Our Veterinary Team in Cookeville and Crossville, TN

Veterinarians Cookeville Tn

Our Veterinary Team in Cookeville, TN

At Best Friends Veterinary Hospital, we love animals, we love people, and we love what we do! We’re passionate about upholding the human-animal bond and sharing in so many wonderful journeys between pets and their families.

If you’re unfamiliar with our team here in Cookeville, TN, we invite you to learn more about our veterinarians and supporting staff members!

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Our Veterinary Team in Crossville, TN

At Best Friends Veterinary Hospital, we're pet lovers and advocates for the human-animal bond. We see how families grow together with their pets and do everything they can to give them healthy, happy lives. Our veterinarians and team members are here to support you and your pet for as long as possible with outstanding medicine and heartfelt care.

Get to know our team below, and call (931) 459-2006 to make an appointment!

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Our Doctors

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Dr. Mary Clare Taylor

Dr. Mary Clare Taylor was born and raised in Lawrenceburg, TN. She received both her Bachelor of Science in chemistry and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has been with Best Friends since graduating in 2016. She lives with her husband, two children, two dogs, and one cat. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and gardening.

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Dr. Sarah Bussey

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 sports. Dr. Bussey loves being a part of her hometown and enjoys giving back to this community.

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Dr. Monica Jones

Hello! I'm Dr. Monica Jones and I joined the team at Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in July of 2022.

I grew up on a farm in southern Indiana where I gained a passion for raising and caring for dogs, cattle, goats and horses. I received my B.S. in Biology, A.S. in Chemistry, and a minor in Business Management from Purdue University - Fort Wayne in 2018. I went on to earn my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN where I graduated in May of 2022.

I have a passion for all animals, small and large, and am blessed to work in a career where I have the opportunity to work with them every day. My special interests include soft tissue surgery, preventive care and alternative medicine.

My significant other and I currently reside in Cookeville, TN with our two dogs, Nora and Chloe. Outside of work, I enjoy reading, cooking, gardening, attending concerts, hiking, kayaking, traveling and spending quality time with my friends, family and pets.

I am humbled and honored to be a veterinarian and provide quality, compassionate care to your pets. I look forward to meeting you and your four-legged family members.

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Dr. Kristin Miller

Dr. Miller was born and raised in Michigan.  She attended undergrad at the University of Findlay 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 and Nevis.  She completed her clinical year at The Ohio State University and graduated in May of 2016.

Dr. Miller is married and has 2 children (Charlotte and Beckett) and 5 pets that keep her busy. While not at work, Dr. Miller loves to spend time outdoors, hiking the surrounding area, 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.

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Dr. Daniel Spindel

Dr. Daniel Spindel was born and raised in Woodbridge, VA just outside of Washington D.C. He completed his undergraduate education at George Mason University. He graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed his clinical year through Lincoln Memorial University in TN.

Outside of the office, Dr. Spindel enjoys hiking with his dogs, cooking, and reading. He currently has two dogs and two cats. Yogi is affectionately called coconut retriever (island mutt) that was adopted off the streets in the Caribbean and Mickey is a shepherd mix that was adopted here in Crossville. Two kittens just found their way into his home as well, Bambino and Ruth. As you can tell, all of his pet's names are after New York Yankee players who he's a die hard fan of. He's happy to be in his adopted state of TN and looks forward to serving the Cumberland County community for many years to come.

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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 a 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 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).

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Dr. Brianna Robbins

Dr. Brianna Robbins was raised in Springville, Alabama. She attended Auburn University during her undergraduate studies where she graduated with a Bachelor of Wildlife Science. Dr. Robbins remained in Auburn where she attended Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (War Eagle!). During veterinary school, Dr. Robbins found that her true passion is in general practice with an interest in surgery, emergency medicine, and ophthalmology.
Aside from her love for animals, Dr. Robbins also has a passion for traveling. She has visited 15 countries and 23 states so far with a goal of visiting every continent! In her leisure time, she enjoys hobby farming, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband, Nicholas, share their home with four dogs (Angel Bear, Shiloh, Halpert, and Bailey), one cat named Cassie, a ball python, and an axolotl.

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Dr. Stormy Walker

Dr. Stormy Walker was born and raised in Cedartown, Georgia. She attended undergrad at the University of West Georgia where she received her Bachelor's degree in Biology. She then went to Lincoln Memorial University and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2023. Dr. Stormy is married and has two dogs (Maloo and Daisy). She enjoys spending her time outside with her family participating in many activities. Some of their favorite activities include hiking, paddle boarding, and outdoor movie nights. Dr. Stormy is loves meeting new people and their pets. She is passionate about surgery and serving the community through the care animals.

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Dr. John Edwards

Dr. John Edwards is from Speedwell, TN where he grew up on his family's cattle and sheep farm. He is no stranger to Crossville as he visited his grandparents Lacy and Kay Upchurch regularly. John attended the University of Tennessee where he served as Smokey's handler for 2 years. After UT, John attended Lincoln Memorial University and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. John enjoys hunting, fishing, farming and above all else, Tennessee Vols football! Dr. Edwards is excited to give back to the community of Crossville and serve its citizens and pets.