About Us

Our Mission

We provide exceptional veterinary care for pets throughout all life stages. The clients and patients that we serve receive our undivided attention and unconditional respect. Our dedication to service starts with each other and extends to all of the lives we touch.

South Point Pet Hospital in Belmont, NC is a full-service companion animal hospital. It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet.

Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Jim Dobies

Dr. Jim Dobies

Veterinarian / Owner

Dr. Jim Dobies opened South Point Pet Hospital in May 2005 and has been serving pet owners in Gaston County since 1998. Upon graduating from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, he practiced at a small animal private practice in Gastonia. He developed special interests in dermatology and allergies, internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and pain management. His USDA Accreditation enables him to write pet health certificates for both interstate and international travel.

In 2001, Dr. Dobies was recognized by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA) as the Young Veterinarian of the Year. He also served on the Executive Board of the NCVMA. Dr. Dobies currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Gaston College Veterinary Technician Program. Locally, he is a member of the Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown (Belmont) Merchants’ Association. Dr. Dobies is a past-Chair of the Stowe Family YMCA. He currently serves as a board member for the Belmont Impact Fund, a program made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Gaston County, and on the Design Committee for the Belmont Main Street Program.

In 2015, Dr. Dobies opened the first Urgent Care for pets in the United States, UrgentVet Pet Clinic (www.urgentvet.com). UrgentVet is open 365 days a year because “Your Pet Can’t Wait to Feel Better.” Its second location opened in Fort Mill, SC in January 2017.

Dr. Dobies lives in Belmont with his wife Judy; their sons, Tommy, Huston, and Leo; their three dogs and two cats.

Email Dr. Dobies: drdobies@southpointpethospital.com

Dr. Sarah Hartge

Dr. Sarah Hartge

Veterinarian

Dr. Sarah Hartge grew up in Gaston County and graduated from Hunter Huss High School. She traveled to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and then to North Carolina State University. She continued at NCSU, where she joined the College of Veterinary Medicine. After receiving her DVM, she moved just west of Raleigh, where she has been in general practice. She also performed an internship where she received cases in need of further diagnostic imagining and intensive care. Her interests include dermatology, internal medicine, dentistry, nutrition, and general health.

She is very excited to have returned to Gaston County and is residing in Belmont with her daughter, her dog Yogurt, and her curious cat Adelade. You may see her kayaking the Catawba, hiking Crowders Mountain, or biking downtown Belmont. She will always say hello to the dogs and cats she meets on her outdoor adventures!

Email Dr. Hartge: drhartge@southpointpethospital.com

Dr. Melissa Kerns

Dr. Melissa Kerns

Veterinarian

Dr. Melissa Kerns is originally from Charlotte, NC. After living and working for several years in Belmont, she attended Belmont Abbey College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She went on to pursue her DVM at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh.

Dr. Kerns decided to pursue veterinary medicine because she is amazed at the impact that animals can have on individuals and families. She believes that people can learn so much from pets, such as how to live in the moment and how to forgive and love unconditionally. She is honored to care for them in return!

Dr. Kerns is a member of the national and state Veterinary Medical Associations, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and is USDA accredited. Her professional interests include wellness care, educating pet owners on proper care to support the human/animal bond, surgery, dermatology, and ophthalmology. Dr. Kerns is active in her church; she enjoys singing, knitting, and reading; and she loves spending time with her husband Alan and their daughters, Anna, Molly, and Raye. They share their home with a handsome cat named Rupert; two dogs, Iris and Ralph; a rabbit named Strudel; and a lizard named Crosby.

Email Dr. Kerns: drkerns@southpointpethospital.com

Meet Our Team

Liz

Liz

Practice Administrator

Liz joined the staff of South Point Pet Hospital in October 2005 and comes to us with over 25 years of veterinary experience. She enjoys the variety of small animal practice and the variety and challenges of small animal practice management. She looks forward to the constant improvement in veterinary medicine. Liz obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The University of Phoenix in 2012.

Liz lives in Gastonia with husband Jody and their two cats, Chayce and Mystic, and dog Gypsy.

Ashlin

Ashlin

Clinic Manager and RVT

Ashlin came to South Point Pet Hospital in May 2015 after graduating from Gaston College with a degree in Veterinary Medical Technology. She passed her state and national boards, becoming a North Carolina Registered Technician in February 2016! She enjoys all aspects of the veterinary field, but excels in nursing care and performing laboratory procedures. When she is away from work, she loves to hike and watch movies!

Ashlin lives in SC with her fiancée and two orange tabby cats, Captain and Sergeant.

Jerry

Jerry

Receptionist

Jerry joined the staff of South Point Pet Hospital when it was founded in May 2005. She is heavily invested in the Belmont community and has previously served as the Executive Director of the Belmont Chamber of Commerce. She has a passion for helping people and their pets, and loves to welcome each patient to the office! Outside of work, she loves gardening and spending time with her sons and family.

Jerry lives in Belmont with her husband Mike and their kitten Julia.

Stephanie

Stephanie

Receptionist

Stephanie came to South Point Pet Hospital in July 2012 after volunteering and working in the veterinary field since she was twelve years old. After graduating from Winthrop University with a Bachelor’s degree in English, she returned to Gaston County to pursue her passion for rescue work. She enjoys volunteering for local animal rescues, fostering baby kittens, and getting to know all the patients at South Point!

Stephanie lives with her husband and two young daughters; one dog, five cats, three horses, two goats, and a guinea hen.

Sherri

Sherri

Receptionist

Sherri joined the staff of South Point Pet Hospital in August 2015. She received degrees in Radiologic Technologist and Radiation Oncology and worked in Human Health Care for 20 years. Sherri found a love for animals, which sent her career in a new direction, Veterinary Care in 2004. She loves her Jack Russell “Sweetie,” who helps her sometimes at the front desk. She loves her church “Catawba Heights,” where she serves as a greeter. Her hobby is sewing.

Sherri lives in Mt. Holly with her husband and enjoys traveling with her family!

Caitlin

Caitlin

RVT

Caitlin joined the team at South Point Pet Hospital in August 2016 after graduating from Gaston College with a degree in Veterinary Medical Technology. She became a North Carolina Registered Veterinary Technician in May of 2017. Caitlin’s favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is nursing care and assisting with surgical procedures. She loves working in small animal medicine, but she also has a passion for large animals, especially equines. She owns two horses, Dancer, and Josey, and frequently spends her weekends competing in rodeos.

Caitlin lives in Belmont with her two dogs, Hooey and Hemi.

Alex

Alex

Veterinary Assistant

Alex came to South Point Pet Hospital in November 2016. She has always wanted to work with animals since she was a little girl, and she began volunteering at animal shelters during high school in South Florida. Alex brings six years of experience as a veterinary assistant in South Carolina to the team at South Point! Outside of work, she enjoys riding her dirt bike and spending time with her dog, Dannie.

Amanda

Amanda

RVT

Amanda joined the staff of South Point Pet Hospital in March 2017. She became a Registered Veterinary Technician after graduating with honors from Gaston College with a degree in Veterinary Medical Technology in 2015. Her favorite part of the job is helping sick animals who are unable to help themselves, and the satisfaction that stems from seeing a patient make a full recovery.

Amanda lives with her four fur-babies: two dogs, Lylah and Teddy; and two cats, Lucy and Itty Bitty.

Gemma

Gemma

Veterinary Assistant

Gemma came to South Point Pet Hospital in May 2017. She was born and raised in Charlotte and is currently studying at Gaston College. Gemma plans to enroll in the Veterinary Medical Technology program in the spring. She has a love for animals and is passionate about helping animals live the best possible life. She is very excited to learn all there is to know about the veterinary field!

Tangerine

Tangerine

Office Cat

Tangerine came to us in August 2006 when her owner could no longer keep her. She now loves her life here, and we enjoy her company.

Tangerine’s hobbies include greeting our wonderful clients, sun bathing, playing “paper weight” for our receptionists, and infiltrating unsuspecting client purses. Purses are her favorite thing! She also enjoys cramming herself into areas too small for her large girth. We have had her on a diet for some time now, and she is starting to get her slim figure back. She loves to meet new people as well as visit with her old friends. Feel free to stop in for a visit anytime; she will always be happy to see you!