Richard Buchanan DVM
Dr. Buchanan grew up in nearby Lenoir City and graduated from Tennessee Tech University. In 1980 he received his veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee. Before relocating to Sweetwater, he practiced in Scottsville, Kentucky, and Greenville, Tennessee.
Honored with the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association "Outstanding Practitioner Award" in 2004, Dr. Buchanan is a past member of the Tennessee Board of Veterinary Examiners and a member of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Association.
A member of Session First Presbyterian Church, Dr. Buchanan also serves on the boards of the Sweetwater Library and Wood Presbyterian Home. He and his wife Regina [Bivens] love vacations in the Caribbean for scuba diving. The doctor also enjoys hiking, golfing and playing guitar, as well as family time with his daughter Becky, grandchildren Maddisen and Ansley, and his dogs and cat.
Boyd Curtis DVM
A Madisonville native, Dr. Curtis received undergraduate degrees from Hiwassee College and University of Tennessee. He was in the first graduating class from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, receiving his DVM in 1979. He joined Monroe County Animal Hospital upon graduation.
Dr. Curtis is a member of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Association, the TN Department of Agriculture/TEMA 1st Responder to Agricultural Disasters, and Chairman 911 Board.
Dr. Curtis fills his spare time with golf, woodworking, hiking, and drives into the nearby mountains. He enjoys watching football, especially the Buffalo Bills, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Phyllis Harrell DVM
Dr. Harrell is a native of Hot Springs, Arkansas. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and earned her veterinary degree at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Her veterinary experience was honed in Hot Springs and in Kingsport TN before joining Monroe County Animal Hospital.
A member of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Assocation and American Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Harrell also serves the TN Department of Agriculture/TEMA 1st Responder to Agricultural Disasters, and the Monroe County Board of Health.
The doctor and husband Charles have two daughters, Hannah and Haley, and one son, Matthew, and are members of 1st United Methodist Church of Madisonville. Dr. Harrell's favorite hobbies include dance, reading, camping, and watching the Atlanta Braves.
Erica Murphy DVM
Dr. Murphy’s connections to Monroe County Animal Hospital began while she was growing up in Madisonville; her interest in becoming a vet lead to her involvement in a summertime volunteer program at the Monroe County animal clinic, working under the mentorship of Dr. David Kefauver and Dr. Boyd Curtis, the latter now one of her partners at MCAH. She first met Dr. Richard Buchanan on a late night call to the Heiskell family’s Laurel Brooke Farm for a c-section on one of their cows. Inspired by her positive experiences and the menagerie of critters she grew up with, Dr. Murphy completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Science at the University of Tennessee campuses in Martin and Knoxville. She graduated from the UT College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, and is a member of the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association as well as the American Veterinary Association.
Dr. Murphy was wed in 2006 to Scott Murphy, who composes music for television “when he is not busy being the best husband and father in the world,” Dr. Murphy notes. In December of 2013, they welcomed their daughter Eva into the world. Like most in her profession, Dr. Murphy's pets were rescued, and include 4 cats named Sawyer, Yoda, Dylan and Boots. Dr. Murphy and her family are members of Madisonville Presbyterian Church.
Professional travel lead Dr. Murphy to Zanzibar, Tanzania, on an exciting mission trip where she and her team spayed and neutered feral cats in Stone Town and went out in the “shambas” (countryside) to deworm and vaccinate cattle for foot and mouth disease. While she loves cooking and reading, her hobbies have evolved now that she has a child - playing with Eva is at the very top of her list of favorite activities.
Libby Ownby DVM
Dr. Libby Ownby is a 2009 graduate from the Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Though she is originally from Southern Illinois, she has lived most of her life in Tennessee and grew up on Signal Mountain, near Chattanooga.
Dr. Ownby and her husband Kirby are parents to two energetic sons, Ethan and Kaden, who love to keep their lives interesting and fast-paced. She is also parent of three dogs, Macy, Dixie, and her newest addition Zoe.
As a veterinarian, Dr. Ownby's special clinical interests include dermatology, nutrition, and ophthalmology. She is excited to be the newest member of the veterinary team at Monroe County Animal Hospital.
In her spare time, the doctor enjoys traveling to the beach and to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, as well as reading, involvement with church activities, and simply spending time with her family. She looks forward to meeting you and your pets.
Angela Barry DVM
Dr. Barry received her veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee in 1998 and has worked part time with Monroe County Animal Hospital for over a decade, primarily in the Tellico Plains office. She and her husband Michael, who is a veterinarian working with the USDA FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service), live in the nearby mountain community of Coker Creek.
In addition to her children Jarrett and Kiley, Dr. Barry's family includes 3 dogs, 2 cats, 4 horses, 2 rabbits, and a small flock of chickens. Dr. Barry is a member of the Ironsburg Methodist Church and has utilized her professional skills while traveling to areas in need through the Christian Veterinary Missions.
In her free time, Dr. Barry enjoys horseback riding, swimming, gardening, and reading.