Meet Our Veterinarians & Staff
Thomas J. Bihl, Jr., DVM
Tom is originally from Alexandria, KY. He graduated from Georgetown College with degrees in Biology and Environmental Science. He attended the University of Kentucky where he took his pre-veterinary agriculture courses. Tom graduated cum laude in 1991 from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Tom and his wife Susan live in Maryville. They have two children, Andy and Emily. When not at work, Tom enjoys woodworking, hiking, camping, fishing and shooting.
Bethany C. Russell, DVM
Bethany C. Russell grew up in Johnson City, TN. She attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC where she played varsity soccer. She graduated in 2001 summa cum laude with a Biology major and a Chemistry minor. She graduated in 2005 from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and came to work at Volunteer Veterinary Hospital shortly thereafter.
She is married with two daughters, Madeline and Taylor, and a step-daughter, Alexis. She and her husband, Scottie, live in Alcoa, TN and enjoy showing boxers in AKC conformation shows in their free time. Bethany enjoys small animal practice with special interests in surgery and canine reproduction.
Alisha L. Harbin, DVM
Alisha L. Harbin was born and raised in Tullahoma, TN. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor Degree in Biology and Chemistry with a minor in Psychology. She graduated from the University of Tennesse College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She has worked in general practice clinics and a spay/neuter clinic since graduation. Alisha’s primary interest involves canine reproduction and pediatric care but she enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, including exotics.
Alisha and her husband, Josh, live in Louisville with their four-legged kids. Alisha has been showing and breeding Collies since she was 7 years of age and has handled multiple other breeds in AKC conformation shows, including Dr. Russell’s Boxers. Along with AKC conformation shows, she enjoys quilting and target shooting with her husband in her spare time.
Cher Gotcher, Groomer
Cher was born and raised in Miami, Florida. After graduating from the Florida School of Dog Grooming in January 2000, she opened Picture Perfect Dog Grooming in Lutz, Florida. Cher sold her successful business in 2005 and moved to Knoxville to live near her daughter. She has groomed pets at Volunteer Veterinary Hospital since 2005.
An ex-surfer and equestrian, Cher now enjoys gardening and collecting rocks and fossils.
Stacy has been with Volunteer Veterinary Hospital since 1996. She grew up in Maryville, TN. She attended Pellissippi State and the University of Tennessee.
She enjoys watching movies, crafts, reading and playing softball. She also enjoys attending the University of Tennessee Athletics events, including softball, basketball, baseball and football.
DeAnna is originally from Smyrna, TN but spent many years living near Spartanburg, SC before moving to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee. DeAnna began working at Volunteer Veterinary Hospital in 2005. After graduating with her BSAS in 2007, she began working full time and moved from a position in the kennel to technician and front desk staff.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her 4 black and white "fur babies", a shih tzu (Leo), a cocker spaniel (Isabella) and 2 cats (Charlie and Gus).
Holly enjoys working at Volunteer Veterinary Hospital because she loves being around the animals. She is studying physical therapy at Walters State.
Kayla, originally from Orlando, FL, is currently working towards her veterinary degree. She has a passion for large fish aquariums and owns a 55 gallon tank of her own. She spoils her 4 African Cichlids named Sunny, Little Man, Moon, and Blue. Kayla is also very family oriented and loves spending time with her mom, dad, two younger sisters, and the family dog, Leo.
Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, Maureen moved to Pennsylvania to attend Delaware Valley College, where she did her undergraduate work in large animal science.
After graduating and spending her final summer working with pot bellied pigs, she moved to Tennessee with her dog, Heidi in hopes of getting far from northern winters and to be closer to her family.
Originally from Kentucky then moving to Wisconsin, Samantha finally settled down in Maryville, TN in 2004. Having attended the University of Tennessee for 2 years, Samantha decided to take time off to discover a new major.
In her free time, Samantha loves to read, listen to music, watch movies, spends time with her friends and family, but most of all play with her Chihuahua, Arabella Monroe, and her yorkipoo, Maximillian Theodore.
Liz, originally from Clinton, TN, moved to Knoxville just a few short years ago. She attended Roane State Community College obtaining her Associates of Arts degree, and is currently working hard to obtain her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee.
In her spare time, she enjoys writing, reading, showing her boxers and meeting new people. She competitively shows in Conformation and Agility shows in the American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club, and has travelled all over the Eastern United States.
Bio coming soon!
Bio coming soon!
Brittany Hohol, Grooming Assistant
Brittany is currently attending Pellissippi State and is majoring in nursing. She is also serving in the Tennessee National Guard. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves playing and cuddling with her dog, Leo.
"Volunteer Veterinary Hospital has been caring for our pets for many years and will continue to do so for many more due to the skill and dedication of the professionals who lead the organization."
— Joe & Helen Bruner
"All my pets have been patients at Volunteer Veterinary for at least the last 20 years. The entire staff has always gone above and beyond to make sure my dogs have been properly taken care of. I wouldn’t think of going anywhere else."
— Phylis Flenniken
"I want to thank you and your entire staff for all that you do for my dogs. I’ll never forget when we lost our precious Sapphire years ago; and the way you allowed me to come daily and spend time with her. Your compassion and kindness was so comforting to us during our time of loss."
— Sherry Meacham & Roscoe
"Let me say that I feel honored to reference in behalf of my experience with Volunteer Vet Hospital. I admire Dr Bihl and his staff, they are very kind and considerate. I enjoyed my visits and knew they were compassionate and caring people."
— Susan Oglietti