Alisha Fennell DVM and Alycen Adams DVM each have over 10 years of experience in the field of Veterinary Medicine. They began their professional relationship during the summer of 2006 when they met at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine Internal Medicine program. After graduation both Dr. Fennell and Dr. Adams joined the largest privately owned veterinary hospital in the world where they quickly excelled. Together Dr. Adams and Dr. Fennell had a vision for a non-traditional veterinary clinic with the main focus being on the comfort of pets and their owners while building a lasting relationship with their veterinarian. Dr. Fennell and Dr. Adams have treated numerous pets from the Charlotte area over the years and consider all of their patients and owners a part of their family.
Personal Biography from Dr. Alisha Fennell
I grew up in the small town of Summersville, West Virginia where family pets were a large part of my life. I remember my first dog when I was six years old; a Shih Tzu named Fozzie who was a gift that my grandma sent me for getting good grades. From then on I was known to find every animal within my reach and give them a loving home. I attended Nicholas County High School where I was involved in Cheerleading, Wrestling and Weightlifting. Although I always wanted to be a Veterinarian I was always told that it was the hardest school to gain acceptance in and decided to pursue medicine at the University of South Carolina. I remember the day I was talking to my now father in law when he said- you should really pursue becoming a Veterinarian, no matter how hard it might be- the most important thing you can do is find a career that you can get up in the morning and be excited about for the rest of your life. I took this advice in realizing my greatest passion is for pets and helping families realize the positive effects of having a furry friend. In 2003 I accepted early admittance and a scholarship to Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine where I was a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and received awards for Outstanding Excellence in Veterinary Anesthesia and Pharmacology. During many years of travel from South Carolina and Alabama back home to West Virginia my husband and I always had our sights set on living near Lake Norman; and so we made this our home in 2007. My areas of expertise lie in the field of Veterinary Dermatology, Surgery and Exotic Animal Medicine. On my few days off from practicing I enjoy spending time with my husband and my two cats (Reise and Kittles), visiting my family and miniature pinschers Deja and Drake in West Virginia, boating on Lake Norman, attending NASCAR races, four wheeling in my Kawasaki Brute Force, and hanging out with my friends and neighbors in Highland Creek.
Personal Biography from Dr. Alycen Adams
Though I have grown to love and enjoy the urban lifestyle of Charlotte, NC, I grew up on a small farm in rural southwest Tennessee. It was this upbringing that made me realize my desire to be a veterinarian at a very early age. It also peaked my interest in learning about farm animals as well as companion animals. It was this upbringing that allowed me to have a childhood filled with pets and exposure to farm animals. I attended high school at Hardin County High School in Savannah, TN where I not only maintained my interest in veterinary medicine but also was a member of the soft ball team, the symphonic band and the marching band. After completion of high school my interest in veterinary medicine had only grown since childhood so I relocated to Martin, TN where I attended the University of Tennessee at Martin. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture with a major in Animal Science in May of 2003. While attending the University of Tennessee at Martin I was also invited to be a member of the university's symphonic band in which I played the flute and piccolo. Because of my love of music I became a member and eventually an officer of Sigma Alpha Iota the professional music fraternity for women. I was also honored to be a member of Alpha Zeta and Phi Kappa Phi Honor societies. It was during my first year of college that I was finally of age to work in the field of veterinary medicine and have been working in the veterinary field in some capacity ever since. This valuable experience further confirmed that Veterinary medicine was my desired career that I wanted to pursue. Upon completion of my Bachelor degree I accepted admission to The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville, TN. While attending veterinary school I was a member of Alpha Psi Veterinary Professional Fraternity. I was accepted in the USDA animal health technician internship program for veterinary students during my second year of veterinary school. I participated in center of excellence projects working with the internal medicine and nutrition service at the University of Tennessee's Veterinary Teaching Hospital. I developed a strong interest in nutrition that has only grown while in practice. Early in my formal training I realized that I have a strong interest Endocrinology, Internal Medicine and bovine reproductive and herd medicine. I expanded my training in these areas through my clinical year and through various externships. Shortly after receipt of my degree as a doctor of veterinary medicine I participated in an additional internship at the University of California at Davis' research center where I furthered my knowledge and training in bovine reproduction and herd medicine. It was a great experience and I learned so much but the main thing I took away from the experience is that small animal medicine was my true passion and the direction I wanted to take my career. It made me realize how much I love helping people's pets because really I am helping their family members. It is truly rewarding to make people’s lives more complete by keeping their four legged family members happy and healthy. In order to fulfill this passion I accepted a job in the Charlotte, NC area and have been practicing small animal medicine since Fall 2007. Besides my passion for small animal medicine I continue to have a love of music of all genres and enjoy attending concerts. I also enjoy outdoor activities such as gardening and swimming. I enjoy attending live sporting events. Most of all I enjoy spending free time with friends, visiting Tennessee family and my dogs Patch and Mutt and my cat Tippy Tail.