Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Holly Ridge Vet Hospital in Holly Ridge! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 910-803-2190 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Doctors

Dante Martin, DVM

Dante Martin, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Martin is a Graduate of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. He is originally from Chicago, IL before moving to Onslow County in 1995. He is married to Linda Martin and have three children, Harrison, Jacob and Marilyn. Dr. Martin served on the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board for 9 years and served as President for one term. Currently, he serves on the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association Executive Board. His hobby used to be fishing until he found out he could buy fish.

Jenny Larson, DVM

Jenny Larson, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Larson is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She is originally from one of the mountain states. She enjoys kayaking and fishing with her husband. She also enjoys collecting cat themed snow globes.

Melissa Maxwell, VMD

Melissa Maxwell, VMD

Veterinarian

Dr. Maxwell was born in Tamaqua, the southern portion of the Poconos Mountains in Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as a Veterinary Medical Doctor and practiced medicine in Pittsburgh for nine years before relocating her family of four, her husband and two children to Hampstead. Dr. Maxwell's husband has a Master's Degree in Analytical Chemistry and is an accomplished Brew Master. She and her family have four dogs, three cats, and two horses. She is enjoying the warmer seasons of North Carolina to horseback ride, fish, boat, and bike.

Diane Huxtable, DVM

Diane Huxtable, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Huxtable is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin College of Veterinary Medicine. She enjoys spending time with her young family and is an avid runner. Her favorite hobby is to scour second hand stores to add to her collection of Precious Moments figurines.

Veterinary Team

Chrisie Porter

Chrisie Porter

Team Leader, Veterinary Assistant

Chrisie has been a member of the Holly Ridge Veterinary Hospital team since it's inception in 2015. She went to PennFoster for Veterinary Technology and attended veterinary dental prophylaxis and radiology training at the Veterinary Education Center in Charlotte, NC. Chrisie moved to North Carolina from California with her husband and two children. When she isn't busy at work or her family, she is at the beach, on her paddle board, hiking, or playing with her two Great Danes (her other obsession).

Rick Rockwell

Rick Rockwell

Team Leader, Veterinary Assistant

Jessica Branch

Jessica Branch

Veterinary Customer Service Specialist

Jessica has been with Holly Ridge Veterinary Hospital since 2016. She grew up in Durha, NC and attended college at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. Before transitioning to Veterinary Medicine, Jessica was a Special Investigator performing background investigations for security clearances. Jessica's love for animal started at a young age with her childhood dogs, cat, and any creature that wandered into her yard. Jessica has three dogs that are spoiled rotten and her favorite people to be around. In her free time, Jessica enjoys true crime TV binges and unnecessary Amazon purchases.

Tim Hayes

Tim Hayes

Registered Veterinary Technician

Tim recently moved to North Carolina from Illinois. He and his girlfriend have 3 dogs at home (beagle, basset hound, and dachshund) and love the outdoors.

Harmony Hotton

Harmony Hotton

Registered Veterinary Technician

Harmony has recently graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Cape Fear Community College and is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree. Between work and school, she runs solely off Dunkin Coffee and Netflix. During her free time, she enjoys riding her horses and cuddling with her dog and 5 crazy cats.

Lauren Meeks

Lauren Meeks

Veterinary Customer Service Specialist

Meet Lauren, our fun-loving and enthusiastic customer service specialist. When you call Holly Ridge Veterinary Hospital, you will most likely be speaking to this lovely saint. She really finds joy in helping your fur babies and answering your questions and concerns. In her free time, she like to galavant around the USA with her husband. She also has a passion for crafting, basket making and weaving. She is one interesting gal!

Devin Bloeser

Devin Bloeser

Veterinary Assistant

Rachel Camara

Rachel Camara

Veterinary Customer Service Specialist

Teresa Acevedo

Teresa Acevedo

Veterinary Assistant

Juliana Marquez

Juliana Marquez

Veterinary Assistant

Dr. Martin’s care for our yellow labrador, Booker, was far above and beyond “standard medical care”. Thank you, Dr. Martin, for your devotion, love and passion in caring for our family.”

Michelle R.
Sneads Ferry, NC

Dr. Martin has cared for our brood of Springer Spaniels since 2006. Our pups have received the highest standard of care.”

Marci A.
Sneads Ferry, NC