Meet Our Team

Meet our talented team of doctors and support staff that make Kelsey Canine so amazing! Looking to join our team? Click here!

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Dr. Carr Kelsey

DVM/Owner

Dr. Kelsey has family roots in Collierville dating back to the 1800s. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Auburn University and is a 1999 graduate of Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He and his wife Fran are active members of Grace Evangelical Church with their children Carrington, Ainsley, and Knox. Dr. Kelsey’s canine family members are Charlie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Shih Tzu littermates, Cam and Lucy. His passions away from the clinic include spending time with his family, reading, and the outdoors.

Dr. Lacey Rush

DVM

A Germantown native earned a bachelor’s in zoology and a master's in molecular biology at Auburn University before earning her doctorate of veterinary medicine at the University of Tennessee. War Eagle and go Vols! She practiced general and emergency medicine in North Carolina before recently moving to Collierville with her family and numerous fur babies. Dr. Rush is very passionate about working with clients to involve them in making good medicinal and preventative care decisions for their dogs. It’s a joint effort! Her other areas of interest include emergency and critical care, anesthesia and pain management, metabolic and endocrine disorders, and abdominal ultrasonography. Her favorite dog breed (though they are all fabulous in their own way) is the pug- their gregarious personalities and numerous wrinkles make “smooching” them irresistible to Dr. Rush. Outside of work, Dr. Rush enjoys running, competing in triathlons, and spending time with her family.

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Dr. Trudy Dunlap

DVM

Holds a BS in Nutrition from the University of Memphis, in Memphis, Tennessee. She completed a rotating nutrition internship at The University of Arkansas for Medical Science and the VA Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Dunlap practiced as a Registered Dietitian with advanced certification in Nutritional Support in critical care and trauma. After practicing several years at the Elvis Presley Trauma Center in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Dunlap made the decision to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She felt this was a way to marry two passions – medicine and animals. Dr. Dunlap went on to earn her DVM from Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Dr. Dunlap has practiced small animal medicine in Collierville and more recently in Downtown and Midtown Memphis. 1/5 Dr. Dunlap completed advanced training in acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine including surgery, critical care, and internal medicine. Some of her favorite patients are geriatric old souls. The decision to return to her roots practicing medicine in Collierville, Tennessee was an easy one because she knows the community is so welcoming and the Kelsey Canine Medical Center is top-notch. Dr. Dunlap lives on a small farm surrounded by horses, goats, chickens, geese, and a special turkey named George. She is married to Alex and has 2 children, Hannah and Will, who happen to be twins (same litter). Her best friend is Sunny, her Border Collie mix.

Dr. Holly Crain

DVM

Dr. Crain is a native Memphian and attended Briarcrest Christian School. She earned her Bachelor’s in Animal and Dairy Science from Mississippi State University. She went on to earn her DVM from also from Mississippi State in 2017. She has been practicing on the Gulf Coast since her graduation and before moving back to the Memphis area.  Her favorite dog breed is a standard poodle. Dr. Crain lives in north Mississippi with her husband and daughter to be closer to family. She loves spending time outdoors with her family and their two pups. 

 

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Robin Bennett
Practice Manager

Grew up in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, has a degree in Early Childhood Development and Business Management. She accepted the position of Practice Manager at Kelsey Canine in September of 2017, having spent considerable time in the veterinary consulting and management fields. Robin is a certified obedience trainer, and she and her husband David have owned a variety of businesses together over the years. They moved here from South Carolina and now make their home in Oakland. Robin and David have 2 sons, 3 grandchildren, a Biewer Terrier named Nala Jean and a Schnoodle named Mercy.

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Jamie Harmon
Lead LVMT

Is a graduate of Mississippi State, and has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 2013. She and her husband Ben are both originally from this area, and moved back in 2015, shortly before Jamie accepted a position at Kelsey Canine. Jamie is currently our Lead Technician. In their spare time, she and Ben enjoy going to the lake. They have a Dalmation named Bailey, 2 French Bulldogs, Remy and Gryndal, and a cat named Oscar.

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Sharon Watson
Receptionist

Sharon joined Kelsey Canine following her extensive career as an educator and coach. A life-long Memphian, Sharon attended The University of Memphis where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Education and her EdS in Educational Leadership. While at the University, Sharon was a Lady Tiger Athlete, competing in both volleyball and basketball. Coach Watson attends Grace Evangelical Church and plays percussion in the Grace Praise Band. She shares the love of Min Pin,“Ellie,” with her brother, Wes, and her sister-in-law, Vicky. In addition to music, Sharon enjoys reading and film editing.

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Jessica Conner
LVMT

Attended Mississippi State University and accepted a technician position at Kelsey Canine after graduating from the university’s Veterinary Technology program in 2016. Jessica and her husband, Carson, got married November 2020. She has a Dachshund mix named Tucker, a hound mix named Ripley, and her cat Willow. In her time away from work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and doing anything outdoors, especially camping and canoeing.

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Caroline Richardson
LVMT

Graduated from Mississippi State with a degree in Veterinary Technology and is a licensed veterinary technician. She is from Olive Branch, MS, and is currently residing in Memphis, TN. Caroline has a Chocolate Labrador called “Harper” and Caroline says Harper is her whole heart. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping and finding fun things to do in and around Memphis. Caroline is a recent graduate and new to the veterinary world and says “I’m loving every minute of it!”

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Emily Littlejohn
Veterinary Assistant

Is a 2021 graduate of Mississippi State University Veterinary Technology program, and is originally from Eupora, MS. She has a solid black German Shepherd named Mowgli. In her spare time, she enjoys going on hikes with her friends, spending time with her family, playing with Mowgli, and exploring Tennessee. She is excited to begin her career as a Vet Tech!

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Frank Brown
Veterinary Assistant

Is a Memphis native and graduated from Central High School, where he was a scholarly football and track & field standout. He attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where he acquired his B.S. in Animal Science, minor in Food & Agricultural Business. He has been in the veterinary field for 13 years as a veterinary assistant and veterinary technician. Frank joined the Kelsey Canine family in July of 2018. Outside of work, Frank enjoys time with family and friends; time with his dog Polo; hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and collecting cars as a Volvo enthusiast!

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Kinley Brady
Social Media &
Marketing Coordinator
(The Pupparazzi)

Is from Germantown, TN and currently lives in Southaven, MS with her husband Denton. Together they have two dogs, Bailey (rottweiler) and Midas (golden retriever), and two cats, Morgan Freeman and Lemmi. She is studying Integrated Marketing Communications with a specialization in Social Media at the University of Mississippi. An avid equestrian, Kinley spends her free time competing in dressage and endurance.

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Paige Walker
Receptionist

Graduated from the University of Utah and moved to Memphis to be closer to family. She got married in September 1990 to her husband, David. They moved to Collierville in 1998 and have 4 sons, 2 daughter-in-laws, and 1 granddaughter. Their 15 year old mixed breed, Gus was rescued from a previous place of employment. Paige started working in general practice in 1989, worked for 21 years, and then worked at Memphis Verterinary Specialists and emergency center for 11 years. 

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Kristi Leech
Receptionist

Is a Colorado native, but spent time living in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Delaware in her childhood years. She loves Colorado the best but enjoys food a lot so Memphis cookin’ ain’t too bad! Kristi grew up around animals but developed an extra special fondness for dogs when she began to rescue and foster work in the Memphis area in 2015. She says, “It’s truly the most rewarding thing I could ever do.” Over the course of her fostering years, Kristi has fostered over 100 dogs in need. She especially loves to take on the challenging medical cases that need constant attention and care. Kristi and her husband, Adam, are parents to 8 of her own fur babies, most of whom are “Memphis mutts” that they foster-failed. She and Adam also enjoy cooking together and spending time with their friends and family.

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Brooke Wallace
Receptionist

Moved here with her husband and her two teenagers from Columbus, OH (Go Buckeyes!) about 6 years ago. She previously was a preschool teacher for many years in the Collierville area. She's a lover of all animals and prides herself on the mini zoo she's created at home. She has a black lab mix named Daisy Mae, a Cavalier King Charles named Lenny, two bunnies named Winne & Gary, two birds named Taco & Chilli, and a hedgehog named Ruby Sue. 

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Jennifer Ward
LVMT

Has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 2004. Although the veterinary profession as a whole is her heart, her favorite areas to practice are dentistry and orthopedics. She and her husband Carey are avid Mississippi State fans and will celebrate 14 years of marriage in 2021. Together, they have one two-legged child (a son, Luke) and one four-legged baby Sunny (a black lab). If Jennifer is not working on a Saturday, you will find the whole family water skiing at Pickwick Lake.

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Hailey Laney
LVMT

Has been a licensed technician since 2017. She received her degree in Registered Veterinary Technology from Stanbridge University in Southern California. She and her husband Evan, are originally from the Southaven, MS area and moved back home once he got out of the military. Together, they have a five-month-old baby girl named Mary Anne along with two golden retrievers (Haven and Mattis), and three cats (Hazel, LoLo & Berlioz). In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family and doing anything that involves the outdoors. She believes one of the best parts of veterinary medicine is having a trusting relationship with both the clients and their adorable pets.

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Avian Sullivan
Veterinary Assistant

Moved to Hernando, Mississippi from Dallas, Texas along with her husband, Wesley, and their two children, Zoe and Jaxon. While her B.A. degree is in Psychology, her passion and work experience has almost solely been in veterinary medicine, as a Technician assistant. Avian’s family is further completed by their cat, Hobbes, and their dogs Trixie and Toby. They enhoy spending time together outside and watching Zoe in her dance classes, and Jaxon on the baseball field! 

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Korbyn McCreless
Veterinary Assistant

Is from Slayden, Mississippi where she currently lives with her husband, Mitchell. She is currently pursuing her veterinary technician license and will go on to earn her bachelor's degree through a complete program. Korbyn lovingly refers to Darcy, her mixed-breed dog, as a “Heinz 57.” Her and her husband enjoy kayaking, hiking and being outdoors. Korbyn says that the most important thing about what she does at Kelsey Canine is helping the animals in her care feel comfortable and at ease.

 

Roo Leech

Roo-ceptionist / Clinic Support Canine

Is a native Memphian who was found in a Walmart parking lot by her mom, Kristi. Roo was born with microphthalmia which caused both her eyes to not develop fully so as a result, she has been blind her whole life. This doesn't stop her from being the totally awesome dog that she is! Roo specializes in snuggles, tail wags, and supporting our clinic in the day-to-day bustle of business. In her home life, she enjoys playing with her best buddy Kevin, who is a chihuahua mix, and snuggling on the couch with her mom. She will always sit for a treat, but prefers snuggles to treats any day of the week. Roo is a hugely intuitive support pup for the foster dogs in her home and is always happy to sit with the sick ones or wag her tail to gently encourage the scared ones. At work, you can often find Roo snoozing the day away under the desk at the check-out window, but she loves meeting new people and will always perk up to say hello to a new friend. Roo has always been a determined little girl and never let her blindness hold her back from experiencing all the best things life has to offer a dog. She frequently enjoys car rides, pup-cups, snoozing in the sun, playing outside, and exploring the world with her nose as her guide. Roo has won the hearts of the staff at Kelsey Canine and we are certain she will win you over, too! 

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