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Meet the folks who make it all happen. We see big potential in every moment, & care deeply about what we do every day.

Dr. Matt Morrison

Dr. Morrison

Practice Owner, Chief Veterinary

Dr. Morrison always wanted to work in the medical field, but he never felt particularly passionate about the human healthcare world. When he thought back about what he felt truly drawn toward, the choice became obvious. Why not satisfy his medical interests while indulging his lifelong love for animals, thought Dr. Morrison, by becoming a veterinarian?

Dr. Morrison was born in Fort Worth but grew up in western Kentucky. He graduated from veterinary school in 1993, then moved to Jackson, Mississippi for his first job. It wasn’t long before he had relocated again to Dallas, Texas, where he worked for several different animal hospitals and dabbled in relief work. Dr. Morrison started here at Riverchase Animal Hospital on a relief basis in 1999, and initially bought into the practice in 2001. Seven years later, he bought the clinic in full and has owned the hospital alongside his wife ever since!

Medically, Dr. Morrison has a special passion for dentistry work and is constantly amazed at the immediate effect a dental cleaning can have on his patients and their loving family members. He’s also fond of taking first-time pet owners and setting them up on the path for success.

Away from work, Dr. Morrison enjoys working out and weight lifting, going to the movie theater, attending concerts, and gardening. He and his wife have two dogs, Cinna and Dug, as well as a cat named Rizzo who has been trained to fetch beer bottle caps. The couple continues to miss their pets who have passed on: Stan, Tag, Sid, Pants, and Murry.

Dr. Kelley Dees-Atkinson

Dr. Kelley Dees-Atkinson

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Kelley Dees-Atkinson grew up playing with stuffed animals hooked up to fluid sets, and she even remembers wrapping their legs in “casts.” She’s wanted to work hands-on to better the lives of animals ever since she was a little girl! The older she got, the more Dr. Dees-Atkinson’s passion for science and medicine started to blossom. Veterinary medicine was simply the perfect path.

Dr. Dees-Atkinson is from Coppell, Texas and attended Texas A&M University to study biomedical science, graduating magna cum laude. She stayed at the university for veterinary school, spending countless hours caring for creatures of all shapes and sizes at the school’s Stevenson Companion Animal Center and developing a special soft spot for older animal companions in the process.

Dr. Dees-Atkinson first started here at Riverchase Animal Hospital in 2006, and she’s been tending to the area’s pets and animal owners ever since. She has special interests in feline medicine—she loves to diagnose a cat even when they’re hiding their symptoms very well!—and also enjoys performing dental work and developing treatment plans one-on-one with clients.

When she’s not at work, Dr. Dees-Atkinson can be found party planning, cake decorating, working out, or spending quality time with her family and pets on her small farm just outside of town. Along with her husband and kids, she shares her life with three cats named Calvin, Charlotte, and Skye, as well as a laid-back rescue dog named Peter. The animal portion of the family is rounded out by several alpacas and an assortment of chickens.