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Dr. Matt Mears

Dr. Matt Mears

Surgical Director

I was born in Knoxville, TN, then moved to Martin, Tn. University of TN at Martin is where I did my undergraduate studying animal science and playing basketball. I graduated the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990.

I practiced in Memphis, TN from June 1990 till December 1991. Then was hired by Indian Ridge Animal Hospital in January 1992. I became a Partner/Owner 1994 and the rest is history.

I have special interest in surgery, but enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine. I enjoy getting to know my patients, their ins and outs, their special quirks and getting to know and understand their owners.

I am married to a wonderful, beautiful wife, Leigh. I have two kids, Emily and Evan. We have 5 cats, Mittens, Jarnella, Ilean(a three-legged cat), Millie, and Alex (a Cerebellar hypoplasia kitten). We have 4 dogs, Blaise, Freddie, Post and Stamp. We Have 4 turtles and some koi fish. We have 14 goats and a goose named Gary.

I enjoy watching my son play basketball. I enjoy watching my daughter sing in the chorus at school and the choir at church. I enjoy spending time with my wife and and kids. I like running, playing basketball, traveling when can, watching UT basketball and football. I am and active member of First Baptist Church. I enjoy working at Indian Ridge Animal Hospital with all my Ridge Family.

Dr. Michael Bunch

Dr. Michael Bunch

Medical Director

I was born in Birmingham, AL and soon moved to Knoxville, TN where I grew up. I attended the University of Tennessee and graduated in 1990 with a degree in Microbiology. I then attended the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1994.

I began practicing at Indian Ridge Animal Hospital in July of 1994. I became a Partner/Owner in 1999 and have been enjoying my work ever since.

My special interest is in internal medicine and oncology, but I love getting to know my patients and owners.

I am married to wife Karen and I have two children Taylor and Cooper. We have 5 cats at our home. Four of them are orange male tabby cats and one female gray tabby. Peanut Butter Toast (Big Boy), French Toast (Crazy Train), One-Eyed Jack (Scary Cat), Crouton (Baby Cat), and Special Woman.

I enjoy watching my oldest son (Taylor) play soccer. I enjoy my other son (Cooper) play trumpet in the band. I am an avid UT sports fan and love traveling to Knoxville to watch them play. I am an active member of First Presbyterian Church here in Kingsport. I enjoy working with our team here at Indian Ridge Animal Hospital and look forward to seeing all of the furry friends that come to see us.

Dr. Buddy Stribling

Dr. Buddy Stribling

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Stribling is the Chief Diagnostic Coordinator of Indian Ridge Animal Hospital. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Tennessee and is board certified with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in canine and feline practice. His medical interests include cardiology, ultrasound and internal medicine. “I love working with families and pets to solve complicated medical and behavioral issues,” said Dr. Stribling. “Seeing a sick pet regain its spirit and start interacting with the family again is very rewarding.” Dr. Stribling has a three dogs Benjamin Riner Scott, Peanut Pack, and

Dr. Kaitlyn Eubanks

Dr. Kaitlyn Eubanks

Associate Veterinarian

Dr.Eubanks is from central Arkansas.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas Tech University in Agriculture Business and graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019.  Her medical interests include exotic and avian medicine, geriatric care, and surgery.

When she’s not working, Dr. Eubanks enjoys growing African Violets, knitting, crochet, needle art, watching scary movies, and working with her livestock (sheep, rabbits, and poultry).  She also enjoys spending time traveling and making memories with Amanda (her fiancée), their six spoiled dogs, singular persnickety cat, and (very loud) conure.  

Dr. Eubanks is excited to be a part of the team here at Indian Ridge Animal Hospital and hopes to get to know you and your pets like family.

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