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Dr. Stephen M. Samson

Dr. Samson is the veterinarian owner of Coastal Animal Hospital. His philosophy of veterinary medicine is to treat all of his patients with the same thoroughness and compassion as if they were his own personal pets. He understands that he is not only treating a pet but a beloved member of the family. His professional interests are geriatric medicine, dermatology, internal medicine and alternative treatment modalities. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, and the Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a member of the Veterinary Information Network, which is an online association of more than 2,000 veterinarians worldwide who share ideas and medical knowledge with the aim of facilitating and progressing the art and science of veterinary medicine. Personal interests include weight lifting, reading, fishing, his church and spending time with his 4 children. Dr. Samson's pets include Roman, a Golden retriever, Coastal, a rescue Lab mix, Perci, a Cavalier King Charles & Poodle, and Maybelline, a Cairn & Jack Russell terrier. Psalm 136:1


Dr. Christinia B. Hicks

Dr_Hicks.jpgDr. Hicks is a born-and-raised native of Hatteras Village, and completed her medical degree at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She brings a delightful and loving touch to family pet care with her gentle manner, soothing voice, and calming spirit. Her professional interests include surgery, emergency medicine, exotic animals, and dermatology. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association. Still residing in Hatteras Village, Dr. Hicks and her husband share their home with a rescued kitty named Calypso, and Carter, a 4-1/2 foot Ball Python. When not at work, she enjoys fishing, surfing, photography, ansd participating in her church with her husband.


Consulting Specialist & Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. James Clark

Dr_Clark.jpgDr. Clark is called in for consultation and/or surgery if the needs of our patients require it. Owning a home in the Outer Banks, he observed the logistical obstacles people must overcome in order to obtain specialized veterinary care, and recognized the lack of local referral options in eastern North Carolina.  Dr. Clark seeks to deliver a higher quality veterinary specialty care here on the Outer Banks.

He earned his DVM from North Carolina State University in 1996 and then completed a rotating internship in Medicine and Surgery at Mississippi State University. He completed a one-year surgical fellowship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgery Center, followed by a three year surgical residency at University of Minnesota. Dr. Clark has fulfilled all requirements for board certification in small animal surgery and had been working as a staff surgeon at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Cary, NC for the previous six years.