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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) and Chewy, a Wheaten Terrier. 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.

Tiffany Chappell, DVM  

 Dr. Tiffany Chappell was raised in Athens, Georgia where she attended undergrad and received a bachelor's degree in biology and minor in animal science.  To continue her education in bulldog country she attended the veterinary school at the University of Georgia and graduated in 2008.  Upon completion of school she did an internship at an emergency referral hospital in Tampa, Florida and then headed west for Oregon.  She returned to the east coast to be closer to family and has enjoyed  life in Wilmington with her husband Bobby, daughter Luna and her four legged children, Izzy the terrier mix and Tsunami the lazy cat.  In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, travel, DIY arts and craft, reading, and relaxing with her family.  Dr. Chappell is excited to provide quality care for the pet community of Wilmington and looks forward to meeting you!

Stacia Thompson, BVSc  

Dr. Stacia Thompson, originally from Minnesota, received her Bachelor 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.

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.   

Charlie Jenkins, DVM

Dr. Charlie Jenkins realized that veterinary medicine was her calling when she was a small child.  Originally from the Charlotte area, she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Animal & Veterinary Science from Clemson University, where she also worked toward a minor in theatre (she particularly enjoyed set design and construction as well as painting).  At the end of her fourth (clinical) year at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, she received the Companion Animal Faculty Clinical Proficiency Award.  After receiving her DVM degree, Dr. Jenkins completed a one year internship at a large practice in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Her professional interests include surgery, dentistry, feline medicine, and end-of-life care.  She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA), and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

Dr. Jenkins has two domestic short-haired cats, Tyler and Greylyn, who are both incredibly spoiled.  When she isn’t working, she enjoys reading, traveling, sewing, cooking, and craft and DIY projects.  She looks forward to a time when she can adopt a pet dairy cow.  Dr. Jenkins is excited to explore Wilmington and to get to know your pets and family!

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 3 children and their cat and dog, enjoys cooking, sewing and spending time with her church family.    

Carly Wittstein 

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 friends, traveling and going to the beach.  Carly shares her home with Brody and Cooper, her 2 mixed breed dogs, Macy, her Chihuahua and her 4 horses.  She has recently expanded her brood to include 7 chickens, which provide some very delightful eggs to the Needham staff. 

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 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, 

Amy Parker

Amy worked for us many years ago and has recently rejoined the team 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 fish.  She enjoys camping with the cub scouts, hiking, spending time with Jackson on the beach and pedicures.

Hospital Residents

R.I.P. "Katie" 06/28/00-09/15/14

R.I.P. "Kitten"  12/26/97- 12/16/16

Registered Veterinary Technicians

Jennah Bosch , RVT  

Jennah has been a part of the Needham family since January of 2009. 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. Jennah, and her daugther, Cooper, enjoy travelling, movies, going to the beach, and shopping.  They share their home with Gordon Jeffery, a boxer mix, and their cat, Cappuccino.

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 Zoey, a sweater wearing Whippet, or Jordan, an escape artist Cornish Rex, she enjoys fishing, diving, cooking and riding ATV’s.  Christine added to her family in 2011 when she married her husband, Eddie.

Grace Horrell 

Grace, who is from White Lake, graduated from UNCW in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  Grace enjoys snuggling with her cats, Dinah and Binx, while they all watch old campy horror movies.  Her ambition is to work in animal therapy with senior citizens and sick children. 

Christina Lockfaw

Christina joined the Needham family in June 2012.  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, spending time at the beach and going on adventures.  She currently shares her home with her 2 dogs, Sunny and Hoyt, and her 2 cats, Nugget and Merlot (the tripod).

Nikki Quirk 

Nikki, who has received an Associates Degree in Science from Coastal Carolina Community College, is currently enrolled at UNCW where she is pursuing a Bachelor's in Biology with a Neuroscience minor and pre-veterinary studies.  With hopes of attending veterinary school after graduating, Nikki is a member of the UNCW Pre-Vet Medical Association, where she often participates in volunteer work.  Nikki and her girlfriend, Sabrina, moved to Wilmington in 2013.  When not in school or volunteering, they enjoy the beach, dancing, and being pampered at the spa.  Nikki and Sabrina are joined by Roxy, Fluff, and Nani, their cats.

Stanley Futrell  

Ley joined our Needham family in August of 2016.  He is from Tarboro, NC and went to the University of North Carolina Wilmington to study Environmental Science.  He came to us as an experienced veterinary assistant and trains assistance dogs for Paws4People.  He loves all sports, reading and of course animals.  


 Jo Davis 


Kellie Holcomb

Kellie joined the Needham family in June of 2015.  

Anna Matthews

Anna has joined our Needham family in August of 2016 and is from Durham, NC.  She currently works in reception and our rehabilitation department.  She studied biology at the University of North Carolina Charlotte and the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  She received her Associate in Arts from Durham Tech and will be going to school for her license as a physical therapy assistant.  Anna travels often to the Durham area to be with her parents, older bother, his wife and her boyfriend of six years.  She loves spending time with her retired racing greyhound Eleanor (aka Nora).  In her spare time, Anna loves to be outside hiking, camping, and kayaking.  She loves to garden and she loves taking Nora everywhere she goes.

Rachel Champ  

Rachel has been a wonderful addition to our Needham family since July 2016.  She splits her time in reception and boarding/doggie daycare and loves them both.  She has attended classes at Longwood University and Cape Fear Community College, and plans to go back to Cape Fear to pursue a vet tech degree.  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 significant other, Erin and her furry loves, Caroline, a mixed breed dog that she found when she was 13, and Remy Martin, a 7 year old cat that adopted her in 2014.  She loves music, is a very talented singer, she collects eclectic art and loves cuddling furry animals and going on adventures with her pup!  She has worked with many types of animals, but has found joy working with small animals and exotic pets.  

Emily Lara

Kara Ward

Charlie Jo Hall

Kennel Staff

Mike Stewart

Mike joined the Needham family in May of 2016.  He is originally from right here in Wilmington and his a graduate of Laney High School and Cape Fear Community College where he studied Marine Technology.  He has worked as a weekend director for a local news channel and a department manager at a home improvement store.  He shares his home with his wife Rachel and terrier mix Leela.  He enjoys boating, fishing, hiking, camping, and traveling.  

Caitlyn Cooper

Aaron Fuelling

Aaron, who is a native of Wilmington, originally joined the Needham family while shadowing for college.  After graduating with an Associates Degree from Cape Fear Community College, Aaron rejoined Needham as a kennel attendant.  When not studying engineering with his father, Aaron likes to swim, bicycle, and play tennis, and he volunteers at a soup kitchen on Sundays.  Aarons two loves are his Golden Retriever, Cocoa, and eating!

Kara Ward

Makayla Roberts

Makayla, who is originally from Tucson, AZ, joined our Needham family in January of 2017.  She spent one year with AmeriCorps NCCC in 2015 and was a livestock intern in 2016.  She has 4 older brothers and a cat named Keanu.  In her spare time enjoys dog sitting and dancing. 

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 Elleman

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, 9 cats, 4 birds, 2 sugar gliders, 1 chipmunk, and 4 baby squirrels.  

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 have 3 dogs, 1 cat, 3 donkeys and 3 chickens.