Meet Our Team

Dr. Peter Dugan


Dr. Dugan was born in Western New York in a small town near Buffalo. He is the 6th child in a family of 9, 6 boys and 3 girls. His interest in animals began as a young boy. Although his parents were not fond of pets, his older siblings eventually wore them down and they were allowed to have a dog and a few cats.

After graduating from High School, he lived in Maryland with his Uncle Bob and his family. He was a veterinarian who had a mixed animal practice, treating farm animals and pets. He was a tremendous influence on Dr. Dugan's desire to become a veterinarian. He then went on to attend Virginia Tech as an undergrad, studying animal science and was accepted into the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He received his DVM in May of 1990.

After graduation, he moved to North Carolina and worked for 2 years in a mixed animal practice in Lenoir. This was followed by 6 years in Winston Salem working at an animal emergency hospital.

Dr. Dugan met his wife in Winston-Salem while he attended Wake Forest University. Following their dream, they moved to Wilmington in 1997, purchased a small piece of land, and built Coastal Carolina Animal Hospital. They have two children, Alexandra and John, and a 13-year-old Maltese named Isabelle. In his free time, he loves to go boating, travel and spend time with family.

Dr. William Rodgers


Dr. Rodgers has been working with our hospital as a relief veterinarian for over three years and has made a difference in so many of the lives of our patients.

Dr. Rodgers knew that at a young age, he was destined to work with animals. He grew up owning and caring for many animals as a small child, and from an early age, his passion for caring for animals blossomed. Dr. Rodgers graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. Since graduating, he has developed many new skills. He has experience working directly with small animals, reptiles, and exotics. Dr. Rodgers has also been involved in community organizations such as "The Guiding Eyes for the Blind" guide dog program, the North Carolina Falconers Guild, and many local wildlife rehabilitation programs. Today, Dr. Rodgers provides relief services to local veterinary hospitals while running his own veterinary mobile clinic.

Dr. John Manolukas


Dr. Manolukas is originally from Northeastern Ohio. He received a BA from Hiram College in NE Ohio. He then received a PhD in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the College of Medicine and a DVM in the College of Veterinary Medicine, both from Ohio State University. He practiced for ten years in his native Youngstown, OH, treating dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, and exotics. He taught canine obedience and worked as a veterinarian for several dog and cat shows.

He practiced for many years as an owner/veterinarian of a small animal clinic in Toledo, OH. While in Toledo, he served on several committees at the Toledo Zoo and even worked as a relief zoo vet on occasion. During this time, he served as the “Ask the Vet” for a National Cat (Ragdoll) magazine.

He has a passion for practicing high-quality medicine and surgery and has special interests in dentistry, cardiology, ultrasonography, and echocardiology. Recently receiving advanced training in Veterinary Dental Medicine, he has developed a focus on providing high-quality veterinary dental care; after all, every pet deserves a comfortable bite!

After hearing the call of the North Carolina coast, he left Ohio to manage a practice in Wilmington for eight years. After leaving that practice, he spent a couple of years away from Wilmington, but now he is back. He could not stay away from Wilmington and came back to join the Coastal Carolina team.

His interests include an intense love of music. He has taught violin and piano, and his current project is learning Byzantine chant. He serves as a chanter at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on Market Street.

Kristin Dickens

Hospital Manager

Kristin has always had a passion for working with animals. As a young girl, she knew that veterinary medicine was the field she wanted to be in. She started her journey by volunteering at her local humane society, where she helped fundraise and find homes for homeless animals. Later, she was promoted to shelter worker and then started in a kennel position at her very first veterinary job. Over the years, she gained experience working as a receptionist and veterinary assistant. In January of 2014, she joined Coastal Carolina Animal Hospital’s team as a veterinary tech assistant and in the Summer of 2017, she was promoted to Hospital Manager. She is passionate about client education and patient care. Kristin is married and has one daughter named Jillian. She is a lover of Chihuahuas and has three small dogs (Trixie, Coco, Frito). In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, collecting sea shells, and painting.

Ashley Dickson

Tech Assistant

Ashley has a bachelor's degree in biology from UNCW and got started in veterinary medicine in 2015, working as a kennel tech at her local animal shelter. She started working in veterinary hospitals in 2019 and has worked at Coastal Carolina Animal Hospital since 2021. She loves working in veterinary medicine, being able to work with a multitude of animals, and being able to help and support our clients. At home, she has a bloodhound named Atlas, who is her baby, and an axolotl named Fredrick. When she's not working she enjoys sewing and going bird watching.

Susie Harrison

Tech Assistant

Susie started her career in veterinary medicine by working in an all feline clinic here in Wilmington, NC. Susie has over 20 amazing years of experience in veterinary assisting and more than 15 of those years have been spent here at CCAH. Susie is our lead surgery assistant and performs most of our patient’s dental cleanings. Susie enjoys both cats and dogs, but she is the biggest cat lover! Ask her anything about a cat, and she’ll tell you everything you want to know. She is passionate about working in feline geriatrics. She currently has one fur kitty at home, Stinker. Susie also enjoys spending her free time curled up with a good book.

Madison Nowland

Tech Assistant

This is Maddie! Maddie came to us in July of 2021. She started her career as a farmhand and then worked as a kennel attendant in a boarding facility, where her love for animals blossomed. Today, Maddie works closely with our patients as a technician assistant and says that her goal is not only to help them but to make them feel safe and comfortable at the same time. In her free time, Maddie enjoys spending time with her two dogs (Ryleigh & Collie) and her cat (Sprout).

Haley Jordan

Veterinary Receptionist

Meet Haley. She is our rockstar receptionist at Coastal Carolina Animal Hospital. She absolutely loves her line of work because it allows her to collaborate with clients help meet their needs, and she says that “fluffy friends” are an added bonus! She has a pet turtle named Jane, who she loves dearly. In her free time, she enjoys playing the guitar, painting, and being outdoors. She plans to be a part of Coastal Carolina Animal Hospital for a long time, creating a welcoming environment for the clients and their furry companions!

Taylor Evers

Tech Assistant

Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from East Carolina University. She came home one summer from school and worked as a dog daycare attendant, where her love for animals grew substantially. Taylor wants every animal to feel loved and cared for and finds the veterinarian field to be fascinating. She loves hanging out with her three dogs, Zumi, Koda and Poppy, along with her two cats, Waverly and Hardy!