A native of Smithville, Dr. Little graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee in 1987. Shortly thereafter, in the summer of ’87, he opened DeKalb Animal Clinic in his hometown. The original clinic was open 18 years until he purchased and remodeled the existing location on West Broad Street in Smithville in 2005. In addition to his practice, Dr. Little serves as the secretary of the Board of Directors for WCTE-TV, a public broadcast station located in Cookeville, TN and is also the 4th District county commissioner, serving DeKalb County . In the past, he also served on the Board of Directors of United Way of DeKalb County, Art Revolution, as well as the Genesis House Domestic Violence Shelter. Dr. Little and his wife Leslie have seven daughters, two dogs and one cat.
Dr. Morency grew up in Lebanon, TN. She first realized that she wanted to be a veterinarian when she was eight years old, and her Basset Hound, Humphrey, got sick. His veterinarian, Dr. Mike, saved his life, and from that point on, Dr. Melinda knew that’s what she wanted to do too. After graduating from the University of Tennessee—Martin with a bachelor’s degree in animal science, Dr. Melinda attended the University Of Tennessee College Of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 2003. For the next five years, Dr. Melinda practiced in a small animal clinic, as well as an emergency clinic, in East Tennessee. In 2016, Dr. Melinda decided to move back to Middle Tennessee with her family. In the fall of 2017, Dr. Melinda started working a few days a month with Dr. Little at DeKalb Animal Clinic. She enjoys discussing preventative medicine services for her patients, including routine dental care. At home, Dr. Melinda has four cats: Darth Vader, Sassy Sue, Apollo Blaze, and Charlie May. In Dr. Melinda’s spare time, she loves to read, play board games with her family, and travel.
Dr. Dempsey is a DeKalb county native. After graduating from the University of Tennessee—Martin with a bachelor's degree in animal science, Dr. Dempsey attended Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 2018. For the next two years, Dr. Dempsey practiced both large and small medicine in Utah and Colorado. In July of 2020, Dr. Dempsey became a full time member of the DeKalb Animal Clinic team. She enjoys providing both medical and surgical care for her patients. In her spare time, Dr. Dempsey enjoys hiking with her daughter, Avery, and her husband, Montgomery.
With 30+ years of experience, Nikki has dedicated her life to helping and caring for our clients and their pets. As the office manager, she always makes sure we are stocked on the newest products, up to date on all the newest practices, and handles all the general customer service needs. Pictured with Nikki is Zippy, our DAC mascot. Zippy is a 12-year-old mixed breed that Nikki rescued, but come to find out, Zippy actually rescued her as they have become inseparable and the best of friends. Along with Zippy, Nikki also has a cat named Binx.
Tia has been employed with Dr. Little for 12 years. She is a technician and loves to assist in surgery. She enjoys working with the animals and helping to ensure that their best level of care is achieved. Tia loves to cuddle her own sweet babies; Woody, a 6-year-old Schnauzer and Heidi, a 4-year-old Pit Bull. Tia is also the mother of two great kids who also loves animals as much as she does.
Nely is a hard working wife and mother of two children, and is a crucial part of our team. She is also bilingual, so she aids us in all our translation needs. Nely does not currently have any animals of her own but she definitely is an "aunt" to all of her coworkers fur babies, and frequently helps with their care and dog sitting.
Alyssa is originally from Cannon County. She moved to DeKalb County in the spring of 2013 where she began working with a Not-For-Profit animal rescue organization. She joined DeKalb Animal Clinic in February of 2016 as a Veterinary Technician. She currently has four fur babies that mean the world to her, Chipmunk, Finn, Wiggles, and Birdie the kitty. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, their daughter, and their fur babies!
Abi is a native of Smithville, TN. She joined DeKalb Animal Clinic as a Veterinary Technician in March of 2016. She graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness. She has three dogs and three cats that she loves dearly. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors with her pets .
Talitha joined our staff in October of 2020 and currently resides in Cookeville. When not at work she loves spending time with her husband, Josh. Together they enjoy hiking and being outdoors. Although Talitha doesn't have any pets of her own, she enjoys getting to love on all of the fur babies that come to DeKalb Animal Clinic for a visit.
Kassey is a Warren County native who has been living in Nashville for the past 5 years and has recently moved back home. She joined the DAC Veterinary Care Team in October 2020. Kassey graduated from Columbia State Community College in 2013 with an associates degree in Veterinary Technology and is a licensed vet tech. Kassey enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and three fur babies.
Amanda moved to DeKalb County in 2016 and joined our staff in June of 2018. She is a 2012 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin, with a degree in Business Administration. She enjoys spending time with her husband, their new baby Theodore, and their 2 fur children, Rennie and Xena.
Pamela moved to DeKalb County from East Tennessee in August and joined the DAC Family in September of 2019. She has six years previous experience as a client/patient relations and care specialist. Pamela and her husband, Jimmy, have been married for thirty years. They have three wonderful daughters and five precious grandchildren. When not at work, helping neighbors, or volunteering at church, Pamela enjoys spending time with her family and her fur babies, Cooper and Moo.
Alex is a native of Smithville and joined the DeKalb Animal Clinic team in June 2016. She loves spending time with her husband, Matt and her two kitties, Katniss and Binx. She is currently a pre-nursing student at Motlow College,