Veterinary Staff

Vickie Pearce

Vickie Pearce

Office Manager

Vickie Pearce has been keeping things running smoothly for the staff and clients at Indian Hills Animal Clinic since it opened in July 1994. Having worked previously for Dr. Smith at his first veterinary hospital, Vickie has been a member of his core staff for 28 years. She feels that "it is rewarding and a pleasure to work with a veterinarian and staff who are caring and compassionate. We not only treat the pet, we also educate the owners and make every effort to provide them with the comfort and reassurance that they need."

As office manager, Vickie encourages a team approach to providing pet care. Her responsibilities include the hiring of employees, supervising, payroll, and overseeing the general everyday operations of the hospital.

Compassion, loyalty, and dedication are three self-applied terms Vickie uses to describe her professional attributes. "Interacting with the pets and their parents is my favorite part about my job," she says.

In her spare time, Vickie enjoys flower gardening and spending time with her family and three dogs named Hoss, Deacon, and Papa.

Jonathon Wayne Carrier

Johnathon Wayne Carrier

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Licensed Veterinary Technician Johnathon Wayne Carrier has worked at Indian Hills Animal Clinic since January 2007. He began working in the veterinary field as an assistant in 2005 and has experience in both emergency and critical care. Johnathon also has an associate's degree in applied science and veterinary technology and is certified as a veterinary nutritional advocate from Hills Veterinary Diets.

Johnathon's daily responsibilities include taking x-rays, placing IV catheters and starting IV fluids, providing pre- and post-surgical care, and assisting with various aspects of animal care. He says, "I love the client education, communication, preventive medicine counseling and providing medical care to pets. I enjoy working at Indian Hills Animal Clinic because the environment is great; we are like a big family. Our clinic strives to offer the highest standards of veterinary medicine, which allows me to fully utilize my education and experience."

Johnathon is a member of the Alabama Veterinary Technician Association, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America.

Outside of the office, Johnathon enjoys traveling, going to the mountains, fishing in the Gulf, and spending time with his four dogs.

Larry J. Easterwood

Larry J. Easterwood

Veterinary Technician

Having a sense of humor is very useful when working with animals and, fortunately for us, Veterinary Technician Larry J. Easterwood has one. Larry has been with Indian Hills Animal Clinic since January 1996 and performs many duties including administering vaccinations and medications, filling prescriptions, drawing blood, and cleaning up after pet boarders. Larry's favorite part of his job is providing dental care to the pets and educating pet owners on preventive oral-health measures.

The family-like feel at Indian Hills Animal Clinic is something that Larry cherishes. "I like working here because my coworkers and I get along great—like one big family. Also, I could not ask to work for a better doctor than Dr. Smith," he says.

In his free time, Larry finds time to read, watch movies, do yard work, and go to the mountains. At home, his two Boston terriers (Atticus and Ailbe) keep him company.

Diana C. Taylor

Diana C. Taylor

Veterinary Technician

As a veterinary technician, Diana enjoys assisting Dr. Smith and educating clients about pet care. Her military background contributes to Diana's unique skills and she feels her former training helps her perform her job responsibilities well.

Diana earned her associate's degree in science and is currently enrolled in school to be a registered nurse. She has been with Indian Hills Animal Clinic since April 2006 and has worked in the animal-related field for 10 years. Diana says, "I enjoy the people and the quality of care that we give to patients and clients."

Diana is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners. She enjoys caring for cats and works to educate our staff on the best cat-handling techniques.

Diana spends her free time reading, working on puzzles, attending flea markets, watching TV, spending time with her husband, and taking care of her three dogs, ten cats, two lizards, and a tarantula.

Grace Lindly

Grace Lindly

Veterinary Assistant

Grace Lindly is a veterinary assistant at Indian Hills Animal Clinic. Her daily responsibilities include pet care, walking the boarding dogs, assisting veterinarian technicians, and assisting with client services. Grace has worked in the animal-care field for over four years, and her favorite part of her job is working with dogs and exotic animals. She is a strong team worker and brings her laughter with her each day to the hospital. Grace is currently studying to become a licensed veterinary technician.

"I feel like this clinic is one big family," Grace says. "I love working with Dr. Smith and my coworkers because they're always willing to answer any question I have, or teach me something new."

At home, Grace has a Chihuahua named Emmie, a coonhound named Dan, two cats named Joker and Gigi, and a hedgehog named Quill. Outside of the office, she trains horses and dog sits. In her free time, Grace enjoys riding horses and doodling.

Haley Waites

Haley Waites

Veterinary Assistant

Hailey Waites joined the staff at Indian Hills Animal Clinic part-time in December 2015. As a veterinary assistant, she is responsible for providing care to healthy and sick pets, maintaining the clinic and pet hotel, and assisting the hospital's veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Hailey is upbeat and a hard worker, and her favorite part of the job is learning new things.

"My co-workers are people I enjoy spending time with outside of work because they are so easy to get along with," Hailey says. "I learn a lot from Dr. Smith and he is a caring boss to work under."

Outside of the office, Hailey has a pit bull mix named Cooper. In her free time, she enjoys watching Netflix, playing video games, playing with Cooper, and running. Hailey is currently studying accounting and biology at the University of Alabama. She is on a pre-veterinarian track and is the treasurer—and soon-to-be president—of her University of Alabama's Pre-Veterinary Medical Association.

Michalie Levins

Michalie Levins

Veterinary Assistant

Michalie has been a part-time Veterinary Assistant here at Indian Hills Animal Clinic since July 2018. She is in charge of walking, cleaning, and feeding the animals in our care, as well as distributing medicine. Her favorite part of her job is being able to interact with all the animals in the clinic.

Michalie is currently enrolled in Shelton State University. During her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and friends. Michalie has two pets: a two-year-old guinea pig named Vinnie, and a 7-month-old cat named Loki. We are so happy to have Michalie as part of the Indian Hills Animal Clinic family!

Michael Lane Hampton

Michael Hampton

Veterinary Assistant

Michael Hampton is a part-time Veterinary Assistant here at Indian Hills Animal Clinic. He has been working with us since June 2018. Michael’s favorite part about working at our clinic is interacting with our patients and providing them with excellent veterinary care.

Michael has two pets: Lucy, a Collie, and Bentley, a Yorkshire-terrier. In his free time, Michaels enjoys paddle boarding, marching band, concert band, and ultimate-frisbee. We are so happy to have Michael as part of the Indian Hills family!

Yuri Avianeda-Lopez

Yuri Avianeda-Lopez

Veterinary Assistant

Indian Hills Animal Clinic was happy to welcome Yuri Avianeda-Lopez to our team as a part-time veterinary assistant in August of 2017. One of her favorite aspects about working with us here is having close interactions with the animals we treat and getting to develop meaningful relationships with our clients and their pets. Each day Yuri brings with her a positive attitude and charm. She is bilingual and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

“I like how knowledgeable the Dr. Smith and the veterinary staff here at Indian Hills Animal Clinic are which helps me for anything school related,” Yuri says. “Everyone is very welcoming and we all help each other our whether it is work related or not.”

Some of Yuri’s responsibilities include providing food and water to our patients, giving medications, and bathing our boarding residents. She also helps keep our facilities clean and organized and assists her team members as needed with patient and client needs. Yuri is currently enrolled in the vet tech program at Jefferson State Community College to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. School is her primary focus, but Yuri’s dream is to own her own business that is a one stop place to adopt, groom, board, shop, and provide veterinary services.

In her free time, Yuri likes to work on planning her dream organization but also enjoys practicing photography, blogging, and traveling. She also loves spending time with her husband and father, two of her favorite people in the world. Yuri also loves looking after her 4 dogs, a Husky named Mimi, a Peekapoo named Max, a Chihuahua named Enrique, a Chihuahua mix named Emma, and a DSH cat named Roo.

Lauryn Barton

Lauryn Barton

Client Services

Lauryn Barton joined the client services team at Indian Hills Animal Clinic in April 2016. Her job responsibilities include accounting, answering phones, checking patients in and out, filing, and payroll. Lauryn is a friendly team player, and enjoys greeting our clients and their pets.

"I love my coworkers and enjoy helping clients get their babies up-to-date and healthy," Lauryn says.

At home, Lauryn has a 2-year-old domestic shorthair cat named Harley and a 1-year-old husky/lab mix named Bella. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her two beautiful daughters, vacationing, being with her family, and relaxing with a good movie.

Cayla May

Cayla May

Receptionist

Cayla May is one of our phenomenal Receptionists here at Indian Hills Animal Clinic. She became a great team member to our wonderful staff in April of 2019, working part time in our facilities. Some of Cayla’s daily responsibilities include answering phones, taking client and patient information for records, checking clients and patients in and out of our establishment, and assisting with pet services in our veterinary hospital and pet hotel.

At Shelton State Community College Cayla is currently studying nursing. She has been working in the animal related field since 2017, holding prior experience working at a doggie daycare called Happy Hounds. Each day Cayla brings with her a positive attitude and a cheery personality. Cayla loves working her and being able to help our clients and their pets have a better visit at Indian Hills Animal Clinic.

“I really love the people that come by,” Cayla says. They always have the best personalities and attitudes! I like my coworkers, they are always so nice and helpful. Everyone is like a big family. Also, Dr. Smith is such a great veterinarian!”



In her spare time Cayla likes to spend time with her family, friends, and her two dogs. She looks after a Catahoula mix named Kona, and a Lab mix named Riley. Cayla loves going for hikes, watching movies at home, and vacationing.

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