I graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1996 with a degree in veterinary medicine. While in college, I served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and was pulled from my studies to serve in Desert sword/shield. I started my career in Monroe County, Tennessee in a mixed animal practice. After three years, I was made a junior partner with the senior veterinarians. At that time, negotiations began with another mixed animal practice in Monroe County to merge into a larger hospital. The merger was complete in 2001 and I became a full partner and began managing the business.
In 2007, for personal religious reasons, I left the larger practice to venture out to start my own practice as a sole veterinarian at Tellico Bay Animal Hospital. After three years, the business outgrew its leased area in a shopping center so we moved into a brand new building across the street where the business continues to grow today.
I’m married to my wife Brittney and we have three children: Alexander Catalina (Ali Cat), Brooklynn Bridgette, and Obadiah Rykerr. We all live on our mini farm with lots of furry friends: a fox, dogs, cats, rabbits, and not so furry chickens and reptiles. Part of the mini farm includes a truffiere for French black truffles.
I enjoy anything outdoors but love the water the most. My wife, Brittney, and I are SCUBA certified and enjoy lake and river activities. Other favorites include gardening, forestry, falconry, and enjoying the many foods he can find from around the world.
Dr. Kendra Flynn Barbra
I graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2018 prior to accepting my first position here at TBAH. I have immensely enjoyed my time working with the other doctors and great staff here- God blessed me with an amazing first job that I never want to leave! I did my undergraduate at UT Knoxville where I majored in Animal Science with a minor in Biology. I enjoy the variety of cases we encounter in general practice and love that we have something different every day!
I was raised in Rockford, TN where I still live today on my family’s farm. We raise a commercial herd of ~60 Angus cattle, ~50 Katahdin/Dorper sheep, ~30 chickens/guineas, and of course dogs and cats! My high school sweetheart (Clint Barbra) and I got married after my first year of vet school. He has continued to put up with my animal obsession and he is guilty of bringing in more and more sheep!
In May 2020, my biggest blessing, Riley, was born! She is my greatest accomplishment out of everything I’ve done and I’m so thankful for her. My little family loves spending our days on the farm or in the mountains taking in God’s beautiful creation. Hiking has always been one of my favorite hobbies and in 2016, to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, I participated in the Hike 100 program and hiked over 100 miles of the park that year!
I was born and raised in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, where I reside with my husband, Tim, and our three children: Megan, Kristen, and Isaac. We have several pets and enjoy spending time with them. I have worked in veterinary medicine for about 25 years and have loved working with the animals every day. One of my favorite hobbies is attending concerts- some of my favorites are for King and Country, Casting Crowns, and Zach Williams just to list a few.
As the office manager, I’m usually working in the background at TBAH to keep things flowing smoothly and ensuring we have everything in stock that the clinic needs. When needed, I also help in the rooms and with reception but you typically won’t see me when you visit the clinic as there is plenty to keep me busy in the back!
I’m from Rockford, Tennessee but moved to Vonore, TN when I married my husband in 2011. I enjoy spending time with my husband our two kids, Darrin and Kyli. My hobbies include fishing, camping, gardening, canning our own veggies, and anything outdoors. On the weekend, you will most likely find me on the side of the creek! I started my career in veterinary medicine in 2015 and I love helping clients with their pets. I have worked many years as a veterinary assistant but recently started working as the veterinary receptionist. My favorite breed is the dachshund because they’re so cute and have a great temperament around my kids.
I was born and raised in Madisonville, TN where I still live today. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to work with animals and now I have been in the veterinary medicine field for almost a year and a half. When I’m not at work, I spend my time with my boyfriend, Corey, and our three kids (Emma- 4, Ezekiel- 5, and Zoey- 6 years old) who are my whole world. We have a Pomeranian named Mowgli, a goat, chickens, and several reptiles. We enjoy watching Disney movies, fishing, and camping with our friends and family.
I was born and raised in Chippewa Falls, WI. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to not only work with animals but to also provide a safe haven for the ones that had nowhere else to go. Growing up, my sister and I were always taking in needy animals. In my spare time, I absolutely love spending time with my husband exploring the Great Smoky Mountains, taking care of our rescues, and spoiling my nieces and nephews.
I have many years of experience working as a veterinary assistant and caring for animals. In 2009, I met my amazing husband in Mississippi where we started taking in animals that nobody else could provide care for. Last year, my husband, myself, and our 32 rescues made the big move from my husband’s hometown of Starkville, Mississippi to Niota, Tennessee.
I was born in 1972 as the middle child to Roger Dale Underwood (who I was named after) and Nema Sue Underwood, who passed away in December 2012 after battling cancer for many years. We grew up in a little house in Vonore, Tennessee and while growing up I struggled with my academics. I graduated from Vonore High School in 1992 and became a welder at Johnson Controls. I worked there for eighteen years but I quit in order to spend more time with my children: Cory and Carrie.
I never had a desire to attend college after I finished high school; however, I tried to set a good example for my children so I went to Penn Foster to study as a veterinary technician. I also owned many pets which created a close relationship with my veterinarian, Dr. Gobble. One day I decided to ask Dr. Gobble for a job and he surprisingly gave me a chance. With the support of my family and friends, I graduated from college in 2014. After saying all of that, there is only one thing left to say: that is that God is my rock and in my house, God comes first. I thank God everyday for what he has given me which includes my job. A wise man once told me that if you find a job you love, you will never have to work another day in your life- and I love my job.
Veterinary Surgery Assistant
I began working at TBAH for a summer job in May 2020. However, with COVID-19, my school (Sequoyah High School), is doing virtual learning. That has allowed me to continue working part time while I do my school work online. Right now, I’m enjoying working in veterinary medicine but I haven’t decided what I want to do when I grow up- possibly work in human medicine. I love going to the beach or spending time by the pool.
Dr. Sasha Myers
I am originally from Wayne, West Virginia where I attended undergrad at Marshall University. I then uplifted my rural roots and traveled to St. Kitts, West Indies to become a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, class of 2017. I came to the University of Tennessee to complete my clinical year where I met the love of my life and decided to make Tennessee my home.
I enjoy traveling with my husband and we take our two Shih Tzus everywhere with us. We even included them in our wedding. When the fur babies stay home, we sneak away to go fishing.
I am excited about expanding my career at Tellico Bay Animal Hospital. I enjoy soft tissue surgery and neonatal care/theriogenology. I really enjoy the fact that I can practice quality medicine for the community but also have a wonderful work/life balance to make memories with my little family.
I am a native to Monroe County. I have two children: Evan Torbett- USAF SSgt and Tori Umphrey- RN. I also have two grandchildren named Barnum and Jameson.
My hobbies include spending time with my family and church. My love of animals led me to join the team at Tellico Bay Animal Hospital.