Our Team

Karl N. Kapoor, DVM

Veterinarian, Owner

Dr. Karl Kapoor has been at Pinecrest Veterinary Clinic since its opening in 1985. He graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. After many years of solo practice, Dr. Kapoor is thankful and blessed to have a wonderful associate, Dr. Hinkle, as well as a skilled, knowledgeable and enjoyable team of staff members to work with each day.

Between the Kapoors, Karl and Anna, along with their son Nathan, daughter-in-law Amber, and daughter Sarah, there are an assortment of four-legged family members: a horse, Snickers; and two dogs, Kelvin and Charlie, not to mention the entire family of patients at Pinecrest.


In addition to clinic associated activities, the Kapoor family also invests time and effort into the East Tennessee Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the ETSU Wesley Foundation, a variety of functions at First United Methodist Church, Family Promise, and various other organizations. Dr. Kapoor has tremendously enjoyed participating with the Johnson City District Partners in Mission program in the Czechia (Czech Republic) through 4 mission teams over the years. Most recently, he joined his wife Anna on a Medical Mission Team to Mexico. (He was not one of the doctors!) Although by no means a professional photographer, he enjoys taking pictures and sharing them.

Tonya Hinkle, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Tonya Hinkle is a Johnson City native. She received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree with an Animal Science concentration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2000. She then received her DVM from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. Following her first two years of practice at Cape Fear Animal Hospital in Fayetteville, NC, Tonya returned to Johnson City and joined Pinecrest Veterinary Clinic in September of 2006. Tonya has a special interest in internal medicine, behavior medicine, client education, and soft tissue surgery. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association.


Tonya is married to Dr. Josh Hinkle, also a veterinarian, and together they have one daughter, Olive. Her ‘furry’ family includes an Irish Setter, Finn, along with two cats, Zoey and Ziggy. Outside of work Tonya enjoys traveling, running, kickboxing, and sailing.

Kathi Taber, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Kathi Taber graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Knoxville in 1981. She practiced large and small animal medicine in western Canada for 12 years before moving to Raleigh, NC to open a feline practice. She has two sons, Lukas and David as well as 3 cats, 1 dog, and 2 horses. She moved back to Johnson City area to be near her mother and sisters and families that live in the area. She thought she would retire, but missed pets and their owners and joined the staff at Pinecrest Veterinary Clinic. The clinic is genuinely compassionate both to the owners and their pets. The doctors and staff are fantastic to work with. She eagerly awaits helping solve the puzzles of every day veterinary practice.

Hayden Hale, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Hayden Hale is not a stranger to Pinecrest or our clients. He graduated from Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2023 following undergraduate studies at Emory and Henry. Dr. Hale had worked as a veterinary assistant for over seven years at Pinecrest prior to and during his veterinary school days.

In addition to general veterinary medicine and surgery, Dr. Hale has also been certified in veterinary acupuncture by the internationally acclaimed Chi Institute. He enjoys internal medicine cases and is quite an excellent surgeon already for a young veterinarian.

Hayden has one dog, Peaches, a beagle he adopted as part of a program at Virginia Tech while he was there. He also helps to care for his family’s pet cats here in Johnson City. Some of his interests include Taekwondo and other martial arts as well as home projects with woodworking, reading, and trivia night. Hayden is a member of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church. He also enjoys working with Peaches for intensive canine training.

Anna Kapoor

Clinic Administrator

Anna Kapoor, Dr. Kapoor’s wife, also works at Pinecrest. As a teenager, Anna remembers babysitting for a veterinarian’s family in her hometown and occasionally stepping into action at that clinic. Little did she know that several years later she would marry a veterinarian, who also had to often-times leave home for emergencies at all hours. Anna is a registered nurse certified in oncology nursing and took care of patients at the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital for 20 years. Because she is a strong patient advocate and continues to keep current in nursing, Anna often finds the opportunity to use her skill to serve on medical mission teams. Anna enjoys gardening, knitting and cooking in her spare time.

Anna recently received the AARP Andrus Award for the State of Tennessee. This award recognizes outstanding community volunteer service. She serves in many different volunteer roles at church, a local soup kitchen, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Mexico Medical Mission team, Johnson City District Partners in Mission with Czechia, the ETSU Wesley Foundation and others.

Tammey Garrison

Veterinary Assistant

Tammey has been a part of the Pinecrest Veterinary Clinic staff since 2002. Before that she has been a veterinary assistant since 1994. She is married to Mark L Garrison and has a son, Daniel Garrison. She enjoys and loves working here. Outside of work she enjoys her fur babies, doing extreme sports, swimming, crafts, cooking, and gardening. Her favorite holiday is Halloween.

Beverly Baumgartner


Beverly has been a part of the Pinecrest Veterinary Clinic since 2017. She became a licensed veterinary technician in 2009 in Nevada. She worked at a small animal hospital and then as the Veterinary Program Manager at Western Veterinary Conference in Nevada. In 2011, her family relocated to Johnson City when her husband accepted a teaching position at ETSU. She was a stay-at-home mother for 6 years with her two children and now she is back to work as a part-time receptionist.

Angie Sliger

Veterinary Assistant

I have been part of this clinic since 2004. “This has been my one and only job and I have loved every minute of it. This has been the best group of people I have ever known. I have a fur baby named Gretchen Wieners. Who is very rotten. In my spare time I enjoy anything outdoors including hiking and paddle boarding. She also enjoys photography and anything to do with animals.

Jamison Saylor

Veterinary Assistant

Jamison has been at Pinecrest Veterinary Clinic since 2020. He has a fat-headed pitbull named Boone who is very spoiled and keeps him busy. When he is not at Pinecrest Jamison enjoys spending time at the beach, going to see live music, or just hanging out at home and cooking. “Working with animals is the most rewarding and meaningful job I have ever had, and the people at Pinecrest have become family to me.”

Haley Richard

Veterinary Assistant

I have twins, 1 boy and 1 girl that are 1 year old. I have a goldendoodle named Sadie. I enjoy relaxing with my children and dog.

Sydney Swaim

Veterinary Assistant

Hi ! I’m Sydney. I’m from Frederick, MD. I graduated from ETSU in 2018 with a degree in exercise science. I have two pets whom I love. Socks is my senior tuxedo cat, and Kamikaze is my Netherland Dwarf bunny. When I’m not hanging out with my pets, I am hiking, camping, or reading.

Emma Hecht

Veterinary Assistant

We are glad Emma Hecht joined our staff as a veterinary assistant in the spring of 2023. Her family has brought many patients to Pinecrest over the years. Emma recently moved back to the area from New Orleans, where she graduated from Tulane University. She loves all animals, especially her cat and dog, and enjoys helping them feel better. Emma paints and plays soccer in her free time.

Meredith Robinson


I have been with Pinecrest since September of 2020. I have always loved animals, and enjoy getting to work with them. I live with my boyfriend Mike, our dog Cooper, and our two cats Winston and Jinx.

Sandy Barnette


Sandy Barnette joined our staff as a receptionist during the summer of 2023. We were very fortunate to find such a quick learner and hard worker for the clinic and our clients. Sandy has lived in this area for 48 years. She loves all animals, especially her two dogs Mia and Tessa. In her free time, she loves reading books and everything outdoors.

Emily May

Hello! My name is Emily May. I’ve been at Pinecrest Veterinary Clinic since Oct 2022. I love to work and be around animals. I have two dogs. Their names are Zeus and Shara. I love to hunt and fish. I love being a volunteer fire fighter.


Clinic Captain

Hello, I am called Flo. clinic captain. I am a permanent resident here at Pinecrest Veterinary Clinic. I have been diligently watching over the daily activities of the clinic since 2013 when I was found baring multiple injuries. Dr Kapoor restored me to my former glory and has since given me a home here at Pinecrest. I have now taken it upon myself to ensure the clinic is run smoothly. I watch over the kennel room and keep order behind the scenes among the hustle and bustle of everyday clinic life. When I am not busy conducting the clinic’s success, I enjoy long naps under the warm sunlight on my favorite office chair. Throughout the day, I am given offerings of treats in which I graciously accept. I have found quite a home here at Pinecrest.