Owner & Veterinarian, Traci S. Helton DVM.
'I became a veterinarian simply because I had an interest in the medical profession and I liked animals. At a young age, I was crazy about horses and I let that passion steer me down my career path.'
Dr. Helton is from Central New York state and has lived in Tennessee for over twenty-two years. Dr. Helton received her B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University. Graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville. Dr. Helton is certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) and trained in small animal / equine acupuncture at the Chi Institute of Florida.
In 2003, Mobile Veterinary Services – a house call practice that allowed her to provide veterinary care to those that may not have been able to seek care. In October 2013 her dreams of owning her own practice became a reality and Midtown Veterinary Services & Hospital opened.
In her downtime, Dr. Helton is an avid runner and has completed two half marathons. Dr. Helton lives with her partner, two dogs, and Bum the cat.
Veterinarian, Jessie Richardson DVM.
'I became a veterinarian because it was the only job that I could see myself doing and I love animals. I look forward to taking care of your pets and I am very excited to be part of the Midtown family.'
Dr. Jessie Richardson a native Tennessean. She received a B.S.in Biology from the University of Tennessee-Martin before graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville. Dr. Richardson joined the Midtown Veterinary team in June 2017 and says that she loves the variety of mixed animal medicine, having a special interest in pathology. Along with the current animals seen at Midtown Veterinary, she will also treat small ruminants (goats, sheep, alpacas), reptiles (snakes, lizards), and cattle. Dr. Richardson is also passionate about animal advocacy. When she is not busy at the clinic taking care of the health and well being of your animals, she enjoys spending time with her longtime boyfriend and her cats Oshi and Ruthie or enjoying water sports and video games.
Practice Manager, Amber Kelley.
'I have a great passion for Animal Welfare, having worked with Animal Harbor since 2003, and always strive to continue learning.'
Amber is originally from Ohio but settled in Tennessee as a teenager. Amber studied nursing at Motlow but quickly realized she has a preference for non-human patients. In October 2016, Amber joined the staff as the Practice Manager. Amber works all over the clinic, but primarily behind the scenes trying to make sure that the business runs smoothly so that the doctors and their staff can focus on patient care. Amber has a teenage son, three cats, and a dog. When Amber is not busy at the clinic her hobbies include reading and knitting.
Veterinary Assistant, Erica Teasley.
' I am a lifelong pet owner but this is my first time working in a veterinary clinic. I love everything about my job from the people to the pets and owners I care for. I love it!!'
Erica is originally from North GA and moved to Tennessee to attend college in Sewanee. Erica obtained her B.S. in Biology from the University of the South. Currently she is studying to become a Veterinary Technician. She will be certified in Equine Massage and Fear Free Veterinary Care. Erica was one of the first Midtown Employees when the clinic opened in 2013. Erica has three dogs, 2 cats and 1 horse. When Erica is not working, her interests include alternative/complementary medicine, rehabilitation, public health and equine.
Veterinary Assistant, Hailey Floyd.
' I am very excited to work in the veterinary field. I am thankful to work with two amazing doctors and all the staff.'
Hailey is a native of Tennessee and has worked at Midtown since July 2017. Her plans are to become a licensed Veterinary Technician specializing in Anesthesia. Hailey has a son and a dog. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her son. She also enjoys riding in the mountains with her friends.
Veterinary Assistant, Lecia Curran.
'I always knew my calling was working with animals. I love working with all the staff here, and our facility is wonderful! Working here has expanded my love for all animals. I love meeting and getting to know our clients and their pets.'
Lecia is a native Tennessean and has worked for Midtown since March 2015. Lecia has a strong passion for animals but her greatest joy comes form working with pediatric patients. She has a Yorkie named Ryder. When Lecia is not working she enjoys spending time on the lake and cheering on the Nashville Predators.
Veterinary Assistant, Kally Walker.
Kally is a Franklin County native and graduate of FCHS. She has been at Midtown since April of 2016 and is currently working toward becoming a Veterinary Technician through Penn Foster’s online program. Her family includes her parents, 2 sisters, 2 dogs, and 5 horses. Kally has a life-long passion for horses. When she is not working, she enjoys barrel racing and riding her horses.
Veterinary Assistant, Seala Acra.
'I've always liked working with animals since I was a kid. One thing I love about this profession is that every day is an adventure at work.'
Seala grew up in Florida and moved to Tennessee in 2002. Seala has been with Midtown since July 2015. Seala is a graduate of FCHS and has attended Motlow College. Seala became interested in animals because of her desire to help animals. She has a strong interest in surgery. Seala has two dogs and a cat. When Seala is not at the clinic she enjoys many outdoor activities including fishing, swimming and hiking.
Head Receptionist, Angela Mannes.
'If I could, I would have a mini farm with a bunch of animals including miniature goats. I love animals and I am thankful for this job so that I can be around animals everyday.'
Angela grew up in Illinois and moved to Tennessee about seven years ago. Angela has been with Midtown since September, 2015. Angela received an Associates degree in Accounting. Angela is married with one child. Her furry family includes four dogs, a cat, ducks and, chickens. In her spare time she enjoys spending time on the lake and learning how to crochet.
Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant, Heather Forshee.
'After working with shelter animals and providing them with medical care, love and attention,I developed a passion for veterinary medicine.'
Heather is a native of Tennessee.Heather joined the team at Midtown in February of 2017. Heather is married with two children. She also has five dogs and a cat. Heather loves to work with our pediatric and geriatric patients. During her downtime, she enjoys drinking coffee, spending time on the lake and being with family.
‘Growing up on a farm is where my love of animals began’
Brittany is a native of Franklin County. Brittany is a trained Pharmacy Technician. She began working at Midtown in July 2017. Brittany is married with two children, a cat and a dog. When She is not at the clinic, Brittany enjoys canoeing, hunting, fishing and, spending time with her family. Brittany is most interested in working with pediatrics and cows.
Kennel Assistant, Dee Talbert.
Dee recently moved to Tennessee from Ohio. She has worked at Midtown since April 2017. Dee has extensive experience working in veterinary kennels. Dee has a fiance and two cats. Dee loves working with animals and keeping the kennel clean and in great shape.
Kennel Assistant, Kevin Davis.
Kevin is a native of Franklin County. Kevin started working for Midtown in April 2017. Kevin is married and has five dogs. Kevin loves working with animals and learning more about veterinary medicine.
Kennel Assistant, Kennedy Davis.
Kennedy is a native of Franklin County and a recent graduate of FCHS. Kennedy attends Motlow College. Kennedy has been with Midtown since February 2017. Kennedy assists all over the clinic balancing a few hours in between her studies. Kennedy has two pets and she loves to work with animals. In her free time, Kennedy listens to music.