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.
Dr. 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.
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 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. Brian 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.
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 some time 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.
Abbie, Registered Veterinary Technician
I was born in Massachusetts, moved to the Raleigh/Cary/Apex area when I was 3, and have been here ever since.
I graduated from the Central Carolina Community College Veterinary Technology program in 2015, and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in January 2016. I’ve always had a love for animals. Growing up I was the kid that dressed up and pretended to be a veterinarian. I even wanted to become one when I started school, but realized that I would spend more time working directly with animals as an RVT. I have added my Fear Free Certification to my RVT.
I grew up with a Great Dane named Max. I have a cat named Jack who I adopted from CCCC while I was in the Veterinary Technician program, an albino ball python named Ghost, and a new addition Oakley, the 6 month old Great Dane. While I enjoy doing just about anything in my free time, my favorite things to do on my days off are going hiking, reading good books, watching movies, and playing video games with my fiance.
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 Aide Certification and am continuing my education to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Taking care of the pets that are here for boarding and day care 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 day care for two years and found my passion. I love helping animals and taking care of them, and knew I wanted to work with them 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.
Juan, Pet Care Manager
Born & raised in Connecticut, I moved to the Triangle area 4 years ago for a change of pace. Married for over a year to my beautiful wife, we both enjoy this area of our country.
We have 2 great dogs. Ike is our little Jack Russell Terrier & our newly adopted girl is Layla, a Greyhound. Even though Ike is smaller than Layla, he rules the roost! Layla is happy to just race around the yard doing 3 or 4 laps then jump on the couch for a long snooze.
I’ve done a variety of jobs from construction to animal care. My position as Pet Care Manager has been very rewarding. I take my job seriously and strive to make sure all the precious pets here are happy and comfortable.
Ebony, Pet Care Attendant
I was born and raised in Durham. My mom worked at a veterinarian for 13 years, and we grew up around animals. Working with animals has been a passion of mine since I was 8 years old. I believe all animals should be loved and well cared for.
I take pride in my job and making sure the pets here are all well taken care of, including being fed as instructed by their pet parents and the veterinarians. I make sure all of the pets staying with us are clean and their area is sanitize properly.
My family is very important to me. My grandmother has a Corgi named Biscuit that has been with us many years. I enjoy watching my daughter Malaya grow, and enjoy spending time with her. She is my pride and joy. Malaya and I enjoy doing things with our family.
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 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.
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.
Lex, Client Care Representative
I spent most of my life in Las Vegas Nevada. I moved to North Carolina august 2017 and have never looked back. I started out working in a pet resort and then moved onto reception at Falconbridge. Although I enjoyed the daycare work and connecting with animals emotionally, the medical aspect of the human animal bond is what interests me the most. I love animals in all shapes and sizes, from dogs and cats to horses and cows and even reptiles. I enjoy studying animal behavior, specifically how it changes with their life stages and environment.
When I’m not working I enjoy hanging out with my family for social gatherings and curling up with a good book.
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 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, travelling, 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 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.