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 CF Industries in Yazoo City, MS.

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 Cattlemen's Association, Society of Theriogenology, and serves as the central district representative for the MS Veterinary Medical Association. 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. Dr. Edwards is married to Carlotta Knight Edwards. They make their home in Morton, MS. Carlotta has mixed flock of backyard chickens and enjoys giving eggs to family and friends. They have a Miniature Pinscher named Pippi, a teacup Chihuahua named Lyla Kate, and a Welsh Corgi/Chihuahua mix named Mesa.

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 sky diving and snorkeling. They are members of Shiloh United Methodist Church. Dr. Rhodes's special interests in the veterinary field is 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.

Dr. Rachel Wilson McCurdy:

Dr. Rachel Wilson McCurdy grew up in Rankin County. She spent most of her childhood on her Grandparent’s farm in rural Pelahatchie, MS where their livestock, including her family’s cow-calf operation, was located. She was very active in 4-H where she showed cattle, horses, and sheep. She also enjoyed playing sports throughout high school including basketball, fastpitch softball, tennis, and running track. She attended University Christian School for middle school through high school and graduated in 2012 with honors due to maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout her entire schooling career. She attended Mississippi College for her freshman year where she was a member of the Equestrian Team. She competed in equestrian eventing (jumping) with University’s warmblood and thoroughbred horses. She went on to transfer to Mississippi State University for the rest of her undergraduate schooling and graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Animal and Dairy Sciences with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine in 2016.

Dr. McCurdy graduated in April of 2020 from Mississippi State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated as a Wise Scholar based on her GPA while studying at the Wise Veterinary Center on campus. She was selected as the recipient of the 2020 Theriogenology Award based on her dedication and exceptional work in the field of large animal (cattle and horses) reproduction while in veterinary school. She earned this award because of her surgical performance during standing caesarian sections on adult, Brangus cows and for her performance during dystocias (cows having calving difficulties) where she had to manually assist cows with delivering their calves. She was also awarded the 2020 Addie Scholarship and the Mississippi Farm Bureau David Waide Scholarship through the College of Veterinary Medicine. While in veterinary school, she was elected as the Farm Bureau Agricultural Ambassador and received the Farm Bureau Ambassador Award and Scholarship. She was active in Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association, the student chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Equine Practitioners, the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association, and the Veterinary Business Management Association in which she was awarded the Simmons Educational Fund Business Aptitude Award and Scholarship.

Dr. McCurdy is married to Trevor McCurdy who is a diesel mechanic for John Deere, Stribling Equipment and a poultry farmer for Koch Foods. They make their farm in Rankin county where they have many animals including horses and cattle. Dr. McCurdy enjoys spending time with her family, hunting, fishing, working cattle, riding horses, managing their honeybees, gardening, canning produce, bailing hay, and anything pertaining to the great outdoors and agriculture. Her special interests include both small and large animal medicine and surgery. Dr. McCurdy looks forward to serving all the clients and patients at Crooked Creek. She strives to daily work hard for the Lord and her clients. Her goal is to serve the Lord as best as she possibly can as a veterinarian and to bring honor to His name.