Meet Our Veterinarians

DR. KIRK DIXON, DVM
People often ask me why I became a veterinarian. I don’t think there was any single factor that influenced me, but I know it was my career dream since I was very young. I can remember trying to pick classes in the eighth grade that would help me to get into vet school. One of my older brothers is a veterinarian and I’m sure he influenced me. It seems veterinary medicine is becoming a family tradition as both of my daughters are now veterinarians and one of my grandsons is currently expressing a desire to join the ranks.

I have always believed in being an advocate for the weak and disadvantaged, so helping animals fight disease is a perfect fit. I also love the fact that in medicine, every day is different. I love developing relationships with our clients. Many of our clients have seen my life evolve from young father of four to a grandfather of two. Life has presented me with many challenges and adventures that I enjoy sharing with others for their amusement and benefit. My staff always harasses me that once someone gets me going I talk way too much. I like teaching clients about their pet’s problems so they can better understand and manage them. I love being a veterinarian.

Even though I graduated from Colorado State University over 37 years ago, and I have practiced on Hilton Head for over 34 years, I am still ecstatic about our present and future. I have practiced veterinary medicine longer in this area than anyone else in the history of Hilton Head/Bluffton and I look forward to practicing for another 20 years. I purchased the Mathews Drive practice in 1985. I purchased a second practice on the Palmetto Bay Road office in 1998. In 2011 I merged the two island offices and opened our office in Okatie. I believe in offering our clients the most services, the best and most convenient facilities, and the best value in pet care. If you are one of our clients, thank you so much for your allowing us to care for your cherished furry family member(s). If you are not yet a client, please come join us as we continue to grow.


DR. SARA WENKHEIMER, DVM
I was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado. From a very young age, I was obsessed with animals and knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. At age 15, I started volunteering at the Denver Zoo. This was the beginning of an exciting 12 years of various volunteer, internship, and paid positions there, all while attending school. During undergrad, I also worked at the local humane society. After getting my Bachelors in Biological Science with a minor in Biomedical Science from Colorado State University, I got a job as veterinary assistant and continued working there after getting accepted back to my Alma Mater for veterinary school in 2010. During veterinary school at CSU, I studied large, small, and exotic animal medicine. Halfway through vet school I spent a month in South Africa living in the “bush” and learning about veterinary care of the native wildlife. During my last two years of veterinary school, I was fortunate to get month-long veterinary internships at three different zoos.

Graduating in 2014, I jumped on the opportunity to move to Hilton Head Island and began working at Hilton Head Veterinary Clinics, where I have been ever since. I love working with dogs, cats, and exotic animals such as small mammals, birds, and reptiles. My own pets include 3 dogs, 3 cats, 4 snakes, 2 birds, 3 lizards, 2 sugar gliders, 2 aquatic turtles, and a tortoise. Many of these found their own way to me in need of a good home. I have a soft spot in my heart (and in my home) for “special needs” pets.Outside of work, I love spending time with my fiancee, family, friends, and pets. I enjoy traveling, playing piano, reading historical fiction novels, trying new restaurants, visiting zoos, and staying fit. I also like watching football (NFL), shows like Forensic Files, and am shamelessly hooked on the Bachelor/Bachelorette series. When I get back home to Colorado for a visit, I love to hit the slopes, as I was once an avid snowboarder and catching up with my family and friends. However, I have settled into life in the low-country quite well, and I appreciate the laid-back atmosphere, the culture and scenery, and being able to take my dogs to the beach whenever I want. By far, the best part of living and working here is my wonderful coworkers, clients, and patients!

Meet Our Staff

JENNA FRAMPTON
I was born and raised in Ohio, but have been living here in Bluffton since 2008 after I graduated college. I have been vacationing on HHI since I was little and always dreamed of living here. I have an Education degree from Bethany College, and have taught in a Special Education classroom for years, but have always had a bigger passion to be able to work with animals and help in anyway I can. Growing up I lived next door to a Veterinarian, who had several pets and farm animals, which sparked my love of animals very early on. I have been working here at Hilton Head Veterinary Clinics, since May 2017 and love the clinic and learning as much as I can about the field. I have two shih-tzu furbabies of my own that I absolutely adore, named Ali and Bronson. I spend the majority of my time, not spent at work, snuggling and taking pictures of them. I love getting to come to work everyday and help all of the sweet animals that come into the clinic daily, and building relationships with all of the clients.


MORGAN MESSICK
I was born and raised outside of Indianapolis, Indiana, and have had a love for animals for as long as I can remember. My career in the animal welfare industry began at the age of fourteen when I started a part-time job at a local doggy-daycare/boarding facility. As I grew in knowledge with plenty of “hands-on” experience, I started to realize that caring for animals was something I wanted to do long-term. I moved to the South in 2017 and began working at the Humane Society for Greater Savannah (Georgia) where I was able to learn about the inner workings of the shelter system – something that I feel has shaped me on both personal and professional levels. After making the decision to move to South Carolina, I began working at Hilton Head Veterinary Clinics in June 2018. I am thankful to work for a company that shares my values, right down to a shared motto: “treating every patient as if they were our own pet, and giving the same loving attention and care”. I have two wonderful pets of my own – one dog, Piper Mae, and one cat, Skylar Marie.


TERA DOUGLAS
I grew up in a small town in Northern New York and just recently found my way down here to South Carolina. I decided to trade in the snow for humidity and sunshine – most of the time anyways. As long as I can remember, I’ve had an interest in animal care – though, until recently, I’ve been around large livestock animals more until I began working in small animal practices. I have a Bachelors Degree from the State University of Fredonia, and may one day decide on attending veterinary school. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time outdoors, with family and friends, as well as my dog, Pebbles.