Kendra: Practice Manager
Kendra is our wonderful Practice Manager here at Shallowford Animal Hospital. She has been working in the Veterinary Industry since she was 17 years old, starting out as a Kennel Assistant and working her way up to Technician and now Practice Manager. Kendra lives in the area with her four dogs Jack, Pogo, Rudy and Ditto along with two cats, Pyewachet and Mugen. When not keeping the clinic running she enjoys camping, hiking, swimming, reading, and playing video and board games.
“I love animals and I love helping people. Animals are like children and it's our job to be their advocate. There is nothing more satisfying than being able to offer comfort and hope to pets and their owners.”
Alicia: Receptionist Team Leader
Alicia has been in the veterinary industry since 2008, having experience as both a receptionist and a technician and is now our Receptionist Team Leader. She is married and has two furbabies, a chihuahua named Pooh Bear and a cat named Piston. In her spare time Alicia enjoys watching scary movies, shopping and being a part of nature. She loves Ford Mustangs, fun times, happiness and spending time with her family and friends.
“Animals have always been my calling. I have always had a very special bond with them. I believe with my whole heart that animals are angels that have been sent to us. So I feel that I was put here to make sure they are taken care of and to let them know how very loved and important they are!”
Studying to become a Vet Tech, Candace currently attends Chattanooga State. She has 2 dogs, Loki and Zoey and one cat, Isis. She enjoys reading, writing and playing the violin.
“I always have known that I wanted to work with animals, so working here fits me perfectly.”
Part of the Shallowford Animal Hospital team since 2006, Wendy has been in the veterinary industry for 16 years and it shows when our clients have any questions or concerns about their pet’s health. Recently Wendy became certified as a personal trainer, which is great as physical fitness and nutrition are some of her passions. Wendy, like most veterinary industry people, has 3 dogs: Sassie, Cleopatra and Sheba.
“I’ve been in the veterinary field for 16 years, and have worked at SAH since 2006. I enjoy communicating with the clients and educating them on what their pets need to stay healthy. Our doctors are great to work with and stay updated on the most recent advancements in veterinary medicine. I cannot imagine myself working anywhere but Shallowford Animal Hospital.”
Heather is our primary groomer here at Shallowford Animal Hospital. She has been grooming for over 20 years and attends dog shows and seminars to keep up-to-date on the current breed standards. Heather is married with 1 child and six toy poodles: Satchel, Rio, Bindi, Paytee, Pink and Nash. In her free time she enjoys showing dogs, camping, boating, and fishing.
"I have always worked with animals. I could not imagine any other job"
Nancy is one our resident groomers here at Shallowford Animal Hospital. She has over 25 years of grooming experience and is certified by the National Dog Groomers Association. Nancy attends continuing education seminars frequently to keep her knowledge up to date. She enjoys gardening and taking walks with her chihuahua named Tiny.
“I enjoy working with clients and their pets so the pets don’t have ‘bad hair days’ and have a long and healthy life.”
Having spent 3 years at McKamey Animal Center working in Shelter Medicine, Darrell joined the team at Shallowford Animal Hospital. He is married with 2 children and has 2 dogs including a Corgi mix named Daemon.
“I started in the Vet Industry through Shelter Medicine and spent 3 years learning the basics of veterinary medicine and also gaining extensive background in behavior evaluation. In 2011 I joined the Shallowford Animal Hospital team and have enjoyed almost every second since that time.”
After attending the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where she studied Psychology, Sara moved to Chattanooga and started work at Shallowford Animal Hospital. She has one fur-baby, a chihuahua named Tobias (Toby). She enjoys spending most of her time outdoors doing physical activities such as kayaking, hiking and camping with some lounging in the hammock being a must-have activity as well. She also enjoys playing fetch with Toby and painting.
“I work in the Vet Industry because I absolutely love animals and I enjoy being able to play a part in their well-being.”
Taylor is one of our Kennel Technicians. She graduated from Bryan College with an Exercise and Health Science degree. Taylor and her dog Tedison are getting involved with an animal assisted therapy program so Tedison can help people while Taylor helps animals.
Lori graduated from Chattanooga state and earned her associates of veterinary technology. she lives with her soon to be husband. Lori likes to hang with her friends and family, put together puzzles, go to the shooting range, fish, and hike.
“My passion in life has always been animals and has never dreamed of doing anything else but working along side with the animals and taking care of them.”
Blanca has worked in the vet industry as a receptionist for over 3 years. She got her start in Illinois before relocating to GA in 2016.
Blanca Lives with her husband, 2 teenage boys, and her sweet fur baby named Barley.
Blanca enjoys spending time with her family and working out.
Why does she work in the Vet Industry....
"I love people and animals! Being able to talk to clients and love on their fur babies is the best of both worlds for me"
Amanda is one of the newest members of the Shallowford Animal team. She was an art major at Gadsden State Community College in Alabama. She likes to volunteer in her spare time at McKamey Animal Center as a foster where she received the Feline Foster of the Year award at the 2016 Humanitarian Awards.
Amanda lives nearby with her many pets including cats, dogs, and even rats. All of her fur babies are rescues or former shelter babies.
She works in the vet industry because she has loved and worked with animals her entire life and can't imagine having any other passion than making their lives as joyful as possible.
Rachel is one of the more recent additions to our team. She has worked in various roles in the veterinary field since 2005. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Science from the University of California, Davis in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology.
Rachel lives with her husband, and they have a Border Collie named Dixie, and 4 rescue cats: Max&Sam (brothers), Mocha and Midnight. She enjoys spending time with her husband as well as her family who live only a few hours away. She also enjoys birding and has an on-going list of all the species of birds she has seen throughout her life.
"I began working in the vet field because of my love of animals. Through working in the vet field, I've learned that I enjoy working with clients, educating them, and problem-solving with them."
Megan joined the Shallowford Animal Hospital team in summer 2017. She attended UTK for her freshmen year, and UTC for her sophomore year. She changed her major between science and business and now she is going to go for a veterinary technician degree online.
Megan lives with her parents and one of three brothers. She has 3 cats, Bonzai, Paxil, and Ninja. She also has two fish tanks with around 10 fish between them. When she's not working, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling and scuba diving, especially traveling to go scuba diving. She also loves reading and is a movie fanatic.
"I work in the vet industry because I have always had a passion for helping animals and I've loved working with them in other jobs. Growing up I always dreamed of being a vet or a vet tech, and this is more of a reality now."
Grace is one of our receptionists here at Shallowford Animal Hospital. After moving to Chattanooga in 2014, she chose SAH for my animals because she was drawn in by our wonderful staff. She has taken classes in Ohio, her home state, and here in Tennessee for dental hygiene and worked various jobs in the past few years, including working at Petsmart and at the Ark as a pet groomer. She has a passion for animals, and loves to find ways to include herself in the animal-loving community. Grace has two dogs, Elliot and Piper, and two cats with her husband. On their days off, they like to hike with their dogs and spend time in downtown Chattanooga. Grace looks forward to making relationships with all of Shallowford's clients!
“I am so blessed and excited to be apart of the team now!”
Ashleigh graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Biology from Austin Peay State University and an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Chattanooga State Community College in 2018. She has worked in a variety of animal-centered jobs, from retail to doggy daycare & boarding. She lives with her husband here in town, along with their small zoo of animals that include a husky named Biggie, a golden retriever mix named Guinevere, two tortoiseshell cats that are sisters – Ivy and Clover, and Coconut the eyelash crested gecko. When she's not working, she enjoys hiking, reading, exercising, swimming, and going to the movies.
“I’ve known I’ve wanted to work with animals since I was young. As a kid, I tried to bring animals home that I believed to be injured because I wanted to do what I could to make them better. When I learned about veterinary nursing and care as a career option, I knew it was the right path for me to take. Not only do I get to follow my dream and help animals, but I get to help clients as well. One of the most satisfying aspects of the job is to know that I have brought comfort to a client by taking care of their fur-baby as if they were one of my own.”