Meet our Veterinarians

Tom Thompson, DVM, MS

Meet the owner! Dr. Tom Thompson began practicing veterinary medicine in Cobb County in 1987. He received a B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry from The State University of West Georgia in 1981 and an 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 in Veterinary Medicine in 1987.

After many years as a well-loved and respected general practitioner and an active member in the veterinary community, Dr. Thompson retired from seeing patients in 2012.  He still maintains his veterinary license and attends regular continuing education.  Today he maintains the ownership of Butler Creek Animal Hospital and Cedarcrest Animal Hospital and acts as a mentor to our associate veterinarians and others in the community.    

Thompson Family.jpg

Dr. Tom Thompson is a member of the Cobb Veterinary Association, Georgia 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, he is spending time with his wife, Kate, son, Matthew, daughter, Trista, and their beloved golden retriever, Maddie. He also enjoys property management, photography, art, gardening, fishing, boating, and travel. 

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 Animal Hospital (where he currently works) 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

Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Shell DVM

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.

Veterinarian Dr. Kelly Qualls DVM

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 life 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.

Veterinarian Dr. Erica Chase DVM

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.