At Big Springs Veterinary Hospital, we know your pet is precious to you. We appreciate the trust you place in us in caring for your beloved family member. We don’t take that responsibility lightly. Our doctors and staff are continually updating our skills and medical knowledge. Just as important, however, is the ongoing relationship that we develop with both you AND your pet. Maintaining a close relationship with each of our patients’ families allows us to provide the most complete veterinary care possible.
Dr. Carrie Talley
Co-Owner / Veterinarian
Dr. Carrie Talley was born and raised in Blount County. After graduating from Agnes Scott College (Decatur, GA) she completed her veterinary training at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She and her husband Josh have two sons who keep them very active. The Talley family also includes Otis, a three-year-old Llewellin Setter, and Bingo, a one-year-old cat who thinks he’s a dog.
Dr. Talley’s main veterinary interests include dermatology, internal medicine, and animal behavior. When she’s not practicing or thinking about veterinary stuff, Dr. Talley enjoys outdoor activities with her friends and family, and watching her sons play Maryville Little League & Outward baseball. If she gets a quiet moment–which is rare–she enjoys a good book.
I am blessed to have this fabulous job in this community. I love running into my patients and clients at my boys’ school, the Greenbelt, etc. I can’t imagine a career that I would enjoy more!
Dr. Deanna Walker
Co-Owner / Veterinarian
Dr. Deanna Walker is a 1987 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. A long time resident of Tennessee and Blount County, Deanna is married to John, a native Blount Countian, and they have 3 children. She enjoys living and working on the family farm, being a 4-H parent volunteer, and anything involving family. In addition to their two dogs and three cats, the Walker’s have sheep and cattle on the farm.
I love what I do! Veterinary Medicine has been my dream since I was a small girl, and I enjoy the challenge of diagnosing and treating diseases, as well as the feeling it brings when an animal’s pain, fear, and suffering are relieved. I feel so privileged to be trusted with the care of so many wonderful animals and their families!
Dr. Carrie Linn
Dr. Linn was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. She attended Vanderbilt University for her undergraduate work in biomedical and electrical engineering. She then moved to Houston, TX and began working for DuPont. After 5 years in
She has two teenage daughters that keep her very busy as well as 2 long haired dachshunds, a corgi/golden retriever mix, and 5 cats.
Dr. Linn has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 17 years and her main interests include internal medicine cases of all types, cardiology, dermatology, ultrasound, and creating lasting relationships with her clients and patients. When she is not working Dr. Linn loves playing music (piano and drums) and is the keyboardist for her church’s praise band. Her daughters play volleyball which also keeps her quite busy, and she is a devout bookworm when she has a quiet moment.
Growing up in Los Angeles, California, Sheryl moved to East Tennessee in January of 2011. She graduated from Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California, in 2007, where she focused on theatre set design and stage management. She then attended Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California, taking classes in animal science and veterinary technology.
Outside of the office, Sheryl spends most of her free time behind her camera. She also enjoys watching her hockey games (Go Kings!), running her Etsy shop, camping, hiking, and cooking. She and her hubby live in Alcoa with their baby girl, Kate. They also have 3 fur babies - 2 cats (Waffles and Carrot), and a dog (Layla).
Elizabeth graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. While she was there, she spent a lot of time working with cows and pigs, as well as dogs and cats. She even got to assist with elephants at a rescue and rehabilitation center in Thailand! She then attended graduate classes in Animal Science at the University of Tennessee. She loves that working at Big Springs has allowed her to devote her time and energy to working directly with pets and their people. Elizabeth believes there is nothing quite as rewarding as keeping them happy and healthy!
After moving down from Illinois, she has now settled into life in Knoxville with her husband and two pups, Charlie and Topher, and cat, Luna. Much of her time away from the office is spent experimenting in the kitchen, swimming, playing video games, or making new furry friends at the dog park.
Jordan was born and grew up in the Tri-Cities are of East Tennessee. She has always had a soft spot for any sort of animal. Growing up her family had everything from Miniature Schnauzers to horses. She moved to the Knoxville area in the Summer of 2010, planning on it being a temporary move. She quickly fell in love with the area and the bright energetic feel of downtown Knoxville and decided to make it her home.
She and her high school sweetheart currently share a home in North Knoxville with a Carolina Dog mix named Reese, a large fluffy cat named Google, and a tiny fluffy cat named Brimley . In her spare time she enjoys supporting her other half in various types of automotive racing. They travel all over the Eastern US participating in SCCA racing and the 24 Hours of LeMons. She also enjoys spending any free time behind a camera taking as many pictures as she can.
Carrie has enjoyed working in local veterinary clinics for over a decade, mostly greeting customers and keeping records straight at the front desk. She always loves seeing the relief on customers’ faces when their pets head home on their way to feeling better!
She and her family are from East Tennessee, and share their Lenoir City home with a few dog and cat friends. She thinks “senior” pets, sometimes overlooked in shelters and rescues, often make the best housemates.
Her favorite ways to spend free time include cooking, reading, and thrift store shopping.
Madialynne was born and raised in Maryville,TN. She enjoys learning new things and meeting new people. This is her first time working in a vet clinic, and she really enjoys it. Her favorite part about working at Big Springs Vet Hospital is getting to meet the clients. She has always had a passion for animals and making sure they are happy and healthy. Madialynne’s favorite thing to do is go to Cade’s Cove year round and see the wildlife and the beautiful scenery. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Melanie spent her high school and college years near Atlanta, GA, after graduating with a degree in Hotel/Restaurant/Travel Management she spent 8 years as a General Manager for a large corporate restaurant chain but soon knew she wanted to do something more meaningful and satisfying with her life and found veterinary medicine. She has spent the past 13 years in veterinary hospitals from Atlanta and Chattanooga to San Diego and now Maryville. She has worked with large, small, and exotic patients but her passion is with dogs and cats. Her fur kids are a very sweet 12 year old, 3-legged German Shepherd named “Murrie” and 2 cats “Thor Winchester” and “Bruce Campbell Lee Banner”. Her favorite things are kung fu, aliens, being a vet tech, and waiting to travel back to India to help her uncle with his orphanage.