Dr. AARON HOLLIS, DVM, Veterinarian– Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Hollis grew up in western Kentucky on a beef cattle farm. He has always been around veterinary medicine since he was a young boy working on the family farm. He has worked as a veterinary technician and veterinarian for twenty-five years. Dr. Hollis received a Bachelor of Science from Western Kentucky University in Biochemistry, with an interest in recombinant gene technology and animal science. He went on to graduate from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he served as a class officer and honor court delegate. While he was a student, he completed an externship in equine surgery in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Hollis has been in Mt. Juliet for almost 20 years. He chose to move back to practice following his veterinary school graduation in 2000. He worked for Dr. Mike Harris @ Animal Care Center for 9 years. Following his departure there, he chose to provide relief work for the Animal Medical Center Emergency Hospital in Murfreesboro, as well as, other veterinary practices in Middle Tennessee. During this time, he served as project manager for the building of the Providence Animal Hospital & Pet Resort.

Dr. Hollis is a USDA certified veterinarian and has been boarded in Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky. He is a member of the A.V.M.A., T.V.M.A. and V.E.C.C.S. He has continuing education or additional training in Emergency Critical Care, American Association of Feline Practitioners, Feline Internal Medicine, University of Tennessee Soft tissue surgery techniques, Otic (ear) wet lab endoscopy, advanced wound care management techniques, therapeutic laser rehabilitation, dental care, and bladeless-radiowave surgery techniques.

Dr. Hollis calls Wilson County home with his wife, Vickie and daughter Lauren. They are members of The Bridge Fellowship. As you can imagine, the Hollis family owns several pets: a sweet Border Terrier rescue dog named Sophie, an orange tabby rescue cat named Oscar, a horse named Barbie, a horse named Rocky, a few chickens and goldfish. Dr. Hollis enjoys spending time outdoors, playing softball/basketball, going to Auburn football games and watching his daughter ride horses.

Dr. Hollis is known for his thoroughness in care, time spent educating pet owners, excellent diagnostic skills and great bedside manner. Although his patients cannot speak, they love coming to see him.

Dr. Hollis wanted to build a green friendly in Mt. Juliet that was state of the art. He chose the local architect firm of Kaatz, Binkley, Jones, Morris to assist him in following AAHA’s (American Animal Hospital Association) strict construction guidelines for stand-alone animal hospitals. He also consulted Wayne Usiak and Dan Chapel, who are two of the world’s most well respected veterinary architects. We hope you will agree this homework paid off in bringing Mt. Juliet one of the most beautiful veterinary hospitals and a place pet owners will be proud to call home for years to come.

KAITLIN HYNEK, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Kaitlin Hynek grew up here in Mt. Juliet, TN. She has been a part of the Providence Animal Hospital family since 2015 when she first began shadowing as a college student. Over the past 6 years, she worked her way up to being a veterinary assistant, then a vet student, and now our newest Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with a Pre-Veterinary concentration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2017. She chose to remain in Rocky Top for veterinary school and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2021.

Throughout veterinary school, Dr. Hynek was involved in several clubs including Companion Animal Club, Shelter Medicine Club, the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Prior to graduation, she was the recipient of the American College of Veterinary Medicine Award for Small Animal and the Community Practice Student Clinician of the Year Award.

Dr. Hynek’s specific interests in veterinary medicine include internal medicine, dermatology, and soft tissue surgery. However, one of her favorite parts of veterinary medicine is the bond that she gets to form with her patients and their families. She is excited to form long lasting relationships with the pets and clients of Providence Animal Hospital!

Dr. Hynek and her fiancé are excited to be back in Mt. Juliet and close to their families again. They have quite the zoo of their own, including 4 cats (Bird, Nash, Simba, and Thumper) and 2 dogs (Ari and Mila). In her free time, Dr. Hynek enjoys playing basketball, going to the gym, camping, painting, and spending time with family and friends. Dr. Hynek is overjoyed to return to Providence Animal Hospital and practice veterinary medicine!

LOREN PALMER, DVM, Associate veterinarian

Dr. Loren Palmer grew up in Mount Juliet, TN. She became a member of the Providence Animal Hospital family in 2014 when she started as a veterinary assistant. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science with a Pre-Veterinary concentration at The University of Tennessee at Martin. From there, she moved to Rocky Top and earned her DVM degree at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

Throughout veterinary school, Dr. Palmer was involved in several clubs including the Companion Animal Club and the Surgery Club. She served as the student liaison for The American Heartworm Society at UT. She was the recipient of the Dechra Excellence in Dermatology award.

Dr. Palmer’s specific interests in veterinary medicine include dermatology, cardiology, dentistry, and preventative medicine. She chose the veterinary medical field to strengthen the human-animal bond and develop beneficial relationships to serve those in her community as well as their beloved pets.

After experiencing each part of the state from rural West TN to The Great Smoky Mountains of East TN, Dr. Palmer and her husband are excited to be back home in Wilson County. They have a German Shepherd mix named Diesel, a Plott hound mix named Rocky, several chickens, and goldfish. In her free time, Dr. Palmer enjoys indoor and outdoor gardening, reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. She is excited to be back at Providence Animal Hospital practicing veterinary medicine!

Patient Service Coordinators


Patient Service Coordinator

Debbie followed her son and daughter-in-law to Nashville from California. She and her husband enjoy living in Tennessee and seeing all the new sights. They have 2 cats and a tortoise!!! Debbie has worked in the veterinary profession for 14 years. She loves working with people and helping them help their beloved pets. Debbie and her husband spend their spare time traveling and exploring new places. They love Tennessee and plan to retire here.


Patient Service Coordinator

Krista moved to Mt. Juliet recently from Bend, Oregon to follow her 3 grandchildren. Originally from Southern California, her love of animals and service experience led her to a career in the veterinary field. She owns a horse named Scout and a cat named Flynn Ryder. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her grandchildren, horseback riding, concerts and exploring our beautiful state.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Mary Short is a licensed veterinary technician. She was born in nearby Smyrna but grew up in sunny Florida before moving back to Middle Tennessee. She has been a technician for 5 years. She received her veterinary assistant certificate and veterinary technician degree from Volunteer State University. Her son Gauge is her mini-me and they share their home with her four-legged baby, Domino. She has been a wonderful asset to our technician team.

Veterinary Assistants


Veterinary Assistant

Marcy King has been a veterinary assistant since 2009. She started work at PAH following a move from Kentucky. She has plans to further her veterinary educational endeavors. She loves treating all of the patients at PAH like her own. Marcy has two wonderful children and has an exotic mix of pets including a dog named DoodleBuggs, a cat named Pixie, and a red-haired tarantula named Treece. She enjoys providing top-quality care to the patients and pet parents. She looks forward to meeting more wonderful pets.

Pet Resort Service Providers