Jennifer joined Coastal Animal Hospital in October 1994 and is head receptionist and office manager. She moved to the Outer Banks from Virginia and currently lives in Manteo with many four-legged, feathered companions including pet birds, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a 55lb Sulcata Tortoise. As our resident wildlife rehabilitator, which is her second love, you will often find Jennifer with baby birds and other small critters that need fostering. When she's not working, you will find her expressing her love of nature and animals through her photography.
Raised on the Outer Banks, she began working at Coastal Animal Hospital in April of 2006 and is a veterinary nurse. Jenny and her husband Choyia currently live in Kill Devil Hills with a 8 year-old lab named Santana, and 2 kitties (Buckwheat & Jack). In her free time, Jenny enjoys gardening, cooking, and reading.
Jo is our newest team member. She joined us in October 2017 as a veterinary nurse. She graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with an Associates degree in Arts, but has been working in the veterinary field for 21 years. Jo enjoys sharing her knowledge with clients so they can provide the best possible care for their pets. She loves working hands on with animals and her love of her work shows daily in the care she gives. One day she hopes to adopt a Greyhound to add to her household she shares with her wife, Jamie, who moved here from Asheville. They love the Outer Banks for the ocean waves, peacefulness, and community feel. In Jo's spare time she enjoys walking on the beach and canoeing. They share their home with a beautiful collie named Chewy, and 3 legged happy, lhasa apso, named bones, and one sweet feline, named Koda. Jo is a member of the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles, and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
Dana joined our team in 2014 with her grooming business -Groomingdales. She has been grooming professionally for 15 years. She previously owned two successful grooming businesses in New Jersey before moving overseas to her husbands native Australia for several years. She is excited to be back stateside calling the Outer Banks home. We are excited to have her on board. Call Dana at 252-360-4343 to set up your grooming appointment or consultation.
Kate is our head veterinary technician. She brings many great talents and experiences to our team. She has been a wonderful asset to our Coastal family. She moved to Kill Devil Hills with her boyfriend in January 2014. She has many furry children, including three dogs, four cats, and even three turtles she shares her home with. She began her career working at a veterinary office at the age of 16 as a kennel assistant and advanced from there as she gathered more education and experience. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Fairmont State University in 2004 and acquired licenses in Virginia and North Carolina. She continued her education and gained the skills of abdominal ultrasound and echo-cardiograms for canines and felines at Sound Technologies Imaging Program in Arlington, Texas in 2006-2007. She has now been doing Laser Therapy for many years and it is one of her loves. When she is not working hard with us and sharing her talents with our team, she enjoys kayaking, canoeing, attempted to surf as she says, and just enjoying the beach.
Mike joined the Coastal family in 2012, as our Kennel "engineer" and assists in reception. This is his dream job, as Micheal loves giving care to all animals, big, small, and in between. He is a native of Dare County and shares his home with a daughter Samantha, and a few fur kids, and a ball python. He currently has an associates degree in general education and is looking into pursuing a technician degree at Penn Foster. When Micheal isn't at Coastal, he is spending time with family or playing softball.
Kelli Myers is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she graduated with a degree in Animal Science. She has worked in many animal related careers from training, to grooming, and now working as a veterinary nurse in our Buxton location and occasionally work in our Kitty Hawk office. We are very lucky that Kelli became a recent addition to the Outer Banks and our Coastal family in May 2018. Kelli has lived on Hatteras island for about 3 years with her two dachshunds, Luna and Dobby, her cat, Juju, and corn snake, Pheonix. Since her move from Ohio she has become a licensed North Carolina Wildlife Rehabilitator, National Park Service volunteer, and active member of her church. Even though she has grown to love North Carolina you will still find her cheering on the Buckeyes on Saturdays. Go Bucks!
Merindy is our receptionist in Buxton and helps as a veterinary nurse when needed, in both of our locations. Merindy is finishing an Associates Degree in Equine Science with a specialty in training. She has been showing horses in assorted disciplines for 16 yrs. She enjoys equestrian training with horses and working with their owners and her own Quarter Horse, “Moose”. When she isn’t greeting and assisting our Buxton clients, you will find her doing trail rides for Equine Adventures in Buxton. When she is not being an integral part to our Coastal team, she is enjoying the outdoors, kayaking, and boating with her pitty, Felicia.