Our Team

Dr. LaNita S. Flanary DVM

Veterinarian / Owner

LaNita S. Flanary, DVM owns and operates the Flanary Vet Clinic which was built in 1997 in the Reidland community. LaNita was born and raised on Husband Road in Paducah, surrounded by many animals on her family farm. She attended Farley Elementary and Reidland Middle and High School where she achieved many honors. She was the Kentucky State Farm Bureau Outstanding Youth, Kentucky State FFA Secretary, and Reidland High School Valedictorian with a 4.0 grade point average. Through scholarships, she completed a pre-vet curriculum at Murray State University and as a junior she was accepted early to Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. LaNita graduated summa cum laude from Auburn in 1995.

For fun, LaNita still enjoys being with her menagerie of animals consisting of cows, chickens, horses, pigs, rabbits, sheep, dogs, ducks, geese, and cats. But most of her heart belongs to Ellie, her Bernese Mountain DogPolly, her mixed breed dog and her Pomeranian Fancy Foo Foo Flanary. But Bitsy, her first Pom and best friend will never be forgotten. 

Besides her girls, she also has…

  • Several rescue cats
  • Potbellied Pigs
  •  Nigerian Dwarf Goats
  • Jersey Cattle
  • Miniature Zebu Cattle
  • and many bantam chickens, ducks, and geese.

Dr. Flanary was also asked to provide an article for the Paducah Bank WOW magazine! You can view it by clicking the button below:

A Passion for Pets - By. Dr. LaNita Flanary

Melissa Knight

Office Manager

Melissa started in the kennels at age 16 and has worked every position since. She loves the bonds she builds with clients and has been at Flanary since 2008. Her compassion for animals and their families has motivated her to do her best daily. Melissa is married to her wonderful husband, Michael and has three amazing boys: Nathan, Dylan and Matthew. When she is not at work, she is with her family, pets, and can be found scrapbooking.

Rachel Steele

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Rachel is a licensed veterinary technician who has been in the veterinary field for over fifteen years. When she was in high school she was a part of the original team that helped open FVC. She loves being able to help the sick animals in the best ways possible. Her favorite qualities of FVC are that we constantly strive for excellence and surround ourselves with a team that feels like family. She is an outgoing and hard worker who can be found training and competing in barrel horse competitions outside of FVC.

Samantha Heneisen

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Samantha graduated from Murray State with a B.S. in Agriculture with a pre-veterinarian major. She feels that the most rewarding part of veterinary medicine is being able to assist in and witness the improvement of sick patients. Her favorite part about working at FVC is that she gets to work with a variety of animals while being a part of a close knit and knowledgeable staff. She has an outgoing and positive attitude that helps her shine on the FVC team. Outside of work, you can catch Samantha spending time with her daughter and enjoying several outdoor activities.

Jamie Kearns

Veterinary Technician

Jamie is 34 and married with 1 son. She has worked as a vet tech for 10 years. She enjoys horseback riding and spending time outdoors. She has 5 dogs , 4 horses, 2 mini horses, 1 cat and a nigerian dwarf goat.

Nikki Collins

Assistant

Nikki is an assistant at Flanary Veterinary Clinic who is a great organizer with a bubbly personality. With already a year under her belt in the veterinary field, she is passionate about the well being of animals and enjoys working with them every day.

The thing she loves most about Flanary Veterinary Clinic is the family-like atmosphere and close-knit relationships between coworkers. When not assisting the staff with charm and pizazz, she enjoys spending time with her nieces, her Australian Shepherd, Rue, and dedicating time to her studies.

Annalise Sanderson

Veterinary Technician

Annalise graduated from WKU with a B.S. in Agriculture and loves being in the veterinary field. She has a positive attitude and bubbly personality that can make any task fun. She loves the veterinary field because it allows her to pursue her passion for caring for every animal as if it were her own. Her favorite thing here at FVC is all of the interesting cases we see each day. Aside from work, Annalise can be seen spending time with her wonderful husband, Daniel and son, Emmett or watching her favorite shows on Netflix.

Kurtis Milam

Kennel Assistant

Working at Flanary Veterinary Clinic since 2016, Kurtis has a excellent work ethic and a “can-do” attitude. He joined Flanary because he loves animals and has a passion for helping them live the best lives possible. He gives his coworkers credit for the productive and fun work environment that helps make everyday a great one. When not working at the clinic, Kurtis studies hard for school and enjoys the company of his family and friends.

Dena Gibson

Kennel Assistant

Dena is our Kennel Assistant and as of 2019 she has been in the veterinary field for fifteen years. She enjoys working with animals daily. Her favorite thing about Flanary Vet Clinic is that she gets to improve her skills and knowledge every day about the care of pets. When not working, Dena is spending time with her husband and two boys, doing a number of outdoor activities, or even reading a book with her cats.

Haley Morris

Kennel Assistant

Before working at Flanary Veterinary Clinic, Haley volunteered here for a year. She is interested in the veterinary field because she gets to see animals get better and stay healthy and happy. She loves the staff and dogs that regularly come in who she gets to bond with. When not working here, she enjoys school and spending time with friends and family.

Hannah Tipton

Kennel Assistant

Hannah was a volunteer for over a year with us before officially joining our team. She is a very fast and eager learner who can bring a smile to anyone’s face. She has known since she was six years old that she wanted to pursue a career as a veterinarian. She enjoys helping animals in any way she possibly can. Outside of work, you can catch Hannah skating with her friends, cuddling with her cats, or focusing on her school work.

Sherene Inglish

Receptionist

Sherene is a people person with a love of animals that serves as one of Flanary Veterinary Clinic’s friendly receptionists. She enjoys seeing peoples’ smiling faces as she greets clients and their pets, wagging tails and all!

Sherene appreciates her coworkers and the doctors and staff that genuinely care about the wellbeing of all animals. When not welcoming people into the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Dan, teenage son, Tyler, and three dogs – Paris, Tinkerbelle, and Romeo. Oh, and she even has three American Mini Pigs, Trixie, Chrisley and Reesie Roo!

Kathryn Cullum

Receptionist

Kathryn is a bubbly, people person who serves as one of our receptionist here at FVC. She has a genuine smile and open heart that welcomes every pet and client through the door. The veterinary field is the best place for her seeing as she extends a helping hand in every way possible. She loves calling FVC home because the clients and patients are all so friendly and welcoming. When Kathryn is not greeting clients, you might just catch her out with thrift shopping with a coffee in hand!

Kayla Ferrel

Veterinary Assistant

Kayla has been in the veterinary field since she was fifteen years old. She began working in the kennels here at FVC but is now a surgical and veterinary assistant. She graduated from Murray State with a B.S. in agriculture and is continuing her education at Auburn University Veterinary College. Kayla finds the most joy in being able to help improve a patients well being in every way possible. Her favorite part about working at FVC is that she gets to expand her knowledge daily while becoming closer to her dream. Outside of work, you can catch Kayla riding her horse, working her goats and sheep, and dedicating time to her studies.