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 10 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

A Pennsylvania native, Melissa grew up taking care of many family pets starting with the first family dog, a happy black labrador named Sebastian. She started horseback riding almost as soon as she could walk and developed a love and respect for all animals throughout the years. 

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 is the leader of our dental initiative and is developing an expertise in performing advanced dentals on rabbits and guinea pigs.

In addition to a love of canine and feline medicine, Dr. Fiske has a special interest in small mammals, reptiles and birds.  She has taken advanced courses in small mammal medicine, like guinea pigs, rabbits and rats, reptile medicine, like snakes and turtles, as well as avian medicine, covering all species of birds.  Her extensive training in these specialized fields of veterinary care enables her to provide excellent care to each and every small, furry or feathered patient that enters her exam room.

When she isn't working, Dr. Fiske and her husband share their life with their cat, Picasso and their dog, Jackson.


 Morgan Smith, CVT

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, CVT

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 underpriveleged regions in Latin America and the Carribean. 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. 


 Elijah Wendel

Elijah is currently a Veterinary Technology student at Massasoit Community College and will be graduating in May of this year. Eli enjoys all aspects of working with our patients but has a special interest in working with small exotic mammals, especially rats. 

Elijah is an avid hiker with an interest in dystopian science fiction novels and digital photography. At home, Eli has 2 dogs, 4 cats, 7 rats, and a menagerie of reptiles.


 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.


 Branwen Resop, Client Service Representative

Branwen grew up in Bremerton, WA and in the area around Madison, WI.  Growing up, she learned animal husbandry as second nature from her father, an emergency veterinarian, and how to be kind and clever from her mother, a jane-of-all-trades. Following high school, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for two years before deciding to follow a vocational path to an Associates Degree in Respiratory Therapy.  

After several years in the field, while pondering her next career, she serendipitously found a position with  the Holmes Family Veterinary Clinic, where she enjoys being a member of a highly knowledgeable and cooperative team dedicated to the care of animals.  Branwen is a proponent of animal rescue and adoption.  She is an advocate for pet rats, working with rescue groups in PA, NJ, NY, MA, and ME.  She lives with her husband, Michael, their good friend Drusilla, 4 cats, and 2 dozen pet rats in Walpole, MA.

Rena Grasso, Client Service Representative