Supportive. Focused. Talented.

The team at Signal Mountain is composed of passionate animal lovers who come in to work in order to help you navigate the entire world of pet ownership, and to give you more happy years with your companion. Now, meet the team at your back.

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Lena Van Horn, DVM

Owner/Veterinarian

The clinic owner, medical director, operations manager, IT department, and SO much more – – Dr.Van Horn truly is the glue that holds our clinic together. You can often hear her laughing and singing throughout the building, and she never says no to a quick trip to Southern Star for lunch (or anywhere else that will make her a good plate of fried green tomatoes). She has been working in the veterinary field since 2001, practicing since 2008, and has been here at Signal Mountain Veterinary Clinic since 2011. Outside of work, you can often find her performing in operas, musical theater productions, and orchestras, caring for her “small farm with too many critters to count” (as she puts it), and spending time with her husband and two children. If she was given the opportunity to guest star on any television show, she says she would love to be featured on Grey’s Anatomy…as a guest surgeon, not a patient of course.

Alana Terrell, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Our associate veterinarian, resident introvert, and favorite Canadian, Dr. Terrell has been with us since 2017. Prior to attending the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine, she worked as a veterinary assistant for 13 years. After graduation she worked at a private practice in Brevard, North Carolina, but we are thrilled to have her here in Chattanooga as part of our team.Outside of work, you can find her watching hockey and drinking maple syrup straight from the bottle…okay, just kidding, she’s not THAT Canadian. She has dabbled in woodworking and minor carpentry projects in her free time and enjoys camping and enjoying live music with her two wonderfully unruly daughters and spending time with good friends and neighbors. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is, “…the candor we can use with our patients that we wouldn’t be able to exhibit in human healthcare (all the hugs, face licking, exams on the floor, etc.). It allows introverts like myself to really connect on a daily basis in a fulfilling way. I also really enjoy the creativity and problem solving required to treat our wide range of patients.”

Nicole Brown, LVMT

Veterinary Technician

Nicole is our fantastic, fun, freckled Filipino. She is tied with Jenny as the most “lettered” person in our clinic. She is Nicole Brown, B.S., A.A.S., L.V.M.T. She has a Bachelor of Science, Associate of Applied Science, and is a licensed veterinary medical technician. During college, she interned with the Tennessee Aquarium and worked hands on with octopi. Now her patients have fewer appendages but she shows them the same level of care. She has a Shih Tzu/Terrier mix named Bailey and a Rottweiler named Leo. Aside from spending time with her furry companions, Nicole is a mother of four who enjoys sewing, jewelry making, and other forms of crafting (if she ever has free time) and would one day love to learn how to play piano. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is, “Getting to know the clients and seeing that we can make a difference in the life and health of pets.”

Eric Nelson

Veterinary Assistant

If you hear singing while visiting our clinic (and it’s not Dr. Van Horn), it’s probably Eric! He has been an essential part of our team since he joined us in 2017 and has been working in the veterinary field for 13 years. Aside from assisting the doctors in caring for your beloved furry friends, you can often find Eric playing guitar and singing in two punk bands (you may hear him on the local radio!), spending time in or on the water, and assisting his wife with her vegan food truck and catering business. We often joke that Eric is never more than 48 hours away from a slice of pizza, though he refuses to choose between pizza or tacos as his favorite meal. Eric’s favorite book is Watership Down by Richard Adams. “It speaks to me on so many levels. It feels like a crossroads for sociopolitical notions, survival, compassion, and comradery – it’s about doing the right thing,even when it’s scary. These are never bad aspirations, and reading this is always a good reminder,” he shares.

Amy Behrmann

Senior Receptionist

Amy is one of our two amazing receptionists. Out of all of us here at Signal Mountain Veterinary Clinic, she has been working in veterinary medicine the longest – since 1990! She began working at a veterinary clinic while in high school, went to school to become a licensed veterinary technician,and “retired” to the front desk in 2005, and she has been at our bustling front desk since 2012. She has a Great Dane, a Great Pyreneese mix, four cats, and a gerbil (though she is known to adopt any stray cat that crosses her path, so that number fluctuates). In her free time, she enjoys being a passenger on a Harley Davidson and spending time with her two daughters. While she considers veterinary medicine to be her first love, she nearly majored in theater in college. “I was a theater kid in high school. I loved drama class, participated in our drama guild, and performed in our theater productions,” she says.

Anne Davis

Receptionist

Anne is one of our two phenomenal receptionists. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2010 and here at Signal Mountain Veterinary Clinic since 2019. We often call veterinary medicine her second career, since she spent 20 years as a flight attendant – 15 years with Delta Airlines and 5 years on a private jet for an NBA team. However, she had actually aspired to be a veterinarian while in college. “I went to Auburn University to become a veterinarian, but thanks to my freshman year social life, I now just work for one.” Outside of work, she volunteers with Paw-paw’s Ministry and St. Elmo Methodist church feeding the unhomed and providing them with clothes and other necessities. She also enjoys kayaking, bird watching, photography, thrifting, and trying new brunch spots. She’s also kept busy with a whole crew of furry friends – 3 chihuahuas (Lola, Polly, and Teenie Weenie), a Miniature Pinscher/Dachshund mix (Jennie), a Labrador Retriever mix (Stella), a one-eyed Pibull (Brad-Pit), and 2 cats (Boy Kitty and Girl Kitty).

Jenny Daniels, LVMT

Clinic Manager

Jenny is the one of the most “lettered” people in our clinic. She is Jenny Daniels, A.S., A.A.S.,L.V.M.T. That is just a lot of fancy alphabet talk for someone who has an Associate of Science,Associate of Applied Science, and is a licensed veterinary medical technician. She has a wide variety of experience in the veterinary field and has served in various roles in veterinary clinics such as a dental technician, surgical assistant, dermatology care technician, lead technician, staff trainer, protocol manager, and now as the clinic manager here at Signal Mountain Veterinary Clinic. She also has a wide variety of experience in life – she has lived overseas twice over the years,reads Korean, and both tore her ACL and damaged her meniscus while skiing. Her husband tells her that she is banned from winter sports, since she has injured herself skiing twice and once while ice skating. She has two pets: Nero, the terror of her kids’ toys and Reese, the terror of her husband’s allergies. If she could create a brand new holiday, she says she would make “Love Yourself Day.”

Jessica Munoz

Veterinary Assistant

Jessica has been with our clinic since December of 2021, but has been working in the veterinary field since 2010. She has worked for emergency practices, private practices, Banfield, and an ophthalmology specialty clinic. She was born in Colombia and her family moved to the United States when she was 4 years old. She spent the first few years of her life in New York, most of her life in Florida, then moved to Tennessee in September 2021. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her children, two dogs (Snoopy the Schnauzer and Chiquito the Yorkie), watching true crime documentaries, and completing DIY projects such as refurbishing and selling furniture. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is that there is always room for growth. She herself has grown since first beginning in the field. Though she has primarily on-the-job training, she is currently working toward her degree to become a licensed veterinary technician, all while working full time and being a mother of 3. If you come to our clinic with a Schnauzer, we often joke you are required to let Jessica pet him or her before leaving.

Savanna Hazlewood

Veterinary Assistant

Out of all of our staff members, Savanna is the newest to the veterinary field. She has a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she wrote for the school newspaper and various local publications and interned with the student-run radio station, where she hosted her own radio show called Pigeon Life. She also spent several years as a certified and licensed pharmacy technician before taking the plunge into veterinary medicine. “Being a veterinarian has actually been my dream since I was in kindergarten, but I was always a little afraid of all the schooling involved. Ultimately, though, I decided I’d never truly be fulfilled doing anything else.” She’s the “mom friend” in the clinic, with a purse full of any medication, toiletry, or snack you could ever want. Outside of work, she enjoys studying, cross stitching, kayaking, having game nights with friends, watching horror movies, and drinking excessive amounts of caffeine.