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.
KELSEY SMITH, DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Kelsey Smith was raised in Baxter, TN where she grew up riding horses, playing sports, and caring for a menagerie of family pets. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with a concentration in Animal Science – Pre-Veterinary Medicine from Tennessee Technological University in 2014. That fall she and her husband moved to Knoxville to begin the journey through veterinary school. She graduated as a member of the Class of 2018 with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
During veterinary school, Dr. Smith was involved with numerous clubs and honor societies. While in her clinical year, she completed a small animal general practice externship in Powhatan, VA and an equine surgery and medicine externship in Fethard, Ireland. Prior to graduation, she was a recipient of the American Animal Hospital Association Award for Proficiency in Primary Care, the UTCVM Diagnostic Imaging Award, the Ethicon Surgical Excellence Award for Large Animal, the ACVIM Award for Large Animal, and the Merck Award.
Dr. Smith’s areas of interest in veterinary medicine include diagnostic imaging, soft tissue surgery, and wound management. She looks forward to opportunities to participate in continuing education seminars so that she can offer the highest quality care to her patients and clients.
In her spare time, Dr. Smith enjoys playing sports, especially volleyball and basketball. Her favorite hobby is horseback riding, which she has been doing since before she could walk. She loves to read books for leisure, hike, swim, and spend time with family.
She also enjoys traveling, and the number one item on her bucket list is to visit all the U.S. National Parks. Cage diving with Great White Sharks comes in as a close second.
She has one rascally mutt named Blaze, who she and her husband adopted while in Knoxville. Dr. Smith is very excited to be a part of the Providence family!
WHITNEY KEENER, DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Whitney Keener was raised here in Mt. Juliet, TN, where she dreamt of becoming a veterinarian from an early age. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Union University in 2015. She then moved to the mountains of the Cumberland Gap and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Lincoln Memorial University in 2019.
While in veterinary school, Dr. Keener was involved in several clubs including: Companion Animal Club, Behavior Club, Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and Christian Veterinary Fellowship. Additionally, she is a member of LMU Alpha Theta Chapter of Phi Zeta, the national veterinary honor society.
Dr. Keener’s specific interests in veterinary medicine include dermatology, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and nutrition. She looks forward to establishing relationships with the clients and pets of Providence Animal Hospital.
Dr. Keener is excited to be back in Wilson County with her husband and their Standard Poodle, Charlie. During her free time, she enjoys crocheting, reading, hiking, traveling, spending time with family, and exploring new restaurants in Nashville. Dr. Keener is thrilled to practice at Providence Animal Hospital.
KATILIN 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!
Veterinary Medicine Students
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine student
Loren is a Veterinary technician who is currently attending the University of Tennessee @Martin majoring in the pre-veterinary medicine curriculum. She has aspirations of completing veterinary medical school and fulfill her kindergarten dreams of becoming a veterinarian. She is a native of Mt. Juliet and has always had a passion for animals. She has a Plott Hound named Rocky who loves giving hugs. She recently adopted a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix named Bandit. Loren’s hobbies include FFA…
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.
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.
Angela is a veterinary assistant. She is very passionate about animal and contributing whenever she can to people and animals who are less fortunate or in need. Angela has been in the veterinary field for one year and has been learning everything she can about her new career path. Some of her hobbies are hiking, wakeboarding, cooking, and she is always the first person to try something new. She believes that it is important to step outside of what you are comfortable with because life is about experiences. Angela attended Tennessee State University on a softball scholarship, where she studied communications. She then transferred to Western Kentucky University where she furthered her study in radio broadcasting. She often volunteered her time with WKU’s national public radio station and PBS. Angela has a 7-year-old pit bull x german shepherd mix named Myka and an 11-month-old Rottweiler named Blue. Blue is a very laid back boy who is full of character. Myka is an intelligent charismatic girl, who will do anything for food! She is always the center of attention in her household and steals the hearts of everyone she meets.