Meet Our Team

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Our Doctors
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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 attends Appalacian State University in North Carolina, daughter Anna attends East Tennessee University in Johnson City, and son Cooper attends Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg. Dr. Nickels' areas of interest are internal medicine, dermatology and client education.
Dr alicia gray
Alicia Gray, DVM

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

The newest member of our team, Dr. Jennifer Gesell is originally from Manchester, Tennessee and currently lives in Murfreesboro with her fiancé, 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 Technicians / Assistants
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Ashley jernigan
Ashley L. 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 Assistant Coach for the Coffee County Central High Lady Raiders Softball Team.
Chelsea amis
Chelsea Amis

Chelsea started working for the Pet Medical team in May of 2015, Since her start, she married her husband, Nick in October of 2015, and gave birth to their son Blanton in May of 2017! Chelsea grew up in Manchester and just purchased her first home with her husband there. Her fur babies include a golden retriever, Layla, a lab mix, Rosie, a dachshund, Dexter, and a shorkie, Jax! She comes to work every day to do exactly what she loves, help animals!
Lauren jernigan
Lauren Jernigan

Lauren starting working for Pet Medical Center in August of 2016. She grew up in Great Falls, Montana, and moved to Estill Springs in 2002. Lauren currently lives in Tullahoma with her husband and son. Her pet family includes a Rough-Coated Collie named Mollie, a Beagle named Lucky, an Australian Cattle Dog named Gus, and three cats: Mrs. Professor, Hero, and Timmy. She lives on a farm and also takes care of the family's goats, chickens, horses, rabbits, and ducks. She loves working with animals!
Alaina lusk
Alaina Lusk

Alaina joined Pet Medical Center in 2015 and worked during her breaks from school. Since her beginning, she has graduated from East Tennessee State University in May of 2017, and now is at the clinic full-time. Alaina is a Coffee County native, and grew up in Manchester. She plans on attending vet school, but is undecided on her area of specialty. Her furry family includes an Irish Setter named Blaine, two miniature Dachschunds named Ruby & Virgil, and a cat named Barn Kitty, or BK for short. Alaina loves animals, and plans to base her career around them!
Kayla mccullough
Kayla McCullough

Kayla joined the Pet Medical Center team in May of 2019. She grew up in Petersburg, TN, and currently lives in Shelbyville with her husband and son. Kayla's pet family includes an American Bulldog/Pit mix, Brystol, an Akita, Diesel, and a Bearded Dragon named Hemmingway. Her love for animals goes all the way back to her childhood and working with them is Kayla's dream come true!
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. She doesn't have any fur babies at the moment, but is engaged with 5 beautiful step-children that she adores. She is ecstatic to be back in the veterinary field helping and supporting families and their fur babies every day!

Client Service Representatives
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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 20 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 10 years earlier in McMinnville.  She has two wonderful children Nathan, who now lives in New York, and Allison who lives in Chattanooga.  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, and is currently continuing her education in the field of Business Administration. Ever the animal lover, her fur baby family keeps growing! Jess's fur family includes 2 rescued mixed breeds named Palmer and Lundy!

Kennel Attendants
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Savannah holt
Savannah Holt

Savannah graduated class of 2018 from Tullahoma High School and now attends Motlow State Community College. She is currently working towards her Associate's degree in Pre-Health. Savannah grew up in Tullahoma, and has had the opportunity to work in and around the veterinary field since the age of 15, when she started as a volunteer. She continues to volunteer at the Tullahoma Animal Shelter! Savannah joined the Pet Medical Center Team in August of 2018. Her fur family includes a goldendoodle named Jax, and a teddy bear named Zoe.
Hope collins
Hope Collins

Hope was born in Cookeville, TN and currently lives in Tullahoma. She is home-schooled and plans on attending Motlow State Community College after graduating. Her long-term schooling goal is to attend MTSU to study animal science. She plans to work with animals her whole career. Hope has been working with animals since the age of 15, and joined the staff at Pet Medical Center in February of 2019. She works with organizations across the state of Tennessee to rescue dogs from bad situations and give them a second chance at life! She currently has 2 dogs, 2 cats, 4 Guinea pigs, and 1 rabbit.