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Our Team

Dr. Elizabeth Price
Owner, Veterinarian
Dr. Elizabeth Price loved biology and the sciences ever since she was a little girl, and developed a passion for healthcare during her college years. After volunteering at a hospital for human patients throughout her college career, Dr. Price had a thought: why not satisfy her desire to help others while simultaneously getting to work hands-on with animals in a medical capacity? She quickly settled on veterinary medicine and hasn’t looked back since!

Dr. Price is originally from South Carolina, and moved to Hixson, Tennessee with her family when she was 12 years old. She completed her undergraduate degree at East Tennessee State University, before gaining acceptance to the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Price signed on with the South Rhea Animal Hospital team as an Associate Veterinarian shortly after graduating in 2012, and became a co-owner in the fall of 2016 along with Dr. Sherle Thompson.

Away from work, Dr. Price enjoys kayaking and relaxing in the peace and quiet of the great outdoors. She and her husband have a young daughter, Charley Kate, and several pets. Dr. Price and her family own Buster, an aging Chihuahua who often comes to work with his mother; a big-eared mutt named Ellie; Lady the 90-pound Black Lab mix; a senior Boxer named Baxter; and a black cat who goes by Kiko.
Dr. Sherle Thompson
Owner, Veterinarian
Dr. Sherle Thompson is proud to serve the area’s pets and animal owners as a veterinarian and co-owner of South Rhea Animal Hospital.

Dr. Thompson completed her undergraduate studies in animal science at Auburn University in 1993, then earned her Doctorate at the University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She joined the South Rhea Animal Hospital team in 2000, becoming a co-owner in 2005. Three years later, Dr. Thompson was instrumental in the founding and building of Sequoyah Animal Hospital, where she currently practices.
Dr. Karen Crocker
Veterinarian
Dr. Sarah Wallace
Veterinarian
Dr. Sarah Wallace remembers playing “doctor” with a number of family pets, and she was constantly bringing in snapping turtles found on the road, baby birds that had fallen from their nests, and rabbits that the cat had gotten hold of. She credits these early experiences helping to care for pets with her eventual choice of career. Dr. Wallace continues to help the earth’s creatures every day—she’s a veterinarian here at South Rhea Animal Hospital!

Dr. Wallace received her undergraduate degree at the University of Findlay, where she fell in love with farm animal medicine, and attended Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated in May of 2020, and joined the team here at South Rhea Animal Hospital shortly afterward. As much as she loves dressing up, wearing high heels, and doning lipstick, Dr. Wallace is always excited to put on her boots and coveralls and get dirty working with cattle and other large animals! Of course, she also loves tending to the area’s smaller companion animals and loves meeting new pet owners one-on-one.

Outside of work, Dr. Wallace can usually be found thrifting, exploring new places, playing sports, spending time with family, or doting on her own pets at home. She has three animal companions: Waffles the Irish Wolfhound; a Great Dane who goes by Gypsy; and a hairless cat named Scrotum.
Dr. Briana Patten
Veterinarian
Dr. Brianna Patten grew up in Prattville, Alabama, where she was President of the local 4-H horse club and volunteered with a handicap riding stable. It wasn’t long before she was shadowing her local veterinarian. For her, one choice of career became obvious: animal medicine. Dr. Patten hasn’t looked back since! She’s a proud member of the veterinary team here at South Rhea Animal Hospital.

Dr. Patten graduated from Auburn University with her degree in animal science before heading to the University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to earn her doctorate, graduating magna cum laude and gaining induction into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. While in veterinary school, she developed a special interest in nutrition, sports medicine, and preventative medicine, and decided that she would like to continue working with both large and small animals. Dr. Patten joined the team here at South Rhea Animal Hospital in July of 2019 and couldn’t be happier to help the pets and animal parents of this area!

When she’s not at work, Dr. Patten enjoys hiking, attending concerts, antique shopping, trying new foods, staying active in her church ministry, and spending quality time with her dog. She shares her life with a miniature Goldendoodle, Tripp, who loves cheering on the Auburn Tigers alongside his mom.

865 Rhea County Hwy
Dayton, TN 37321
(423) 775-5619

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Saturday 8am-12pm


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