All-Star Veterinary Clinic is staffed with a group of animal-loving individuals, dedicated to providing loving care to your best friend in your time of need. Each one of our team members is trained and qualified to perform animal care, and we all work together to take a team approach to treating our patients. We invite you to click on the headers below to learn more about the team members in each of our animal hospital departments. Have questions? Please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer them for you!
- Hospital Owner
- Director of Operations
- Assistant Director of Operations
- Registered Veterinary Technicians
- Veterinary Support Specialist
- Client Service Team
- Inventory Manager
- Clinic and Community Support Specialist
Dr. Emily King and her husband, Richard, founded All-Star Veterinary Clinic in 2003. Together they have created a family-owned veterinary clinic that maximizes and enriches the human-animal bond by developing long-term client-patient relationships. The clinic’s commitment to its clients is to practice superior, compassionate veterinary medicine by offering the latest in veterinary treatments and technologies while exceeding client expectation by providing excellent customer service. Dr. King and her husband enjoy raising their five sons, making lasting memories during family vacations and cheering on their beloved University of Tennessee Volunteers. The Kings could not be more proud to raise their family and to serve the veterinary community of Hamilton County where Dr. King herself grew up.
Chief Operating Officer
Director of Finance, Marketing and Business Practices
Richard H. King, Jr., B.S., M.B.A., J.D.
Richard was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. Richard met Dr. Emily King during her veterinary schooling at the University of Tennessee. Richard earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, his Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University, and his Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law. Richard is responsible for the general practice of the business and specializes in developing new and creative ways to market the clinic and to improve client service.
Director of Operations
Cayla Bittles, RVT, B.S.
Cayla has been with the All-Star team since April, 2009. Originally hired as a registered veterinary technician, Cayla moved into her current role as office manager in 2014. Cayla earned her Registered Veterinary Technician degree from Purdue University and was valedictorian of her graduating class. Cayla also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Indiana University Kokomo. Cayla is responsible for the general management of staff and specializes in identifying and defining practice procedures and operations.
Director of Surgery
Katie Ray Nelson, RVT
Katie earned her degree in Veterinary Technology from Harrison College. Katie joined All-Star Veterinary Clinic in October, 2015, as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She currently serves as the Director of our Surgery Team. Katie is a certified yoga instructor and enjoys sharing the importance of mind-body health through a weekly yoga class for the All-Star Veterinary staff.
Director of Treatment and Animal Care
Kaity Roberts, RVT
Kaity joined All-Star Veterinary Clinic in May, 2013, working as a veterinary assistant as she was completing high school. Upon graduation she went on to earn her Veterinary Technology degree from Purdue University in 2018. She now serves as the Director of Treatment and leads our Animal Care Specialists in their service of care for all pets.
Director of Inventory and Pharmacological Supplies
Kayla has been a part of All-Star Veterinary Clinic since November, 2006. She earned her degree in Veterinary Assistance from J. Everett Light Career Center. Kayla is now our Director of Inventory and Pharmacological Supplies. She maintains all inventory and medicinal needs. She enjoys building relationships with the clients and their pets and working with clients to help meet their pharmacological needs.
Director of Information Technology
Kristi earned her Associates Degree in Medical Assisting from Ivy Tech where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. Kristi joined All-Star Veterinary Clinic in August 2012 as a Client-Service Team member and is currently the Director of Information Technology.
Registered Veterinary Technicians
Allie Cook, RVT
Allie joined All-Star Veterinary Clinic in May, 2015. Allie earned her Associate of Applied Science and Veterinary Technology degree from the International Business College Vet Tech Institute. Allie currently serves a Surgery Technician for our Surgery Team. Allie has a special interest in Animal Behavior Therapy and is in the process of earning her credentialing to be a KPA certified training partner. Allie is certified in the fear free initiative and works closely with our entire All- Star staff to educate and assure fear-free practices and helpful behavioral responses.
Brittney Hinshaw, RVT
Brittney is a Registered Veterinary Technician and has been a member of our Surgery Team and our Treatment team since 2014. She earned her Associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Indianapolis Business College Vet Tech Institute. She is passionate about assisting with surgeries and making sure your pets have the best experience while they are here with us.
Kristina Durflinger, B.A.
In February, 2018, Kristina became an All-Star team member serving as a veterinary support specialist. Kristina fell in love with assisting in surgeries and is currently a member of our surgery team. Kristina has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Business from Indiana University and Purdue University Indianapolis. She came to All-Star from a previous career in health insurance. She helps with surgical treatment plans and post-operative care. She loves supporting the surgical team and your pets in their post-operative treatments.
Treatment Department/Animal Care Specialty Department
Lisa has over 15 years of experience in the small-animal veterinary field! She joined the All- Star team in 2012 and works as a veterinary assistant. Lisa finds it rewarding to build trust with the clients and their pets to help manage the treatment plan for each appointment. She excels at being a source of comfort and loves to serve as the human “security blanket” for all pets!
Michela joined the All- Star team in March, 2015, as a veterinary assistant. She earned her degree in Agribusiness Management from Joliet Junior College of Illinois and a degree in Veterinary Technology from Harrison College. She is currently working to complete her Board Certification to become a Registered Veterinary Technician! Michela enjoys spending time with her horses, showing her cattle and farming.
Caroline Harvey, B.S.
Caroline became a member of our team in January, 2018. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Behavior and Well-Being at Purdue University. Caroline is currently enrolled in the Purdue Vet Tech online program. Caroline appreciates that your pets present her with unique and challenging opportunities which allow her to use her love for science and her desire to serve others on a regular basis.
Veterinary Support Specialists
Cindy joined the All- Star staff in September, 2006. Cindy earned her education from Orange Coast College and moved to the veterinary field after 10 years of accounting and 10 years of being a stay-at-home mom. She currently serves as a veterinary support specialist assisting the veterinarians in their appointments with your animals.
Elise joined the All- Star staff in December, 2016, as a veterinary support specialist. She earned her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from the International Business College and is pursuing her certification to be a registered veterinary technician. She currently serves as a veterinary support specialist assisting the veterinarians in their appointments with your animals Elise is compassionate, caring and appreciates the process of nursing your sick pets back to full wellness.
Nicole Havens, B.S.
Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Purdue University and was able to spend a summer studying abroad in New Zealand. Nicole joined the All-Star Veterinary Clinic team in January, 2018. Nicole works as a veterinary support specialist and assists the veterinarians in their appointments with your animals. She particularly enjoys witnessing and participating in the benefits of the human-animal bond.
Kaitlyn has been with our team since November, 2014. She is currently attending Ivy Tech to earn a degree in Geology. Kaitlyn works as a veterinary support specialist and assists the veterinarians in their appointments with your animals as well as spending time as a greeter and receptionist! She loves building relationships with our clientele and helping provide the best medicine to you and your pets.
Client Service Team
Samantha eared her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ivy Tech Community College in 2018. She has been at All-Star Veterinary Clinic since April, 2013. She enjoys working with animals, getting to know the clients, and loves welcoming you to our clinic as you arrive for you appointments! She truly loves learning about veterinary medicine and interacting with the pets and you!
After being a long-time client of the clinic, Kelli joined the All- Star team as a receptionist and client-service team member in August, 2015. As a client she appreciated the high level of client-service care and wanted to contribute to care of your pets. She enjoys working with the friendly and easygoing staff, interacting with the fun clients, and getting to see all the animals that come through our doors. She especially enjoys serving you when you call in with a request for us to help meet your veterinary needs.
Missy Dawson, J.D., B.A., ELI-MP
Missy joined our team as a receptionist and client-service team member in March, 2018. Missy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She earned her law degree from Indiana University McKinney School of Law. She is one of Dr. Emily King’s three sisters. She is also certified Life Coach and loves serving the owners in their veterinary needs and supporting the staff.
Teri is a receptionist and client-service team member. She became an All-Star team member in April, 2018, after a career in early childhood education. Teri received her education from Marian University. She is a long-time family friend of the King family. She excels at serving others and shares that passion for service with you and your pets!
Clinic and Community Support Specialist
Terri has been a member of the All – Star team since September, 2011. She was hired as receptionist and client-service team. She currently serves as the Clinic and Community Support Specialist. She pursued her career in animal care because of her love and respect for animals and their owners. It’s a joy for her to work with a team that comes together to serve others. She also has a great time helping, comforting, and greeting clients; decorating the clinic; and making others feel good!