We believe in treating every patient as if they were our own pet, and giving them the same loving attention and care. We are a group of highly trained, experienced animal lovers who are devoted to giving our patients the best care possible.
If you have any questions about how we can care for your pet, please don't hesitate to call us at (256) 852-4121. Thank you!
Dr. Eric Hulsey
Dr. Hulsey is the owner of Bentley Animal Hospital. He started working part time for Dr. Bentley in 1986 and he continued to work during his school breaks. In 1991 he graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. After a short stint in a mixed animal practice, Dr. Hulsey returned “home” to Bentley Animal Hospital as a DVM in January 1992. In 1998, Dr. Hulsey purchased the practice from Dr. Bentley and in 2001 moved us to our current location.
Dr. Stacey Matthews
Dr. Matthews joined our practice in February 2013. She is a University of Georgia graduate. She has worked in a variety of practices throughout the United States and this has served to give her a diverse and extensive knowledge of veterinary medicine. She enjoys both small animal medicine and surgery.
Dr. Matthews lives in Fayetteville, Tennessee with her husband and son. They have a mini-ranch consisting of horses, donkeys, chickens, cats, and dogs. She has a parrot named Merlyn that has been with her since hatching in 1990!
In her spare time, Dr. Matthews enjoys traveling, horseback riding, and spending time with her family and animals. She loves her job, stating “Veterinary medicine is such an exciting and forever evolving profession. I cannot imagine doing anything else.”
Dr. Katie Temmen
Dr. Temmen joined our practice in 2016. She is a graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has special interests in Cardiology, Immunology, and Nutrition. She especially enjoys the opportunity to be part of both her patient’ and clients’ lives. In her spare time, Dr. Temmen loves to hike, knit, read, and spend time with her husband, son and their 4 pets: 2 dogs – Griffin, & Finn and 2 cats—Morticia and Gomez.
Meet Our Staff
Annette Uhl: Practice Manager
Annette, her husband, and 2 daughters moved to Huntsville in 2007 from Long Island, NY. She spent 13 years managing a veterinary hospital in New York, and began her time here at Bentley in 2009 as a receptionist until 2016. In November 2020 she returned “home” as the hospital manager. When she is not here loving on our patients, she spends time with her oldest daughter in Montgomery, watching her youngest play soccer, adjusting to an almost empty nest with her hubby, or snuggling on the couch with her 9 dogs and 1 cat – 4 Japanese Chin (Emi, Sperry, Guinness, Groot), 3 Pomeranians (Finch, Ursa, Hudson), 1 CavaChin (Ciara), a King Charles Cavalier (Cider) and Dolly the lone kitty.
Andrea Patterson: Kennel Attendant
Angela Pettie: Receptionist
With her husband, Angela moved to the Huntsville area from California in 2016. She has worked for veterinary offices since 2006, having taken some time off in the middle to be a mom to her four children. She loves to take family day-trips, and searching for inspiration on Pinterest. Football is big in her family, and “GO NINERS!” is their battle cry. She loves spending time with her family both two-legged AND four-legged: she has four cats (Moana, Maui, Starbucks, and Tesla) a miniature poodle (Bella), and 3 crested geckos.
Delaney Richter: Veterinary Assistant, Receptionist
Originally from Michigan, Delaney moved to the Huntsville area in late 2007. She has been working with Bentley Animal Hospital since 2015, having begun her veterinary career in 2008. She spends time in the Society for Creative Anachronism, plays flute (and bass flute) in the Prevailing Winds Flute Ensemble, and enjoys board games. Delaney and her fiancé share their home with a precocious kitty named Toby and a teacup Chihuahua named Tripper.
Jena Tidwell: Veterinary Technician, Technician Team Leader
Jena has a long history in the veterinary field, complete with having worked in emergency medicine. Her calm demeanor and quick thinking are quite the asset to us at Bentley. Family time is a high priority for her. She enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, either on her Jeep or the family boat. Besides her husband and two sons, Jena’s family is completed by her pets: Great Dane (Asher), Aussie-doodle (Essie), Bloodhound (Moose), three cats (Dougie, Stormie, and George) and rabbit (Cooper).
Kevin Kirkham: Veterinary Assistant / Kennel Attendant
A Huntsville-area native, Kevin has been working off and on in the veterinary field since 2008. He is a Plant Hobbyist, and can likely answer any question you may have on the topic. He recently adopted a Chihuahua named Angel, has a cat named Kitters, and is a friend to turtles and frogs, having several at home as pets. Kevin loves to spend time outside, yet, he NEVER tans.
Laney Alexander: Veterinary Assistant / Kennel Attendant
Laney lives in Huntsville with her husband (they are newlyweds!) and son Ezra. She began her time in the veterinary field in 2018 and has two rescued pets: Reina (dog) and Luce (kitty). Her family enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking or hiking during the summer and staying in for a good cuddle when it’s cold.
Lindsay Wenzel: Veterinary Assistant
Madison Uhl: Kennel Attendant
Mary McLemore: Veterinary Assistant
Pat Pruett: Kennel Manager
Pat has been in the veterinary business for over 25 years, and he has been with Bentley Animal Hospital since 2001, caring for our pets. He is a Huntsville native and has been married to his wife Tracy since 2009. He enjoys Punk Rock and wrestling while keeping a special place in his heart for Chihuahuas.
Samantha Downs: Veterinary Technician
Growing up on the family farm led the way to her love of animals. Sam has been in the veterinary field since 2000. She enjoys spending time at home with her family and tinkering around the farm as there is always a fence to mend, a weed to pull, or a dog to pet. When not working or on the farm, Sam enjoys attending garden club meetings, one to which she is an officer.
Shirley Pickett: Veterinary Assistant
Shirley has been with Bentley Animal Hospital since 2001. You can usually find Shirley keeping the doctors on track with their appointments or keeping things stocked up with all our necessities. From surgeries to treatments, appointments to boarders, she can do it all!
Tara Ridgeway: Veterinary Assistant
Tara recently moved to the Huntsville area in 2021. She lives with a Grumpy Crain Operator (her fiancé) and 11 rescue dogs. She has one daughter and two beautiful grandchildren. Tara originally worked in human healthcare but made the transition to veterinary healthcare in the fall of 2021.