Dr. Chris Franklin
Dr. Chris is originally from Georgetown, Kentucky. He attended Murray State University where he received a B.S. in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and minors in Biology and Chemistry. Dr. Chris is a 2015 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing an equine internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital he elected to make a career change and pursue practice in small animal medicine. He returned to Auburn, Alabama to be with his then fiancé. He worked as an associate at East University Veterinary Hospital for over 2 years before returning to Louisville, Kentucky to start a practice with his wife. Prior to the opening of Dogwood Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Chris did relief work for BluePearl Veterinary Partners and Mobile Veterinary Services. Dr. Chris’ main goal as a veterinarian is to make sure that all of his clients feel heard, understood and cared for. He wants you to leave the exam room understanding his recommendations and feeling confident in his plan for your pet. In his free time Dr. Chris enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, gardening and doing Crossfit.
Dr. Katie Franklin
Dr. Katie is from Louisville, Kentucky. She attended University of Kentucky for her undergraduate degree where she received a B.A. in Chemistry. She is a 2018 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to the opening of Dogwood Vet Clinic Dr. Katie practiced as a relief doctor at BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Corydon Animal Hospital and Jefferson Animal Hospital. For four years she worked as an associate veterinarian for Mobile Veterinary Services, practicing equine medicine in a practice that is majority racetrack medicine. In 2022 Dr. Katie elected to step back from equine practice, she will be spending more time with her children and helping as needed at Dogwood Veterinary Clinic. She and Dr. Chris welcomed their son Levi Franklin to the world on 10.1.19 and their daughter Mary Katherine on 12.13.21! She and Dr. Chris are both busy caring for their little ones. Dr. Katie hopes that all clients enjoy their visits at Dogwood Vet Clinic and they feel it is a homey, welcoming environment where they aren’t afraid to ask questions and that they feel confident their pets are receiving the best care. In Dr. Katie’s free time she enjoys spending time with her family, horseback riding, CrossFit, scrapbooking, hiking and baking. She also enjoys going out to eat with Dr. Chris!
Dr. Tyler Pelfrey
Dr. Pelfrey grew up in Paintsville, Kentucky. He attended Morehead State University where he majored in biology/pre-vet. He graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 after completing his clinical year at the University of Tennessee. After a year in general practice in central Florida, Dr. Pelfrey and his wife moved to the Idaho Panhandle to continue practice. He then completed advanced training in emergency medicine and practiced as a senior emergency clinician at Bluepearl Louisville for 2.5 years. After another 12 month stint in Florida practicing emergency medicine, the opportunity arose to practice with Dr.’s Chris and Katie and move his family back to Kentucky. Dr. Pelfrey hopes that providing the best veterinary care will strengthen the bond between you and your pet, providing a lifetime of happiness. Dr. Pelfrey enjoys family time with his son, wife, three dogs, and two cats. You may spot him out on the Louisville Loop running, cycling, or strolling with his family.
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Shannon was born and raised in Louisville, Ky. She has worked in healthcare as well as caring for the elderly and children. She spent 10 years living in Northern Ky while her husband pursued his career and started a family there. She has two children, Lexi and Connor who are her pride and joy, and a dachshund, named Gus! She has been back in Louisville for 5 years raising
her family and is excited to transition back into the work force caring for animals. In Shannon’s free time she enjoys watching her children play basketball, doing anything outdoors in nature, making memories with her children, cooking, and any time spent with her family and friends.
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Natalie is from Shepherdsville, KY, but currently resides in Louisville, KY. She attended school in Evansville, IN at Harrison College studying Veterinary Technology. Natalie has lived her whole life surrounded by animals and always knew she would spend her life caring for them. She has been working as a technician for 3 years. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her rescue puppy Loretta and her cat Videl.
Carol is from Stone Mountain, a city just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. After 35 years of wearing many hats in the Thoroughbred industry, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Lexington, Kentucky, Carol decided to switch gears and join our Dogwood Veterinary Clinic team and small animal hospital. She has a heart for serving both people and pets! In her spare time, she and her husband Gary love spending time with family, hiking, cooking, and looking forward to their next travel adventure.
Meaghan grew up in Shelbyville, KY and has been in the veterinary field since 2012. Most of her time has been in general practice, but she has also worked in emergency and critical care. Additionally, she worked as a veterinary surgery technician alongside a board certified veterinary anesthesiologist and board certified veterinary surgeons. However, working in a small practice is her favorite because of the lasting relationships with clients and their pets. “Pitties” are her favorite breed – she loves their big heads, wiggle butts and their goofy, loving personalities! She is passionate about helping animals and especially loves caring for the ones who need it most. When Meaghan isn’t working, she is spending her free time planning her next travel adventure – she loves to travel and experience other cultures! She even lived in the US Virgin Islands and worked for a small private practice while she was there.
Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Jacky has always had a love for animals. She has been in the veterinary field since 2021 and is currently attending Jefferson Community and Technical College to obtain an associates degree in biology and later continue her education to become a licensed veterinary technician. In her free time, Jacky enjoys watching movies with her two cats, Luna and Lucia, hiking and exploring outdoors, and going to the gym.