Being part of a military family, Dr. Adkins was born in Tennessee and moved around the U.S.; though she spent the large majority of her youth in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. Her love of animals was apparent at a young age, when at 5 years old, she declared a desire to become a zoologist to study and help panda bears. She also had many childhood pets including dogs, guinea pigs, and gerbils. Dr. Adkins stayed close to home for her undergraduate degree, attending Georgia College and State University, where she pursued many interests, including music, art, and college level soccer. She earned a B.A. in Mass Communication and shortly afterward moved to New York City to launch her first career path as an advertising account executive. After working for a few years, Dr. Adkins felt a need to go back to her roots and find a career that incorporated her lifelong love of animals. She moved back to Atlanta and began volunteering at the Atlanta Humane Society, working at a local emergency animal hospital, and taking additional college coursework to apply for veterinary school. Dr. Adkins received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. Following veterinary school, she moved to Washington, DC to complete a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine at Friendship Hospital for Animals. Dr. Adkins’ professional interests include dentistry, surgery, dermatology, preventive care, behavior, shelter medicine, and animal welfare. Dr. Adkins enjoys educating her clients on how to help their furry family members live healthy, happy lives and is focused on providing compassionate care for her patients.
Dr. Adkins shares her home with a sweet, gentle, adopted hound mix named Brody. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors (hiking, biking, camping), yoga, reading, cooking, volunteering at local animal shelters, and spending time with friends and family.