Our Staff


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.”


Technician Team Leader

Having spent 3 years at McKamey Animal Center working in Shelter Medicine, Darrell joined the team at Shallowford Animal Hospital and is our Technician Team Leader. 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.”


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!”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


Carolina is a graduate of Ringgold High School, and she is currently attending college in order to pursue a career as a licensed veterinary technician. Growing up, she always enjoyed caring for her animals at home, and she wanted to be able to provide the same love and care for other animals as well.

Carolina is married and lives with her husband and her three cats and three dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys doing DIY projects for her home, and taking her dogs for a walk.


Jasmine is a newcomer to the Chattanooga community. She previously spent two years working in the veterinary industry in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jasmine enjoys working in the veterinary field because it is a career that allows her to combine her love of animals with her interest in customer care/service.

When she is not working, Jasmine is an avid reader, and she also loves all things Marvel and Disney.


Heidi expects to graduate from Chattanooga State Community College with a Science degree. Prior to joining the staff at Shallowford Animal Hospital in March of 2019, Heidi spent three years working at the Chattanooga Zoo. She decided on a career in the veterinary industry because she loves helping animals with their needs.

Heidi has two wonderful furry babies named Harper and Colt. In her time away from the hospital, Heidi likes to go hiking, rock climbing, and doing other outdoor activities.


Tabatha recently moved to the Chattanooga, Tennessee area from Atlanta. She has been working in the veterinary industry since 2013. Tabatha enjoys helping to educate pet owners about preventive care, and she loves helping with complex cases. She treats every client’s family pet just how she would expect her own pets to be treated.

Tabatha has been married since 2018, and she has two special needs pets, Binks the cat, and Elphaba, a Husky mix. In her free time, Tabatha likes to help plan weddings for family and friends. She is very creative and enjoys using her abilities to put crafts together.


Faith is in her second year of college at Chattanooga State Community College. She has chosen to work in the veterinary industry because she has loved animals since she was a little girl. Faith’s best friend’s dad is a veterinarian, and she and her friend have had the privilege to go on call with him since elementary school, assisting with large farm animals. Faith began training horses when she was in her teens, and one day when she was at a barn, she was asked to assist with the ultrasound of a pregnant mare, something she had not experienced before. She was fascinated, and wanted to know more about veterinary medicine in a clinic setting since she was only familiar with the surgery/on call environment. Faith began visiting that clinic to participate in job shadowing, and that led her to apply at Shallowford Animal Hospital.

Faith has a menagerie of animals; she has two wonderful horses, Jackson and Pepper, along with two German Shepherds and three 3 mixed breed dogs, as well as four crazy cats.

When she is not at the hospital or at school, Faith loves being outdoors and just being active in general doing things like hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, horseback riding, weightlifting, dirt-bike riding and the list goes on and on.