Our Doctors

Catherine Mabe, DVM

Dr. Catherine Mabe graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. Upon graduation she practiced veterinary medicine for two years in Bethesda, MD. Then in 1988, Dr. Mabe returned to her native city of Chattanooga to become an associate of Dr. Charles Byles at Lakeside Veterinary Clinic. Following Dr. Byles’ retirement in 1994, Dr. Mabe and Dr. Bearden became partners in purchasing Lakeside Veterinary Clinic, which has now been renamed Shallowford Animal Hospital. Dr Mabe’s personal belief is that “our pets enrich our lives immeasurably, and deserve all the love, attention, and care of which we are capable.” Dr. Mabe is a certified in acupuncture therapy and is working on certification in Chinese herbal formulas, and food therapy. She has initial training in massage therapy. The approach of Eastern medicine has a different perspective on the definition of health, describing it as achieving balance in the body, not just eliminating the disease.

Sandy Hamilton, DVM

Dr. Sandy Hamilton graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 and moved to Chattanooga. After graduation, she completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship here in Chattanooga at the Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergencies and Referrals (RIVER). Dr. Hamilton enjoys emergency
medicine as well as surgery and general practice. Outside of veterinary medicine, she loves playing volleyball, spending quality time with her family, and reading. She has a special soft spot for Dachshunds and Pit Bulls, and currently has two Pit mixes at home. She has special interest in ultrasound and preventive medicine and uses Fear Free techniques when possible.

Christopher Perry, DVM

Medical Director

Dr. Perry has had aspirations of becoming a veterinarian since his early childhood years in Georgia. Prior to attending the University of Georgia for his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree, Dr. Perry held a wide range of animal related jobs from working in kennels, to milking dairy cows, and working in an equine reproduction laboratory. Despite this wide range of experience with animals of all shapes and sizes, Dr. Perry still holds dogs and cats as his favorites. This love of companion animals propelled him to complete advanced training during a one year emergency internship. This training enhanced Dr. Perry’s medical skills as well as his commitment to delivering the best in patient care. Following his internship, Dr. Perry spent almost two years in general practice in Virginia before returning to Chattanooga.

When not practicing medicine, Dr. Perry and his Border Collie mix named Zoe are most likely to be found enjoying the many outdoor activities that Chattanooga has to offer. Dr. Perry is also an avid traveler. In fact, his enthusiasm for travel led him to study veterinary medicine abroad in Brazil while obtaining his DVM degree.

Sharon Swears, DVM

Dr. Sharon Swears, a Chesapeake Virginia native, received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Lincoln Memorial University. She has a rescue dog named Lola and is hoping to add to the family soon!

Dr. Swears has always known she wanted to be in the veterinary industry, but it wasn’t concrete until she started working in wildlife rehabilitation. It was then that she was able to see the selflessness that people who truly loved the profession had. She knew from that moment, that was where she belonged. After wildlife rehab, she was able to observe the research and clinical side of veterinary medicine. She witnessed the importance of the relationship, both small and large animal, veterinarians make with the clients and how important that is to patient care. She is excited to start building relationships with her home base veterinary staff here at Shallowford, and the local community that trusts them to provide the best medicine.

When not practicing medicine, Dr. Swears enjoys kayaking, hiking and camping with Lola, visiting farmers markets, and movie or TV marathons.

Richard Heise, DVM

Richard Heise, DVM

Dr. Heise joins us from Upland, CA. He received his bachelor’s degree from UC Davis and Doctorate from Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Heise has worked as a small animal Veterinarian for the past 15 years, 7 of which he owned his own practice. Dr. Heise lives with his beautiful wife and their 3 lovely dogs. They also have 2 adult children, one who lives in Tennessee, the other in California. When not practicing Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Heise enjoys playing the guitar, hiking, fishing, and anything outdoors related. Dr. Heise became a Vet because of his love of medicine and animals.