Dr. Stephen M. Samson
Dr. Samson is the veterinarian owner of Coastal Animal Hospital. His philosophy of veterinary medicine is to treat all of his patients with the same thoroughness and compassion as if they were his own personal pets. He understands that he is not only treating a pet but a beloved member of the family. His professional interests are geriatric medicine, dermatology, internal medicine and alternative treatment modalities. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, and the Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a member of the Veterinary Information Network, which is an online association of more than 2,000 veterinarians worldwide who share ideas and medical knowledge with the aim of facilitating and progressing the art and science of veterinary medicine. Personal interests include weight lifting, reading, fishing, his church and spending time with his wife and children, and our famous Coastal Greeter, his sweet pup, Maybelline, a Cairn & Jack Russell terrier. Psalm 136:1
Dr. Christinia B. Hicks
Dr. Hicks is a born-and-raised native of Hatteras Village. She completed her undergraduate and veterinary degrees at North Carolina State University. Striving to provide the most compassionate veterinary care, her gentle manner and calming spirit bring a loving touch to our hospital. Her professional interests include surgery, emergency medicine, holistic medicine, and exotic animal care. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association. Still residing in Hatteras Village, Dr. Hicks and her husband share their home with two dogs, Cash and Georgia, a rescued kitty named Calypso, a 4-1/2 foot Ball Python named Carter, and 2 bearded dragons, Pancho and Lefty. When not at work, she fills her time by cooking, fishing, surfing, photography, and supporting the NC State Wolfpack. She also serves on the Hatteras Village Civic Association and the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.
______________________________________________________ Dr. Jennifer Mahan
Exciting news! We are happy to announce our newest Coastal family member, Dr. Jennifer Mahan. She is originally from Delaware and moved from NJ near the Poconos to the Outer Banks. She did her undergraduate studies at University of Delaware where she studied pre-vet, and fine arts-painting. She received her veterinary degree from St. Georges University. Dr. Mahan has been practicing for 10 years. In her free time away from Veterinary Medicine she enjoys our beautiful beaches, fishing, weight lifting, backpacking; especially on the Appalachian Trail, where Dr. Mahan has hiked sections of the AT trail in PA, NJ, and Maine. It is a dream to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. Dr. Mahan shares her home with some fur babies, Scooter, a black lab mix, who is her hiking buddy and his nickname is "Mountain Goat" for his ability to scramble, and an Australian Cattledog named Sandy, 6 cats, and 2 tortoises. Her professional interests are Soft Tissue Surgery.
Dr. Sara Beth Belton
We are excited to welcome Dr. Sara Beth Belton to our Coastal family. Besides her loving and caring personality, she brings 11 years experience as a veterinarian. We hope you will help us make her feel welcome. Dr. Belton did her undergraduate at NC State and earned her veterinary degree at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She was born in Washington, North Carolina and now she calls Outer Banks home, with her husband, Joey, and her two beautiful young children. Her four legged children include Rivers, a Labrador, and a very cute French Bulldog named Stella. When she is not at work, sharing her experience and knowledge with us, she enjoys fishing/boating, reading, and spending time at the beach with her family.
Consulting Specialist & Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. James Clark
Dr. Clark is called in for consultation and/or surgery if the needs of our patients require it. Owning a home in the Outer Banks, he observed the logistical obstacles people must overcome in order to obtain specialized veterinary care, and recognized the lack of local referral options in eastern North Carolina. Dr. Clark seeks to deliver a higher quality veterinary specialty care here on the Outer Banks.
He earned his DVM from North Carolina State University in 1996 and then completed a rotating internship in Medicine and Surgery at Mississippi State University. He completed a one-year surgical fellowship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgery Center, followed by a three year surgical residency at University of Minnesota. Dr. Clark has fulfilled all requirements for board certification in small animal surgery and had been working as a staff surgeon at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Cary, NC for the previous six years.