Beth Nix has worked for Veterinary Specialties At The Lake since its opening in Fall of 2009. Starting as a receptionist to most recently taking over the responsibility of Practice Manager. Roxy, her faithful side kick, joins her each day. Roxy loves her position here at the hospital as the official canine ambassador. Beth loves her job and all the excitement that each day brings. In addition to work at the hospital, she has a full time schedule at home caring for 3 children and all the busy daily activities that entails. In her down time, Beth and her husband love to relax at their Mountain home in Virginia as well as taking a scenic ride on their Harley Davidson.
Samantha joined the team in early April 2010 after approximately 10 years working in the field of veterinary medicine. She graduated from Western Carolina University with a bachelors in Criminal Justice and from Gaston College with an associates in Veterinary Medical Technology. Samantha has been a Registered Veterinary Technician since 2002.
She enjoys gardening, scrapbooking, and spending time with her family. Samantha has lived in the Sherrills Ford area her entire life and now resides in Conover with her husband, Matt and their daughter, Isabella. They also have two cats, Munchkin and Ralphie and a newt, Figgy.
Patti was born and raised on Long Island, N.Y., and joined our team at VSL in March of 2013. She has always been an animal lover and Has worked as a pet sitter, kennel attendant and has volunteered at rescue centers. She has also cared for ducks, a Canadian goose and even a Llama, and recently took in several Finches that were rescued from a house fire. She one day hopes to work in wildlife rehabilitation. Patti has one grown daughter, and currently lives in Sherrills Ford with her boyfriend Ken and their three rescues, a Black Lab Mix, a Yellow Lab Mix and a 'Hemingway Polydactyl' cat . She has a certificate from Catawba Valley Community College's online course on 'How to be a Veterinary Assistant'..She enjoys the beach, gardening, boating, motorcycling and being 'grandmother' to a Quaker Parrot and a Great Dane.
Melanie joined the Veterinary Specialties team in March of 2015 as a receptionist. Growing up on a farm in Beaver, Pennsylvania she has always had a passion for all things furry! Melanie now lives in Sherrills Ford with her husband, their Australian Shepherd Baylee, two miniature Dachshunds (Putter and Lily) and her Thoroughbred horse Peaks.
Mel joined Veterinary Specialties as a technician, in Sept 2015 with almost 40 years in the veterinary industry. She has experience in small and large animal as a technician and manager. She loves continuing education and keeping up with what's new in the veterinary world. Her passion is animals and their wellbeing.
Mel and her daughter, Marian have rescued many animals, cats, dogs and horses, far too many to count. She has 4 dogs, 4 cats and 3 horses.
Mel lives with her husband, Donnie, in Mooresville on the family farm where she spends her spare time with her daughter and 3 grandchildren, Ophelia, Zane and Gabe.
Debbie was born in New York State and has lived in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Vermont but is happy to call Lake Norman her home. Her passion for animals was apparent at a very early age while caring for her own pets which included a flock of king pigeons, a cat and dog. This enthusiasm for the 'feathered and furry' was sparked further by an encouraging next-door neighbor who just happened to be a small animal vet. Debbie joined Veterinary Specialties at the Lake in 2013 and enjoys her daily interaction with pets and their owners. Her past careers included working for two gastroenterologists as a medical assistant for several years and later switching careers and working as an Account Manager in Sales and Marketing for a major computer firm for 13 years. Her love of the lake, wildlife and the environment led to her involvement with the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists where she served as Educational Director for two years. Debbie lives on Lake Norman with her Shih Tzu 'Jadie' — her three cats 'Jack', 'Callie' and 'Bitty' and a parrot named 'Rhett.' Her favorite pastimes are enjoying the lake canoeing or riding her waverunner along with her love of books.
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