Meet Our Team


Nathan C. Batts , DVM

dr_batts.JPGDr. Batts was born in Wilmington. He is an alumnus of E.A. Laney High School and attended North Carolina State University for all eight years of his post high school education, graduating from N.C. State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Dr. Batts began working at Needham Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant when he was a junior in high school. After receiving his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Batts took part in a year long internship at the Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Akron, Ohio. At this specialty practice he studied surgery, internal medicine, radiology, and oncology under board certified specialists. Following his internship, Dr. Batts spent the next five years in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia practicing emergency veterinary medicine. In August of 1997, he returned to Wilmington as an associate veterinarian here at Needham Animal Hospital, buying the practice in the spring of 2005. His primary areas of interest are surgery, ultrasound, and internal and referral medicine. Dr. Batts and his wife Heather share their home with their children Stephanie, Layla Faith and Asher, and their pets, Hilary, (a cat whose main goals are to eat, sleep and be petted) Chewy, a Wheaten Terrier, and Princess Leia, a Morkie. When not working, Dr. Batts enjoys spending time with his family and friends, fishing, scuba diving and playing soccer. He and his family attend College Acres Baptist Church, where he is active as a Life Group leader and usher, and part of the men's ministry as well as various other committees.

Timothy Ford , DVM  .

Dr. Ford, originally from Scottsdale, AZ, is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He began working at Needham Animal Hospital in 1995 while completing his undergraduate studies at UNCW. Dr. Ford graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. After receiving his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, he completed a two year residency at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He has been a veterinarian at Needham since 2003. His primary interests include preventative medicine, dentistry, and dermatology. Dr. Ford resides in Wilmington with his wife Laura, sons Brooks and Wells, and two wonderful rescue dogs...  lab mixes named Onyx and Luke.

Matthew Gentile, DVM  

Dr. Matthew Gentile, originally from North Haledon, New Jersey, received his Bachelor's in Biology from The University of North Carolina Wilmington and his DVM from Ross University of Veterinary Medicine.  He worked for Needham Animal Hospital back in 2011 as an assistant and re-joined our team in 2018 as a veterinarian.  He worked for a small animal practice in Las Vegas before re-joining our team.  He shares his home with is fiancé, Cathryn, and 4 pets:  Klaus a rottweiler, Walker a lab, and Boomer another lab.  On his off time he enjoys cars, motorcycles, surfing and hiking.  He is happy to be back in Wilmington and back with his Needham Animal Family! 

Stacia Thompson, BVSc  .

Dr. Stacia Thompson, originally from Minnesota, received her Bachelor's in Marine Biology from UNCW in 2004.  She worked at Needham Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant from 2004 to 2008, where she found her true calling and pursued her veterinary career.  Dr. Thompson graduated in 2012 from the University of Melbourne, Australia with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science.  While in Australia, she enjoyed working with the local wildlife, providing veterinary support to the Aboriginal communities and exploring the outback.  Her veterinary interests include ultrasonography, dermatology, internal medicine and marine animal medicine.  She re-joined her Neehdam family in June of 2014, and she is excited to be back!  Dr. Thompson enjoys the beach, playing tennis and cooking in her spare time.  Dr. Thompson was our employee of the month in January of 2018!!

Stephanie Crow, DVM

Dr. Stephanie Crow is originally from King, North Carolina. She attended North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2006. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Portia Milbradt Scholarship for Veterinary Geriatrics. She practiced in Raleigh, NC for several years before moving to the beach. Her veterinary interests include senior care, internal medicine, and wellness & preventative care. She shares her home with her husband, two sons, and several four legged children... Pea, Tony, and Captain Noodles. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering at her sons' schools, collecting sea shells, cheering on the Wolfpack, and spending time with her family.   

Laura Elliott, DVM


Dr. Laura Elliott is a native of South Carolina and has moved around the United States before settling down in Wilmington in December 2018. She has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1995. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Clemson University and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University. Dr. Elliott's professional interests include internal medicine, dentistry, surgery, and exotic animal medicine. She shares her home with her husband, Jeff, her miniature Bull Terrier, Princess Buttercup, and four prehensile tail skinks (lizards).  In her free time, she enjoys growing orchids, cooking, and astronomy.

Steve Jaffe, DVM


Dr. Jaffe graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1973.  He has been a member of the Needham Animal Hospital team since early 2003.  His interests include dermatology, internal medicine, parasitology, and exotic medicine. 


Heather Batts

Heather graduated magna cum laude from UNCW with a B.A. in Elementary Education and Political Science, and went to work at Snipes Elementary.  She married Dr. Batts in 2003 and came to work with him at Needham after the birth of their daughter.  Heather, who shares her home with Dr. Batts, their children Stephanie, Layla Faith and Asher, and their pets, Hilary, (a cat whose main goals are to eat, sleep and be petted) Chewy, a Wheaten Terrier, and Princess Leia, a Morkie.  She enjoys cooking, sewing and spending time with her church family.    

Carly Foster .

Carly, who started with the Needham family as a receptionist in March of 2004, became our practice manager in late 2007.  She attended the University of Vermont and graduated in 2003 with a B.S. in Animal Science.  When not working, Carly enjoys spending time with her husband Josh and her friends, traveling and going to the beach.  Carly and Josh share their home with Brody and Vada, her 2 mixed breed dogs, and her 4 horses.  She also has backyard chickens, which provide some very delightful eggs to the Needham staff. Carly was our employee of the month in April of 2018!!

Christina Lopez.

Christina, our client services manager, has been with the Needham family since April of 2013.  She graduated from Framingham State College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor's degree in Biology with a concentration in Wildlife Management. Christina's interest is in wildlife and marine animals.  She has worked in law enforcement, veterinary hospitals, zoos, humane societies, and as a herpetologist educating children on reptiles and amphibians.  She is also a board member for the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project and the Sea Turtle Stranding Team Coordinator.  Aside from her love of animals, Christina loves photography and scuba diving, and currently volunteers at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher as a scuba diver.  Christina shares her home in Carolina Beach with her husband, Julio, her two beautiful daughters, and fur babies Chase (German Shepherd) and Toby (lab mix).

Amy Parker.

Amy worked for us many years ago and has recently rejoined our Needham family to take over the role of medical team manager. She is from right here in Wilmington and is currently enrolled in the Penn Foster Vet Tech program.  She has a degree from Illinois Central College in Crime Scene Technology and worked as a deputy for the Sheriff's department for 8 years.  She has worked in vet hospitals since 1999 in Virginia, Illinois and North Carolina.  She has a wonderful son Jackson, a crazy cat Liza, and a dog Lucy Peaches Parker Party Pants.  She enjoys camping with the cub scouts, hiking, spending time with Jackson on the beach and pedicures.

Christina Lockfaw


Christina joined the Needham family in June 2012 as part of our medical team and daycare and boarding.  She was promoted to manager of daycare and boarding in 2018.  She is Florida born and lived in Maryland before moving to Wilmington.  She received her Associate in Arts from Cape Fear Community College, and in December 2014 received her Bachelor's in Business Administration from NC Wesleyan College.  Christina enjoys playing the piano, music, Disney, spending time at the beach and going on adventures.  She currently shares her home with her 2 fur baby dogs, Sunny and Hoyt, and her 2 cats, Nugget and Merlot ("Tripod").  She is a volunteer with Carolina Boxer Rescue and French Bulldog Rescue Network.

Registered Veterinary Technicians

Jennah Bosch , RVT  

Jennah has been a part of the Needham family since January of 2009. She is originally from Tarboro, NC.  Jennah began work in the veterinary field in 1994, and graduated from Central Carolina Community College with a degree in Veterinary Medical Technology in 1999. After a 4-year stint in Richmond, VA to work in emergency and critical care, Jennah moved back to NC and helped establish a new veterinary emergency clinic in eastern North Carolina. She returned to general practice in 2007, and moved to Wilmington a couple of years later. Jennah’s career has spanned emergency and critical care, radioactive Iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism, general practice, management, oncology, exotics, surgery, radiology, and many, many more genres. She is a former NC Association of Veterinary Technicians board member (President and Vice-President) and a previous advisory board member for Central Carolina Community College’s Veterinary Medical Technology program. She is an active volunteer and board member with Island Women, a group that helps enhance the lives of residents and guests on Pleasure Island.  She is also an active volunteer with the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project.  Jennah, and her daughter, Cooper, enjoy travelling, movies, going to the beach, and shopping.  They share their home with Kion their Pitbull, and their cats, Jake from State Farm, Peppermint Sparkles, and Ralph!

Alexa Mason, RVT


Alexa joined the Needam family in August of 2017.  She is from Pennsylvania and went to State University of New York for Veterinary Science.  She started in the veterinary field fairly early as she joined her mom at work where her mom owned a veterinary hospital.  She officially started work as an assistant when she was in high school and after a few years of that she went to school to officially become a veterinary technician.  She shares her home with her cat Zorro and her hysterical, lovable, rambunctious dog Bella. She loves being outdoors and on the water.  Her favorite hobbies are kayaking, white water rafting, or just relaxing on a boat.  She can't get enough of the ocean! 

Veterinary Assistants

Christine Rutherford  


Christine, who is one of the Needham family’s longest serving employees, has been with us since February of 1999. Christine has been taking care of animals since she was 2 years old. Her father, a retired Wildlife officer, helped stimulate Christine’s passion of animals by surrounding her with raccoons, bears, baby deer, as well as a plethora of other wildlife. When not spending time with Maggie, a Brittany mix, she enjoys fishing, diving, cooking and riding ATV’s.  Christine added to her family in 2011 when she married her husband, Eddie.

Nikki Quirk


Nikki has been a part of the Needham family since 2013.  She has received an Associates Degree in Science from Coastal Carolina Community College in 2013 and graduated May 2018 from UNCW (BS Biology, Psychology and Neuroscience Minors).  She has hopes of attending veterinary school.  Nikki was a member of the UNCW Pre-Vet Medical Association, where she often participates in volunteer work.  Nikki and her fiancé, Sabrina, moved to Wilmington in 2013.  When not in school or volunteering, they enjoy the beach, dancing, spending time with their families, and being pampered at the spa.  Nikki and Sabrina are joined by Roxy, Nani, Kira, Tripp, and Ruger their loving cats.  

Amanda Fierstein 


Amanda joined the Needham family in 2016.  She is from Annapolis, MD.  She is attending Cape Fear Community College for their Vet Tech program.  She has two purr-fect pups and awesome kitties!  She loves gardening! 

Christine Holsonback 

Christine joined the Needham family in July of 2017.  She is from right here in Wilmington, NC.  She shares her home with Piggy her adorable French Bulldog.  She loves to read and play video games in her spare time as well as play the piano.  Christine was our employee of the month in March of 2018!!


Rebecca Moore

Rebecca has been with the Needham family since July of 2018.  She is originally from Pittsboro, NC.  She is in school at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and her major is English with a concentration in professional writing and a minor in biology.  She is projected to graduate in December of 2018.  She has previous working history as a kennel tech, a grooming assistant and some retail experience.  She shares her home with a 2 year old feist/lab mix named Azula and a kitten named Waffle.  She enjoys reading, gardening, cooking and teaching Azula new tricks!


Nathan Moyer

Nate has been with the Needham Family since 2017.  Nate is from Camp Hill, PA.  He is part of our daycare and boarding team and is transitioning to our medical team as he goes to school at Cape Fear Community College in their Veterinary Medical Technology program.  He has a history of working with IT and IT management for 10 years.  He shares his home with his wife and two fur baby pit bulls.  He enjoys golf, football, cooking and yard work.  To top it off he is a rescue animal advocate!  Nate was our employee of the month in October 2018!


Jo Davis 

Jo has been part of our Needham family since March of 2015.  She is one of our reception leaders.  She shares her home with her husband, 1 pig, Petunia, 3 rabbits, Sherman, Thelma and Louise, 4 dogs, and many cats.  She has a passion for feline rescue and is able to work with even the feistiest cats!  Jo's goal is to one day open up a 501c sanctuary.  Jo was our employee of the month in July 2018!!

Charlie Jo 

Charlie Jo has been with the Needham family since March of 2017.  She is a wonderful part of our reception team!

MiAnna Hefty.

MiAnna joined our Needham family in July of 2018. She moved to Wilmington from Madison, WI for her husband to attend graduate school at UNCW. She has a degree in Animal science and spent 4 years working in commercial hog farms managing a birthing department and genetic development programs. She has also spent some time working in a small animal clinic prior to moving to Wilmington. She and her husband share their home with Hawk, a retired racing greyhound and a cat named Lexi. She enjoys spending her time knitting and crocheting. She also love running and has even run 3 full marathons and several half marathons.  MiAnna was our Employee of the Month in December of 2018! 

Daycare and Boarding Staff

Rachel Champ .

Rachel has been a wonderful addition to our Needham family since July 2016.  She works on our Boarding and Daycare Team.  She has attended classes at Longwood University and Cape Fear Community College.  She used to work as a farm tech on an organic farm and animal sanctuary and educational camp and taught children's summer camps on sustainable farms, animal husbandry and proper animal care.  She grew up on a family farm in Mathews, Virginia and was always bringing strays home because of her lifelong passion for animals.  She shares her home with her furry loves, 8 dogs, 5 chickens, and a flock of semi-wild ducks.  She loves art, music, hiking and outdoors, crafting, spending time with her 2- and 4-legged family, and she is a very talented singer! 

Briley Willets.

Briley joined our Needham family in February of 2016.  She is part of our Daycare and Boarding Team.  She is originally from Shelby, TN and currently lives in Bolivia, NC.  She shares her home with her husband Spencer, Daisy Mae, her Basset Hound, Riley her Lab, Rocky, her Walker Coonhound, Simba her orange tabby, Pumba, her gray and black tabby, and Pickles her pig.  She loves spending time with her animals and she loves soccer.   

Emily Price.

Emily joined our Needham family in April of 2018.  She is originally from right here in Wilmington.  She currently attends Cape Fear Community College and wants to go to the University of North Carolina Wilmington and would like to go to North Carolina State for Veterinary School.  She shares her home with her Pomeranian, Faith, and her cat Ellie Belle.  She loves the mountains!

Shelby Carlyle

Shelby joined the Needham family in July of 2018.  She is originally from right here in Wilmington and she went to Brunswick Community College.  Prior to working here she worked in Health and Wellness and has experience as a CNA, medical tech, and medical aide.  She shares her home with her dog, Bubba, and enjoys fishing, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.  She would like to one day be an RN and work in the 

Tayler Bly

Tayler joined the Needham family in October of 2018.  She is originally from Sneads Ferry, NC.  She attends Cape Fear Community College for an Associates in Science.  Previous to working here, Taylor worked with H & R Block and Baked Pizza Company.  She loves pets and will be attending Cape Fears Vet Tech program.  She also loves arts and crafts and playing soccer. 

Earl Grover

Earl has been with the Needham family since 2006!  He is from Greenville, NC.  He loves animals and loves to help with whatever is needed.  He loves going to the movies and watching NetFlix and Hulu at home.  


Tina Barrett

A New England girl from Pittston, ME, Tina has been grooming since 1990, when she did an apprenticeship in Maynard, MA.  When not fluffing tails and taking manes, Tina is, in her own right, the female version of Bob Villa.  One of her greatest passions is home improvement, and you can more often than not be assured that is what is being done in her spare time.  Tina's passion and love of animals runs over into her home life, where she shares her home improvements with her rescued fur (and some fur-less) babies- 8 dogs, 5 cats, 5 birds, 1 sugar glider, and 1 baby squirrel.  

Rehab Department


Dianne Logan

Dianne is a Registered Veterinary Technician and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP). She received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology from San Juan College and became certified in rehabilitation after completing course work at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine. In order to obtain her certification as a rehab practitioner, Dianne had to successfully complete postgraduate coursework covering various orthopedic, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and their treatment. Earning her CCRP is the result of much effort and dedication to helping animals. Her professional experience with animals includes working with both large and small animal practices with an emphasis on alternative treatments. Dianne founded the rehab center at Needham Animal Hospital in 2011 and has been recognized as a "pioneer" in laser therapy for her work with exotic animals. Dianne has twice been published for her photobiomodulation work with lasers. Dianne and her husband, Bill, love animals and share their home with their dogs, donkeys and chickens.

Tricia Earnhart


Tricia joined the WAFRC team in August of 2014. She is a licensed occupational therapist assistant and worked for the Rowan County school system for six years before finding her true passion of helping animals in need. She is certified in laser therapy and was certified in rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine's CCRP program in December, 2014. Her interests include conservative treatments and alternative therapies. Tricia shares her home with her dogs, horse,donkey and chickens.


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