Pellissippi Veterinary Hospital

1727 Schaeffer Rd
Knoxville, TN 37932


Our Doctors


Ashley Mays, D.V.M. 

Dr. Mays has always called East Tennessee home and began working in local veterinary clinics at 16 years old. She attended Anderson County High School and graduated in 2001. Dr. Mays was accepted into veterinary school early, while attending the University of Tennessee for undergraduate studies. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. After 2 years of practice, Dr. Mays found her permanent, professional home here at Pellissippi Veterinary Hospital, where she and her husband Bryan eventually purchased the clinic in 2019. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, neurology, exotic pet medicine and acupuncture (certification coming soon). Dr. Mays also has a very special place in her heart for geriatric pet medicine. Dr. Mays has been married to her husband Bryan since 2009. They have two sons, Ryder and Ramsey. She currently has three nonhuman housemates, Rogue (mastiff mix), Hype (pit bull) and Clarice (Sulcata tortoise). In her spare time, Dr. Mays likes to spend time with her family and friends, traveling and cheering on the Tennessee Vols. 

Kate McCreary, D.V.M.

Dr. McCreary is a Tennessee native that has returned back to the area after spending 4 years in the West Palm Beach, FL area. She is a Webb School of Knoxville graduate and went on to study undergraduate at Maryville College. Dr. McCreary attended the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2014 with Dr. Mays. Her special interests include internal medicine, dentistry and sporting/hunting dog medicine. She has a soft spot for all bird dog breeds!! She spends her spare time with her husband and two young children, Baylor and Miller. They enjoy cheering on the Vols, spending time on the lake or in the pool and exploring the Smokey Mountains. They have 2 dogs- Maggie, a terrier mix and Avery, a Brittany spaniel and a Leopard tortoise named Melvin. 

Shawnee Peyatt, D.V.M.       **Coming September 2020**

Dr. Peyatt has called East Tennessee home since 2004. She attended the University of Tennessee as an undergraduate in 2008, graduating in 2010 and was immediately accepted into UT College of Veterinary Medicine, later graduating in 2014. Dr. Peyatt worked in a mixed animal practice in Virginia her first year out of school, then moved to Washington State where she worked in a small animal practice for two years. She has spent the last three years in a small animal practice in Georgia but has recently moved back home to East Tennessee, where she hopes to stay. Her professional interests include preventative medicine, dermatology, wound management and geriatric medicine. Dr. Peyatt is married with two human sons, Dakota and Maddox, and three furry kids, Boston, a golden retriever, and Sam and Ernie, both munchkin cats. Her personal interests include spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, playing board games, making jewelry and other crafts, and photography. 

Rick Hall, D.V.M.

In addition to his love of dogs and cats, Dr. Hall has long had a special interest in exotic pets. Prior to attending Veterinary School, he was a manager of a local pet store for several years and then managed a retail pet bird store in Boca Raton, Florida. This provided invaluable experience in the husbandry and care of exotics. He is a long time member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians. Dr. Hall graduated from the University of Tennessee Veterinary College in 1989. He participated in an internship with Susan Clubb, D.V.M. in Miami, Florida providing veterinary care at Parrot Jungle and Pet Farm. Being a native of Tennessee, he returned to Knoxville where he has practiced for 23 years. He has been with Pellissippi Veterinary Hospital for several of those years and is an important part of the team...

When not taking care of pets, “Dr. Rick” plays the hammer dulcimer and bag pipes in an Irish music group, Four Leaf Peat who have released 3 CDs. Dr. Rick and his lovely wife, Pattie, have one son who lives in Nashville. They currently are servants for one cat, Sachi, and 2 dogs, Lenny and Betty Pearl,the lovingest puppies in the world. They also have a peaceful, productive Koi pond. All of his pets are rescues or adopted. After losing Sheila, a Lesser Sulphur-crested cockatoo, bonded to him for nearly 30 years, Dr. Rick is not emotionally ready for another bird yet.