George Simmons , DVM
University of Georgia
Bachelor of Science
Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Studies
Doctor of Veterinary MedicineAccreditation: State of Florida and State of GeorgiaActivities: Kappa Alpha, Alpha Zeta, UGA Mortorboard, UGA College Bowl Team, A.V.E.S.S. Chairman of the Board, UGA Representative, American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Big Bend Veterinary Medical Association- Past President, Allied Veterinary Emergency-President of Board of Directors, Leon County Animal Control Board, Cotillion Club, Gentry Club, Exchange Club, Tall Timbers, Christ Presbyterian Church- Deacon, Elder, Florida State Board of Veterinary Medicine-Board of Directors.Awards: Gold Star Award- FVMA, Young Achievers Award- Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine 1998, Cum Laude, Mortorboard, Tommy Smith Scholastic Award, Science Award, Honor Council, Eagle Scout (Silver Palm), and Order of the Arrow
Personal: Dr. Simmons is married to Lindi and they have three handsome children- John, Sam, and Jack. He also has seven dogs – “Ellie Mae”, “Peeko”, “Pearl”, “Jill”, “Patch”, “Shug” and “Kat” . In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors with family and friends.
Randy S Fullerton , D.V.M.
California Polytechnic University-Pomona
Doctor of Veterinary MedicineAccreditation: State of FloridaActivities: American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Former President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and current member of the Big Bend Veterinary Medical Association, Tall Timbers, CCA, IGFA, Blood Drive CoordinatorPersonal: Dr. Fullerton was born and raised in California. He is married to Cristina and they have two beautiful children-Cara and George. Their family also includes two dogs, “Rudy” and “Lottie”. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and spending time at the coast.
Shane M Burkhead , D.V.M.
Bachelor of Science- Animal Science
Doctor of Veterinary MedicineAccreditation: State of Florida and State of AlabamaActivities: Florida Veterinary Medical Association Member-past Budget & Finance committee member, Big Bend Veterinary Medical Association-past President and Vice President, Tallahassee Young Entrepeneurs Club, Deacon for Meridian Woods Church of Christ.Awards: American Society of Animal Science Scholarship Award
Volunteer Work: Board of Directors for Father Flannigan’s Boys Town of North Florida for 8 years, current Chairman of the Board for Father Flannigan’s Boys Town.
Personal: Dr. Burkhead is married to Michelle and they have four gorgeous children: Emma, Hannah, Seth and Sawyer. They have 2 dogs “Dolly” and “Tilley” and a cat, “Clem”. On his days off, Dr. Burkhead enjoys spending time with his family, camping, and fishing.
Lynn T. Hagood , D.V.M.
Bachelor of Science-Animal & Dairy Sciences
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Master of Science-PathobiologyAccreditation: State of Florida, Georgia, and AlabamaActivities: Alabama Veterinary Medical Association-Executive Committee, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Big Bend Veterinary Medical Association-past President, Secretary, Treasurer, Wildwood Presbyterian Church-Elder, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Advisory Board, Tallahassee Animal Service Center Board member and past chairman.Awards: Phi Zeta Honor Society for Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University’s President Award, Service Recognition-Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, Certificate of Appreciation from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industry, Appreciation award for Service to the People of Northwest Alabama, FVMA Gold Star Service Award 2010
Personal: Dr. Hagood is married to Hallie and they have three wonderful children-Hannah, L.T. and Hank. They have 4 dogs- “Dexter”, “Buddy”, “Mae” and “Buck”, one cat “Miss Kitty” and one horse- “Loper”. Dr. Hagood owned and operated a veterinary practice in Tuscumbia, AL before returning to Auburn to further his education in the areas of pathobiology and epidemiology. While at Auburn, he worked with the Alabama State Veterinarian’s Office in the animal disease diagnostics and control department. After completing his M.S., Dr. Hagood joined North Florida Animal Hospital. In his spare time, Dr. Hagood enjoys camping, riding horses, fishing and hunting.
Heather Terhune , D.V.M.
Doctor of Veterinary MedicineAccreditation: State of Florida, Alabama and GeorgiaActivities: Member of Wildwood Church, Women’s bible study leader, AVMA, GVMA, BBVMA, FVMAPersonal: Dr. Terhune grew up in the mountains of North Alabama, where her family still resides. After graduating from Auburn in 2001 she married Theron Terhune, who is the Outreach Coordinator at Tall Timbers Research station. Dr. Terhune enjoys being outside: backpacking, canoeing, gardening and playing with her four dogs. “Dunebuggy” is a rambunctious Boston Terrier, “Dribbles” is a loving English Bulldog, “Dandywine” is a precious Cavalier King Charles and “Gerti”, an outgoing Drahthaar. When it rains Dr. Terhune enjoys being inside reading her favorite book cuddled up with one or all of her four cats.
Her veterinary interests are feline medicine and ophthalmology. She is still discovering the rich outdoor life North Florida has to offer.
Christy Valentine , D.V.M., C.C.R.P.
Mississippi State University
Texas A&M University
Doctor of Veterinary MedicineAccreditation: State of Florida and State of GeorgiaActivities: AVMA, GVMA, FVMAAwards: Phi Zeta Honor Society for Veterinary Medicine
Personal: Dr. Valentine joined the NFAH team in June of 2010. She was born and raised in Ocean Springs, MS. She worked for Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas before going to school for veterinary medicine. She did an internship at Georgia Veterinary Specialists and worked at two small animal clinics before moving to Tallahassee, FL.
She is married to Vince and they have twin boys, Joey & Clay. She also has two dogs, “Baron”, and “Sadie”, and two cats, “Jezebel” and “Boots”.
Margaret Sams Hankley, D.V.M.
Presbyterian College – BS Biology
University of Georgia- Doctor of Veterinary MedicineAccreditation: State of Florida and State of GeorgiaActivities: BBVMA, AVMA, FVMA, Live Oak Hounds, Volunteer for Joseph Sams School, Inc. Serving Children with Special NeedsPersonal: Dr. Hankley was born and raised in Fayetteville, Georgia where her family still lives in the old family homestead. After graduation from vet school, she moved to Tallahassee. She is married to Reid Hankley, the dog trainer and huntsman for Foshalee Plantation. Dr. Hankley enjoys being outside, riding Tennessee walking horses, kayaking, and gardening. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family especially her husband and their daughter Helen. Dr. Hankley has 4 dogs and 3 horses. Her dogs are: “June Bug”, a JRT; “Nub”, a Rat Terrier; “Smut”, an English Cocker; and “Shilo”, a yellow lab. Dr. Hankley worked at a small animal hospital in Crawfordville, Florida for 2 ½ years before starting at NFAH.
Lyndsey Steele, D.V.M.
University of Guelph – Bachelor of Science-Biomedical Science Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Accreditation: State of FloridaActivities: BBVMA, AVMA, FVMAPersonal: Dr. Steele is originally from a small town in Ontario, Canada where she was born and raised. She has recently moved to the Tallahassee area with her husband David who is an assistant professor at the college of business at Florida State University. Prior to moving to Florida, Dr. Steele worked at a small animal clinic in Ontario for 7 years. Dr. Steele shares her house with her mischievous Golden Retriever, “Maddie”, precious Goldendoodle “Carlie” and her cat “Zoie”. On her days off Dr. Steele likes to spend time with her two young boys, Jack and Andrew. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors gardening, hiking and jogging.
Hollins University, BS Business
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, Clinical Training
Accreditation: State of Florida, State of Georgia
Dr. Barron was born and raised in Tallahassee and is a graduate of Maclay School. After completing an undergraduate degree from Hollins University, she spent a year competing horses at the advanced level of three-day eventing, then joined North Florida Animal Hospital (NFAH) as a veterinary technician in March 2008. She moved to St Kitts, West Indies to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and finished her clinical training at Taxas A&M. She returned to Tallahassee in December 2016 and rejoined NFAH as an associate veterinarian. Dr. Barron has two dogs, Campbell, an English Cocker Spaniel, and Culby, a black Labrador Retriever. In her free time she enjoys horse-back riding, hiking, enjoying the Florida sun, and trying new restaurants.
Karis Dickey, D.V.M.
University of West Georgia
Bachelor’s of Science- Biology
University of Georgia
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
Accreditation: State of Florida
Dr. Karis Dickey spent her middle school and high school years here in Tallahassee, and she is a graduate
of Chiles High School. She moved to Georgia with her family for college and veterinary school, and after
graduation she decided to return to Tallahassee. Dr. Karis enjoys spending time with family and friends,
as well as being outside doing anything from fishing, to riding horses and exercising with her dog. Dr.
Karis has a Boxer named “Ellie”.