In November 2014, Rebecca and Matthew bought the practice from the previous owners, Drs. Ron and Sharon Harris. They maintain the family-like atmosphere and honest values that have always defined the hospital and its practices. The four doctors continue to work together since the ownership transfer, and they consider the workplace to be a second family to them all.
Matthew grew up in New Rochelle, New York. The middle child of two schoolteachers, he became deeply interested in science and the natural world of animals at an early age. He spent his formative years riding horses and working in the local pet stores where his knowledge of and passion for animals began to take root. Matthew attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts where he spent three years earning his veterinary doctorate. Matthew returned to the States to complete his last clinical year of veterinary study at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and it was there that he met his future wife Rebecca. Upon graduation from veterinary school, he spent a year practicing as a veterinary associate in Port Jervis, New York before returning to North Carolina in 2005 to pursue both his veterinary career and his relationship with Rebecca. He worked as an associate veterinarian at Wrightsville Beach Pet Hospital for ten years prior to joining the team at Porters Neck Veterinary Hospital in September 2014.
Rebecca was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Her father is an accomplished artist and retired professor, and her mother manages an antique store in downtown Hot Springs. She and her sister Jamie grew up surrounded by animals, and Rebecca has always had an abiding interest in nature and the outdoors. Rebecca moved to Wilmington in 1999, where the Harris’ became close friends and mentors before her departure in 2001 to attend the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2005, Rebecca received her doctorate in veterinary medicine and returned to Porters Neck Veterinary Hospital where she held an associate position for ten years.
Rebecca and Matthew moved back to Wilmington in 2005, both employed as associate veterinarians at separate practices. They were married in 2009, and have two children, River and Alexis. They currently have two dogs (Jazz and Thalia), three cats (Nico, Tritan, and Tonks), and an array of fish.
Ron and Sharon Harris opened the doors of Porters Neck Veterinary Hospital on March 15, 1999. Sharon, (originally from Lexington, Massachusetts), met Ron, (from Southport, NC) freshman year at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. After working for two years in Goldsboro, NC, Ron and Sharon came to Wilmington to work at the Wilmington Animal Emergency Clinic for two more years before opening in the Porters Neck Shopping Center. Five years later, the hospital was moved to its current facility. Along the way, their two daughters, Rachel and Rebecca, were born.
Sharon officially retired from full time veterinary practice life in the late Spring 2017, though we are happy to say she will continue to do relief work for us.
Kelsey joined the PNVH family in the fall of 2015. Born in Richmond, VA, she received her undergraduate at University of Virginia where she also played field hockey. She graduated from veterinary school at Virginia Tech in 2014. After graduating, Kelsey practiced in Tennessee until she moved to Wilmington. She and her husband, Collin, share their home with their Airedale terrier, Arthur. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys painting and running.
Dr. Stan Griffith attended Clemson and University of Georgia. He practiced in Goldsboro, NC until partial retirement. Dr. Griffith now practices part time doing relief work in coastal N.C. and works with us on Wednesdays. He lives with his wife, Debbie, in Surf City.
Dr. Amy White joined the practice in July 2011. Amy graduated from Mississippi State in 2010. She practiced in Starkville, Mississippi and Birmingham, Alabama in emergency and shelter medicine. Amy has returned home to her roots in North Carolina..