Client Care Service/Reception Team
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.
Lucy joined our team at the end of 2022. Lucy has always had a passion for animals and helping those in need since she was young. She started her career with animals in 2017 at Petco located in Gloucester. Lucy had the pleasure of becoming the Petco dog trainer for four years. Lucy has had a variety of pets including parrots, a pot belly pig, a snake, and thirteen ducks. Lucy has a deep passion for animals and enjoys helping our clients care for our patients. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys searching the local beaches for sea glass to make jewelry out of which she sells at craft fairs locally here in town. She is also in the process of self publishing her first coloring book. Lucy lives in Annisquam with her father, her boyfriend, and her two cats “Daisy” and “Minnie.” She also spends a lot of time with dogs owned by her family and neighbors.
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.
Kris joined our team in 2022. She has been working in the veterinary field for the past 16 years, where she started as a receptionist and gradually trained her way up to help with surgery/anesthesia. Her passion for animal care has kept her in the field and has allowed her skills and knowledge to continue to grow. Some of her previous jobs have consisted of working with the disabled in a group home setting, senior care, picture framing and ceramic painting for a local North Shore based company. She briefly attended Monserrat College of Art to pursue her art passion as well. She has happily settled in Gloucester with her two cats, “Cornelius” and “Clover.” In her free time, Kris likes reading, exploring nature, and spending quality time with friends and family.
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.
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 founded SeaPort Veterinary Hospital in 2009 and is our co-Chief of Staff. 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 is our co-Chief of Staff. 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 worked as an associate veterinarian for 10 years in central New Jersey. She then decided to move farther north and joined our practice in 2022. 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 Hospital 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 and her two dogs named “Fozzie” and “Mazie.”