Meet Our Team
Meet our Owner
Dr. Ryan Gipe
Owner & Veterinarian
The Oceanside Vet Clinic Team welcomed new practice co-owner and Charleston native, Dr. Ryan Gipe, in January 2014. While new to our team, he has been a familiar face in the local veterinary scene since he was in grade school. He graduated with a BS in Biology from the College of Charleston in 2003 and received his DVM from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Ryan loves all of the challenges and rewards of the profession, with his keen interests being in imaging and soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. Growing up on Johns Island, he is an avid fisherman, and spends as much time as possible on the Lowcountry waterways or riding the trails on his dirt bike. He enjoys spending time with his family and his Labrador, Leroy.
Meet our Vets
Dr. Rebecca Zimmerly
Rebecca Zimmerly grew up in southern West Virginia. She earned her bachelors degree from the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH in 2013 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in Saint Kitts in 2017. She completed her clinical year at Louisiana State University, where she met her husband Kevin who is a former Navy Submarine Officer & current Realtor. Rebecca really enjoys general practice; her special interests in the veterinary field are internal medicine & client education. When not at work, Rebecca loves spending time outside kayaking & hiking with her two rescue pups, Layla & Oliver. She and Kevin also love doing DIY & home improvement projects together. She spent her first couple of years in practice in MI and is really excited to be in the sunshine working with the wonderful Oceanside Team!
Dr. Natalie Sullivan
OVC is very excited to welcome Dr. Natalie Sullivan to our practice starting March 11. She is a Charleston native, a proud USC Gamecock and a graduate of the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In their free time, she and husband Tim, also a veterinarian, enjoy all that the low country has to offer including the boat, the beach, gardening, spending time with family and their rescue pups.
Dr. Justin Lewandowski
Justin Lewandowski is a Charleston native and grew up in West Ashley. He and Dr. Gipe both attended St. Andrews High School, where they were classmates and played soccer together. He went to the University of Georgia to obtain an BS in Genetics, and was then accepted into veterinary school at Tuskegee University in Alabama. He has one dog named Hunley, who is mostly Bassett Hound with a hint of beagle. Justin is recently married to Jenny, who also went to the University of Georgia and has a Scottish Terrier named Sophie. Justin enjoys time with his family, Georgia football, boating and golfing. Sandbar Sunday on John’s Island is his spot! He enjoys all aspects of the veterinary field, and does his best to provide top-quality care for all animals.
Meet our Office Staff
Our Practice Manager Kindra Hines joined our team in 2009. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, she studied Business at the College of Charleston and Indiana University. When she is not working, Kindra enjoys traveling, hanging out at the beach or spending time with her two rescued labs.
Customer Service Manager
Chantal Koropatkin is our Customer Service Manager, and has more than 20 years of veterinary experience. Prior to working at Oceanside Vet Clinic, she worked with an avian veterinarian in her home state of Connecticut. When she’s not helping with our clients’ needs, Chantal dedicates her time to pet and house sitting. Additionally, she has pets of her own, whom she loves dearly, but her pride and joy is her son, Nathaniel. To relax she enjoys geocaching, reading, and the beautiful beaches of Charleston with her friends.
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Welcome to Oceanside Veterinary Clinic, located on Folly Road in beautiful James Island, SC. Our goal is to provide pet owners with sound, honest choices for their pets and to provide our patients with excellent and compassionate medical care.