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Dr. Christine Scruggs

Dr. Christine Scruggs grew up in South Windsor and East Hartford, CT and graduated from Smith College in 1991. After a five year hiatus during which she worked in the biomedical and veterinary fields (specifically canine reproduction and genetics), she went on to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2000 as a "VMD". She and her husband Dave relocated to southeastern Connecticut in 2001 to raise their twin boys Jordan and Logan. Dr. Chris has been providing high quality veterinary care to the community since then. She also breeds and shows standard poodles in conformation and performance, establishing the "Tivin" kennel name in 1991. Dr. Chris enjoys offering high quality veterinary services including small animal medicine, canine reproduction and genetics, soft tissue surgery, and working with a wide variety of small animal, avian, and exotic species. She is pictured here with her first show dog.

Mr. Dave Scruggs

Dave Scruggs was born and raised in Durham, NC and served six years in the United States Navy achieving a final rank of E-5. From 1985-1989 he was a sonar technician second class on the USS Narwhal, SSN-671, a nuclear powered fast attack submarine stationed in Groton, CT. While in the Navy, Mr. Scruggs was a sonar supervisor and upon leaving the armed services he continued employment as a communications specialist and analyst at Duke University in Durham, NC. After relocating with Dr. Chris to Connecticut, Dave worked as a contractor for Pfizer. He looks forward to managing the growth and development of DRAH along with his wife, and supporting the staff as a veterinary technician or receptionist when needed. Dr. and Mr. Scruggs have been married since 2000, and have a set of twin boys who were born in 2001.

Support Staff

Mr Christopher Scruggs
Receptionist/ veterinary assistant

Christopher Scruggs was born in Charleston, South Carolina and raised for most of his life in North Carolina. After graduating high school he attended college at East Carolina University, majoring in communications. Years later he found himself moving closer to family in Connecticut, both living and working at Deep River Animal Hospital. Christopher also happily lives with Gabriel, one of the standard poodles that Dr. Chris bred under the Tivin kennel name. Developing a new passion for animals since moving, he looks forward to helping those who share their lives with them everyday. He is pictured here with his dog, Gabriel.

Miss Felicia Lauer
Veterinary technician

(picture and bio available soon)

Mrs. Sandy Talbot

Mrs. Sandra Talbot is a long time resident of Connecticut and has been a groomer for over 14 years. She attended grooming school at the Connecticut K-9 Education center in Newington and then went on to hone her advanced grooming skills by attending master grooming seminars for scissoring and show dogs. Sandy concentrates on producing immaculate pet trims and is well versed in grooming a variety of breeds and mixes. She is also the proud owner of Nathan, a large terrier mixed breed (and wannabe poodle), and Lea and Micah, standard poodles she adopted from Dr. Chris. Sandy is married to Doug Talbot (retired from the US Coast Guard) and has 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Sandy is also involved in showing her dogs with Dr. Chris and maintains the show and pet trims on her dogs (pictured with Micah to the left).