Meet Our Team

Our Doctors

Dr amy nickels
Amy Rogers Nickels, DVM

Dr. Nickels is a Manchester native.  She attended the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and  graduated with her DVM in 1990.  After practicing in Johnson City, TN for eight years, she and her husband Bill, decided to move back to Manchester with their two children, Will and Anna.  Dr. Nickels practiced part-time for several years after their third child, Cooper, was born.  She opened Pet Medical Center in September of 2004.  Her husband owns Bill Nickels' Insurance in Manchester. Her son Will graduated from Appalachian State University in North Carolina, and now owns a local business with his fiancé, Kristin. Her daughter Anna welcomed an adorable baby girl in January, 2020 with her husband Daniel. Youngest son Cooper attends Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg.
Dr alicia gray
Alicia Gray, DVM

Dr. Alicia Gray is a 2007 graduate of The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She currently lives in Lynchburg with her husband Daniel, their two sons, and daughter. Growing up and currently living on a farm, Dr. Gray loves all animals. She especially enjoys small animal medicine. Dr. Gray is excited and ready to meet you and your furry family!
Dr jennifer gesell
Jennifer Gesell, DVM

Dr. Jennifer Gesell is originally from Manchester, Tennessee and currently lives in Murfreesboro with her husband, Michael, and their 4 cats: Tweak, Girl, Simba, and Tucker. She completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Science at Middle Tennessee State University, and then attended the University Of Tennessee College Of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Doctorate degree. She then completed a rotating small animal internship at Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergency and Referrals (RIVER) in Chattanooga, Tennessee where she concentrated her studies in emergency medicine, internal medicine, and surgery. Dr. Gesell enjoys emergency and critical care and soft tissue surgery. In her spare time, she loves any form of dancing, going to concerts, cheering on our Nashville Predators, and spending time with friends and family.

Veterinary Assistants

Ashley jernigan
Ashley Jernigan

Ashley grew up in Manchester and joined Pet Medical Center in June of 2005. Ashley is currently studying to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has a wonderful daughter, Briley, who was born in June 2010. Her pet family includes a Tinker, a minature Schnauzer. She enjoys working with all species of animals. Ashley is a huge sports fan and is the coach for her daughter's traveling softball team.
Shelby Grissom

Shelby grew up in a small, rural town in West Tennessee called Puryear. She graduated from Murray State University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Veterinary Technology and is currently studying to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician! Shelby joined the Pet Medical Center team in February of 2020 after she moved to Manchester to be closer to her then fiancé (now husband!), Andy. Their furbabies include a German shepherd, Zeke, and an Australian husky, Zorro. She comes to work every day prepared and excited to do what she loves, help and care for animals!

Christa kurtz
Christa Kurtz

Christa started working for Pet Medical Center in April of 2019. She grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania and has lived in Tennessee since 2014. She is currently studying to become a Certified Veterinary Technician with several years of hands-on experience. Christa married her husband Richie in October of 2019 and now has 5 beautiful step-children and 2 cats, Nova and Tycho. She is ecstatic to be back in the veterinary field helping and supporting families and their fur babies every day!
Beth Stubblefield

Beth grew up in Fayetteville on a farm with lots of cats, dogs, chickens, horses, and cows! She loves all animals :) Beth graduated in 2015 from Motlow State Community College for Pre-Health Professions. She continued her education at the University of Tennessee, and graduated in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science and minor in Biology. Beth has two German Shephard/Great Pyrenees mixes named Toffey and Loopey. In her spare time, Beth loves to ride motorcycles, hike, and spend time with her family, friends, and furbabies! 

Client Service Representatives

Gina maxwell
Gina Maxwell, Office Manager

Gina is a McMinnville, Tennessee native.  She attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Nutrition.  She has been working in the field of veterinary medicine for over 30 years  as a receptionist, veterinary assistant and as an office manager.  In August 2008 she joined Pet Medical Center as office manager after having worked with Dr. Nickels 20 years earlier in McMinnville. Her pet family includes one dog, a blue heeler mix, Winston. She enjoys listening to music and playing the flute in a community band and in the orchestra at her church. She is also an avid golfer. 
Jess cohen
Jess Cohen

Jess grew up in Schererville, Indiana which is about 40 minutes outside of Chicago. She moved to Manchester in June of 2014 and joined the Pet Medical Center team a month later. Jess obtained a Cardiology Technician Certificate in 2010. Ever the animal lover, her fur baby family keeps growing! Jess's fur family includes 2 rescued mixed breeds named Palmer and Lundy, and a very fluffy cat named Eagle! In her spare time, Jess and boyfriend Joey love to travel and play disc golf.

Kennel Attendants