Caelen: Kennel Assistant
Caelen is from the Tipton County, Shelby County area. She graduated from high school in 2020 and is deciding if she would like to go back to school to get her veterinary technician license. She has been a Kennel Assistant for 2 years and has owned many types of pets growing up. Caelen has 1 cat Ruth and 4 leopard geckos Nugget, Nagini, Percy and Phoenix. She loves to sing, read, write, play guitar and learning a foreign language. Her favorite books are the Percy Jackson series, Harry Potter series and anything related. She has to many favorite songs to list but what she loves most about her job is that she gets to spend her time in the presence of animals because they are always loving and nonjudgmental. Her values are honesty, loyalty, kindness to animals, sympathy, empathy and kindness in general. Caelen’s favorite quote is “When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal, I see a living being, I see a friend, I feel a soul.” – A.D. Williams
Leah: Veterinary Assistant
Leah is from Millington, TN and has been in veterinary medicine for 10 years. She studied in 2000 – 2003 at Wood Jr. College in Mathiston, MS with a concentration in equine studies. She is also K laser and food management certified. Leah is a Conservative Christian and loving mother of 3 beautiful children and she has 2 Chiweenies Kricket and Momo. Leah is also a camp counselor at Camp Sunshine in Little Rock, AR.
She loves to play the guitar, mandolin and riding horses. Her favorite book is the Bible and favorite song is Gace like rain. Her goal is to be better today than she was yesterday and to take each day as a new start. What she loves most about her job is helping animals and working with awesome people. Her favorite quote is “Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” – Benjiman Franklin
Sydney is from Germantown, TN and went to Germantown High School and graduated in 2012. She has been grooming since 2016. She grew up with 3 sisters and 2 brothers. She also has 2 beautiful boys, 3 dogs Ashe, Brody and Tripp. She also has 4 cats Iris, Tulip, Jasper and Lazlo. Sydney enjoys reading, playing with her children and watching scary movies. Her favorite books are the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games and Wuthering Heights. Her favorite song is The World is Ugly by My Chemical Romance. What she loves most about her job is that she loves her clients. She has been grooming them for many years and does her best to take care of them. Her favorite quote is “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – Albus Dumbledore
Misty: Director of Administration
Misty is from Drummonds, TN and a graduate from Munford High School, Concorde Career College and Fortis Business Solutions. She has been married for 15 years, has 3 beautiful children, 3 dogs Stella, Salem and Steely Dan and 1 cat SK. Misty enjoys spending her time with family and traveling. She likes to watch documentaries and listening to music. She has so many favorite songs that she just can’t name one. What she loves most about her job is working with great people and helping animals that are in need. Her favorite quote is “Life has no limitations; except the ones you make.” – Les Brown
Jaden: Veterinary Assistant
Jayden is from Memphis, TN but moved every few years growing up. She is a graduate of Munford High School. She was in the band and color guard and says that by being in the color guard gave her the work ethic she has today. This clinic has taught her you can have a loving community, and she is currently enrolled in school to get her CVT license.
She has 2 dogs Prim and Olive. Her accomplishments are marching 8 miles in the Rose Bowl Parade and Self Love which helps her spread her empathy to patients, clients and coworkers. One day her goal is to work with livestock. Jayden believes that every being on this earth deserves to have a least 1 person with your best interest at mind. She values honesty and compassion in this field. “Every day you have to put your emotions on the back burner and worry about your patients.” “You CANNOT do this job without honesty or an instinct to nurture.”
Before she started her career at Big Creek Animal Hospital, she had no experience in vet medicine. She had dogs her whole life, and 1 dog Brutus whom she had since middle school, was diagnosed with bone cancer. Her mother and herself did all they could to keep him comfortable by cooking his meals and making his bed as comfortable as possible to even sleeping next to him each night. Jayden does this job for Brutus and she treats every patient the way she and her mom treated Brutus. Jayden has been a technician for about 1 ½ years. She is wonderful at handling pets physically and emotionally, drawing blood, monitoring pets during surgery and taking x-rays.
Her greatest skill is her compassion. She tries her hardest to make sure every client and pet that is under her care is taken care of. Her clients are just as important as their pets. Her hobbies include painting and spinning flags. Her favorite book is Reminders of Him Colleen Hoover. Her favorite music is too many to list because it changes weekly. Her favorite quote is “He looks like he drinks peanut butter.” Personal Motto is “It is what it is.” And what Jayden loves most about her job is that “I can clock into my job and still have the feeling that I’m surrounded by family.
Each and every woman at this clinic, including myself, takes care of each other. We are a team through and through. Surrounding yourself or your place of business with kind humans, I believe really does help with nurturing our patients. I am blessed to give back to animals. Our duty is to make sure our pets in our community have people looking out for them.”
Renee: CEO / Office Manager
Renee grew up in Southaven, MS, and moved to Drummonds, TN in 1986 when she married her husband, Keith. They have 2 children Syndi Clemmons and Amanda Peterson, sons-in-law Colt Clemmons and KC Del Peterson. She also has 3 grandchildren Rowe Clemmons, Coltley Clemmons and Howdie Vae Peterson. Renee has been at Big Creek Animal Hospital since September of 1997 when it was purchased by Dr. Garner. Renee has completed CEO training at Fortis Business Solutions. She loves spending time and having fun with her grandkids. She has 4 pets Ellie, Xavie, Mean Cat and Jersey. Her favorite quote is “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson. Her personal motto is If you are going to do something, give it your all. Her skills are that she can momma everybody.
Joyce: Surgery Technician
Joyce is a High School Graduate. She was born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio and married a military man and moved all over. They settled in Tennessee in 1985 and has been with Big Creek Animal Hospital since September 1986. She has 1 dog named Tater Tot. The best part of Joyce’s life is her 4 children, that she absolutely adores. Her goal in life is to be the kind of person her dog thinks she is. She enjoys scuba diving, sailing, bowling, walking and movies. Her favorite song is Over the Rainbow By: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. What she loves most about her job is seeing clients and helping to learn and take care of their pets properly. Her favorite quote is “I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.” Her personal motto is when you have more than you need build a longer table not a higher fence.
Dr. Barbara Wowk DVM: Veterinarian
Dr. Wowk was born in New Jersey but moved to Dickson, TN, when she was 6 years old and has lived in Memphis since 1976. Dr. Wowk graduated high school in 1970 and went to UT Martin from 1970 – 1972, then she attended Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine 1972-1976. Dr. Wowk has 2 children and 1 grandchild, whom she sees every chance she gets. She has 4 cats Dara, Julie, Maggie and Tigger. She has a border collie named Finn and 4 horses Tess, Azilook, Sky, and Charm. She is also a 2nd-degree black belt in Krav Maga, which is the Israel form of self-defense.
She plays timpani in the Bartlett Community Center Band. Her value is to treat everyone the way she’d like to be treated. Her favorite book is “Winds of War & Remembrance” by Herman Wouk (no relation they have different last names). What she loves most about her job is diagnostics and healing. Her favorite quote is It’s not the destination but the journey that matters. Her personal motto is You’re only young once but can be immature forever!!
Whitney P. CVT, Director of Operations
Whitney was born and raised in Memphis, TN and went to Veterinary Technician School and completed in 2012. She has 14 years in Veterinary Medicine and 3 years in ER Veterinary Medicine. She has 2 dogs Tracy and Foxy and 3 cats, KitKat, Racer and Jack. She loves to go to the river and be with family and friends. Her favorite book is Secret Garden or Where the Red Fern Grows. Her favorite quote is “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” – Babe Ruth Her personal motto is “Be the person your pets think you are.” And what she loves most about her job is helping animals that can’t help themselves.
Amazing staff! My cat needed emergency surgery and we had been turned away by two different veterinarian clinics due to overload of patients. I called Big Creek and they were overloaded as well but told me to bring my kitty in anyways! They not only saved my sweet girl but were so compassionate with her and me. They called me before her surgery and after to keep me updated. They all went above and beyond even though they were super busy. The staff is so nice and I noticed while sitting in the lobby as each pet arrived for their appointment they greeted each pet by their name. It’s the small things that matter to me. They did an excellent job and my kitty is already back to her old self and it’s only been a week! I will be using Big Creek from now on for all of our pets. For an added bonus the cost was not bad at all either!! I would definitely recommend this place to everyone!