristin Sinkiewich – Receptionist

Kristin has been a Receptionist at PVH since 2016. She enjoys art, photography and playing with her dog, Bear.









 Cynthia Hobday – Professional Dog Groomer

Cynthia has been a groomer at PVH since 2003. She has several degrees including Professional Dog Grooming in/from Chicago, a BS in Landscaping Horticulture from CSU and AAA Ski Resort Management from Wenatchee Valley College in Washington. Cynthia and her fiance, Jeff, share their home with 3 dachshunds and a beagle.


Hobday Hounds





Nichole Fiore – Veterinary Assistant

Nichole has been with PVH since August of 2009. She started her career as an Animal Caretaker and is now a Vet Assistant. When she isn’t caring for the animals at the clinic, she has her own animals to tend to; Cleopatra, Shadowmir, Luna, and Artemis. Nichole is currently attending Lincoln Memorial University.







Kassie Brackett – Veterinary Assistant

Kassie has been with the PVH team since August of 2014. She has a son named Evan, and they share their home with two dogs, Pattie and Princess, 2 cats, Molly and Little Kitten Pants, and a Guinea Pig names Cruise. In her spare time Kassie enjoys hiking, rock climbing, reading, and hanging out with friends and family!







Jessica Gard – Veterinary Technician

Jessica has been a Veterinary Technician with PVH since 2016. She has been Veterinary Technician since 2009 and also became a certified Phlebotomist in 2012. She and her husband, Brandon, have 2 Pomeranians, a Chocolate Lab, a Blue and Gold Macaw, and a cat. She spends as much time as she can at Walt Disney World and is an annual pass holder.







Alexandria Fiore – Animal Caretaker

Alexandria is an Animal Caretaker here at PVH. She has a sister, Nichole, and a brother, Jonathan. Alexandria’s pets include her cat, Shadowmir, and a Rottweiler, Cleo. After graduation, Alex is interested in attending Art School. She enjoys reading, writing, drawing, painting, and traveling.