Our Doctors


Dr. Scott Little, DVM


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. Melinda Morency, DVM


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 and also married her husband that same year. For the next five years, Dr. Melinda practiced in a small animal clinic, as well as an emergency clinic, in East Tennessee. In 2008, Dr. Melinda and her husband moved to Renton, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, where she practiced at a Banfield hospital. In 2010, Dr. Melinda’s daughter was born, and in 2011, a son was added to the family. In 2016, both Dr. Melinda and her husband decided to move back to Middle Tennessee. In preparation for the move, they took a year off of work and traveled around the country with their children in an RV, exploring as many of the National Park units as they could. In the fall of 2017, Dr. Melinda started working a few days a week with Dr. Little at DeKalb Animal Clinic. In March of 2018, Dr. Melinda became a full time member of the DeKalb Animal Clinic team. She enjoys discussing preventative medicine services for her patients, including routine dental care. At home, in addition to living with her human family, Dr. Melinda lives with 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. 

Veterinary Technicians


Nikki Ellis

With 30 years of experience, Nikki has dedicated her life to helping and caring for our clients and their pets. Being 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 our resident dog, Zippy. Zippy is a 10-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 that rules her life at home. Nikki is the back bone of our practice and an essential team member.


Tia Adcock

Tia has been employed with Dr. Little for 10 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 4-year-old Schnauzer and Heidi, a 2-year-old Pit Bull. Tia is also the mother of two great kids who also loves animals as much as she does.


Nely Desirena

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 babies, and frequently helps with their care and dog sitting.


Alyssa Patterson


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 two fur babies that mean the world to her, Nick and Chipmunk. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, their daughter, and their fur babies!


Abi Hendrix Wilbur

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 two cats that she loves dearly. She enjoys spending her free time on Center Hill Lake with her dogs and husband.


Lisa Santiago

Lisa is a native of Carroll County in West Tennessee, but relocated to this area in 2005. She joined the staff of DeKalb Animal Clinic in September of 2017. She loves animals, and is always sure to put the pets' and their owners' needs first. Lisa has one daughter and four fur babies; an Australian Shepherd named Tucker and three cats, B-line, Sandy and Keeper.



Emmaly Bennett

Emmaly has been with our team since February of 2017. She moved to DeKalb County in 2010 where she helped found a local Not-For-Profit animal rescue organization. Her roles included fostering dogs and cats, and served as the organization's Vice President. Working with people and animals are her passion. 


Amanda Hatch

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 and their 2 fur children, Rennie and Xena.