Holmes Family Veterinary Clinic

2245 Providence Highway
Walpole, MA 02081



Meet Our Team


Dr. Karen Holmes

Karen has been practicing veterinary medicine in Walpole, MA for the past 14 years with a focus on all aspects of medicine and surgery. She particularly loves working with parrots, domestic birds like chickens and turkeys, as well as dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other pets.  Dr. Holmes is a graduate of Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, and the Association of Avian Veterinarians.

As the "other" family doctor, Dr. Holmes loves to work with people and their animal companions.  She is interested in all aspects of human and non-human interaction.  With dedication and compassion, she strives to practice preventative medicine in an environment that promotes client education.  She firmly believes that the best approach to patient care requires the active participation of many people including family members, veterinary team members and specialists when necessary.

Dr. Holmes is committed to providing you and your companion with the best possible care in a gentle and supportive environment.


Dr. Melissa Fiske

Dr. Fiske received her Bachelors' degree from Northeastern University.  As part of her undergraduate education and training, she did a co-operative education experience at a canine rehabilitation center where she first met Dr. Holmes.  They have known each other and worked together since those early days.  

Dr. Fiske began her veterinary training at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland where she studied for two years before returning to the United States and completing her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Fiske enjoys veterinary dentistry and dental radiology (x-ray).  She also has a special interest in exotic companion mammal medicine and surgery. Dr. Fiske has combined these interests by leading our dentistry initiative and providing advanced dentals for our dog, cat and small mammal patients. 

When she isn't working, Dr. Fiske enjoys horseback riding, gardening and traveling with her husband, Trevor. She and her husband also share their life with a cat named Banksy and a dog named Jackson.


Dr. Kate Smolka

Dr. Kate Smolka grew up in the great state of Maryland, and has been steadily working her way up the east coast. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Pathobiology at the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!), and is a graduate of the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. 

Dr. Smolka's favorite disciplines are soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and pain management and anesthesia.  Although Dr. Smolka enjoys all facets of veterinary general practice, she is particularly passionate about fear-free handling, and feline medicine and surgery. She loves working together with clients to help take the best care possible of their pets. 

In her free time, Dr. Smolka enjoys reading, running and going on adventures with her husband and 2 coonhounds. As a self-proclaimed "cat lady", she naturally has 3 cats at home, as well


Molly Ladd, Administrative Coordinator

On any given day, you will find Molly on the telephone, checking in an appointment, ordering supplies and balancing staff schedules. Molly comes to us with a wealth of experience in animal handling (especially the equine sort), management and technical skills. Molly graduated from Mount Ida College with a masters degree in Business and Equine Management. After spending a few years in the large animal field, she is excited to be making the shift back to small animals and exotics.

Molly has a particular interest in client services and patient care. She strives to ensure that every client and patient coming to HFVC have an excellent experience. She is excited to continue her education in exotic and avian husbandry and medicine here at HFVC. 

Molly has a Labrador retriever named Bugzy. You can find the two of them adventuring outdoors or at the barn in her free time!



 Morgan Smith, Certified Veterinary Technician

Morgan is a graduate of the Veterinary Technician program at the University of New Hampshire. She attended Norfolk Agricultural High School where she built a strong foundation in animal science and husbandry. She has a special interest in the care and handling of birds and exotic small mammals.

Morgan enjoys all aspects of patient care and client education and outreach. She especially enjoys surgery days when she gets to utilize her expertise in anesthetic monitoring to provide the highest level of care for our patients while under anesthesia and throughout their recovery. 

At home, Morgan and her family share their life with 4 parrots, 3 dogs and 2 cats. Outside of the clinic, Morgan enjoys gardening (with a special interest in succulents), cooking and reading.


 Lauren Barbo, Certified Veterinary Technician

Lauren joined the HFVC team as a full time veterinary technician in April of 2017. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2012 with an Associated in Animal Science and graduated from Mount Ida College in December 2014 with a Bachelors Degree in Veterinary Technology. 

Lauren is very enthusiastic and passionate about all aspects of animal care and husbandry.  Lauren holds a position on the board for Project Samana which is a veterinary care and educational outreach program working in underprivileged regions in Latin America and the Caribbean. Project Samana was created to provide necessary medical care and education to animals and animal owners in these regions. 

In Lauren's free time, you can find her on the beach, hiking with her 2 dogs, at the local farmer's market or cooking. Lauren shares her life with a labrador retriever, named Junior, and a rescue dog from the Dominican Republic, named Samana. 


April Breach, Veterinary Technician

April Breach brings 20 years of experience as a veterinary technician to our team. She grew up in Norton and started her career here in the Foxboro/Walpole area. She has a passion for animals and a wide range of experience in nursing care for birds, small mammals, dogs and cats.

April lives in Rhode Island with her menagerie of dogs,cats, parrots and chickens. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and kayaking with her Aussie, Daisy, gardening with her chickens, relaxing with a good book and painting with her cats. She is excited to be working with new and old friends at Holmes Family Veterinary Clinic and we are excited to have her as part of our team!



 Chris Iverson, Veterinary Assistant

Christine grew up in Dedham where she attended Dedham High School. After high school she attended Quincy Junior College where she graduated in 1974 with her degree in Operating Room Technology, and completed her state test to become certified. She then worked at New England Medical Center in the operating room on the heart and trauma team. 

After eight years at NEMC she made the decision to stay home and start a family. She and her husband Mark have four children, one boy and three girls. Christine was very happy when the opportunity arose to get back into medicine and the operating room at Holmes Family Vet as a surgical assistant.

She now lives in Plainville with her husband Mark and their three dogs, Dottie an English Cocker Spaniel, Shitsie (yes you read that right), her longhaired mini Dachshund, Tully, a terrier mix who is a rescue that can be seen at the clinic when Christine is there hanging out in the office with Tioga Holmes, and their two cats Zippy and Kitt.

In her spare time Christine likes spending time with her family and her four grandsons, Jake, Gunnar, Vinny and Dom. She also likes spending time walking and hiking and just about anytime that she can be outside in the fresh air enjoying nature.


 Mary Beth West, Veterinary Assistant

Mary Beth grew up in Indiana and graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education. She married and taught fourth grade for many years. After taking time away from teaching to raise her two daughters, she started a long career of volunteering. It wasn't until she moved to Massachusetts that she rediscovered her love and passion for helping animals.

Volunteering turned into working at the Medfield Animal Shelter which recently brought her to Holmes Family Veterinary Clinic. Mary Beth currently lives in Sherborn with her husband, 2 crazy active coonhounds and 2 cats. She is constantly looking forward to spending time with her two daughters currently in college. In her free time, Mary Beth enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, snow skiing, running and hiking with her 2 dogs.


Camryn Cherella, Veterinary Assistant

Camryn is a full-time student currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at Worcester State University. There, she majors in Biology with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Sciences and minors in chemistry and business and is working towards becoming a veterinarian some day.

Camryn is a passionate animal lover who has been obsessed with animals since a very young age. She first became involved working with animals alongside her mother as a medical volunteer for Last Hope K9 Rescue, an all breed canine rescue based out of Boston. From there she began training other volunteers and giving presentations about the importance of rescuing, advocating and veterinary care. With the help of the rescue, and the support of her family, she knew she wanted to make her passion into a career and start on the path toward becoming a veterinarian.

When Camryn is not working or studying, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, exercising, and volunteering. Camryn and her mom share their home with three dogs named Daisy, Cooper and Salt, as well as a betta fish. Camryn has a special interest in working and learning about exotics and small mammals and client education and interaction.



 Lyndsey Nolan, Veterinary Assistant

A Native of Southeastern Massachusetts, Lyndsay grew up in Uxbridge surrounded by multiple species where her love of and passion for animals was solidified.  She now lives in Attleboro with 7 cats, 2 ferrets and a hedgehog.  

Lyndsay comes to us with 4 years of experience as a veterinary assistant and she is using her considerable skills every day to help our patients.  You will also see her gentle smile at the front desk as she serves as one of our anchors for reception and customer service.

Lyndsay’s animal interests are in reptiles and small mammals.  She has attended Massasoit Veterinary Assistant program and is planning on resuming her studies in the near future.  She is an avid, curious learner and finds joy in learning new skills and concepts.  Her dream is to finish school and work at a zoo!

When she isn’t at work or caring for her own animals, Lyndsay enjoys reading, shopping, hiking and traveling.


Kerowyn Kent, Client Service Representative

Kerowyn is one of our newest team members. You will find her cheerful self at the front desk most days checking patients in, booking appointments, answering the phones and relaying messages and information between our clients and the rest of our team. Kerowyn attended Massasoit Community College for Criminal Justice and has followed her passion for animals by transitioning into a career in the veterinary field. 

Kerowyn has a particular interest in exotic large animal medicine and is excited to expand her knowledge and skills with us.

In her free time, Kerowyn enjoys practicing karate or listening to music.


Joanna Riley, Client Service Representative

Joanna brings several years of customer service and technical expertise to our growing team. Before transitioning to veterinary medicine, Joanna worked as a dog trainer for 10 years and has always had a love for animals. Joanna shares her home with 12 reptiles, 2 Australian cattle dogs and 2 pit bulls. 

Joanna is originally from Philadelphia, PA and currently lives in Stoughton. Her hobbies include photography and watching horror movies. Joanna also loves the outdoors and in her free time, she enjoys hiking, off-roading in her jeep, snorkeling and scuba diving.


Rena Grasso, Client Service Representative