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VOL. 129 | NO. 245 | Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Greenfield Voted to Lead Veterinary Dental College

By Kate Simone

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Dr. Barden Greenfield has been unanimously voted president-elect for the American Veterinary Dental College. In 2009, Greenfield started Your Pet Dentist, the umbrella that incorporates his involvement in Memphis Veterinary Specialists, Nashville Specialists and the Animal Emergency and Specialty Clinic of Little Rock. He has been on the AVDC board for three years, serving as chair of the PR Committee and as a member of the Credentials Committee.

Hometown: Dickson, Tenn.


Experience: Louisiana State University, B.S., microbiology, 1981; Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 1985; fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, 2010; diplomate, American Veterinary Dental College, 2011.

Family: Allison, wife; Bentley (15), Ellie Bridges (12), Nathaniel (10)

Favorite quote: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.” – Erma Bombeck

What is the role of the AVDC? The AVDC is the organization that certifies veterinary dentists. We have also been involved with veterinary dental education and public awareness of the need for proper pet dental care.

What are your goals for the organization during your tenure? My main goal will be to make the dental residency program more efficient by working with residency directors to get the maximum amount of caseloads needed while still allowing time for research and publications of papers that can educate the veterinary community.

The other goal I have will be to work closely with other veterinary medical organizations such as the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association to help guide them towards forming a better educational platform for veterinarians to learn basic dental skills.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Listen to adults and don’t act on everything you see or hear. Let your mind digest the information and then come up with a rational thought. They (adults) have been through what you are going through now, so don’t assume you know everything. With age comes wisdom and I stress this to my children every day. Of all the attributes God can bless you with, I would chose wisdom every time.


Dr. Petros Konofaos has joined the department of plastic surgery at UT Medical Group Inc. An assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Konofaos is known for his expertise in migraine surgery, craniofacial surgery and nerve microsurgery.

Barbara Hyde and J.R. “Pitt” Hyde have been awarded the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s annual Distinguished Citizens Award for their extraordinary business, civic and philanthropic leadership. Barbara Hyde is president of the Hyde Family Foundations. Pitt Hyde is the founder and former CEO of AutoZone and the chairman of GTx.


Haley Overcast has been promoted to marketing manager at Paragon Bank. Overcast joined the bank in 2012 and most recently served as marketing coordinator.

Kelley & Associates Advertising Inc. has been recognized with five 2014 MarCom Awards. The firm received a Platinum award in the pro bono category for the 22nd annual Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival poster and in the brochure/catalog category for the Helena Specialty Catalog. Kelley & Associates won Gold awards in the annual report/nonprofit and the brochure/informational categories, and an Honorable Mention in the ads/magazine category.


Cole Getev has joined Renaissance Group Inc. as an intern architect. Getev graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and design.

Justin K. Thomas of Thomas Family Law Firm PLC has been named a Super Lawyer in Tennessee by Thomson Reuters. It follows two other honors for Thomas in 2014. He was named a “Family Law Power Player” by Memphis Business Quarterly and a “Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyer in Tennessee” by the American Society of Legal Advocates.

PROPERTY SALES 53 210 10,146
MORTGAGES 53 214 11,160
BUILDING PERMITS 245 474 22,646
BANKRUPTCIES 271 271 6,490