Doctors & Staff


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 1992, 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

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 joined VOS in June 2013 to see patients at our Nashville and Chattanooga clinics. She has a special interest in equine eye disease and serves as the primary ophthalmologist for our equine patients.

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


Laurie Kush, BS, MHR
Practice Manager

Laurie Kush obtained a degree in education from The Pennsylvania State University and she returned to Lipscomb University in 2010 to earn a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development and Conflict Management. Laurie’s work experience crosses the corporate, non-profit and academic arenas focusing on business strategy, management, process engineering, and leadership development.

In her prior work with Pet Partner Volunteers at Vanderbilt outpatient clinics, Laurie observed on a daily basis how the animal/human bond contributes to health and healing. Her career progression was natural: from management at human outpatient specialty clinics to a veterinary ophthalmology specialty practice. In March 2012, Laurie joined Veterinary Ophthalmology Services to provide oversight of the Practice Business, Practice Operations, and Community Outreach.

At Veterinary Ophthalmology Services, Laurie is proud to be part of a team that works with respect and empathy for one another and all they serve. The team strives to become a resource for veterinary referring providers and their clients. Doctors and staff at Veterinary Ophthalmology Services are focused on providing attentive and compassionate client and patient service and education.

A Pennsylvania native, Laurie also has enjoyed several cross country corporate moves. Nashville is now home, and Laurie and her husband are owned by three rescue pups: a chocolate lab, a mutt, and a greyhound.

Contact: 615-690-9397 |

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.

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.

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 2006.

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.

Facilities and Special Projects 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.

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.

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.

Assistant Clinical Operations Manager
Client Care

Christa has worked in middle Tennessee veterinary clinics for 20 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 spending time with her boyfriend Chris. Her favorite pastime is cuddling with her two cats Waylon and Lefty. Christa has been working with Veterinary Ophthalmology Services since 2011.

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 2012.

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 2012.

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 2012.

Veterinary Assistant (Licensed Veterinary Technician, WA State)

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 2012.

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 2013.

Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician

Amy has been a veterinary technician for over 10 years and an animal lover as far back as she can remember, and she loves what she does. Amy joined Veterinary Ophthalmology Services’ Chattanooga staff in 2014 and has enjoyed diving into a specialty. Amy currently lives in Chattanooga with her husband and two cats, Molly and Oliver. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, hiking, swimming, and reading.

Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician

Originally from New York state, Rachel was raised in North Carolina, where she attended and earned her AAS degree at Gaston Community College in 2000. She also attained her RVT status that year before relocating to middle Tennessee in 2001. Rachel has over 20 years of experience as a technician working in general practice, veterinary dentistry, and emergency & critical care before joining Veterinary Ophthalmology Services in 2014. She shares her home with two poodles, a collie, and a mixed breed dog, as well as a couple of cats, a handful of ducks, some chickens, and very handsome peacock & his lady friend. In her time off, she can be found being entertained by her menagerie, spending time with friends, or simply enjoying Earth’s other beautiful creations.

Caitlin M
Veterinary Assistant

Caitlin grew up in Franklin, TN, and attended Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She currently lives in Franklin with her husband, 6 dogs, 5 horses, and one cat. In her spare time, she enjoys riding, kayaking, and spending time with her friends & family. Caitlin joined Veterinary Ophthalmology Services in November 2014.

Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician

Lauren grew up in south Georgia. She graduated with her AAS in Veterinary Technology from Ogeechee Technical College and obtained her licensure in 2013. She practiced as a Registered Veterinary Technician in Georgia for two years before moving to Tennessee with her husband and two dogs. She enjoys most outdoor activities and spending time with her two Australian Shepherds. Lauren joined Veterinary Ophthalmology Services in March 2015.

Caitlyn S
Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician

Caitlyn grew up in the Eastern Sierra of California in the small town of Mammoth Lakes. She has lived in middle Tennessee for 5 years and studied Veterinary Technology at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, TN, where she graduated with an AAS. She enjoys riding her horses, spending time with family & friends, and spoiling her Blue Heeler. Caitlyn joined Veterinary Ophthalmology Services in March 2015.