Meet Our Team
Dr. Thomas D. Edmonds
Dr. Thomas D. Edmonds, DVM – Founder
April 15, 1951 - December 6, 2019
Dr. Edmonds was known to his patients and clients as simply “Dr. Tom”. He founded Hickman Veterinary Hospital in September of 1977. During his 40+ years as owner and head Veterinarian, he serviced his community by treating both large and small animals. He enjoyed the variety of animals and situations that arose in a rural practice, as well as performing surgeries of all types and taking on the challenge of diagnosing unusual illnesses and injuries.
Dr. Tom was a Mason, held memberships with the American Veterinary Medical Association, board of the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association, Hickman County Cattleman’s Association, Hickman County Chamber of Commerce, and board of St. Thomas Hickman Hospital. In 2017 he was voted Citizen of the Year.
He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1976 and remained a lifelong Georgia Bulldog fan. He was an avid cyclist, farmer, fisherman, and family man.
Dr. Kim Heyning
Dr. Kim Heyning grew up in Memphis, TN where she graduated from Memphis State University with an undergraduate degree in Biology. She worked for the State of Tennessee as an Environmental Specialist for 5 years before going to vet school. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2002.
Dr. Heyning worked in Maryville for 1 year after graduation and later moved to Spring Hill, TN where she worked for 3 years. Dr. Heyning has been with Hickman Veterinary Hospital since May 2006.
Dr. Heyning's hobbies include running, reading, fishing, hiking, skeet shooting, and spending time with her 2 dogs, 2 cats, 4 goats, and 3 horses.
Tonia Rochelle, Hospital Manager
Misty Mathis, Veterinary Assistant