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.


Meet Our Staff


MADELYN BRUMBAUGH

I was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. Growing up in “horse country” on several acres of land helped develop my love for animals at a young age. My family acquired animals of all different ways of life throughout the years, further fueling my passion for animal care. I moved to Beaufort in 2017 and just recently found my way into the veterinary field. Every day I spend helping animals is a fulfilling learning experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything else. When I’m not working, I enjoy exploring the outdoors, reading, and snuggling with my cat, Simba.


ALYSSA HAYWARD

I started working here at Hilton Head Veterinary Clinics in the beginning of summer 2019. Prior to that, I shadowed Dr. Wenkheimer in high school as much as I could. I am currently on my second year of college, hoping to fulfill my dream of becoming a veterinarian. Animals hold a huge place in my heart. With that being said, the veterinary field is definitely for me. I love interacting with the community, as I grew up here on Hilton Head Island. When I have free time, I like to snuggle with my cats, “Marlo” and “Jasper”, go swimming, or read a good book.