Dr. Rebecca Simmons-Resnick and Dr. Matthew Resnick
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.
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 were married in 2009, and have two children, River and Alexis. They currently have three dog (Tippy, Gigi, Jacoby), three cats (Briar, Leroy, and Tonks), and an array of fish.
Dr. Kelsey Rowe
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, have one son, Connor, and share their home with their Airedale terrier, Bruce. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys painting and running.
Dr. Amy White
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.