Doctors & Staff


Dr. Sarah O’Neill, VMD, DACVD

Dr. Sarah O’Neill grew up in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, but her roots are in eastern Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. After working for one year at a veterinary practice in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Dr. O’Neill attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating Magna Cum Laude and obtaining a Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) in 2006. The following year, she completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.

Dr. O’Neill completed a three-year residency in veterinary dermatology at the University of Tennessee in 2010. She is board certified and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD).

She lives with her husband, Matthew, three sons (Porter, Jameson, and Hayes), and two dogs (an English Bulldog named Moses and a Black Lab named Art).  Outside of veterinary dermatology, Dr. O’Neill’s passions include her family, friends, gardening, and other outdoor activities.




Dr. Mandy Ackermann, DVM

Dr. Ackermann was born and raised in Louisville, KY.  She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and French from Vanderbilt University.  She went to Auburn University for her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and graduated Magna Cum Laude.   She completed her rotating internship at Pittsburg Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center and finished her three year Dermatology residency at the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Ackermann lives in downtown Nashville with her two English Cream Golden Retrievers, Dougie and Stella.  She is a die hard Louisville Cardinals fan, but loves watching all kinds of sporting events.  She also enjoys cooking, hiking, live music and travel



Meredith Stevens, BS, RVT

Meredith grew up in a small town in southern Indiana and graduated from Franklin College in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She went on to attend Parkland College in Champaign, IL and graduated with her degree in Veterinary Technology in 2006. Following graduation she completed an internship at the Indianapolis Zoo before starting her technician career in emergency medicine at Indianapolis Veterinary Specialists and Animal Emergency Center. Staying with the same company, she joined the Ophthalmology service in January 2007 and then the Internal Medicine department in September 2008. In February 2011 she moved to Tennessee and took a job with Nashville Veterinary Specialists in the Internal Medicine department. When an opening became available at NVD in June 2012, Meredith jumped at the chance to work with Dr. O’Neill in her Dermatology practice.

Meredith lives with her three dogs, Jersey (Pomeranian), Bentley (Pitbull), and Tess (Pitbull). Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family at her parents’ lake house, hanging out with friends, and training/competing in marathons, half marathons, and triathlons.

Sarah Norman, BS

Sarah was born and raised in Thompson Station, TN on a family farm where she was very involved in livestock care and animal health. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where she obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science with an emphasis on Veterinary Medicine. She has worked as a veterinary technician since 2011 in the Middle Tennessee area. When she is not working, she enjoys spending her time either shooting pool or being outdoors fishing, working livestock, or spending precious time with her family and friends. She shares her home with her rambunctious Australian Shepherd puppy Waylon.






Mariellen “Mel” Scudder, MSSW

Originally from Murfreesboro, TN, Mel returned to Nashville with her beloved spaniel-mix, “Jones” after earning a Master’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee in 2014. During her time in Knoxville, she was chosen for an internship at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center and graduated with a specialty Certificate in Veterinary Social Work. Prior to her training as a Veterinary Social Worker, Mel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UT in Art History and was also a student equipment manager for the UT Vols football team from ‘06-’08. Mel has always had a passion for horses and nature that eventually led her to work as a horseback trail guide in the Rocky Mountain National Park for two seasons after graduating. She has worked with animals since a very young age, but specifically as a veterinary technician since 2012. Mel has worked in general practice, emergency, and now specialty medicine in dermatology. In her free time she enjoys spending time with loved ones, seeing live music, and being outside.