After earning her undergraduate degree in zoology and obtaining a Master’s in marine sciences, Dr. Carol Falck was pursuing her PhD in biological oceanography when she had one of those “A-ha!” moments. While camping in the Florida Everglades, Dr. Falck’s mother made the astute observation that she would make an excellent veterinarian. In that moment, Dr. Falck suddenly realized that veterinary medicine would allow her to combine her interests in the sciences and physiology with her lifelong love of pets. The rest, as they say, is history!
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Falck earned her veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine before completing a small-animal internship in Washington, D.C. From there, she moved to South Florida to officially launch her career as a veterinarian. Dr. Falck worked at two separate animal hospitals before opening her own holistic animal hospital at the encouragement of her clients—she was the owner and founder of one of the very first holistic pet clinics in Florida, Friendship Animal Wellness Center!
Dr. Falck moved to the mountains of northern Georgia and, after seeing a need for a house-call practice in the area, launched Petwise in 2011. She loves serving as an integrative practitioner and enjoys using alternative treatments like acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Most of all, she likes working with owners to give their animal companions the highest possible quality of life for as long as she can.
In terms of professional accolades, Dr. Falck is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) – a distinction she’s proudly held for 25 years. She has also served as the Chair of an American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) committee and has been attending their conferences for more than a decade. Dr. Falck has also been nominated for an Animal Game Changer Award, which she discussed in her recent interview with Dr. Karen Becker.
In addition to being the owner and practitioner at Petwise, Dr. Falck is widely viewed as an expert in her field, authoring numerous articles, making regular TV and radio appearances, and presenting lectures and wet labs at national veterinary conferences, including the AHVMA and Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC). To date, she’s had one peer-reviewed article published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAHVMA) with another pending.
Away from work, Dr. Falck enjoys clogging, cooking, cycling, hiking, and playing guitar.