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Meet Our Team
We put our cultural values of love and respect into practice whenever we can – inside and outside the Rarebreed walls. Thoughtful, caring and kind are the words that best describe our team. What else do we have in common? We’re all passionate about delivering exceptional care to pets and pet owners in our communities and around the country. To learn about the things that make each of us unique, meet our team:
Fun Fact: Adria dove with sharks in Yap, located in the Micronesian Islands next to Guam.
Pet in Photo: Khaleesi
Adria’s passion for animals has always been a big part of who she is. Her many years of experience working in animal care began in a Maine animal shelter. Later, after moving to Florida, Adria flourished as a veterinary technician, surgery technician, inventory manager, and trainer. Most recently she lived in Guam where she worked as practice manager for an animal hospital. Now back in Maine, she is excited to continue her career with Rarebreed and complete her undergraduate certificate in veterinary practice management. In her free time, Adria enjoys horseback riding, painting and dancing.
Fun Fact: Annie worked with a local community theatre in Oregon for 5 years as a company manager and produced over 25 shows.
Pet in Photo: Kai
Annie has worked in both the recruiting and veterinary industries and loves them both. She began her career in general practice and specialty medicine as a CSR and veterinary assistant for a rehab practice, and then spent several years in technical recruiting. Before joining Rarebreed she was the sole recruiter for DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Annie holds a bachelor’s in communication and linguistics with a focus on American sign language from The Evergreen State College, a wonderful hippie school out in the woods of Washington State. In her spare time, she likes to read in her home library, cuddle with her cats, Kai and Miro, go target shooting with her husband, and support the arts in her community.
Fun Fact: Ashley is a huge fan of the Harry Potter movies and has watched them so many times she's lost count.
Pet in Photo: Bennett
Ashley began her career in the world of veterinary medicine as a kennel technician and has progressed from there. Growing up in East Haven, Connecticut, there were always many pets in her family. Today, Ashley shares her home with six cats, Fat Fat, Jackson, Spaghetti, Momma, Moo and Buddha, and a dog named Peaches. She has always loved animals, so a career working with them every day was a dream come true. Ashley is excited to help make partnering with Rarebreed a smooth and rewarding experience for everyone. She currently lives in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, with her boyfriend and daughter, who (naturally) also love animals.
Fun Fact: Ashley grew up on a Hinckley sailboat named Escapade.
Pet in Photo: Rascal and Nova
Having joined Rarebreed in February 2020, Ashley is the Swiss Army knife of the company and brings a broad range of experience and skills to the Rarebreed community.
Her extensive work in executive and administrative assistant roles at The Beacon Group in Portland, Piper Shores in Scarborough, IDEXX in Westbrook and eight years at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor has sharpened her communication skills to meet client and company needs. Ashley’s career also includes excelling as a real estate broker of high-end properties and working in sales and public relations with fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto in New York City.
Ashley lives in South Portland, Maine, is an avid cyclist, and loves spending time outdoors with her family and her two dogs. She is also a certified Les Mills group fitness instructor and teaches Rarebreed’s online fitness classes as part of our dedication to wellness.
Fun Fact: As a kid, Bev studied Jiu-Jitsu for 8 years and made it up to the first brown belt.
Bev has always enjoyed learning about people and earned a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology with a minor in art history from Stony Brook University. While in school she worked in the financial district where she was exposed to the world of human resources and learned that she loved assisting people. Bev returned to Stony Brook where she received a master’s in HR management. She comes to Rarebreed with several years of HR experience and a passion for helping others.
Bev grew up in eastern Long Island and currently lives in Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking and taking weekend road trips. She is very excited to join Rarebreed and contribute to their mission of helping people and their animals!
Fun Fact: Bill lived on an aircraft carrier while serving in the United States Navy and has “cruised” the Mediterranean Sea.
Pet in Photo: Cleo
Bill comes to Rarebreed with an MBA from Bentley College, a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Suffolk University, and more than 20 years of payroll, accounting, human resources and benefits experience. He's worked in a variety of industries, including healthcare, research, software and medical manufacturing. At Rarebreed, Bill is working toward expanding and enhancing the payroll systems as the company continues to grow.
Bill is a team player who enjoys getting deep into the details and analysis (aka weeds) of his work. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, kayaking and boating. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, daughter and four spoiled cats.
Fun Fact: Biswa plays the Indian classical percussion instrument, the Tabla.
Pet in Photo: Biswa 2.0
Raised in a family of world-renowned scientists, Biswa has a creative mind for innovation and solving problems. In his 20+ years of software development experience as an individual contributor and people leader, he has delivered efficient, high-quality customer-facing and back-end solutions in the e-commerce, healthcare and veterinary domains.
Biswa's software development mantra is to build software that will change people's lives for the better. He brings an immense level of enthusiasm and creativity into every facet of software development and strongly believes in adopting and incorporating technologies to simplify and shorten solutions and timelines.
In his spare time, Biswa enjoys playing the Tabla. He studied it professionally from his Guru from the age of four until 22, even performing in a few shows. Biswa also previously taught music.
Fun Fact: Brenda enjoys listening to all types of music.
Pet in Photo: Murphy
Before joining Rarebreed, Brenda spent 10 years at IDEXX, growing the IDEXX Learning Center’s curriculum and technology ecosystem and developing a community of learning programs for partners and customers. She has extensive experience in developing successful, innovative learning programs across the veterinary and high-tech industries. Brenda brings her lifelong passion for animals and learning to Rarebreed and feels they are a perfect complement to Rarebreed’s mission of love, respect and fun.
Brenda’s education includes a Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University and project management certification from the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Saco, Maine, and enjoys time with family and friends, outdoor and creative activities, and the state's beautiful beaches.
Fun Fact: Brendan adopted his cat, TC (tiny cat), after finding her at 3 weeks old in the engine of his car.
Brendan’s veterinary career started in 2014 as a hospital manager for three general practices in the Houston, Texas, area. He then moved into a transition management role within the company to help acclimate practices coming into the network. He later took on the role of being an operations support manager for several specialty and ER practices within the company. Looking for a change, Brendan decided to get some direct management experience of a large Specialty and ER practice in Northern New Jersey. He quickly realized his calling was meant to be back in regional operations helping support hospital teams to be able to deliver exceptional care to patients and clients.
Outside of work Brendan enjoys spending time with his significant other, daughter, two cats, two dogs, one rabbit, and playing rugby and chess.
Fun Fact: Brent is a diehard Buffalo Bills fan who has endured many years of heartache but remains hopeful.
You could say Brent’s veterinary experience started at birth. He began at a very young age riding around on farm calls with his dad who was a large animal veterinarian. He then worked for his family’s small animal practice throughout his high school and college years. Once he graduated, he began as a practice manager for the family business. Years later they sold to a large consolidator and he was promoted to regional operations manager. He sought out change to Rarebreed as a director to continue to help support hospital operations, so they have the tools and team to provide the best care to their client’s four-legged family members.
Brent enjoys spending time with his wife, two children, two dogs and two cats. He loves camping, traveling, golf, football and basketball.
Fun Fact: Brent is a golf enthusiast with two hole-in-ones.
Pet in Photo: Maggie May
Brent has spent his career in the animal health industry, most recently leading Finance for IDEXX Laboratories’ in-house diagnostics business. Brent played a critical role in establishing IDEXX’s Latin America operations, spending six months in Brazil to ensure a successful post-merger integration. He was also instrumental in the merger with Dechra Pharmaceuticals while at Putney Vet.
Brent holds a Master of Science in Accounting from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from the University of Southern Maine.
Brent resides in South Portland, Maine, with his wife, Jess and a 5-year-old black cat, commonly referred to as the “black panther.”
Fun Fact: Cam once caught a 45-inch striper just off Casco Bay.
Pet in Photo: Mabel
Cam joined the Rarebreed team in March 2021 after working as a financial analyst for the in-house diagnostics line of business at IDEXX Laboratories. His focus was on developing dynamic key performance indicator-based analysis, dashboard creation, and investor reporting.
Cam’s earlier experience includes interning for two summers at Nestle Waters North America with the transportation finance team. He was born and raised in Maine, growing up in South Paris and later Lewiston. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Management from the University of Maine. Out of the office, Cam likes to golf, freshwater fish, hike, and spend time with his large, close-knit family.
Fun Fact: Dan was a hockey goalie in high school.
Pet in Photo: Angus
Before co-founding Rarebreed, Dan headed IDEXX Laboratories’ in-house chemistry business and Corporate Development and Strategy team. There, he led and executed global acquisitions, managed the annual strategic planning process and structured complex partnerships to serve as the technology for new companion animal diagnostic pillars. During his career, Dan also worked as a venture capital investor at Allied Minds plc, focusing on internet and communication technologies. And he was a management strategy consultant at JSA Partners (formerly AT Kearney), a mergers and acquisitions and strategy consultancy in Boston.
Dan is a combat veteran and Airborne Ranger-qualified infantry officer with service time as a combat advisor embedded with the Afghan National Civil Order Police. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan School of Business) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University.
An active triathlete, he resides in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, with his wife, three children and his dog, Angus.
Danielle Conway, DVM
Fun Fact: Dr. Conway was in an MTV music video in the 90s.
Dr. Danielle Conway is a nutrition residency trained veterinarian with extensive experience in evidence-based integrative medicine. Her pursuit of “helping patients live their best lives” has led to training and working alongside leading professionals countrywide. She has certifications and advanced coursework in veterinary acupuncture, spinal manipulation, rehabilitation, and nutraceutical support. Her approach is to combine traditional medicine with individualized integrative modalities to achieve optimal wellness.
She is excited to share her skills with the Rarebreed network via the creation of nutrition and integrative wellness programs. Her personal interests include researching science-based next-generation wellness techniques, environmental stewardship, and doing anything outdoors, including gardening, skiing, biking, and hiking. She is also passionate about using her integrative training to help reduce veterinary profession burnout.
In addition to a variety of hooved, scaled, feathered and furry companions, Dr. Conway shares her home with her husband and two beautiful and spirited daughters.
Fun Fact: Darya and her family live on a small farm in Maine with a few pets including 19 free-range chickens.
Pet in Photo: Allagash
Prior to joining Rarebreed as its general counsel, Darya was a partner at a prominent Portland law firm where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and intellectual property laws. During that time, she had served as Rarebreed’s outside general counsel since its founding in 2018. While in private practice, Darya focused her pro bono efforts on helping immigrants and churches, and for many years was involved with the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project. Darya is a published author and was consistently selected by her peers for inclusion in the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars publication. She received a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Minsk State Linguistic University.
Fun Fact: Dave is the eldest of 6 siblings.
Prior to joining the Rarebreed family in 2021, Dave spent 15 years in the veterinary industry with roles that included repair of blood analyzers, data analysis, and leading the vision and strategy for a veterinary software product. During this time, he developed a passion for understanding the needs of veterinary practice teams and building team cultures focused on providing the best solution for those end users. Dave looks forward to continuing his mission at Rarebreed and feels in sync with the company's core values of love, respect, and fun and its purpose-driven culture.
A native Mainer, Dave enjoys exploring all that this beautiful state has to offer. He also loves boating, fly fishing and cooking for family and friends. He lives in Gorham, Maine. with his two children and their dog, Baxter.
Fun Fact: Voted most likely to bust a move.
Pet in Photo: Sugar
David Searle bridges the gap between operating a business efficiently and securing a business effectively by putting his seven years of industry experience to work for Rarebreed and its valued partners. His background is rooted in IT Operations and Security. He has experience in large-scale, nationwide hotel chain cloud and physical environments and cutting-edge research facilities located here in the great state of Maine. If he’s not stuck behind a computer, you can find him restoring his historic home or out on the first tee at his local club, hopefully finding a fairway.
David Tubman, DVM, MPH
Fun Fact: Dr. Tubman once lived on a kibbutz in southern Israel and worked in a plastics factory.
Dr. David Tubman joined the Rarebreed Medical Operations team in 2021. Before that, he worked in general practice caring for pets in the greater Boston area. He studied cellular and molecular biology at the University of Michigan and then returned to Boston to work in the biotech industry. David then decided to pursue his goal of becoming a veterinarian and graduated from Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After graduation, he moved to Georgia to complete a small animal internship at the Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Atlanta. After that, he worked in emergency medicine in Baltimore. A few years later he returned to Boston and earned a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University. He is now looking forward to his new role in Medical Operations and is excited to help our veterinary partners.
Fun Fact: Dorothy speaks, reads and writes fluent Polish (her family is originally from Poland).
It was Dorothy’s childhood obsession with animals that led her to study veterinary medicine and to ultimately graduate from Quinnipiac University with a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology and management. She went on to become a certified technician and spend 25 years working in all veterinary areas including general practice and emergency/specialty care. Her interest in developing her teams brought her into management, where she’s gained valuable experience that she now happily shares with Rarebreed.
Fortunately for her family, Dorothy’s boundless love for animals leaves plenty of love for them, in particular, her husband, their 4 boys and granddaughter. They share their home with 3 dogs, 5 cats, 2 guinea pigs, a turtle, a mini pig and a chicken – she lives outside and guards the house! Dorothy also adopts senior dogs and fosters baby animals of all kinds.
Elaine Yip, DVM
Fun Fact: Elaine enjoys practicing modern calligraphy and hand lettering.
Dr. Elaine Yip was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Her first time living outside of California was when she ventured to the Midwest to attend veterinary school at Purdue University. After graduation, Elaine went into small animal general practice and practiced for 8 years with Banfield, NVA and VCA prior to joining Rarebreed. She was chief of staff for most of her tenure while practicing and has been credited with substantially growing the practices she has managed. She enjoys team building through thoughtful communication and designing effective practices. Elaine is eager to take her day-to-day knowledge of practice management to a regional scale in order to help hospitals continue to provide top-notch care, while growing Rarebreed.
Elaine shares her Massachusetts home with her husband and their Jack Russell Terrier mix. In their free time, they enjoy traveling and nature hiking.
Fun Fact: Eric has a twin brother – but they have different birthdays.
Pet in Photo: Hank
Driven, analytical and detail-oriented, Eric is an accounting professional with 10 years of experience. At Rarebreed, he manages day-to-day accounting operations, implements internal controls and handles complex activities, including acquisitions and consolidations. Eric also operates as the fund coordinator for a local non-profit organization in his hometown of Gorham, New Hampshire.
Prior to Rarebreed, Eric earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting Finance from Southern New Hampshire University. He spent five years in public accounting as a financial statement auditor, gaining expertise in the healthcare and banking industries. Eric then transitioned into the private sector, serving as the controller for an urgent care network for over three years.
In his free time, Eric enjoys a good Netflix binge, spending time with his wife and rescue dog, Sadie, finding the latest craft breweries and playing golf.
Fun Fact: Gianna and her dogs enjoy bikejoring together.
Gianna’s love for animals began at a young age. She grew up surrounded by a variety of animals and spent her early years volunteering at animal shelters. Gianna earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science and minored in equine studies at the University of Maine in Orono. After graduating in 2018, she began working as a veterinary technician. She has always had a special love for large animals and spends her free time working on dairy farms and horse farms. She also enjoys hiking in the woods with her dogs.
Gianna lives in Massachusetts with her four dogs, one cat, one goat, one cow, nine chickens, one sulcata tortoise, three puffer fish and some ball pythons.
Fun Fact: Hallie learned how to knit when she was six and it remains one of her biggest passions.
Pet in Photo: Poppy
Having studied art history in college, Hallie didn’t expect to end up working in the accounting field. But after several years of wearing many hats for a small business – including accounts payable – she became enamored with the world of debits and credits and sought additional education and work opportunities.
Hallie was attracted to Rarebreed because of its clear vision of people first. She is honored to work alongside a team that strives to create the best possible environment for veterinary professionals and their clients and patients.
Heather Loenser, DVM
Fun Fact: “Loenser” rhymes with “cleanser.”
As an extroverted, adrenaline junky, Dr. Heather Loenser stood out as a rare breed in her veterinary class at Iowa State University, where she was thrilled to play the part of spokeswoman in her group projects and was exhilarated by complex emergency medicine cases. Fast-forward many years later, Dr. Loenser could be found juggling her work on the front lines of emergency medicine with her passion for educating veterinary teams as a communication coach and media personality. Most recently, she served as the American Animal Hospital Association’s chief medical officer where she revolutionized AAHA’s guidelines, supported AAHA’s culture and well-being initiatives, and created new educational content for the profession. During her tenure at AAHA, she built strong collaborations with non-profit organizations, academic institutions and industry partners. She’s Canadian-born, Iowa-raised, and New Jersey-strong! Her favorite well-being practice is long (slow) runs with her dog while listening to audiobooks.
Heather York, DVM, CCRT, CVAT
Fun Fact: Dr. York’s prior career was as an international training specialist for Ben & Jerry’s Homemade. (And yes, the rumors about 3 free pints a day are true!)
After receiving her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Massey University in New Zealand, Dr. York completed a rotating internship at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists and a surgical internship at the Animal Specialty Center. During her internships, she discovered a passion for integrative and rehabilitation medicine and was awarded a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Veterinary Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Group. She has since obtained national certifications as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) and Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist (CVAT). Dr. York returned to her native New England in 2014 to practice specialty and referral medicine; her professional interests include emergency medicine, physiatry and pain management.
Dr. York resides in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont, where she enjoys outdoor adventures with her young family and furry friends. She is thrilled to join the Rarebreed Medical Operations Team, with the purpose of improving the quality of the lives of both her patients and colleagues.
Fun Fact: Ina holds a fine arts degree in dance and has been a dance teacher in southern Maine for 15 years.
Pet in Photo: Ramone
Ina has been working in the veterinary field for ten years, in management, communication and leadership roles. She was inspired to join Rarebreed after learning of the company's mission and its commitment to the well-being of their veterinary teams. She believes whole-heartedly that entire communities of people and their pets are positively impacted by the compassionate care that begins with the hospital teams at Rarebreed’s veterinary hospitals.
Ina lives in South Portland, Maine, with her husband, two children, and three companion animals.
James Desir DVM, CCRP
Fun Fact: James was a NCAA Division 1 athlete in soccer, track and football.
Since graduating from Ross University in 2011, James has been advancing his medical knowledge and surgical skills through a multitude of both general and emergency/specialty veterinary hospitals across the United States. He’s practiced in Connecticut, Virginia, California and New York. Rarebreed has given him a unique platform to advance his skill sets while promoting an environment for both personal and professional well-being. In turn, he hopes to share his knowledge with the veterinary partner community.
Fun Fact: Janine is a certified small-animal massage therapist.
Pet in Photo: Chico
Janine’s career in communications – including marketing, copy editing and writing – along with her lifelong love of animals, led her to Rarebreed. Although she’s worked in a variety of industries, it wasn’t until she joined Rarebreed that she felt a true connection. At Rarebreed, she’s able to do the work she enjoys the most for a company that helps the people who care for animals.
A native New Englander, Janine earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing from the University of Rhode Island. She lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with her husband, their dogs, Chico and Bernie, and their cats, Mufasa and Mr. Jones. Outside of work, she likes walking on the beach and watching British crime dramas.
Fun Fact: Jen has worked concert security for over 15 years and has seen more than 800 concerts.
Jen brings extensive experience in payroll, human resources and leave administration in areas that include the automotive industry, the mortgage industry, nonprofit and retail. Her true passion is payroll, and she enjoys the pressure of payroll processing, analyzing numbers and working with Excel!
Jen has lived in Maine her whole life and recently purchased a condo in Old Orchard Beach with her two cats, Sophie and Buddy. In her free time, she enjoys cooking new recipes from Pinterest, kayaking, watching sports, traveling and taking advantage of walking on the nearby beaches
Fun Fact: Jeremy enjoys jogging, riding and meditation.
Pet in Photo: Maggie
Along with the Rarebreed mission of love, respect and fun, Jeremy was initially drawn to Rarebreed because of the authenticity, mindfulness and intelligence of the entire team. His breadth of experience in systems, development and leadership roles has created an opportunity for Rarebreed to differentiate its technical solutions in the veterinary profession. While focusing on security and ease of use for practice teams, Jeremy also leads the charge to integrate all internal and external software tools across the ecosystem.
Prior to joining Rarebreed, Jeremy achieved significant success in a broad and diverse range of technical leadership roles for both start-ups and larger corporations. He focuses on bringing secure, reliable, scalable and highly integrated solutions to the veterinary profession.
Jeremy is passionate about all aspects of wellness and improving himself – and says there is no better activity for downtime than a walk on the beach with his children and puppy.
Fun Fact: After running her first marathon in Portland, Maine, in 2015, Joannie qualified for the Boston Marathon just for fun.
Joannie was drawn to Rarebreed to help change the veterinary industry for the better. She enjoys connecting with employees and wants to help positively affect and compassionately support the employee experience in this very demanding industry. Joannie earned a BA in psychology and an associate degree in hotel/restaurant management. She spent 12 years in human resources at AAA and held positions at LL Bean, Aetna and an Insurance staffing firm in Woodland Hills, California. While living in southern California, she studied massage therapy and worked for spas, chiropractors and for herself. She often worked on the set of Everybody Loves Raymond, where she learned that celebrities are just people with aches and pains.
Joannie has two awesome stepsons. She and her husband live in Cumberland, Maine, with her daughter and two cats. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking and just being outside.
Fun Fact: Johanne ran her first and last marathon in Portland, Oregon.
Johanne was born and raised in Quebec City and is fluent in French. Before joining Rarebreed, she had an extensive career in the hospitality industry in finance and accounting. As an independent consultant, she spent 10 years traveling to over 20 hotels in 5 different countries, assisting in the accounting cycle, both in an operating and corporate environment. She later relocated to Portland with her husband and 2 rescue dogs to be closer to family and friends and later joined the City of Portland’s finance department. It was Johanne’s love of animals and desire to help make a difference that eventually brought her to Rarebreed.
Johanne holds a BSc in physiology from Laval University and an MBA from the University of Ottawa. In her free time, she likes to run, swim, bike, garden, bake and spend time with her husband, David, and her dogs, Max and Dakota.
Fun Fact: Jordan has visited every state in the United States except Alaska, Arizona and Michigan.
Pet in Photo: Sugar
As an army kid, Jordan had the travel bug instilled in him from a young age. He lived in Hawaii and Germany, with many states and countries in between, before settling in Maine with his wife, drawn to the state’s wonderfully lush outdoors, beautiful coastline, and proximity to family.
Jordan’s lifelong love of animals led him to a career in animal welfare, working in shelters both directly with animals and with volunteers, and then to a state-level program related to care, licensing and inspection for pet facilities. After a brief stopover in the brewing industry, Jordan transitioned to information technology and security. He feels that joining Rarebreed was a wonderful mix of old and new pursuits.
When not working, Jordan loves cooking, hiking, craft beer, and - as a Metal and Punk fan - loud and fast live music.
Fun Fact: Jordan has represented the SNRC USA equestrian show jumping team on an international level.
Jordan has spent her career in a variety of industries, most recently as the deputy finance director at the City of South Portland. There, she played a vital role in implementing new processes and streamlining and developing policies. A motivated, team player, Jordan was drawn to the energy at Rarebreed and its mission of Love, Respect and Fun.
Jordan holds a Master of Science in accounting from Castleton University and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Virginia Intermont College. In her spare time, she likes to cook, travel, hike, kayak and spend time with her husband, Keith, two dogs, Knox and Evie, and two horses, Dougie and Laci.
Fun Fact: Josiah enjoys traveling to different states to play in men’s volleyball tournaments.
Pet in Photo: Drago
A versatile talent acquisition professional, Josiah has experience supporting various industries but specializes in veterinary medicine recruitment. His love for pets and people is what drew him to the veterinary industry, and he strives to create the best candidate experience for everyone he works with. His favorite thing about Rarebreed is that they are building opportunities for veterinary professionals with a focus on health and wellbeing.
Josiah grew up in Vancouver, Washington, and attended the University of Portland, majoring in organizational communications and minoring in political science. After graduation, he moved back to the Vancouver area and began his career in recruitment. Josiah enjoys spending his free time with his partner, two dogs, Kevin and Drago, traveling for volleyball, and playing video games.
Fun Fact: Justin loves to work out with calisthenics — you may catch him at your local park on the pull-up bar!
Justin grew up in Tolland, Connecticut, in a small family where all they knew was sports. Whether it was going to UConn basketball games during the week, or Red Sox games on the weekend, there was always athletics involved. He recently moved to Scarborough, Maine, and is excited to go on adventures and see all that Vacationland has to offer.
Justin graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2021 with a degree in finance. He was a Rarebreed intern before joining full-time. Before that, he interned at Retirement Visions LLC and Virtus Asset Management. Justin has always had a soft spot in his heart for animals and wants to do everything he can to help deliver them the best possible veterinary experience.
Fun Fact: Karen loves making calzones for her family - all 18 of them!
Karen has always felt a calling to help others, whether two- or four-legged. Since 1993, she has been a member of the Cumberland Fire Department in multiple roles including firefighter, secretary, Sparky the fire dog (in costume), and fire prevention trainer. She worked at Dehler Animal Clinic for more than 15 years as a veterinary assistant and practice manger. During a short break from Dehler, she worked for MaineHealth as a program coordinator for the Access to Care Coverage team. A founding member of the Access team, Karen headed the Connecting Kids to Coverage grant, successfully helping over 200 children receive medical benefits in 2018. Karen says that being a mom to her two boys is her greatest achievement.
Kate Allen, DVM
Fun Fact: Dr. Allen's favorite karaoke song to sing is A Case of You, by Joni Mitchell.
Pet in Photo: Sophie
Dr. Allen application essay for veterinary school began with, "I want to be a veterinarian because I want to work with people." As much as she loves biology, medicine and animals, Kate is also passionate about public speaking, acting and teaching. She's been balancing this odd mix of interests by working with pets while also exploring the incredible world of scientific medicine.
While completing pre-veterinary courses at Cornell, she majored in archaeology and conducted a study on the territorial behaviors of seagulls (note: do not underestimate them). After college, she taught in a fourth-grade classroom for a year before returning to Cornell for veterinary school, during which she helped develop a summer school program for high schoolers interested in pursuing veterinary medicine. After several years in private practice, Kate is excited to help the Medical Operations team deliver medical excellence Rarebreed partners and clients.
Fun Fact: Katie was the captain of her golf team in high school.
Pet in Photo: Maxwell
Katie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of recruitment strategies to Rarebreed. She began her career in IT staffing and found a passion for recruitment. A few years after gaining invaluable recruitment experience, she realized that her skills could translate to the veterinary industry and has been helping veterinary professionals find their perfect positions ever since.
Katie loves getting to know her candidates and giving them a top-notch experience through the recruitment process, personalizing each situation to what each person needs. She is excited to be working with Rarebreed to connect candidates with great working environments and a supportive company.
In her spare time, you can find Katie spending time with her six cats (she’s not crazy), her husband, who she met while working at Disney in college, and spending time with her friends outdoors! She loves golf, exercise, cooking and playing video games.
Fun Fact: Katie taught herself to knit and crochet using only a 1975 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.
Katie began her veterinary journey in 2007 as a kennel attendant for a mixed-animal practice in rural Ohio. She worked her way up the ladder over the years, earning responsibilities in leadership. Looking for a fresh set of challenges, Katie transitioned to a hospital manager role for several years, still in rural Ohio – but in a less flat part of the state! In 2020, looking for a new hill to climb, Katie relocated to Maine, sight unseen, to join the Rarebreed pack.
Katie, her husband and youngest child live on a homestead where they raise most of their own food and the occasional ruckus. In her free time, Katie can usually be found outside, and hardly ever in the kitchen.
Fun Fact: As a child, Katrina was in television commercials for local businesses.
Pet in Photo: Hudson
Katrina has always enjoyed working with people and helping them grow. She graduated from Westbrook College with a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a concentration in elementary education. After graduating, Katrina learned about the field of Human Resources and knew that it would be a perfect fit to combine her passion for working with people and teaching them. Before joining Rarebreed, she spent 17 years in Human Resources working for a variety of organizations in all aspects of the field. Katrina is excited to be part of Rarebreed, a growing organization that values compassion and respect.
In her free time, Katrina enjoys cooking, photography and spending time by the ocean.
Fun Fact: The first time Kelly got on a plane, it was to jump out and skydive.
Before joining Rarebreed Kelly worked at Norman, Hanson & DeTroy law firm where she supported three attorneys in the Commercial Group. Her job included overseeing the formation of LLC corporations, organizing closing documents and keeping companies in good standing. Kelly has an associate degree in marine biology from Southern Maine Community College and is passionate about marine life, with a special interest in sharks. One day she hopes to fulfill her dream of swimming or cage diving with them.
In her free time, Kelly enjoys amateur photography, gardening, kayaking, playing kickball and spending time with her family and friends, which includes her four cats, Destiny, Oreo, Cayde and Vayda. She enjoys traveling and would love to visit Australia.
Fun Fact: Kendall hiked the Cinque Terre while studying abroad in Perugia, Italy.
Pet in Photo: Biswa 2.0
Kendall joined Rarebreed in 2020, after working as a senior financial analyst for the Companion Animal Group at IDEXX Laboratories. In her current role, she focuses on providing powerful financial data to drive critical business decisions and strategies.
Earlier in her career, Kendall worked as a senior accountant at American Realty Capital, focusing on real estate investment trusts for high-end commercial real estate and for Urban Outfitters on retail e-commerce and brick-and-mortar. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Northeastern University.
In her spare time, Kendall likes to travel, hike, stand-up paddleboard and spend time with her husband and daughter.
Fun Fact: Lived in Israel.
Pet in Photo: Wilson
Kenzie grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis where she began competitively swimming at a young age. After a successful high school swimming career, she accepted an offer to attend and swim for West Virginia University, where she was named captain her senior year.
After graduating from WVU with a marketing degree, she was presented with the opportunity to move to Maine. She quickly fell in love with the state and knew she had to stay. After gaining experience in human resources, she learned of a job opportunity with a start-up company - Rarebreed Veterinary Partners. Once she met the team, she instantly felt at home. Kenzie has been with Rarebreed since September 2019 and works as an HR generalist, helping to create a work environment that invests in and inspires its employees.
Kim Farina, DVM
Fun Fact: Dr. Farina was the radio personality “Elvis Duran’s Cousin Kim” on Z100 radio in New York City.
Pet in Photo: Babka
Who do you get when you cross a veterinarian with an MTV writer? Dr. Farina! Dr. Farina has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was seven years old. And although her unwavering desire to care for animals remained steadfast, her first career was not veterinary. Dr. Farina earned a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She also had a successful journalism career at MTV and in radio in New York City and Los Angeles.
Dr. Farina went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California, Davis. Before joining Rarebreed, she spent a decade as a marketing, communications, education and strategic consultant for organizations such as AVMA, AAHA, Partners for Healthy Pets, American Association of Feline Practitioners and Zoetis. She also worked for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, collaborating with hundreds of hospital teams – which she loved!
Dr. Farina enjoys recording podcasts and clinical practice and lives in New Jersey with her family.
Fun Fact: : Kristy’s parents sent her to a women’s college to focus on her studies because she was having too much fun at the University of Maine.
Pet in Photo: Finn
Before joining the Rarebreed family in 2019, Kristy spent 10 years as the controller and head of human resources for the US subsidiary of a UK publicly traded company. Her first foray in business came when she joined Coopers & Lybrand (later PricewaterhouseCoopers) after studying psychology at Smith College. From there, she began auditing and working at different client sites every few weeks, which gave her experience with many different people and businesses.
Kristy obtained her Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine and has held a multitude of positions in accounting, finance and human resources/people operations in businesses, such as IDEXX Laboratories and L.L. Bean.
With a passion for working with people, Kristy enjoys roles where she is able to work and meet with large groups of people. Her experience at Rarebreed so far has been amazing and a ton of fun along the way.
Fun Fact: Laurie lived in the bay area of California in 1989, only 50 miles from the epicenter of the 7.0 earthquake that rocked the World Series and cracked the foundation of her apartment building.
Before joining Rarebreed, Laurie spent five years in payroll working for a large energy company with locations throughout the US and Canada. Before that, she worked within the accounting groups for an insurance company, processing retroactive billings.
She enjoys working as a team and loves researching and solving problems. She lives in western Maine and enjoys outdoor activities such as snowmobiling and riding ATVs with her children, a son and four daughters. Her family also includes two senior dogs and three cats.
Linda Elliott, LVT
Fun Fact: Linda loves to go fishing.
Pet in Photo: Izzy
Linda’s teaching experience began when she was just a teenager, heavily involved in the United States Pony Club as a member, instructor and regional examiner. She finds nothing more rewarding than helping someone else in their quest for learning. Since becoming a licensed veterinary technician, she has devoted herself to helping her co-workers elevate their veterinary practices.
Linda earned her Bachelor of Science in Animal and Veterinary Science at the University of Maine, Orono, and has been working as a licensed Veterinary Technician since 1996 in both large and small animal practices. For the past 10 years, she worked at an emergency and specialty practice focusing on surgery.
Linda lives in Scarborough, Maine, with her husband, daughter and two Siamese cats.
Lisa Bourazak, DVM, MPT, DACVAA
Fun Fact: Dr. Bourazak bicycled from Seattle, Washington to Washington, DC to raise money for the American Lung Association.
Before she became interested in canine rehabilitation, Dr. Bourazak received her master’s in physical therapy from Northwestern University. After 15 years as a physical therapist, she left the profession to study at the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine where her love for anesthesia grew. After graduation, she completed a rotating internship at the University of Georgia and her residency in anesthesia and analgesia at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Since finishing her residency, Dr. Bourazak has worked in private practice, elevating anesthesia techniques for patients and surgery teams. She has a special interest in locoregional techniques, critical anesthesia, and adjunctive pain management.
Dr. Bourazak loves adventuring outdoors with her partner, her yellow lab mix, Charlie, and her Beagle, Ruth. She is excited to be part of the Medical Operations team at Rarebreed, bringing her passion and experience to our partners and patients.
Fun Fact: Lisa is a charity gamer.
Pet in Photo: Wembley and Mellon
The desire to help people, her love for the veterinary industry and her drive to improve the lives of others brought Lisa to Rarebreed.
Having worked in the veterinary industry since 2005, Lisa started as a veterinary technician in emergency medicine and moved to specialty medicine in 2010. Her eagerness to guide and support others brought upon several leadership roles. Wanting to make a difference in the wellness of the veterinary community, Lisa moved to human resources in 2018.
Lisa is a helper at heart and began doing volunteer work at the age of 11, which she continues today. As a charity gamer, Lisa competes in Overwatch tournaments with her minor league team to raise money for the Gamers Outreach Foundation.
Fun Fact: LouAnn is a huge sports enthusiast and loves cheering on her beloved Boston Bruins, New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox.
LouAnn grew up in Maine and graduated from St. Joseph’s College where she triple majored in accounting, management and marketing. She also attended the University of Maine, earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and teaching. After spending 23 years in North Carolina working in NASCAR, selling real estate and rescuing dogs, she relocated to Maine and joined Rarebreed to combine her career with her passion for and love of animals. LouAnn spends her free time with her dog, Fender, and her family, which includes 15 nieces and nephews.
Marc Ouellette, DVM
Fun Fact: Dr. Ouellette is an avid wildlife photographer.
Pet in Photo: Ted E. Westside (Teddy)
Born and raised in small-town America, Dr. Ouellette wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as he can remember. Those aspirations never wavered as he navigated through his academic years, ultimately culminating in a rewarding life spent giving care to those without a voice – and counsel to those that love them.
Dr. Ouellette knows the challenges and rewards of veterinary life at every level, from early days as a receptionist at a busy Montreal clinic, to his current role as partner and practice leader at Casco Bay Veterinary Hospital.
By sharing insights into what binds devoted animal caretakers and shining a light on the profession’s opportunities for improvement, he hopes to play a role in helping colleagues achieve both personal and professional success by enjoying the benefits of a Rarebreed partnership.
Fun Fact: Mariam is from Georgia – the country, not the state.
Mariam is a business analyst with experience in management consulting, research and economic analysis. With a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Northeastern University, Mariam focuses on analysis to enable decision-making, execution and strategic planning at both the corporate and hospital levels.
Currently residing in Boston, Mariam was born in the country of Georgia and speaks three languages – and is currently learning a fourth. She is a wine enthusiast who loves traveling and exploring local wine varieties. In her free time, Mariam likes to dance, play tennis, read and spend time with her big family
Fun Fact: Matt participated seven times in one of the most beautiful bike rides in the United States – a century (100-mile) ride – to raise money for cancer research.
Pet in Photo: Otis and Ziggy
As a junior at Hobart College, Matt was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His parents surprised him with Jackson, a black Labrador Retriever puppy who stayed by his side during all his treatments. Jackson provided loyal companionship, comfort and unconditional love that helped Matt become a cancer survivor.
In 2012, Matt resigned from a New York-based hedge fund – where he was a successful portfolio manager – and moved to Maine, seeking better work-life balance for him and his family. After five years of working as an entrepreneur and investor in various companies, Matt met Rarebreed co-founder Dan Espinal, who shared his vision for Rarebreed.
Matt is excited to be a part of a company that prioritizes positive work environments and collaborative culture throughout veterinary clinics, with a mission to take care of people who take care of animals.
Matthew Townsend, DVM
Fun Fact: Dr. Townsend has an identical twin brother in Indiana who is also a veterinarian.
Pet in Photo: Zoey
Dr. Townsend’s first interactions with veterinarians occurred at a young age, when a group of veterinarians came to his family dairy farm in Waldoboro, Maine. The experience of watching a cow with “milk fever” respond to calcium fever was magical for him – and that day, the seed was planted!
Throughout his career, family and team sports served as Dr. Townsend’s greatest influences. They taught him hard work, kindness and teamwork – which are many of the life lessons that he leans on today. A 1995 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Townsend has mixed medicine and teamwork throughout his career. He has cared for small and large animals, worked at several hospitals and owned two hospitals. As former President of the Maine Veterinary Medical Association (MEVMA) and New England Veterinary Medical Association (NEVMA), he is very proud of serving his community – especially the youth.
Dr. Townsend and his wife, Diane, raised four independent, strong daughters. Serving Rarebreed is just the next logical step in his journey, as he is now able to bring his passions and experiences to others in the profession.
Fun Fact: Melissa spent six years working at Fenway Park.
Melissa was that kid in school who knew every jingle to every commercial, so it was only natural that when she attended Bryant University she chose to major in marketing. What she didn’t expect, however, was that she could combine her love of marketing with her love of animals.
After a short stint in hospitality marketing and auction marketing, Melissa began her love affair with the veterinary industry. In 2021 she joined Rarebreed, bringing experience in practice, corporate, digital and events marketing. She’s elated to be part of the Rarebreed marketing team and looks forward to helping the industry reimagine the veterinary experience.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys rehabbing her old house (circa 1792!), cooking and traveling. She’s joined in these adventures by her husband, two children and dog, Penny.
Fun Fact: Morgan has over 20 tattoos.
Pet in Photo: Theo
Prior to joining Rarebreed, Morgan spent three years working as a member of Accounting and Finance for ConvenientMD in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
She attended Lesley University and The Art Institute of Boston, focusing on graphic design. Her creativity then led her to Paul Mitchell the School in Portsmouth, where she both studied and taught cosmetology. There, she found a passion for figures and finance as she took on a leading role in helping students navigate the FAFSA and complexities of financial aid.
A lifelong native of the seacoast, Morgan currently lives in Portsmouth with her boyfriend, Aaron, handsome dog, Theotis, and hedgehog, Pinto. In her free time, she likes spending time with her family, especially Kelsey, her 17-year-old sister, and best friend. She enjoys camping and hiking in the White Mountains, reading, knitting and savoring a glass of wine.
Fun Fact: Nicole obtained a master’s degree in public policy and management, and was accepted into law school, but opted to change gears and pursue a life in the veterinary field alongside her husband.
Pet in Photo: Mabel
Nicole joined Rarebreed after spending 15 years managing and owning Stoneledge Animal Hospital alongside her husband, Dr. Mike. They decided to partner with Rarebreed after recognizing how clearly the philosophies and goals of Rarebreed align with the needs and desires of smaller practices. Prior to her career in the veterinary field, Nicole spent 8 years as a human resources professional at Fairchild Semiconductor. She was responsible for hiring IT and engineering professionals in Maine and Silicon Valley. She also managed Fairchild’s Immigration program globally and was the HR business partner to their Corporate Legal group. In her spare time, Nicole loves spending time with her husband, their girls and their 2 French Bulldog pups, Mabel and Henry. She also loves to garden and design and re-design rooms in their home.
Fun Fact: Pat’s a twin.
Pet in Photo: Lulu
Pat grew up on a farm in New Hampshire with his sisters and plenty of animals. Weekends consisted of lacrosse tournaments or bailing and delivering hay to surrounding towns, which Pat quickly learned was not normal for most teenage boys in New Hampshire. His first job was at a local grain and hardware store, where among other things, he got his family a nice discount!
Pat went to school at the University of New Hampshire and earned a degree in finance and analytics with a minor in computer science. Through school, he worked at a technology start-up, LinkeDrive, which helped coach CDL drivers on fuel economy and safety. He then interned at IDEXX Laboratories on the Corporate Development and Strategy team where he met Dan Espinal his senior year. Upon graduation, Pat went to a real estate investment firm, Elm Grove Companies, before coming to help build the partnership network at Rarebreed.
Fun Fact: Rachael is certified in Wildlife Chemical Capture and Immobilization from the Wildlife Science Center in Stacy, Minnesota.
Pet in Photo: Bennett
Rachael’s veterinary career began in 2012 as a volunteer kennel assistant at Garland Road Small Animal Hospital in Winslow, Maine. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Unity College while working as a customer service representative, veterinary technician, manager, then practice manager at Garland Road.
Rachael first joined the Rarebreed family in December 2019 when they partnered with Garland Road. Now part of the Business Transformation Team, she is eager to help new veterinary hospitals join the growing Rarebreed family.
Rachael lives on a small farm in rural Maine. Her interest in wildlife research led her to Minnesota for research with wolves and bears, and to Pennsylvania for elk calf research. In her free time, Rachael enjoys working with her own animals, which include multiple cows, two Golden Retrievers, Bennett and Riley, Cali the cat, and Bonk the rabbit.
Fun Fact: Renee played basketball in college.
Pet in Photo: Oakley
Renee believes Rarebreed's vision and mission impacts a lot of lives and influences the veterinary industry for the better. She is excited to be a part of an exceptional community and is honored to have the opportunity to work with an incredible, growing network of independent veterinary hospitals.
Renee came to Rarebreed with experience in human services, as well as helping youth, families and individuals with disabilities reach their highest potential in life, whether that’s socially, educationally or professionally.
Outside of work, Renee enjoys valuable time with family, gardening, hiking, photography, reading, music, knitting, playtime with her dog, Oakley, or snuggle sessions with her cat, Elle.
Fun Fact: Sarah lived in Oahu, Hawaii for three years.
Pet in Photo: Finnley
Sarah spent many years in accounting and payroll before finding her true calling in human resources. Before joining Rarebreed, she worked at the Planet Fitness Headquarters as a people operations specialist. While there, Sarah worked on several acquisitions, giving her a good understanding of the employee onboarding experience. She enjoyed her role as an HR representative and being the go-to person who helped ensure a smooth transition for employees.
Sarah has lived in the Midwest and on the West Coast. Today, Southern New Hampshire is where she calls home with her husband and lab/dachshund mix. In her free time, Sarah likes reading mysteries and thrillers, finding a super sweaty HIIT class, and spending time on the beach, whether it’s throwing the ball for her dog or watching the sunset with her husband.
Sarah Horn, DVM
Fun Fact: Dr. Horn has cage dived with great white sharks off the coast of South Africa and snorkeled with whale sharks off the coast of Mozambique.
Dr. Horn cannot recall a particular moment during which she realized she wanted to be a veterinarian; it was simply her calling. She pursued her undergraduate studies at Bowdoin College, and it was during her time there that she fell in love with the great state of Maine.
Dr. Horn studied veterinary medicine at Ross University and spent her clinical year at Cornell University. She then completed an internship at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists before moving back to Maine, where she’s been working ever since.
Years of playing field hockey, beginning in middle school and continuing through her collegiate years, is what Dr. Horn credits with teaching her the value of teamwork and support. She realizes these virtues are crucial to success and happiness in both life and work. Rarebreed has given her the opportunity to combine her passion for veterinary medicine with her desire to support those around her.
Fun Fact: Sarah has been sailing since she was an infant, earning her United States Power Squadrons boating license at age 13.
Pet in Photo: Hank
Sarah brings recruiting experience from multiple industries and prides herself on creating a good candidate experience. Her favorite part about recruiting for Rarebreed is knowing she can help to connect qualified people with a wonderful company that provides great opportunities.
Sarah grew up a Massachusetts native who longed for the Maine lifestyle, inspired by her frequent visits to see her grandparents there. After graduating from the University of Maine with a marketing degree, she made the move to coastal Wiscasset, Maine, and has lived there ever since with her two dogs, Hank and Marley, and two cats, Mozzarella and Macaroni.
She enjoys boating, the outdoors and hosting friends and family – usually with her pups in tow.
Fun Fact: Sarah sat next to and shared her popcorn with Weird Al Yankovic at a movie premier.
Sarah has spent her career advocating for accessible wellness care. She is passionate about animal health and helping all pets live their best lives filled with treats, naps in the sun and zoomies. Sarah spent nearly a decade as one of the founding members of Vets First Choice (now Covetrus) before joining the FidoCure mission to bring personalized medicine to dogs with cancer. Her time has been spent in sales, marketing and serving veterinarians.
Sarah holds a BS in psychology from Simmons University and was trained by the Disney Institute in Quality Service. She shares her little farmhouse in Cumberland Center, Maine, with 3 teenagers, a Goldendoodle named Ted, a smallish bunny and at least 93 houseplants.
Fun Fact: Sean plays in the Kennebunk Cornhole League (KCL) at the beach each summer.
Pet in Photo: Tenney
Prior to co-founding Rarebreed, Sean held various roles at IDEXX Laboratories on the Corporate Development & Strategy and Corporate Accounts teams. Before IDEXX, Sean was a corporate strategy leader at PTC in Boston.
He began his career holding finance and partnership roles at State Street Corporation and Sprint Nextel prior to moving to management consulting at Accenture. Sean is also a co-founder of Mattie’s Treats, a specialty pet food company that provides treats for dogs with kidney disease while funding research with proceeds.
Sean holds a Master of Business Administration from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance from Villanova University.
He resides in Kennebunk, Maine, with his wife, two children and their Golden Retriever, Tenney.
Fun Fact: Shannon loves to drive.
Pet in Photo: Khaleesi
Shannon’s career path has been guided by her passion for animals and animal science. She spent two years in equine studies and a year learning to be a veterinary technician. After taking on many veterinary practice roles, she decided to become a practice manager and eventually went to work at Casco Bay Veterinary Hospital where she met Rarebreed Co-founder Sean Miller.
At Rarebreed, Shannon is putting her accounting skills to work. Her management style, organizational skills and congenial personality make her a great Rarebreed team member and motivator. Her plans for the future include earning the Certified Veterinary Practice Manager credential and continuing her accounting studies at Husson University.
Fun Fact: Shelby loves spin class and has completed almost 500.
Pet in Photo: Izzy
Shelby’s love for pets is what drew her to the veterinary healthcare industry, but compassion for veterinary healthcare professionals is what keeps her here. Shelby is a versatile talent-acquisition professional, having worked with teams across a variety of industries, including veterinary healthcare and information technology. Her goal at Rarebreed is to provide a great candidate experience and make everyone feel welcomed and appreciated.
Shelby has a Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies and is a proud University of Oregon Duck. On the weekends you’ll find her watching football, enjoying Oregon’s wine country or binge watching “The Office.”
Fun Fact: Sherrie loves to sew, and has sewed thousands of scarves for an Elvis impersonator who performed across the country.
Sherrie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. After teaching in Ohio, she returned to Maine where she tutored children for many years. She also worked in the business field where she found she loved working in payroll. And, because of her love for animals, she also worked at Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic, a Rarebreed partner hospital. It was the love, compassion, and values that she saw at Kindred Spirits that brought her to Rarebreed.
Sherrie comes from a large family and is next to the oldest of eight children. She lives in Old Town, Maine, with her dog, Elle, and cat, Cole. In her free time, Sherrie enjoys spending time with her family and taking Elle to the water.
Fun Fact: Spencer is a volunteer crisis counselor.
Pet in Photo: Fire
Spencer has a long history of veterinary experiences having spent a decade working in a wide range of hospitals, including emergency and specialty, primary care, and non-profit wellness while wearing every hat available, short of “veterinarian.” A less-than-ideal onboarding experience at a prior job helped him fully appreciate first impressions and ultimately fueled his desire to help new partners and their teams navigate the onboarding journey.
Spencer is a fitness enthusiast and shares his life with his tapdancing Irish Setter named Fire, his office assistant Jamal the betta fish, and his partner.
Fun Fact: Sue loves solving puzzles.
Pet in Photo: Scout
Her business knowledge and a vast range of experience make Sue the ideal person to build Rarebreed’s Onboarding department.
Sue began her career as a public relations manager for a NASCAR Xfinity Series team. For five years, she traveled with NASCAR and gained valuable experience in public relations, business management, hospitality/event planning, marketing and travel logistics. She was promoted to a team manager until her relocation to Maine in 2013. After racing, Sue earned her real estate license and began working in real estate development.
Sue currently lives in North Yarmouth with her husband, two daughters and her furry friend, Scout.
Susan Marshall, LVT
Fun Fact: Susan loves to run with her best four-legged friend, Bindi.
Pet in Photo: Bindi
Susan began her veterinary career in Portland, Maine, in Emergency Medicine. She pursued her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Maine, and ultimately earned her technician license. After more than a decade in emergency medicine, she took on a management role at a specialty hospital, Maine Veterinary Medical Center. Susan remained in management while enjoying some time in general practice and has been fortunate to work with amazing veterinary professionals, building bonds and friendships that include all layers of the veterinary community. At Rarebreed, she looks forward to using her experience to support veterinary staff and help improve their work-life balance.
When she isn't working, Susan enjoys spending time with her three daughters. They share their home with two rescue dogs and three cats and like hiking and spending time on the water together.
Fun Fact: Tina presented her undergrad research at UCLA to over 200 neurologists from around the world.
Tina comes to Rarebreed with a background in clinical medicine, healthcare administration, and operations. She had planned to go to medical school before deciding to focus on her family instead. While pursuing a master’s degree in public health, which she received from the University of New England, she became interested in and passionate about the connection between animal health and public health. Tina grew up on the coast of Maine and now lives in North Yarmouth with her family, which includes four cats and two dogs. She enjoys the beach, hiking, yoga and painting, and is currently learning piano and Spanish.
Fun Fact: Tracey is equally happy camping in New England or traveling internationally to visit museums and old churches.
Tracey has worked in veterinary medicine for over 25 years. She grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota before moving to the Boston area, where she managed a veterinary hospital while going to grad school. She later moved to California and worked as a regional operations director with VCA, then as the executive director for Animal Dermatology Group, and then transitioned to manage a specialty referral hospital. Missing the four seasons, she moved back to New England to manage a hybrid specialty hospital in Massachusetts.
She holds a Master of Arts degree from Northeastern University and an MBA from the University of Redlands. Her passion is developing new hospital processes, operational workflows and growing veterinary professionals into leaders. She enjoys reading and volunteering at a local food pantry.
Tracy St. Laurent
Fun Fact: Tracy loves to garden and can remember the name of a plant with only seeing it and/or reading about it one time.
Pet in Photo: Roxie
Having worked in human resources for over 20 years, Tracy has experience in the manufacturing, healthcare, social services and legal fields. She believes she found her calling, as she truly enjoys what she does.
Tracy has a diverse background in human resources that includes leadership, change management, recruitment, employee training and development, policy development, benefits and payroll. She obtained her Bachelor of Science from Southern New Hampshire University and holds Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management - Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certifications.
In her free time, Tracy enjoys snowshoeing golfing, and fishing. When the crazy New England weather doesn’t permit her to be outside, she enjoys relaxing by reading a good mystery book, sitting by an indoor fire or playing a game of cards. She is excited to be part of this team of dedicated professionals.
Fun Fact: Dr. Gill takes weekly ocean dips – even in the coldest months of the Maine winter.
Pet in Photo: Reggie
Board-certified in oncology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. Gill currently serves as head of the Oncology Department, as well as the Medical Director at Maine Veterinary Medical Center. She was named Rarebreed Director of Wellness and Sustainability, following her passion to support and foster the well-being of those in the veterinary profession.
Dr. Gill began her veterinary career by earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University. She completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery, followed by a three-year residency in oncology at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Prior to moving to Maine, Dr. Gill practiced in Bedford Hills, New York and New York City, where she was named a Top Westchester Veterinarian from 2012-2015.
Dr. Gill loves all things wellness and looks forward to serving as a steward for well-being within the company – and beyond.
Wendy Munroe CVT, CVPM
Fun Fact: As a young girl, Wendy and her family lived in a small yurt in northern Maine.
Wendy has been fortunate to work in veterinary medicine her entire career. She started in day practice, later working in emergency and specialty medicine. Wendy has assisted in hospital ground-up build-outs and is grateful to have seen the value they bring to the region’s pets. She feels fortunate to serve on a local government commission for the humane treatment of animals, and a non-profit organization providing funding for veterinary urgent care.
Wendy enjoys horseback riding and spending time on the water with her family, and shares her home with her well-loved dogs, horses and kitty. She appreciates that Rarebreed shares her passion for enhancing the human-animal bond
William J. Griffin, VMD
Fun Fact: Dr. Griffin is an avid boater; check his Teams background to see where he's working from today.
Dr. Griffin’s first startup was a 24-hour hospital developed on a foundation of systems and processes and powered by a culture of staff empowerment, knowledge sharing, and condition-based medicine. This model expanded to a national level when he joined Pathway Veterinary Alliance as a founding member and COO. Following Pathway, he founded VetEcoSystem, a business analytics consulting group that developed scalable business and operational analytics.
In his capacity as chief growth officer at Rarebreed, Dr. Griffin will lead the development of de novo urgent care and specialty hospitals while integrating technology, workflow optimization and empowering frontline teams with actionable data and analytics to transform how veterinary medicine is delivered.
In his downtime, Dr. Griffin enjoys cruising the Atlantic coast, as well as sailing, kayaking and paddleboarding on the South River in Annapolis, Maryland, where he lives with his wife, his dog and 4 very old, very-well-cared for cats.