Meet Our Talented Doctors and Staff
Should your pet require medical or surgical care, the expertise of the hospital’s veterinary team is enhanced by advanced veterinary diagnostic imaging technology, in-house testing capabilities, a modern surgical suite, and a wide-range of specialty resources.
Christina E. Vincent, DVM
Christina E. Vincent's Bio
Associate veterinarian Dr. Christina E. Vincent began working at Indian Hills Animal Clinic in July 2019. With professional interests in small animal practice and exotics, Dr. Vincent received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Center College in 2012 and her master’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Alabama in 2014. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University in 2019. For Dr. Vincent, the best thing about being a veterinarian is getting to know clients and their pets. She said, “I enjoy building relationships with clients and their pets. It’s satisfying to care for that pet from the start of life through their senior years.”
A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Dr. Vincent has had ties to Indian Hills Animal Clinic since a very young age. She started going to practice at the age of five with her first dog. “I have known everyone at the clinic for a long time, they are all like family,” she says. Before becoming a veterinarian, her first volunteer opportunity was with Dr. Philip M. Smith at Indian Hills Animal Clinic. She also volunteered at Lancaster Veterinary Center in Lancaster, Kentucky, while pursuing her undergraduate degree.
At home, Dr. Vincent has a three-year-old Australian Shepherd named Archer and a seven-year-old Hound mix named Tallulah. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dogs and her family. She also likes hiking, reading, gardening, playing video games and watching Alabama football.
Katy Drain, DVM
Katy Drain's Bio
Dr. Drain has been practicing veterinary medicine for 21 years after attending Auburn University. She prides herself in helping people by taking care of their pets and educating them about the health and welfare of their four-legged family members. In her free time, Katy enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and working in her yard.
Diana C. Taylor, Practice Manager
Diana C. Taylor's Bio
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 degree in science and is currently enrolled in school to be a Licensed Veterinary Technician. 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, 10 cats, two lizards, and a tarantula.
Vickie Pearce, Lead Receptionist
Vickie Pearce's Bio
Vickie Pearce has been keeping things running smoothly for the staff and clients at Indian Hills Animal Clinic since 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 hiring employees, supervising, payroll, and overseeing the hospital’s general everyday operations.
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.
Vickie enjoys flower gardening and spending time with her family and three dogs named Hoss, Deacon, and Papa in her spare time.
Larry J. Easterwood, Veterinary Assistant
Larry J. Easterwood 's Bio
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 assisting the doctors with drawing blood and administering vaccines, and giving oral medications. 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.
Larry finds time to read, watch movies, do yard work, and go to the mountains in his free time. At home, his two Boston Terriers (Atticus and Ailbe) keep him company.
Grace Lindly, Groomer
Grace Lindly's Bio
Grace 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 has strong teamwork 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.