Meet the Thomasville Veterinary Hospital Doctors

Karl B. Milliren, DVM

Dr. Milliren graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in agricultural science and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1978. He married his lovely wife Joy in 1979 and they have two sons Bryant and Matthew. Together they started Thomasville Veterinary Hospital in July 1980. Dr. Milliren has been a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association since 1978 and is past president of the Central Carolina Veterinary Medical Association. He joined the American Animal Hospital Association in 1989 and Thomasville Veterinary Hospital became AAHA accredited in 1993. Dr Milliren is a partner in two other practices Emerywood Veterinary Hospital and James Landing Veterinary Hospital where he currently consults on a weekly basis. His hobbies include flying, golfing, and snow skiing.

Dr. Barbara Jacobsen, DVM

Dr. Barbara Jacobsen graduated from Colorado State University in 1992. She accepted an associate veterinarian position with Thomasville Veterinary Hospital in 1992. Her professional interests include geriatric health care and wellness. Dr. Jacobsen is a member of AVMA, NCVMA, AAHA, and is very active with the children’s ministry at her church. She enjoys life on a farm and keeping up with two very active boys.

Dr. Jamie Steins, DVM

Dr. Jamie Steins was born and raised in California, but moved to North Carolina prior to completing her senior year of High School. She attended Brevard College, University of Tennessee and Clemson University for undergraduate studies before earning her doctorate degree from Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Steins completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Kansas State, followed by two additional surgical internships in Ohio and Louisiana. Her professional interests include surgery, feline medicine, multimodal pain control and nutrition. She shares her home with her dog, Duke, and multiple special needs cats. She enjoys the outdoors, and whenever she can, likes to spend time running and hiking with her dog Duke.

Dr. Tina Cecil, DVM

Dr. Tina Cecil was born and raised in the Hasty area of Davidson County. She was active in 4-H and showed Quarter Horses. She graduated from North Carolina State University with bachelor degrees in Animal Science, Zoology and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She has practiced in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina, and has been with Thomasville Veterinary Hospital since January 2005. Dr. Cecil is married and she and her husband have 2 beautiful girls. They share their home with 2 dogs and 2 cats. Dr. Cecil’s hobbies include sewing, crochet, ribbon embroidery and hardanger. Her family enjoys traveling within the US, movies and reading, and she is an active member of her church family.

Dr. Tamaki Smith

Dr. Tamaki was born and raised in Kobe, Japan. She pursued her undergraduate degree stateside in New York. From New York, she travelled down to the Cayman Islands and studied veterinary medicine at St. Matthew’s University. During her 4th year in veterinary school, she did her clinical rotations at Purdue University.

Dr. Tamaki is the proud big sister of her brother BB, a 16 year old silver dapple dachshund, mother to a 2 year old tuxedo feline named Lenny and the adoring wife of Chad.

Dr. Penny Chen, DVM