Meet Our Veterinary Team in Carmel
Dr. Sam Stanley
Originally from central Kentucky, Dr. Stanley graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. He began his career in Georgia and Alabama as a mixed animal veterinarian who worked with cows, goats, horses, dogs, and cats. At that time, he was also the veterinarian for a wild animal safari, where he worked on giraffes, lions, zebras, and other species. He then transitioned to small animal emergency medicine for a time before shifting gears to small animal general medicine in Texas, then in Indiana. He opened Yellow Dog Veterinary Clinic in April 2016.
Becoming a veterinarian wasn’t a career path he felt he chose; it chose him. He’s wanted to be a veterinarian since he was very young. With over a decade of experience in the field, he loves that his profession allows him to get to know pets and their families on a personal level. He sees them as an extension of the family.
Dr. Stanley is married with two boys. He also has three cats named Derby, Dottie, and Johnny Ringo, and a dog named Henry, who is the “Yellow Dog” of Yellow Dog Veterinary Clinic. Although spare time is rare (he’s a father of two young boys), when he does find free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, including fishing, camping, and gardening.
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Dr. Amy Spencer
Dr. Spencer attended the University of Missouri where she earned both her undergraduate degree in biology and her DVM. She chose a career in veterinary medicine due to her interest in biology and great love for animals. One of her more interesting experiences has been assisting in an ultrasound of a tiger at the Indianapolis Zoo to evaluate his liver! Her favorite part of working in the practice is the opportunity to build relationships with the families of our four-legged patients. Dr. Spencer is also known for her communication skills and commitment to client education.
Dr. Spencer is married to her husband, Joel, and together they have three sons named Samuel, Matthew, and Ben.
Dr. Melissa Justice
Dr. Justice is a native of Yorktown, Indiana. In 1994 she graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. In 1998 Dr. Justice graduated from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine and returned home to work in small animal general practice. In 2000 she began working in a small animal emergency clinic in east central Indiana, where she developed a love of small animal emergency and critical care.
In 2007 Dr. Justice joined the Indiana State Board of Animal Health as a field veterinarian, where she continues to work to this day. In addition to her duties as a field veterinarian, she is now the director of small animal health programs and brucellosis programs for the Board of Animal Health. As a regulatory field veterinarian, she helps to monitor, investigate, and test for diseases of regulatory concern (including Chronic Wasting Disease, Bovine Tuberculosis, Brucellosis and Rabies). Dr. Justice has continued to work as a relief veterinarian in small animal practices since joining the Board of Animal Health. In 2018, Dr. Justice joined the staff of Yellow Dog Veterinary Clinic.
When Dr. Justice is not working, Dr. Justice enjoys spending time with her husband Shawn and two children Landen and Taryn. The family has a Staffordshire Terrier named Jaxson and three cats – Thomas, Harley and Midnight. The family loves to go on cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean, her favorite ports of call are St. Maartin and Curacao.