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 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.
Angela Pettie: Receptionist
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 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 2-legged pets (ummm, children) and two 4-legged pets (2 cats named Moana and Maui).
Delaney Richter: Veterinary Assistant, Receptionist Team Lead
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.
Emily Wagner: Receptionist
Emily came to the Huntsville area from Michigan in 2011 and began her career in the veterinary field immediately. She is experienced in animal behavior, specifically canine training. Emily enjoys traveling (Scotland has been her favorite place so far), watching baseball (go Detroit Tigers!) and spending time with her family and friends. She has two dogs, Lilly and Tucker, and two cats, Toulouse and Cheeseburger.
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
Lindsay comes to us from the Pacific Northwest: California and Washington state. She has a veterinary assistant certification and has been working in the field since 2016. Lindsay has a propensity for long-haired pets: her dog Freya is a Long-haired Dachshund and her cat Rue Razzles is also long-haired. Her short-haired cat Todd wishes he had long hair. Lindsay’s favorite activity is sleeping, but when awake she enjoys spending time with her family and watching horror movies.
Madison Uhl: Kennel Attendant / Receptionist
Madison has grown up an avid lover of animals—how could she not when Annette is her mother? In her increasingly narrowing spare time, she enjoys playing soccer and helps out at Bentley Animal Hospital as a receptionist and kennel attendant. Big changes are ahead for Madison: she and her fiancé have recently bought a home together, she will soon graduate as a Registered Nurse, and she will be soon saying her wedding vows. She has 3 dogs: Finch (Pomeranian), Sperry (Japanese Chin), and Nellie (dachshund).
Mary McLemore: Veterinary Assistant / Kennel Attendant
Mary comes to Bentley having worked in dog rescue. She has two rescue dogs herself: Miles, a German Shepherd and Maggie, a Pitbull. Mary enjoys taking the dogs for hikes and on adventures. When not “adventuring”, she enjoys home time with her family and friends and cuddles from Maggie and Miles. Mary’s ultimate goal would be to visit each National Park throughout the United States. Will Miles and Maggie visit the parks too? Stay tuned….
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, Technician Team Lead
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. She is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technician Program at Penn Foster College.