Tom Thompson, DVM, MS
Dr. Tom Thompson has been practicing in Cobb County since 1987. He received a B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry from The State University of West Georgia in 1981 and a M.S. in Microbiology from The University of Georgia in 1983. Dr. Thompson continued his education at The University of Georgia, where he received a Doctorate Veterinary Medicine in 1987.
Dr. Thompson is a general practitioner with special interests in orthopedic surgery and internal medicine. He is a member of the Cobb Veterinary Association, Georgia Veterinary Association, Greater Atlanta Veterinary Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Tom Thompson served on the board of directors for the Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic and the Cherokee Emergency Veterinary Clinic for three years.
When Dr. Tom Thompson is not serving the community or practicing veterinary medicine, he is spending time with his wife, Kate, his son, Matthew and his daughter, Trista. He enjoys photography, art, gardening, fishing, boating and travel, and so much more.
Dr. Thompson currently is "in between pets" as his family is still grieving the recent loss of their beloved dog, Channelsen.
Jeff Shell, DVM, Medical Director
I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 from the University of Georgia, and have been practicing in the Atlanta area ever since. I came to Butler Creek in 2006, and I really appreciate the close family-like work environment that our team has.
My patients include dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, reptiles, and many other kinds of small exotic pets. One area of practice I really enjoy is being able to care for senior pets. They have unique behavioral and physical conditions that need special consideration. Another area of practice I have an interest in is internal medicine, which includes conditions such as Diabetes, kidney
disease, and Cushing's Disease. Managing these health issues can be challenging, and I appreciate being able to help these special patients. Another area of veterinary medicine I find particularly interesting is parasites. Worms, ticks, fleas, and heartworms. These little pests are more common than you would think, and pose significant health risks to pets and humans alike. As a teenager, I experienced the death of our family dog from heartworm disease. This is part of what inspired me to choose this career.
Our house is filled with a small herd of canine family members, 2 overfed hamsters, and a cat. Ralph the cat came to us by way of an automobile accident in which he sustained serious head trauma and was in a coma. He is still recovering from this, and we love having him in the family. Sophie, our 13 year terrier mix, has been hiking with me on days off, and we have explored dozens of trails and waterfalls around north Georgia over the years.
Kelly Qualls, DVM
Dr. Kelly Qualls has been practicing veterinary medicine since 2003. She began her career in Tucson, Arizona, where she worked at a busy small animal practice. Her family's love for the south brought her to Georgia in May 2011, where she immediately began working at Cedarcrest Animal Hospital.
Dr. Qualls received her B.S. in biology from Middle Tennessee State University in 1999. She continued her education at the University of Tennessee, where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2003.
Dr. Kelly Qualls is a general practitioner with special interest in internal medicine, dentistry, and ultrasonography. She enjoys working with dogs and cats, but will also see the occasional pocket pet. Compassionate care is her goal! Dr. Qualls wants all of her clients to understand the care that Cedarcrest Animal Hospital has for their pet. "We always have the best interest of their furry companion in mind."
When Dr. Qualls is not practicing veterinary medicine, she enjoys spending time with her family- her husband Randy, her son Tanner, and her daughter Taylor. She also enjoys swimming, traveling, movies, and music.
Dr. Qualls currently has one canine family member Marley. He is an adorable basset hound that she and her husband adopted when they got married.
Erica Chase, DVM
Since childhood, Dr. Erica Chase knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. She has always had a love for animals, and feels extremely blessed to have this wonderful job as her occupation.
She received her B.S. in biology at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, Ga in 2004. Dr. Chase continued her education at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on St. Kitts Island, and completed her clinical year at Purdue University. She graduated with her D.V.M in 2008.
Dr. Chase is a general practitioner who enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but has special interests in internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. She believes each pet is an important member of the family and strives to keep them as happy and healthy as possible to give the family a long lifetime together. She believes compassion, education, and dedication are the pillars for creating a meaningful and unforgettable relationship between a family and its four legged companions.
When she is not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Chase enjoys spending time with family and friends, riding her horse, traveling, movies and relaxing. Dr. Chase’s home would not be complete though, without her dogs, cats, goats, chickens, guinea pigs and horse.
Christina Carlin - Hospital Administrator
Christina’s lifetime love of animals drove her to begin a career in the field of veterinary medicine in 1999. She started with our organization as a Client Care Specialist & Veterinary Assistant and then quickly moved into management. She now acts as the Hospital Administrator for our hospitals.
Christina earned her degree in Business Administration in 2009. She has trained extensively in animal hospital management locally and at national conferences. Christina feels like she has the PERFECT job! She is able to blend her passion for animals with her love of business, management, marketing, and human resources.
Christina enjoys spending quality time with her husband Jeff and their two children. She rescued her Labrador, Marshall, from Paulding County Animal Control in 2017 and her French bulldog, Stitch, in 2016.
Amarilis Montlavo-Ortiz- Hospital Administrator
Amarilis came to us with a strong marketing background and has been passionately working with animals in the veterinary field since 2012. She started with our organization as an Administrative Assistant and was then promoted to practice manager due to her ability to excel in office and clinic duties.
Amarilis has attended several courses regarding management, inventory, marketing and human resources and applies them daily. She has enjoyed being able to learn more about veterinary medicine with the help of her
co workers because she enjoys seeing people preform at their best.
When she is away from the hospital she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and 3 boys. She loves playing board games and watching movies with her family. She also loves cuddling and smooching on her pets 6 pups and 2 snakes.
Frank Ortiz- Head Dog Trainer/ PlayCare Supervisor
Frank Ortiz is a dog trainer who has a strong passion for rehabilitating dogs. Anyone who meets Frank can see his compassion and strong desire to make life better for dogs. He finds the root of the problem, whether it be fear, anxiety, or boredom, and works with you and your pet to eradicate bad behaviors. Frank can change not only your pet’s life, but also your own life.
Kari Deyo, RVT - Surgical Technician
Kari has been working as a technician since 1986. She received her RVT from Columbus State Community College in 2000. She has worked in several areas of veterinary medicine during her career, but her main focus has been surgery in veterinary specialty hospitals. After moving to Georgia from Ohio in 2009 she has worked mostly in private practice to allow her more family time. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, dogs and horse. She is always busy with her children's activities which include soccer and eventing.