Dr. Michelle Tichenor is a 3rd year surgery resident at Animal Specialty Center. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at St. George’s University in 2010, completing her clinical year at North Carolina State University. She then went on to complete a rotating internship at Kansas State University followed by a surgical internship at Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center in Dallas, Tx., her hometown. Research called to her and she spent a year at the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS), in College Station, TX, working in such areas as mild traumatic brain injury, minimally invasive placement of novel devices, and left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantations. Prior to beginning her surgery residency at ASC she was an Orthopedic Fellow at the University of Tennessee (UT) and ran the kinetic/kinematic gait analysis lab, collecting data and participating in research dealing with canine osteoarthritis, stem cells, and weight distribution following different procedures. During her year at UT she was also able to become certified in canine rehabilitation and physical therapy through the CCRP program. Dr. Tichenor has a special interest in orthopedics, soft tissue reconstruction, oncologic surgery, and exotics.