Alexandre Silva, DVM, BVM, Residency Trained in Small Animal Surgery (Brazil)
Dr. Alexandre Silva is a general practitioner at Stanley Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Silva attended the Federal University of Espirito Santo in Brazil and received his bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine (BVM) in 2013. He worked as a general practitioner until he started his Small Animal Surgical Residency at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil until 2015.
He was a visiting veterinarian at the Small Animal Surgical Residency program at Cornell University and participated as an Orthopedic Fellow at Cornell University, researching Total Hip Replacement and Stifle Diseases in 2016. Dr. Silva has been working in the veterinary field in the USA as a technician and completed the Educational Commision for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certification program created by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in 2020 validating his diploma and receiving his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in the USA.
He has been at Stanley Veterinary Clinic since February of 2020. Orthopedic, neurology, and soft tissue surgeries are among Dr. Silva’s professional interests. He is a member of the AOVET (A global network of surgeons, scientists, and other professionals highly specialized in the field of veterinary surgery of the musculoskeletal system) and also a member of the ABNV (Brazilian Veterinary Neurology Association).
Married to his beloved wife Natalia, Dr. Silva is the proud father of 2 little girls. The family also includes a rescued American bully named Hope and a cat rescued in Brazil named Joker. When he’s not busy caring for pets at the hospital, Dr. Silva enjoys staying with friends and helping others as a Pastor in the Healing House Ministry. He also enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, spending time with his family and doing the famous Brazilian Barbecue.
Jacqueline Black, DVM
Dr. Black graduated from Kansas State University in 2015 and started practicing at another local animal hospital. She grew up in the Kansas City area and has 3 cats named Winston, Cade, and Polo. In her spare time, she enjoys renovating her home and is an avid sports fan, cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs, Sporting KC, and the Colorado Rockies!
Joi Pearson, DVM
Dr. Joi Pearson lives in Overland Park with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, and a hedgehog. She graduated from Tuskegee University in 1996 and has been in the veterinary field for over 22 years. She has taught anatomy and physiology for the Maple Woods Veterinary Technician program for 2 years. She has a strong interest in geriatric medicine and believes in her mother’s motto (human geriatric specialist), “You are never too old to feel good.”
Hunter Like, DVM
Dr. Hunter Like is a general practitioner who joined the veterinary staff at Stanley Veterinary Clinic in June of 2018. Dr. Like grew up in the Overland Park area where he attended school in the Blue Valley School District. During this time, he enjoyed playing sports and developed his love for veterinary medicine. Dr. Like was granted early admittance into the Veterinary Medicine program at Kansas State, and he graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2018. The faculty at Kansas State awarded Dr. Like the Paul and Phyllis Curd Memorial Award for his understanding and knowledge of both medicine and surgery. His professional interests include medicine, surgery and pain control.
Dr. Like has a lab mix named Boomer that he rescued while he was in veterinary school. When he is not working he enjoys staying active and spending time with friends and family.
Bryan Kerling, DVM
Dr. Bryan Kerling is a general practitioner who joined the veterinary staff at Stanley Veterinary Clinic in 2014.
Dr. Kerling received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 2009. Prior to attending Kansas State, Dr. Kerling received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Iowa State University in 2005.
Dr. Kerling is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association as well as the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association. He has been practicing companion animal medicine in the Kansas City area since 2009. Dr. Kerling especially enjoys working with large and giant breed dogs.
Dr. Kerling has been married to his wife Beth since 2007. They have twin children, Charlotte and Quincy. They also have two dogs: Lily a 60lb mixed breed and Arugula, a Great Dane. In his free time, Dr. Kerling enjoys spending time with his family as well as numerous home improvement projects.
Matthew G. Powers, DVM
Dr. Matthew Powers is a general practitioner who joined the veterinary staff at Stanley Veterinary Clinic in 2010.
Dr. Powers attended Kansas State University and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and Industry in 2005. He attended Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in May 2009. While attending veterinary school, Dr. Powers received two prestigious awards: the Dr. Richard and Pam DeBowers Professional Leadership Award and the Dr. W.F. and H.R. Award for Proficiency in Small Animal Surgery. He also acted as the student/faculty affairs committee advisor. He was a research assistant to Greg Grauer, DVM, MS, DACVIM (IM) and presented a lecture on NSAIDs and kidney disease at the 69th Annual Kansas Veterinary Medicine Alumni Conference.
After graduation, Dr. Powers and his wife decided to move to North Carolina where he was part of a small animal practice for a year and a half. They then decided to move back to Overland Park to be near family. Dr. Powers was excited to find there was an open position at Stanley Veterinary Clinic where he had previously been a veterinary assistant for several years.
He has a special professional interest in veterinary surgery and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
He is married to Lindsey, a registered nurse, and they have a son named Parker and a daughter named Paxton. They share their home with two dogs and two cats: a Lab mix named Cooper, a Terrier mix named Memphis, a domestic longhaired cat named Maddux and a domestic shorthaired cat named Calvin.
Dr. Powers is active in his community, currently serving as a deacon at Southminster Presbyterian Church. When not at the Clinic, Dr. Powers can be found playing sports, including racquetball, softball and walleyball. He also loves hiking and spends time on gardening and woodworking projects.
Kenneth G. Huggins, DVM
Dr. Kenneth G. Huggins is the former owner of Stanley Veterinary Clinic. He has cared for pets at the hospital for nearly 40 years and continues to treat patients.
Dr. Huggins attended Kansas State University and majored in Arts and Sciences. He was accepted into Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine before completing his undergraduate degree. He was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1966 and was the recipient of the Small Animal Practitioner award while in school. Dr. Huggins completed internships at Kansas State University and Leawood Animal Hospital while in veterinary school.
He is an active member of numerous of professional organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, The International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association, the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association and the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Huggins has published four research articles on xylazine in Modern Veterinary Practice.
Dr. Huggins and his wife, Carole, are the proud parents of three children and six grandchildren. The family also includes a German Shorthair Pointer named Tim, and two cats named Stella and Maxine. A member of the Blue Valley Optimist Club and the Presbyterian Church of Stanley, he enjoys hiking, fishing, scuba diving, bicycling and reading in his spare time.
Les E. Pelfrey, DVM
Dr. Les E. Pelfrey is a general practitioner at Stanley Veterinary Clinic. He has been caring for pets at the hospital since 2002.
Dr. Pelfrey attended Kansas State University and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and Industry in 1987. He went on to attend Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Following veterinary school, he completed an internship at Parker Ranch in Hawaii.
Dr. Pelfrey particularly enjoys working on challenging medical cases involving the ears and skin. Surgery and advanced dentistry are also among his professional interests. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association, and the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association.
Married to Amy, Dr. Pelfrey is the proud father of four children, Paige, Adam, Abby, and Brooke. The family also includes a Golden Retriever named Winston, a cat named Usher, and 25 Angus cows. When he’s not busy caring for pets at the hospital, Dr. Pelfrey enjoys a number of outdoor activities and spending time with his family.