Our Doctors

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.
Dr Hall's Animals



Ashley Mays, D.V.M.

Dr. Ashley Mays has lived in East Tennessee for the majority of her life 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. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, ophthalmology, and neurology. Dr. Mays also has a very special place in her heart for geriatric medicine. Dr. Mays has been married to her husband Bryan since 2009. They have 2 young sons, Ryder and Ramsey. She currently has 2 dogs, Rogue-a mastiff mix and Hype-a pit bull. In her spare time, Dr. Mays like to spend time with her family and friends, travel and cheer on the Tennessee Vols.