Janelle, BS, CVT joined our team as the Practice Manager in 2018, after working in the veterinary medicine field for over 9 years. She graduated from Mount Ida College with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Veterinary Technology and then became a Certified Veterinary Technician. She grew up with various kinds of animals surrounding her, such as dogs, chickens, rabbits, hamsters, mice, geckos, turtles, birds, fish & many more. She is encompassed with a strong passion for animal care and is always looking for ways to further expand her knowledge and skills. She shares an intense love for veterinary dentistry and anesthesia. She also still practices her secondary occupation as a licensed aesthetician, which she pursued prior to starting in the veterinary medicine field. This occupation has also molded her exceptional skills in customer service and management. She spends her free time anywhere near the ocean, whether it’s on a boat or walking along the beach. She currently lives with her fiancé, teacup Yorkshire Terrier, “Lilly,” who people say is her little ‘twin,’ and her Goldendoodle named “Fozzie.”
Dr. Ray Cahill is the owner and founder of SeaPort Veterinary Hospital. He graduated from the Veterinary School at Tufts in 1999 after first receiving his Master’s degree from NYU with a concentration in Toxicology. He completed his internship at Angell-Boston followed by two years of residency training in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine on the South Shore. He switched to private practice in 2004 and now lives on Cape Ann. His various professional interests include behavior medicine, immune disorders and diagnostic ultrasound. During his free time, he enjoys yoga, DIY projects and spending time with his family and their two dogs “Gabby” and “Jojo.”
Dr. Meredith Lockwood received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1996 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2000, then completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. She enjoyed the California weather so much that she stayed there for another 10 years, practicing as an associate vet at a five-doctor clinic in Manhattan Beach. While there she met her boyfriend Kory, a Gloucester native who was working in Hollywood, and they moved back to his hometown in early 2011. She joined the SeaPort team in 2011, bringing with her a strong interest in soft tissue surgery, preventive care, and large/giant dog breeds. In her free time she loves to putter away on her fixer-upper house, cheer on her beloved Chicago sports teams, the Boston Bruins, and fill her stomach at the wonderful restaurants around Cape Ann.
Dr. Sarah Hammond joined our staff in 2014. She is a graduate of Ross University of Veterinary Medicine, completed her clinical training at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and gained her certification in Acupuncture from the Chi Institute in 2015. She practices integrate medicine, in addition to being one out of a small handful of veterinarians certified in acupuncture, food therapy and herbal medicine. She is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine through the Chi Institute. Her professional interests focus on using both Eastern and Western medicine to give animals the best care possible. She believes in the importance of putting intention into every interaction with our pets, including their feeding, environment and behavior. When not on the job, she is likely in the water surfing or paddling. Her and her husband have two dogs, and share great passion for the outdoors.
Dr. Kate Graves, a graduate of Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, joined the SeaPort team in 2018. From an early age, she always knew that she wanted to pursue a career as a veterinarian. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Graves received her undergraduate degree from Connecticut College and performed cancer research at Children’s Hospital Boston. Her interests include preventative and wellness care, soft tissue surgery, and feline medicine. A native of Hamilton, Dr. Graves currently lives in Beverly with her boyfriend and their three cats “Carlos,” “Ricky” and “Chowder.” When not treating patients at work, she enjoys traveling, amateur bird watching at Plum Island, and cooking new recipes for family and friends.
Jolene joined our team in 2017. She came from the human medical field, working as a CNA for 5 years. Jolene went to North Shore Technical High School where she got her CNA certification. She is also an EMT. She is currently attending North Shore Community College to finish the prerequisites for the Nursing program. She is a Gloucester native and enjoys spending time on the water by beach or by boat. When she isn’t at the beach, she is spending time with her husband working on their fixer-upper house and taking her dogs on walks. Jolene has always had a love for animals and felt it was time to make the jump to the veterinary field. She currently has two dogs, “Sadie” and “Sierra,” and grew up surrounded by dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, and a variety of wildlife.
Mendy, CVT joined our team as a part-time receptionist who was previously a veterinary technician. Mendy earned her Bachelor’s degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 1999. Her primary interest is in wildlife (marine mammal) management. She pursued an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology from the Northshore Community College in 2008 and is a Certified Veterinary Technician. Mendy interned with Seaport Veterinary Hospital during her schooling and stayed on as a part-time surgery technician for a short period of time. She enjoyed the practice, clients and patients so much that she returned back to work with us part-time. Mendy has also completed a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration. Mendy lives in Gloucester with her husband, son, and their two German Shorthaired Pointers. Mendy is an avid photographer and likes to spend time outdoors or supporting her son at his sporting events.
Karen joined our team in 2019 after many years working in the foodservice industry. A native of Rockport, she spent many years in California before moving back to Cape Ann. While in California she had the opportunity to volunteer for the San Diego Zoological Society and other wildlife rescues in order to protect and care for endangered species. Karen has always had a love for animals and shows a strong interest in their various behaviors. She enjoys the outdoors and exploring the beauty of nature, creating repurposed items inspired by nature, gardening, enjoying live music and being in the presence of friends. She currently lives in Gloucester with her two cats, “Ziggy” and “Toby,” whom she deeply adores.
Hannah, BS, CVT (Technician Supervisor) joined our team in 2015. She is currently our surgical coordinator and technician supervisor. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology at Mount Ida College in 2013 and became a Certified Veterinary Technician shortly thereafter. In her spare time, she can be found fulfilling her childhood passion of horseback riding and going on adventures with her beloved dog “Salem.” She has always aspired for a career working with animals and is enthusiastic about expanding her knowledge in veterinary medicine. As a native of the North Shore, she enjoys exploring the extraordinary nature within the area.
Tracy, CVT, LVT joined our team in 2014. A graduate in theatre from Bates College, Tracy began her career in the veterinary field as a receptionist and assistant in 1994. In 2000, she transferred to the human healthcare field and spent five years as the administrative assistant to the Chief of Pediatric Transplantation at The Massachusetts General Hospital. She returned back to veterinary medicine in 2006, in addition to being employed at a small animal practice, she also gained some shelter medicine experience at Cape Ann Animal Aid. She went on to complete coursework in Animal Care Sciences and Veterinary Technology at North Shore Community College. She then became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2014. She is always searching for new sources of learning and education to further her professional knowledge. Her clinical interests include internal medicine (especially feline), nutrition, nursing/surgical care, and client education. When she’s not wearing scrubs, she’s either in hiking gear completing the NH 4,000 footer mountain list, practicing yoga, doing a little skiing, or taking her son on fun field trips to explore the beauty of nature.
Laura joined our team in 2017. She started in the veterinary field by maintaining a kennel and then became a veterinary technician in 1992. She worked for a small animal practice for 8 years and then took some time to raise her two children. She returned back as a technician for another six years before migrating to SeaPort. Laura grew up in the Midwest in a house with a lot of animals, which was something that helped mold her decision to work in this field. She has a special place in her heart for greyhounds, seeing that she previously owned five in addition to being a part of a greyhound rescue for 20+ years. Laura lives on the North Shore with her daughter, three dogs: “Bear”, “Cecilia” and “Champ”, her cat named “Dash,” and “Elvis” the lizard.
Nate joined our team in 2014, after years of banking and customer service related jobs. He is also the creative consultant for Little Owl Arts, which focuses on screen printing in a sustainable, eco-conscious manner, on a wide range of clothing for men, women and children. Nate is native to Gloucester, he enjoys exploring the woods and rocky coastline of New England. He also likes snowboarding, live music, playing guitar, hanging with friends, craft beer and walking his three dogs.
Heidi, CVT joined our team in 2018. She has worked in the veterinary field for over 13 years and is a Certified Veterinary Technician. She graduated from North Shore Community College with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2011. She lives at Wolf Hollow in Ipswich, MA and spends her free time working with the wolves, allowing her to further utilize her technician skills. She also spends her free time volunteering with Sweet Paws Rescue by helping the veterinarians vaccinate and examine the animals at the isolation facility. She has three dogs, “Stuart,” “Olivia,” and “Lilly” who are all mixes. She also has 2 hens, a rooster and 3 pet rats!
Krissey joined our team in 2016. As a young mother, she began working in the veterinary medicine field in 1997 at Marblehead Animal Hospital. After 12 years in the field, she decided to pursue an alternative route and worked for the Town of Marblehead Water & Sewer Department as a ‘Billing Technician.’ She also shares occupational interests in the food and beverage industry, and a strong passion in the floral industry. Her interest grew so much that she opened up a plant and tea shop called ‘The Potted Pantry’ that was located in Marblehead. Sadly, she made the decision to close the store in 2016 after deciding to pursue veterinary medicine again. She is currently living in Marblehead, MA with her family, who she loves to cook for. If she’s not in the kitchen, then you can almost always find her in the garden! She also currently has various exotic species as pets.
Laney, CVT, LVT joined our team in 2019. She graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2015 and then became a CVT. For the last 5 years, she has worked primarily in veterinary surgery and anesthesia. Laney has an Anatolian Shepard mix named “Georgia” and an American Dingo named “Raffee.” Laney grew up on a farm with horses, rabbits, birds, cats, and no less than four dogs at a given time. She enjoys all outdoor activities!
Tara Kawczynski joined our team in 2019. She graduated from veterinary technician school in 1998, and has been practicing as a veterinary technician since then. For about 9 years, she was involved in outside sales as well. She founded a non-profit organization, in 2015, that revolves around the care for cats with special needs, and still enjoys volunteering there in her spare time. She has multiple dogs, in addition to a few special needs cats, including “Memphis” who was born with 2 noses!