Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Our Team

Dr. Mary C. Campbell



Dr. Mary C. Campbell MS – who goes by Marikay – is the head veterinarian and part owner of Port Royal Veterinary Hospital. She purchased the practice along with Shelia Ellis and Bob Ellis in June 2009.

Originally from Stillwater, NY, Dr. Campbell attended the University of Charleston as an undergraduate, majoring in biology and recreation and graduating Summa Cum Laude. "As a teenager, I wasn’t sure I’d want to be a veterinarian," she says. "After college, I visited a friend whose family owned a veterinary practice and ended up totally hooked! Seeing a dog that had been hit by a car make a full recovery and walk out the door changed my life."

After working part-time at a clinic, Dr. Campbell attended veterinary school at Michigan State University and graduated in 1991. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians, The Association of Avian Veterinarians, and the Association of Sugar Glider Veterinarians. Her professional interests include exotic animal medicine, surgery, pain control, and dermatology.

"The ability animals have to heal is amazing," says Dr. Campbell. "Being able to participate in the process by removing obstacles from their paths is truly inspiring. Seeing a critically ill or injured pet turn the corner and recover makes every long day worthwhile."

​​​​​​​At home, Dr. Marikay has two Bengal cats, Mar-Vell and her son Flerken. In her free time, she enjoys photography and working with plants.


Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Maggie Culbertson has been a part of the Port Royal Veterinary team for 1 year. Originally from Georgetown, SC, Dr. Culbertson attended Clemson University as an undergraduate. She majored in animal science, with a concentration of pre-veterinary science. After graduation, she went to Zambia, Africa through the Peace Corps. She then went to St. George’s University of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies and completed her clinical year at Auburn University.

Dr. Culbertson has wanted to be a veterinarian since her parents gave her a playschool veterinarian toy when she was a little girl. She has always had a love for animals and nature.

Dr. Culbertson is currently taking acupuncture courses through Chi University. Her goal is to incorporate some traditional Chinese veterinary medicine practices with western medicine.




Bob Ellis co-founded and is part-owner of Port Royal Veterinary Hospital along with Dr. Marikay Campbell and Shelia Ellis.
Bob has bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Communications from the University of Detroit and previously worked as a supervising editor, production specialist, book and special projects editor, and NASCAR columnist for the Detroit Free Press, Michigan’s largest daily newspaper.

“After 30 years in the newspaper business, I wanted to move to somewhere warm and near the ocean and discovered Port Royal was a great place to live and work. Our clients are great and it’s our pleasure to give them the best veterinary service possible.”

Outside of work, Bob is a runner who has competed in five marathons since turning 50 and approximately 30 half marathons, and more than 100 10K races. He also enjoys swimming and kayaking and is an avid student of history and current events.
Bob serves on the board of directors for the Sea Island Rotary Club and volunteers for its Smile Mobile program, which provides free dental care to patients well below the poverty level. Bob is also active in Adopt-A-Highway.

He serves on the Town of Port Royal’s Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals and is a member of the Historic Port Royal Foundation. Bob belongs to the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce and is a proud member of Port Royal’s Wardle Family YMCA.




Shelia Ellis was a master groomer for 30 years and has retired from that profession. She is now our Social Media and Public Relations Director. She purchased Port Royal Veterinary Hospital along with Dr. Marikay Campbell and Bob Ellis in June 2009.

“We love our clients and try our best to make them feel as though they are family,” Shelia says. “We want to empower them to take a vital role in the medical care of their pets.”

Shelia has two Bengal cats named Mar-Vell and her son Flerken. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, training her dogs, taking walks on the beach, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Beverly Boehm



Beverly Boehm’s career in animal husbandry includes more than 38 years in the equine industry in which she showed hunters and dressage, owned and manages to ride facilities that provided lessons, boarding, breeding, training, and trail riding. She is a recognized/certified Centered Riding instructor, Pony Club instructor, therapeutic riding instructor, and certified riding coach for Special Olympics.

Beverly has more than 18 years’ experience as a large animal and small animal vet tech.

“I presently share my life with two rescue dogs: Hank, an 8-year-old Boykin Spaniel and Bitsie, a 16-year-old Rat Terrier/Jack Russell mix; Miss Kitty, an orange tabby; and Sherlock, a 50-year-old Yellow Naped Amazon Parrot; and my best friend of 39 years, Carol.”

Hobbies and Passions: animal rescue – Beverly has rescued more than 40 cats, dogs, horses, dogs, birds, and goats – and arts and crafts such as making jewelry, painting, and refinishing furniture. She loves reading and walks on the beach.

“I have shared my experiences while living in seven states and the U.S. Virgin Islands,” says Beverly, and added that she “provided the first flying ark, flying 16 horses, 14 dogs, eight cats, and a parakeet back to the States after Hurricane Hugo destroyed our farm and home in St. Croix in 1989.”

Erin Mckee



“My family has been showing dogs and involved in the veterinary and grooming industry for many years. I started professionally grooming about 20 years ago in a grooming salon owned by my family in Michigan.

“I was trained by a master groomer. I moved to Port Royal in 2010 to be closer to my family. I appreciate animals of all species and sizes. I am the groomer at PRVH and love my job. I have a Cat named Lover Boy and a Shetland Sheepdog named Brie. I get a kick out of caring for my pets and helping with my niece and nephew. I enjoy cooking, reading, riding horses and traveling.”




“My name is Jacqueline Garvin and I love being call ‘Ms. Jackie.’ I was born in the Port Royal area of Beaufort, SC.”




Heather Thornton joined Port Royal Veterinary Hospital in July 2015. She has 5 cats (Sugar, La Bomba, Moes, Murdock, and Pico) 2 dogs (Pia and Queso), and 1 Bunny (Bruce). Heather has been in the Beaufort area since 2013 when she moved down with her now-husband Keith. When Heather is not working she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, watching movies and tv shows such as The Bachelor/Bachelorette and Grey's anatomy. Other interests include home decor design, crafts, reading, listening to music, and trying out a new recipe in the kitchen!

​​​​​​​"I have always had a passion for animals as far back as I could remember and I am very grateful that I got lucky enough to be able to do what I love. Working at Port Royal Veterinary Hospital each day there is something new to learn and that makes it exciting. I love communicating with our clients and helping them with their pet's needs along with being a supervisor for our awesome technicians, assistants, and working closely with the amazing doctors we have."

victoria smith



Stephanie recently moved to Bluffton, SC from Long Island, NY where she has spent more than two decades working with animals, both as a veterinary technician and veterinary hospital manager. She graduated from Suffolk Community College with a degree in Veterinary Science and Biology in 2006.

Besides loving animals and working with them, she is a huge fan of music and can name any song and sing all the lyrics to it, too. She enjoys traveling, especially if it involves taking a ride in her Jeep! At home, she has a rescued, one-eyed Toy Poodle named Ziggy, as well as three rescued cats, Bigsby, Hendrix, and Helmet.

victoria smith



Olevia joined Port Royal Vet Hospital in May of 2020. Moved from North Carolina in March of 2020 with her husband Christian who is a drill instructor on Parris Island. She is currently enrolled at Ashworth College for her license as a veterinary technician and is a certified veterinary assistant as well as having her associates in animal behavior science.

"In my free time, I like to lift weights, go fishing, kayaking on the water with her husband, and running. I currently own two dogs ( Bella- Siberian Husky and Lily-Shih Tzu) What I really enjoy about being a veterinary technician is the in house lab work that we get to perform and communicating with clients regarding their pets."

After I graduate from college I plan on continuing with my education as a dental hygienist in the veterinary field.

victoria smith



Hi, I have been an assistant here at Port Royal Vet since 2018. I am an artsy and curious person and I love to draw. I have a cat and her name is Olivia, but we all call her the “Iron Maiden” because she is very territorial of her personal space. I aspire to work at a (people) hospital in an emergency room. I love Marvel (not to be confused with Dr. Marikay’s cat, Mar-Vell), my favorite superhero is Spiderman. I am an avid reader, my favorite author is Stephen King.



Hi! My name is Jessica, and I'm part of the Customer Service Representative team at Port Royal Veterinary Hospital. My hobbies include family outings, interior decorating, and spending time on the river. I'm a mother to a wild five-year old boy and two fur-babies, Sid and Kristoff. As someone who is passionate about animals and their health, and wants to provide compassionate understanding to them and their humans, I look forward to continuing to contribute to your positive experiences at Port Royal Veterinary Hospital.

Malarie Godwin



More commonly known as “Mal” joined Port Royal Veterinary Hospital in March of 2021. Mal has 7 years experience working in the animal care taking field, born and raised in the Lowcountry, a true local!

Mal’s interests include: Watching The History channel, Anime, Marvel, anything fantasy from Lord of the Rings to Star Wars, doing art and crafts projects such as painting canvases to wood burning, Axe throwing, Archery and lastly anything to do with animals!

She first started at a non-profit animal shelter; that is where she found her passion…. Animal Rescue!! One day she plans to have her own rescue where any animal, no matter how rough life has been to them, big or small, missing limbs or maybe some extra, Has somewhere to call home. Even if it’s just a pit-stop on their way to their ‘fur’ever home.



Katie was raised right here in Beaufort, SC, where she discovered her love for wildlife, the outdoors and everything the beautiful lowcountry has to offer. This passion ultimately led her to earn her degree in Wildlife Biology from Clemson University in 2019. Post graduation, she went on to work closely with naturalists at Table Rock State Park before moving back to the area to try her hand training and breaking horses. Her successes sparked further interest into the field of veterinary medicine with flares of that wildlife aspect she initially fell in love with. What a more perfect fit than that of Port Royal Veterinary Hospital, where she started in May of 2021. She takes great pride in caring for animals of all sorts, shapes, sizes and breeds. When she’s not working, Katie can be found spending time with her family or out on the river enjoying various activities. She has two pets at home, her orange tabby named Simba and her Yellow-Bellied Slider Edgar.




I joined PRVH beginning of 2020 after my husband was given orders to Paris Island. I have 3 dogs; Rose, Hulk and Cash and 1 cat Leo. I enjoy spending time with my husband, fur kiddos, time outdoors, hunting and horse back riding. What I enjoy most about working in the veterinary field is taking care of our emergency patients. The act of nurturing them back to health to go home to their families. Sometimes coming in at midnight to make sure they get their medication or just giving them extra love and cuddles. After I graduate my plan is to pursue a masters in veterinary nursing and become a teacher for future vet techs or pursue vet school myself.


VETERINARY ASSISTANT ( LVT license in process)

I went to Veterinary Techinology school at Colorado Mountain College and graduated in 2019. I am certified and licensed in both Colorado and Georgia currently and working on my South Carolina license. I have 2 dogs Saturn my 11 month old Pyrenees mix and Milo my 2 year old chihuahua. I love working with reptiles and the constant learning that comes with this profession.

At Port Royal Veterinary Hospital in Port Royal, SC, our experienced doctors and staff are proud to offer complete veterinary medicine catered to the specific needs of your pet.