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Staff Bios

Dr. Carol Courtney, D.V.M.

Dr. Carol Courtney is a graduate of Rollins College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. After directing outdoor programs in Massachusetts for five years, she returned to the University of Massachusetts to take the prerequisites for the veterinary school, graduating summa cum laude. She received her D.V.M. in 1998 from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Courtney works at a small animal general practice as well as AESC.

She resides in Gorham and has 3 children, 3 dogs, 1 cat, and a tortoise named Sally. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and reading.

Dr. Carol Wolff, D.V.M.

Dr. Carol Wolff, D.V.M. developed her love for animals while growing up on a dairy farm in south central Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Maryland in College Park, with a BS in zoology and went on to graduate school at the University of Colorado in Boulder where she earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology. After graduate school, Dr. Wolff managed a hospital based fitness center at Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Her passion for animals eventually led her to veterinary medical school in Madison, Wisconsin where she earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Post-vet school training included a rigorous internship in small animal medicine, surgery and emergency medicine at the Veterinary Specialists of Rochester in New York. She practiced veterinary medicine in both New York City and Vermont prior to moving to Maine with her husband in 2000.

Dr. Wolff enjoys biking, yoga, cross-country skiing and taking long trail walks with her husband, their dogs and (in the summer) Ruby, their rescued Cockatoo. She also shares her home with several cats.

Dr. Chris Narbus, D.V.M.

Dr. Chris Narbus grew up in northwestern Maine, received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Maine and his DVM from Cornell. Chris spent time as a ski bum in Montana, a boat builder on the coast of Maine and a virology researcher at Mount Sinai school of Medicine in New York City before enrolling in veterinary school. After a yearlong internship Chris started working as an emergency veterinarian back in his home state.

Dr. David Chevraux, D.V.M.

Dr. David Chevraux received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1985. He has been working in Emergency/Critical Care medicine for the last 21 years. He has worked at AESC since September 1998. Dr. Chevraux enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family.

Dr. Heidi Sproul, V.M.D., DABVP

Dr. Heidi Sproul was inspired to pursue veterinary medicine as a way to combine her love of animals and medicine. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania school of veterinary medicine, Dr. Sproul completed a small animal rotating internship in Northern Virginia. Beginning at Penn, and continuing through her internship, Dr. Sproul’s passion for critical care and emergency medicine continued to grow.

Dr. Sproul spent 15 years between two large veterinary referral hospitals in the Chicago area, gaining continued knowledge and experience. Along the way, she earned diplomat status of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

When not at work, she enjoys her chaotic life with her daughter and husband. They also have a dog, cat, adopted pony, five sheep and 8 chickens.

Dr. Kevin Chretien, D.V.M.

Bio Coming Soon.

Dr. Marta Agrodnia, D.V.M., DACVS

Dr. Marta Agrodnia is a board certified veterinary surgeon with 14 years of veterinary experience. Being board certified means that in addition to four years of veterinary medical school, she completed four additional years of training in surgery.

Dr. Agrodnia graduated from the University of Illinois in 1997, completed an internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, performed two years of emergency surgical and medical practice prior to her surgical residency program at Michigan State University, and became Board Certified her first year eligible in 2004.

Dr. Agrodnia lives in Maine with her husband, four children, cats and dogs where she has provided orthopedic, neurosurgical, and soft tissue surgical expertise since 2007. Her commitment to every patient starts with an initial discussion with the referring veterinarian, thorough physical exam and owner consultation, excellent surgical practice, and complete recovery care.

Dr. Mauria O’Brien, D.V.M., DACVECC

Dr. Mauria O’Brien graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. Her undergraduate degree in biology was received from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation from vet school, Dr. O’Brien did a combination of general practice and emergency medicine. After eight years of general practice, she did ER practice exclusively and completed a residency in Emergency and Critical Care medicine in 2008. She received board certification in ECC that same year. Dr. O’Brien was a clinical associate professor in the Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois from 2008 until 2017 when she joined the staff of Animal Emergency and Specialty Care.

When not at work, Dr. O’Brien likes woodworking and gardening. Her family includes her husband, three children, four dogs, and two cats.

Dr. Robert O’Brien, D.V.M., MS, DACVR

Dr. O’Brien graduated from Fryeburg academy and UMO. He obtained his DVM from the Ohio State University and his residency in radiology from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a major in the US Army and a veteran of the Gulf War. He was on faculty at the universities of Wisconsin, Kansas State and Illinois throughout an active academic career. He has over 100 peer-reviewed published manuscripts. He is an international expert in contrast ultrasound and advanced CT imaging. He founded the International Veterinary Ultrasound Society. He was on the examination committee of the ACVR for 5 years. He is currently happy to have returned to Maine and enjoying the northern New England lifestyle running trails and climbing mountains.

Dr. Meghan Sullivan, D.V.M., DACVS

Dr. Meghan Sullivan is a board certified veterinary surgeon with 10 years of veterinary surgery experience. Dr. Sullivan completed her internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston and her surgery internship at VREC in Norwalk, CT. She completed her surgical residency at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Sullivan specializes in minimally invasive surgery such as arthroscopy and laparoscopy. She uses stifle arthroscopy for diagnosing cruciate disease and meniscal tears, shoulder arthroscopy for diagnosing and treating OCD or biceps disease, and elbow arthroscopy for diagnosing and treating elbow dysplasia.

Dr. Sullivan’s main interests also include orthopedics such as TPLO, total hip surgery, and fracture repair. Dr. Sullivan earned certification in total hip replacement with Biomedtrix in 2017, and along with Dr. Agrodnia who completed her THR Biomedtrix training in 2012, will continue to provide total hip surgery in Maine.

Dr. Sullivan’s passion is helping brachycephalic dogs such as Frenchies, Boston’s, Bulldogs, Pugs, etc., to have a better quality of life with airway surgery. She also believes that large and giant breed dog owners should all be aware of the risk of GDV, and recommends that any giant breed dog have a prophylactic laparoscopic gastropexy performed at the same time as the spay or neuter to help prevent that fatal condition.

Dr. Sullivan, her husband Matt, two boys, dogs, and cat are excited to have moved to Maine to pursue their hobbies of skiing, boating, hiking, fishing, and exploring the outdoors.

Dr. Robert Wilson, D.V.M.

Robert Wilson grew up on a horse farm in NH. He received his undergraduate degree in Zoology from UNH in 1980 and his Veterinary Degree from The Ohio State University in 1984. He was in general practice in Maine and NH for many years. He developed an interest in Emergency medicine and has practiced that exclusively for the past 7 years.

Robert has 3 grown children and lives with his wife, Marie, and their golden retriever, Jackson, in Kennebunk. He enjoys fishing, hiking and playing hockey.

Amanda Coolidge, LVT

Amanda Coolidge graduated from Mount Ida College with a B.S. in Animal Science in May of 2012. During her senior year she completed six clinical rotations, three of which were completed at Angell Animal Medical Center in the inpatient department, ophthalmology department and surgery department. Amanda started working at AESC in July 2012.

Amanda enjoys reading, hiking, indoor rock climbing and watching movies in her spare time.

Amanda McAllister, LVT

Amanda McAllister graduated from the Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh, PA in 2008 with an associates in Veterinary Technology. She became certified in Pennsylvania, and worked at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care. She later moved to Colorado where she worked at another emergency/specialty hospital, Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, and later the Humane Society of In fall 2016 Amanda moved home to Maine into an old farmhouse with her husband, 4 dogs, cats, small herd of dairy goats, chickens and ducks. She enjoys homesteading, making goat cheese and soaps, making mead, and playing with her dogs and baby goats every spring and summer.

Ashley Roux, LVT

Ashley graduated in 2011 with an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology and shortly after graduation, became a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She worked in day practice for two years, but found her calling in the ER. Ashley especially enjoys managing trauma cases and the challenges of critical care.

When not working, Ashley is learning taxidermy, playing fetch with Mollie-Dog on the beach or observing her tortoise Savage Maude.

Christina Desjardins, LVT

Christina Desjardins graduated from Mt. Ida College in Massachusetts in 2001 with a BS degree in Veterinary Technology. She worked for 12 years at a busy emergency practice in West Bridgewater Mass as a CVT where she also obtained VTS/ECC status. In 2012, she returned to her home state of Maine where she met her husband. After a few years away from the veterinary field she developed a need to return to her true passion of emergency medicine. Christina joined the AESC team in the fall of 2017 and obtained her LVT status in this state.

In her free time you can find her cooking new dishes and spending time with her husband and four-legged children.

Dana Rowe, LVT

Dana Rowe graduated from Mount Ida College in 1996 with a B.S. as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Her focus in college was wildlife and zoo medicine; however, since then the majority of her experience has been with domestic animals in small animal practices.

She lives in Southern Maine with her husband, four dogs, two ball pythons, tortoise, and foster Capuchin monkey from Helping Hands Monkey Helpers for the Disabled. Hobbies include traveling, hiking, and motorcycling on the weekends.

Lauren Johnson, LVT

Lauren grew up in Maine living on her family’s farm. She graduated in 2011 with an A.S. in Veterinary Technology from The University of Maine in Augusta. She became licensed shortly after graduating. She is currently working towards her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Surgery. She had previously been involved in day practice until finding her calling in surgery where she has been applying her skills since 2011.

Lauren lives in southern Maine with her husband, cat and two dogs. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, and personal fitness.

Leah Gorman, LVT

Leah joined AESC in August, 2014. She has always had a passion for working with animals, and knew right away that she wanted to be a Veterinary Technician. She graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta’s Bangor campus in 2011 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Leah earned her LVT after graduation in 2011. She worked at Penobscot Veterinary Services for 3 years until accepting a position with AESC as a member of our surgical team. Leah is exploring a technician specialty and looking forward to what the future holds for her in veterinary medicine.

Leah loves all breeds of dogs, but Boston Terriers have been her passion. She currently lives with one Boston Terrier and several cats.

Linda Elliott, LVT

Linda graduated from The University of Maine, Orono in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Veterinary Science and has been working as a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 1996. She joined our surgical team in 2010.

When not at the hospital, Linda can be found spending time with her husband and daughter either by the ocean or on a lake, deep in the north Maine woods. Of course, the dog is always with them, much to the cats’ dismay.

Lynn Leary, LVT; Practice Administrator

Lynn grew up in southeastern Massachusetts and attended University of Massachusetts Amherst, graduating with a degree in Animal Science. She worked at a day practice in Massachusetts for one year before moving to Maine. She worked for nineteen years at a local day practice before joining the AESC team in 2003.

When not at AESC, Lynn can be found at home with her husband, Tim, their eight children and grandchildren on their farm in Saco. She also has no spare time.

Marguerite Bowman, LVT

Marguerite became a licensed veterinary technician in 2009, and after working in day practice for several years, came to AESC in 2011. Marguerite loves the fast pace of emergency medicine and the opportunity to learn something new every day. When not at work, Marguerite likes roller skating, beach combing, playing fetch with her Silkshire Terrier, BB le Bond, and walking her cat, Brinny Dahlness.

Megan Sommers, LVT

Megan graduated from the University of Maine Augusta with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology in May 2017. She started working at AESC in June of 2017 and enjoys the challenge of emergency medicine. She continues to learn and grow as a technician daily. She shares her home with her border collie mix, Delylah, and her recently adopted young bloodhound/boxer mix Opie. In her free time she enjoys hiking, belly dancing, reading, and taking motorcycle trips.

Meghan Sands, LVT

Meghan attended the Thompson School of Applied Science at the University of New Hampshire, and graduated in 1997 with an Associates Degree in Applied Animal Science. She then worked as a Veterinary Technician at 2 Greater Portland veterinary clinics. Meghan has worked part-time at AESC since the fall of 2007.

Meghan lives with her husband, daughters, dogs, and cats.

Petra Shoenbrod, LVT

Petra Schoenbrod has enjoyed working as a licensed Veterinary Technician for about 30 years. She joined the team here at AESC during the summer of 2016. Her experience is largely in general practice and includes small animal, equine, and exotic and pocket pet medicine. Particular areas of interest include surgery and laboratory testing. When not working or helping to teach lab sessions at YCCC in their Vet Tech program, she is likely riding her horse, biking, hiking, skiing or enjoying the outdoors. She lives in Arundel, Maine with Rea, her English Pointer, Rudy her faithful horse and Este her barn cat.

Rachel Welling, LVT

Rachel became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in the winter of 2015 after graduating from Becker College with an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. She came to work full time at AESC after she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine in 2016. Rachel has always had a strong passion for working with animals and plans to continue her education by attending Veterinary Medical School in the near future. When not at work Rachel enjoys rock climbing, running half marathons, and spending time with her friends and family.

Congratulations, Rachel, for being accepted to veterinary school!

Rene Phillips, LVT

Rene grew up in a small western Maine town; she graduated from Vermont Technical College in 1998 with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. She works full time at a day practice and started working at the AESC as a permanent part-time employee in January 2004.

Currently, her Coonhound, Reggie, rules the house and the goats and chickens wander around the barnyard. In her “free time” she likes to craft, crochet, make jewelry, metalsmith, carve wood, refinish furniture, go gem hunting and antiquing.

Vicki Bartlett, LVT

Vicki grew up in Maine, and is a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1991 with a degree in Animal Medical Technology. She joined our team in November 2015. Her experiences include small animal medicine, biotechnology, referral medicine and equine medicine. She transitioned back to small animal practice after working for 14 years with a local equine veterinary practice.

Vicki shares her home with two terriers, a cat, and two horses. Life away from the hospital is spent hiking with her dogs, riding her horse, gardening, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Benjamin Leary

Ben has been a technician assistant at Saco Veterinary Clinic since March of 2016. He joined the team at AESC a few months later. He has worked as a technician assistant at both locations, learning many useful skills that he plans to bring with him when he attends veterinary school.

Ben is attending the University of Maine working towards earning his bachelors in Chemical Engineering, where upon graduation he will being moving on to veterinary school.

Bobbi-Jo

Bobbi-Jo is a Maine native. She has been working in the veterinary field for many years as an assistant. Bobbi-Jo is an active volunteer with a couple local animal shelters. She enjoys spending her free time with her dogs and cats, working on her house, and being outdoors.

Brianna Crosby

Brianna joined AESC in April of 2017 as a Surgical and Technician Assistant. She is attending online college to become a licensed veterinary technician. She enjoys learning new things with the surgical and emergency teams of AESC. While not working she enjoys being outdoors, swimming, reading, and spending quality time with family, friends, and dogs.

Diana Dickinson

Diana Dickinson started with AESC in April 2013. She attended Becker College in MA majoring in Animal Science and Genetics. She subsequently worked at a day practice at the Norfolk Naval Base Veterinary Clinic, Norfolk, VA for two years before moving back to Maine in 2000. She worked at a biomedical laboratory for 2 years before starting in emergency veterinary medicine. In 2003 she started working at AECMM in Lewiston where she stayed for 9 years before coming to AESC in Portland. She enjoys working with animals and is especially fond of American Pit Bull Terriers, having owned, raised and trained the breed for over 20 years. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends, family, her pit bull, Maia, and cat, Enzo.

Jade Kinard

Jade moved from Arizona to Maine in late summer of 2015 and joined AESC shortly after. She earned her B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior and a minor in Fisheries & Wildlife from the University of Minnesota. Jade has worked with many different wild animals in a variety of settings and has continued to do so as an Assistant Gamekeeper at the Maine Wildlife Park. When not working, you can find her enjoying the outdoors, rock climbing, or spending time with a good book.

Jessi Lunt

Jessi Lunt is currently enrolled in the Penn Foster online program to obtain her associates degree in Veterinary Technology. After working in day practice for 1 year, she found her calling in emergency medicine at AESC in the fall of 2017, and looks forward to continuing her education in the field.

Jessi lives in Southern Maine with her husband, two cats and pointer mix, Duke. She enjoys all outdoor activities from trail running, four-wheeling and hiking to ice fishing, snowboarding and snow-shoeing.

Kim Kovaly

Kim started at AESC in May of 2016. She has worked in the veterinary medical field for over 30 years, at several different practices. Kim has a background in equine training and management as well as business management. Kim enjoys the fast paced, ever changing environment of the ER. In her spare time Kim enjoys hiking, kayaking and gardening. She shares her home with her husband, and their two dogs, Violet and Tarpon.

Lisa Royland

Lisa came to the AESC in October 2000 after three years at the Animal Refuge League. She started out splitting her time at the front desk and helping in the treatment area, and soon became a full time Veterinary Assistant. She enjoys the fast pace and unpredictable nature of emergency medicine.

Lisa attended USM and studied Biology. She is currently attending Cedar Valley College online to obtain her Veterinary Technician degree and license. She has 2 cats and a deaf Australian Cattle Dog named Django. In her spare time she enjoys running, photography and spending quality time with her husband, son, friends, and family.

Chris Doiron

Chris Doiron started working with animals, when she was a member of a non-profit animal welfare group in Connecticut. She started working in the animal hospital field 20 years ago, for a day practice in Boston. Since moving to Maine, she has worked in a few animal hospitals as an office manager and has been working at Animal Emergency and Specialty Care since 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music and spending time with her two Shetland Sheepdogs that were rescued from the Buxton puppy mill. It has taken her some time to get used to the new working hours, and is very fortunate to have 2 dogs that love to bark at anything, when the sun comes up, so she is hardly ever late to work.

Clare Currier

Clare joined the AESC support staff in October of 2004. She was previously employed by the Animal Emergency Clinic of Mid-Maine. Clare enjoys emergency work because it is a challenge and no two evenings at work are the same.

Clare lives in Portland with her Cocker Spaniel, Nedford. She takes care of her mother and in her spare time, she enjoys working around the house, walking Nedford, reading, working out and cooking.

Julie Sinclair

Julie joined the AESC in the summer of 2002 after working eight years in the special education field. One summer working at the AESC, and Julie knew she was ready for a change. She has been working full time ever since.

Julie has four children & three grand-children. Her home hosts a golden retriever and three cats.

Julie enjoys downhill skiing, photography and tries to take advantage of Portland’s Arts by going to plays and concerts when time allows.

Working at the AESC has been an incredibly rewarding experience and Julie is grateful she was given the chance to get her foot in the door.

Kate Murdock

Kate joined AESC in December 2017. She had worked at another specialty vet practice in Portland before joining AESC. Kate has six years of experience in the medical field, but prefers animals over human medicine.

Kate had a love for animals at an early age, bonding with her first dog Thor and growing up with German Shepherds. Kate started working with animals in 2013 when she started volunteering with Maine Lost Dog Recovery and Almost Home Rescue of New England.

Kate grew up in South Portland, and currently resides in Gorham. In her free time Kate volunteers, reads, travels and spends time with her family.

Pam Wiley

Pam joined the AESC staff in the spring of 2006 after working at the Animal Neurological Clinic for eight years. Pam has over 40 years of experience in the medical field but prefers the veterinary setting. She grew up in Gorham and now resides in the neighboring town of Windham with her four cats and a spunky Scottish Terrier, Wallace.

When not working at the clinic she can be found working on house or yard improvements. She also enjoys cooking, reading, working in her yard and is always finding new spots for more perennial flowers.