Meet Our Team

We pride ourselves on our AAHA accreditation and the high level of medicine that we are able to provide to our patients.

Dr. Stacy O’Quinn: Partner, Veterinarian

Education: North Georgia College, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Stacy O'Quinn Veterinarian

Joined Team: July 2000
Pictured with “Pocket”

I am originally a Georgia girl, St. Simons Island and Gainesville. I got my first pony when I was eight and always had dogs and cats throughout my childhood. Always dedicated to my animals, I worked two jobs in high school to pay for my horse and one in college for the same reason. I never lived in a dorm room because I always had to have my dog and cat living with me. My dog and I were inseparable throughout college: hiking, fishing and camping every weekend. She really got me through vet school!

I graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. Upon graduation, I moved back home to Brunswick, Georgia where I met and married my husband, Shannon, and started working with Dr. Sybil Davis. In 1999, Shannon and I moved up to South Carolina so that Sybil and I could start our dream practice. We have never looked back! My dad always said, “You spend as much time working as being at home, so you better like your job.” I really took that to heart. My clients and patients are like family to me. I enjoy not only the medicine and surgery, but the updates and stories of my patients and their families.

I still ride my horses every chance I get, barrel racing in National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) shows around South Carolina and Georgia. Shannon is an inshore fishing captain and owner of Carolina Fishing Adventures where he takes people fishing for redfish, cobia and whatever else is biting.  Our son, Austin, is a student at John Paul II Catholic School. He loves skateboarding, show skiing (when he gets a chance), bicycling and football.

Dr. Joshua Mitchum: Partner, Veterinarian

Education: Clemson University, Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Joshua Mitchum Veterinarian

Joined Team: April 2007

I grew up right here in the Lowcountry, and I have always enjoyed the outdoors. Spring time on the golf course and Summer time on the river with my family are two of my favorite pastimes. During college football season, I will be cheering for the Clemson Tigers! My wife, Emily, is an ambulatory veterinarian and cares for large animals.

Our lives changed for the better in 2014 when our son, Charlie, was born and again in 2017 when our daughter, Katie, arrived. If there is one thing that I love more than being a veterinarian, it is being a father. We share our home with three dogs, three cats, two horses and a pony. Charlie and Katie enjoy helping to take care of our pets, and I am proud to see them developing a respect for and love of animals.

I have always known, even in kindergarten, that I wanted to spend my life caring for animals. One of the greatest feelings is when I am able to help a sick or injured animal to get well. I understand how important the bond is between doctor, client and patient. This relationship is something to be cherished. Seeing people and their pets grow and change before my eyes is a very rewarding experience. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful clients and patients.

Windi: Lab Tech, Veterinary Assistant

Education: University of South Carolina

Specialties: Dog Training, Dog Sports and Rescue

Windi Lab Tech Veterinary Assistant

Joined Team: April 2001
Pictured with “Vamp”

I have always loved animals. Working at an animal hospital where I can make their lives better was a great choice for me. I am a big proponent of annual bloodwork for animals of all ages. Routine bloodwork diagnosed one of my cats with diabetes and another one with renal failure. Because bloodwork caught both of these diseases early, I was able to prolong both of my cats’ lives with proper treatment and medication. I teach both agility and puppy classes (Morningstar’s Clever K9s) as well as run a non-profit animal rescue organization (Morningstar Animal Rescue & Referral, Inc.) My dogs are a huge part of my life. I compete with them all over the United States in agility, barn hunt, dock diving, lure coursing and herding. I share my life with a very patient husband, our teenage son, our eight dogs (Wick, Fig, Singe, Crush, Freedom, Biggie Smalls, Vamp and Spider) and the most awesome cats, Chili and Mia. My life is very busy, but animals are my passion and I would not have it any other way.

Nikema: Head Receptionist

Nikema Head Receptionist

Joined Team: June 2004

 My name is Nikema, but my co-workers call me “Kema”. I have been working at Riverwalk Animal Hospital since 2004, and I really enjoy my job! I am originally from Philly, but now I live in Bluffton with my son and our three pets: two Pit Bulls, Raven and Tank, and one cat, Jay. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and traveling up and down the east coast. I can also be found on the side lines cheering my son on at one of his games. I look forward to meeting you and your fur babies. I am one of the smiling faces that will greet you when you arrive at Riverwalk Animal Hospital.

Nadine: Receptionist

Specialties: Feline Behavior and Care, Neonatal Care

Nadine Receptionist

Joined Team: December 2004

The time spent with my pets at Riverwalk Animal Hospital naturally led to my working here. This is a fulfilling job that I wish had come into my life sooner. My animal tribe consists of one dog, numerous cats and two horses. I make my home in Okatie along with my husband, son and all of our furry friends.

Lora: Head Veterinary Technician

Education: Millersville University

Specialties: Surgery Nurse, Dentistry

Lora Head Veterinary Technician

Joined Team: January 2007
Pictured with “Luke” and “Jack”

I grew up on a farmette in Pennsylvania, and I have always loved animals. I cannot imagine working in a field other than veterinary medicine. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in biology from Millersville University, and I enjoy continuing my education and expanding my knowledge through online classes. I love to learn! Prior to moving to South Carolina in 2005, I was a member of the Nursing Department at New Bolten Center, the University of Pennsylvania’s Large Animal Hospital. I currently live in Bluffton with my husband, Tony, our son, Owen, our dogs (Jack and Loki), our cats (Dunkin and Donuts) and our Guinea pigs (Bugsy and Peanut Butter). When I am not working, I can be found sweating it out at Burn Bootcamp or running. I also enjoy hiking, camping and kayaking.

Deb: Veterinary Assistant

Specialties: Pet Nutrition and Weight Management

Deb Veterinary Assistant

Joined Team: April 2008
Pictured with “Cubit” and “Mylo”

When I began working at Riverwalk Animal Hospital, my animal background was primarily equestrian related. The transition to dogs and cats has been a smooth one. The doctors and staff are wonderful, and or days are always interesting. I love my job, and I learn something new every day!

I grew up in a beautiful area of New England. I mostly lived in Connecticut where there were dirt roads, open fields and horse farms. My two children are grown, and I was blessed with my first grandson a few months ago. I have two little dogs that get to come to work with me every day. I am interested in nutrition, and I enjoy educating our clients about the best way to feed their pets. I look forward to meeting new clients every day, so come in and say “hello” to the Riverwalk Animal Hospital team!

Lynne: Receptionist

Lynne Receptionist

Joined Team: December 2008
Pictured with “Lucie”

I moved to the Bluffton area in order to be closer to my daughters and grandsons. I have three furry rescued friends, two Pointers and one cat. It would easy for me to become a collector of Dalmatians and Pointers, but fortunately my neighborhood limits pets to three per household. I love working at Riverwalk Animal Hospital because we are like one big family, and we extend that feeling to our clients with the love and care that we give their pets.

Yvonne: Office Manager

Education: Clemson University

Yvonne Office Manager

Joined Practice: July 2010

I grew up in a small town in the upstate of South Carolina. In 1998, I moved to the Lowcountry to work for a landscape company after graduating from Clemson University with a degree in Horticulture. I continued to work in the landscape industry for twelve years, but along the way I realized that a career change was in my future. My love for and experiences with my pets developed into a desire to seek out a job in the veterinary field.

Riverwalk Animal Hospital opened for business in July 2000. Around this time, I was looking for a vet for my cat. One of my co-workers at the landscape company told me about the animal hospital that his wife (Dr. O’Quinn) had just opened. Fast forward to 2010 when I became an employee of Riverwalk Animal Hospital. I feel blessed to be able to work at the same hospital that I grew to love as a client, and I am proud to be part of such an amazing team of doctors and staff.

My Furry Family:
The Dogs: Eddie, Lila, Buck, Bobo, Junior, Gator
The Cats: Bella, Violet, Amos, Shadow, Noelle, Siddalee
The Goats: Hazel and Cordelia
The Bunny: Butter Bean

Erin: Veterinary Technician, LVT

Education: Ogeechee Technical College

Erin Veterinary Technician

Joined Team: August 2015
Pictured with “Pixie” and “Thor”

I am originally from Savannah, but I currently live in Rincon with my two dogs (Pixie and Thor), rabbit (Snickers) and turtle (Donatello). I have always loved all animals, big or small, and knew that I would have a career working with them. In May 2015, I graduated from Ogeechee Technical College with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology. I am so glad to have found a place where I can work with what I am passionate about, animals, and continue to learn new things.

Lexi: Veterinary Technician

Lexi Veterinary Technician

Joined Team: October 2017
Pictured with “Harvey”

I was born in Erie, Pennsylvania and moved to Beaufort, South Carolina with my family when I was six years old. I have always lived with animals, and I knew that I wanted to be surrounded by them. I moved to Charleston when I was 18 and started my first job in the veterinary field as a Veterinary Assistant at Charleston Veterinary Referral Center. When I moved back to Bluffton three years later, I became part of the Riverwalk Animal Hospital family! I have three cats of my own: Boots, Miti and Harvey Dent. I adopted Harvey from the hospital after he was brought in for wound care and I fell in love with him. I enjoy going to work everyday to be with my amazing co-workers and to give loving care to all of your fur babies.

Julie: Veterinary Technician

Specialties: Surgery Nurse, Dentistry

Joined Team: January 2018
Pictured with “Goose” and “Rosie”

I moved to Sun City in December 2017 and began working for Riverwalk Animal Hospital not long after that. I love my new home in Sun City and my new family at RAH! I am the proud Mom of two Boston Terriers, Goose and Rosie. I am obsessed with giving them (and our patients) manicures/pedicures using the dremel. Outside of work, my interest include: photography, kayaking, attending Washington Redskins games and attending Jimmy Buffet concerts. I am also a foodie and enjoy watching Top Chef, Hell’s Kitchen and other TV reality shows. I look forward to meeting you and your furry kids!

Joy: Kennel Technician, Veterinary Assistant

Joy Kennel Tech Vet Asst

Joined Team: March 2018
Pictured with “River”

My name is Joy and I live in Savannah with my two year old boxer, Louie. I have always loved animals, and am currently enrolled in Penn Foster’s veterinary technician program. Working at Riverwalk Animal Hospital is a great opportunity. I enjoy spending my day with dogs and cats, and I am learning a lot about veterinary medicine.

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