Meet Our Team in Little Rock

The veterinarians and support team at Arkansas Veterinary Emergency & Specialists all share the same goal of making and keeping pets well. They have decades of combined experience and will give your pets the high-quality, compassionate care they deserve.

 

Specialists

Tina Brown, DVM, Diplomate ACVD

Dr. Tina Brown grew up on a commercial dairy farm near Tuscaloosa, AL. She attended Auburn University and received her Bachelor of Science in 1996. She then pursued a graduate degree at the College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Master of Science in biomedical sciences with a research focus on endocrinology. She was accepted into the veterinary program and received her degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 2004.

After veterinary school, Dr. Brown worked in private practice in Chattanooga, TN, where she developed a special interest in dermatology. She then returned to academia and completed a one-year rotating internship in companion medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University. She was accepted for a residency in dermatology at LSU and completed her training in 2008. During her residency, she conducted research in the Pythium Laboratory at LSU and continues to have a special interest in deep fungal and bacterial infections of the skin.

She is now a board-certified dermatologist and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD). She specializes in diseases of the skin, ears, and claws due to allergic, parasitic, autoimmune, endocrine, and infectious causes. She has extensive experience in the management of chronic skin and ear infections secondary to allergies and offers advanced diagnostics and treatments such as intradermal (skin) allergy testing and formulation of allergen specific immunotherapy.

Dr. Brown has four rescue dogs and two cats. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting her family farm in Alabama and taking her dogs to the outback off leash park at Shelby Farms.

Barden Greenfield, DVM, Diplomate AVDC

Dr. Greenfield has been providing referral-based dental and oral surgery services to the Mid-South veterinary community for over 10 years. He is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College.  He was the first board-certified veterinary dentist to have dental practices in Tennessee and Arkansas, which serves patients in the Mid-South region.

His love for veterinary dentistry began when he studied that 7 of 10 dogs and cats over 3 years of age have some form of periodontal disease, and that these pets were extremely uncomfortable and were suffering in silence. Watching pets transform from pain to joy is what makes his job such a rewarding one. The overwhelming owner response after oral treatment by Dr. Greenfield has been, “We haven’t seen our pet this frisky or happy in a long time.”

Dr. Greenfield is also on the Board of Directors of the AVDC serving as President-elect and has honorably served on the Board of the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) and the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry. He has lectured on the local, state, national, and international level on a variety of veterinary dental topics.

Dr. Greenfield spends most of his home life with his wife and children while also enjoying a peaceful round of golf.

Bill Miller, DVM, Diplomate ACVO

Dr. William (Bill) Miller is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. He completed his undergraduate (poultry science major) and graduate studies at Louisiana State University and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. After earning his DVM, he completed an internship in small animal surgery and medicine and a residency in ophthalmology at Auburn University from 1982 to 1986, with Dr. Ted Albert as his mentor. In 1986 he earned his Master of Science degree from Auburn and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO). Dr. Miller has been a member of the ACVO’s Public Relations committee since 2006 and the chair for more than four years. His current research interests include corneal physiology and corneal wound healing. In his spare time, he enjoys running, gardening, and bow hunting elk.

Surgery

Matt Field, DVM

Dr. Field is a native of Ottumwa, Iowa.  He attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa for his undergraduate studies and completed his veterinary studies at Iowa State University. He then completed a one-year rotating internship in Rochester, New York before moving to Memphis, TN in 2013 for a one-year surgical internship. He stayed on for a three-year residency in small animal surgery which he completed in 2017. Always up for a new adventure, he moved to Little Rock, AR to become the staff surgeon at Arkansas Veterinary Emergency & Specialists. Dr. Field’s professional interests include spinal surgery, all manner of orthopedic surgery and oncologic surgery. He is a member of the AVMA, TVMA, ArVMA, and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM).  When not at work, Dr. Field enjoys hiking, cycling and spending time with his wife, Chelsea (also a veterinarian), and their dog and three cats.

Emergency Doctors

Matthew Charney, DVM

A native Texan, Dr. Charney grew up in Dallas before attending undergraduate at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and minored in chemistry and music performance. Upon graduation, he attended Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated in 2011. Upon graduation, Dr. Charney worked at an emergency and small animal general practice in Indianapolis and Lafayette, IN, before relocating to Little Rock in 2014.

Dr. Charney lives with his wife, Virginia, a board-certified veterinary pathologist; their two boys, Axel and Wrex; three dogs, Heni, Sage, and Bailey; as well as three cats, Optimus, Amalfi, and Hollis. He is thrilled to be a part of the AVES team!

Sherri Andrews, DVM

Sherri Andrews DVM is one of our emergency doctors at Arkansas Veterinary Emergency and Specialists (AVES). She holds membership in the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. A native Arkansan, she attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she obtained a BA in Chemistry. Upon graduation she moved to Louisiana to attend LSU College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 2009.

Dr. Andrews currently resides in the Pleasant Valley area with her daughter, son-in-law, two granddaughters, and a host of critters including: four dogs, one cat, four gold fish and an algae eater.

In her free time she enjoys camping, hiking, and canoeing. She is quite the bicycle enthusiast. While you’re in the area keep your eyes open, especially if the weather is nice. You may catch her down along the Arkansas River Trail or bicycling the back roads that lead to AVES.

Judith VanPelt, DVM

Originally from Peoria, Illinois, Dr. Judith VanPelt attended undergraduate school at Arkansas State University. She obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Louisiana State University in 1989.

Dr. VanPelt has been in private practice most of her career but has always enjoyed emergency medicine. She joined the AVES emergency team in the fall of 2017. She loves being a veterinarian and always tries to put clients at ease while they are here with their pet in our emergency room.

When she is not at work, Dr. VanPelt enjoys horseback riding (camping out & trail riding), fishing, and snow skiing. She has a son named Caleb who loves to fish. Their four-legged family members include two horses (Arizona & Daisy), four chickens, one cat (Cutie) and two dogs (Lucy and Marley).

Jessica Perkins, DVM

A native Arkansan, Dr. Jessica Perkins grew up in the Siloam Springs area. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas and went on to graduate from the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Following graduation, Dr. Perkins moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where she completed a small animal rotating internship at Metropolitan Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Services.

Dr. Perkin’s professional interests include emergency medicine and diagnostic imaging. She is also a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS).

In her spare time, Dr. Perkins enjoys kayaking, baking, reading, and playing video games. She also enjoys spending time with her basset hound named Rory and a Walker coonhound named Matilda.

Management

Meghan Porter

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Meghan Porter began working as a patient care technician in general practice before moving to an emergency and specialty practice. She left California to work as a lead technician at a premier emergency and specialty practice in Houston, Texas, where she enjoyed working for six years before relocating to Arkansas in 2015. Meghan was the practice manager at a general practice hospital in Little Rock before moving back into emergency and specialty practice at AVES.

Meghan attended Southern New Hampshire University, where she studied both accounting and business administration in healthcare. She also enjoys seeking out continuing education to maintain and enhance her technical knowledge in patient care and has a special interest in critical care medicine.

Meghan currently lives in Little Rock with her husband and two children, along with their dog, Sable, and two cats, Shadow and Millie. She enjoys reading, yoga, hiking, and spending time with her kids creating art, music, and crafts. She is thrilled to be part of the amazing team at AVES!

The veterinarians and support team at Arkansas Veterinary Emergency & Specialists all share the same goal of making and keeping pets well. They have decades of combined experience and will give your pets the high-quality, compassionate care they deserve.

 

Specialists

Tina Brown, DVM, Diplomate ACVD

Dr. Tina Brown grew up on a commercial dairy farm near Tuscaloosa, AL. She attended Auburn University and received her Bachelor of Science in 1996. She then pursued a graduate degree at the College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Master of Science in biomedical sciences with a research focus on endocrinology. She was accepted into the veterinary program and received her degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 2004.

After veterinary school, Dr. Brown worked in private practice in Chattanooga, TN, where she developed a special interest in dermatology. She then returned to academia and completed a one-year rotating internship in companion medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University. She was accepted for a residency in dermatology at LSU and completed her training in 2008. During her residency, she conducted research in the Pythium Laboratory at LSU and continues to have a special interest in deep fungal and bacterial infections of the skin.

She is now a board-certified dermatologist and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD). She specializes in diseases of the skin, ears, and claws due to allergic, parasitic, autoimmune, endocrine, and infectious causes. She has extensive experience in the management of chronic skin and ear infections secondary to allergies and offers advanced diagnostics and treatments such as intradermal (skin) allergy testing and formulation of allergen specific immunotherapy.

Dr. Brown has four rescue dogs and two cats. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting her family farm in Alabama and taking her dogs to the outback off leash park at Shelby Farms.

Barden Greenfield, DVM, Diplomate AVDC

Dr. Greenfield has been providing referral-based dental and oral surgery services to the Mid-South veterinary community for over 10 years. He is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College.  He was the first board-certified veterinary dentist to have dental practices in Tennessee and Arkansas, which serves patients in the Mid-South region.

His love for veterinary dentistry began when he studied that 7 of 10 dogs and cats over 3 years of age have some form of periodontal disease, and that these pets were extremely uncomfortable and were suffering in silence. Watching pets transform from pain to joy is what makes his job such a rewarding one. The overwhelming owner response after oral treatment by Dr. Greenfield has been, “We haven’t seen our pet this frisky or happy in a long time.”

Dr. Greenfield is also on the Board of Directors of the AVDC serving as President-elect and has honorably served on the Board of the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) and the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry. He has lectured on the local, state, national, and international level on a variety of veterinary dental topics.

Dr. Greenfield spends most of his home life with his wife and children while also enjoying a peaceful round of golf.

Bill Miller, DVM, Diplomate ACVO

Dr. William (Bill) Miller is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. He completed his undergraduate (poultry science major) and graduate studies at Louisiana State University and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. After earning his DVM, he completed an internship in small animal surgery and medicine and a residency in ophthalmology at Auburn University from 1982 to 1986, with Dr. Ted Albert as his mentor. In 1986 he earned his Master of Science degree from Auburn and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO). Dr. Miller has been a member of the ACVO’s Public Relations committee since 2006 and the chair for more than four years. His current research interests include corneal physiology and corneal wound healing. In his spare time, he enjoys running, gardening, and bow hunting elk.

Surgery

Matt Field, DVM

Dr. Field is a native of Ottumwa, Iowa.  He attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa for his undergraduate studies and completed his veterinary studies at Iowa State University. He then completed a one-year rotating internship in Rochester, New York before moving to Memphis, TN in 2013 for a one-year surgical internship. He stayed on for a three-year residency in small animal surgery which he completed in 2017. Always up for a new adventure, he moved to Little Rock, AR to become the staff surgeon at Arkansas Veterinary Emergency & Specialists. Dr. Field’s professional interests include spinal surgery, all manner of orthopedic surgery and oncologic surgery. He is a member of the AVMA, TVMA, ArVMA, and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM).  When not at work, Dr. Field enjoys hiking, cycling and spending time with his wife, Chelsea (also a veterinarian), and their dog and three cats.

Emergency Doctors

Matthew Charney, DVM

A native Texan, Dr. Charney grew up in Dallas before attending undergraduate at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and minored in chemistry and music performance. Upon graduation, he attended Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated in 2011. Upon graduation, Dr. Charney worked at an emergency and small animal general practice in Indianapolis and Lafayette, IN, before relocating to Little Rock in 2014.

Dr. Charney lives with his wife, Virginia, a board-certified veterinary pathologist; their two boys, Axel and Wrex; three dogs, Heni, Sage, and Bailey; as well as three cats, Optimus, Amalfi, and Hollis. He is thrilled to be a part of the AVES team!

Sherri Andrews, DVM

Sherri Andrews DVM is one of our emergency doctors at Arkansas Veterinary Emergency and Specialists (AVES). She holds membership in the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. A native Arkansan, she attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she obtained a BA in Chemistry. Upon graduation she moved to Louisiana to attend LSU College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 2009.

Dr. Andrews currently resides in the Pleasant Valley area with her daughter, son-in-law, two granddaughters, and a host of critters including: four dogs, one cat, four gold fish and an algae eater.

In her free time she enjoys camping, hiking, and canoeing. She is quite the bicycle enthusiast. While you’re in the area keep your eyes open, especially if the weather is nice. You may catch her down along the Arkansas River Trail or bicycling the back roads that lead to AVES.

Judith VanPelt, DVM

Originally from Peoria, Illinois, Dr. Judith VanPelt attended undergraduate school at Arkansas State University. She obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Louisiana State University in 1989.

Dr. VanPelt has been in private practice most of her career but has always enjoyed emergency medicine. She joined the AVES emergency team in the fall of 2017. She loves being a veterinarian and always tries to put clients at ease while they are here with their pet in our emergency room.

When she is not at work, Dr. VanPelt enjoys horseback riding (camping out & trail riding), fishing, and snow skiing. She has a son named Caleb who loves to fish. Their four-legged family members include two horses (Arizona & Daisy), four chickens, one cat (Cutie) and two dogs (Lucy and Marley).

Jessica Perkins, DVM

A native Arkansan, Dr. Jessica Perkins grew up in the Siloam Springs area. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas and went on to graduate from the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Following graduation, Dr. Perkins moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where she completed a small animal rotating internship at Metropolitan Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Services.

Dr. Perkin’s professional interests include emergency medicine and diagnostic imaging. She is also a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS).

In her spare time, Dr. Perkins enjoys kayaking, baking, reading, and playing video games. She also enjoys spending time with her basset hound named Rory and a Walker coonhound named Matilda.

Management

Meghan Porter

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Meghan Porter began working as a patient care technician in general practice before moving to an emergency and specialty practice. She left California to work as a lead technician at a premier emergency and specialty practice in Houston, Texas, where she enjoyed working for six years before relocating to Arkansas in 2015. Meghan was the practice manager at a general practice hospital in Little Rock before moving back into emergency and specialty practice at AVES.

Meghan attended Southern New Hampshire University, where she studied both accounting and business administration in healthcare. She also enjoys seeking out continuing education to maintain and enhance her technical knowledge in patient care and has a special interest in critical care medicine.

Meghan currently lives in Little Rock with her husband and two children, along with their dog, Sable, and two cats, Shadow and Millie. She enjoys reading, yoga, hiking, and spending time with her kids creating art, music, and crafts. She is thrilled to be part of the amazing team at AVES!

This is the place to go in the middle of the night when you have a pet emergency’. Cannot say enough good things about them Hopefully you won’t need, but if you do they are there for you.

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