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About Us

Our Story

Providing Progressive Care with an Emphasis on Wellness and Comfort

Lakewood Veterinary Hospital was established over 25 years ago in the small, lakeside town of Mooresville, NC. Since then, we’ve grown alongside this amazing community, devotedly serving our customers and their pets. Relationships have always been a top value and key cornerstone in our care, and we love being part of this community and look forward to many years to come.

Meet Our Doctors

DR. JENNIFER METH

A 2007 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and an undergraduate from Tulane University in New Orleans, Dr. Jenn Meth also graduated from the Chi institute in 2008 and is a certified veterinary acupuncturist. She is currently getting her certification in Rehabilitation. Dr Meth has special interests in internal medicine and integrative medicine. Dr. Meth is originally from New York and now lives in Charlotte with her husband, her son Reece, Quinn her dog, Loki her cat, and her horses Kaiya and the newest addition Makena. In her spare time she loves showing her horses, traveling, and watching football with her friends and family. Go Bucks!!!

Education

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine 2007
Tulane University 2003

OTHER CERTIFICATIONS

Chi institute, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist 2008
University of Tennessee Rehabilitation certification, ongoing

SPecial Interests

Internal medicine
Integrative Medicine
Preventative Care

Fun Fact

She rode on a float during a Mardi Gras parade and she thinks sugar should be the 6th food group.

WHY I BECAME A VET

I have never wanted to be anything else but a vet. My mom tells me stories of myself at 3 years old grabbing horse books and naming every part of a horse that to this day she still cannot name. It has been my dream and my passion my entire life and I am so grateful that I can be a veterinarian every day.

DR. DERICK LENGEMANN

Dr. Lengemann is a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and an undergraduate from Pennsylvania State University. He completed a rotating small animal internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas in Cary, NC and practiced emergency medicine in a referral practice setting. In addition to focusing on best patient care, Dr. Lengemann is passionate about helping build a great team and practice in this profession. He enjoys travel, fitness, golf, and good food.

Education

A 2010 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and an undergraduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

OTHER CERTIFICATIONS

Small animal internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas

SPecial Interests

Dentistry, Pain Management, and Surgery

Fun Fact

Dr. Lengemann loves spending time on the lake with his Labrador retriever Cam!

WHY I BECAME A VET

As a fourth-generation veterinarian, this has always been a part of my life. I elected to join what I consider the best profession in the world with the goal of helping create something better and more sustainable while maintaining the focus on best patient care and a great work culture. Veterinarians are still in the position to be owners of veterinary hospitals and are not all corporately owned. This allows us to focus our efforts and resources where they matter most; the animals, the community, and the growth and well-being of our team that fights for them every day. Along the way, I have been blessed to meet my partner, Dr. Meth, who shared a similar vision and has an even greater passion for the commitment of excellence in patient care. We are extremely grateful that Lakewood Veterinary Hospital can provide that level of care and work environment for our patients, community, and our work family. I could not be more excited about being a veterinarian in this profession and the future that lies ahead as we continue to serve our community.

Dr. Emily Jones

A graduate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and an undergraduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. special interests in surgery, dentistry, and dermatology. Enjoy traveling, reading, going to concerts, and spending time with my husband, two step-daughters, and two dogs Harley and Mickey.

Education

University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, 2022
Undergraduate from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2016

OTHER CERTIFICATIONS

Fear-Free Certified
Professional certificate in shelter medicine from Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at UF CVM

SPecial Interests

Surgery, dentistry, and dermatology. Also big interest in shelter medicine and would like to do more spay/neuter or shelter work on the side one day.

FUN FACTS

I studied abroad/lived in Australia for 5 months while in college and scuba dived on the Great Barrier Reef. Did long distance with husband for 4 years while in vet school. Used to ask for a shrimp cocktail ring from Walmart for my bdays as a kid instead of a cake. (Savory>sweet all day) lol

Dr. Kelsi Baxter

Dr. Baxter is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She received her undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University and her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Baxter completed a small animal rotating internship at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center. Outside of work, Dr. Baxter enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends and watching college football.

Education

Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris, University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Science, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University

SPecial Interests

Dermatology, preventative care, and internal medicine

Fun fact

Dr. Baxter enjoys spending time on the lake in the summer and skiing in the winter. She also enjoys exploring new restaurants and breweries around Charlotte. 

DR. ANN PRIOR

A graduate of Oklahoma State Veterinary School and an undergraduate from Virginia Tech, Dr. Prior moved to North Carolina after Veterinary School. Dr. Prior has special interests in integrative medicine and senior care. Dr. Prior loves spending time outdoors with her husband and daughter.

Education

Oklahoma State Veterinary School and an undergraduate from Virginia Tech

OTHER CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian

SPecial Interests

Integrative medicine and senior care

Fun Fact

Dr. Prior loves spending time outdoors with her husband and daughter!

WHY I BECAME A VET

“As a child, I was the stereotypical little girl who loved animals. I wanted to spend time with our family pets, and was drawn to other pets I got to meet along the way. I can't say that there was a pivotal moment at which I decided to pursue veterinary medicine. I enjoyed science and math the most in school, and it wasn't a stretch to move in that direction.

When I was in high school, I applied for a job as a kennel assistant in the veterinary clinic we had always taken our pets. I got the job, figuring I would learn whether or not I really wanted to pursue veterinary medicine, and if I did, I would be getting much needed experience. I loved that job. It was not necessarily easy, and was definitely not clean; but I felt like I was contributing to helping creatures feel better. I kept that job through high school, and during breaks throughout college. Two of the veterinarians whom I had worked with there were kind enough to write me recommendations to veterinary school.

It has been such an interesting field to be a part of, ever changing, ever evolving. I hope to continue to learn and grow throughout my career.”

MATT RITTER, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Matt Ritter is a board certified veterinary surgeon who performs orthopedic and complex soft tissue surgeries at Lakewood Veterinary Hospital. He received his veterinary degree at the Iowa State University in 2002, followed by an internship at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003 before he completed his surgical residency training at Michigan State University in 2006.

Education

Veterinary degree from the Iowa State University in 2002, followed by an internship at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003 and surgical residency at Michigan State University in 2006

SPECIAL INTERESTS

Orthopedic and complex soft tissue surgeries

Fun Fact

Dr. Ritter enjoys spending time with his large family when not in the operating room

SCOTT TIDWELL, DVM, DACVR

Dr. Scott Tidwell is a board certified veterinary radiologist who performs onsite abdominal ultrasounds and echocardiogram. He received his veterinary degree at the University of Florida, before completing an internship at Washington State University and a residency at Central Florida Veterinary Radiology in 2006.

Education

Veterinary degree at the University of Florida, internship at Washington State University and residency at Central Florida Veterinary Radiology in 2006

SPecial Interests

Abdominal ultrasounds and echocardiogram

FUN FACT

Dr. Tidwell enjoys spending time with his family as well as being outdoors as much as possible.

Dr. MELISSA BOLAND

A graduate from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and an undergraduate from Michigan State University. Dr. Boland has special interests in internal medicine and surgery. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with family, friends, and her cat, Ivy.

Education

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and an undergraduate from Michigan State University

OTHER CERTIFICATIONS

Fear Free Certified

SPecial Interests

Internal medicine and surgery; I also enjoy working with ruminants (cattle, sheep, and goats) and would love to have a hobby farm someday

Fun Fact

I love traveling and have been to seven different countries. I have a rescue cat named Ivy who was found at eight weeks old with multiple leg and tail fractures. She’s seven now and has the cutest bobtail! My favorite way to stay active is weightlifting. My two most unique patients were an adult lion and tiger!

WHY I BECAME A VET

“I have always loved animals and some of my earliest memories are centered around caring for them. Despite this lifelong connection, it wasn’t until my freshman year of college that it clicked in my head that this is what I was meant to do. I was lucky to have a great role model, my aunt, who is also a veterinarian and offered me my first job as a veterinary assistant. I spent my summers learning from her and gaining first hand experience at how rewarding this career can be.

I knew I wanted to be a part of a profession where I was making a difference. I consider myself very lucky to experience that on a daily basis. Veterinary medicine is my passion and I’m excited to continue to learn and grow within this field.”

Melissa Boland

Meet Our Team

Dana

Dana

HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR
Fun Fact:

Loves lake time with her family and friends, Mickey Mouse is her favorite, military veteran wife

Kimberly

Kimberly

R.V.T./HOSPITAL DIRECTOR
Fun Fact:

Loves to hike the waterfalls of North Carolina, born and raised in Mooresville, a pom mom, has a three-legged, one eyed cat

Joseph

Joseph

PATIENT CARE ADVOCATE/INVENTORY MANAGER
Fun Fact:

Member and curler at Charlotte Curling Association, has tried >1300 different beers

Daniel

Daniel

COMMUNITY LIAISON
Fun Fact:

Member of the Order of The Spanish Main, former federal law enforcement officer, doesn't like escargot/small paper clips/heights, loves strawberry rhubarb pies

Brieanna

Brieanna

HOSPITAL ASSISTANT
Fun Fact:

From Boston, has 10 tattoos, favorite animal is elephant and is a pats fan

Carrie

Carrie

CLIENT SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
Fun Fact:

Can talk backwards, picks things up with her toes, wants to fly a fighter jet before she dies

Laurian

Laurian

R.V.T.
Fun Fact:

Used to live in Alaska and dreams of going back one day, used to search for bombs with her military working dog "Mongo" for President Bush, has lived in Korea, deployed to Afghanistan, Uzbekistan

Sarah

Sarah

CLIENT SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
Fun Fact:

She is an Irish step dancer and has competed at Jr Nationals for Tae Kwon Do

Heather

Heather

Hospital Assistant
Fun Fact:

Has a pet corn snake named Cornflake, loves camping/cooking and spending time with her family

Katie

Katie

HOSPITAL ASSISTANT
Fun Fact:

Knows sign language, has a horse named Fudge, has special needs cat and wants to adopt more

Jackie

Jackie

CLIENT SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
Fun Fact:

Loves spending time at the barn riding her horse, loves classic movies

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