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.”


Sandy Hamilton, DVM

Dr. Sandy Hamilton is a small animal veterinarian who recently moved to Chattanooga in 2014 with her loving husband and two dogs. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2008 with a BS in Animal Science. She continued her education at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in May 2014. 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 general practice. Outside of veterinary medicine, she loves hiking with her husband, playing volleyball, and reading. She has a special soft spot for Dachshunds and Pit Bulls, but both of her dogs are mixed breeds adopted from humane societies in west Tennessee.


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.