Dr. Nichols was born and raised in the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas where he lived a childhood full of family, faith, academics, and sports. His late father, whom everyone hailed as "Doc," was a cornerstone of the community and the only veterinarian in all of Tyler county. The experiences of assisting his father perform almost every veterinary procedure imaginable inspired his desire to follow in his father's footsteps and pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
Dr. Nichols earned a Biomedical Science degree from Texas A&M University in 1983 and a Doctoral degree from the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. He gained broad experience as a general practitioner in Austin for nine years, during which time he developed a specific interest in allergy and dermatological issues. He was granted and completed a two-year residency at Gulf Coast Dermatology & Allergy in Houston, where his resident training was accredited by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. He then gained further expertise by performing a year-long internship at the Animal Dermatology Clinic of Southern California, working alongside and learning from some of the most highly-regarded experts in the specialty.
In 1999, he returned to Austin to open the Animal Allergy and Dermatology Center of Central Texas. Practicing veterinary medicine for over thirty years and exclusively veterinary allergy and dermatology for over twenty years has been immensely fulfilling. He greatly appreciates the connections he makes with pet owners as they become friends instead of "clients" and the difference he makes in helping pets lead healthier, happier lives. He enjoys spending time with his wife of over thirty years, Jennifer, and their two sons, Luke and Blake. The family loves their pets - Jazz (retired drug dog), Charlie (found on the side of the road after being hit by a car), Frankie (abused and neglected terrier mix), plus Joey and Phoebe (tiny brother and sister kittens dumped at the emergency clinic).