Dr. Mark Steeley
Dr. Mark Steeley, DVM, graduated from University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. He had attended the University of Tennessee previous to that, and graduated with an Associate Arts Degree from Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, Arizona. Dr. Steeley has been at Chilhowee Veterinary Clinic since 2007. He has a special interest in medicine, soft tissue surgery and dentistry. Previous to college, Dr. Steeley was a proud member of the United States Marine Corps, where he served for 6 years as an aircraft mechanic. He has always loved animals and veterinary medicine was a natural choice and progression in his life.
Dr. Steeley enjoys backpacking, running, mowing, and anything outside. He has a geriatric orange diabetic cat, Scooter, and a sweet old mare, Summer. Dr. Steeley is married, with three adult children, a wonderful son-in-law and three awesome granddaughters.
For further information please see his LinkedIn account.
Dr. Walt West
Dr. Walter R. West Jr., DVM, graduated with a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He continued at UTK earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. He is the founder of Chilhowee Veterinary Clinic, which opened its doors in October of 1983.
Dr Walt is now semi retired but still keeps his own client list.
Dr. Michele Halstead
Dear friends and loyal customers of Chilhowee Veterinary Clinic Inc.,
I’d like to personally thank everyone for letting us care for your pets over the years. We rarely get a chance to address everyone at once like this, so I thought I’d express that first. I’d also like to inform you of some sad news that has placed us in a transition period that might inconvenience you in some way.
A few weeks ago we were informed that Dr Michele Halstead was diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer. She is doing fine and is currently in the midst of planning chemo therapy, radiation, and surgery. She is in good spirits and is going to fight this with all she has. If you know Dr Michele, you would expect nothing less. Unfortunately, as expected, she had to step away from the profession she loves for a while. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr Michele, and we chat, text, and check on her daily.
We miss her in many ways and I would like to assure you that we are working feverishly to find a veterinarian to pick up the slack while she is out. This is a long process and could take 3-8 months to find a person who will fit in the Chilhowee family. In the meantime, we have filled in the open spots where we could with qualified “relief” veterinarians, but because of the abruptness of the news, some of the days in this first month have been hard to fill. This means we will be working one doctor short some of those days. Our support staff is awesome and have been doing a great job propping us up and assisting, however we do not want to lower our quality of care to fit everyone in. We simply ask for your continued patience during this transition.
If you wish to send Dr Michele a note of encouragement, please send it to the clinic and we will get it to her. You may see her here working a few hours as she feels up to it as she is trying to keep her life as normal as she can. This time will be limited and mostly for routine issues. We think of this as therapy for her as she has a difficult time sitting still.
I so appreciate you all and I am confident we will make it through this transition just fine. Thank you for your patience and understanding and don’t hesitate to call with any concerns with your pets, they are still our priority. We also ask that you keep Dr Michele in your thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely and respectfully,
Mark E Steeley, DVM
Dr. Becca Archer
Dr. Becca Archer is a 2005 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to veterinary school, she completed her bachelors degree in Animal Science at the University of Tennessee. She is native to the Knoxville area and has practiced in both Knox and Blount counties since graduating from veterinary school.
Dr. Archer has 2 dogs, Lulu, a boston terrier, and Amos, a hound. She also has a tortoise shell cat named Ms. Kitty. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and four-legged kids.
Dr. Amanda Dykstra
Amanda Dykstra completed her veterinary degree at Iowa State University in 2003. During college, she served as a flight medic in the Army National Guard, which led to an interest in emergency medicine and surgery that has stayed with her throughout her career. After graduation, Amanda practiced in Missouri for many years before completing a Fellowship with UC Davis in 2013. She has been practicing in Tennessee for four years and was recently certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Amanda’s husband is a middle school teacher, and they have three amazing daughters and two ornery dogs that keep them very busy. She is excited to join the team at Chilhowee and looks forward to meeting many wonderful clients and their pets.