Jerrod Johnson, DVM

Dr. Johnson was born and raised in Whitley City, KY. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of the Cumberlands in 2007.

In 2011, Dr. Johnson graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he joined North Stewart Veterinary Clinic as an Associate Veterinarian. In 2013, he was asked to open New Hope Veterinary Clinic. A year later, Dr. Johnson became a partner in the practice group, Gateway Animal Care Group, which owns both New Hope Veterinary Clinic and North Stewart Veterinary Clinic, as well as Animal House and Southside Veterinary Clinics.

Currently, Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association as well as the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Johnson’s professional interests include Soft Tissue Surgery, Anesthesia/Pain Management, Infectious Disease, and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery.

In his spare time, Dr. Johnson enjoys fishing, hiking and spending time with his wife Beth and daughter Lily.


Dayton Schleicher, DVM


Dr Schleicher was raised in Gallatin, TN. She attended Auburn University where she received a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science in 2010. She then attended the University of Tennessee where she received her Masters of Public Health in 2016 and her DVM in 2018.

After graduation, she returned to middle Tennessee to become a mixed animal veterinarian at New Hope. Dayton enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dogs- Glenn and Chleo.

Her clinical interests include small ruminant medicine, ruminant reproduction, preventative medicine, and infectious disease.


Morgan Miller, DVM


Dr Morgan Miller was raised in Owensboro Kentucky. She Attended Murray State University where she played on the MSU women’s soccer team and received a Bachelor’s degree in Animal science in 2016.

She is a 2020 graduate of Auburn University’s college of veterinary medicine.
After graduation, Dr Miller took her first job as a mixed animal practitioner at New Hope Veterinary clinic. She enjoys being outdoors, discovering new places to hike, spending time with friends, going home to see my family in Owensboro, and traveling the country.

Clinical interests include small animal surgery, large animal internal medicine and reproduction, and ultrasound.


Jessica Valentin, LVT


Jessica is a full-time Licensed Veterinary Technician at New Hope Veterinary Clinic who earned her AAS degree in the Veterinary Technology program at Vol State. She started at New Hope as a student during her clinical rotations where she discovered her passion to work in a mixed animal practice. She has been in the field since 2013 and has a passion to not only help pets, but also to focus on client education and preventive care. She has a son named Lincoln and two dogs, Lucie and Bane. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Rachel Spear, LVT


My name is Rachel I am a licensed veterinary technician. I graduated from Volunteer State Community College in 2016 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. I am happily married to my high school sweetheart Kameron. We’re also expecting our first baby this December.
I have a German Shepherd dog named Justice, tortoiseshell cat named Katie, a black and white tuxedo cat named Peta and lastly, I have a uromastyx lizard named Pedro.


Aisha Daggs-Morciglio


Aisha is a Veterinary Assistant and first started working at the clinic in 2016. She is from the Bay Area in California and moved to TN in support of her husband’s Army career. She finished earning her B.S. in Biology at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN in 2016.

She has always had a passion for animals, domesticated and wild. She works at New Hope and at Walden’s Puddle Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. She is the proud mother of two German Shepherds, two cats, several fish, and a Kune Kune pig! Her professional goals are to earn her Vet Tech license and a M.S. in an aspect of Wildlife Rehabilitation.


Amber Ayres, LVT


My name is Amber Ayres. I graduated from Volunteer State Community College’s Veterinary Technician program in May of 2019.

I have an interest in all animals and I love that my job allows me to see them all here at New Hope. I personally have a dog named Cooper and a cat named Chaps, but I would like to one day have more dogs and some horses as well.

I love spending time with my family, my husband Louis, and most of all my son Joseph. I love finding new adventures to take on and truly believe a vacation once a year is a necessity


Colby Perry


Colby joined New Hope in March of 2018. When not at the clinic, Colby is an avid reader of anything related to current world affairs. Married in 2017 and proud fur-parent of three wonderful pups. Colby hopes to return to school in pursuit of a career in government, but only after he has spent several years alongside a truly remarkable group of co-workers who he adores.