W. Bryant Morton, DVM
I am Dr. Bryant Morton and I am fortunate to be a veterinarian and co-owner, with my wife Dr. Wendy Wade Morton, of Lynchburg Veterinary Hospital.
Wendy Morton, DVM
I grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Bryant and I met while I was doing a senior externship at the mixed animal practice he was working at in Apex, North Carolina. I adored him at first site and the staff there convinced him to take the poor little girl from Wisconsin on a date! We married in 1993 and opened a mixed animal practice in southeastern North Carolina in 1996. A year later, at the tender age of 31, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I survived surgery, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy but was told I might not be able to have children. In 2002, the Lord blessed us with Bart, and then in 2005, we were doubly blessed with Alex! In an effort to slow down and enjoy life a little more, we sold our busy practice in 2006 and moved to Tennessee to 'retire' and raise horses, cows and a vineyard. We live among the rolling hills of Flat Creek, between Lynchburg and Shelbyville. We have a 'herd' of cats (they have their own house on the farm!), 6 dogs, horses, beef cows, a dairy cow named Bessie, chickens, turkeys, pheasants, and peacocks. I thoroughly enjoy spending my mornings tending to the farm animals, my afternoons taking care of clinic business, and my evenings and days off with my family. You can visit our home, Golden Gaits Farm, online by clicking here!
It is truly a joy to drive over the hill on Highway 82 every day and enter the hollow to go to 'work'. I love the smell of mash permeating the city some days when I get out of my car in the clinic parking lot. I love the hometown atmosphere and the comraderie of the townspeople and the business owners. I love our team members and our clients and the many four legged (and sometimes two-legged) patients that come through our doors. I love the historic old building that is our second home. Cancer changes your life. It smacks you upside the head and quickly forces you to put your priorities in order. The real prospect of dying encourages you to really live. I wake up each day wondering if this is the day my cancer returns. Until that day, I vow to make life exactly what I want it to be, and I couldn't be happier in this little corner of Tennessee, doing what I do, surrounded by the people in my life.
Edit May 2019: On December 20, 2019 while I was doing one of my favorite things (feeding the farm!) I suffered a SCAD Heart Attack. The inner lining of my cardiac LAD artery (the 'Widowmaker') tore and completely blocked the flow of blood to a section of my heart. We were fortunate to decide to drive to Harton in Tullahoma and I received excellent and fast treatment. Dr. Ramya recognized that mine wasn't a normal heart attack, and there wasn't any plaque blocking my artery. She knew how to treat it in the cath lab and I am alive today to tell about it. Recovery has been slow and I am trying to get used to my 'new normal'. The medications fog my brain, thin my blood, slow me down and sometimes kick my butt. SCAD patients have a high rate of recurring heart attacks so I have to pace and not exert myself. I try to keep myself out of stressful situations. I have to plod through the fear of recurrence and sudden death. We now have an AED device in the clinic and in my vehicle for anyone having a cardiac event. You won't see me at the vet hospital much anymore, but rest assured I am still behind the scenes taking care of the financials, the ordering, the online presence, the payroll. We are SO blessed with staff members that are extremely competent and take care of things so I don't have to. I feel like a cat with 9 Lives and I know there must be some divine reason why I am still here. Perhaps my family needs me a bit longer?!?
I am 30 years old and have lived in Lynchburg for 10 years now. I am married to Dale Parks and together we have 4 children: Daniel, Bradley, Joshua and Ashlee. When I am not working I am spending as much time with family as possible, working on health and wellness for me and my family or showing horses. I have been here at Lynchburg Veterinary Hospital for over 6 years now and can't picture myself anywhere else.
Note from Wendy- Brittany has been beloved part of the LVH family from very early one. Her patience and steadfastness is admirable! She has excellent technical (and people) skills too and is on her way to becoming a licensed veterinary technician. Brittany has been a great blessing to all of us!
Hi, I’m Brandi Harrell. I’m from New Market, Alabama. I have two dogs: Opie and Chibs, a Holstein steer named Eli and a pig: Jax. Growing up, I've always had a passion for helping anything in need, animals included. It brings me joy that I not only get to assist in taking care of animals, but I also get to restore the well-being of their owners. As a pet owner myself, I understand the worry that comes along with a sick pet. I love that every day is a new learning experience and a chance to meet new people and pets. I am very thankful for Doctors Bryant and Wendy Morton to bless me with this wonderful opportunity. I enjoy my days here, and interacting with our clients.
Note from Wendy- Brandi is a bonafide cow lover! She is also a lot of fun, as you can see from the pictures. She came to us when we really needed someone just like her!
Karah Cox Adams
Hi! my name is Karah. I have two children...my son Liam and our Rottweiler Chaos! I was born and raised in Wisconsin on a cattle ranch. When I was 19, I joined the Army and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. In 2013, after serving eight years and three overseas tours, I decided to end my service and stay home with my son. After leaving Fort Campbell, we moved to Lynchburg. I have always loved the small town atmosphere, and Lynchburg has been a great community to raise Liam. I have always had a special love for animals. When I was five years old, I got my first horse, 'Outlaw'. For 22 years we shared a bond like no other. In 2012, I lost him to illness. In 2009, I met and fell in love with my Chaos. He was six weeks old at the time! In October 2010, while deployed to Afghanistan, I received my second purple heart. I sustained injuries and nerve damage to my left arm. The road to recovery was long, and Chaos was by my side every step of the way. I truly believe that animals and their humans share one of the most precious bonds imaginable. I have seen first-hand the therapeutic healing powers these bonds hold between service animals and veterans. I am honored to be part of this community, and for the opportunities the Mortons have given me here at Lynchburg Veterinary Hospital.
Note from Wendy- We are honored to have a two-time purple heart recipient on our team. Karah is truly a special and courageous person and we are all indebted to her for her service and her sacrifices. Karah is as beautiful as she is tough, and is a Mary Kay specialist too! Visit her site at: www.marykay.com/karahadams
Hi, my name is Debra Sample, I was raised in Racine, WI but have been fortunate to call many states my home. My favorite, of course is Tennessee. After being a caterer and event planner most of my life, I've made the decision to semi-retire and care for animals and their people. Working for Dr's Morton is certainly a blessing.