Dr Megan Comp is originally from Hanford, California. She knew at a very young age that she wanted to care for animals. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California Santa Barbara and her Doctorate of Veterinary medicine from St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her clinical rotations at Auburn University and now resides in Alcoa, Tennessee. Dr. Comp began working in the kennel at the local vet in Hanford at the age of 15. She earned her way up to vet technician while still in high school. While attending UCSB she worked at the Santa Barbara Zoo and discovered her passion for working with a variety of species. Dr. Comp knows that a good doctor never stops learning...she continually takes advantage of a variety of Continuing Education opportunities across the country to stay current on new medicines, treatments, and surgical protocol. When she's not caring for patients, Dr. Comp is probably working in her vegetable garden or spending fun time with her son.
'I felt a strong bond with animals when I was very young. The human/animal bond is very important to me and I want to do everything I can to strengthen that bond with every person and pet I meet. Everyday, animals show me the kind, humble, loyal and genuine nature that every human should possess.'
Jennifer StambaughOffice Manager, Receptionist, Veterinary Assistant
Jennifer Stambaugh is from Warsaw, Indiana where I worked many years in the veterinary field. I learned a lot of aspects of the field by starting from the ground up as a kennel technician, then a receptionist, and a veterinary assistant and now our office manager.I joined our team in November 2016. I moved here for the weather of course and the mountain views. I moved here with my wonderful husband (Billy) and my 3 dobermans. My daughter also decided to move here and joined our team as well.I am very grateful for the opportunity to work for such a great hospital and team. Dr. Comp and Dr. Fred are very compassionate and knowledgeable veterinarians that I'm grateful to work with and have learned much from.I grew up on a farm with a variety of animals and knew from an early age that caring for animals was something I always wanted to do. I feel it's a privilege to be able to do this job.
Tabitha MerkelVeterinary Assistant/Receptionist
Tabitha Merkel is from Warsaw Indiana. She joined our team in April 2017. She has a dog (doberman/ pit cross) named Rin and two snakes a cornsnake named Newbie and a ball python named Bane.She has always loved animals she grew up on her families farm that had everything from lizards to horses. She continued with her love and passion of animals in her career. She feels it's a privilege to work with people that share the same love and desire to help animals.She enjoys hiking,swimming, horseback riding, and does agility with her dog when she gets a chance.
Dr. Jane Fred is a native of Knoxville. She received her undergraduate in 1982 with a double major in animal science and ornamental horticulture and landscape design. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with her doctorate of veterinary medicine in 1986. She has worked in the greater Knoxville area since graduating and is experienced in both mixed animal as well as small animal practice. She works with Mountain Highway Veterinary Hospital as well as other practices as a part time/relief veterinarian. She resides in Corryton with her husband, horses, cats and dogs. When she's not saving lives, Dr. Fred enjoys tending to her horses, traveling, fishing and gardening.
Kevin Hunt (Veterinary Assistant) Kevin came to join us here after working for several years as a zookeeper, mostly with Great Apes and Elephants. He has a great love and understanding of all animals (big and small) and plans on returning to the zoo after finishing school. When he's not busy working he enjoys painting, drawing, kayaking, gardening and cooking. Kevin resides in Louisville, TN with his 3 cats, 1 dog, 6 rabbits, 3 tarantulas and a snake named Alice.