Creating a World Where
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Meet Our Team
We put our cultural values of love and respect into practice whenever we can – inside and outside of the Rarebreed walls. Thoughtful, caring and kind are the words that best describe our team. We’re all passionate about delivering exceptional care to pets and pet owners in our communities and around the country, but learn about the things that make each of us unique.
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: 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: Bill lived on an aircraft carrier while serving in the United States Navy and has “cruised” the Mediterranean Sea.
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.”
Brion Reagor, DVM
Fun Fact: : Dr. Reagor was a nationally ranked gymnast in high school and worked out nine hours a day.
Pet in Photo: Hudson
Dr. Reagor began his passionate, lifetime career in veterinary medicine at the young age of 13 as a kennel assistant. In north Dallas, Texas, he was able to grow in a successful small animal practice, experiencing each available staffing position. He officially became a veterinarian in 1995, graduating from Texas A&M University.
In 2004, Dr. Reagor built a small animal practice in Berwick, Maine. He sold his practice in 2018, finishing his commitment as Chief of Staff in 2020.
Rarebreed has provided Dr. Reagor the foundation to continue to grow professionally in veterinary medical operations.
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.
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.
Fun Fact: Edita is a huge tea enthusiast who traveled to Japan in 2019 to learn how to practice a Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.
Pet in Photo: Sugar
Edita joined the Rarebreed team in December 2020 as an executive assistant. She has a varied background in business administration management, project management and financial operations.
Previously, Edita worked at the Pacific Northwest Research Institute in Seattle, as well as Thomas Jefferson University and University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, handling all administrative and research-related matters. Edita’s exceptional reliability and quick skill-building have given her the opportunity to participate in a variety of projects supporting C-level executives, board members and faculty. She learns quickly and approaches tasks with creativity and ingenuity.
Edita’s well-rounded experience provides her with strong administrative skills, staff and office management, event coordination and customer service experience – all the while being a friendly team player who just happens to speak four languages.
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: 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.
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
In addition to her role at Rarebreed, Ina is the practice manager at Rarebreed's partner hospital Casco Bay Veterinary Hospital in Portland, Maine. 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.
Fun Fact: Jacob shares his life with his wife, three children, three horses, three cats and four dogs.
Pet in Photo: Bailey
Jacob's veterinary career started 10 years ago as a customer service representative in private practice. He worked his way up to technician and furthered his leadership skills to become office manager. Later, he joined a large consolidator as a practice manager and quickly became a regional manager.
With a desire to explore greater opportunities, Jacob joined the largest US veterinary consolidator as a practice manager before his promotion to regional operations. He helped implement multiple regional and national pilot programs and training. Jacob also assisted in the rollout of HR software to 200 East Coast practices.
He ultimately joined the Rarebreed team as a regional manager and was promoted to director.
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: 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: 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.
Kate Allen, DVM
Fun Fact: Kate's favorite karaoke song to sing is A Case of You, by Joni Mitchell.
Pet in Photo: Sophie
Kate's 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: 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: 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: In her past life, Lauri was a restaurant and health club owner.
Pet in Photo: Ted “FT3” Haller
Lauri began her veterinary career in Princeton, New Jersey, upon realizing her true calling of working in a field dedicated to animal care. After returning to her home state of Maine, she worked at The Veterinary Centre of Cape Elizabeth as a general practice technician. Later, she was fortunate to be part of the team at Maine Veterinary Medical Center (MVMC) in Scarborough, Maine. Working with the team at MVMC greatly advanced her nursing skills.
In 2013, she left hands-on medicine to pursue a career at IDEXX Laboratories, an animal diagnostic company. Lauri spent the next seven years working with corporate veterinary groups on large-scale product and service implementations, with a laser-focus on creating a positive experience for the veterinary teams.
Working with Rarebreed today combines Lauri’s passion for animals, supporting people and veterinary medicine.
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.
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: Lisa has dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.
Pet in Photo: Thor
As a child, Lisa dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. However, her education and work experience led her to find that her passion and skills were better aligned with helping people – specifically helping people advance their careers. Lisa has worked in recruiting for 20 years across non-profit, for-profit and start-up organizations, as well as large corporations.
She worked at IDEXX for seven years, where she met Rarebreed co-founders Dan Espinal and Sean Miller. While employed as the Global Head of Talent Acquisition at The Jackson Laboratory, Sean and Dan called. Lisa saw a unique opportunity to recruit for an organization that is passionate and committed to establishing a culture that truly supports and empowers its people. If you ask her, she’ll tell you that it feels likes her journey has come full circle!
Lisa lives in Cape Elizabeth with her husband, children and top dog, Thor, the mighty Cockapoo.
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: Michelle and her father successfully flipped 3 houses together in New Jersey.
Michelle is originally from Arizona but now considers New Jersey home. She began her career in the arboricultural industry and gained 11 years of human resources experience before joining Rarebreed in 2021. Her broad background includes payroll processing, benefits administration, employee relations, and performance management. Prior to joining Rarebreed, Michelle had the opportunity to work for an AAHA accredited, VECCS Level 1 emergency and trauma veterinary hospital and knew she was hooked on the industry. When she heard the words Love, Respect, and Fun, she knew she was hooked on Rarebreed.
Michelle, her husband and her son have an adopted Pitbull named Gypsy and a 15-year-old, red-eared slider named Fiona. Michelle and her family enjoy spending time in Cape May, New Jersey, and downtown Philadelphia.
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 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: Was able to meet, greet and assist the rock group Bon Jovi back in his hotel days!
Pet in Photo: Biscuit
Scott feels lucky that his career has always enabled him to help people. It was this desire to be of service, coupled with his love for animals, that ultimately led him to Rarebreed. Scott worked in the hospitality industry for 14 years, where his high level of compassion and drive to help people were born. That led to his first human resources position in 2012 where he was guided by, and learned the ropes from, a wonderful mentor. Scott enjoys supporting his employees and making a difference in how they are treated and cared for.
When he’s not at work, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife, two children and, of course, his dog Biscuit. He’s always up for a round of golf, a game of softball, or even a day just relaxing and enjoying the outdoors.
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: 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: 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.