Crossville + Cookeville


Best Friends Veterinary Hospital is proud to serve Crossville and Cookeville, from daily pet care and specialty medicine to emergency animal surgery. Or pet check-ups to emergency pet surgery. Our animal hospital is run by Dr. Anthony Warlick, who is a licensed, experienced Crossville veterinarian. Our team is committed to educating our clients in how to keep your pets healthy year round, with good nutrition and exercise. Best Friends Veterinary Hospital stays on top of the latest advances in veterinary technology and above all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care in every check-up, procedure, or surgery. Provider of specialty and emergency veterinary services Specialties include surgery, dermatology and internal medicine.

Dr. Anthony Warlick


Dr. Warlick was born in Opelika, AL and grew up in southern Indiana.  He attended Purdue University for undergrad.  He then attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts with his final year back at Purdue.  After graduating in January of 2002, Dr. Warlick moved to Crossville, TN and worked 4 years in a mixed animal hospital.  In February of 2006, Dr. Warlick and his wife Elizabeth opened Best Friends Veterinary Hospital with the desire to better serve the community.  

Dr. Warlick and Elizabeth have three children (Johnathan, Joseph, and Jayne Elizabeth), two dogs (River and Grace), and a cat (Angel).


Dan Richardson

Manager of Crossville Office

Dan Richardson grew up in Southern Indiana and graduated from the University of Evansville (IN) BA 1985, MBA 1988. Dan moved to Crossville in 1989 and worked in human medical administration for 21 years. He joined Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in 2013 as our practice manager. When away from the clinic, he spends time travelling with his wife of 30 years, and enjoying their son’s families. Keeping up with four grandchildren and nine cats takes most of his time and energy.

Dr. Kristin Miller

 Crossville Veterinarian

Dr. Kristin Miller was born and raised in Michigan.  She attended undergrad at the University of Finley in Ohio where she received her bachelor’s degree in biology and animal science in 2012.  She then went on to attend veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts.  She completed her clinical year at The Ohio State University and graduated in May of 2016.  

Dr. Miller is married and has 5 pets that keep her busy, 3 dogs (Autumn, Paisley, and Francis) and 2 cats (Lightning Bug and Biscuit).  While not at work, Dr. Miller loves to spend time outdoors, taking her dogs hiking, and spending time with her husband and family.  Dr. Miller’s main areas of interest in veterinary medicine include dentistry and internal medicine.  She also enjoys getting to know the areas pets and animal owners.


Dr. Mary Clare Taylor

 Crossville Veterinarian

Dr. Mary Clare Taylor, born in Lawrenceburg, TN,  received both her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After graduating in 2016 she moved to Crossville and began working at Best Friends. 

Dr. Taylor lives with her husband Curtis and their two dogs and one cat (Bo, Bean, and Wolfie). She loves spending time outside hiking, kayaking, and fishing and enjoys cooking and trying new recipes whenever possible. She is Fear Free certified and enjoys educating people about preventative medicine to keep their fur babies as healthy as possible. 


Dr. Sarah Bussey

 Crossville Veterinarian

Dr. Sarah Bussey was born and raised right here in Crossville, TN and attended Cumberland County High School. She completed her undergraduate course work at Tennessee Technological University, then went on to graduate from The University of Tennessee with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2013. 

Dr. Bussey is happily married with two young daughters. She and her family enjoy kayaking, hiking, camping and above all Tennessee football. Dr. Bussey loves being a part of her hometown and enjoys giving back to this community. 

Nika Padgett

Dr. Nika Cantrell

 Crossville Veterinarian

Dr. Nika attended Tennessee Technological University for her undergraduate and Master’s degree in biology. While at Tennessee Tech she worked with all types of reptiles and amphibians; from salamanders to sea turtles. Knowing her heart belonged in Veterinary Medicine, she attended the University of Tennessee of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated in 2019 and is delighted to join the Best Friends Team. Outside of work she enjoys antiques, reading and spending time with her husband Matthew, beautiful gray cat(Cheshire) and australian shepherd(Cubb).


Dr. Megan Hicks

 Crossville Veterinarian

Dr. Megan Hicks grew up in Indiana and attended Purdue University for her undergraduate degree in biology. She then went on to earn her degree in veterinary medicine from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Hicks moved down to Tennessee and joined Best Friends Veterinary Hospital to pursue her dream of working as a small animal veterinarian. Her professional interests include ophthalmology, soft tissue surgery, and emergency medicine. When she’s not working, Dr. Hicks enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, kayaking, baking, and reading.