Our Veterinarians

Dr. Shelli Karl

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a veterinarian. While still in grade school I volunteered at the Nature and Science Center in Bay Village. I then worked for a multi-doctor small animal veterinary hospital during high school.

I went to the Ohio State University for my undergraduate work and graduated with a degree in parasitology. I received my veterinary degree from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983, then was blessed to be selected by NC State University to join their advanced training internship program in small animal medicine and surgery. After working for several years as an associate veterinarian, I started Falconbridge Animal Hospital and later added our satellite clinic, Village Veterinary Hospital in Chatham County. In addition to cats and dogs, I enjoy seeing exotics including reptiles and pocket pets. My specialty is surgery. I enjoy soft tissue surgery as well as orthopedics.

My husband Wes and I have a great son, Ryan, and a beautiful daughter, Jenna. We also have 2 Whippets, Eli and Lilly, and a cat, Pirate. (Pirate is the CFO of the hospital; that's Chief Feline Officer!) During my free time I enjoy traveling and scuba diving.


Dr. Keri Reeves

Originally from Rhode Island, I earned a degree in Biology in 1997 from Stonehill College in Massachusetts. I relocated to North Carolina in 1998. It was here in that I attended vet school, completing my degree in 2003 from the North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine. While studying veterinary medicine, I received the American Animal Hospital Association Senior Student Award and the Ophthalmology Senior Student Award.

I have always had a love of science, math, and animals. It was when I lost my childhood pet that I decided on my career. The veterinarian who euthanized him inspired me to become a vet. While I enjoy all aspects of small animal medicine, I have special interests in feline medicine and ophthalmology. I am a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and have served on several committees for the American Animal Hospital Association.

My husband, Chris, and I have been married 12 years and have 2 wonderful children, our son Cameron who is 6 and our daughter Megan who is going on 4. Our fur children are Lucy, a mixed breed dog, and Caspian, a domestic cat.  Our fur children were rescues and are around 15 years old. My children are keeping me very busy, but when I have time I enjoy scrapbooking,  reading, and exercising.


Abby Lang VeterinarianDr. Abby Lang

I was raised in Harborcreek near Erie, Pennsylvania. I shadowed a veterinarian in Erie start at age 10, and at 18 I worked as a technician for a local vet. Both my undergraduate degree in Biology and my DVM are from Virginia Tech. After finishing my DVM, I lived in Blacksburg, Virginia before moving to Cary. While at Virginia Tech, I helped form VT Helping PAWS and was president of the Companion Animal Club. I also worked as a lab technician in the Pathology Lab at Virginia Tech and graduated in 2015.

I love caring for pets and their people. My goal is to team with my clients in working towards long, healthy lives for their pets. The daily challenges that being a veterinarian provides is exciting for me, and I love that no two days are the same. I have special interests in behavior, pathology and reproduction.

My husband A.J. likes hunting, fishing, forestry, basketball and football. Our pittie mix Hokie loves treats, sunbathing, sleeping and hiking. Our Doberman Iko loves to snuggle, play ball, and training in agility and obedience. I enjoy playing softball, volleyball, horseback riding, training my dogs, and volunteering at Horse and Buddy.



Claudia-&-Trudy-2Dr. Claudia Sheppard

I grew up in Germany and completed part of my veterinary school training there. After attending vet school in Hannover, Germany, I transferred to Purdue University. In addition to my DVM, I earned an MS in parasitology at Purdue. I have lived in the Triangle for 16 years.

I have always loved animals and really enjoy working with pet owners and their pets, making sure that the needs of everybody are addressed. I love helping people understand their pet's medical conditions and developing a treatment plan that works for everyone. I also work at the Orange County Animal Shelter and do lots of surgery there.

I have 2 gorgeous and very active teenaged daughters, a husband who works in research, two spoiled dogs named Monk and Trudy, and chickens. My family enjoys camping, hiking, travel and boardgames. I am also happy to talk to you in German if you want to!


Dr. Mikaela Archambeault

I was born in Tampa, FL, and moved to North Carolina with my family when I was 12 years old. I returned to Florida to attend the University of Florida for my undergraduate degree – I'm a Die-hard Gator fan! I have always been interested in being around animals. The more I learned about animals and medicine, the more I wanted to know. I worked as a kennel technician in two clinics while in college, and as a veterinary assistant at an emergency hospital while in vet school.

I attended the Vet School at NCSU. After vet school, I accepted an internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Greensboro where I focused on emergency, surgery, and internal medicine. In addition to my interests in internal medicine and surgery, I also have a special interest in reptile medicine.

My husband Brian and I were married in October 2017. He works as an Environmental Health and Safety Specialist for a pharmaceutical company and constantly reminds me how to do my job more safely. We have three pets, our dog Dakota, our cat Mills, and our bearded dragon Castiel. Alongside of small animal medicine, I also have an interest in wildlife medicine and have spent time at the NC Zoo and Carolina Tiger Rescue in the past. In my free time I enjoy soccer and volleyball as well as projects around our new home.