Dr. Youngblood grew up in Tallahassee, FL and attended Auburn University majoring in Animal and Dairy Sciences. He earned a Master’s of Agriculture in 1996 and began veterinary school in 1997. Upon graduation from Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine with honors in 2001, Dr. Youngblood began his career practicing in Chattanooga, TN. In 2002 he purchased what is now North Alabama Animal Hospital from Dr. Whitlock. His professional interests include orthopedic diseases and surgery, ophthalmology, and dentistry. He and his wife Mary Cecelia have 2 daughters and a son. They share their home with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Katie, a Llewellin Setter named Anna, and 1 cat, Frank.


Dr. Bonner was born in Albany, GA. He attended Auburn University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 2004. He began veterinary school in 2004 at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated in 2007 with Summa Cum Laude honors. Dr. Bonner began his veterinary career in June 2007 at North Alabama Animal Hospital. He has an interest in cardiology, ultrasonography, and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Bonner is married to Lindsey, and they have three daughters. They also have a Boxer, Duke and a cat, Jinx. Away from work, he enjoys CrossFit, Auburn football, and his family life.


Dr. Thompson grew up in Lawrenceburg, TN. He attended UT Martin for his undergraduate studies. He graduated in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture with a concentration in Animal Science. Dr. Thompson attended the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2013. He has been with North Alabama Animal Hospital since June of 2014. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, especially soft tissue surgery, dentistry, nutrition, and ultrasonography. Dr. Thompson is married to his wife Jennifer, and they have two children. They also have a Boston Terrier mix named Newman.


Dr. Harlie Arndt grew up in Florence, AL where she attended the University of North Alabama. During her undergraduate years, she joined the NAAH team as a kennel technician. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with Summa Cum Laude honors in 2016. She was also a four year starter on the UNA softball team and was the third baseman on the 2016 National Championship team. Dr. Arndt started veterinary school in the summer of 2016 at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in May 2020. Dr. Arndt is married to Nick and they have 3 dogs, Heidi, Buck, and Rosie. Away from work, she enjoys outdoor activities and slow pitch softball. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and is excited to be a part of North Alabama Animal Hospital.


Dr. Thornton was born and raised in The Shoals, Tuscumbia specifically. She graduated from the University of North Alabama in 2015, with magna cum laude honors. Later she attended veterinary school at Auburn University, where she graduated in 2019 with summa cum laude honors. After graduation, she and her husband Andrew moved to Hahira, Georgia where she practiced at a small animal veterinary clinic for a little over a year and a half. When she gave birth to her first child, Benjamin, Dr. Thornton and her husband knew it was time to come home and be around their families. Along with her son, she has 4 fur babies: a beagle named Beau, a pit bull named Reese, a Maine coon named Bellatrix, and a domestic shorthair cat named Batman. Outside of work, she enjoys running, hiking, kayaking, and snuggling with her precious baby.


Dr. Emily Beason is a Veterinarian certified in Animal Acupuncture and Chiropractic who offers integrative veterinarian services to patients of NAAH on a monthly basis. Dr. Beason’s love of animals is deep since growing up on a beef cattle farm in Middle Tennessee. Horse riding has been a passion of hers as well. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her certification in acupuncture through IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society). Her Animal Chiropractic certification is from Parker University. She is licensed in Alabama and Tennessee.



Ashley is the office manager at North Alabama Animal Hospital. She’s been at the clinic since 2007. She began as a Customer Service Representative and became Office Manager in 2016. Ashley is married to Chad, has two children, Caleb and Tenley, and a dog named Buffett.


Mary Cecelia is the wife of Dr. Troy Youngblood, mother to MayBeth, Anne, George and their dog, Katie. She has a B.A. from Auburn in Business Marketing. She was previously employed at Auburn University Contracts and Grants Administration; Auburn University Alumni and Development; and the Ronald McDonald House of Chattanooga.

“I have worked in almost every position at NAAH: kennel assistant, surgery assistant, veterinary assistant, receptionist, office manager, administrative assistant, and accounting clerk I’ll probably not attempt being a vet.”


Vicki has been at the clinic since 2011. She is married with two children. Vicki has three dogs, Anna, Elsa and Chewie. She also has two cats, Molly and Shadow.


Chasty has been at the clinic since 2015. She is married and has two children, Kyleigh and Levi. She has a dog, Toby and two cats, Missy and Sweetie. In her free time, Chasty likes to hunt and workout.


Rachel was born and raised in Muscle Shoals. She has a daughter Avery Kate. When she isn’t at work, she loves spending time with family and doing photography.


Amy has been at the clinic since 2013. She is married and has two children. At home, they have a dog named Ella.


Anna started working for NAAH in 2019. Before working at NAAH, she worked a wide array of jobs and is very well rounded because of it. She enjoys interacting with clients and their pets. She is always coming up with ideas for hospital improvement and brings a good attitude, a sense of humor and hard work ethic to work every day. In her free time, she’s an avid organizer and goes to Target any chance she gets. She admits that she enjoys just browsing the aisles, touching everything and buying things she doesn’t need. She also enjoys watching Netflix. She has a cat named Alfredo and two Dachshunds, Tobes and Bandit.


Jennifer has been at the clinic since 2012. She has been married for 12 years and has a daughter named Raelynn. At home, her family has two dogs, Alfie and Daisy, and a cat named Gabby. Jennifer is currently in veterinary technology school.


Jessica has been at the clinic since 2012. Her husband’s name is Anthony and they have a son named Tristan. She has three pets, Sunni, Jasper, and Barry Allen. Her hobbies include guitar, crochet, and photography.


Heather has been a member of the NAAH team since 2015. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge from 14 years of technician experience. She spends her free time with Champ, Joey, Idgie, Doc and Odie. Her lab Champ, has also saved lives at NAAH by being a blood donor!


Shannon has been at the clinic since 2002! She shares her life with her husband, Jason, and their children, Zoe and Ashley. They also have three dogs, four cats, and a rabbit at home.


Emma Kate has been at NAAH since 2016. She is a graduate of Florence High School and is currently enrolled at UNA as a pre-vet student. She has a dog, Ladybug, and cat, Roy, and lives with her sister and their pets. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and volunteering with Shoals P.A.W.S. and the Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter.


Emilee has been at the clinic since 2018. At home, she has a chocolate lab named June. In her free time, she enjoys doing hair and staying active.


Amber has been at the clinic since 2016. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with animals and reading.


Ethan has worked with NAAH since 2018. He is currently in college at Auburn University studying to become a veterinarian. When he is home, he comes to help out around the hospital. He has two dogs and two cats. His favorite hobby is hunting


Lauren has been at the clinic since 2018. She has a chocolate lab named Max. Lauren loves to read, play tennis, travel, and spend time with her family and friends. She started working at North Alabama Animal Hospital through the Florence High School Launch Program (an internship program). She is currently in college at The University of Alabama and aspires to become a veterinarian. Her ultimate dream is owning her own practice. When she is home, she comes to help out at the clinic.


Julianna is originally from Rossville Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia, majoring in Biological Sciences and Entomology. She is married and has two cats, Chanel and Luka, and one dog, Danny. Also, she aspires to attend veterinarian school someday.


Shannon started at NAAH in 2020. She has a dog, JJ and 2 horses, Lana and Moondance. In her free time, she enjoys barrel racing and spending time with family