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OUR VETERINARIANS

Meet the folks who make it all happen. We see big potential in every moment, & care deeply about what we do every day.

Veterinarian

Dr. Kelly Hemmert

Owner, Chief Veterinarian

Dr. Kelly Hemmert has been caring for pets professionally for more than 20 years. She’s the proud owner and operator of the Animal Care Center of Carter’s Creek, and couldn’t be happier to continue serving the pets and animal owners of this area. 

After earning her Bachelor’s degree at the Mississippi University for Women in 1994, Dr. Hemmert attended Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to receive her Doctorate in 1998. After honing her skills in various emergency hospitals, she opened the first of her three clinics in Tupelo. Dr. Hemmert has been running veterinary clinics ever since! She’s the Chief Physician here at the Animal Care Center of Carter’s Creek and sees patients daily.

When she’s not at work, Dr. Hemmert enjoys riding horses, playing tennis, and spending quality time with her husband and six children.

A cat having a check-up at a small animal vet clinic

Dr. Hunter Corley

Chief of Staff, Veterinarian

Dr. Hunter Corley can’t remember a time when he didn’t adore the company of animals. He’s always wanted to do his part to give something back—that’s why he decided to become a veterinarian! Dr. Corley is the Chief of Staff here at the Animal Care Center of Carter’s Creek and sees patients during business hours and for after-hours emergencies.

Dr. Corley completed his Doctorate at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University in 2008. He’s been helping pets and their owners as a licensed veterinarian ever since. When he’s not at work, Dr. Corley can usually be found spending time outdoors or enjoying the company of his family and friends.

Veterinarian

Dr. Melissa Reynolds

Associate Veterinarian

Growing up, Dr. Melissa Reynolds helped to raise livestock and had plenty of dogs and cats around the house. Those early experiences caring for animals made a permanent impression. Dr. Reynolds wanted to dedicate herself to the health and well-being of the earth’s creatures—what better way to do that than by becoming a veterinarian? Now, she’s a proud member of the Animal Care Center of Carter’s Creek family. 

Dr. Reynolds’ veterinary journey started in her high school agriculture class, where her interests led her to the Governor’s School for Agriculture at the University of Tennessee at Martin. During her time there, she made the commitment to pursue veterinary medicine and continued on to receive her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Next, she earned her veterinary degree at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to become a licensed veterinarian. Dr. Reynolds hasn’t looked back since! 

Dr. Reynolds joined the Animal Care Center of Carter’s Creek team in 2017 after getting married and moving to Middle Tennessee. (Her husband is a veterinarian himself!) Around the clinic, she enjoys soft-tissue surgery and dermatology cases, and she’s also passionate about end-of-life care. 

Away from the office, Dr. Reynolds likes reading, attending book club meetings, visiting outdoor parks, and hiking. She’s hiked a volcano in Leon, Nicaragua two times and counts it as her favorite outdoor memory! She and her husband have three dogs at home: Lucy, a cute and sassy Red Heeler mix adopted by Dr. Reynolds during her first year of veterinary school; a rescued Chihuahua who goes by Meeko; and a spunky British Labrador, Tilly.

Dr. Larson

Dr. Jessica Larson

Veterinarian

Dr. Jessica Larson is an internal medicine specialist and loves using her advanced and specialized skill set to help as many pets as she possibly can. She’s a pet owner herself, after all, and knows just how valuable our animal companions really are! Here at the Animal Care Center of Carters Creek, we’re proud to connect with Dr. Larson as our MOVES Veterinary Internal Medicine partner in the Nashville region. 

Dr. Larson graduated from the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine with honors before completing a general rotating small-animal internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists in Southfield, Michigan. Next, she was accepted into a small-animal internal medicine residency at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She’s been working in the world of internal veterinary medicine ever since. 

Dr. Larson is board-certified through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She has extensive experience in many facets of veterinary medicine, including private clinical practice and in-home euthanasia. Her main interest is enhancing client relationships and engagement, and considers herself both the teacher and the student in many situations. Ultimately, she loves to be a valuable partner on the journey of each pet’s illness and recovery. Dr. Larson also has a special place in her heart for geriatric cats!

In her time away from work, Dr. Larson enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and their two wonderful children. The family shares their lives with two loveable cats.