Meet Our Team

Four Paws Animal Clinic is proud to have a compassionate, professional team to care for your pets.  Our highly trained veterinarians and staff are ready to help owners and pets lead healthy lives.

Our Veterinarians

Tracy Wales, DVM, CCRP

Dr. Wales grew up in Blairstown, NJ and attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where she received a B.S. in Biology. 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 ten years at Shandon-Wood Animal Clinic. In 2009, she opened Four Paws Animal Clinic and now enjoys being a practice owner. In 2019, Dr. Wales received her Certification in Canine Rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee.  Her other special interests include surgery, dentistry and pain management.

Tracy and Eddie have three daughters, Ella, Avery and Annie, who attend LSU, AC Flora High School and Crayton Middle School. They share their home with two dogs, Todd, a Malti-zhu and Butter, a golden retriever, as well as a cat, Nick, aka Kitty Kitty Prrr Meow. Eddie owns Motor Supply Co. Bistro, and co-owns Two Brothers Jerky. Aside from watching her daughters play soccer and basketball, Dr. Wales enjoys traveling, home improvement, reading and attending music festivals.


Nori Warren, DVM

Dr. Warren grew up in Great Falls, SC, and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 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 graduated from the University of Georgia, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. Her first job after graduating was in Orangeburg, SC, where she practiced for two 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 fifteen years before deciding to become a practice owner of Four Paws Animal Clinic in 2009.

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; Princess Buttercup, a Papillon Mix, and Olivia, a Chihuahua Mix,  as well as a cat who likes to knead, Dough Boy. 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.

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 charitable 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 five 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.

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 interests 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

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 at the Zoo. Although she enjoyed the Zoo and the animals, she realized that she would prefer a private practice working with dogs and cats. 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.

Kristen Rivas, DVM

Dr. Kristen Rivas hails from a small town in the foothills of North Georgia. Growing up, she knew at a young age she would become a veterinarian. It wasn’t until the ripe old age of 13, however, that the career choice was set in stone. Dr. Rivas’ horse needed emergency colic surgery and her father held her up to the observation window during the procedure. From that point on, every major choice was accompanied by the question, “will this help me become a veterinarian?”
Dr. Rivas attended Berry College in Rome, GA. There she studied animal science and rode for the equestrian team. Dr. Rivas was admitted early to the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2015. There she developed an interest in internal medicine and dentistry. While in school, she met her future husband, Rudy, who is also a veterinarian.
One of Dr. Rivas’ favorite aspects of veterinary medicine is the relationship that is built with the patient and client. She considers it an honor to be trusted with a family member, and does everything in her power to make sure the best medicine is delivered. In her spare time, you can find Dr. Rivas pursuing her life long passion of Dressage. When not at the barn, Dr. Rivas enjoys spending time with her son and three dogs. She and her husband love the outdoors, and if the sun is shining, you can bet they are outside!

Our Staff

Four Paws Animal Clinic is proud to have compassionate, professional staff to care for your pets.  Our highly trained reception and technician staff are ready to help owners and pets lead healthy lives.

Daryus, Clinic Assistant

Lauren, Veterinary Technician

Brooke, Veterinary Technician

Holli, Veterinary Technician

Catherine, Veterinary Technician

Costa, Veterinary Technician

Britny, Veterinary Technician

Beth Anne, Veterinary Technician

Mary Catherine, Client Care Specialist