Our caring and compassionate veterinary team.

Veterinarians

Christopher Elder, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Elder received an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Georgia and a Masters in Biology from Georgia State University before earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

Before deciding to pursue veterinary medicine, Dr. Elder worked at Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Georgia State University in both research and teaching. He was involved in advanced research into the mechanisms and treatments for Parkinson's disease in both humans and primates.

Dr. Elder brings to Shoal Creek Animal Clinic significant experience in the practice of small animal medicine as he has worked at a number of small animal clinics in Georgia including Peachtree City, Athens, and the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Dr. Elder is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine and is a member of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society. He is also the recipient of the Merck Veterinary Award, the William L. Hanson Award, and the Lawrenceville Kennel Club Scholarship.

Dr. Elder is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners.

Dr. Elder enjoys all aspects of the practice of veterinary medicine but has special interests in internal medicine, nutrition, neurology, behavior and dermatology.

Ralph Askren, DVM

Retired, Founder of Shoal Creek

Dr. Ralph Askren founded Shoal Creek Animal Clinic in 1993. Although he is no longer regularly working (what we like to call semi-retired), this page provides information about our founder! He is well loved throughout our community and our practice and many of our lifelong clients ask regularly about him. Dr. Askren is quite famous for his illustrations and the exceptional education that he provided to his clients. More importantly, Dr. Askren is an astute clinician and continues to care for my own personal companion animals.
-Dr. Christopher Elder

After receiving an undergraduate degree in history with a minor in Russian language, Dr. Askren returned to school to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. Upon completing his studies, Dr. Askren was recognized by the faculty at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine for outstanding proficiency in small animal medicine and surgery and has been practicing veterinary medicine in the Athens area for over 25 years.

In 1993, he founded Shoal Creek Animal Clinic with the aim of creating a veterinary practice that offered quality veterinary care while maintaining a service attitude towards clients and patients. In addition, an overriding commitment to client education has been a hallmark of his practice. (Shoal Creek Animal Clinic's web site was named by StudyWeb as one of the best educational resources for students and teachers on the Internet.)

In 2009, Dr. Askren passed the baton of practice ownership to Dr. Elder. Dr. Askren is involved in numerous volunteer activities as well as trying his hand at illustration. Some of his creations can be found in the novels of the New York Times best selling author Raymond E. Feist.

Front Office Staff

Angie Dordigan

Angie Dordigan

Front Office Staff

Angie Dordigan is a graduate of the University of Georiga with a degree in Home Economics and Journalism. Angie has been with Shoal Creek for 18 years. When not working at the clinic, Angie enjoys puzzles of all kings and is an avid student of American cinema.

Amy Tobias

Amy Tobias

Front Office Staff

Amy Tobias was a practicing attorney for 12 years in Athens and Atlanta prior to joining Shoal Creek Animal Clinic. She is currently the clinic's Office Manager and handles all administrative duties. While Amy enjoyed practicing law, she has always been passionate about animals. As Office Manager, Amy is able to combine her strong organizational and interpersonal skills with her love of companion animals. In her free time Amy enjoys riding her horse, Thomas, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

Veterinary Assistants

Jillian Drane

Jillian Drane

Veterinary Assistants

Jillian is a native of the Athens area. She is currently enrolled in the Penn Foster College Veterinary Technician degree program. When not hard at work, Jillian enjoys watching fantasy/science fiction films and television programs.

Marsha Mitchell

Marsha Mitchell

Veterinary Assistants

Marsha Mitchell has been with Shoal Creek Animal Clinic since 2007 (with a sabbatical during 2013 - 2014). Marsha has 4 wonderful canine companions (George, Murphy, Henry and Hattie). In her free time, Marsha enjoys travelling, photography and volunteering for Oconee County Animal Control.

Jaime Certusi

Jaime Certusi

Veterinary Assistants

Jaime is a student at the University of Georgia with aspirations to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine. Jaime enjoys spending time with her four-legged friends Cy (the one-eyed Pit Bull mix), Lucy (the Pug), Carl (the Bearded Dragon) and Jessie (the horse).

Jasmine Rogers

Jasmine Rogers

Veterinary Assistants

Jasmine Rogers comes to us most recently from Montana but has previously called the Athens area home. She brings with her many years of experience in the care of companion animals. Jasmine enjoys spending time with her two children when not hard at work at Shoal Creek.

Hillary Whiddon

Hillary Whiddon

Veterinary Assistants

Hillary joins our team after relocating from beautiful Beaufort, SC. She is a student in veterinary technology at San Juan College. When not hard at work, Hillary enjoys riding horses and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Cheyenne Clark

Cheyenne Clark

Veterinary Assistants

Cheyenne brings a diverse background to her position at Shoal Creek. She has been a veterinary assistant for many years and has worked with both small and large animals (including horses, goats and pigs). Cheyenne enjoys horseback riding in her spare time.

Justin McKinley

Justin McKinley

Veterinary Assistants

Justin is a 2013 graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Avian Biology. Justin is a first year student at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. When he is not at work, Justin is an avid participant in numerous outdoor activities. He also enjoys spending time with friends and family and his Labrador Retriever Annabelle.

Sam Batson

Sam Batson

Veterinary Assistants

Sam is an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia and hopes to obtain a seat as a veterinary student in the College of Veterinary Medicine upon completion of his undergraduate studies.