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Our Veterinarians

Dr. Shannon Dawkins

Shannon Dawkins is originally from Palisades, New York. She attained her bachelors degree in Animal Science from Cornell University and then traveled abroad to St. Kitts, West Indies, where she studied veterinary medicine at Ross Veterinary School of Medicine. Shannon attended Auburn University for her clinical year of veterinary school. She graduated from Ross in 2006 and worked in the Catskill Mountains in NY for four years, then moved back to the South where she has been practicing ever since.

Dr. Dawkins has a special interest in exotic animals and holistic treatment alternatives, and is continually expanding the holistic knowledge and techniques she brings to the practice. She been helping local wildlife rehabilitators since starting Claws and Paws in 2013

She and her husband enjoy family life with their two adopted children and many pets. They currently share their home with three dogs, one cat and two parrots, all rescues.

When not caring for furry critters, Shannon is an avid runner and cyclist who also loves to hike with her dogs. She is passionate about charity veterinary projects and through her non-profit organization, Compassion Copper Canyon, she regularly travels to provide free veterinary services in remote areas of Mexico. Shannon is fluent in Spanish.


Dr. Gabrielle Falk

Gabrielle Falk brings to our practice a wide array of experience, the bulk of which has been in small animal internal medicine. During her career, she has also had the opportunity to be involved in multiple other types of practice including farm practice, full and part-time zoo work, and working with several wildlife rehabilitation groups over the years.

Dr. Falk grew up in Northwest Georgia and completed her undergraduate work in zoology at the University of Georgia. She went on to achieve a Masters of Science in Biology at the University of Texas. It was then that she found her calling in veterinary medicine and received her DVM from Texas A&M University 1997. After working for several years in East Texas she moved to a small animal and exotics practice in Florida.

There she had the good fortune to work with a very active seabird rescue group and tend to a wide array of non-native Florida wildlife—feral iguanas, pythons, nile monitors, tortoises, and more. She later moved back to her roots in Northwest Georgia to be closer to family. During this time, Dr. Falk continued practicing veterinary medicine and taught as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Berry College in Rome Georgia.

In her personal time, Gabrielle is most often found somewhere in the woods exploring, riding her mountain bike or trail running. These hobbies are what brought her to the Chattanooga area.

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My kitty loved the mobile vet visit with Dr. Dawkins. It was much less stress for all of us. He viewed her as a visitor and came over quickly to welcome her to our home (much different from past experiences involving a car ride). I highly recommend the mobile vet services and Dr. Dawkins. —Wendy K.