McGehee Clinic For Animals
McGehee Clinic for Animals was voted "Best Veterinary Clinic" in the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and once again in 2018 Memphis Most readers poll by The Commercial Appeal. We are a full service veterinary medical facility for our canine and feline family members, located in Memphis, TN. McGehee Clinic for Animals has served family generations in the Memphis area for over 50 years. We seek to provide the best possible medical, surgical, and dental care for our highly-valued. patients.
Our Mission Statement
McGehee Clinic for Animals PC is committed to providing the highest level of professional veterinary service, client education and pet family support. Focused on continuous improvement and ongoing quality control, our staff is committed to providing outstanding customer service, encouraging individual and team development, and maintaining an upbeat clinic and boarding kennel environment where tails wag, and clients and staff find reasons to smile.
Our mission is to exceed expectations, provide specialty level care in practice, improve pet’s lives and in doing so improve the human/animal bond.
Our core values: Excellence, Caring, Family
We are certified by the American Animal Hospital Association
American Animals Hospital Association ensures the practice is operating at the highest standards of excellence. There are more than 900 standards practices are evaluated on. To become an AAHA member, candidates must be evaluated every four years by a practice consultant on all the mandatory standards for accreditation.
These standards include:
Emergency and Critical Care
Doctors Clinic Hours:
Dr. McGehee 8AM-6PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
Dr. Barnes 8AM-6PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and every third Saturday
Dr. Gordon 8AM-6PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and every third Saturday
Dr. Hall 8AM-6 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and every forth Saturday
Norris W McGehee, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (C/F)
Years in Practice: 32
Education: University of Tennessee
Norris W. McGehee, DVM, DABVP, is a 1987 graduate of The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and became owner of McGehee Clinic for Animals in 1990. He is certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Canine and Feline Medicine. Dr. McGehee has worked at the clinic since he was a young boy. He knew then that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his uncle and founder of the clinic, Dr. Eugene H. McGehee. Each day Dr. McGehee shows that there is much more to his role at our clinic than just having his name on the building. His dedication to implementing and practicing the best medicine possible is evident in every step he takes.
Dr. Norris McGehee has special interest and training in cardiac ultrasounds and echocardiograms, as well as the training to perform advanced surgical procedures including Tibial Plateau Leveling
Osteotomy (TPLO) and Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) procedure to repair torn cruciate ligaments. He is a member of American Association of Feline Practitioners.
Dr. McGehee is married to Lauren and has three sons, Hud, Ian, and the late Norris McGehee, Jr. He is a Past President of the Rotary Club Memphis East, Past President of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, an avid outdoorsman, and especially enjoys watching his boys many sporting events! Dr. McGehee has a Labrador named Cotton and a Heinz 57 named Charlie.
Dr. McGehee is board certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in feline and canine medicine. To become ABVP certified one must endure a rigorous and demanding credentialing process and take a three day long examination.This means the doctor has proven their exceptional knowledge, skill, and competency in the care of the total patient by the AVMA Board of Veterinary Specialties.
Melissa J Barnes, DVM
Melissa Barnes, DVM, graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. Fortunately for us she is a real hometown girl and decided to stay in the Memphis area. Dr. Barnes joined McGehee Clinic for Animals in January of 2008 and has been keeping pets happy and healthy ever since. Her love of animals is expressed daily through her attention to detail during each pet exam. Dr. Barnes has special interest in general internal medicine, wellness care for patients of all ages, and surgery. When she is not at work "Missy" (as she is affectionately known) loves gardening, reading and being with her family.
Years in Practice: 22
Education: University of Tennessee
Grayce C. Gordon, DVM
Another local Memphian, Dr. Grayce Gordon joined us in June of 2018. Dr. Gordon attended St. Mary’s Episcopal School, graduating in ‘10 (Go Turkeys!) and then received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Molecular Biology from Auburn University in ’14. Last but not least, Dr. Gordon received her DVM from UTCVM in ’18. Her interests include soft tissue surgery and internal medicine, as well as getting to know our clients and patients, and we love the fun spirit and energy she brings to work with her every day. At home, Dr. Gordon has a golden retriever mix named Lexie and a tortoise shell cat named Coco. Dr. Gordon spends her free time reading, watching movies, baking, and hiking (hopefully with no more broken wrists!).
Years in Practice: 1
Education: University of Tennessee
Kristin Hall, DVM
Dr. Kristin Hall joined our team in December of 2018. A big North Caroline State fan, Dr. Hall attended NCSU for undergrad, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 2000, and obtaining her DVM from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in ’04. After graduating from vet school, Dr. Hall moved to the Florida Keys, where she practiced veterinary medicine for fourteen years, and although she likes Memphis, she says she misses the constant sunshine of Florida. Dr. Hall has one sweet dog named Brigit, but watch out for her tail--it wags so fast it may knock you down! Internal medicine and oncology are a couple of her interests. Dr. Hall believes in practicing veterinary medicine in the most fear free environment possible, and she is great with working with both cats and dogs, as well as with birds and exotics on a case-by-case basis. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with Brigit, doing CrossFit, spending time outdoors, and riding horses. Dr. Hall’s best advice to animal owners is that preventative medicine is the best medicine!
Years in Practice: 14
Education: North Carolina State University
Leigh joined us in the spring of 2008 after an 18 year career in the restaurant business. The fact that she gets to see and visit with so many of her clients from Lulu's is a definite plus! It's not as big a career change as one would think as it is all about taking care of the client (and their pets). She is into the bribery way of managing by supplying a well stocked candy jar and plenty of homemade sweets. Leigh has three children, a semi adopted son, two beautiful daughters-in-law. Her free time is spent with friends and family, doing activities such as volunteering, baking, or visiting her getaway cabin on a lake in Arkansas.
Years in Practice: 9
Melissa Johnson, LVMT
Years in Practice: 17
Education: Murray State
Melissa joined us in January of 2003, a year and a half after receiving her Bachelors in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Health Technology from Murray State University (Class of ‘01). Originally from Greenlake, WI (Go Packers!), Memphis has become Melissa’s home, but if you listen closely enough you may still catch some of that Wisconsin accent! Melissa has one beautiful, sweet daughter, and she often spends her day off volunteering at her daughter’s school to help the children learn spelling, vocabulary, and math. Her love for animals shows through her care for her own pets: Rosie, a black lab mix, and her kitties, Nelson and Jordy. According to Melissa, her favorite thing about working at a veterinary hospital is bonding with clients and helping to maintain pets’ health. Some of Melissa’s favorite things to do for fun include spending time with her daughter, running, going to the pool, and eating Mexican food.
Originally from West Memphis, AR, Marcy joined the MCA family in 2008. She attended Arkansas State University receiving a Bachelors degree in Animal Science in ‘04. An expert at handling cats and running lab work, especially making blood smears, Marcy says she loves getting to work with animals. Marcy and her husband are kept busy not only by their three great danes (Karmin, Raven, and Athena) and cat (Orion), but also by their toddler aged triplets (the lights of their lives).
Years in Practice: 9
Education: Arkansas State University
Keenan G Smith
Keenan's love of animals started in high school when he volunteered at a veterinary clinic. Following that, he worked at a shop where he took care of reptiles, small animals, and birds. He brought his experience and enthusiasm with him when he joined us in late 2007. In Keenan's free time, he loves to play basketball, football, and spend time with family and friends. Keenan has moved out of state, but is returning for "guest appearances" on a frequent basis.
Years in Practice: 10
Annie Phifer Crain
Annie started at McGehee Clinic for Animals in 2003. A graduate of ICCS in ’98, she went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in ’02. Family is very important to Annie; you will often see her husband and two sweet daughters visiting her on the Saturdays she works. Annie is a mom to three pets as well, a golden retriever named Tucker, a pomeranian mix named Greta, and a cat named Deenie. After 15+ years of working here, Annie says her favorite part is spending time with our wonderful clients, meeting the patients, and seeing the miracles our doctors work on the patients. Annie’s (not so) secret love is for puppies and golden retrievers. In her free time, Annie enjoys cooking, reading, spending time with family, yoga, and walking outdoors.
Years in Practice: 14
Education: University of Tennessee
Rhonda has been a member of the team since back in ’04, and she is definitely our most versatile member! She works in reception, treatment, and the kennel, and she says her favorite part of working in a veterinary hospital is getting to know the clients when she works reception and getting to work with the animals in treatment and the kennel. Rhonda is passionate about making the animals feel as comfortable as possible during their visits, whether boarding, sick, or just in for a check-up. Guinea pig and rabbit nail trims are tasks she especially enjoys! She and her husband, Scott, have two sweet teenagers, Scott Jr. and Emma. In her free time, Rhonda enjoys reading, walking, shopping with her daughter, watching her son play football, and binge-watching shows on Netflix (don’t we all). Her fur babies consist of Ben the cat, Duckie the cat, and, the newest member, Matilda the dog.
Bobby is the resident "old timer," having worked here since 1998. He is the authority on how to fix everything and has a knack for finding where a missing item may be hiding! He knows almost all the pets by name and has shaved generations of cats for their owners. His love for all the animals really shows through by his dedication to the clinic. In his spare time he enjoys BMX racing with his son Brian and taking road trips.
Years in Practice: 19
Connie joined our clinic in March of 2006. As our fearless kennel leader she keeps us on our toes by making sure all our pets are getting the best possible care and attention. Her theory is that all the animals belong to her that are here at McGehee Clinic and she lets their owners borrow them! Whatever the "Mom" of the clinic is doing, her heart is with the animals. She always goes the extra mile: tying bows on the pretty girls, a little extra time in the bathtub for a rubdown, and writing a special note on our take home report cards. If there is extra love, Connie is giving it. She works side by side with her daughter Rhonda a couple of days a week and they enjoy lunching together. In her spare time, Connie enjoys crocheting and taking care of her grandchildren.
Years in Practice: 11
Tierra joined us in December of 2012. Another Memphis native, Tierra graduated from Bolton High School in ’09. The entertainment scene is Tierra’s favorite part of Memphis, which makes sense because dancing and listening to music are a couple of her favorite hobbies. Tierra believes working at McGehee Clinic for Animals is more of a passion than a job, and she loves getting to spend time with the animals and give them love and attention (despite her horrible allergies to everything!). In her free time, Tierra loves spending time with her adorable daughter. She has three pets of her own: a cat named Macy, and two dogs named Foxy and Pepper.
Years in Practice: 8
Mary Katherine Shipley
Another local Memphian, Mary joined our team in July of 2016 and is often the smiling face clients see when they first walk in the front door. Lucky for us, Mary decided to stay in Memphis to be close to her large extended family. She and Tyler, her boyfriend of several years, have an adorable young son named Hunter, who is always keeping them on their toes. When Mary is not working or studying, you can find her spending time outdoors with her family.
Years in Practice: 3
Haley began volunteering at MCA for the summer in June of 2016, returning to join our team in December of 2016. Born and raised in Memphis, Haley graduated from St. Agnes Academy in ’14 after helping her team win two state championships in volleyball. Haley then attended Rhodes College (Roll Lynx!), graduating in ’18 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a minor in Chemistry. Awaiting news from veterinary schools she applied to, Haley now works full time and drinks all of our office coffee. Pippa is Haley’s sweet German shepherd mix fur baby who visits sometimes for cuddles from the MCA family. In her free time, Haley enjoys hot yoga, reading, playing with Pippa, and spending time with friends and family.
Amy joined the MCA team in July of 2017 after moving to the Memphis area with her husband. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science in Texas. We thank Amy for her service, as her first career was an aircraft electrician in the military. She now enjoys working in a vet hospital because of the interaction with animals and her passion for surgery. Amy comes with a significant amount of experience working as a surgery technician, so she is very helpful in our day-to-day procedures. Her fur-children consist of a puppy dog and a three-legged cat, and when she is not at work she enjoys cheering on the Aggies.