Our Veterinarians

Dr. Charles Edwards:

Dr. Edwards grew up on a poultry and cattle farm in rural Scott County, Ms. His dad, Mac, worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural letter carrier. His mom, Linda, operated the farm and raised three boys, Charles, Andy and Jonathon. He is the eldest of the three.

His earliest memories on the farm involved feeding baby calves at his granddaddy’s dairy, gathering eggs, and tending to cows and chickens on the family’s broiler and beef cattle farm. His younger brother, Jonathon works for the Railroad in Meridian, and other younger brother Andy works for Masonite Corporation in Laurel.

He graduated from Sebastopol High School and East Central Community College. He then attended MSU and majored in Biological Education before being accepted into Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where he graduated in 1990 with D.V.M.

His first job was with Roger’s Veterinary Hospital, now called Pinebelt Veterinary Hospital in Hattiesburg, MS, followed by a three year tour with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. After a 3-year stay with USDA-FSIS, he went to work for Tadlock Stockyard in Forest and also worked part-time for B.C. Rogers Poultry Company as their company veterinarian. During the years working for Tadlock Stockyard and B.C. Rogers, Dr. Edwards also had a mobile large animal practice. In the Fall of 1999, Dr. Edwards left B.C. Rogers and joined with Dr. Staci Rhodes to start Crooked Creek Animal Hospital. He continued to work for Tadlock Stockyard until the Spring of 2008.

He is a member of Shiloh Methodist Church, Ms. Cattleman’s Association, Society of Theriogenology, and the Rankin County Sheriff’s Juvenile Advisory Board. When Dr. Edwards is not working at Crooked Creek, he enjoys spending time on the farm where he has a commercial beef cow/calf operation. He also enjoys doing mission work with the Baptist Medical Dental Mission International in Central America.

He has some animals of his own which include Juvi (gray tabby Manx), Baby Girl – (yellow and white Manx), and also a farm with a mixed 100 head breed cow/calf operation.

Dr. Staci Rhodes:

A Native of Pelahatchie, Dr. Rhodes attended Mississippi State University, earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1993. Dr. Rhodes partnered with Dr. Edwards and together they opened Crooked Creek Animal Hospital in 1999. Dr. Rhodes's husband, Kurt, is a native of Pelahatchie as well and is self-employed. They have three children; Trevor, Peyton, and Trey. Dr. Rhodes enjoys spending time with her family as well as cooking and reading. They are members of Shiloh United Methodist Church. Dr. Rhodes's special interests in the veterinary field are small animal medicine as well as equine medicine.

Dr. Bayard Grillis:

Dr. Bayard Grillis is a native of rural Copiah County, where he developed a love for the rural lifestyle. During his early years, Dr. Grillis enjoyed participating in 4-H, playing and umpiring baseball, and playing in classical guitar competitions. He was homeschooled from elementary through high school, graduating in 2009, and was accepted during his senior year into the Early Entry Program at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Mississippi State in 2013, graduating Summa cum Laude. He graduated with his DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State in May 2016. During his time in veterinary school, he served leadership roles in the Christian Veterinary Mission Fellowship and Student Chapter of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Dr. Grillis also was accepted into the MSU-CVM Summer Research Experience Program, where he conducted research on bacterial infections in zebrafish. Upon graduation, he received the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Award and the David Waide Mississippi Farm Bureau Veterinary Scholarship, as well as being named a Giles Scholar. In June 2016, Dr. Grillis started working as an associate veterinarian at Crooked Creek Animal Hospital. His professional interests include both small and large animals.

In his spare time, Dr. Grillis enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, golfing, and playing the classical guitar. He is a member of Main Street Presbyterian in Columbus, but he is currently visiting First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. Dr. Grillis looks forward to meeting and working with the patients and clients of Crooked Creek. His goal is to glorify God as a veterinarian through serving his patients and clients in the best way possible.