Shallowford staff and vets

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.”


Team Lead

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.”



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.”


Client Service Representative

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. 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.”



Ricardo is a LVMT and recently graduate from a Vet Tech & Management Bachelor Program as well! He has worked in both general and emergency/specialty practices. He is a native Californian but was raised in the Red Bank area of Tennessee. Ricardo lives with his 3 yr. old cat named Selene, his 2 yr. old dog, named, Rhea & his 1-1/2 yr. old dog, named, Elara.

When asked why he wanted to work in the veterinary field he said, “I have always loved animals and have always wanted to work with them. Since I was young have always changed my mind when it came to what I wanted to do and would always end up going back to being a vet or marine biologist or a zoologist. Instead, I landed a better role, in my opinion, as a vet tech!


Office Manager

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 2 young boys that keep them busy! She also has a Border Collie named Dixie, and 4 rescue cats. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as 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 and I’ve grown a lot since starting in 2005. I love learning and being able to apply my knowledge to any situation! I look forward to my continued growth in this field.”


Veterinary Assistant

Megan joined the Shallowford team in 2017. She is currently studying to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She spends her free time reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her own animals, Twig (dog) and Dapper (cat) . Megan has always had a passion for working with and helping animals.


Veterinary Assistant

Carolina is one of our amazing Veterinary Technician Assistants here at Shallowford! She has been in the Veterinary field for over 4 yrs. and plans on pursuing her Veterinary Technician License soon. Carolina lives in GA with her husband, son, their 4 dogs and 1 cat. When not taking care of pets, she enjoys crafting, gardening, and building miniature dollhouses. “I grew up with animals and always pretended to take care of them, so my passion for animals started young! I love to educate others about the health of their pets, and ultimately to care, love and keep them healthy.”


Veterinary Assistant

Jillian has a bachelor’s degree in legal assistant studies and previously worked as a paralegal for 11 years. She is currently seeking her Veterinary Technician associate degree and is Fear Free Certified. Jillian lives with her husband and 9 chaotic cats. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen, crafting, watching horror movies, searching for Sasquatch, and celebrating Halloween year-round.

“I started working in the veterinary industry after working in rescue/fostering cats and decided to change my career to fully focus on animals in order to better the lives of pets. I also love working with anxious/nervous cats and enjoy helping patients and their owners create a better veterinary experience through calming techniques.”


Veterinary Assistant

After graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, Jessie began her career working with animals. Her love for animals, both wild and domestic, led her to alternate careers between working as a wildlife biologist in several national parks and working as a veterinary technician for over 10 years. Jessi lives with her Colorado dumpster kitty, Maceo, and Tennessee spunky street dog, Addie. When she is not working, Jessi loves traveling, hiking, camping, paddling, watching movies, reading, being creative, hugging trees, and hanging out with family, friends, and fur babies.

“Advocating for the care of and compassion for all animals is a fundamental part of my core and it is a passion that has driven me all my life. I am proud of the work I do at Shallowford Animal Hospital. Helping that pet and owner get the care that is needed with a gentle hand is my goal and reward every day.”


Veterinary Assistant

Wendy has worked in the veterinary field for over 22 years, 14 of those years have been here at Shallowford Animal Hospital. Her current role is veterinary assistant. In 2019, Wendy left Shallowford to purse a different career path. After two short years, she realized that veterinary medicine is where God wanted her to be. She has a passion for the industry and the clients she serves. 

Wendy has three dogs (Sheba, Cleo, and Gabriel) and enjoys reading, jet skiing, going to the movies, and spending time outside in her spare time. 



Ashley joins Shallowford after attending ABC grooming school and continued her training after school by working with a very talented groomer in Seal Beach, CA. Ashley has always been drawn to animals, so it was an easy decision to make a life doing what she loves the most. Ashely shares her home with her husband, two daughters, and a cat named Mr. Ploppers. When not grooming, she enjoys camping, baking, hiking, Disney vacations, softball, and being with family!



Kelsey joins our team after getting her associates in Applied Science with a major in Veterinary Technology from Chattanooga State Community College. She has always wanted to be in the veterinary field since she was a child. The idea of helping animals has always been her passion. Kelsey shares her home with her two cats, Rascal and Mittens, and one Australian Cattle Dog named Dixie. When she isn’t at work, she loves hiking and reading!


Veterinary Assistant

Keisha is one of our wonderful Veterinary Assistants here at Shallowford! She joins us after taking a hiatus from the veterinary filed for a few years. Keisha is a native of Rome, GA and received her Veterinary Assistant Certificate in 2001 from PCDI of Atlanta, GA. When not helping animals, Keisha likes to spend time with her daughter and their 2 dogs, a Shih Tzu named Kami & a Chihuahua named Lily! She also likes to tap into her creative side by making beautiful flower arrangements! When asked why she works in the Veterinary Industry she says, “It is a very rewarding line of work!”.


Client Service Representative

Lindsay is one of the bright, shinning smiles you see on our CSR Team! Lindsay lives with her Husband, 4 cats: Loki, Bear, Frost & Cassidy, & her Husky/German Shepherd Mix, Roxas. Lindsay enjoys Hiking, Axe Throwing & Dancing! “I have always had a deep love for animals, so being able to make a difference in their lives is the best feeling in the world!”


Client Service Representative


Client Service Representative


Client Service Representative


Client Service Representative

Emily is Fear Free Certified & prior to her joining the Team at Shallowford, she worked in Shelter Medicine. Emily grew up in the Rossville & Fort Oglethorpe GA. region. She lives with her husband & has many houseplants that bring her joy! She enjoys designing digital art using Adobe as well as crocheting, listening to music, reading & taking nice walks outside. When asked why she chose to work in the Veterinary industry, she said, “To help animals & people”.


Veterinary Assistant