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 five dogs Jack, Tiffany, Pogo, Rudy and Ditto along with two cats, Pywachet 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 has been in the veterinary industry since 2008, having experience as both a receptionist and a technician. 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!”
Our resident groomer at Shallowford Animal Hospital, Justine graduated from grooming school in 2007. She has one daughter and a couple of furbabies, a dog named Remz and a cat named Katniss. In her free moments Justine tries to work in the backyard, go hiking, read books, spend time with her friends and family and trying out new restaurants.
“Throughout my grooming career I have worked in different grooming salons, some big corporations and some small privately owned salons. I am now working in a veterinary clinic because I love to keep learning about different aspects of the animal industry.”
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.”
Haley is one of our long-term employees here at Shallowford, having worked here for the last 9 years. She is currently studying for her tech license and attends classes at Cedar Valley College. She has a wide variety of animals including 2 cats, 2 Siberian Huskies, 4 horses and 24 head of cattle. In her spare time she enjoys riding horses, playing tennis, taking part in Civil War reenactments and hunting.
“When I was 3 years old I told my parents I wanted to be a ‘beterinarian.’ Although I may not have gone 100% in that direction, I have always wanted to work in the field. I love seeing the bond between an animal and their human. I could never imagine doing any other kind of work.”
Nancy is one of 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.”
Marie graduated from Walker Valley High in 2006, recently finished her CNA classes, and has a total of 7 years experience as a Vet Tech.
She lives with her husband and two wonderful children along with an English mastiff named Aries, a chihuahua mix Rowdy who was adopted from the shelter and a cat Skittles who is a rescue. Her free time is spent with her family doing things with her kids as well as the rest of her family and friends. Marie loves relaxing by a bonfire with the kids making s'mores and roasting marshmallows.
Why does she work in the Vet Industry....
“At a very young age I knew working with animals was something I wanted to do. I grew up around them my whole life. I don't remember a time where we didn't have a dog or a cat at home. Being a Vet Tech is the most rewarding thing there is to do. Being able to help save the life of an animal. Someone's child. Because to most they are their child. It's not just a "job" it's who I am And what I do. It's part of my life. :)”
Blanca attended Oswego High School and worked at Companion Animal Center in IL as a Receptionist with some Technician training.
She lives with her husband and two boys. While they don't have any pets right now, they're looking for one! When not at work, Blanca likes hanging out with her family, playing with animals and photography.
Why does she work in the Vet Industry....
Because I love animal and it's a joy seeing them everyday.
Amanda is one of the newest members of the Shallowford Animal team. She was an art major at Gadsden State Community College in Alabama and likes to volunteer at McKamey Animal Center in her spare time where she received the Feline Foster of the Year award at the 2016 Humanitarian Awards.
Amanda live nearby with her many pets: Chloe (Pembroke Welsh Corgi/female/perfect), Connor (Lab Border Collie mix/male/the problem child), Pippin (Tuxedo cat/male/her soulmate), Anani (DSH/female/the baby), Georgie Girl (DSH/female/hates everything), Olive (Fancy Rat/Female), 3 Parakeets (Artorias/Male, Asa and Belldandy/Female) and two gerbils (Calcifer and Pikachu/males). All of her fur babies are rescues and 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.
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!”