I’m Dr. Shelby Hixon. I grew up just north of Atlanta and swam competitively my entire life, through college at the University of Alabama. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Biology here (Roll Tide Roll!), and four years later, I received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University CVM (still RTR!). Immediately after school and for just over two years, I practiced small animal medicine and surgery in Cumming, GA. My husband, Fernando, and I decided to relocate to beautiful, sunny Tampa in 2018 to be close to the water and lead the active lifestyle that we love with our beloved dogs, Ayla, Sasha, and Madeleine.
I completed my Veterinary Acupuncture course at the Chi Institute in 2019. My professional interests include integrative medicine, nutrition, dentistry, dermatology, and ophthalmology. I also have a passion for our nation’s military working and police dogs, and I hold a special interest in the treatment of these and other canine athletes. In my free time, I enjoy doing Crossfit with Fernando, taking our dogs on hikes, and scuba diving.