The team at Lake Hamilton Animal Hospital is comprised of highly trained and experienced animal health professionals who have a genuine love for working with pets. Our staff treats every patient with the highest quality of medical care as well as a gentle touch.

Dr. Brian Peters

Dr. Brian Peters is Chief Veterinarian of Lake Hamilton & Hot Springs Animal Hospitals.

Dr. Brian Peters grew up in Sherwood, Arkansas, and has loved animals since he was a child. He made the decision to become a veterinarian after working as a kennel assistant in high school. He is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas and the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Brian Peters purchased Lake Hamilton and Hot Springs Animal Hospitals in 2008 from Dr. Adney after serving as an associate since 2001. He and his wife, Melissa, have two daughters, Kaitlynn and Lillian and a son, Mason.
Dr Brian Peters is very active in the community and is a member of several local organizations.

Dr. Ashley Stephens

Dr. Ashley Ross Stephens grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and attended Lake Hamilton School District. She knew very early on that she loved working with people, loved animals, and had a passion for medicine. After shadowing Dr. Brian while she attended the University of Central Arkansas, she decided to become a veterinarian. Dr. Stephens graduated from Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine in April 2020 and came back home to start her dream career. Dr. Stephens and her husband, Cody, have two dogs named Douglas and Henry Gene. Their family stays active outdoors and loves spending weekends on the lake!

Melissa Nickles

Melissa joined Lake Hamilton and Hot Springs Animal Hospital in 1998 as our Hospital Administrator. Melissa graduated from Henderson State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aviation Management. Melissa did not realize she had a passion for animals until she started at both hospitals. She loves the challenge each day brings from the staff to the patients. She loves to “love” on the patients, but especially the puppies and exotics. When Melissa is not managing the practices, she loves to spend time with her two daughters and her husband boating, camping and being outdoors.

Brett Duncan

Brett started at Lake Hamilton Animal Hospital while he was in college and volunteered for two years while he completed his Bachelors of Science from the University of Monticello. Brett has a degree in Agriculture in Animal Science. He has been with Lake Hamilton and Hot Springs Animal Hospitals full time since 1999. Brett is our Senior Veterinary Assistant and is also in charge of hospital purchasing. Brett has three children with his wife Darona, Alexander, Abigail, and Aiden. He enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor activities. He has 2 dogs and 3 cats. Pictured with Brett is “Oliver” a Bambino Sphynx.

Sierra Winkler

Sierra has been with Lake Hamilton and Hot Springs Animal Hospital since 2018. She has one dog and six cats. In her free time, she likes to hang out at home and play videogames. Her favorite thing about working at the clinics is helping the animals, being around her coworkers, and continuing to learn new things every day.