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Staff Bios

Dr. Danielle M. Babski, D.V.M., DACVECC
Department: EMERGENCY

Bio coming soon!

Dr. David Chevraux, D.V.M.
Department: Emergency

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 PVESC since September 1998. Dr. Chevraux enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family.

Dr. Kevin Chretien, BVMS
Department: Emergency

Bio Coming Soon.

Dr. Carol Courtney, D.V.M.
Department: Emergency

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 PVESC.

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

Dr. Chris Narbus, D.V.M.
Department: Emergency

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. Mauria O’Brien, D.V.M., DACVECC
Department: Emergency

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 T. O’Brien, D.V.M., MS, DACVR
Department: Imaging

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. Heidi Sproul, V.M.D., DABVP
Department: Emergency

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. Robert Wilson, D.V.M.
Department: Emergency

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.

Dr. Karen Woodberry, D.V.M.
Department: Emergency

Dr. Woodberry spent many summers in Maine growing up and received her bachelor’s degree from Bates College. Some time later, after a summer sailing on a windjammer in Penobscot Bay, she became interested in meteorology, got a Master’s Degree, and ironically moved to Colorado for many years. She eventually returned to New England, and earned her DVM at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. After practicing general medicine in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, she decided to follow her interest in emergency medicine and is very happy to be at PVESC and back in Maine. When not at work, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and being outdoors in the mountains or on the ocean. Her two cats complain that they are always left behind.

Dr. Marta Agrodnia, D.V.M., DACVS
Department: SURGERY

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.

Alice Benedict, D.V.M., DACVIM
Department: Internal Medicine

  • DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science – William Smith College
  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine – Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Board Certification – American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Loren Cohen Candito, D.V.M., DACVD
Department: Dermatology

  • DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Dermatology
Dr. Loren Cohen Candito graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S. in Animal Behavior in 2003 and from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Following graduation, she completed a year-long rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, NJ and then a specialty Dermatology internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Red Bank, NJ. Following this, she completed a residency in Dermatology at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 2013. Dr. Candito has a special interest in canine and feline allergy and autoimmune skin diseases.

Dr. April Guille, D.V.M., DACVS
Department: SURGERY

Dr. Guille is a board certified veterinary surgeon. She is originally from New Hampshire and has returned there to raise her family. Dr. Guille decided to become a veterinarian because it was the perfect blend between two of her very strong interests—medicine and animal welfare. Dr. Guille attended veterinary school at The Ohio State University. She continued her advanced training with a general internship in New Jersey, a surgical internship in Texas, and a three year surgical residency in Pennsylvania. Dr. Guille spends her day diagnosing and treating surgical illnesses. She loves being a surgeon because she can take an animal that is suffering from a problem, whether it is a cruciate tear, an abdominal tumor, or a fractured leg, and dramatically improve the animal’s quality of life through surgery. It is such a wonderful feeling to be able to do that for people’s pets. Dr. Guille lives with her husband and their two children. Her dog, Noelle, was adopted by Dr. Guille during her surgical internship and has kept her busy with her host of orthopedic issues. Three cats also grace the home with their presence. Dr. Guille loves spending time outdoors. She goes camping with her family and loves nothing better than to spend a day hiking in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. In the winter, cross country and downhill skiing are at the top of her list. Dr. Guille and her husband have also spent many years renovating their house that was originally built in the 1890s.

John MacGregor, D.V.M., DACVIMC
Department: Cardiology

  • DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Cardiology
  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Emergency and Critical Care internship at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Between 2001 and 2004, Dr. MacGregor was a resident in cardiology at Tufts University, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2004

Gail Mason, D.V.M., MA, DACVIM
Department: Internal Medicine & Oncology

  • DVM, MA, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Master of Science (pharmacology) - Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine - Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Board Certification - American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Membership & organizations: AVMA, VCS, MVMA, AVLA, AAHA

Cory Mosunic, D.V.M., MS, DACVO
Department: Ophthalmology

  • DVM, MS, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
Dr. Cory Mosunic graduated from Tufts University Veterinary School in 1999. In 2000, she completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. She received her Master’s Degree in Veterinary Ocular Pathology from the University of Georgia in 2003 and went on to complete her residency in ophthalmology at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Dr. Mosunic received board certification and was inducted as a Diplomate into the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2005.

Sarah Noble, D.V.M., DACVIM
Department: Internal Medicine

  • DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science - Nova Scotia Agricultural College
  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine - Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Board Certification - American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Jeffrey C. Philibert, D.V.M., DACVIM(O)
Department: Oncology

  • Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Oncology
  • Bachelor of Arts - Quinnipiac College, Hamden CT.
  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine - University of Minnesota
  • Residency at Purdue University
  • Board certification - American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Oncology

Gary Stuer, D.V.M., CVA, CVCHM
Department: Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine

  • DVM, Certification-Veterinary Acupuncture, Certification-Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine
Dr. Stuer practices integrative medicine and acupuncture. Dr. Stuer is originally from Lowell, Massachusetts and now lives in Maine. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire, and received his veterinary degree from Tufts University. He achieved his Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture, and his Certification in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). Dr. Stuer knew from a very early age—around 9 years old, that he wanted to become a veterinarian. He was influenced early on in his life by a family cat that was hit by a car who completely recovered with extensive medical care. He also spent a lot of time around horses when he was growing up. Dr. Stuer is inspired to offer patients and their people integrative care, combining Western medicine with Eastern influences, where each animal is treated as an individual. His medicine constantly evolves as he learns more from his patients every day. He loves what he does and he is honored to be a caregiver for his clients’ treasured animals. His wife Anne is trained in biochemistry and has a strong interest in nutrition. She volunteers many hours teaching people how to cook wholesome and nutritious foods for themselves and their family. His son, Nick, graduated from college with a biology degree in May of 2014. Dr. Stuer is sure he will end up working with people to help improve their health, wellness and fitness. He is already a gifted healer even at his young age. Dr. Stuer has a Labrador named Miya and two cats, Yum Yum and Kiki. Dr. Stuer loves being outdoors, snowshoeing in the winter and hiking in the summer. It keeps him connected to nature and grounded. The spiritual practice of meditation reminds him of the sacredness and mystery of life. And, of course, Dr. Stuer loves being around animals whenever possible to celebrate the human/animal bond. He also is a fan of regular exercise, and has made a recent commitment with a trainer to keep physically fit.

Dr. Meghan Sullivan, D.V.M., DACVS
Department: SURGERY

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.

Aamee Tatom, CVT

Aamee graduated from the Community college of Denver with an AAS in Veterinary Technology in 2014. She became certified early in 2015 and has worked in a variety of practices to include general practice, specialty, mixed animal and emergency. She is currently working towards her veterinary technician specialty in emergency and critical care. She recently moved to Maine from Colorado and resides in Gray with her husband and 4 cats. She has also been a member of the Army National Guard for 10 years and enjoys every minute of the challenges thrown at her.

In her free time she enjoys being outdoors, physical fitness, a good adrenaline rush or snuggling up with a good book.

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 PVESC 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.

Amie Beaulieu

Amie lives locally with her boyfriend, her daughter and their rescue pup, Luke.

The passion Amie has for her job is what pushed her to better her career and pursue the Veterinary Technician course at YCCC. She can’t wait to put the knowledge and the passion together!

When Amie is not at school or work you can find her in the great outdoors, hanging out with her family, or both! She has a daughter, Lyla, who loves to go camping, explore nature trails, and go ATV’ing. She also loves to keep her rescue pup, Luke, happy with a hike in the mountains at least once a month. Pretty much any activity that involves her dog, family, or nature makes her one happy camper.

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.

Benjamin Leary

Ben has been a technician assistant at Saco Veterinary Clinic since March of 2016. He joined the team at PVESC 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 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 PVESC 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 PVESC. While not working she enjoys being outdoors, swimming, reading, and spending quality time with family, friends, and dogs.

Catherine McMahon, LVT

Catherine is a Jersey native who moved to Maine last year for the fresh air, mountains and lower population index. She graduated from Murray State University with a B.S. in veterinary technology and since then has worked mostly in specialty clinics in New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York City. She currently lives with her eclectic band of cats: Jersey City scrapper, Jack, NYC high rise foster failure, Daryl, and the polydactyl Mainer, Witten. Catherine is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan, and enjoys reading and hiking in her spare time.

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 PVESC 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.

Diana Dickinson

Diana Dickinson started with PVESC 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 PVESC 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 PVESC 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.

Jessica Lunt

Jessi Lunt is currently working towards her associates degree in Veterinary Technology. After working in day practice for a year, she found her calling in emergency medicine at PVESC 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.

Jess Vallieres, LVT

Jess graduated with an A.S. in Veterinary Technology in 2010 and a B.S in Applied Science in 2012 from The University of Maine at Augusta. She is a Licensed Veterinary Technician, and joined the PVESC team in 2013. She has a passion for animal rescue and co-founded Hope Harbor Animal Society in 2012. Jess lives with her husband, daughter, mini cow, chickens, and wide array of rescue cats and dogs.

Kim Kovaly

Kim started at PVESC 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.

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.

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.

Lindsay Certain

Lindsay is a Maine native, who graduated from Unity College in 2012, with a bachelor of science in Zoology. After college she worked at many different zoological institutions, both locally and out of state. She mainly cared for large African and Asian mammals, with a focus in the care and conservation of Northern white rhinos, and African and Asian elephants. Lindsay Started working at PVESC in November of 2017.

In her spare time, she enjoys good food, music, the beach, fishing, and traveling to as many new countries as possible, with the most recent countries being South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Lisa Royland

Lisa came to the PVESC 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.

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 PVESC team in 2003.

When not at PVESC, 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 PVESC 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 PVESC 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 PVESC since the fall of 2007.

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


After graduating college with a degree in Russian Studies in 2005, Melissa altered course and discovered a passion for working with animals by socializing feral cats at a Chicago rescue. After 5 years of rescue work and a year of travel, Melissa started working in general practice veterinary hospitals as an assistant in 2012. She has been an assistant, customer service representative and practice manager. She joined the PVESC team in 2018 as an assistant, is excited to learn all that emergency medicine has to teach and hopes to work toward certification in the near future.

Petra Shoenbrod, LVT

Petra Schoenbrod has enjoyed working as a licensed Veterinary Technician for about 30 years. She joined the team here at PVESC 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 Tucker

Before AEC, Rachel received her Bachelors in Animal Science: Pre-Veterinary Medicine from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 and pursued a career in nutrition. After moving to Maine, she decided to return to her love of animals and enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program at York County Community College in Wells, ME. She is expecting to graduate in May 2019 and to achieve her LVT soon after. Rachel came to PVESC as a student intern in the summer of 2018 and never left. She loves the environment of emergency medicine and enjoys being able to learn something new every day. Outside of the hospital, Rachel enjoys exploring Portland’s restaurants, baking, and painting. She claims “joint custody” of her 2 dogs, Rondo and Raven, who live in Massachusetts with her parents.

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 PVESC 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.

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 PVESC 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 PVESC in the summer of 2002 after working eight years in the special education field. One summer working at the PVESC, 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 PVESC has been an incredibly rewarding experience and Julie is grateful she was given the chance to get her foot in the door.