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Ali Travis, DVM - Owner / Veterinarian

Dr Travis is a graduate of North Carolina State's College of Veterinary Medicine. She has owned River Road Animal Hospital since 2007. She has professional interests in dermatology and pain management/geriatric medicine and is a Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist. Her vision for RRAH has always been to be integrated into the community: a place for staff, clients and patients to share information and to provide as many options for exceptional healthcare as possible. She lives in Southport with her husband, Mike, their Great Danes, Dafne and Velma, cat, Guinness, and parrot, Kiwi.


Calley Steelman, DVM

Dr. Calley Steelman is a native of Southport and loves it so much that she returned here to practice. You may have met her as Dr. Jones, but don't worry, she didn't leave, she just got married! Calley did her undergraduate work in biology at Meredith College and is a recent graduate from North
Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her first job as a veterinarian was leading a study abroad course in Costa Rica for undergraduate students that want to go on to veterinary school. She is an avid traveler and her veterinary studies have taken her to both Ethiopia and
Bermuda. The most recent adventure was a honeymoon to Nicaragua. Her veterinary interests include avian and exotic medicine, behavior, and surgery, but she still thinks that there is nothing better than a new puppy or kitten appointment. The largest animal she has ever worked with was a
giraffe and the smallest was a pygmy mouse, but the cutest was probably a box of bloodhound puppies. She can't choose a favorite animal, but dogs, horses, elephants, and osprey top her list. When she's not at the clinic, Calley is usually reading a book in the hammock, surfing, or out in the boat with the dogs. She also enjoys dabbling in wildlife photography. She adopted the first dog she spayed during vet school and Aspen the Siberian Husky is very much enjoying being a beach dog. Aspen very graciously shares the house with Maverick, a goofy lab puppy.


Kathryn Benson, DVM

Dr. Kathryn Benson, originally from Charlotte, NC, graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Animal & Veterinary Science and received Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from NC State University.  She developed a strong interest in veterinary medicine as a child.  During college, she developed a passion for avian medicine during an internship in the bird department at Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC.  During veterinary school, she continued to cultivate her interests in canine, feline, and avian/exotic animal medicine by volunteering with spay/neuter clinics and wildlife rescues including Carolina Raptor Center.  Her veterinary interests include avian/exotic animal medicine, dermatology, surgery and rehabilitation medicine.  In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding and swimming.