Meet Our Veterinarians and Staff


Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!


We’re pleased to provide exceptional veterinary services to pet owners in Kingsport, Church Hill, Bristol, Blountville, Weber City, Gate City, Johnson City and surrounding communities.

Please call us at (423) 378-4753 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

The Owners

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    Dr. Matt Mears

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Bunch

    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.

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    Dr. Buddy Stribling

    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

Associate Veterinarians

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    Todd Dolen

    Dr. Todd Dolen is a native of Kingsport who has recently returned to the area.  He graduated Sullivan South High School in 1994.  He graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1998 with a Bachelors of Science degree.  He then went to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2002.

    In 2005, Dr. Dolen married his wife, Darci.  They have two sons, Noah and Judah, which are the pride of his life.  They moved back to the area in 2017 and enjoy country life.  A quick glance around the home and you may discover a snake, lizard, tortoise, many birds, cats, dogs, and sheep.

    During his limited free time, Dr. Dolen enjoys reading, music, and hiking.  He enjoys spending time with Willow, the boxer who stole his heart.

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    Kaitlyn Eubanks

    Coming June 2019

    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.

Practice Manager

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    Jamie Smythe

Chief Surgical Assistant

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    Jerrie Jayne

Chief Veterinary Assistant

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    Scott Faxon

Veterinary Assistant

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    Adam Nida

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    Adrianne Ortiz

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    Beth Burgess

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    Deven Lincoln

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    Matt Lincoln

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    Matthew Leach

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    Tony Dean

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    Ashleigh Feagins

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    Emily Lawson

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    Brianna Perry

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    Billie Henard

Front Office Manager

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    Lori Shipley


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    Michelle Dubose

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    Halley Morrison

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    Katie Carrier

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    Leshae Smith

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    Sara Lovelace

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    Niki Pless

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    Jessica Gonce

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    Denise Hensley

Kennel Assistant

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