Veterinarians and Staff

 

Four Paws Animal Clinic is proud to provide our clients and patients with quality service at a reasonable price.

Tracy Wales, DVM

tracy-walesDr. Wales grew up in Blairstown, NJ and attended Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon graduation she moved to Columbia and began working in the veterinary field. It was here that she decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine and met her husband, Eddie. She started vet school at The University of Georgia in 1994 and married Eddie the following year. Together they returned to Columbia in 1998. She practiced for 10 years at Shandon-Wood Animal Clinic and now enjoys being a practice owner.

Today, Tracy and Eddie have 3 girls, Ella, Avery and Annie. They also share their home with 2 rescued dogs, Josey and Fergus, and their cat, Nick. Eddie is a local restaurateur who owns Motor Supply Co Bistro. In her spare time Tracy enjoys boating, reading, traveling and playing tennis.

Nori Warren, DVM

Dr. Warren grew up in Great Falls, SC, and attended the University of South Carolina from 1981-1985 where she earned a BS in Biology. Originally, Dr. Warren had a desire to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a practicing family physician, eventually returning to Great Falls and joining the family practice. However, her life’s direction and desire changed during college and she found herself drawn towards the field of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Warren attended the University of Georgia, School of Veterinary Medicine from 1986-1990. Her first job after graduating was in Orangeburg, SC, where she practiced for 2 years. For a short time period she worked as a relief veterinarian before finally settling in at Shandon-Wood Animal Clinic. It was there that she, through the help of a very cute chocolate Labrador retriever puppy named Belle, met her husband, Will. Dr. Warren practiced at Shandon-Wood Animal Clinic for 15 years before deciding to become a practice owner. In 2009 she became a board member for the Animal Mission, which is a nonprofit organization that raises money for spay/neuter vouchers, educates the community on the need for pet population control and sponsors an exhibit at Ed Venture Children’s museum providing the public with additional information on pet population control and basic pet care.

Currently, Nori and Will have two rescue dogs; Ella, an Irish Wolfhound and Biggs, a long haired Chihuahua as well as a very lucky cat named Lucky. Will and has been in the pharmaceutical industry for 25 plus years and currently works for Otsuka pharmaceuticals. Together, Nori and Will enjoy boating, cycling, spinning and working out at the gym. When she has a few extra moments in her day, Nori enjoys attending yoga and Pilates classes.

Nori and Will, along with Tracy and Eddie, have very strong feelings regarding pet rescue and have been the proud recipients of many rescue animals. The Warrens have especially enjoyed adopting the “larger” of the breeds and have had quite a few Great Danes and Irish Wolfhounds in their household and are looking forward to additional family members in the future.

Marcie Maloney, DVM

Dr. Maloney grew up in Rock Hill, SC and attended the University of South Carolina where she earned her BS in Biology.  She has always loved animals and wanted to be a veterinarian since early childhood.  She began working in the veterinary field during her undergraduate studies and pursued her dream by attending Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama.  She graduated summa cum laude in May of 2006 and returned to Columbia to begin practicing veterinary medicine at Shandon-Wood Animal Clinic.  That same year she also married her high school sweetheart, Jess.  Dr. Maloney joined Four Paws Animal Clinic as an associate veterinarian in June of 2011.

Marcie and Jess have a daughter, Mallory and two dogs; Turbo, a rescue Spaniel mix and Pony a rescued Greyhound, and a cat named Nismo.  Jess is in the web development field and is an animal lover as well.  Together they enjoy traveling and spending time with their pets and family.

Cara Gardner, DVM, CVA

Dr. Gardner grew up in Knoxville, TN where she decided she would become a veterinarian at the ripe old age of 8 and pursued her undergraduate studies at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1999 with a BAS in Natural Sciences and a minor in Women and Minority Studies. There she also played club soccer, flag football and participated in the Clown Ministries program while working for a small animal clinic as a veterinary assistant. She then traveled back to her hometown to attend the University of TN College of Veterinary Medicine and support the TENNESSEE VOLS!Upon graduation from veterinary school in 2003, Dr. Gardner moved to Indianapolis, IN and worked as a small animal general practitioner for several years. It was during this time that she obtained her traditional Chinese veterinary acupuncture certification and Chinese herbal and food medicine training through the Chi Institute in 2007 and her training in small animal veterinary spinal manipulation at Options for Animals in 2011. Here she also enjoyed becoming a COLTS fan and completing the 500 Festival Mini Marathon- twice!

Dr. Gardner was also involved in several animal related charitible organizations during her time in Indianapolis, including a 3 year board membership with Paws and Think- a nonprofit organization that pairs at risk dogs with at risk youth to teach and train therapy dogs to donate to assistance dog programs specifically to be homed with families in financial need. She volunteered her medical and surgical skill twice a month for 5 years to IndyFeral – a nonprofit organization that cared for and spayed and neutered feral cats in the Indianapolis area. She was appointed by the Indianapolis Mayor to the board of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, and was elected to the the board of the CIVMA (Central Indiana Veterinary Medical Association) serving for 2 years.

After 10 years in Indianapolis, Dr. Gardner moved to the Columbia area in 2013 and married her husband Brian with whom she has Bug, a boston terrier, One-Eyed Willie, a shi-tzu/pug, Xephe, a cattledog/rat terrier, Ed From Accounting, a handsome kitty, and Bernard, their dumbo earred rat. She is also a big supporter of rescued pets and animal rescue organizations here in the Midlands. Dr. Gardner has special intrests in dermatology, nutrition, alternative medicine, and behavior. In her free time she enjoys watching football, running, hiking, hashing (Columbia and Secession HHH), stand up comedy, live music, great food and spending time with her husband, her son Coen and her pets.

Tiffany Moore, DVM

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Dr. Moore was born in New York, but spent most of her “growing up years” in different towns and cities in western Oregon; mainly Portland. She received her BA in Biology at Linfield College in McMinnville, OR and then attended Oregon State University for Veterinary School.
After school she was a Mixed Animal Veterinarian in Washington where she worked mostly with Large Animals (horses, cows, pigs, etc). She then moved back to Oregon to work with dogs and cats and became a volunteer and relief doctor at the Oregon Zoo.
Dr. Moore moved to South Carolina for an Internship at the Riverbanks Zoo, and then became the Associate Veterinarian there. Although she enjoyed the Zoo and the animals, she realized that working with dogs and cats would provide the opportunity to practice the kind of medicine that she wanted to and is enjoying private practice. Dr. Moore has a special interest in Feline Medicine and pain management.

Dr. Moore met her husband Butch at Riverbanks and they live in Columbia with their two cats, salt water reef tank and birds. In her free time she loves to travel, visit family, sail (as a novice), run and read.

 

Shelley Calhoun, Technician

Shelley grew up in the small town of Marion, SC. She has lived in Columbia for 6 years and has been involved in animal welfare for many more. Shelley takes a special interest in the care of geriatrics, as she has two of her own; Bella, a 9 year old lab mix and Damien, a 12 year old feline. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and gardening.

 

Nikki Thilges, Technician

Nikki was born and raised in Hopkins, SC.  She worked for her adoptive mother for five years, managing her cafe “Perkin Beans” in Hopkins before she became a veterinary technician.  She grew up with many dogs and has always felt a strong love for them.   She now resides in Elgin, SC with her little dog Burton.  She hopes to be married and to start a family in the near future.  Nikki plans to continue on this career path and become a certified veterinary technician.