Doctors & Staff

Doctors


Louis J. Laratta
DVM, Diplomate ACVO

Dr. Laratta has specialized in animal eye care for many years. He received his veterinary degree from Michigan State University, trained and served as Staff Ophthalmologist at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and was on the faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville, Tennessee, for many years. Dr. Laratta established the first full-time veterinary specialty practice in Tennessee in 1991, which originally served Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and the Tri-cities area.

Service to the community has always been an important part of Dr. Laratta’s professional and personal life, including providing continuing education to practitioners and training interns and residents. He and his family have enjoyed living in Tennessee for 30 years and have a strong interest in conservation and animal welfare.

Amity M. Huskey
DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVO

Dr. Huskey obtained her degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2003. She completed a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and a residency in Comparative Ophthalmology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She acquired a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois in 2007 and was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2008.

Dr. Huskey joined our practice in the fall of 2007 and travels to satellite clinics in Goodlettsville and Murfreesboro every month. She believes in the human-animal bond and provides quality care in the treatment and prevention of ophthalmic disorders.

Meredith L. Voyles
DVM, MS

Dr. Voyles obtained her veterinary degree from Auburn University in 2001. After spending nearly 6 years in general small animal practice in Fairhope, Alabama, she returned to Auburn University in 2006 and joined the faculty as the Community Outpatient Clinician. She completed her ophthalmology residency and Master’s degree in 2011, and continued to serve as the Faculty Ophthalmology Clinician at Auburn until 2013.

Dr. Voyles will be joining VOS full time to see patients at our Nashville and Chattanooga clinics in June 2013. She has a special interest in equine eye disease and is looking forward to serving the community in both small and large animal ophthalmology.

In her spare time, Dr. Voyles enjoys spending time with her husband, two young daughters, and Australian Shepherd.

Staff


Laurie Kush, BS, MHR
Practice Manager

Laurie Kush has 35 years of management and teaching experience in the academic, non-profit, and corporate sectors. A lifelong learner, she recently completed a Masters in Human Resources/Organizational Development and Conflict Management. Laurie is actively involved with Pet Therapy and Animal Assisted Therapy programs in healthcare facilities. The animal-human bond is integral in healing, and Laurie observed this daily in her work with Delta Pet Therapy/AAT programs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

A Pennsylvania native, Laurie has enjoyed several corporate moves and has lived in Mid Atlantic, New England, Mid West, and West Coast states. Nashville was the first family move to the South and the Kush family has been in Nashville for nearly 20 years.

Laurie is owned by a rescue greyhound, Sophie (South Beach Fun), and a rescue mutt named MoJo.

Contact: 615-690-9397 | l.kush@vostn.com

Kerri
Pharmacy and Compliance Manager
Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician

Kerri was born and raised in Brentwood, Tennessee. She graduated from Columbia State Community College with an AAS in Veterinary Technology and obtained her LVMT status in 1997. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and her dogs. Kerri has been working at Veterinary Ophthalmology Services since 1999.

Valerie
Surgery Operations Manager
Veterinary Assistant

Valerie moved to Tennessee in 1993 from California. She lives in Christiana with her husband, daughter, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 8 goats, and a horse. She enjoys hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Valerie has been working at Veterinary Ophthalmology Services since 1999.

Molly
Clinical Operations Manager
Client Care

Molly has lived all over the country and most recently moved to Tennessee from Oregon. She has over 14 years of experience working with animals and managing a veterinary clinic for cats. She has two cats of her own, and enjoys spending time with her husband Aaron and their two children in her spare time. Molly has been working at Veterinary Ophthalmology Services since August 2006.

Märgen
IT and Communications Manager
Client Care

Märgen moved from New York to Tennessee when she was young, and received her bachelor’s degree in 2008 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has been working with Veterinary Ophthalmology Services since 2007 and moved to Nashville in 2010 to join the practice full-time and pursue a graduate degree. In her free time, you’ll most likely find her reading, listening to NPR podcasts, attempting to cook, and doing anything outdoors.

Jamie
Client Care

Jamie is a native of the Murfreesboro area. She loves animals and enjoys spending time with her kitties and her Great Dane, Navarre. Jamie is a professional actress and currently works with the Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Tennessee Shakespeare Festival, Tennessee Shakespeare Company, and Tennessee Repertory Theatre. Jamie has been working at Veterinary Ophthalmology Services since 2008.

Alex
Continuing Education Manager
Veterinary Assistant

Alex has worked with animals for over nine years, first with thoroughbred horses, and then in small animal practice. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from MTSU and is currently pursuing master’s degree in mental health. In her spare time, she enjoys basketball, baseball, horse racing, reading, and hiking with her dogs. Alex has been working with Veterinary Ophthalmology Services since 2010.

Laura E
Equine and Travel Manager
Veterinary Assistant

Laura moved back to Tennessee from Marblehead, Massachussetts, in 2010. She now lives in Franklin with her Great Pyrenees and two cats. She attended Belmont University and enjoys horse-back riding, hiking, and bird watching. Laura has been working with Veterinary Ophthalmology Services since 2010.

Andria
Assistant Clinical Operations Manager
Client Care

Andria moved to Tennessee in 2004 from Indiana. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2000 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology from Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her dogs and one cat. Andria has been working with Veterinary Ophthalmology Services since 2010.

Lesley
Outpatient Manager
Veterinary Assistant

Lesley was born and raised in Middle Tennessee. She moved to Chattanooga after high school to attend the University of Tennessee, where she received her bachelor’s degree in biology. After graduating, Lesley spent over 5 years as a veterinary assistant in Chattanooga before deciding to move back to the Nashville area to be near her family. She has a dog named Katie, and enjoys cooking, photography, camping, and roadtrips. Lesley has been working with Veterinary Ophthalmology Services since 2010.

Becky
Client Care

Becky was born and raised in middle Tennessee. She is recently retired from Nissan North America and decided to pursue a lifelong desire to work with animals. She has four chihuahuas, Peanut, Dallas, Connor, and Snowy, and a horse, Bridgestone. Her many interests include cooking, swimming, reading on her Kindle, and spending time with family and friends. Becky has been working with Veterinary Ophthalmology Services since 2010.

Laura Y
Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician

Laura graduated from Snead State Community College in 1995 with an AAS in Veterinary Technology, obtaining her LVT status. In 2004, after several years of veterinary experience, she qualified to become a member of the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists. She lives in the Chattanooga area and has been working with the Veterinary Ophthalmology Services satellite office there since 2011. When not working, Laura enjoys scrapbooking and spending time with her husband and young son.

Christa
Veterinary Assistant

Christa has worked in middle Tennessee veterinary clinics for 16 years. She grew up in Knoxville and visits the east Tennessee mountains as often as possible. She enjoys traveling, camping, stock car racing, watching football games, and riding with her boyfriend Chris on his motorcycle. Her favorite pastime is cuddling with her two cats Waylon and Lefty. Christa has been working with Veterinary Ophthalmology Services since 2011.

Kelly
Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician

Kelly has lived in Franklin for 20 years and is mom to two teenaged daughters and two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking with her pups. Kelly has been working with Veterinary Ophthalmology Services since May 2012.

Stephanie
Veterinary Assistant

Stephanie moved to Nashville from New Hampshire in 2004. She has been a veterinary technician for 16 years. She has three Bull Terriers, Grissom, O-Ren, and Satchel, and trains Grissom and O-Ren in agility in her spare time. Grissom is currently the number two agility Bull Terrier in the country. Stephanie has been working with Veterinary Ophthalmology Services since May 2012.

Sharon
Client Care

A Virginia native, Sharon has had the opportunity to live in the Midwest and the Northeast. She now calls Nashville home. Sharon has recently retired from a career in management and marketing and is now able to pursue her passion, meeting new people and working with animals. Sharon lives in Bellevue with her ball of energy puppy, Darcey, and is an advocate for animal rescue. “I make the mortgage payments, but my dog owns the house.” Sharon has been working with Veterinary Ophthalmology Services since June 2012.

Betsy
Veterinary Assistant

Betsy was raised in Nashville, attended college in New Hampshire, and has spent the last 20 years living in the Seattle area. She’s recently settled back in Nashville. Betsy has been working as a veterinary technician for the last 15 years, with experience in day practice and emergency. She spends her free time with her family and playing outside with her dog. Betsy has been working with Veterinary Ophthalmology Services since October 2012.

Betty
Client Care

Betty came to Tennessee from New Orleans after earning her Master’s in Urban Anthropology and two years serving in the Peace Corps in Armenia. Prior to the Peace Corps, she was the “Edugator” at the largest alligator farming operation in the world. She brought alligators to schools, museums, and festivals where she taught hands-on classes in “Conservation Through Utilization.” She has one cat, rescued in Armenia and brought back home to become an “American cat.” Betty joined our staff at Veterinary Ophthalmology Services in February 2013.

Nicole
Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician

Nicole was raised in eastern North Carolina and received a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from North Carolina State University in 2006. She recently graduated from Chattanooga State Community College with her AAS in Veterinary Technology and is working toward her LVMT status. She has been working in veterinary clinics for the past 4 years. Nicole and her husband live in the Chattanooga area with their 2 dogs and are expecting their first child later this fall. In her free time she enjoys hiking, being outdoors, sewing, and various other crafts. Nicole joined the Chattanooga staff at VOS in May 2013.

Anne
Veterinary Assistant

Anne was born and raised in Franklin, TN, and has many years of experience as a technician in both small and large animal practice. In her free time, she enjoys showing her horse, Finny, trail-riding with her family, and spending time with her menagerie of dogs, cats, and horses. Anne joined Veterinary Ophthalmology Services in November 2013.

Amy
Veterinary Assistant

Amy joined Veterinary Ophthalmology Services in Chattanooga in March 2014.