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, OH. 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.
I have a wonderful son Ryan and fiancee Jessica who have blessed this world with my grandson Wesley. My beautiful daughter Jenna will soon be adding a Doctorate to her name as she is graduating from a Physical Therapy program. We have a menagerie of fur babies at this time; Zoey the rambunctious black lab, Gabriel the sweet whippet pup, Aspen the look-alike for Falkor from the “Never Ending Story” and Monte and Simba, 2 kitties that think they own the house!
In my “free time” I enjoy outings with my grandson, traveling, and scuba diving.
Dr. Keri Reeves
I am originally from Rhode Island but have lived in North Carolina almost as long as I lived there.
I work in veterinary medicine because I love science, animals, and people and this is the perfect combination of those things. I obtained a BS in Biology from Stonehill College in Easton, MA and my DVM from NCSU in 2003. Working as a veterinarian makes me feel fulfilled. My favorite thing about my job is my work family and getting to know my patients and clients while watching my patients grow or improve their health. My goal with every patient is to be as Fear Free as possible and treat them as my own.
I have been married to Chris for 17 years, he has an MBA from UNC and works as a CTO for a small company. Our son, Cameron, is 10 years old and enjoys Boy Scouts and band. Our daughter, Megan, is 8 years old and enjoys Brownies, choir, and dance. I like to relieve stress at the gym and with reading; I am active in my church and community through Porch Durham and Meals-On-Wheels. I am a member of the AAFP, am Fear Free Certified, am a Cat Friendly Practitioner, and on a committee for AAHA.
I always try to treat everyone as I want to be treated and to always be kind.
Dr. Abby Lang
I am a veterinarian because the human-animal bond is like no other relationship, and we have the unique opportunity to preserve, foster, and advocate for our patients what is best to ensure that bond is mutually beneficial. With every patient, I strive to make them as happy and comfortable as possible, to ensure they have the longest, healthiest life possible, and to educate owners about these things at every visit.
I always felt drawn to animals and felt this bond with these amazing creations that couldn’t verbally communicate with me. It took a lot of time, personal sacrifices, blood, sweat, and tears to become a veterinarian.
My favorite thing about being a vet is getting the best outcome for a patient (I mean, puppies and kitties are always AWESOME too.) I also love that every day is different, new, and exciting with different puzzles, challenges, people, and pets.
I love working at Falconbridge and Village Vets because I love the people and pets I get to work with. I try to bring that joy with me every day and share that with everyone I can. I love making people laugh and lightening the mood when possible.
I was born in Erie, PA. I graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. In Biology, then from Virginia Tech Vet School in 2015. I moved to the Raleigh Durham area in 2016 with my high school sweetheart. My husband, AJ, enjoys hunting, fishing, and forestry. We have a ten-year-old Boxer/Pittie mix named Hokie who loves to sunbath and sleeping in the middle of pillow forts. Our other dog, Iko, is a three-year-old Doberman and likes to play fetch, LOVES his “Woofah” and loves to snuggle. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening and landscaping, baking, and dog training. I am a softball state champion, co-founder of VT Helping P.A.W.S. And my high school Valedictorian.
I love Dobermans. My nicknames at work include Llama Lang, Roids (for my superhuman strength), and Twinkle Toes (because I always walk on my toes).
Dr. 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 21 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 where I perform a great deal of surgery.
I have two gorgeous and very active college-aged daughters, a husband who works in research, two spoiled dogs named Ziggy and Trudy, and chickens. My family enjoys camping, hiking, travel, and board games. As an avid traveler, I have volunteered with Mission Rabies in Malawi and India. The organization works to stop dog to human rabies transmission by vaccinating the dog population in affected countries. I am also happy to talk to you in German if you want to!
Dr. Mikaela Archambeault
I was born in Tampa, Florida and lived there until I was 13 when my family moved to Cary, NC. I returned to Florida to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville for my undergraduate degree, then to NC State University for Veterinary school. My grandmother is a Collie breeder and fostered my love for animals from a young age. She often had puppies to play with while we would visit over the holidays and our family adopted multiple dogs from her over my lifetime. Spending time with my grandmother and her dogs always made me want to be around animals. I decided I wanted to be a vet when I was young and honestly never looked back or into anything else. My mind was made up.
I have always wanted to work with animals since I was around four years old. As I went through school, I fell in love with the science of medicine and the wonder of how the body works. In vet school, I learned to combine this wonder for medicine with my compassion for animals.
I strive to provide care and attention to detail for every pet as I would for my own pets. I focus strongly on working with all my pet owners to create a medical plan best for their pet and for them. Owners know their pets better than anyone and are an integral part of my ability to provide the best medicine for their pet.
My favorite thing about being a vet is when I am successfully able to treat a sick pet and be able to return them to their owner the healthy, happy, family member they were before they got sick.
I am married to Brian who is an Environmental Health and Safety Specialist. He helps me make sure I am keeping myself safe when practicing medicine. We have a dog named Dakota who loves taking walks with Grandma around the neighborhood. Our cat, Mills, sits next to me on the couch while I eat dinner and meows at me until I stop eating so she can fall asleep on my lap. She is also in love with eating and will sit by her food bowl until it dispenses. Our bearded dragon, Casteil, loves to bask under his heat lamps on his wooden log eating super worms.
In my free time, I enjoy woodworking, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, scrapbooking, soccer, volleyball, and attending concerts and live sporting events.
I have always been so hard on myself growing up and through school to be perfect and achieve what I thought was expected of me that at times it becomes difficult to be happy with myself when I fall short of that. Absolute perfection is not possible because I am human and I need a constant reminder of that so I try to live by the words “fight for what you want, but love who you are.”
Registered Veterinary Technicians
Angela, Head Registered Veterinary Technician
I am originally from Montoursville, PA. I have also lived in Binghamton, NY, and outside of Boston, MA. My mom bred Himalayans and Persians, so while growing up I was always busy helping her with the gang. This led to me wanting to be a Veterinary Technician. I graduated from Mount Ida College in Newton, MA, in 2003 where I earned my Registered Veterinary Technician status.
I started my career in veterinary emergency medicine and quickly burned out. I then worked at a general day practice in Massachusetts with Dr. Reeves and loved it. I also worked an externship at the Buttonwood Park Zoo where I helped with an oil spill and a dolphin stranding. I hope to work in zoo medicine again sometime in the future. I have completed the training and am now Fear Free Certified.
I have two dogs, both doxies, Mo and Mocha Bean, and Peppercorn, a gray and white American shorthair who thinks he is too cool for school.
Jayné, Registered Veterinary Technician
I am originally from Orange, California. I have always loved animals and when I was younger I wanted to be a vet. During high school, I was able to get a job as a receptionist at a veterinary hospital. While there I decided I would rather be a tech to work more closely with the animals executing the doctor’s orders. I moved up to an assistant position while still in high school, then went to Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, to earn my RVT. I love helping animals to feel better and have a good quality of life.
I adopted a cat named Mushu from the shelter in Orange before moving here. Mushu is a Himalayan that was surrendered by her owner when the owner became allergic. I’m the luckiest person in the world to have found such a special critter. She loves her feather toys and angry bird pig catnip ball. Mushu is the first pet my husband has had, and he loves her much more than he thought possible. He is officially a cat person.
I enjoy traveling and watching movies. I recently donated 12 inches of my hair to Locks of Love. And I am an only human child, with a puggle brother named Gromit. Everyone should snuggle their puggle once a day.
Tania, Registered Veterinary Technician
I am from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada but have lived all over beautiful Canada. I moved to North Carolina in September of 2015 with my husband Justin. I have always volunteered in rescue shelters and wildlife rehabilitation centers. I was going to college for an arts degree when I realized how much I enjoy caring for and helping animals. I changed programs and graduated from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology as a Veterinary Technician. I passes all the required exams and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in NC in 2016.
I love being part of a team that helps people take the best care of their furry family members. That is why I love working here at Falconbridge Animal Hospital.
I have three rescue cats named Caspurr, Chewbacca, and Millie. They all moved with me to Durham from Montreal, Quebec. I love all forms of visual arts, and when I’m not behind a camera taking pictures or video, you will find me creating something on any number of art software programs I have.
Pet Care Team
Hailey, Technician Assistant
I was born and raised in Wisconsin. I left there at age 20 when I married an infantryman for the U.S. Army and we moved to Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas. After 2 years in Texas, we moved to Zanesville, OH and were there for 3 years before moving to Morrisville. I grew up with all sorts of animals, and I always had the duties of taking care of the family pets. Personally, I think animals make better patients than most people!
I volunteered with Saving Grace before coming to work at Falconbridge. I earned my Pet CPR and First Aid Certification and am continuing my education to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Taking care of the pets that are here for boarding and daycare is very rewarding for me. I also help the techs and doctors with their patients. We vet assistants are the driving force behind keeping Falconbridge Animal Hospital running smoothly! I am also Fear Free Certified.
My husband and I have a 4-year-old male English Bulldog named Dana. We like to explore and find new and interesting places to visit, and constantly take Dana with us on hikes. I also enjoy cooking and baking, hiking, exploring, and boating. Anything that gets me out in the sun is fun for me!
Stephanie, Technician Assistant
I was born and raised in Hillsborough, NC. I worked at a doggie daycare for two years and found my passion. I love helping animals and taking care of them and knew I wanted to work with them for the rest of my career.
I spend most of my time at Falconbridge walking dogs, caring for kitties, and assisting the doctors and technicians. I also take pride in performing all the cleaning necessary to keep the hospital up to the high standards we set.
I am married to Robert, and we have three daughters, Haley, Rachael, and Aliyah. Our family also includes our dogs, Matty and Opal. We love our fur babies and spending family time together. Robert also enjoys working with his hands, Haley loves writing and reading., Rachel loves riding her bike and coloring and Aliyah loves the outdoors and camping. I love working with animals and being a mom. It’s the most challenging and rewarding thing I have ever done.
Sydney, Pet Care Attendant
I have lived in Durham my whole life and graduated from Jordan High School in 2018. During my senior year in high school, I had the opportunity to take a course in veterinary assisting. I decided to take the course because I plan on attending veterinary school after college. I became a Certified Veterinary Assistant through this program and had previously interned and volunteered at Falconbridge to gain my needed experience and hours. After getting certified, I wanted to work here! I help out caring for the pets who are boarding with us, as well as by helping the veterinarians and technicians with anything they may need.
Until I move to college this fall I live with my mom, dad, and younger sister. We are an active family that likes to travel and being outdoors. We have 2 cats and a leopard gecko. I love nature, science, and obviously animals. When I’m not working with animals I prefer to fill my time with reading, running, and spending time with my family. I will begin my freshman year of college at NC State this fall.
Renee, Pet Care Attendant
I was born and raised in upstate NY but lived for a short while in NH as I attended college. I recently moved to NC along with my mom and my two cats, Lillie Mae and Mia. I grew up with pets of all kind and quickly began to love all animals. I dreamed of one day becoming a vet and hope to attend vet school in the near future.
My primary role as a Pet Care Attendant is to make sure that your pets are as comfortable as they can be while they are at Falconbridge Animal Hospital. My secondary role is to keep the hospital prepared for our vets and technicians and to help them in any way I can.
In my free time, I love to travel and learn new things. I also hope to start volunteering locally. I am currently working towards my Veterinary Assistant Certificate as well.
Client Care Representatives
Deb, Client Care Representative
I was raised in North Carolina. I have owned animals for about 30 years, and for 20 of those years, I also boarded horses. I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Math and worked as a programmer/analyst for about 20 years.
I wanted a job where I would be helping people and animals, and I enjoy learning about veterinary medicine. I was thrilled when I was offered the job here at Falconbridge. Some of my favorite duties include maintaining the client education handouts and assisting clients whenever necessary.
My husband is an engineer and a private pilot, and our son is in college for aviation. We have 2 horses, 3 dogs, and 4 cats. I enjoy horseback riding when I can, taking piano lessons, and quilting and crocheting.
April, Client Care Representative
I am a native North Carolinian born and raised here in Durham.
I worked for 15+ years as an insurance professional. I became a member of the Falconbridge Family in January 2016. I am dedicated to providing our clients and their four-legged fur babies the best care possible.
In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my puppy Jack, gardening, hiking, and reading.
Kristen, Client Care Representative
I’m from the midwest but have lived in North Carolina for roughly ten years. After serving in the military, I was hoping to become part of the team with a strong sense of mission. I’m very glad to have been offered the chance to work at Falconbridge Animal Hospital! I thoroughly enjoy assisting our clients and, especially, helping to take care of their pets.
In my spare time, I enjoy, traveling, working in the garden and trying to keep up with my Jack “Rascal” Terriers.
Ellen Vogel, Practice Manager
I grew up in Delmar, NY, a suburb of Albany. After earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education at Ithaca College, and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Union College, I relocated to metro Atlanta to work in Information Technology. During my tenure in Atlanta, I was rated a Gallup 90th Percentile manager.
Looking for a new challenge, I returned to school and graduated from St. Petersburg College’s Veterinary Hospital Management program. In 2010 I moved to Durham in order to become part of the Falconbridge family. The favorite parts of my job are writing the cat blog, The Litter Box, and jumping in to help other team members when they are busy. I have a special love of cats and am currently studying to become a Master Cat Groomer. I also volunteer with Pet Partners as the registered handler for 2 therapy cats and am training another. I am always happy to talk about cats with our clients, especially grooming and training! In 2017 I completed my training and became Fear Free Certified.
My clowder (group of cats) includes Savannah Marie, my 2 registered therapy cats, Arcadia Grace, and Vivo Fugue, and my trainee, Madrigal. When not volunteering with Pet Partners, I enjoy music, especially playing piano and singing in the church choir, reading, sewing, and gardening.
Sam Lewis Atkins, Practice Manager
I was born in Germany while my parents were serving there in the U.S. Air Force. My family moved to North Carolina after their assignment in Germany was finished, and it is here that I was raised.
I have always loved animals, something I acquired from my mother who is a Registered Veterinary Technician. I began volunteering at the hospital where she worked when I was 14. At 16 I applied for a paid position in order to raise money for a trip to Europe. In addition to reception, I have worked in a kennel, as a technician, and given seminars to veterinary hospitals as a veterinary pharmaceutical company representative. I enjoy reception since it allows me to see our patients and clients on a daily basis and to strive to provide the best customer service possible.
My husband, Chris, is a brewer; we love to travel and explore new cultures and cuisine. We have 2 cats, Tonya the queen bee (at least she thinks so), and Lilly the squeaking scaredy-cat. The newest addition to our family is a rambunctious corgi mix named Franklin who likes to cause trouble; fortunately, he’s adorable so no one can stay mad at him long.