Meet Our Specialists

Surgery

Todd Tobias, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Todd Tobias is a 1987 graduate from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, a 1988 graduate of the small animal rotating internship program at Auburn University, and a 1991 graduate from the surgical residency program at The Ohio State University. He was an assistant professor and chief of small animal surgery at Mississippi State University from 1992-97, where his clinical service included soft tissue, reconstructive, orthopedic, and neurologic surgery. His research interests include canine total hip replacement, elbow dysplasia, and cardiovascular shock.

He has lectured internationally with the Association for the Study of Internal Fixation. He also lectured as a member of the ASIF course faculty at The Ohio State University, and has co-lectured for Ohio and Mississippi State’s Total Hip Replacement workshops. He has been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons since 1994.

Dr. Tobias is the founder, co-owner, and president of Memphis Veterinary Specialists, LLC, which has its primary office in Cordova, TN, and a secondary office in Little Rock, AR. Dr. Tobias is also the chief medical officer and managing member of PetMed Emergency Center, LLC, which has its primary office in Cordova, TN, and a secondary office in Midtown Memphis, TN. He is also an adjunct professor of veterinary surgery at Mississippi State University—College of Veterinary Medicine.

Mac Maxwell, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Maxwell graduated in 2004 from the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he finished a small animal rotating internship at Colorado State University. Upon completion of the internship, he returned to Mississippi State University for a three-year surgical residency, which he completed in 2008.

Dr. Maxwell remained at Mississippi State University as an assistant professor of small animal surgery, and is now a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. His research interests include minimally invasive percutaneous osteosynthesis, locking plate biomechanics, and fracture healing.

Dr. Maxwell and his wife, Christy, both hail from Jackson, MS. They have two young children. Mac is an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman.

Chase Atwood, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Chase Atwood was born and raised in Vicksburg, MS. He attended Mississippi State University, where he received his undergraduate degree in wildlife with pre-veterinary emphasis in 2006. He then attended Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated in 2010. Dr. Atwood completed both a small animal rotating internship and a three-year surgical residency at MVS and is now a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. His hobbies and interests include hunting, fishing, golf, and Mississippi State football.

Internal Medicine

Danielle Bayliss, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM

Dr. Danielle Bayliss graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. After graduation, she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Cornell University Hospital for Animals in Ithaca, NY. Following her internship, Dr. Bayliss pursued additional training in internal medicine at Colorado State University, where she completed a three-year residency program. During the course of her residency, she also received a master’s degree in veterinary clinical sciences, with an emphasis in feline infectious disease. Her research has recently been published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

Dr. Bayliss is board-certified in internal medicine and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She has advanced training in the fields of infectious disease, liver and gastrointestinal disease, urinary tract disease, and respiratory disease. She has a special interest in endocrinology, as well as extensive training in general and interventional endoscopy. She joined Memphis Veterinary Specialists in August 2008.

When she is not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Bayliss enjoys performing aerial acrobatics and dance and spending time with her husband, daughter, and a menagerie of pets.

Oncology

Lorin Hillman, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

Dr. Loin Hillman is a 2003 graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, she completed an internship at Kansas State University in small animal medicine and surgery. She started a three-year medical oncology residency at the University of Illinois in July of 2004. During her residency, Dr. Hillman participated in research projects and clinical trials for canine osteosarcoma, canine mast cell disease, and feline oral squamous cell carcinoma. After completing her residency in July of 2007, she returned home to Memphis and joined MVS the following August. Dr. Hillman is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in the specialty of oncology. She is the only board-certified oncologist in the area including western Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

Dr. Hillman has extensive training in all areas of cancer treatment and she is available to consult with you about the best treatment plan for your pet. The most important aspect of cancer treatment is maintaining a good quality of life. The oncology team at Memphis Veterinary Specialists works together to help you and your pet through all phases of cancer treatment. Dr. Hillman has extensive training in all areas of cancer treatment and is available to consult with you about the best treatment plan for your pet. The most important aspect of cancer treatment is maintaining a good quality of life. The oncology team at Memphis Veterinary Specialists works together to help you and your pet through all phases of cancer treatment.

Dermatology

Tina Brown, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVD

Dr. Tina Brown grew up on a commercial dairy farm near Tuscaloosa, AL. She attended Auburn University and received her Bachelor of Science in 1996. She then pursued a graduate degree at the College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Master of Science degree in biomedical sciences with a research focus on endocrinology. She was accepted into the veterinary program and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 2004.

Following veterinary school, Dr. Brown worked in private practice in Chattanooga, TN, where she developed a special interest in dermatology. She returned to academia and completed a one-year rotating internship in companion medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University. She was accepted for a residency in dermatology at LSU and completed her training in 2008. During her residency, she conducted research in the Pythium Laboratory at LSU and continues to have a special interest in deep fungal and bacterial infections of the skin.

Dr. Brown is now a board-certified dermatologist and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD). She specializes in diseases of the skin, ears, and claws due to allergic, parasitic, autoimmune, endocrine, and infectious causes. She has extensive experience in the management of chronic skin and ear infections secondary to allergies and offers advanced diagnostics and treatments such as intradermal (skin) allergy testing and formulation of allergen specific immunotherapy.

Dr. Brown has four rescue dogs and two cats. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting her family farm in Alabama and taking her dogs to the outback off leash park at Shelby Farms.

Nicole Eckholm, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVD

Dr. Eckholm is a 2006 graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and has a master’s degree in microbiology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. After completing veterinary school, she worked in general practice and shelter medicine in the Washington D.C. area for three years. She completed her residency in veterinary dermatology at the University of California, Davis in 2011. Prior to moving to the Memphis area, Dr. Eckholm practiced in the San Francisco Bay area.

Dr. Eckholm enjoys teaching, and she takes a special interest in infectious skin disease, allergy and auto-immune disease. She has three rescued dogs, five cats, chickens, and horses of her own and is actively involved in helping animals in need.

Dentistry

Barden Greenfield, DVM, Diplomate AVDC

Dr. Barden Greenfield has been providing referral-based dental and oral surgery services to the Mid-South veterinary community for over 10 years. He is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and was the first board-certified veterinary dentist to have dental practices in Tennessee and Arkansas, which serve patients in the Mid-South region.

His love for veterinary dentistry began when he studied that 7 of 10 dogs and cats over 3 years of age have some form of periodontal disease, and that these pets were extremely uncomfortable and were suffering in silence. Watching pets transform from pain to joy is what makes his job such a rewarding one. The overwhelming owner response after oral treatment by Dr. Greenfield has been, “We haven’t seen our pet this frisky or happy in a long time.”

Dr. Greenfield is also on the Board of Directors of the AVDC serving as president-elect and has honorably served on the Board of the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) and the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry. He has lectured on the local, state, national, and international level on a variety of veterinary dental topics.

Dr. Greenfield spends most of his home life with his wife and children while also enjoying a peaceful round of golf.

Exotics

David Hannon, DVM, Diplomate ABVP-Avian

Dr. David Hannon is a 1993 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. While at Auburn, he served as the student medical director for the Southeastern Raptor Rehabilitation Center. He also interned at the Knoxville Zoo in Knoxville, TN, and the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. He has practiced small and exotic animal medicine in the greater Memphis, TN, area since June 1993. He served as the primary veterinarian for Lichterman Nature Center from 1993 until the Wildlife Resource Center was closed in 1998.

In 1999 Dr. Hannon opened Vet Pets Animal Hospital and Pet Store, and he started the Exotic Animal Rescue League (EARL), a non-profit organization for wildlife rehabilitation and exotic pet rescue. He has served as the primary veterinarian for the Mid-South Raptor Center since 2003. Over the years, his clients have included the Mobile Ark/Ark R.A.I.N., Petco, PetSmart, the Memphis Caged and Exotic Bird Club, Memphis Bird Show, Memphis Reptile Supply, and a myriad of avian and exotic animal owners and breeders. In 2008 he became board-certified in avian medicine and surgery through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

He joined Memphis Veterinary Specialists in 2010, where his practice is limited to birds and exotic animals, such as reptiles, amphibians, ferrets, rabbits, rodents, marsupials, primates, invertebrates, fish, and a myriad of other exotic species. He is also a consulting veterinarian for the Memphis Zoo and the primary veterinarian for the Tennessee Safari Park.

Dr. Hannon is an active member of several exotic animal veterinary organizations, including the AAV (avian), ARAV (reptiles and amphibians), AEMV (exotic mammals), AAZV (zoo), and AAWV (wildlife), and he is currently serving on the Executive Board of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV).

He has two children, Jared and Devyn, and four dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys ballroom dancing with his wife, Tracy, and fitness kickboxing.

Diagnostic Imaging

Jenny Miller, DVM, MS, Practice Limited to Diagnostic Imaging

Dr. Jenny Miller is a 2007 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, she completed a one- and a half-year internship at Mississippi State in diagnostic imaging. Upon completion of her internship, she joined Eads Animal Hospital as an associate veterinarian from 2009 to July 2011. She then returned to Mississippi State to pursue a residency in diagnostic imaging, which she completed in July 2014. During her residency, she also received a master’s degree in veterinary clinical science. Her research focus was multi-slice computed tomographic cholangiography, which is a specialized contrast study of the gallbladder and biliary tree.

Dr. Miller has extensive training in radiographic and fluoroscopic interpretation, abdominal and cardiac ultrasound, ultrasound-guided techniques, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Although she enjoys all imaging modalities, she has a particular interest in ultrasound and CT.

Dr. Miller grew up in Collierville, TN. She and her husband, Nick, reside in East Memphis and have a particularly cool orange tabby named Rufus. She is an avid Mississippi State fan and loves football and tailgating season.

Ophthalmology

Jane Ashley Huey, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVO

Dr. Huey grew up right across the Mississippi river in Clarkedale, AR, but has lived in many places over the last several years. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Then, she attended Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine to obtain her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She also performed a rotating small animal internship at the University of Missouri in Columbia for one year. After that, she completed a three-year residency in ophthalmology and received my master’s in biological science from Kansas State University. After living in the Southeast and Midwest, Dr. Huey was ready for a big change, so she moved to San Diego, CA, where she practiced veterinary ophthalmology for two years.

In addition to her love of dog and cat eyes, Dr. Huey has a passion for equine ophthalmology and enjoys helping out local zoos with their exotic animals. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, being outdoors, biking, all water sports, cooking and eating, reading, and developing a pastime of running.

Surgery

Todd Tobias, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Todd Tobias is a 1987 graduate from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, a 1988 graduate of the small animal rotating internship program at Auburn University, and a 1991 graduate from the surgical residency program at The Ohio State University. He was an assistant professor and chief of small animal surgery at Mississippi State University from 1992-97, where his clinical service included soft tissue, reconstructive, orthopedic, and neurologic surgery. His research interests include canine total hip replacement, elbow dysplasia, and cardiovascular shock.

He has lectured internationally with the Association for the Study of Internal Fixation. He also lectured as a member of the ASIF course faculty at The Ohio State University, and has co-lectured for Ohio and Mississippi State’s Total Hip Replacement workshops. He has been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons since 1994.

Dr. Tobias is the founder, co-owner, and president of Memphis Veterinary Specialists, LLC, which has its primary office in Cordova, TN, and a secondary office in Little Rock, AR. Dr. Tobias is also the chief medical officer and managing member of PetMed Emergency Center, LLC, which has its primary office in Cordova, TN, and a secondary office in Midtown Memphis, TN. He is also an adjunct professor of veterinary surgery at Mississippi State University—College of Veterinary Medicine.

Mac Maxwell, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Maxwell graduated in 2004 from the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he finished a small animal rotating internship at Colorado State University. Upon completion of the internship, he returned to Mississippi State University for a three-year surgical residency, which he completed in 2008.

Dr. Maxwell remained at Mississippi State University as an assistant professor of small animal surgery, and is now a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. His research interests include minimally invasive percutaneous osteosynthesis, locking plate biomechanics, and fracture healing.

Dr. Maxwell and his wife, Christy, both hail from Jackson, MS. They have two young children. Mac is an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman.

Chase Atwood, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Chase Atwood was born and raised in Vicksburg, MS. He attended Mississippi State University, where he received his undergraduate degree in wildlife with pre-veterinary emphasis in 2006. He then attended Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated in 2010. Dr. Atwood completed both a small animal rotating internship and a three-year surgical residency at MVS and is now a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. His hobbies and interests include hunting, fishing, golf, and Mississippi State football.

Internal Medicine

Danielle Bayliss, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM

Dr. Danielle Bayliss graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. After graduation, she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Cornell University Hospital for Animals in Ithaca, NY. Following her internship, Dr. Bayliss pursued additional training in internal medicine at Colorado State University, where she completed a three-year residency program. During the course of her residency, she also received a master’s degree in veterinary clinical sciences, with an emphasis in feline infectious disease. Her research has recently been published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

Dr. Bayliss is board-certified in internal medicine and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She has advanced training in the fields of infectious disease, liver and gastrointestinal disease, urinary tract disease, and respiratory disease. She has a special interest in endocrinology, as well as extensive training in general and interventional endoscopy. She joined Memphis Veterinary Specialists in August 2008.

When she is not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Bayliss enjoys performing aerial acrobatics and dance and spending time with her husband, daughter, and a menagerie of pets.

Oncology

Lorin Hillman, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

Dr. Loin Hillman is a 2003 graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, she completed an internship at Kansas State University in small animal medicine and surgery. She started a three-year medical oncology residency at the University of Illinois in July of 2004. During her residency, Dr. Hillman participated in research projects and clinical trials for canine osteosarcoma, canine mast cell disease, and feline oral squamous cell carcinoma. After completing her residency in July of 2007, she returned home to Memphis and joined MVS the following August. Dr. Hillman is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in the specialty of oncology. She is the only board-certified oncologist in the area including western Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

Dr. Hillman has extensive training in all areas of cancer treatment and she is available to consult with you about the best treatment plan for your pet. The most important aspect of cancer treatment is maintaining a good quality of life. The oncology team at Memphis Veterinary Specialists works together to help you and your pet through all phases of cancer treatment. Dr. Hillman has extensive training in all areas of cancer treatment and is available to consult with you about the best treatment plan for your pet. The most important aspect of cancer treatment is maintaining a good quality of life. The oncology team at Memphis Veterinary Specialists works together to help you and your pet through all phases of cancer treatment.

Dermatology

Tina Brown, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVD

Dr. Tina Brown grew up on a commercial dairy farm near Tuscaloosa, AL. She attended Auburn University and received her Bachelor of Science in 1996. She then pursued a graduate degree at the College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Master of Science degree in biomedical sciences with a research focus on endocrinology. She was accepted into the veterinary program and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 2004.

Following veterinary school, Dr. Brown worked in private practice in Chattanooga, TN, where she developed a special interest in dermatology. She returned to academia and completed a one-year rotating internship in companion medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University. She was accepted for a residency in dermatology at LSU and completed her training in 2008. During her residency, she conducted research in the Pythium Laboratory at LSU and continues to have a special interest in deep fungal and bacterial infections of the skin.

Dr. Brown is now a board-certified dermatologist and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD). She specializes in diseases of the skin, ears, and claws due to allergic, parasitic, autoimmune, endocrine, and infectious causes. She has extensive experience in the management of chronic skin and ear infections secondary to allergies and offers advanced diagnostics and treatments such as intradermal (skin) allergy testing and formulation of allergen specific immunotherapy.

Dr. Brown has four rescue dogs and two cats. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting her family farm in Alabama and taking her dogs to the outback off leash park at Shelby Farms.

Nicole Eckholm, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVD

Dr. Eckholm is a 2006 graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and has a master’s degree in microbiology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. After completing veterinary school, she worked in general practice and shelter medicine in the Washington D.C. area for three years. She completed her residency in veterinary dermatology at the University of California, Davis in 2011. Prior to moving to the Memphis area, Dr. Eckholm practiced in the San Francisco Bay area.

Dr. Eckholm enjoys teaching, and she takes a special interest in infectious skin disease, allergy and auto-immune disease. She has three rescued dogs, five cats, chickens, and horses of her own and is actively involved in helping animals in need.

Dentistry

Barden Greenfield, DVM, Diplomate AVDC

Dr. Barden Greenfield has been providing referral-based dental and oral surgery services to the Mid-South veterinary community for over 10 years. He is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and was the first board-certified veterinary dentist to have dental practices in Tennessee and Arkansas, which serve patients in the Mid-South region.

His love for veterinary dentistry began when he studied that 7 of 10 dogs and cats over 3 years of age have some form of periodontal disease, and that these pets were extremely uncomfortable and were suffering in silence. Watching pets transform from pain to joy is what makes his job such a rewarding one. The overwhelming owner response after oral treatment by Dr. Greenfield has been, “We haven’t seen our pet this frisky or happy in a long time.”

Dr. Greenfield is also on the Board of Directors of the AVDC serving as president-elect and has honorably served on the Board of the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) and the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry. He has lectured on the local, state, national, and international level on a variety of veterinary dental topics.

Dr. Greenfield spends most of his home life with his wife and children while also enjoying a peaceful round of golf.

Exotics

David Hannon, DVM, Diplomate ABVP-Avian

Dr. David Hannon is a 1993 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. While at Auburn, he served as the student medical director for the Southeastern Raptor Rehabilitation Center. He also interned at the Knoxville Zoo in Knoxville, TN, and the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. He has practiced small and exotic animal medicine in the greater Memphis, TN, area since June 1993. He served as the primary veterinarian for Lichterman Nature Center from 1993 until the Wildlife Resource Center was closed in 1998.

In 1999 Dr. Hannon opened Vet Pets Animal Hospital and Pet Store, and he started the Exotic Animal Rescue League (EARL), a non-profit organization for wildlife rehabilitation and exotic pet rescue. He has served as the primary veterinarian for the Mid-South Raptor Center since 2003. Over the years, his clients have included the Mobile Ark/Ark R.A.I.N., Petco, PetSmart, the Memphis Caged and Exotic Bird Club, Memphis Bird Show, Memphis Reptile Supply, and a myriad of avian and exotic animal owners and breeders. In 2008 he became board-certified in avian medicine and surgery through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

He joined Memphis Veterinary Specialists in 2010, where his practice is limited to birds and exotic animals, such as reptiles, amphibians, ferrets, rabbits, rodents, marsupials, primates, invertebrates, fish, and a myriad of other exotic species. He is also a consulting veterinarian for the Memphis Zoo and the primary veterinarian for the Tennessee Safari Park.

Dr. Hannon is an active member of several exotic animal veterinary organizations, including the AAV (avian), ARAV (reptiles and amphibians), AEMV (exotic mammals), AAZV (zoo), and AAWV (wildlife), and he is currently serving on the Executive Board of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV).

He has two children, Jared and Devyn, and four dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys ballroom dancing with his wife, Tracy, and fitness kickboxing.

Diagnostic Imaging

Jenny Miller, DVM, MS, Practice Limited to Diagnostic Imaging

Dr. Jenny Miller is a 2007 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, she completed a one- and a half-year internship at Mississippi State in diagnostic imaging. Upon completion of her internship, she joined Eads Animal Hospital as an associate veterinarian from 2009 to July 2011. She then returned to Mississippi State to pursue a residency in diagnostic imaging, which she completed in July 2014. During her residency, she also received a master’s degree in veterinary clinical science. Her research focus was multi-slice computed tomographic cholangiography, which is a specialized contrast study of the gallbladder and biliary tree.

Dr. Miller has extensive training in radiographic and fluoroscopic interpretation, abdominal and cardiac ultrasound, ultrasound-guided techniques, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Although she enjoys all imaging modalities, she has a particular interest in ultrasound and CT.

Dr. Miller grew up in Collierville, TN. She and her husband, Nick, reside in East Memphis and have a particularly cool orange tabby named Rufus. She is an avid Mississippi State fan and loves football and tailgating season.

Ophthalmology

Jane Ashley Huey, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVO

Dr. Huey grew up right across the Mississippi river in Clarkedale, AR, but has lived in many places over the last several years. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Then, she attended Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine to obtain her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She also performed a rotating small animal internship at the University of Missouri in Columbia for one year. After that, she completed a three-year residency in ophthalmology and received my master’s in biological science from Kansas State University. After living in the Southeast and Midwest, Dr. Huey was ready for a big change, so she moved to San Diego, CA, where she practiced veterinary ophthalmology for two years.

In addition to her love of dog and cat eyes, Dr. Huey has a passion for equine ophthalmology and enjoys helping out local zoos with their exotic animals. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, being outdoors, biking, all water sports, cooking and eating, reading, and developing a pastime of running.

The doctors and staff at MVS saved Beau’s life, as he was handled with loving, yet specialized, care throughout his many months of recovery.