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Meet our Staff!

Our Team

Meet the dedicated team at Northwest Arkansas Animal Urgent Care, where our compassionate professionals are committed to providing exceptional care for your beloved pets.


Dr. Cheryl Adkins


Dr. Adkins is originally from St. Louis, MO.  She moved down to Fort Smith, AR in 2008 after graduating Veterinary School from the University of Missouri-Columba.  She worked in Fort Smith for 14 years before moving to Anderson, MO.  She occasionally still works at the Fort Smith Animal Emergency clinic, but the majority of her time working is spent at the NWA Animal Urgent Care.  Dr. Adkins, her husband, and 3 children live with a small menagerie of pets: 2 dogs, 4 cats, 5 ferrets, 6 parakeets, 2 guinea pigs, and 1 hedgehog.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, art projects, rockhounding, and hiking.

Dr. Ada Fernandez


I studied veterinary medicine because, since I was a child I felt a big love for animals, I grew up with the dream and hope of always being able to help them. I studied in Cuba for five years, and when I came to the United States, I studied for three more years to get my license. I am very grateful for all of the support I have received in this great country to continue with my dream of being a veterinarian. As a veterinary doctor, I believe that the best health for your pet begins with good nutrition in addition to the preventive care needed at every stage of their life. I have four dogs and three cats personally, and I love to spend time with them. They are amazing. I also love to dance and sing and spend time outdoors. One of my dreams is to study acupuncture and holistic veterinary medicine now I am part of the fear-free program to offer my patients an excellent healthcare experience with the least stress possible.


Amanda - practice manager

Amanda has worked in vet med for 12 years. She has experience in general practice and ER medicine. Amanda chose to work in vet med to follow her passion to help animals. She has worked many years volunteering with local rescues and has worked on K9 Search and Rescue Training. In her free time, she loves taking her dogs on a hike, camping trips, and spending time with her family. She is the proud fur mom of 2 cats, 5 dogs, and 1 horse.

sam - veterinary assistant

Sam has been with Northwest Arkansas Animal Urgent Care since we opened our doors. She is so very kind and compassionate and is our go to expert to work with frightened felines. She has lots of experience working in an animal ICU unit and it shows through her expertise and loving care!

tylor - veterinary assistant

Tylor is passionate about working with animals, both in his role in animal control and as a Vet Tech/Assistant at Northwest Arkansas Animal Urgent Care. He is also a devoted family man, spending his free time with his wife, four children, and their three dogs: a Poodle, a Golden Doodle, and a French Bulldog.

Allyonna - Customer Service Representative

Allyonna is new to the veterinary field, but not at all new to owning pets! Having had pets her whole life, she doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. She currently has 4 rats, 3 dogs, 1 cat, 1 hamster, and 6 fish, whom she loves very dearly. She is eager to learn and help however she can. She is happy to welcome you and your pets as the first face you see in Northwest Arkansas Animal Urgent Care.

Heather - Customer Service Representative

A lifelong animal lover, Heather started volunteering for her local animal shelter at the age of eight. She continued her love of animals and medicine by officially beginning her vetmed career almost 13 years ago. She has worked every position in a vet clinic and still can’t get enough.

When Heather is not working, she is usually catching up on sleep or the latest tv shows and movies with her cats in Bella Vista.