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 2 cats, Mew and Pirate. (Mew 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.


saraandbeniDr. Sara Virgil

I grew up in Upstate New York​ and earned my undergraduate degree at Cornell University where I majored in Business. I soon realized this was not the career path I wanted to follow. I have always ​had a passion for animals and science​​, so I began working with a veterinarian in my hometown where I discovered that I love interacting with pets and their families as well as the dail​y learning opportunities afforded (and necessary!) as a veterinarian. I moved to North Carolina​ in 2007​ ​to attend North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I fell in love with the Triangle area and decided to make it my permanent home.

​I am proud to be part of Falconbridge Animal Hospital, where I feel that family pets receive high quality, compassionate care. My special interests in veterinary medicine include Dermatology, Companion Exotics, and Internal Medicine.

I live ​in Cary ​with my ​two​ mixed-breed dogs, Jazzy and Rocky, my cat Amelia, and ​my ​bearded d​​ragon, Titan. In my free time, I enjoy​ playing recreational soccer on several local teams​. I also enjoy ​hiking and wildlife observation, and traveling​ to explore new areas both in North Carolina and abroad​.


Dr. Betsy Williams

Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, I was one of those little girls who always wanted to be a vet - and reading the James Herriot books didn’t help! I took the long road though, getting a degree in English at Haverford College and working in publishing in New Jersey before moving to North Carolina for a Master’s in Geology at Duke. Eventually I decided to return to my first love, so I got a job as a veterinary assistant and went back to school to take all the classes I needed to apply to vet school. We are lucky to have one of the best veterinary colleges in the country here in the Triangle and I was honored to graduate from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012.

Alongside our team, I strive to provide excellent and compassionate care for my patients. I enjoy dentistry and also have a special place in my heart for senior and geriatric pets, who deserve a focus on their comfort as well as their medical care as they age.

At home, my little menagerie includes Sasha the chow/golden mix, Tiger the tabby cat, Ursula the budgie, and Rocket the guinea pig. I love to read, hike, and camp, and I'm trying to learn some tennis.


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!