Meet the Speakers

Dr. Molly Brinkmann

Dr. Molly Brinkmann is a small animal general practitioner who lives and practices in Franklin, TN near Nashville.  Molly graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 where she held several leadership positions during her time there including SCAVMA president.  Over the last 8 years in practice she has worked in specialty equine, mixed and small animal clinics.  She has been an exclusively small animal practitioner for the last five years in and around Nashville.  In practice she has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery and dentistry. “Dr. Molly” has gained a large following on social media platforms over the last year. Her content includes both humorous and educational content and she hopes to educate pet owners while also shedding light on the struggles in our field through her humor.  Dr. Brinkmann loves encouraging and mentoring veterinary students/new grads because while our field faces many struggles she believes we can all find the joy in veterinary medicine again.  Molly is also a working mom who balances life with two toddlers at home.  Having experienced the loss of her first child five years ago Dr. Brinkmann has begun sharing her story and struggle with grief while working in a mentally taxing medical field. 

Dr. Tony Rocconi

Dr. Rocconi is a 2003 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary medicine where he served as class president. After graduation he went to work at a busy race track to practice servicing the racing thoroughbred industry. He then moved on to Ocala, FL where he worked for 4 years on young thoroughbred race horses in training, reproduction, and sales work. He subsequently moved to Aubrey, TX where he pursued his passion for lameness and surgery. Then Dr. Rocconi entered the Equine Surgical Residency at MSU-CVM - a 3 year program where he also obtained his Master's Degree in Veterinary Science. After completing his residency, he moved back to Texas and now owns and operates Mid-South Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery 

Dr. Hannah Carter

Dr. Hannah Carter is a 2022 graduate from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She was born and raised in North Idaho and has always been emersed in the horse industry. She competed in AQHA all-around events in high-school and pursued her passion for horses in college where she competed in collegiate rodeo in Pendleton, OR. Hannah and her husband moved to Mississippi to further their education, where she attended veterinary school at Mississippi State University. Her love for sports medicine and lameness led her to pursue a practice that would allow her to expand her knowledge. While not in the clinic she loves riding her horses and running. 

Dr. Patrick First

Dr. Patrick First grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. He spent his childhood helping care for his family’s Arabian horse farm. His love of horses and the equine industry led him to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Dr. First completed his undergraduate degree at Mississippi State University prior to attending the College of Veterinary Medicine, also located at Mississippi State. Throughout vet school, he was elected President of his class, President of the student chapter of AAEP, and received the Large Animal Surgery Award. After graduation, he moved to Tallahassee, Florida where he worked as an Associate Veterinarian at a referral equine practice then eventually moved to Mobile and started First Equine Veterinary Services alongside his wife, Dr. Brittany First. His professional interests include sports medicine, reproduction, and dentistry. Dr. First is an avid polocrosse player and enjoys being a part of the local equestrian community. In his spare time, he enjoys running, going to the beach, and spending time with Brittany. Dr First enjoys leading a fantastic team at First Equine Veterinary Services as well as mentoring the next generation of equine veterinarians 

Dr. Kale Hatten

Dr. Kale Hatten is a large animal veterinarian at Pine Belt Veterinary Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 and began his career at PBVH shortly after graduation.  In 2019, Dr. Hatten was blessed with the opportunity to become partner at Pine Belt. He has a passion for theriogenology and offers services such as Ovum Pick Up (OPU) and embryo transfer in cattle and artificial insemination of cattle, dogs, and horses.  When Dr. Hatten is not working at PBVH, he enjoys playing with his children, Hallie and Archie, spending time with his wife, Regan, contributing to his family’s commercial cow-calf operation, and being active at Temple Baptist Church. 

Dr. Nancy Jackson

Dr. Nancy Jackson is a graduate of Mississippi State University with bachelor’s degrees in Animal Science and Dairy Science and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She is the recipient of numerous awards and is a member of the Mississippi State University Hall of Fame. Dr. Jackson currently works as the Field Veterinarian for the Mississippi Board of Animal Health (MBAH). Before coming MBAH in 2019, she was the owner of PEAK Veterinary Service, a large animal ambulatory practice serving seven counties in northeast Mississippi. Dr. Jackson has been serving Mississippi clients since 1993. Dr. Jackson previously served as the first female President of the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association, and is the current President of the Mississippi Beef Council. In addition, she is a registered 4-H Volunteer who actively works with youth in livestock showing. Her production agricultural background has led to other leadership roles as a current Commissioner in the Choctaw County Soil and Water Commission and state board member of Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation. She is married to Dr. Gary Jackson who is the MSU Associate Vice President for Outreach and Engagement and they have two daughters, Kelli Jackson Russell and Corrine Jackson. 

Dr. Emily Vowell

Dr. Vowell completed her DVM degree in May 2023 at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. A native of Taylorsville, Emily grew up with 4-H and FFA livestock projects, and many various pets! She has always been compassionate toward all animals, and that passion has only been amplified during her vet school career. She is committed to the well-being and life quality of companion pets and also that of large animals. During her tenure at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Emily spent many hours doing surgeries, delivering emergency care to small and large animals, participating in several large animal externships, and providing diagnostics and routine wellness care and vaccinations. During her leisure time, Emily enjoys tending a few cattle of her own and spending time with her two heelers, June and Pearl. She also enjoys cooking and gardening.

Dr. Ryan Gibson

Ryan Gibson, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) is a veterinary neurologist with a special interest in veterinary education and working with students and practicing veterinarians to improve general practice care of neurological patient’s while working to bolster student and practitioner confidence in working with this subset of veterinary patients. Dr. Gibson currently teaches at Auburn University with a focus in foundational neuroscience, neurology, and microanatomy. He also provides consultations for veterinarians who have neurological patients that cannot be referred for geographical or financial considerations through (specialist marketplace), VSOD, and VOCN. Common areas of discussion within these consultations include localization and differential list development, seizure management, acute neurological conditions (trauma, vascular events, etc), chronic pain conditions (chronic disc issues, lumbosacral disease, pain syndromes, etc), and palliative care of neoplastic and degenerative neurological conditions (tumors, degenerative myelopathy, etc). 

Dr. Sam Kerby

Dr. Kerby grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and attended Coe College in Iowa for undergrad before obtaining his DVM at Washington State University in May 2018. After 8 years away, he decided to return to the southwest for some sunshine and warm weather after all the rain and snow. He has been working in a vet clinic since he was in 9th grade, and has done everything from cleaning kennels and reception, all the way to becoming a Veterinarian. Dr. Kerby has special interest in soft tissue surgery, emergency and critical care, dermatology, low stress feline handling, and any Corgi that is seen in our clinic! On his days off Dr. Kerby enjoys hiking, tennis, cooking, golf, and gaming. Dr. Kerby is the Director of The 5th Year Mentorship Program for the Hippo Veterinary Group 

Dr. Debbie White

Dr. Debbie White is a graduate of Purdue University, where she received both her DVM and a B.S. in Animal Science. She has been a small animal and exotic practitioner in Las Vegas for 29 years. Her favorite areas of veterinary medicine include internal medicine cases, ultrasound, and treating furry exotics, especially ferrets. She and her husband, Dr. Kurt Mychajlonka, own two veterinary practices and are partners in several other veterinary clinics in the Las Vegas area.Dr. White currently serves on the Nevada State Board of Medical examiners. She was a Director on the Board of Viticus Group, the parent company of WVC, where she completed her term as president in 2022.Throughout her career she has been an advocate for pet owner education and was a regular veterinary contributor on local radio and news programs. Since 2008, she has been known as “Dr. Debbie” and answers pet owners’ questions related to pet health on the weekly national radio program, Animal Radio. She is the author of three E- books on Yorkshire terriers, Pugs, and Miniature Schnauzers.Over her years, she has mentored many associate veterinarians and is proud of their growth and successes along the way. She encourages her entire veterinary team to embrace personal and professional wellness and to discover their individual paths of professional development.In her free time, she enjoys working out, reading, yoga, and meditation. Family time often includes traveling, hiking and down time with her husband and their dogs, “Boss” a Yorkie-shih tzu mix, “Nikki” a Bouvier des Flanders, and “Dutton” a Norwich terrier.Her four-legged children have taught her to slow down, enjoy the moment and “wag your tail each day”!

Dr. Alexa Delaune

Dr. Alexa Delaune is a 2010 graduate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated with certificates in aquatic veterinary medicine and international veterinary medicine.  After veterinary school she completed a small animal rotating internship at VCA Aurora/Berwyn outside of Chicago.  She then moved to Atlanta, Georgia to become the intern at the Georgia Aquarium in 2011.  Dr. Delaune was promoted to Veterinary Fellow, Associate Veterinarian, and ended her career at Georgia Aquarium in 2019 as Senior Associate Veterinarian.  In 2019 she was recruited to Gulfport, MS to create and lead the veterinary program at Mississippi Aquarium.  She currently serves as the Vice President of Veterinary Services and Research at Mississippi Aquarium.  She is the current treasurer for the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, is a co-leader for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums shark and ray blood project, is on the exam creation committee for the newly developed ABVP Fish Specialty, and is an adjunct professor at Mississippi State University CVM.  Mississippi Aquarium hosts many different veterinary and undergraduate students throughout the year and Dr. Delaune enjoys mentoring future veterinarians.  She lives in Biloxi with her two children and husband and enjoys creating aquatic-themed stained glass in her spare time. 

Dr. Samantha Fraysier

Dr. Samantha Fraysier grew up in rural south central Pennsylvania. It was there that she developed her love for horses, as an active member in both the United States Pony Club (Graduate C-3) and 4-H. Dr. Fraysier received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Tennessee, where she graduated Valedictorian of her class. While in veterinary school, she received numerous academic awards, served as president of the student chapter of the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) ,and established a clinical rotation in the new state-of-the-art Performance and Rehabilitation Center, all while also actively competing her horse in USEA (United States Eventing Association) competitions. Dr. Fraysier’s veterinary interests include lameness and sports medicine, as well as conditions affecting the sport horse, such as gastric ulcers. She is a member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP), and has attended their modules on diagnosis and treatment of lameness in the performance horse. Currently, she is working on becoming certified in Equine Rehabilitation (CERP). Dr. Fraysier is also an FEI Permitted Treating Veterinarian, and a member of both the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

When she isn’t working, Dr. Fraysier enjoys competing in eventing with her horse Elsbeth, and spending time with her family.