Marsha Gentry, DVM
Dr. Marsha Gentry is a native of Franklin, KY. She decided to become a veterinarian at a young age when her local veterinarian told her that her cats had feline leukemia. Devastated by the news, she decided to become a veterinarian to help other people learn about control of diseases, such as feline leukemia, so they would not have the same experience.
At the age of 16, she started working in her first veterinary practice. Here she learned that veterinary medicine is not just helping animals, it is helping people. Dr. Gentry enjoys treating a variety of animals that include cats, dogs, goats, and rabbits.
Since then Dr. Gentry has devoted her work completely to Veterinary Medicine attending Western Kentucky University and graduating in 2004 from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been a veterinarian in Sumner County since 2004 and enjoys mentoring and teaching children about veterinary medicine. Dr. Gentry is passionate about oral health care, soft tissue surgery, and orthopedic surgery.
Outside of work, Dr. Gentry enjoys fitness, riding her ATV, traveling, walking her dogs, and target shooting.
Laurel Plemmons, DVM
Dr. Plemmons is a 2015 graduate of Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. After growing up in Wyoming, she fell in love with Middle Tennessee while working a summer job during veterinary school.
She is an official transplant, and excited to call Tennessee her home. She finds partnering with pet parents the most fulfilling part of being a veterinarian, and couldn’t imagine dedicating her life to anything else.
Her special interests within general practice include nutrition, dentistry, and multi-modal pain management techniques.
When not doctoring furries, she enjoys singing in her church choir, antiquing, and catching live country music in Nashville. She has two fur-kids: a faithful German Shepherd/Red Heeler cross named Dante, and a sweet Siamese named Philomena.
Kayla Wielgus, DVM
Hi! I’m Dr. Kayla Wielgus. I grew up in Tucson, AZ before moving to Kentucky when I was 15. I attended Western Kentucky University where I developed a passion for parasitology. It was here where I did more studies for a masters of science focusing on parasites in raccoons. I attended Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine as a part of their inaugural class (2018!). I have special interests in veterinary parasitology and the education of zoonotic diseases. I also have developed a passion for chronic treatment of endocrine diseases.
Outside of veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son in the outdoors, whether that be kayaking, fishing, hiking, or playing disc golf. I also enjoy DIY projects and sewing. Currently I only have one cat (Sparta), but I spend a lot of time with my German Shepherd nieces – Elchie and Zara.
Melissa Gibbs, Head Technician
My name is Melissa Gibbs and I’m a graduate of Gallatin High School. I have an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting. Shortly after graduating with my associate degree, I went to work at a vet clinic until I found a job in medical assisting. Ironically enough I was working with Dr.Gentry at this time and needless to say the rest is history. Dr. Gentry and I have worked together since 2005 and I’m very excited to be a part of her new staff. I have three wonderful children my son Dylan, daughter Lacie and my stepson Ethan. My pet family is a little larger with two dogs, three cats, and several Quarter Horses. I enjoy barrel racing and trail riding. I recently got into Quarter Horse racing which is very fun and exciting. I look forward to my future with Dr. Gentry and our staff!
Matthew Schneider, Technician
Hi! I’m Matt. I recently finished up my first two years of college at Volunteer State Community College, and will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science at MTSU next. I’ve spent all my life surrounded by and loving animals, and was, fortunately, able to make that into a job as of 2012. Working at Gallatin Animal Hospital has been a great experience, and I couldn’t have picked a better first job. I hope to work here for a while to come!
Melissa Timbs “Mimi”, Jack of all trades
Hi! My name is Melissa “Mimi” Timbs. I am the youngest of 6 children, so I have a good sense of humor. I have an Associates of Applied Sciences degree in Healthcare Administration. I have worked in the veterinary field since 2001 as both a receptionist and a technician. My husband and I have 3 children of our own (Joseph, Hayden, and Mason) and also are raising our great-nephew Jaxson. We have 3 dogs, Buford, Benji, and Luna.
Outside of work I enjoy anything involving the outdoors, especially watching my boys play baseball. I enjoy reading in what little free time I have and my favorite color is red. I enjoy riding and working with horses and hope to own my own again sometime soon. I look forward to working at Gallatin Animal Hospital for a long time to come.
Anna Leonard, Receptionist
My name is Anna Leonard, I was raised in San Antonio, Texas where I began working in the veterinary field in 1986. I have worked as a technician, a receptionist and was a practice manager for 20+ years. While in Texas, I also trained dogs professionally, helping people with dogs with various behavioral problems, basic obedience and taught therapy dog classes to certify dogs for pet therapy work. My husband and I relocated to Tennessee in the fall of 2010. I am excited to be a part of the veterinary community here in Gallatin. It’s wonderful to be a part of the growing team here and working with such dedicated veterinarians like Drs. Gentry.
In my personal life I train for, compete in and judge AKC Retriever Hunt Tests and Field Trials. I also love to garden and grow things.
I live with my husband, Mike, six Labrador Retrievers ranging in age from 3 years to 13 years and our 13-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, Chigger.
Tanya Johnson, Receptionist
My name is Tanya Johnson, I was born in Southern California where I have resided most of my life, but I also lived in Oregon for four years during elementary school. While living in Oregon I was involved in 4-H and was raised around numerous different types of animals. I would have to say this is where my true love of animals began. I began study of Animal Science at Cal Poly Pomona, California, which I hope to finish over time while living here in Tennessee. My boyfriend and I decided to take a huge step towards our future, purchased our first home, and moved to Tennessee in 2015. Animals have always been a passion of mine and I have been working around animals for the past 12 years. I am so grateful to become part of this great staff and continue to grow and learn from them. Customer service is something I take great pride in, so I can’t wait to meet and get to know all of the wonderful clients and patients of Gallatin Animal Hospital.
I live with my boyfriend and our four dogs, which range in size from 2 Chihuahua’s to Bullmastiff to a Great Dane. I enjoy being outdoors which involve hiking, camping and being on the lake. I look forward to all that the beautiful state of Tennessee has to offer.
J.D. Gentry, Practice Manager
I am a chemist by degree and worked in upper management at a large environmental testing laboratory for 13 years. Once the practice had grown to a certain point, it made sense for me to come on full time and handle the behind the scenes part of the business so that my wife could focus her time on being a veterinarian. Outside of work I enjoy aquarium keeping and focus mainly on breeding rare Central American and Madagascar cichlids. I keep around 1600g of aquariums most of the time. I also enjoy repairing and working on pinball machines, playing golf, playing disc golf, and spending time will all of our pets.