Our Veterinarians

Newport Animal Hospital has eight full-time veterinarians dedicated to providing your pets the very best healthcare throughout every stage of their lives.

Lisa Walker, DVM – Chief Veterinarian

Originally from the Boston Area, Dr. Lisa Walker attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Conservation. Following graduation, she began studying Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University. She received her doctorate in 2000, and relocated to Rhode Island. Her occupational interests include Soft Tissue Surgery and Internal Medicine. She currently resides in Newport with her husband, two children, and their sweet pup Maggie.

Randal Wirth, DVM

Originally from upstate New York, Dr. Randall Wirth attended the University of Michigan where he received his B. S. in biology with honors in 1984. Upon graduation he attended the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. He received his doctorate in 1989 and began practicing small animal medicine and surgery in Connecticut. In 1993 he relocated to Rhode Island and joined the staff at the Newport Animal Hospital. Dr. Wirth raised two lovely daughters and enjoys biking, hiking, and kayaking. He presently resides in Newport and shares his home with a coconut retriever named Berry.

Eric Wood, DVM

Dr. Wood attended The University of Rhode Island’s Wildlife Biology and Management program. He then moved to Montana and attended Montana State University, where he completed the Pre-Veterinary curriculum. He then attended Colorado State University, where he received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. He spent the next year practicing general veterinary medicine in Connecticut, and then relocated to Montana, where he spent 5 years working, not only as a general practitioner, but as an emergency veterinarian as well. In 2010, Dr. Wood decided it was time to return to his native state, Rhode Island! He joined the Newport Animal Hospital Team in January of 2011, and we couldn’t be happier! Dr. Wood’s special interests include cruciate ligament repair surgery in dogs, offering both the lateral suture technique as well as the Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) procedure. Other interests include oncology and chemotherapy, general surgery and pain management.

Nhianh Pasierb, DVM

Originally from the Boston Area, Dr Nhianh (Annie) Pasierb attended Boston University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in both Biology and Mathematics in 2000. After graduation, she attended Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and received her Doctorate in 2006. She continued her education with a rotating internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. She spent the following three years on active duty as a Captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. After another year in a specialty surgical internship at Sonora Veterinary Specialist in Phoenix, AZ, she decided to move back to the New England area and joined the Newport Animal Hospital Team in December 2012. Her occupational interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, and pain management. She currently resides with her husband, Mark, 2 kids, and a cat named Janie.

Kim Phan, DVM

Dr. Kim Phan is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended the University of California, San Diego where she graduated with a degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. She decided to relocate to the northeast and attended Cornell University for her DVM. Charmed by the beautiful New England coast, she decided to move to RI and joined the Newport Animal Hospital team in June of 2013. Dr. Phan’s occupational interests include Dentistry and Dermatology. She currently resides in Newport with her Bull Terrier Sherman and her cat Vinny.

Christine Fain, DVM

Originally from Massachusetts, Dr. Fain received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University (1991), and a Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology and Management from Colorado State University (1995). From there, she entered Colorado State’s Veterinary program where she received her DVM in 1999. Her current veterinary interests include emergency medicine, reproduction, infectious disease and soft tissue injury. Outside of work she enjoys sailing, skiing, hiking and just about any outdoor activity. Dr. Fain has always considered it a privilege to be able to serve others through helping their companion animals, and looks forward to building relationships with her clients and their pets each day.

Courtney Perry, DVM

Dr. Courtney Perry is a recent graduate from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Veterinary Animal Medicine, as well as a Bachelors in Biological Sciences. While working towards her undergraduate degrees, she started working at Newport Animal Hospital as a kennel attendant, and then a veterinary technician. Dr. Perry has always had a love of animals, and currently lives with her husband David, their dog Tatanka, cat Daphne, and ferret Daisy. Dr. Perry has an interest in small animal internal medicine, exotic companion animal medicine and soft tissue surgery.

Matilyn Shields, DVM

Dr. Matilyn Shields, who was born and raised in the Virginia Beach area, attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she received a Bachelors of Science in Biology. While in Richmond, VA, she developed an interest in veterinary medicine through support work at a local non-profit veterinary hospital. This interest grew into a passion as she performed wildlife advocacy work and research in Southeast Asia. Dr. Shields then attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, completed her clinical year at Louisiana State University, and upon graduation, relocated to Rhode Island. She has occupational interests in Preventive and Integrative Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Diagnostic Imaging. Dr. Shields currently lives in Newport with her partner, Ford, and their cat, Shrimp.