Dr. Schaffer and her family moved to Southeastern North Carolina in June of 2006, after she had graduated from Iowa State CVM in May of that year. Karessa hails from Madrid, a small town in Iowa. In high school, she started working in the kennel of a veterinary clinic and continued to work there for 9 1/2 years in a variety of positions, eventually becoming a veterinary technician. She had always had a love for animals, ever since Santa put black-n-white spaniel mix puppy in her first Christmas stocking.
Karessa is proud of her work, because she is responsible for strengthening the human-animal bond by helping sick animals feel better and helping healthy animals stay that way as long as possible. She enjoys working at Atlantic because every day is filled with new challenges for her and she enjoys the happiness and companionship that pets bring to their families.