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Dr. Nathan Higgins

Dr. Nathan Higgins earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Virginia Tech. He then went on to a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. Dr. Higgins practiced small animal medicine in Manassas, Virginia. In late 2013, Dr. Higgins and his wife, Wendy, decided to move their family to the eastern shore and start Cape Charles Animal Hospital. Dr. Higgins’ professional interests include surgery, ultrasonography, and challenging medical cases. Outside of work, Dr. Higgins enjoys spending time with his wife, Wendy, and their two children, Autumn and Cayden. He also enjoys fishing, and spending time outdoors. He looks forward to serving Northampton County and the surrounding area.

Barbara Wivell, Assistant/Technician

Barbara was born and raised in Miramar Florida. She moved to the shore in 1998 at the age of 12 to be closer to her grandparents. She has 2 older brothers, 1 older sister, and an identical twin sister. She graduated from Nandua High School in 2003 and started working in the Veterinary field in 2006. Barbara is an assistant/technician at Cape Charles Animal Hospital. She has been part of the team since the summer of 2017. Her favorite part of her job is making a positive difference in animal’s lives. She enjoys crafting, going to the beach, spending time in nature and being with her 3 children and husband. She also has 3 cats and a mutt.

Jessica Charlton, Receptionist

Jessica has been one of our receptionists since the end of January 2018. She was born up in Long Island, New York and then moved to the Eastern Shore with her family. She graduated High School at Northampton and then attended Hollins University where she received a Bachelor's degree in Business and Communication. She lives in Cheriton with her two fur babies, her Pit Bull named Guinness and her cat named Buggy. Jessica has always had a love for animals and is very excited to be a part of the team! She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.


Antonia Fitchett, Assistant/ Technician 
 Antonia is a proud Alumna of THE Virginia State University (c/o 2018) who has her eyes set on attending vet school in the near future! Born and raised here on the Eastern Shore, Antonia has 3 dogs; Tapanga, Nova and Max. She loves spending her time at the mall shopping and trying new foods! Antonia also loves working at Cape Charles Animal Hospital where she is excited about building wonderful bonds with her coworkers and learning tons of interesting new things every day!


Kati Sterling, Office Manager

Kati joined our team in 2015 as an assistant/ technician, she is currently our office manager at Cape Charles Animal Hospital. She enjoys meeting new patients, and making people laugh. Kati is a “come here” from a town called Hickory on the border of North Carolina.  She has three children, two dogs, and two cats. When Kati's not at work she enjoys traveling and getting some fresh air. 


Christina Tilghman, Receptionist

Christina was born and raised in PG also Anne Arundel county MD. Moved to the ESVA in September of 2001. Spent 17 years in Fire/EMS with Chincoteague Fire company and Melfa Fire and Rescue. She still works concurrently with critical care transport. Has had a love of ALL animals since childhood. She has a 12 year old Blue and gold Macaw parrot, Blue . An 11 year old cat Lola and, her dashound Reese 5. Plus her cherished late Rottweiler Gracie 4. When she's not caring for people or assisting in the wellness of an animal. She loves spending time with two special people James and Addison and going to concerts.


Kelsey McCloskey, Assistant/ Technician 

Kelsey was born and raised in Pennsylvania where her parents and 5 brothers still live. She graduated from Penn State University with a degree in veterinary and biomedical science. She has been working in veterinary medicine for 5 years now. Kelsey has a fluffy cat named archer and a horse named Soccerboy. When she isn't at work she can usually be found in the barn or at a horse show. 

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