Our Friendly Veterinarians
Our Doctors care about you and your pets!
Dr. Marcus Martin
Dr. Marcus Martin graduated from Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. He then joined his father in an established practice at the Fort Wayne Pet Hospital.
He started his career in veterinary medicine at the Fort Wayne Pet Hospital working as the kennel room manager along side his father and our founder, Dr. Lynn Martin. While attending Bishop Dwenger, Dr. Marcus was an excellent student, wrestler, 4-H King, and an Eagle Scout with Troop 2. After 3 years in pre-vet classes at Purdue, he was accepted, pursued, and graduated Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Marcus and his wife Heather are blessed with 5 children. In their free time, (which isn't often with 5 children!), they enjoys family & friend swim parties, 4-H projects with their kids, Heather's culinary endeavors, off-roading, travel, and taxi work for the family. Both Dr. Marcus and Heather are eagerly awaiting the twins getting their licenses in 2022! He also enjoys Woodworking, bowling with family, friends & clients in a league, anything Purdue, especially tailgating! Boiler up!
Dr. Serena Hegerfeld
Dr. Serena grew up in the Woodburn area graduating from Woodland High School. She went on to attend the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. She started at the Fort Wayne Pet Hospital right after graduation part-time (and part-time at another clinic) and then came on full time with us in 2019. She enjoys the fast paced atmosphere and the diversity of cases we see.
Dr. Serena is married to Cody and together have a sweet, curious little boy, born in July of 2019 that keeps them moving. Their first baby was a beautiful red Doberman, Stella who loves their son and will always be their first child. She also has 1 cat, Pumpkin who she has had through college.
Dr. Serena was a 10-year 4-H member and is still active with the Allen County 4-H Fair. She also enjoys beekeeping with her family, gardening, off-roading, and playing recreational sports with friends.
For the last couple of years, she and her husband along with Stella and their son, have been traveling across the beautiful countryside regularly in their RV every chance they get!
Dr. Sheila Dick
Dr. Sheila Dick is our primary skilled staff surgeon. Her exceptional skills have been a part of our practice since 1993. She has recently expanded her time with us and you may see her for regular check ups!
She grew up in Logansport, Indiana, and graduated from Purdue University as a Veterinarian in 1974. Dr. Sheila was one of six women to graduate in her class of 65 students. While at Purdue, she also earned her pilot license and met her future husband Ron, now a retired corporate pilot. She is the mother of 3 grown and successful daughters, one followed in her footsteps and is also a veterinarian. Sheila enjoys her dogs & horses.
In 2011 she welcomed her first grandchild into this world and loves to visit him and his sibling(2014) in New Zealand as often as possible. Her 3 domestic grandchildren, were born in 2014, 2017, and 2019. She is happy the last 3 live close by and she gets to see them as often as time allows!
Dr. Sheila can usually be found working with her dog and horses. While taking classes with her horse in Oklahoma, Dr. Sheila came home with a McNabb Border Collie mix named Boomer. As Boomer displayed high intelligence and a love of activity, she made her Vet mom go to dog obedience. They both fell in love with agility competitions. While recovering from an ACL surgery, they found another fun way to play, scent work. She and Boomer competed and placed regularly in AKC rallys, obedience, agility, and scent work trials. Shortly after they added Bonnie, a Border Collie mix to the pet family, we lost Boomer to Cancer. Bonnie has some big shoes to fill after an accomplished sister like Boomer. Sheila is an instructor and also enjoys helping families with pet behavior issues. If you have a fur baby with behavior issues, be sure to request Dr. Sheila for your appointment! We are blessed by her continued presence in our practice!
Dr. Caitlin Cherry
Dr. Caitlin attended Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2021.
She has been around our veterinary practice since high school. While attending Carroll High School she came to shadow our doctors and has been here from then on! While a student at Purdue University for her undergraduate and Veterinary degrees, she has worked here and traveled the world. She has a special interest in large and small animal veterinary medicine, and has seen them on more than one continent! When not climbing mountains and traveling, you might catch her floating on a river with Cassie. Another passion is large animal medicine. She splits her week practicing small animal for us, and spends the other half working with large animals.
Congratulations and welcome back to the practice Dr. Caitlin!
Dr. Katie Haydett Hilton
Our newest Vet!
Dr. Haydett Hilton is originally from Saint Clair Shores, Michigan and is joining the FWPH team after graduating from Michigan State University with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Prior to vet school, she attended Defiance College where she developed a passion for public health while carrying out community-based research in Tanzania, Africa. After receiving her degree in Molecular Biology from Defiance College, Dr. Haydett Hilton accepted a position at Texas Tech University within the Biological Threat Research Laboratory, completing research focused on wildlife diseases and vector-borne zoonoses. She graduated in 2018 with her Master’s in Environmental Toxicology and returned to Michigan to attend vet school. Throughout her time in clinics, she really enjoyed the diversity and fast pace of emergency medicine. During her senior year, she was awarded the Small Animal Clinical Sciences Award at Michigan State and the Merck Academic Excellence Award. When not at work, Dr. Haydett Hilton enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband Joe, their chickens, and their Irish Setter Weston.
Founder Dr. Lynn P. Martin, Retired
Dr. Lynn Martin
Retired after 50 Years of Service
Dr. Lynn Martin was born and raised in Huntertown Indiana. He graduated from Huntertown High School in 1956. Dr. Martin attended Purdue University achieved an Agriculture Teaching degree. While in class and nearing graduation, a counselor came and spoke to his class announcing that they would be starting a Vet school in the next academic year. He and all of his graduating class would be eligible start in the fall. He and his wife made that commitment, signed up for ROTC to help pay for the additional tuition, and he graduated from Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1964. He served his commitment as a Captain in the US Army of the Veterinary Corps for 2 years at White Sands Missile Range New Mexico. After the Army, the family moved to South Bend, Indiana and worked in his first job as a Veterinarian. Their next stop was in Elkhart, Indiana where he continued to expand his small animal practice expertise in a fast paced Animal Hospital. Those 2 practices honed his skills and allowed him to save up and pay for his own practice. Their next move was back to Fort Wayne. They built and opened his practice in the spring of 1969. Dr. Martin and his wife DeMarise have 4 children and 15 grandchildren, many of whom have been or are current employees at Fort Wayne Pet Hospital.
Dr. Martin officially retired in January 2018 after practicing for 50 years. He has been involved in the community as an adult leader for the St. Vincent Boy Scouts, the Allen County 4H Fair(& his club the Perry Boosters), yearly he shared his Veterinary Skills & humor with local High School & Elementary School rooms, his practice joined with local High Schools and (still) provided externships to students interested in the Veterinary field, he donated his wood working mastery to schools, scout programs, & his grandchildren. His smile, expertise, & kind demeanor for the last 50 years will be a legacy we will miss greatly! Enjoy that retirement Doc, you earned it!