Kira joined our team in 2020. She graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Becker College. Kira worked in the banking field for 9 years at Institution for Savings and Citizens Bank in Gloucester. She then wanted to find a career that filled her passion to work with animals. Kira has been working as a veterinary receptionist for the past 3 years. She has always wanted to work with animals since a young age, as she grew up with cats, pocket pets and reptiles. As a North Shore native, Kira enjoys spending her time taking walks on the boulevard and playing in her backyard with her two daughters, husband and dog “Pedey.” She also loves going to Maine throughout the year with her family to visit family, and enjoys camping on a lake immersed in nature further North.
Sam joined our team in 2021. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology. Although Sam didn’t know it until a few years later, she quickly fell in love with veterinary medicine and animal behavior. Sam has spent the last 3 years working for two animal hospitals, one being a 24 hour emergency location, located in Massachusetts. Prior to this she worked in Colorado at a veterinary hospital, where she decided to live for two years. During this time, she became a certified veterinary assistant after graduating from Penn Foster in 2018. While in Colorado, she filled her life hiking 14,000 foot mountains and exploring National Parks. Sam is our Reception Development Coordinator and is also a certified veterinary receptionist through the VRCE program. She wants to continue discovering her love for animal care while continuously expanding her knowledge and skills. Sam currently lives with her pitbull, “Mowgli.” Sam finds happiness in catering to her plants at home, spending time on the water, crafting things and reading.
Britt joined our team in 2021. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a minor in Wildlife Fisheries Biology. After graduating, Britt worked as a lion keeper at a drive-thru safari zoo. For the following 10 years, she worked in the animal welfare field at the Animal Rescue League of Boston and PAWS Chicago. Britt enjoys spending her free time with her husband and her two daughters. You can find her at the horse barn or dance studio watching her girls follow both of their passions. When at home, they enjoy spending time with their rescue animals which include cats, a bunny, and pet rats.
Aoife joined our team in 2022. She is a local who graduated from Gloucester High School in 2016. Aoife worked in the customer service industry for 4 years at Verizon Wireless here in Gloucester. In 2020, she started a small art business that she does part-time and it continues to thrive. Aoife is also a certified veterinary receptionist through the VRCE program. Aoife’s lifelong love of animals and their care pushed her to find a career where that passion can continue to grow. She has been employed at a local barn, where she takes care of the horses and their environment. Aoife lives with her fiancée and their three cats, “Diesel,” “Ivy,” and “Dobby.” In her spare time, she loves working with horses, making music, and cuddling on the couch with her cats.
Hannah, BS, CVT joined our team in 2015. She is currently our surgical coordinator. 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.
Jessica joined our team in 2020. She graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2016 with a Bachelors of Fine Art. That same year she adopted her dog, Rembrandt, from a local animal shelter, which sparked her interest in animal behavior. After college she got a job as a dog handler at a doggie daycare facility where she gained even more experience with dog to dog and dog to human interactions. Jessica had an interest in animals starting at a young age and grew up with many different species such as snakes, turtles, and even Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Jessica currently lives in Gloucester with her dog and boyfriend, and likes to spend her free time working on her paintings, taking care of her plants, and hanging out on the water in the warmer months.
Brianna joined our team in 2021. She is a young professional with a passion for animals and the preventative care they require. She has grown up with various types of animals, and has also established her own dog walking business. Animals have always been a huge part of her life. Her long term goal is to eventually open an animal sanctuary specifically geared towards wildlife. She would like to continue to learn more about veterinary medicine and how it is used to treat wildlife when necessary. Brianna lives on the North Shore, and enjoys camping with her two dogs, “Beau” and “Maeve.”
Nadine joined our team in 2022. She graduated from Salem State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology. She previously managed a zebrafish research facility in Boston, and has recently changed her career path to follow her true passion for animal care. Nadine also works as an Animal Welfare Specialist at a local shelter focusing primarily on adoptions. She is excited to gain both the experience and knowledge in veterinary medicine, and plans to become a CVT in the future. She loves taking her beloved dog, “Dexter,” on long walks through Gloucester. She also cares for her goldfish and occasionally will foster rabbits that are up for adoption. During her free time she enjoys practicing yoga, playing the piano and reading mystery books.
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 hot 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. She moved to Gloucester in 2011 with her partner Kory, joining the SeaPort team that summer. She has always enjoyed surgery and has expertise in many soft tissue, dental, and orthopedic procedures. In 2020 she shifted to a mainly surgical schedule, freeing up time to dedicate to her second career in home renovation and real estate. In her free time she loves to relax with her dogs, cheer on her beloved Chicago sports teams, and fill her stomach at the wonderful restaurants around Cape Ann.
Dr. Kate Graves, a graduate of Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, joined the SeaPort team in 2018 and was appointed Medical Director in 2022. 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 on the North Shore 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.
Dr. Keira Hartstein has an immense interest in exotic species, surgery and dentistry. She received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Vassar College in 2006, and then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 2010. After an exotic animal internship in South Florida, she then became an associate veterinarian at a 10 doctor practice in central New Jersey. She joined our practice in 2022, as she wanted to take the chance and move a little more North of the country. During her spare time, she can be found dancing, playing board games, or hanging out with her spouse, cats, birds and chickens.
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 husband, teacup Yorkshire Terrier, “Lilly,” who people say is her little ‘twin,’ and her Goldendoodle named “Fozzie.”